Spirits & Spirits - October 27 at Ireland House

By Staff

October 3rd, 2023



Signature cocktails while on a tour of Ireland House Museum, a chance to experience the historic home and learn about Victorian funerary and burial practices.

After the tour, gather round the bonfire and hear tales about the horrors of Victorian medicine that led to many untimely deaths.

Part of the evening event will be held outdoors – bundle up.

Ticket includes Museum admission/tour, two cocktails, a charcuterie cup, and two sweet treats. Please dress for the weather as a portion of the experience takes place outdoors.

Please note, this is a 19+ event.

Booking times are at 7:00pm and 8:30pm. The total experience is approximately 1 hour in length. Tickets are $45/person (tax included). Museum members receive 10% off.

Tickets available here.

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What’s open and closed at the City of Burlington on Thanksgiving

By Staff

October 3rd, 2023



City of Burlington administrative services will be closed for Thanksgiving, on Monday, Oct. 9.

Despite the problems and the serious financial distress many are experiencing – there is much to be thankful for.

Animal ServicesThe Animal Shelter at 2424 Industrial St. will be closed to appointments on Monday, Oct. 9. To report an animal control related emergency on a holiday, please call 905-335-7777.

Burlington Transit

Burlington Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Oct. 9. The Downtown Transit Terminal, at 430 John St., and Specialized Dispatch will be closed.

Online services

City Hall

Service Burlington and the Building, Renovating and Licensing counter on the main floor of City Hall at 426 Brant St., will be closed to all appointments and walk-in service on Monday, Oct. 9.

Many service payments are available online at burlington.ca/onlineservices

For online development services:
MyFiles can be used by residents who have applied for Pre-Building Approval after April 24, 2023. Once an account has been created, applicants can check the status of their files at burlington.ca/MyFiles.

Halton Court Services – Provincial Offences Office

Court administration counter services at 4085 Palladium Way will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9.

Except for the Thanksgiving closure, telephone payments are available at 905-637-1274, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. All in-person services are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Many services are also available by email at burlingtoncourt@burlington.ca or online at Halton Court Services. Payment of Provincial Offences fines is available 24/7 at www.paytickets.ca.


Free parking is available downtown, on the street, in municipal lots and in the parking garage (414 Locust St.) on weekends and holidays, including Thanksgiving on Monday, Oct. 9.


  • The Waterfront parking lots (east and west at 1286 Lakeshore Rd.) do not provide free parking on holidays
  • Parking exemptions are required to park overnight on city streets and for longer than five hours. Visit burlington.ca/parkingexemptions
  • Please make an online reservation using Park Pass to visit Lowville Park on weekends. Reservations are free and available in three-hour time slots

Recreation Programs and Facilities

Drop-In Recreation Programs

Angela Coughlan Pool at 2425 Upper Middle Rd is open on Thanksgiving Monday, Oct 9. for recreational and lap swimming.

Drop-in swimming, skating and other recreation program times vary for the long weekend. For schedules visit burlington.ca/dropinandplay.

Splash Pads

The City’s nine splash pads, located throughout the city and free to use, are open for the long weekend, including Monday, Oct. 9. To find a splash pad near you, visit burlington.ca/splashpads.

Outdoor Activities
Burlington has a wide variety of outdoor activities to enjoy with your family during the long weekend including:

  • trails and multi-use paths
  • parks and playgrounds.

Find out more at burlington.ca/outdoorplay.


Tyandaga Golf Course is open for the season and tee times can be booked online at tyandagagolf.com or by calling 905-336-0005, ext. 2.

Play Lending Library

Our Lending Library has a variety of outdoor and indoor play equipment available to borrow in time for the long weekend at no charge. As the fall season ushers in shorter days and cooler evenings, glow-in-the-dark play equipment adds a unique twist to outdoor fun. Try our frisbees, footballs, soccer pylons and volleyballs for active play with friends and family. Check out burlington.ca/playlending for details.

Customer Service
Recreation, Community and Culture customer service is available to assist you in person at recreation facility counters during program times.

With the exception of Monday, Oct.  9, customer service is also available:

  • By email at liveandplay@burlington.ca
  • By phone at 905-335-7738, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (closed Monday, Oct. 9).

Roads, Parks and ForestryThe administrative office will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9. Essential services will be provided as required.


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First Past the Post - They make us use it, to elect them. MP's will use a ranked ballot to choose the next speaker today

By Pepper Parr

October 3rd, 2023



Dave Meslin has made ranked balloting his life’s work.

He created Unlock Democracy in November 2007 and has been tell the story about why this is a better more democratic approach to choosing leaders.

His most recent explanation is set out below.  He makes a very good point.

A new Speaker will be selected by the 338 MP’s.

Later today, our 338 Members of Parliament are electing a new Speaker of the House. There are six candidates so it’s quite likely that the leading candidate will secure less than 50% of the vote. If they used First-Past-the-Post to choose the Speaker, that leading candidate would be declared the winner – even if she or he only had 20% of the vote!

