Paradiso: a Neapolitan Cuisine destination that rarely disappoints

By Michele Bogle
October 20, 2020

ParadisoWithout going into an extended history lesson on Neapolitan Cuisine, suffice it to note that its cuisine took much from the culinary traditions of Naples, Italy; reaching a balance between dishes based on rural ingredients (pasta, vegetables, cheese) and seafood dishes (fish, crustaceans, mollusks). Fortunately for us this tradition was brought to our very own Village Square by the Paradiso Restaurant Group in 2003, after great success opening the first Paradiso Restaurant in Oakville, in 1993. This Mediterranean gem has impressed guests since its inception. Tripadvisor rates it #10 out of more than 300 restaurants in Burlington and snagged a #2 spot on the top 10 best Italian restaurants in Burlington, by Yelp.

Taking part in the Taste of Burlington’s Fall Dining Pre-Fixe menu, we ordered the butternut squash soup; soup-of-the-day, and the ‘Baked Brie’ as our dinner appetizers. While we waited, freshly baked fragrant bread with tomato and carrot incorporated in it, among other seasonings, was placed before us to enjoy.

parad soup

Combined with a little extra nutmeg and cumin I believe that I tasted caramelized onion in a lighter than usual base.

I’m constantly amazed at how squash soup can be modified and recreated to have the varieties of flavours that it has. This soup was again quite different in appearance. My curiosity peaked when I saw the colour cast of Paradiso’s butternut squash soup and had to taste some. Combined with a little extra nutmeg and cumin I believe that I tasted caramelized onion in a lighter than usual base. Quite delicious. I had ordered the Brie – a very generous serving of baked brie, wrapped in honey basted phyllo; paired with crostinis and a sweet tomato jam.

While there were several delectable choices, I thought that it made the most sense to try Paradiso’s signature pasta dish; Crab Ravioli. The description found online; Goat cheese stuffed ravioli, rock crab, tomatoes, chiffonade spinach, spicy basil cream sauce, says it all.

The flavours of each of these individual elements were present. I found myself scraping the bowl for final remnants of the not-too-spice cream sauce at the end.

Don’t be fooled by the portion size of the dessert offered. Flourless cakes are known for being extremely dense. This cake didn’t disappoint. The chocolate was a perfect compliment to the end of the meal. I couldn’t have eaten another bite.

Parad desert

The chocolate was a perfect compliment to the end of the meal.

The restaurant exercised the standard safety practices; face masks, table spacing, tables were not preset, sanitization station. Nothing extra to report. Our server was friendly, attentive, knowledgeable about the menu as well as the ingredients used. The music was a mixture of oldies with current hits, low enough to allow for comfortable conversation. I would dine here again.

Support your local hospitality; Paradiso does as evidenced on their social media platforms.

Paradiso Restaurant
2041 Pine Street, Burlington, L7R 2L8

For more information on the Pre-Fixe menu options during this dining event that ends on October 25, 2020, please check the Taste of Burlington website for more details.

Remember to sign up for the Taste of Burlington Passport to make menu selections from the app, paperless. The more you check-in from the app, the more chances you have of winning the weekly gift certificate giveaway and eligible for the grand prize of a $500 gift card to a restaurant of choice. This is useful for family gatherings now that the holidays are approaching.

Michele BogleMichele Bogle is a Burlington resident who writes for the Gazette on community issues. Ms Bogle has taken part in the Food Network for the second year in a row to audition for the ‘Great Chocolate Showdown’ 2020 and 2021. She made it to the second stage of auditions for ‘Wall of Chefs’ 2019 and finished top 1% of auditions last year for ‘The Great Canadian Baking Show’.

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Council gets an in-depth look at what the Planning department has to manage in the next couple of years

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

October 21st, 2020



It was one heck of a meeting, delivered in a workshop format

Angelo Bentivegna got to serve as chair; Jamie Tellier, currently the Interim Director of Community Planning, set out all the work the Planning Department has ahead of it. Councillor Stolte learned why zoning bylaw reports are numbered the way they are and city manager assured council that the 22 people that have to be added to the planning department staff will not all be taken on in one year – building the staff compliment will take about five years.

Angelo as chair

Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna is in the Chair

Tellier has a delivery style that is a delight to hear – he laughs at the few mistakes he makes and chuckles frequently when he is explaining something. He is the kind of person who really puts the J in Joy. He used a number of slides to get his message across.

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The numbers startled several of the Councillors – there was more to come.

Tellier started out by telling Councillor that with the Scoped Review of the Downtown portion of the Official Plan completed and the Interim Control Bylaw in place until all the appeals at that level are completed, the planners now get on with the real job of growing the planning department so that it can cope with the work that is ahead of it.

Tellier set out the organizational structure that is in place with three different working groups set out in the graphic below.

functional design

Council has always believed that development should pay for the work the planning department has to do.  A consultant has been hired to do a Planning Application Fee Review; that report is due sometime in November.

Once full cost recovery is in place the planners will be able to bring in the staff they will need.

Tellier didn’t even try to hide his excitement over just how big a deal the passing of the Official Plan earlier in October was.  “It was the end of a very long journey,” he said.

The next phase of that journey will take place at the Region on Wednesday (today) where the matter of the Urban Growth Boundary will be reviewed as well as the boundaries for what used to be called transportation hubs. They are now described as Major Transit Service Areas. (MTSA)

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Urban Growth and transportation – residential housing locations will be debated at the Region on Wednesday.

