Earth Hour - 8:30 this evening - we might apologize for all the damage we've done

graphic community 3By Staff

March 27th, 2021



Earth Hour – this evening .

The occasion to think about the planet we live on – and acknowledge that perhaps we haven’t treated the land and sea all that well.

Communities around the world will turn off all the lights from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Millions of people across the globe are expected to turn off lights to recognize the importance of nature and protecting the environment.

The initiative started as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then, the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour has grown to become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

candle light dinner

Perhaps it has been awhile since you’ve spent an evening like this?

What do people do – sit in the dark ruminating over the state of things?

Some have decided it is a perfect occasion to have a candle light dinner – the over-riding question is – what kind of wine?

dancing couple older

After dinner – try this?

You could
• Discus the loss of nature and the importance of nature
• Under-stand biodiversity and its importance
• Explore the role of nature as an ally in the fight against the climate crisis
• Evaluate where and how electricity is used, and the importance of turning off and unplugging as many electronic devices as possible.

I think in our household we are going to try dancing to songs we sing to each other.

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Finally - the facts on the status of the federal riding of Burlington constituency nomination process

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

March 26, 2021



This is a story that has gotten out of hand.

It has to do with a report that Cheryl Craig was nominated as the candidate for the federal Tories.

She has not been nominated.

In fact nominations for the Burlington seat in the House of Commons are still open – a date has not been set for a nomination meeting.

Those are the facts given to us by a senior Conservative Party official.

Cheryl Craig PC candidate federal

Cheryl Craig

We can add to that – three reliable sources in Burlington said they received the email we received that had a picture of Cheryl Craig and a map of the constituency along with background material on Ms Craig.

We got calls from people we trust who said they had been invited to have a telephone conversation with Conservative Party Erin O’Toole.

Others said they had gotten calls asking for donations. Some of these may have been robocalls.

Some have asked that we pull the original story.

We are not going to do that at this point – however we will do so should we hear from Ms Craig telling us that she erred when she sent people the notice or that she was not behind the notice that was sent. We can be reached by email at

Something smells and the odour is not coming from any of the orifices in our body.

We much appreciated the call from an official at the Conservative party in Ottawa.

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Great Activities during COVID-19 Lockdown

graphic community 3By Rupert Walters

March 26th, 2021



In recent times, we have seen the world being ravaged by a global pandemic which was as a result of the novel coronavirus called Covid-19. This pandemic not only disrupted what used to appear “normal” for many across the globe, it has also created a new normal.

This new normal is seeing many people work from home and others making use of technology to carry out virtual meeting and learning. While there has been several measures put in place by the Canadian government and medical organizations across the globe, there has been questions as to whether or not we would ever return back to the way things used to be.

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Vaccination supplies being delivered to the Milton location, one of six in the Region.

Talking about measures, the Canadian government while waiting for an approved vaccination mechanism has mandated the use of masks and demanded that everyone engage in social distancing. However, this was not enough as the cases of Covid-19 were rising. This necessitated a lockdown that has kept many in their homes for a long while.

With this, there are those who cannot go to work or school like they would always do. To avoid the effect this shift in activity can have on the mental and physical health, many individuals have resulted into different activities to keep themselves busy.

Here, we shall be examining some of the best activities you can engage in during Covid-19.

Read a book
The complexities of our everyday lives sometimes mean we may not have time to read some of the books we have always wanted to read. However, with the lockdown in place, there is no better time to read that book you have always wanted to read than now. There are two ways to have a big picture of life – to read books and to go places.

Every time you pick up a book to read, you are journey into places and imagination of the writer that you ordinarily may not have the privilege to get to perhaps. Reading makes you a more versatile, rounded, and knowledgeable person and there is no better time to get at it than during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Playing online casino in Canada
online-casino-ledeIf you love to play games but school or work has not permitted you, then the Covid-19 lockdown period is a good one to play online casino in Canada. Since the start of the lockdown, we have seen a rise in the number of online casinos that are available. Not only are these casinos available, many of them come with mouthwatering offers that you are sure going to like. You can access the many games on the best online casino top list from your mobile devices or personal computers.

In choosing the best casino to play on, you will need to research several casinos, compare their features and offers together to come up with the most suitable option for you. You will also need to familiarize yourself with the best playing strategy so you can always win at it. You’ve always wanted to play online casino games in Canada but you’ve not had the time. The lockdown presents a good opportunity to play, make sure to maximize it.

Rest and sleep
While this may sound quite weird as an activity to do during the Covid-19 lockdown, it is a very important one. Before the lockdown, there are many people who don’t create a time to rest. You are either trying to keep up with classes or running multiple jobs. The stress from this can affect your mental or physical health and cause you to breakdown. To avoid this, it is best that you maximize this Covid-19 lockdown period to rest and sleep as much as you can.

There are no assurances anywhere how long the lockdown will last, but make sure when it is all over, you have prepared your body, mind, and soul for what is to come after.

Connect with your loved ones
cooking togetherIf during the lockdown you are at home, you can use the opportunity to connect with your family and create that bond you have not had the time to create because of your busy daily schedule. As a family, you can play games, cook together, or have deep conversations. Whatever it is that you are doing with your family during this period make sure it is something that helps to either create a bond or strengthen an already existing one.