Of course, politicians never use First-Past-the-Post. They make us use it, to elect them. But when they choose their own leaders, riding candidates, committee chairs, interim Councillors or House Speaker, they always use a runoff system – just like the one we advocate for and just like the one London Ontario used to elect their mayor and council in 2018.

For any single-winner election, runoff elections are the way to go.  If no candidate wins a majority on the first count, then the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and everyone gets to vote again. This repeats until someone gets more than 50% of the vote. (It can also be done instantly, with a ranked ballot). There are no ‘spoilers’, no strategic voting, more civility and no fake winners. It’s the gold standard and that’s why the Canadian House of Commons will be using it this afternoon. I’ll write you again later today and let you know how it went!

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And just how much is a Deputy Mayor going to cost - there is Council Member Expense Manual that sets out the rules

By Pepper Parr

October 3rd, 2023



Remember when Mayor Meed Ward announced she was making every member of Council a Deputy Mayor?

What was the impact going to be?  It wasn’t all that clear at the time but we now know that it is going to require a change in the manual that sets out what can be expensed and how the expensing is to take place when a Council member is serving as a Deputy Mayor.

Historically Med Ward councils have been spending Councils.

A Standing Committee will hear a Staff recommendation to approve the proposed amendment to the Council Member Expense Manual as referenced in finance department report.

Council in session – Rory Nisan was not present

Meed Ward put her plan for Deputy Mayors on the table in March of 2022.  On December 13, 2022 Councillors were made Deputy Mayors for the 2022-2026 term of office.  This appointment recognized a new model of governance for this Council.

As a result of the addition of the Deputy Mayor with Portfolio role the current Council Expense Manual previously approved was noted to require an update. The current manual does not take into consideration expenses that could be incurred in relation to the Deputy Mayor with Portfolio role.

A recommendation to update the manual was approved by Council on July 11, 2023

The excerpt below identifies the section of the manual required to be updated along with the proposed amendment to incorporate this new model of governance.

The current Annual Budget Supports the Mayor and Councillors to:

  • Is Councillor Kearns in this photo Op with the Chief of Police there as a Councillor or a Deputy Mayor? Maybe both

    Administer their offices in City

  • Represent the City at functions and Supports Councillors to:
  • Communicate with their constituents about the meetings and activities of City council and its committees.
  • Communicate with their constituents about the businesses and services of the City and its agencies.
  • Enhance and promote an engaged community

Supports the Mayor to:

  • Communicate with constituents about city-wide initiatives and activities of City Council related to city-wide initiatives.
  • Communicate with constituents about the meetings and activities of committees that the Mayor is appointed to as council’s representative.
  • Enhance and promote an engaged Burlington.

Councillors and the Mayor are personally responsible for expenditures that do not fall within these criteria. The Controller & Manager, Financial Services is available to help Councillors, their staff and the Mayor’s office staff to understand these criteria and to help them plan their budgets and expenditures.

No additional budget was approved as a result of the creation of the Deputy Mayor with Portfolio role.

Was the decorating of the Mayor’s office a public expense or a private expense – both perhaps?

Recommendations approved by Council has the discretionary budgets have been increased by CPI (Consumer Price Index) for 2024. Expenses incurred by Councillors in conjunction with their new role will be absorbed as part of their discretionary budget approved annually through the budgeting process and reported out to the community as part of the annual report on council remuneration and expenses.

And you thought there would be no additional cost with Council members also serving as Deputy Mayors?  Then you don’t understand the way municipal politicians operate.

This item will be discussed at Standing Committee on Wednesday and go to Council for a decision on October 17, 2023.

What are the chances that this will get stuffed into the Consent Agenda – where an item doesn’t get discussed unless a Council member asks that it be discussed.


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Mayor gets her first crack at using her Strong Mayor powers - never forget that power reveals

By Pepper Parr

October 2nd, 2023



On June 26, 2023, by way of motion memorandum, Council resolved to review the standing committee structure. A direction was provided to the City Clerk to review the system, to streamline the decision-making process, and establish a revised system in advance of presenting the annual calendar of meetings report.

On July 1, 2023, Bill 3, the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022, by way of O. Reg. 180/23 was extended to the City of Burlington. That gave Mayor Meed Ward Strong Mayor Powers, something she said she never wanted – but – now that she has them- she is ready to use them.

The Regulation states that: “With respect to committees, a Mayor may create committees of Council, assign their functions and appoint their Chairs and Vice Chairs”.

City Clerk Kevin Arjoon points out that: “As there are no regulations that provide additional context, this ability applies to committees of Council comprised solely of members of Council. Any changes require a mayoral decision.

“The purpose of bringing the proposed new committee structure to Committee and Council is to close out the outstanding staff direction to the Office of the City Clerk and solicit feedback and recommendations from Committee and Council prior to any changes being made.

“Mayor Meed Ward has worked with the Office of the City Clerk to scope an alternate committee system which is intended to help streamline Council business. In presenting this report, staff are fulfilling and affording Council time to review and reflect on what is proposed.