The John Street bus terminal that was once called an MTSA has been deemed to be just a bus terminal – which is not defined in the the Planning Act and therefore not a concern.

At the Regional Council meeting Mayor Meed Ward expects to be vindicated for her long held position that the John Street bus terminal designation be removed.

There were those in Burlington who said this would never happen.  They were wrong.

Burlington will have three MTSAs: Burlington GO station; Aldershot Go Station and the Appleby GO station.  Boundaries have been established for all three but have yet to be made final. These MTSA’s are where the growth in residential housing is to take place.

The Gazette will report on what takes place at the Regional Council meeting in detail.

A draft version of the Regional review of the Burlington Official Plan is expected early in November.  Council will go over that document – send its comments back to the Region after which the city will have an Official Plan that will be appeal-able at LPAT.

While all this is taking place there is a Land Use Study being done by Dillon that the city expects to see in November.

The Region is also doing a phased Municipal Comprehensive Review as part of its Official Plan Review.  The MTSA and UGC questions are part of that process.

Tellier took some delight in pointing out that the fist change to an Official Plan that is yet to be fully Official is on its way.  He added that all this is very complex and can be confusing.

The work being done on what were originally known as Transportation hubs, now called MTSAs, will be referred to as Area Specific Plans. That work was started in 2017 and paused in 2019 and has now become part of the work plan for which the city is going to have to hire as many as 22 additional staff.

Tellier and City manager Tim Commisso stressed that these jobs would not be filled in the immediate future and that when they are filled the work they do will be paid for by the fees collected from the developers.  The developers will of course add those fees to the cost of the housing they build.

The Planning Department and the Office of the City Solicitor have both submitted their budget requests.

Tellier spent most of the two hours explaining the work the Planning department now had to take on.

There is to be a community housing strategy.

There is to be a review of heritage sites in the downtown core.

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There are Guidelines for everything now.

There is the Urban Design thinking, which Tellier described as “the glue” that keeps everything together.

There is a Pre-building permit process that is being put in place – this was intended for individuals who want to build a deck or install a swimming pool who don’t have the experience or skills to work their way through the way city hall works.  The intention is to have a single person point of reference.  This is covered by the Service Review Study that has taken place.

COVID has forced the city to find a better way of getting documents filed.  Developers would come in with boxes and boxes of reports; now everything comes digitally.

Site Planning co-coordinator Jamie Tellier explans what is going to be built whereon the JBMH campus.

Jamie Tellier explains what is going to be built where on the Joseph Brant Hospital campus.

Tellier explained that Planning has had to lean heavily on Information Services for both direction and support.

The Core Commitment is due for a serious review as well.

Tellier gave some insight into the complexity of the work to be done.  Much of it involves liaising with legal, roads, transit, transportation and community planning.

In summing up, Tellier cheerfully said: That’s it!

Following all this is going to be a challenge.

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The politics of COVID 19: it is reshaping our political world

Rivers 100x100By Ray Rivers

October 21st, 2020



COVID 19 is helping to reshape our political world. Nowhere was that better seen than in the re-election of New Zealand’s young prime minister, who has led her country and shown the world how to deal with the coronavirus. She was rewarded by the voters with a landslide victory and a first ever parliamentary majority since New Zealand adopted proportional government back in the 1990’s.

By contrast there is the US presidential race and if Trump loses, which appears likely, it will be because of his mishandling of the pandemic. Americans are constantly reminded of the quarter million folks who have died under his watch, despite his assurances that the virus was just a flu and would be gone by last May.

NZ prime minister

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern is a very talented leader who built a coalition with the Green Party on the left and the NZ First on the right and ably governed to the respect of New Zealanders during the devastating global pandemic. But unlike Canada, New Zealand was prepared for the pandemic and it acted swiftly to contain and eliminate the virus months ago.

There have been the inevitable outbreaks since then, a consequence of allowing returning nationals into the country, but they have been contained by contact tracing and mandatory quarantine. Like Canada, New Zealand closed its borders, but it did so much earlier and avoided much of the initial spread we allowed.

Being a unitary state it was easier, no doubt, to effect a consistent national health care policy. That was also true for the early lock down rules which kept people from spreading the virus. New Zealand is an Island but the virus arrived there as it did here – by airline passengers, so that is no excuse for Canada’s much poorer performance.

NZ sports audience

New Zealanders are now able to attend sports events and concerts – the Covid19 virus

New Zealand’s success can be attributed to its viable and consistent plan which was followed and enforced until the virus was gone in addition to a compliant population who followed the rules and a strong and visionary leader, of course. Today there are only a few active cases remaining – all of which are contained and under quarantine. Meanwhile the rest of the country has gone back to normal. The shops and businesses have re-opened and even crowded sporting events are back.

Masks are no longer required, even on public transport.

The New Zealand economy has taken a hit, along with just about every nation on the planet. International tourism makes up a large portion of the country’s economy. And since the airports are mostly closed to non-citizens, domestic tourism is being promoted to help keep that business sector going.

New Zealand should be a model for how other nations deal with the epidemic and protect their populations. But it is not the only model. Uruguay, another small nation, bordered by Brazil and Argentina, both of which have significant contagions, has done remarkably well. Taiwan with a population five times that of New Zealand has suffered only 7 deaths. And both Uruguay and Taiwan have come through without a lock down so far.

And then there is China, where the virus originated, but which managed to virtually eliminate it in short order and has dealt effectively with the inevitable periodic outbreaks related to foreign travel. But unlike most other nations China’s economy is showing a marked rebound and life is mostly going back to normal.