If there is anything worth taking away from the Covid-19 pandemic it is that we should learn to value people when we have them with us. You can maximize this Covid-19 lockdown to show to your loved ones how much they mean to you by spending time with them.

Other than sit and complain about the many things you cannot do as a result of the lockdown, why not focus on the things that you can do? You can read a book from your favorite author, play online casinos in Canada, rest as much as you can, and spend time with the people who truly matter in your life.

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High rise residential with a little flair and imagination

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

March 26th, 2021



high rise menkesIf Burlington is going to have high rise  residential towers – and they are planned for properties around the GO stations – could they at least be interesting, inviting and innovative?

Vaughan is scheduled to get a three tower development that will involve several developers.

This is what they have in mind.


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Wagering on a hockey game: tips to make it a safe experience: A Beginner’s Guide

sportsred 100x100By Hubert Harrison

March 26th, 2021



The world of NHL sports betting can be quite overwhelming for beginners. With the amount of betting strategies and lingo swirling around, it can be hard to keep up. Before you start looking into ice hockey betting tips and placing bets it’s important to get the basics down first. With money on the line, it’s important always important to bet smart

hockey goalie

It is an exciting game with some incredible athletes.

Online sports betting has become a fantastic activity for many sports fans today. With a bet involved, fans get to have a more engaging experience for every match they follow. Compared to just watching the latest NHL news live broadcasts, sports betting is a lot more exciting. It gives bettors the adrenaline rush as they watch their team win or lose.

Important Safety Betting Tips For Beginners

Betting mistakes happen. Even to the most seasoned of sports bettors. However, making errors is inevitable, there are a couple of ways to reduce them. In the world of online sports betting, it’s important to take things slow when learning the ropes of the trade. You need to learn how to bet smart to lead a successful betting career. To help guide you on to the path of sports betting success, keep on reading.

Keep things simple and clear

If you think you’ll be winning big from the get-go, think again. Online betting takes time and experience to master. Just like playing the piano, it’s impossible to master a piece on your first try. You’re going to need to practice over and over again to nail it.

Take things step-by-step.

The very first thing rookies need to keep in mind is to keep things simple and clear. In other words, participate in bets that you fully understand. Know where you’re placing your bets and their results. By not over complicating things, you’ll be able to make smart betting decisions and avoid the risk of burning a hole in your pocket.

Have a budget
While a chance at winning big sounds a whole more exciting than just a couple of bucks, it is incredibly risky. Especially when you lack the experience. One of the most important tips you need to always keep in mind no matter what is to always stay within your budget.

You need to always spend within your means. To keep control of your finances, set a specific budget that you can afford to lose. As a beginner, you are bound to make a few more mistakes than the average punter. So, be prepared to lose a great sum of your budget.

Do not trust just any tipster
Cyber attacks are all over the internet. As a beginner, it’s important to thoroughly look through different betting sites before trusting them. Here are some tips on how to find the right trustworthy tipsters:

Client reviews
Looking through online reviews is the best way to get the best idea of a betting site’s services and client experience.

paypal logoPayment methods
Have a look at the site’s payment methods. Check if they use popular payment platforms like Paypal or Apple Pay.

Terms and conditions
A tell-tale sign that a betting site is suspicious if they don’t have a terms and conditions page anywhere on their site. Make sure the site you’re about to trust has one.

Compare betting odds and lines
One of the best betting tips you need to take is always to compare betting odds and lines. Having good odds gives a big advantage in having a higher payout. On the other hand, having better betting lines will increase your chance of winning wagers.

Another way to increase your chances of winning is to have multiple accounts with different betting sites. By having several accounts in different betting platforms, you’ll be able to compare and find the best betting odds and lines right away.

NHL Betting Terms You Need To Know

After getting a good grasp on the important safety betting tips, it’s now time to know more about the type of sport you’ll be focusing on. NHL sports betting lingo can be rather confusing, especially when you’re just getting started. Here are a couple of important NHL sports betting lingo commonly used amongst bettors in the industry.

Hockey - two team players

Pick the team you think can win and place a wager.

Pick a team to win the game. It’s the simplest way to wager on.

Puck Line
To win, your team must score by more than 1.5 goals and the opposing team needs to lose by no more than 1.5 goals.

Parlay is the act of combining two or more bet types from the same or across multiple games. It’s a good move to increase your total number of odds. But it can also be a risk as all plays need to be accurate.

Refers to the home team or the team with the better record of the season.

Refers to the visiting team or the team with the weaker record of the season.

The act of buying or selling goals on a puck line or in a total bet. This move gives bettors better odds or chances of winning with lower odds.

NHL team crests

All kinds of teams to wager on.

Different Ways to Bet on the NHL
After a quick crash course of NHL lingo, the next thing you need to familiarize yourself with is the different types of bets in the NHL.

Live Betting
Betting while the game is in action. It’s the most action-packed way to bet on the NHL, you’ll be able to see lines adjusted in real-time.