Mayor Meed Ward has has Strong Mayor Powers since July 1st, She is expected to exercise those powers at a Standing Committee on October 4th. The rules setting out what she can and cannot do are set out in a 27 page document. And bet your bippy that she has read and re-read every page.

The Mayor intends to review the feedback received from Council members at CSSRA on October 4, and issue a Mayoral decision outlining the new system, in keeping with Bill 3 requirements.

The proposed new committee system is as follows:

• Audit Committee – No change
• Council Workshop – No change
• CSSRA Budget – to be renamed Budget Committee
• CPRM – Public Meeting – No change

The balance of Standing Committee work will be directed to a Committee of the Whole.

The Committee of the Whole will be comprised of distinct sections. The meeting will be opened by the Mayor, who will start the meeting, oversee any delegations, and complete all consent items (includes pulled matters), and then will pass the gavel to Chairs (appointed Council members) who will chair segments of the meeting.

• Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability (which includes the City Manager’s Office)
• Community Planning Regulation and Mobility.

• Environment Infrastructure and Community Services

The Mayor would then chair the final portions of the meeting, including Closed Session, through to adjournment. The Chair/Vice Chair rotations for the distinct sections remain as established under the Mayor’s appointments report MO-03-22, at this time no changes are proposed.

“The outcome sought is to solicit feedback from Council on a proposed new Standing Committee structure intended to streamline the decision-making process, provide more predictability for staff, Council and the public about meetings and where items are considered.
It is anticipated that while increasing efficiency, opportunities for engagement and participation with be maintained or enhanced.

“For the current standing committee structure, committee week consists of three full days, however it has become common to cancel or to combine meetings due to a lack of items of business.

“This practice frees up time for Council, but it also contributes to a disruption in the cadence in which we conduct our business. When meetings are combined or cancelled, it may lead to public confusion, and require additional communications support to clarify the changes of an adapted meeting schedule.

“In stacking standing committee business into one Committee of the Whole over two days, the meeting is recessed from one day to the next. Compressing committee business into two-days will help to release a full day of business, and may help in scheduling all related meetings (Council Workshop/Audit) into one full week.”

Little did the six know that the seventh would be able to make decisions without input from them. Mayor Meed Ward now has and is going to use her Strong Mayor Powers

At the October 4, 2023 meeting members of Committee could advocate to keep the committee structure as is or make changes to the proposed model. All feedback received by the Mayor will be considered when determining their final decision.

Realize that all members of Council can do is recommend – the Mayor can accept or decline any recommendation

“This report is provided to committee for discussion purposes. All discussion provided at this meeting will be received by the Mayor. The input gathered may be incorporated into a final decision rendered on a new standing committee structure for the City of Burlington.”

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New Standing Committee does not include every member of council

By Pepper Parr

October 2nd, 2023



Mayor Marianne Meed Ward above with Councillor Shawna Stole on the left.  See these two as BFF is a real stretch.

It might seem a little confusing later in the week when Council meets as a Standing Committee to add a standing Committee at one meeting and merge to others later in the day. 

The new committee will be called Pipeline to Permit Standing Committee and will have two chairs (Mayor Meed Ward and Deputy Mayor Shawna Stolte)

Councillors Paul Sharman and Kelvin Galbraith will also be on the committee – the other three, Bentevigna, Kearns and Nisan are welcome to attend but are not actual members.

The rationale seems to be in order “to become more streamlined in our business processes and issue permits more quickly.”

A Standing Committee also ensures we can track our monthly progress and position ourselves to take advantage of funding opportunities at other levels of government.
A Standing Committee provides maximum transparency and accountability to the public, provides opportunities for greater participation, and highlights the seriousness with which we approach our responsibility to do our part to tackle the need for affordable and attainable housing.

As of July 2023, Burlington had 38,219 units in the pipeline including:

• 15,763 units in Pre-application consultation
• 7,754 units under review
• 3,642 units approved, waiting for permit application
• 3,112 units waiting for site plan application
• 7,948 units appealed to the Ontario Lands Tribunal

This new Standing Committee will not assess and approve individual development applications. That will remain the sole responsibility of the Community Planning Regulation and Mobility Committee.

That said, participants and delegates will be able to bring examples of specific applications in order to comment on policy, process, resource or other matters within the Pipeline to Permit Committee’s purview.

A monthly two hour meeting is proposed, the same week as other Standing Committees of Council.
Membership would be open to all members of council (though not required). Four are proposed to be appointed, with room for the balance of council to be appointed should they wish.

Lisa Kearns, Ward 2

Ward 2 resident serving the ward 3 community.

Co-Chairs: Mayor Marianne Meed Ward & Deputy Mayor for Housing Shawna Stolte (Chair duties to rotate each meeting)
Deputy Mayor for Business and Red Tape Reduction Kelvin Galbraith Deputy Mayor for Strategy & Budgets Paul Sharman
Membership would be open to the balance of Council Members/Deputy Mayors for Wards 2, 3, and 6 should they also wish to participate.