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Day after day Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario goes before the TV cameras to explain the most recent decision on combating Covid19

So what about Canada? Canada’s focus has always been on ‘Flattening’ rather than ‘Eliminating’ the curve. So when the provincial lock downs had been successful in flattening the infection curve we got carried away with our success, declaring victory and opening up the economy so people could mingle and spread the disease again. We did ask people to wear masks and distance, but the messages were mixed and the test/tracing practices unsuccessful. As sure as night follows day the contagion got a second wind.

Bringing the infection rate down will be much harder this time. Schools are open, cold weather has pushed people inside where the virus is where it wants to be, and we’re COVID fatigued, tired of it all. We’re sick and tired of the restrictions, and the steady stream of bad statistics, and the daily media briefings, and the mixed messages from our politicians, and the economic malaise, and the ever-rising debt we’ll have to reconcile one day.

So perhaps next time our leaders will take a lesson from nations, like new Zealand, which have been successful in overcoming this contagion the first time. And if they do perhaps political rewards, like one kind Jacinda Ardern has just been given, will be in their future as well.

Background links:

Jacinda –   New Zealand Gets IT–    China Gets It

Rivers in maskRay Rivers, born in Ontario earned an economics degree at the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s degree in economics at the University of Ottawa.  His 25 year stint with the federal government included time with Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, Agriculture and the Post office.  Rivers is active in his community,


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No consensus on the re-development of the Waterfront Hotel site

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

October 20th. 2020



Waterfront hotel with pier at foot

The owner of the hotel had plans to tear it down and rebuild closer to the edge of the lake

One of the deeply concerning issues for almost everyone who lives in Burlington and spends some time each year at Spencer Smith Park is what is going to get built south of Lakeshore Road where the Waterfront Hotel is now located.

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The Plan B people have been consistent and insistent that the public be at the table when decisions are made about how the Waterfront Hotel is to be re-developed.

Council learned today that the Planning department has not been able to get consensus from the property owners which puts any work done on how  the site is developed gets pushed back into 2021 for pthe creation of a work plan, and figuring out what the timing will be and what will be required in the way of budget.
This is a development area that has several sets of eyes on it – not just the planners.

Plan B, a small but very very effective group of people who have come up with an alternate set of plans that have not gone away despite precious little in the way of deserved attention from a former Director of Planning who left the city.

Related news stories:

Plan B people remind the city that they are watching what happens to the Waterfront Hotel site

Mary Lou Tanner – last paragraph in the story

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Tellier suggests that the Burlington business association get in bed with the one in Aldershot.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

October 20th, 2020



During the lengthy and very detailed report on Planning Department plans going forward given by Interim Director of Community Planning Jamie Tellier, a couple of gems were dropped on the table.

BDBA logoHe told council he wanted to plant a seed – take a look at the way the Burlington Downtown Business Association (BDBA) works (Tellier called it a BIA) and consider adding the Aldershot BIA to the work the BDBA does.

The downtown merchants have used special shopping bag promotions in the past. Last summer we all got to see BDBA General Manager Brian Dean in shorts that must have been on sale somewhere.

BDBA Executive Director Brian Dean working his territory.

Tellier saw community planning as something that doesn’t work all that well with boundaries

He might have added that it is perhaps time for a BIA to represent the commercial activity in and around Dundas, especially on the eastern side of the city.

Expect to see Brian Dean, current Executive Director of the BDBA, delegating on that issue.



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Who called whom: getting Brock to decide on Burlington

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

October 20th, 2020



When the city announced it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (documents that are worth almost as much as the paper they are printed on) with Brock University on a possible move to the “best city in the country” my question was:

Who called whom?

Brock in Hamilton

The Education faculty needs to be moved by August of 2022

Was Brock looking for a new location and thought Burlington would be a nice place or was Burlington on the prowl for an academic institution that would be a one up on the school that McMaster University located on the South Service road after playing footsie with the city about locating the building in the downtown core?

Turns out that Brock decided more than 18 months ago that they needed to find a better location for the facility they had in the East end of Hamilton where public transit was very limited and the building footprint no longer met their needs.

So the word was out – which suggests that the Burlington Economic Development Corporation was the matchmaker.

There are some exceptional synergies laying out there to be exploited. It is now up to Burlington to find a location that thrills the deciders at Brock. Reputations rest on our making it happen.

Robert Bateman HS

Bateman high school site will at some point be declared surplus – could that structure be modified as a Brock Campus. Huge sports field behind the building that could become the community centre the Mayor and the ward trustee would like to see built.

The Robert Bateman High school is due to get shuttered in the not too distant future. When the Halton District School Board declares that property surplus, existing educational institutions have first dibs on the land.

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward called the announcement “truly exciting news for Burlington.”

Annita Cassidy Hoey retirement

Anita Cassidy, Executive Director of Burlington Economic Development

Anita Cassidy, Executive Director of Burlington Economic Development said: “Burlington Economic Development has been working actively with the City of Burlington and our post-secondary partners to expand opportunities for undergraduate education in Burlington for a number of years and we are excited to move forward with Brock University.” said Cassidy.

Brock completed the sale of its Hamilton campus in September, in an agreement that gives the University the option of continuing to conduct teaching and research there until August 2022, allowing it time to obtain and prepare a replacement facility.

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Remembrance at Cenotaph to be virtual

News 100 blueBy Staff

October 20th, 2020


The city administration along with the Legion has announced that the 2020 Remembrance Day ceremony is going virtual and will be live-streamed at, beginning at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Remembrance Day wreaths - dozens at cenotaph

The wreaths will be laid, Taps will be played – we shall remember them in total silence.