Single-game Betting
This betting type is used when you’re only interested in betting on specific individuals broken down to a money line.

Prop Bets
Single-game bets based on players. Bettors can place bets whether a specific player scores or not, or even hit a certain record.

Futures Bet
Early bets are placed during the off-season or within the season by supporting a specific team to win a certain amount of games.

Experience is Gold
When it comes to online sports betting experience is the best teacher. It’s important to take risks and make mistakes. It’s how you learn how to do better the next time around. Understanding these basic terms and ways of how to place bets on the NHL will help give you a better grasp on where to get started. The best betting strategy is to take things one step at a time. Learn and grow with every win or loss you make.

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Is a new, very young man in the process of creating a political profile and looking at the ward 2 council seat that will soon be in play?

SwP thumbnail graphicBy Pepper Parr

March 25th, 2021



Political leadership is something that has to be grown.

They don’t just fall off a tree like a ripe apple.

Public service is seen as honourable with good salaries and wonderful benefits.

The current city council has a very young group of people. They had an exceptionally steep learning curve and at least two have yet to get to the point where they are competent. They may never get there.

Kearns Lisa side view Mar 2019

If Lisa Kearns jumps to Queen’s Park – that opens up the ward 2 seat.

The ward 2 council seat is now in play – that will become official when Lisa Kearns comes out of her political closet and confirms that she will carry a Liberal flag come the 2022 provincial election. She will do so when it is to her advantage.

Question then is – who will replace Kearns? Kimberly Calderbank has said she will run again.

Roland Tanner has realized that he would have been a terrible Councillor and has decided to stick to his information technical pursuits. His 905er podcast does not appear to be any better than his description of how he would do as a politician.

The word abstemious might apply.

There is a young man in the city who appears to be grooming himself for a shot at the ward 2 council seat.

David Vandenberg, studied political science at McMaster, served as campaign manager for Rick Goldring in 2018 – that didn’t turn out very well – more the candidate than the campaign manager.

Vandenberg giving back

Name a charity group that needs help – and David Vandenberg will be there.

Vandenberg gets involved in organizations focused on helping other people. He is currently part of the Wellington United Church Meals Ministry that prepares take-out meals. It grew out of the Friday Night Community Dinners that were cancelled due to Covid19 issues.

The giveaway sign that David Vandenberg was going to throw his hat into the ring was the Burlington Dave podcast that Vandenberg hosts four times a year.

Vandenberg explains his podcast pursuit this way:

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The Vandenberg score card

“Burlington is full of folks of all ages who strive every single day to create a virtuous, equitable and compassionate community. Reflecting on over a decade of local engagement, I have had the privilege of learning about our community, the heroes within it and the landscape in which we live – here in Burlington, Ontario.

“I hope to highlight some of our local heroes, business champions, and heritage and community issues through this blog.

Vandenberg introduces himself to people who visit his Facebook page this way:

“If we have not met before, thanks for popping by! If we know each other, welcome back! My name is David Vandenberg. I am a passionate community leader and speaker in the Halton Region. My deep commitment to innovative community and city-building inspired me to work in the advocacy space for local organizations.

Vandenberg on zoom call

Vandenberg on a Zoom call

“I am a recent McMaster Grad who now works as the Operations Manager of the Meal Bag Program at Wellington Square United Church. Outside of work, I love to capitalize on our proximity to hiking and biking trails, sit on boards of local charities and advocate for issues and people that are close to my heart.

“Building bridges is what I do. I truly believe that when we work together in our community, we can drive a bigger social impact. I hope you enjoy hearing about some of the incredible people, businesses and stories I have to share with you here in Burlington.”

That is about as political as a profile can be.

Vandenberg and Mother

David Vandenberg with his Mother

Our first reaction to young Vandenberg is – Good Luck to you, young man. Your heart appears to be in the right place.
And then we ask: Have you ever had a full time job at which you were more than a volunteer. We are aware of some internships you’ve done – all good.

We would like to see situations where you worked hard, got promotions and added responsibility. Were placed in situations where you gained what the soft liberal set call “lived experiences”.

There was a quote you put up on the Facebook that impressed me.

Vandenberg graphic

If that is the way you think, if you really have that level if realpolitik you just well might grow into a credible and effective politician.

Goodness know the city could use more of those.

Salt with Pepper is the musings, reflections and opinions of the publisher of the Burlington Gazette, an online newspaper that was formed in 2010 and is a member of the National Newsmedia Council.

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Federal Conservative's announce their candidate for an election that could be called shortly after the budget is passed

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

March 24th, 2021


This story has been re-written.  Additional information became available.

The smell of elections is in the air – or is that just the Spring weather?

The Provincial Liberals appear to have chosen their candidate: Lisa Kearns is reported to have been asked to be the candidate. No word on when that is going to become official.

News anal REDShe will be happier at Queen’s Park than she is at city hall. The Mayor is proving to be just a little too much for several members of Council.

Kearns could defeat Jane McKenna – big question is – can the Liberals form a provincial government?

The Gazette has been unable to interview Kearns – the last we got was:  “Sorry. Not available this week.”