A Standing Committee also allows members of the public to participate.

As partnerships and collaboration are key in tackling the housing crisis, public and stakeholder membership of the committee is proposed to include:

• Representative from non-profit housing association
• Representative from Halton Region housing division
• Representative from Conservation Halton
• Representative from West End Home Builders Association (WE-HBA)
• Representative from Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD)
• Two members of the public with relevant background/experience
• Four (and up to seven) members of Burlington City Council
Other members/stakeholders could be added to the Standing Committee during discussion of this report, and/or over time as work evolves.

If you add up the numbers – this committee looks a little bloated.

Why a standing committee of council?
A Standing Committee provides maximum accountability to the public, with meetings held in public session, livestreamed and archived, with agendas posted in advance online and ability for members of the public to delegate.

Standing Committees make recommendations to council, and council makes the final decision; the same would be true for the Pipeline to Permit Standing Committee.

Financial Matters:
There are financial benefits in ensuring speedy processing from pipeline to permit for housing applications, and significant corresponding risks if we don’t, including not qualifying for funding through the Building Faster Fund, related application fee refunds and significant delays in property tax assessment growth.

The provincial government has recently introduced the Building Faster Fund, a three year $1.2 billion program that provides new funding for municipalities based on performance against achieving provincial housing targets for municipalities. The fund will flow to municipalities that achieve a minimum of 80% of their housing pledge targets, and bonuses for those that achieve more than 100%. Those municipalities that do not achieve 80% will not be eligible for any of the funding.

As such, it is absolutely critical that we ensure timely issuance of permits so that Burlington residents benefit directly from the funding available. The Standing Committee will be focused on tracking our monthly progress toward speeding applications from pipeline to permit, which will position us to receive our share.

In addition, Bill 109, the More Homes for Everyone Act, requires municipalities to refund Zoning By-Law Amendment and Site Plan Approval application fees in a phased approach if no decision is made or no approval is issued within legislative timelines.
Zoning by-law amendment applications are required to have a decision made within 90 days (or 120 days if there is a concurrent Official Plan Amendment) and Site Plan Approval is required within 60 days. These changes came into effect July 1, 2023 for new applications submitted after that date.

Timely issuance of permits, the tracking of which will be the focus of the Standing Committee, is needed to protect taxpayers from having to subsidize fee-for-service development applications.

Additionally, each new housing unit built in Burlington delivers new property tax assessment growth, that helps to fund the costs associated with new residents, including more community amenities and programs, transit and more. Currently assessment growth is projected at .75%, for the proposed 2024 Budget, which does not cover the growth related costs on our budget.

Low assessment growth puts undue pressure on existing taxpayers to cover the costs of growth, so it is incumbent on us to ensure speedy issuance of permits, so developers can get shovel in the ground to get housing built to deliver assessment dollars to the municipality.

Finally, the new federal Housing Accelerator Fund provides incentive funding to local governments on initiatives that increase housing supply, and promote the development of affordable, inclusive and diverse communities that are low-carbon and climate- resilient. Led by Government Relations Manager, Helen Wallahura, Burlington has made a significant application to the fund representing an ask of $44M in total. The Standing Committee will provide an opportunity to track and report on our success in receiving these funds, and track any new funding streams that come available.

Total Financial Impact
There is no additional cost related to the establishment of the Standing Committee. Staffing and resources required would be absorbed within existing budgets as part of the normal course of business in the municipality.

This new Standing Committee appears to see itself as being in a position to set the foundation for the future neighbourhoods of Burlington, to ensure the next seven generations of residents enjoy the same or better quality of life than we have come to appreciate and expect in Burlington.

Forthcoming Terms of Reference require some refinement.

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Burlington Literary Festival registration starts October 18th

By Staff

October 2nd, 2023



BurlLITFest – now that is an acronym.

It is the Burlington Literary Festival Lineup and it is back!

Last year’s headliner events filled up in a flash, so literature lovers should mark their calendars for October 18th when registration for 2023’s free festival opens. The celebration of authors, books, and creativity runs the full month of November.

Olympian-turned-broadcast- journalist, Perdita Felicien.

This year’s BurlLitFest is chock-full of Canadian literary talent. Featured speakers include beloved actor and author, R.H. Thomson, acclaimed historical fiction author, Jennifer Robson, Olympian-turned-broadcast- journalist, Perdita Felicien, and bestselling writer, Alicia Elliott, to name a few.

“We are excited to bring such a wide range of writing talent and experience to our book-loving community this
year,” says Burlington Public Library CEO, Lita Barrie. “Our festival is all about finding delight in the written word, connecting with others, and learning something new.”

Further highlights include an intimate writer’s workshop with a bestselling memoirist, a lively and entertaining evening with four local crime novelists, and thought-provoking presentations by writers tackling a range of timely and relevant social justice topics including the climate crisis, the plight of migrant workers, and how artificial intelligence is changing the publishing industry.

And new this year, the Library is offering a series of writing workshops just for kids taught by popular Burlington children’s authors!