Please do not go to the Burlington Cenotaph.

Those at the Cenotaph will be following COVID-19 safety protocol including physical distancing.

To view the live streaming, go to at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. The ceremony will also be available for viewing afterward.

The 35-minute ceremony will include a colour guard, two minutes of silence, music performed by some members of the Burlington Teen Tour Band and Flanders Fields.

The sunrise ceremony at the Naval Monument is also not open to the public and will not be live-streamed.

For more information about the virtual ceremony, please visit


Remembrance - crowd

The crowds seen in the past will be absent for 2020


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81 year old male killed while trying to cross Mapleview early this morning

News 100 blackBy Staff

October 19th, 2020



An 81 year old male from Burlington was crossing Maple Ave mid-block when he was struck by a black Honda Civic travelling northbound.

The pedestrian was transported to Joseph Brant Hospital and subsequently died from his injuries. The involved driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the police investigation. The Collision Reconstruction Unit attended and scene and has assumed carriage of the investigation.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation, and anyone who witnessed the collision who has not yet spoken to police is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 5065.

The accident took place early this morning at around 7:00 am.

The name of the deceased has not been released.

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The Medical Officer of Health has written us all a letter

October 19th, 2020

Dr Meghani at news conference Hamilton

Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health

To the Halton community:
Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Halton and without a doubt we are firmly in a second wave of the pandemic. I know that we have asked a lot of you over the past several months and COVID-19 fatigue is very real.

We cannot let our guards down. The time to take collective action is now in order to prevent a much worse scenario and stricter measures in the future. COVID-19 has no borders and we need to work together to stop the spread. It is out of concern for our community that I am strongly recommending that all residents take the following steps immediately:

Limit close contact to people within your household. This means minimizing interactions with people who don’t live in your house, including dining at restaurants and other social gatherings.

Limit non-essential activities. This means trying to stick to essential activities as much as possible such as going to school or work (if you work outside of your home) and using online delivery services for errands when possible.

As always, when you are in public keep a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from those outside of your household, wear a mask when physical distancing is a challenge or when required, wash and sanitize your hands frequently and please stay home if you are sick, even if you have mild cold-like symptoms.

We have learned that many cases are linked to private social gatherings and group activities. We know there is a greater risk of transmitting COVID-19 in particular situations and settings where individuals have close contact with one another, often without a mask and for prolonged periods of time. While Public Health values physical activity and participation in sport, we must take a balanced approach to reduce transmission. To control the spread of the virus, I am also recommending:

Limit all team sports to training only, with proper physical distancing between players and no scrimmages or games. 

Suspend all indoor fitness classes.I know this may be difficult to adjust to as fitness and sports are an important part of our routines and help us stay positive through these challenging times.

Please consider other ways to stay active such as online fitness classes for all ages, runs, walks or hikes, or play an outdoor game with people in your household.

Dine at restaurants with people in your household only. I also encourage residents to order take-out or use meal delivery services to continue to support local businesses.

These recommendations are not provincial orders and will not be enforced. While I am strongly recommending residents take these steps, I understand that these may take time to adopt and may not happen overnight. It is my hope that everyone follows these recommendations to the extent possible to protect one another and stop cases from rising in our community. We all have a choice to make right now –between what we want to do and what we need to do.

We still have time to reduce the severity of this second wave, but we need your help to achieve this. We did it before and we can do it again. Thank you to everyone for staying in this together, taking this seriously and above all for being kind to one another. Please continue to visit the latest information on cases and public health guidance.

Yours in health,
Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health

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Recreation department want to take a deep look at what more can be done at Tayandaga

News 100 greenBy Staff

October 18th, 2020



Tyandaga – the city owned golf course in the west end of the city – could be put to even better use. It is currently an 18 hole course from April to November, the green space is used as an 18-hole golf course. From November to March, it is enjoyed by residents for tobogganing, cross-country skiing, dog walking and more.

Tyandaga golf course aerial

Tayandaga – a recreational facility the city would like to get more out of; looking to the public for ideas.

The city thinks even more can be done with the space and is looking to the citizens for ideas and input; what recreational ideas residents have to further enhance what already exists at Tyandaga. We want to know what residents value about this expansive green space and explore ideas to make it even more vibrant. The City is looking for ideas related to the golf program and ideas related to the year-round park space.

Given that we are currently in a virtual world the city will hold a virtual meeting and invite you to submit questions.

These sessions will be recorded. The link to the sessions can be found at

City-wide: Oct. 27, 7 to 8 p.m.

Tyandaga Residents: Nov. 4, 7 to 8 p.m.

There is also an online survey.

Residents, golfers and the Tyandaga community are encouraged to also complete the online survey found at The short survey is open now until Nov. 6, 2020.

Chris Glenn

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation Services

Questions or comments can be sent to Rebecca Holmes, Recreation Planner, 905-335-7600, ext. 7351 or

“The green space at Tyandaga is a great asset to the community and the city. We want to ensure we’re using the area for the best possible recreational purposes. I encourage everyone to attend one of the two online engagement sessions and to complete the online survey. The information collected will be used to develop a recreation plan” said Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation Services

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When an intimate relationship breaks down – things get very ugly and people are hurt

Crime 100By Staff

October 18th, 2020



When an intimate relationship breaks down – things get very ugly and people are hurt. The Regional Police have to deal with these situations all too often.

child abuse 2In early September, the Halton Regional Police Service received a 9-1-1 call late at night from a young child stating that they could hear a physical altercation and their mother screaming for help.