We got a notice that the federal Tories announced Cheryl Craig will be nominated for the federal election.

That was not correct.  Either Cheryl Craig or someone on her behalf circulated an information sheet along with a constituency map saying she would be nominated.  Officials from the federal Conservative party advise us that a nomination has not taken place.

The following came from Cheryl Craig or someone representing her.

Cheryl Craig PC candidate federal

Cheryl Craig” Burlington resident for four decades nominated as candidate federally for the Conservatives.

“Craig, a Burlington resident for more than four decades, has “ a broad range of business, sports and social relationships developed by working in a variety of volunteer, appointed and elected positions.

A lifelong Conservative, Cheryl, successfully worked on many Federal, Municipal and Provincial election campaigns. She chaired former Halton Regional Chair, Joyce Savoline’s campaign to become our Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament.

Cheryl Craig has deep roots in Burlington, a successful business owner with great name recognition, substantial work, life and community experience and accomplishments, who is very comfortable and effective interacting with people from all walks of life.

Cheryl’s, numerous accomplishments directly improved the quality of life for many people in our city for which she has won many awards, including a Canada 125 Medal, for volunteer work.”

Cheryl Craig’s background is considerably more diverse.

Craig ran for Mayor in 1991; Walter Mulkewich took the Chain of Office.  For a period of time she ran Cheryl Craig Careers – a job placement outfit. She was also pretty involved in the the BIA and Chamber of Chamber locally.

She was always active in the PCs, and there was a story way back about her seeking the nomination (provincial or federal?) and the PCs naming someone else – the old story of the higher-ups picking a favourite.

She also ran in the old Ward 6 (downtown – pretty well the current Ward 2) and was banned from running in the next municipal election because she didn’t file her financial statement after losing.

The Gazette got a call from Cory Hann who said he was with the Conservative party in Ottawa and that nominations for the Burlington constituency have yet to take place.


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There are things to look forward to - once the majority is vaccinated and safe distances have been maintained

eventspink 100x100By Tom Geens

March 25th, 2021



Lift your eyes to the future – and the all-Canadian pursuits we can look forward to over the coming months.

By anyone’s standards, the last year has been extremely tough. Leaving aside the direct human suffering inflicted by COVID-19, the pandemic has also ground society to a halt, with lockdown measures meaning that so many of our favourite pastimes have either been put on hold altogether or severely curtailed.

Things are going to stay tough for a little while yet. But at least now, with the prospect of a vaccine-led recovery strengthening every day, it feels like we can finally lift our eyes to the future and the promise of a return to normality.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of Ontarians’ favourite all-Canadian pursuits – the things that we’ve been missing dearly, and that enrich our local and national life so much. Something to whet the appetite as we look forward to brighter days ahead.

PAID hockey Toronto

Hockey is the national sport – watched at both the professional and local levels.

Watching hockey

Our biggest national sport, over 1.3 million Canadians actively participate in recreational hockey games, and as much as 68% of the population watched the 2018 NHL playoffs. This is a sport deeply ingrained in our national psyche.

Yet in recent months, there have been COVID-19 outbreaks traced to hockey arenas all over the US and Canada, meaning that spectators are not being allowed into stadiums to watch their favourite pro teams play. However, a vaccine-led recovery raises the prospect of Ontarians returning to the stands in the not-too-distant future, watching their favourite players while gobbling down hotdogs, ice cream and beer.

Playing rugby again with our friends

We might not be the world’s most famous rugby nation – that accolade probably goes to New Zealand – but we still love the sport.


In Burlington the local Rugby Clubs take part in events, including the annual Christmas parade.

It was introduced to this country by the Royal Navy back in 1823, and we now have domestic tournaments such as the Canadian Rugby Championship and we participate in continental matches such as the Americas Rugby Championship.

With Rugby Ontario announcing that rugby clubs in certain parts of the province are allowed to start playing again, it feels exciting to be returning to the rucks and scrums of this fiercely competitive sport and using up some of that excess energy that we’ve all been storing up from months spent indoors.

Enjoying galleries and our world-beating culture

What have you been doing to pass the time during stay-at-home measures? A decent novel always helps. Netflix may offer some entertainment. There’s also the world of online casinos – sites such as this one offer plenty of online games, chances to win money, and safety measures to ensure that you can keep track of what it is you’re spending. For as long as the economy remains at least partially closed, indoor pursuits like this may help to keep you sane.

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Patron looking at painting being auctioned.

However, we’re all craving a bit of culture – Canada is famous for it, after all – and our very own Burlington Art Gallery has re-opened its doors.  With its range of exhibits, including a prominent collection of Canadian ceramics, and free access for visitors, this is definitely a great day out for the family.

Further afield, in the cultural mecca of Toronto, just over 40 minutes’ drive away, the Art Gallery of Ontario also remains closed – though an excellent array of virtual courses and activities remain available. For example, artist instructor Amanda Arcuri is running an online series called ‘Drawing Larger Than Life’.

Elsewhere, the world-famous Toronto Symphony Orchestra has posted an update on its website saying that it hopes to be able to share further details about its 2021/22 schedule by late spring or early summer.