The festival caps off with the popular BurlLITFest Open Mic event where amateur writers can share their work on stage.
All events are free to attend, and a Burlington Public Library Card is not required. Visit bpl.on.ca to register.

Event Lineup
This year’s festival includes a combination of in-person and virtual programming. Registration opens on October 18 at noon. All events are free, and a Burlington Public Library card is not required to attend.

R.H. Thomson

Vicki Delany

Author Talks
Women of Crime with Melodie Campbell, Vicki Delany, Jennifer Hillier & Hannah Mary McKinnon, November 8
R.H. Thomson with Ian Brown, November 9 Historical Fiction with Jennifer Robson, November 13 Climate Justice in So-Called Canada, November 14
Cozy Mystery Queen, Melodie Campbell, November 15
Why Representation Matters in Writing with Sarah Raughley, November 16 In Conversation with Alicia Elliott, November 20
Art of Screenwriting with Chandler Levack, November 22
The Truth About Migrant Work with Gabriel Allahdua, November 23 Author & Athlete Perdita Felicien, November 26
Is AI the End of Real Authors? with Navneet Alang, November 27 BurlLITFest Open Mic, November 30

Writing Workshops for Adults
The Writers Room with Brian Henry, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Writing a Memoir with Impact with Samra Zafar, November 7 Journaling for Creativity & Wellness with Lynda Monk, November 21
The Aspiring Author’s Guide to Self-Publishing with Karl Mamer, November 26

Kids have incredible imaginations – teaching them how to get down on paper is a lifetime gift.

Writing Workshops for Kids
From Idea to Story with Sylvia McNicoll, November 4 Draw with Feeling! with Jennifer Faria, November 11
Prescription for Descriptions with Jennifer Maruno, November 18 Writing in Rhyme with Lana Button, November 25
Finish Strong! How to Write Endings with Jennifer Mook-Sang, November 26

Library Speakers Consortium Partner Events
Tune in to top authors from around the world at live virtual events presented by BPL’s digital resource, Library Speakers Consortium. Guest authors appearing this month include actor John Stamos, poet Joy Harjo, and dystopian novelist Naomi Alderman.

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How to Avoid a Housing Bidding War in Toronto

By Lisa Bohler

October 2nd, 2023



In Toronto’s 2023 housing market, buyers are often finding themselves entangled in costly bidding wars. While the temptation to outbid others is high, such competitions often lead to inflated prices and buyer’s remorse. But it’s not decided that you’ll end up in such a predicament. There are proactive measures to take that could circumvent this roadblock altogether. Let’s break down the lesser-known tactics that can provide you with an advantage.

Overbidding Trends: What You Need to Know
Recent data analysis reveals that overbidding is becoming increasingly common in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). A study conducted in May found that 68% of GTA neighborhoods saw homes selling for more than their list prices. The increase in overbidding is a consistent trend that began in February. The data considers both condos and houses and excludes neighborhoods with fewer than five transactions per month.

It is not surprising that homes priced below their actual value tend to sell quickly, often at or above their listing price. So, if you wish to avoid getting stuck in a bidding war, it’s important to be aware of this trend.

Areas with Affordable Underbids
The same study also points out areas where homes are selling below their listing prices. Here are some neighborhoods with median prices below $700,000:

York University Heights, North York

In York University Heights, the median sold price for homes stands at $630,000, with an average underbid of -$4,000. This suggests that homes in this area tend to sell for slightly less than the listing price, making it a good area to explore if you wish to avoid a bidding war. The affordability of this neighborhood is a significant advantage for potential homeowners, especially first-time buyers.

Yorkdale, North York
Similarly, Yorkdale in North York features homes with a median sold price of $646,000, and an average underbid of -$4,500. This area also offers the opportunity for buyers to potentially negotiate a lower price than the listing. The proximity to Yorkdale Mall and accessibility via public transit make it an attractive area for many buyers, yet the prices remain relatively modest.

Erin Mills, Mississauga
Erin Mills in Mississauga presents a different scenario with a median underbid of -$14,000 on a median sold price of $660,000. It indicates that the homes in this area generally sell for significantly less than the listed price. Given the spacious lots and family-friendly environment, this makes Erin Mills an ideal target for those looking to avoid getting caught in bidding wars.

Concord, Vaughan
In Concord, Vaughan, the median sold price is $670,000 with a median underbid of -$9,000. The area is known for its convenient location and burgeoning community facilities. Yet, the median underbid value suggests that buyers still have a good chance of avoiding a bidding war here.

Smithfield-Clairville, Etobicoke
With a median sold price of $695,500 and a median underbid of -$4,900, Smithfield-Clairville in Etobicoke is another area where buyers may not have to face stiff competition. The neighborhood is up-and-coming, with several new developments and community centers, making it attractive for young families.

High-End Neighborhoods: A Different Scenario
When it comes to more affluent communities, the pattern is quite distinct. Only 25% of such neighbourhoods witnessed underbidding. Here are some examples:

Hoggs Hollow in North York is an affluent neighbourhood.