Officers were dispatched to the residence, arriving in minutes. Officers made contact with the female party who exited the residence crying, with visible signs of assault on her face and body. The female party stated that the male party involved in this incident had left the residence on foot.

Officers cleared the residence to confirm that the male party had not re-entered and to ensure the safety of the three children in the residence. Uniform officers remained on scene and spoke with the female party.

Officers learned that the male party had arrived intoxicated at the female’s residence and assaulted her following a verbal altercation. The male had punched, choked, pushed and kicked her. During the assault, the female party yelled out to her sleeping children to call 9-1-1.

Thankfully, one of her children heard her and called for help. This led the male party to flee the residence on foot. The female party was able to lock the front door, securing the safety of her children and herself.

The male was arrested soon after and subsequently transported to Central Lock Up. Thereafter, the Halton Regional Police Service Intimate Partner Violence Unit took carriage of the investigation. The accused was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Mischief Under $5,000.

domestic violenceThe female party received medical attention and was referred to the Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit.

The Intimate Partner Violence Victim Coordinator worked with the victim to establish measures to increase her safety through a safety plan.

The Victim Services Unit also connects victims to appropriate support services in the community, assists with victim care, and, through the Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP+), can provide immediate short-term financial support toward essential expenses for victims of violent crime.

Unfortunately, this situation is not unique. This incident serves as an example of why we must look out for our neighbours, relatives, friends, and co-workers, especially if you suspect they may not be safe at home.

That is why the Halton Regional Police Service, in partnership with Halton Women’s Place and the Halton Regional Police Services Board, are unveiling a memorial site to commemorate victims of Intimate Partner Violence in Halton on Monday, November 2, 2020. Through this memorial, the aim is to:

• Honour ALL victims who have been killed in acts of Intimate Partner Violence, and
• Increase community awareness in relation to Intimate Partner Violence and, more specifically, gender-based violence.

Together, we must stand in solidarity to help end Intimate Partner Violence, because a life without violence is the only life to live.

The HRPS is urging victims or friends/family of victims to contact the Halton Regional Police Service, Halton Women’s Place or other community resources if intimate partner violence is happening.

Shelters across Halton are still open at this time and Halton Women’s Place continues to offer services. Shelters have taken precautions related to COVID-19 to ensure that no one is forced to choose between their safety and their health. Help is available.

sexual violence imageEvery person has the right to feel safe in our community.

You are not alone. Victims of intimate partner violence or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact the Halton Regional Police Service. The following is a list of valuable support services and resources in Halton Region for victims of intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence:

• Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit 905-825-4777
• Halton Women’s Place 905-878-8555 (north) or 905-332-7892 (24-hour crisis line)
• Halton Children’s Aid Society 905-333-4441 or 1-866-607-5437
• Nina’s Place Sexual Assault and Domestic Assault Care Centre 905-336-4116 or 905-681-4880
• Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) 905-875-1555 (24-hour crisis line)

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Use of city sports facilities is on pause until further notice

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

October 17th, 2020



As of Oct. 17, 2020 the city is “ Pausing all Burlington City-run indoor fitness classes for Adult 19+ and 55+, including indoor pickleball and aquatic fitness. Sports groups limited to training”.

Gymnasiums in Haber Recreation Centre

These spaces will remain unused until Public Health determines they are safe places.

Following the recommendation of Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health and emerging evidence indicating cases from indoor physical activity setting and contact sports are on the rise, the City of Burlington is taking action to help reduce COVID-19 transmission.
Any City of Burlington facility renter offering indoor fitness programs, including dance, Pilates and yoga, are also paused. To confirm if your program is still running, check with your organization.

Within City of Burlington facilities, activities are now limited to training only where proper physical distancing can be maintained. There will be no games or scrimmages until further notice.

The intent of this pause is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and avoid going back into a modified Stage 2 status with further precautions.

The pause will be evaluated frequently and will be lifted once Halton Region Public Health deems it safe to resume these indoor activities in City facilities. The City of Burlington will continue to share updates with the public.

For information on recreation services, visit To reach customer service, call 905-335-7738.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward explains: “Taking this temporary pause now, will allow us to come together sooner. Despite our best efforts, we’re still seeing a steady increase of COVID-19 cases in our city. While this news will be disappointing to many residents, we must keep in mind these are truly extraordinary times and they require extraordinary efforts on all of our parts, as a community, to ensure we slow down the spread of this pandemic. We will beat this, as long as we stay patient, vigilant, and continue following the advice of our medical and health professionals.”

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Some got $2500, others less - total of 124,000. distributed to the retail and hospitality sector to keep the public safe

News 100 blueBy Staff

October 17th, 2020



The small “main street” retail operations, especially the hospitality sector have been badly hurt by the restrictions COVID-19 has placed on the way we live our lives and the things we can and cannot do.

The Burlington Economic Development, Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Downtown Business Association, Aldershot Village BIA and Tourism Burlington gave themselves the collective title – Team Burlington and went about looking for ways to help those who really needed the help.

City Council set aside $125,000 that would be made available and is leaning on the Regional government to match that amount. There were 95 applications with 59 commercial operations getting a grant.

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Carla Nell, President and CEO of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce

The five organizations teamed up with the city and the POST Promise to deliver an innovative new program to provide financial support to Burlington’s small business community during COVID-19.