Running your model boats at Centennial Pond

Skating at the Centennial Pond is over the for season.  Soon the water will be ready for those model boats that scoot around at a feverish clip.

Everyone is looking forward to the point where the majority of people will have been vaccinated and we will be able to get out to wine and dine and maybe event get to a movie.  Too early to tell – but that is the hope – assuming we all maintain that two metre safe distance and wear masks.

Drinking craft beer in our enviable array of bars

The humble glass of beer. In a bar. With your friends. Surely, few simple pleasures are being missed quite as much as this one, with venues across Ontario still shuttered due to the pandemic.

However, we can find solace in the fact that our enviable craft beer culture will come back with a bang when lockdown does finally end – and Toronto’s craft scene and brewers, in particular, give us hope that one day soon, we’ll be experimenting with all manner of flavorful ales.

Places such as Bandit Brewery, with its devilishly good bar snacks and quirky beer selection, is just one of the establishments that we’ll be hoping to get back into soon.

beer guy

The Beer Guy will deliver the suds to your door while you watch the hockey game.

Until then, be sure to check out companies such as The Beer Guy in Burlington, and the range of local breweries offering deliveries of kegs and bottles to people’s front doors.

We’re so lucky to live in Ontario – our proximity to big cities, big culture and world-beating nature means that we’re well-placed to enjoy the economic and social recovery from COVID-19 when it finally sets in.

Until then, we’ll have to make the most of the activities that we’re still allowed to do under restrictions and meditate on the prospect of better days ahead.

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If you are over 70 - log in and register for your vaccination

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

March 25th, 2021



The next cohort – those 70 and over – step up and register for your vaccination

The system the Regional Public Heath Unit has put in place is superb – there is no other word for it.

vaccination sign

Don’t show up more than ten minutes ahead of your appointment.

Well organized with all kinds of people on hand to step you through the process.

One little thing to keep in mind – don’t show up too early – 10 minutes before your slotted time is enough.

If you are over 70 – here’s the drill.

Starting Friday, March 26, Halton residents who are 70 years of age and older (born in or before 1951) can book an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. Appointments are available in March and April.

To book an appointment CLICK HERE    Have your OHIP card in front of you when you book.


Gary Carr when he was Speaker of the Provincial Legislature.

“We are making great progress with our vaccination program and we are continuing to book and vaccinate eligible residents as quickly as possible,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Our six vaccination clinics across Halton are running smoothly thanks to the commitment of Regional staff and our partners at Joseph Brant Hospital and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. We will keep moving forward with our program, dependent on vaccine supply from the Federal and Provincial governments.”
Halton’s six clinics are by appointment only and are located in Burlington (including Joseph Brant Hospital), Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville (including Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital).

Additional locations will continue to be identified as required. Residents are reminded that appointments must be booked through Halton’s online booking system or if you require assistance call 311.

Bookings for Halton’s clinics are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be redirected to Halton’s system.

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Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health.

“While we have made significant strides, it is important to remember that vaccine coverage is not yet widespread and we must continue to follow public health measures,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “COVID-19 can spread easily if we let it and our individual actions are critical to limiting transmission. Please continue to stay home as much as possible, limit trips to essential outings only, keep a distance and wear a mask around anyone you do not live with. As always, please stay home if you are not well, even if your symptoms are mild.”


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Earth Day - Saturday

News 100 greenBy Staff

March 24th, 2021



The Halton District School Board announced today that they will be joining communities around the world in support of Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Millions of people across the globe are expected to turn off lights to recognize the importance of nature and protecting the environment.

Earth Day artThe initiative started as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then, the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour has grown to become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

Schools in the Halton District School Board will set an example for their communities and lead into Earth Hour on Friday, March 26 by engaging in a series of learning activities including:

• Discussing the loss of nature and the importance of nature
• Understanding biodiversity and its importance
• Exploring the role of nature as an ally in the fight against the climate crisis
• Evaluating where and how electricity is used, and the importance of turning off and unplugging as many electronic devices as possible


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Burlington Man Arrested for $1.6 Million Fraud

Crime 100By Staff

March 24, 2021



The Halton Regional Police Service – Fraud Unit has arrested a Burlington man in relation to a fraud investigation.

iiroc logoThe accused was an investment industry professional who worked for a financial company that was registered with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

Between 2011 and 2016, two victims invested a total of approximately $1.6 million with the accused to purchase insurance and other investments. The accused diverted the funds he received from the victims to his own bank accounts.

The fraud was discovered in 2016 when the victims learned that the accused had entered into a settlement agreement with IIROC which resulted in a permanent prohibition on registration.

On March 17, 2021 Brian Kumar (47) of Burlington, was arrested and charged with:

 Fraud Over $5000 (3 counts)

Kumar was released on an undertaking.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Det. Constable Kevin Barkhouse of the Halton Regional Police Service – Fraud Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 8912.

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

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What Games Do Professional Gamers Play?

sportsred 100x100By John Gaar

March 24th, 2021



Did you know that the worldwide audience for E-sports games is forecasted to reach 250 million people?