Hoggs Hollow, North York
In contrast, Hoggs Hollow in North York is an affluent neighbourhood where the median sold price is significantly higher at $1,705,000. The area typically sees a 5% underbid, translating to around -$92,750 less than the listing price. Though the homes here are expensive, the tendency towards underbidding means that well-off buyers can still avoid a bidding war if they choose wisely.

Southwest Oakville
Southwest Oakville also falls in the high-end category with a median sold price of $1,842,500. With an average underbid of -$84,000 or about 4%, this area provides opportunities for negotiation even within the luxury market. Its lakeside location and well-maintained neighborhoods make it an attractive option for those with a bigger budget.

Old Oakville
Lastly, Old Oakville features a median sold price of $2,350,000 and typically sees underbids of around -$79,000 or 3%. Given its historic charm and luxurious amenities, the lower bidding activity might come as a surprise. Yet, for those with the means, this means a potential deal without engaging in intense bidding.

Townhouses, Condos, and Homes: Different Effects
Another important consideration when navigating the housing market is the type of property you’re interested in. Whether it’s a townhouse, condo, or standalone home, each comes with its unique market dynamics.

Toronto townhouses for sale are particularly interesting, as they often serve as a middle ground between condos and detached homes. The demand for townhouses is usually steady but may not provoke the same intensity of bidding wars as detached homes, mainly because they offer fewer amenities than full-fledged houses but more space than condos.
• Condos are generally the most abundant and may offer the most opportunity for avoiding bidding wars, particularly in buildings with many similar units. Often located in dense urban areas, the sheer volume of available condos can sometimes counteract the high demand, allowing for more negotiation room on price.
• Detached homes, on the other hand, are often the trigger for the most intense bidding wars, especially in highly desirable neighbourhoods. With land at a premium, these properties are fiercely competed for, often driving prices well above the listed value.

Practical Tips to Steer Clear of Bidding Wars
Conduct Thorough Research
Doing your homework is instrumental in avoiding a bidding war. Being well-informed about current real estate trends in Toronto, especially in neighbourhoods you’re interested in, puts you a step ahead. Research can include anything from understanding the average price range for homes in specific areas to the rate at which homes are selling over the list price. With increasing overbidding trends in the GTA, having up-to-date information is particularly valuable. Thorough research will not only help you set realistic expectations but also better prepare you for what lies ahead.

Having a mortgage pre-approved is often underestimated,

Pre-Approval is Key
Having a mortgage pre-approval is often underestimated, yet it holds significant importance. A pre-approval letter from a reputable lender shows sellers that you’re financially secure and can afford the home you’re interested in. This not only speeds up the purchasing process but also gives you an advantage over other potential buyers who may not have taken this step. In a seller’s market, where overbidding is increasingly common, having this competitive edge can be highly beneficial.

Hire a Skilled Real Estate Agent
Navigating the Toronto real estate market can be complex, especially with the growing number of neighbourhoods experiencing overbids. In such conditions, professional guidance is not just helpful but almost essential. A competent real estate agent can provide insights that might not be easily accessible otherwise. They can also assist in strategizing your bids and negotiating terms that could save you money in the long run. With the right agent, you can better understand the subtleties of Toronto’s housing market, such as why some neighbourhoods like Markham are hotspots for overbidding while others offer more reasonable pricing.

Flexible Timeline
Time is another important factor to consider. If you’re not under immediate pressure to buy a home, observing the market for a better entry point could be advantageous. While waiting might not seem ideal, it could result in more favourable conditions. For example, there may be months when fewer neighbourhoods are experiencing overbids or seasons when sellers are more inclined to negotiate. Flexibility can make a significant difference, offering you a chance to purchase without engaging in a bidding frenzy.

Negotiation Skills
The art of negotiation can never be overstated in real estate transactions. Knowing how to negotiate effectively can help you get a fair deal without necessarily engaging in a bidding war. It can be particularly helpful in affluent neighbourhoods like Hoggs Hollow and Southwest Oakville, where underbidding is more common. Effective negotiation involves multiple elements, such as timing your offer well, understanding the seller’s motivation, and being prepared to walk away if the deal isn’t right.

Vigilance, preparation, and a well-thought-out plan can be your best assets.

Home Inspection
One of the most important aspects of home buying is having a thorough home inspection conducted. This step not only provides assurance of the home’s condition but also offers room for negotiation. For instance, if the inspection reveals issues that will require immediate repairs, you can use this information to renegotiate the purchase price. A detailed home inspection can also prevent you from making a costly mistake, particularly in areas where the home prices are high.

The Bottom Line
Vigilance, preparation, and a well-thought-out plan can be your best assets. The stakes are high, but the advantages of sidestepping a bidding war are even higher: financial stability, peace of mind, and the opportunity to invest in a home that you can truly afford.

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Minimum wages in Ontario raised by $1.05 an hour

By Pepper Parr

October 1st, 2023



David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement on the minimum wage.