A direct outcome of the Burlington Economic Recovery Network (BERN) also led by Team Burlington, is the one-time grant of up to $2500 to be used towards related COVID-19 costs such as purchasing PPE, renovating a physical space to adhere to public health guidelines, purchasing of signage and/or barriers.

Carla Nell, President and CEO of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce said: “As a result of COVID-19, public-facing businesses, such as food services and retail stores, have seen a decline in revenues anywhere from 60-70%.

“ These businesses are under tremendous pressure to adapt their physical spaces to adhere to reopening guidelines. Through speaking with stakeholders, it became clear that the City could support in restarting the economy and rebuilding consumer and employee trust by offering financial support to adapt to the reopening guidelines laid out by the Province. We are very proud that Burlington is the first municipality we know of to launch a program of this kind, and to be taking actionable steps toward helping businesses reopen safely.”

Post promise

This graphic in the window or door of an organization means they have signed a pledge to observe and enforce the five practices that limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The Burlington Safe Restart Program has partnered with POST Promise, a private-sector initiative, in collaboration with various levels of government, designed to help Canadians confidently and safely visit public spaces and the workplace. Businesses who apply for the Burlington Safe Restart grant are required to make the POST Promise, which provides education and training on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Grant recipients will be able to display Burlington Safe Restart signage as well as the POST Promise logo in their storefront window, demonstrating their commitment to doing their part to protect the public’s health during COVID-19.

Applications for the Burlington Safe Restart program were accepted from eligible businesses between September 29 to October 13. More information on the program including eligibility requirements and the application form can be found at

Funds available for the first phase of the $250,000 program were paid out to:

A & S Mixed Martial Arts $1,500
A & Z INC $2,500
Agenzia Delicata Inc o/a Mirella’s Ladies Boutique $1,100
Aldershot Dental Hygiene $2,500
Athabasca Coffee House $2,500
Babaz $2,500
Barra Fion $2,500
Barry’s Jewellers $1,500
Beauty Destination spa $2,500
Beaver & Bulldog Burlington $2,500
Blo Blow Dry Bar $2,500
Boon Burger $1,900
Brant Pump & Patio $2,500
Brodie Chiropracitc Professional Corporation $1,500
Burlington Laser Eye Centre $2,500
Centro Garden Limited $2,000
Chickadee Kids Company Inc. $2,500
CineStarz Upper Canada Place $2,500
Culaccino $2,500
Dermetics $2,500
Downtown Bistro $2,500
Dr. Roman Galkin Dentistry Professional Corp. $2,500
Eye Focus $1,063
Eyes Childcare Burlington $2,500
Familia Fine Foods $2,000
HealthView Chiropractic Wellness $326
Industria Pizzeria $2,500
Jans Awnings $1,200
Lifestyles For Life $2,500

Lil’ Monkeys Indoor Playgrounds Inc. $2,500
Lingerie D’Amour inc. $2,500
Loch Side Hospitality Ltd. $2,500
Modern Hearing $2,500
On The Cusp Dental Hygiene $1,500
Orman G. Bush Ltd. $2,300
Pedlar Dentistry Professional Corporation (Dental Life) $1,000 Pepperwood $2,500
Pluckers $2,500
Posh couture $2,500
R Powered Fitness Inc $1,000
Ridgeview Restaurant Limited $2,000
Specs on Pearl Inc. $2,500
Styled Inc $2,000
Tamp Coffee co $2,200
The Dickens $900
The Follicle Spa Inc $2,500
The Golfer’s Academy Inc. $2,500
The Lashery $2,500
The Martini House $2,500
The North Coal Inc $1,000
The Olive Oil Dispensary Inc $2,500
The Platter Company Inc. $2,500
The Spa in the Village Inc. $1,000
The Tell Tale Heart Tattoo $2,500
Tread Well Inc. $700
Viking’s Landing Entertainment Inc $2,500
Walker’s Chocolates $2,500
Waterfront Hotel $2,500
Ye Olde Squire $2,500

Total distributed: $124,689.00

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Local trucking company gets Carrier of the Year award from two major brands: Coca Cola and P&G recognize Fluke Transport

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

October 17th, 2020



What does a local trucking company with a name that catches your eye do as it celebrates its 100th year of operation?
Announce an award.

Usually Ron Foxcroft is the person who spreads the good news for Fluke Transport – but this time it was his son Steve who told us about the Carrier of the Year award that Coca Cola handed out to Fluke.

Fluke - Coca Cola award

It matters when your clients recognize the work you do for them. Fluke Transport got two of these for 2019

It’s not that big a deal but it is significant. Fluke hauls a lot of product for the Coca Cola Bottling Company and they like to let the carrier community know who they think is worthy of mention.

Coca Cola is a big deal.

Steve, who is a vice president at Fluke, added to the news when he told the Gazette that Proctor and Gamble also named Fluke as the Carrier of the year for their product line.

“We hauled a lot of toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizer for P&G” said the younger Foxcroft who added that Fluke is busy – their 105 truck, 450 trailer fleet is fully committed.

“There was a point at which we were hauling 25 loads of paper products every day for the company.”

Fluke also got a Platinum level award from their insurance company for their high level of safety management.

Everything a truck driver does now is logged electronically – Fluke has a sterling record for looking out for their drivers and keeping their fleet in top condition.

Asked for his views on business and how things looked going forward Steve said that they have all but eliminated any forward planning. “These are now day to day situations” we work at that level with the safety of our drivers and office staff being the number one issue.

The Foxcroft’s have owned and operated Fluke Transport for the last forty years –“ it’s a 100 year old company that has had just two owners” said Steve Foxcroft.