The growth of Esports has been phenomenal, with new games being launched every year. Some games, however, dominate the landscape and are more popular than others. When we talk about the biggest Esports games, it can mean different things to different people. Some games are more popular globally while others are regional successes.

Gambling (also known as betting) is the wagering of money or something of value (referred to as “the stakes”) on an event with an uncertain outcome, with the primary intent of winning money or material goods.

Gambling thus requires three elements to be present: consideration (an amount wagered), risk (chance), and a prize.

Most of the online casinos offer no deposit bonus Canada or Australia players can use as well as UK or USA gamblers. The outcome of the wager is often immediate, such as a single roll of dice, a spin of a roulette wheel, or a horse crossing the finish line, but longer time frames are also common, allowing wagers on the outcome of a future sports contest or even an entire sports season.

Some have a lot more players while others organize bigger tournaments with large cash prizes. In this post, we have sorted the biggest Esports games by the amount of reward money that they have awarded for tournaments. All information on this is collected from the Esports Earnings website.

So, let’s get started with the list of the biggest Esports games.

Paid Gaming Fortnite

Fortnite is a popular multiplayer online game developed by Epic Games. It has three different game modes but still counts as one game.

Release Year – 2017
Total Prize Money Awarded – $89.1 million
Noteworthy Tournaments – Fortnite World Cup, Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series, Fortnite Summer Skirmish Series

Top Players – Kyle Giersdorf, Harrison Chang, David Wang.

Fortnite is a popular multiplayer online game developed by Epic Games. It has three different game modes but still counts as one game. Here are the details of each game mode:

Save the World – It involves up to 4 players fighting zombie-like creatures to defend themselves and other survivors.

Battle Royale – This is a player-versus-player type of game where up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing. It can also be played in teams.

Creative – This is the sandbox mode where players have creative control over the game world.

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Dota 2 is a popular multiplayer battle arena Esports game developed by Valve Corporation. It is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars. It is most popular in North America and Europe.

Release Year – 2013
Total Prize Money Awarded – $224.7 million
Noteworthy Tournaments – The International
Top Players – Johan Sundstein, Jesse Vainikka, Anathan Pham

About the Game
Dota 2 is a popular multiplayer battle arena Esports game developed by Valve Corporation. It is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars. It is most popular in North America and Europe.

The same is usually played in teams of five, with each one defending their area on a map. One team wins by destroying a structure called “Ancient” within the other team’s base.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Counter Strike: is a first-person shooter game and is the fourth one in the Counter-Strike series.


Release Year – 2012

Total Prize Money Awarded – $96.5 million

Noteworthy Tournaments – World Electronic Sports Games (WESG), ELEAGUE

Top Players – Andreas Højsleth, Peter Rasmussen, Nicolai Reedtz

This is another popular Esports game developed by Valve Corporation, in collaboration with Hidden Path Entertainment. It is a first-person shooter game and is the fourth one in the Counter-Strike series.

This game is basically played between two teams—terrorists and counter-terrorists. The terrorists take hostages and plant a bomb. The counter-terrorists have to save the hostages and defuse the bomb.

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No WiFi at Discovery Landing for two weeks. IT maintenance

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March 24, 2021



WiFi student

As of March 24, Wi-Fi at Discovery Landing in Spencer Smith Park will not be available for two-weeks due to IT maintenance.

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The Evolution of Online Gambling in Canada

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March 24th, 2021



Unlike in the US, gambling has been present in Canada for quite some time. The Great White North is famous for being one of the first countries to accept online gambling. As Canada’s first legal gambling form appeared in 1969, Canada was bound to have a highly developed gambling industry. Moreover, casinos became one of Canada’s famous landmarks where tourists and locals came for some quality entertainment.

I am a game expert working at Gamblizard;   I love to blog and give my audiences piece of his mind after reading my articles. 

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The gambling culture in Canada became so mainstream, and it became one of the top ways to entertain yourself.

And as the advancement was introduced to the industry, online gambling started to be a thing in Canada. Nowadays, many Canadian residents opt for online casinos and sportsbooks, but it doesn’t mean that land-based casinos are any less popular.

If you are up for a quick Canadian gambling history lesson, tune in.

First Legal Encounter with Gambling
Chronologically speaking, the first time a legal document concerning gambling in Canada appeared in the 19th century. It was called the Canadian Criminal Code, and it banned all sorts of gambling activities known. As something new, strange and unknown, many disliked gambling, which is why it was considered illegal up until 1969.

Once the benefits of legalised gambling became clear to the Canadian government, they decided to alter the Criminal Code in 1969. After all, there was no stopping the casino enthusiasts from enjoying their favourite pastime activity – even if it was illegal.

The two activities that became legal with the altered Criminal Code were gambling and lottery.

This was the first step towards the incredible expansion of the industry in Canada. And for the next couple of decades, tons of new land-based casinos emerged, and the industry flourished. The gambling culture in Canada became so mainstream, and it became one of the top ways to entertain yourself.

However, after the 1990s, everything started to change, and by the early 2000s, it became easily accessible and available to almost everyone. The fast growth of Internet technology and computers gave birth to online casinos. Once online casinos started to become familiar, a new era of online gambling began in Canada.