Workers at 27 GTA Metros agreed to the deal which will include an increase of $2 per hour within months for full-time workers and $1.50 per hour for part-time workers.

“Starting Sunday, October 1, Ontario’s minimum wage will increase from $15.50 to $16.55 per hour, helping more than 900,000 hard-working men and women across our province earn more take-home pay for themselves and their families.

This 6.8 per cent raise means up to $2,200 more in workers’ pockets every year and brings Ontario to one of the highest minimum wages in the country.

Executives from major supermarkets “have agreed to support the government of Canada in efforts to stabilize food prices.

On November 1, 2021the Region of Halton determined that the minimum wage rate was  calculated to be $20.75 per hour

The Provincial government has said it will continue to deliver steady and predictable annual increases, helping families offset the rising cost of living while also providing certainty to businesses by announcing this increase six months in advance.

Related news story:

City manager given an increase of $63, 000 more than many people make in a year

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Unearthing the Best Online Slots Destination

Karina Rysberg Bay

October 2nd, 2023



Slotomania: Unearthing the Best Online Slots Destination

If you’re looking for the best online slots, you to need to know how to assess the sites.

Whether you’re a fan of slots or looking to dip your toes in for a trial of the games, you’ve come to the right place. This quick guide to the best online slots destination for Canadian players will tell you all you need to know, from the legality of online slots to how to choose the right online slots sites. You’ll also learn about the concept of RTP (Return-to-Player), a vital aspect of slot machines that you cannot ignore. Read on and get ready to start spinning the reels. 

The Legality of Online Slots in Canada

The legality of online slots in Canada is a bit of a complex topic, with gambling regulations and laws varying from region to region. That said, the good news is that playing online slots is legal in Canada. The key is choosing a reputable online casino that operates within the boundaries of the law and offers the best online slots through a secure platform. Make sure you look for casinos that are licensed and regulated by the right authorities. These include the Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission. A licensed casino is vetted and proven to follow strict regulatory guidelines and offer players fair odds and gameplay. 

You should also know that the legal gambling age in Canada is 19 in most provinces except for Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, where it’s 18. If you are underage, stay away from online gambling until you are of legal age. The penalties for underage gambling can vary, but whatever it is, the advice is to obey the law. 

Assessing an Online Slots Site

There are so many online sites out there that offer slots these days, and not all of them have the best intentions at heart. If you’re looking for the best online slots, you to need to know how to assess the sites. With the licensing and regulatory agency tip mentioned above, keep the following in mind when looking for an online slots site:

1. Reputation – Check the reputation of the online casino by reading online reviews and testimonials from other players. You ideally want a casino with a solid track record of positive feedback and little to no complaints. 

2. Game Selection – A good online slots site should offer a wide variety of games from reputable software providers like Pragmatic Play or Microgaming. Avoid sites that use lesser-known or pirated slots software.

Bonuses are a big part of online gaming. Learn what is out there for you.

3. Bonuses and Promotions – Every casino offers a welcome bonus, but you need to really dig into the details and figure out just how beneficial the bonus is. Always take a look at any wagering requirements or other finer details hidden in the terms and conditions of the bonus.

4. Payment Options – Think about how you want to fund your wallet and how you would like to withdraw your winnings. Then, double-check that the online casino offers your preferred methods of payment, as payment methods can vary from site to site. 

5. Customer Support – A casino is only as reliable as its customer support. Look for sites that offer 24/7 Live Chat, as that is the preferred method of contacting customer support these days. If they have a dedicated phone line that you can call day or night, that’s even better. You want to make sure that someone is available to fix your problem or answer any questions should any arise. 

Understanding RTP and Slots

Return to Player, or RTP, is an important concept when it comes to online slots. RTP refers to the percentage of wagered money that a slot machine pays back to players over time. As a quick example, if a slot has an RTP of 97%, it means that, on average, you can expect to get back $97 for every $100 you wager. Remember, though, this is calculated over a long period of time and does not mean that you should expect 97% back every session. 

Always check the variance or volatility of a slot.

On a similar note, you should always check the variance or volatility of a slot. Volatility is the overall risk level of a slot. Low volatility slots offer frequent wins, but they tend to be smaller amounts. On the other hand, a high volatility slot has higher payouts but fewer wins in a session. That said, nothing is guaranteed in the world of slots, and you might find yourself experiencing the complete opposite. 

Tips for Staying Safe When Gambling

Gambling can be a fun and entertaining activity, but it can just as easily be problematic for some players. When gambling, keep the following tips in mind:

      • Set a Budget – Before you begin playing, set a budget and stick to it. You should never gamble with money you cannot afford to lose. Similarly, avoid chasing losses, no matter how certain you are that your luck will change. This is an important tip, especially with the cost of living crisis going on right now in Canada. 
      • Time Management – Have a time limit when playing. Shorter gambling sessions can help avoid the pitfalls that come with iGaming. Set an alarm or timer to make sure you don’t lose track and overextend your playtime. 
      • Self-Exclusion – If you ever feel that your gambling habits are becoming problematic, look into self-exclusion options. Most reputable online casinos offer a way to “soft lock” yourself out of your account. This can give you the break you need to take a step back and reconsider your strategy or interest in slots. 
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Resident provides data putting the recent City Manager salary increase in context

By Staff

September 30th, 2023


City Manager Tim Commisso – got a 25% bump is salary. The $63,000 increase is more than many people at city hall earn.