“We meet once a month to go over the numbers – Dad is in the room asking a lot of questions. We are fortunate to have a number of great customers in the food and household supplies business so we are doing OK, there are some others that aren’t doing as well.”

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Food Bank presented with close to $70,000 from the Burlington Tim Hortons operations

News 100 blueBy Staff

October 16th, 2020



Guaranteed to be the biggest fundraiser of the year at the Burlington Food Bank. Can’t thank Tim Horton’s enough, was the way one of the volunteers put it.

The Tim Horton’s 2020 Smile Cookie Campaign was a HUGE success this year! Burlington Tim Horton’s Restaurant Owners collectively raised $69,249 for the Burlington Food Bank in just one week.

The store owners gathered together at Cameron Robins’ store on Plains Rd to present the cheque.

The 70k cookie

The Smile Cookie sale raised $69,249 for the Food Bank. Every penny of each cookie sale went to the Food Bank.

Cameron, thanked everyone adding that this was such a wonderful way to give back.

Everyone gets a cookie that the staff have decorated with the entire proceeds going directly to the food bank to feed families in our Burlington community.

This donation comes at an excellent time; we are seeing the usage of the Food Bank increasing. With these funds they are able to purchase healthy nutritious food and produce to help balance their client’s needs.

Tim Horton’s staff have put a Smile on the faces of thousands of people in Burlington.

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Mayor and MP McKenna would rather the good folks from Peel stay in Peel

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

October 15th, 2020



Mayor Marianne Meed Ward cozying up to MPP Jane McKenna – there’s a picture you won’t see very often.

Meed Ward H&S profile

Mayor Meed Ward


MP Jane McKenna

In a Statement released by the Office of the Mayor on the dismaying increase in new cases of COVID-19 in many parts of Ontario, including here in Burlington the logo of MPP McKenna stands beside the photograph of the Mayor.

The two women joined forces to support the implemented targeted public health measures in known hot spots including Peel, Toronto and Ottawa to help mitigate the spread of this highly contagious virus.

The joint Statement said: “To help further minimize the spread in Burlington, we are respectfully asking our valued friends in neighbouring hot spot communities to voluntarily refrain from in-person visits to businesses outside their local area. We encourage those in our local community to continue supporting the many local businesses, as they have done throughout the pandemic.

“When people travel outside of these hot spots, it defeats the purpose of the restriction, and minimizes our ability to contain the virus. Limiting discretionary travel is essential to preventing additional cases, and potentially avoiding further restrictions that will negatively impact the economic and physical health of more Ontarians.”

Gazette readers report on Mississauga residents using gyms in Milton for their exercise – an almost guaranteed approach to spreading the COVID-19 virus.

Almost everyone supports the tightening of activities in the hot spots but the “common sense and good judgement” Mayor Meed Ward speaks of isn’t being used – which is why things are getting worse.

If we keep this up there will come a time when we will be in an economically brutal lock-down. By the end of next week we will know how we individually managed Thanksgiving.

If the numbers are high now – wait until we see where they are the two weeks before Christmas.

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Barra Fion’s: Spanish inspired tapas restaurant, part of the Taste of Burlington

Michele Bogle
October 15, 2020

Barra Fion’s Pre-Fixe Taste of Burlington menu boasts seven appetizers and five delicious-sounding entrees to choose from. With such a fantastic selection, it took us longer than anticipated to decide.

This Spanish inspired tapas restaurant was well spaced with plexi-glass shields in between the tables set in the middle of the room to allow for additional and safer seating. The best part was the non-contact facial recognition temperature scanning at the entrance. Our servers were patient, knowledgeable about the menu, and engaging. The restaurant was clean and guests wore masks while moving within the restaurant. As a reminder; using the Taste of Burlington Passport App also allows you to read menus digitally to avoid paper contact.

fioni crab cakes

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

For starters we tried the ‘Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes’. Two, only, may not sound like a generous portion but they were considerably large, hearty, flavourful and the aioli sauce was addictive, as well a perfect compliment to the dish.

Fioni shrimp

Blackened Shrimp and Farro Mediterranean Salad

We had also ordered the ‘Blackened Shrimp and Farro Mediterranean Salad.

This dish overloaded my senses. A culinary delight which was visually intriguing with all of its elements. Each ingredient with a specific purpose; a little crunch, a little spice and a little zing. I highly recommend this item on the menu.

fioni stew

Spanish Inspired Seafood Stew

Delightfully perplexed by my choice for the next course, we happily landed on ‘Spanish Inspired Seafood Stew’ as our entree. Don’t let the uninspired name fool you. This dish was a whole new eating adventure with its individual elements. The perfectly spiced blackened tilapia needed to be experienced first before dropping into the delicious seafood broth below; held up by a generous number of mussels and surrounded by a medley of stewed vegetables and herbs. Within the broth were found large gorgeous shrimp and an almost serrated roll of calamari. In my mind the garlic bread was provided to enjoy the delicious broth with. I was still echoing an “mmm, mmm, mmm” as I placed my empty bowl to the side.

dessert pumpkin

Pumpkin Spiced Mini Churros

For dessert, my daughter and I chose the ‘Pumpkin Spiced Mini Churros’ with caramel sauce. I think that the chef forgot that they were supposed to be minis. Shhh, it’ll be our little secret. Adding a touch of pumpkin spice to an already perfect dessert is ‘brilliant’.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Barra Fion and would recommend that if you haven’t yet experienced their food, that the pre-fixe menu offered during the Taste of Burlington Dining Event is a perfect time to try different items on their menu at an excellent price.