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You could go online and play blackjack, poker, baccarat and roulette.

The Beginnings of Online Casinos in Canada
And as it is entirely logical, the first online casinos in Canada and the rest of the world were quite simple. Even if this was considered groundbreaking at the time, the tech limitations allowed operators to offer only a few casino games users can play online.

Thus, you could go online and play blackjack, poker, baccarat and roulette. Another thing that used to limit people is the accessibility – as not many people had computers. Unlike today when everyone has a computer when students can access any online casino, they find on the website Gamblizard via phones when bored and get offers in Canada or play on their way to college. In other words, only a limited number of people could play these games and access the first online casinos in CA.

Also, online gambling was in a somewhat grey zone. Even if it wasn’t illegal, there wasn’t a law regulating anything conducted online. Without a clearly defined law concerning online gambling, many took advantage of the situation, which went beyond Canada’s borders and became a worldwide issue. This is precisely why many countries worldwide started defining online gambling laws and determining the legal status of online casinos.

Online Casino Laws in Canada
After almost two decades of online casino presence, Canada and many other countries worldwide struggle to define the laws concerning this matter. Thus, residents of the Great White North can play online casino games but only on offshore licensed websites. In other words, no online casino operator is allowed to run a gambling platform from CA. The country cannot issue any licenses and permits to enable such operating since there is no law defining it.

Unfortunately, the country won’t profit from playing taxes or license taxes as long as they don’t decide to pass a bill. All in all, people who are engaging in online gambling activities in Canada aren’t committing a crime – as long as that online casino is licensed offshore. Many of these offshore websites offer great bonuses, offers, top odds and exquisite gambling experience. Still, many people are hoping that the Canadian government will start changing the law soon. After all, this is a country with such a long gambling history, and it just needs to embrace it.

Chris Bell PAIDChris Bell is a game expert working at Gamblizard who loves to blog and let his audience get a piece of his mind by reading his articles. He is an absolute slot machine enthusiast, and he loves to play online video slots. When Chris is not working, he usually spends time with his family or reading interesting gambling content.

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City gets into some serious borrowing: $15 million line of credit for Hydro

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March 24th, 2021



City Council met yesterday for a meeting that was expensive.

The biggest spend was the approval given to Burlington Hydro to borrow up to $15 million (TD Bank will be the lender).

No mention as to what the line of credit will be used for.

Other long term borrowing:

Angela Coughlan Pool

Angela Coughlan Pool

A bylaw to authorize a request for the issuing of debentures by the Regional Municipality of Halton for Angela Coughlan Pool Revitalization

A bylaw to authorize a request for the issuing of debentures by the Regional Municipality of Halton for Fairview Street Bus Bays – Teen Tour Way Shelters

A bylaw to authorize a request for the issuing of debentures by the Regional Municipality of Halton for the Sinclair Circle and Autumn Hill work

A bylaw to authorize a request for the issuing of debentures by the Regional Municipality of Halton for the Ester Drive area Reconstruction, Water Main and Wastewater Main

A bylaw to authorize a request for the issuing of debentures by the Regional Municipality of Halton for Ghent and Hager Avenue Minor Reconstruction.

When Burlington needs to borrow longer term funds they don’t go to the bank – they arrange for the Regional government to issue debentures.
All four Halton municipalities take their longer term financial needs to the Region. Sort of like a rich uncle who has a better credit rating than you do.

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Almost everything you want to know about the vaccines that are being used.

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March 24th, 2021



Millions of Canadians want to know — of the four COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada — which one is the best one? Numbers and statistics are flying around and it’s fair to have a lot of other questions.

Are the Moderna and Pfizer shots really the ‘Cadillac’ of vaccines? Is the AstraZeneca shot effective? Does it matter which vaccine you get? We explain what vaccine efficacy really means and why comparing them is like comparing “apples to oranges”, the real differences between the ‘jabs’ and why out of all the numbers, 100% is the big one to focus on.

CLICK HERE for an excellent report on just what all that medical means.  (When you get to the link, scroll down for the podcast.) It runs for 15 minutes but you will leave knowing a lot more and have fewer questions.

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Spring break and PA Day programs open for registration on March 26

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March 23rd, 2021



The City’s spring break programming, which includes Youth Camp and Student Theatre Camp, and PA Day programming will be open for registration at on March 26, 2021, at 11 a.m.

Programs are available for viewing now.

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Students will be able to be outside but programs will be much different this Spring Break.

Youth Camp and PA Day programming will take place at Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way.

Student Theatre Camp will take place at Burlington Student Theatre, 2131 Prospect St.

If residents have questions about programs or need help with registering, contact the City by email at, or if you need to speak to someone, call 905-335-7738, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends.

Recreation Fee Assistance

Recreation is for all, regardless of financial situation. Recreation Fee Assistance is funding made available to resident individuals or families who need help to pay for City of Burlington recreation programs.

For more information or to apply, visit You can also leave a confidential voicemail message at 905-335-7738, ext. 8501 and staff will return your call to assist you.

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture explains that while: “Programs may look different we have designed them to still offer the highest quality programming, staff and participant safety and a wide range of fun and exciting activities.

“Kids will love the programs and parents can feel confident their child is not only safe, but having fun, too.”

Links and Resources

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Were we asked to leave? Or did they just forget the best mid sized city in Canada to live in.

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March 23rd, 2021



Where did Burlington go?

Were we asked to leave the Region or did they kick us out?

Halton Health seems to have forgotten us.

A sharp eyed reader explains:

“Halton Healthcare” is a hospital corporation with hospital sites in Georgetown, Milton, and Oakville. Jo Brant Hospital is a separate hospital organization in Burlington and has never been part of Halton Healthcare.

This is different from Halton Public Health, which is regional and includes Burlington.



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Seven confirmed variant infections at an area steak house where 200 dined

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March 23rd, 2021



The Regional Medical Officer of Health issues instructions for food & drink establishments a few days after the public learns of the spread of a variant Covid19 at an area steak house that is reported to have served 200 people.  Seven have been found to have been infected with the variant.

On March 20, 2021, the Province announced adjustments to dining capacity limits at restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments for regions in the Grey/Lockdown, Red/Control, Orange/Restrict and Yellow/Protect levels of the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.

For Halton in the Red/Control level, changes include allowing up to 50 per cent capacity of the indoor dining area, to a maximum of 50 patrons, so long as physical distancing requirements are met.

As an added measure to protect the safety of staff, patrons and the broader community, Dr. Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health has issued instructions to owners, operators and other persons responsible for restaurants, bars, food trucks, concession stands and other indoor and outdoor food or drink establishments.

These instructions are being issued as we continue to see cases of COVID-19 in Halton region and have experienced outbreaks and community transmission of Variants of Concern (VOCs). These instructions take effect at 12:01 a.m. March 23, 2021, and are in addition to Provincial measures identified in the Framework.

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Regional Health Unit contacting 200 people who dined at Oliver’s

Oliver’s Steak House

Further to our investigation, Halton Region Public Health has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of staff infected to seven. As a result, Halton Region Public Health is extending the exposure period to up to and including Thursday, March 18. We are asking all patrons who dined at Oliver’s Steakhouse between March 8 and March 18 to self-isolate for 14 days after their visit, and to get tested for COVID-19.

All seven confirmed cases are of a variant of concern. The  Halton Region Public Health’s investigation and case and contact management is ongoing, it is estimated that the total number of people exposed during this time is more than 200.

Let me see if I have this right.  The Public Health Unit loosens up the restrictions on dining out while the units investigation, case and contact management teams are scrambling to get in touch with the people who dined at the restaurant.

Sometime in April we will learn how many people were infected and if there were any deaths as a result


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Public School Board hosting Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions for Parents/Guardians on March 29 and 3

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March 22nd, 2021



The strain from the restrictions on what we can and cannot do while we weather ourselves through this pandemic are beginning to show.

The warm weather is going to attract all kinds of outside activity – and dinner at an outdoor patio – but only with people in your household – who are probably the last people you want to dine with – you’ve been cooped up with them for months.

The Halton District School Board is hosting two Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions for Parents/Guardians on Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at

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Discussion will include parent, child and youth mental health and well-being, ways in which parents/guardians can support their children, and resources available for youth and families. Each session will feature four panelists (parents, mental health experts, HDSB school social workers and community partners) who will share their experiences of parenting during COVID-19 and provide helpful information and resources.

The information session on Monday, March 29 will include information for parents/guardians of elementary students (Kindergarten – Grade 8) and the session on Tuesday, March 30 will include information for parents/guardians of secondary students (Grade 9 – 12).

These sessions will help parents/guardians learn about:
• How the pandemic may be impacting their, and their child’s, mental health and well-being
• Coping and well-being strategies for them and their children to support better mental health and well-being
• Resources and support available through their child’s school and within the community

Elementary Session: Monday, March 29 from 7 – 8:15 p.m. at

• Noorie Soni, HDSB parent and PIC member
• Kim Menezes-Francispillai, School Social Worker, HDSB
• Shivani Patel, Lead, Access and System Navigation, Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)
• Nathan Pillai, Clinical Psychologist, Bayridge Counselling Centre

Secondary Session: Tuesday, March 30 from 7 – 8:15 p.m. at
• Darlene Wierski-Devoe, Parent and Program Supervisor, Halton Families for Families
• Melinda Dougan, School Social Worker, HDSB
• Shivani Patel, Lead, Access and System Navigation, Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)
• Nicole Callander RSSW, Therapist, Bayridge Counselling Centre

Parents/guardians are encouraged to submit questions they would like the panelists to answer during the information sessions. Questions can be submitted through this form: Questions for Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions until Thursday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m.

The sessions will be livestreamed through the HDSB YouTube channel. Parents/guardians can visit at 7 p.m. on March 29 and/or March 30 to tune in. Registration is not required.

The HDSB is planning additional information sessions for parents/guardians on specific mental health & well-being topics to take place in the spring. The Board’s new Mental Health & Well-Being webpage has information for parents/guardians and students on mental health, ways to support positive mental health and well-being and how to get additional support at school and in the community.

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