Please note that this event runs only until October 25. You won’t want to miss it. Some restaurants are giving out additional offers. The more you use the Passport App to check-in when you dine at one of the participating restaurants, the more chance you have of winning the weekly gift-card giveaway and the grand prize of a $500 gift card to a restaurant of choice.

Barra Fion is located at;

1505 Guelph Line, Unit 10A
Burlington, ON L7P 3B6
Open 7 days a week, 12-9pm


Michele BogleMichele Bogle is a Burlington resident who writes for the Gazette on community issues. Ms Bogle has taken part in the Food Network for the second year in a row to audition for the ‘Great Chocolate Showdown’ 2020 and 2021. She made it to the second stage of auditions for ‘Wall of Chefs’ 2019 and finished top 1% of auditions last year for ‘The Great Canadian Baking Show’.

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Thefts from unlocked vehicles in driveways south of the QEW have increased: Police saying Lock it or Lose it

Crime 100By Staff

October 15th, 2020



Residents in southern Burlington – south of the QEW, are reported to be getting a little sloppy about locking their cars at night.

The younger criminal set are finding they can steal small change and at times electronic equipment from unlocked cars.

HRPS crestHalton Police are reminding residents to Lock it or Lose it: there has been a recent increase in overnight thefts in the city, especially south of the QEW.

Over the past few weeks, a significant rise in theft incidents from vehicles has been reported to police. The reported incidents have occurred during the overnight hours and involve thieves entering unlocked vehicles to steal loose change and other valuables from inside.

The latest rash of incidents has occurred across the City, but thieves have been primarily targeting Burlington’s south end, south of the Q.E.W.

As police continue to investigate these crimes, we would like to remind and are urging Burlington residents to remain vigilant by keeping watch for suspicious vehicles and or persons in their neighbourhoods and to report it immediately to police.

Police are reminding the public of the following prevention tips:

Ensure your unattended vehicle(s) are kept locked/secure
• Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle
• Park in well-lit and attended areas whenever possible
• Never leave spare keys in your vehicle
• If you have to leave valuables in your vehicle, lock them in your trunk. Don’t tempt thieves by leaving packages or purses in plain view or on the seat.
• Remove garage door openers, G.P.S. navigation, cell phone devices and power cords from your vehicle if possible or at the least, removed from view
• Consider installing C.C.T.V. / Surveillance cameras which can capture the crime and aid in suspect identification
• Ensure residences and garages are locked when absent from the home or turning in for the night

Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2316. 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

For additional information about community concerns in Burlington, follow us on Twitter @HRPSBurl. Additionally, for the latest crime data, crime prevention tips, news releases and general information – visit the Service’s website

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Food bank misses the annual Gift of Giving Back food delivery

News 100 blueBy Staff

October 15th, 2020



The relationship between the Food Bank and the Gift of Giving Back people grew much stronger this year.

Cole, Thomas and Colby from the Burlington Eagles 07 team stopped by the Food Bank to drop off what they could gather from their family & friends during the holiday weekend. Last year at this time they were part of the huge annual Gift of Giving Back food drive where they actually filled three gyms with food.

Each year a number of teams make arrangements to stop by the Food Bank to take a quick tour and experience a little about what happens behind the scenes, as well as learn about a number of the struggles that some of their neighbours may be facing and needing the support of our services. We appreciate their visits and will miss them this year due to covid restrictions, nevertheless we appreciate any donations they are able to collect for families here in Burlington.

Weigh scales

When Covid19 was not ravaging the community Burlngton youth were collecting food as part of the annual Gift of Giving Back. Here volunteers are calculating what has been collected and sorting it into different bins for delivery.

The Burlington Eagles 07 team challenges other teams to do their best as well.

Scot Connor, a Food Bank volunteer, admits that he keeps blowing the horn of Gift of Giving Back – but adds that “these people are the absolute best of the best of all of our wonderful volunteers and charities. The people are great but its what they do to help teach our Burlington kids that makes them so special. it’s a real shame we don’t get to see a high school gym FULL of food again this year – and all the teams running around helping each other.

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Artists find a way to support the hospitality sector.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

October 14th, 2020



Burlington’s favourite fundraiser is back… social distance style!

Individually hand crafted bowls done by artizans across the province. Enjoy a special gourmet soup and then take the bowl home.

Individually hand crafted bowls done by artizans across the province. Enjoy a special gourmet soup from a local restaurant.

In an effort to support our local restaurants, we’re hosting this year’s Soup Bowl Fundraiser to go!

Bowl sales begin Thursday, October 15, 2020 and the event runs through the month of November. Stay tuned for exciting updates including restaurant announcements, supporting sponsors, bowl gallery preview, and more!

How it Works

Step One: Choose a Bowl
Browse our online gallery and select a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, ceramic bowl. Bowls are $55 – AGB Members: watch your email for an exclusive discount code. Your purchase includes a voucher for a bowl of soup from one of our participating restaurants. Complete your purchase and keep your receipt handy – you’ll need it for the next step.

Step Two: Plan your Pick-Up
After your purchase, you’ll be notified of dates and times available for you to pick-up your bowl from the gallery. When you arrive, you’ll be given a Soup Bowl Swag Bag that includes your bowl & soup voucher.

Step Three: Enjoy your Soup
Contact your restaurant of choice during the month of November to book a time to redeem your soup voucher. Be sure to book your favourite restaurant as soon as possible; some limitations may apply.

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