Joe Gaetan, a Burlington resident, put some useful data in a comment earlier today on how much the current City Manager, Tim Commisso is now paid.

It was difficult to appreciate the point he was making so we formatted the data that is set out below.


Not too shabby is it?

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One-Fifth Of Homeowners Worry

By Zoe Demarco

September 29th, 2023



Soaring interest rates are inducing anxiety in nearly half of Canadian homeowners for whom mortgage renewal looms.

Twenty percent of homeowners “worry all the time” about their ability to afford their mortgage when it comes up for renewal — a figure that has risen 9% in just a year — and another 27% “worry often.” Just 3% were unbothered by the proposed predicament.

Amidst stubbornly high inflation, more than 9% of homeowners are already struggling financially, and nearly 30% are in a “tight” financial situation but are managing.

The findings are courtesy of Zolo’s 2023 Homebuyer Sentiment Survey, which polled 800 Canadians on their home buying experience and sentiment, as well as their feelings on the economy and real estate market.

The majority of homeowners surveyed are up for renewal in the next two to three years. If they opted for a five-year fixed-rate mortgage, which has historically been the most popular in Canada, they did so when the Bank of Canada’s (BoC) overnight rate was between 0.25% and 1.75%. It’s now at 5%.

For those on a variable-rate mortgage, though — particularly those with fluctuating payments — the anxiety has been realized 10 times over since the Bank of Canada began hiking rates in March 2022. One respondent who purchased a home in 2021 told Zolo their monthly mortgage payments have already risen by roughly $2,500.

In addition to causing anxiety for the future, interest rates also played a role in homebuyer’s initial decision to purchase property. Forty-one percent of those surveyed said rising rates and a competitive real estate market had “a lot” of influence on their decision to buy a home, and another 52% said the factors had at least “some” affect.

While many economists believe the BoC will begin cutting interest rates in early to mid-2024, there is little consensus on whether they will hike again in the interim, with the bank itself stating it is “prepared” to do so if underlying inflationary pressures persist.

Should such a situation occur, 9% of survey respondent said they would be unhappy in their home. However, 45% indicated they would still be happy even if the BoC delivers another hike before the end of the year — a “hard-pressed but happy outlook” on homeownership.

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MAD needs far more than they have raised: a possible 15-20% drop in housing prices doesn't appear to be much of a motivator

By Staff

September 29th, 2023



Millcroft Against Bad Development (MAD) reports they have been “hard at work since 2020, pulling together a unified community voice to oppose Millcroft Greens’ application to infill the heart of our community – the Millcroft golf course – with residential housing.

“Green space plays an important role in helping local wildlife flourish and in the overall harmony of the community we are all proud to call home.

“Local real estate agents predict a 15-20% drop in Millcroft housing prices if the Millcroft Greens development proceeds. Everyone in Millcroft will be impacted by this development, whether financially or otherwise, with the temporary closure of the golf course and years of construction. MAD believes this is just “phase one” of Millcroft Greens’ plan to put housing on the entire golf course, thereby removing almost all remaining green space in the neighbourhood. We must stop this from happening.

We are approaching the time at which a final, irreversible, and un-appealable decision will be made by the Ontario Land Tribunal. The hearings are scheduled for March 5, 2024 and MAD needs your financial support to raise an additional $40,000 to oppose Millcroft Greens’ application. We have tailored our approach to be expedient but also cost-efficient.

“The funds will predominantly be used to pay our professional advisors, Weir & Foulds and Allan Ramsay, to represent us at the hearings. If MAD is unable to raise these additional funds, we will unfortunately need to adjust our approach and reduce our participation, thereby having less of an impact at the hearings. We are grateful for the many individuals and companies who have already contributed to the cause.

The families that live in this unique community want to keep it just the way it is. Any changes could result in 15 to 20% devaluation of the properties.

The A & B locations, shown in yellow are the parts of the golf course the developer wants to build 98 homes on.

“Our participation at the hearings is vital. There is strength in numbers and our 6,000 supporters evidence a strong community voice. We must maintain our participant status at the hearings to voice the community’s opposition, to support the City, the Region, and Conversation Halton in their opposition, and to be a part of any negotiated settlement discussions.

“WeirFoulds is engaged as our legal counsel and has one of the preeminent land-use planning practices in Ontario. Allan Ramsey is engaged as the Planning Consultant, having over 30 years experience in land-use planning, policy development, development planning, and public consultation.

To date, we have raised over $75,000 (net of sign and calendar costs); however, these donations have come from just over 200 donors in a neighbourhood with 4,000 homes. We implore everyone to help as much as they are able for the betterment of our community as a whole.

To make a donation

·    Donate through our website

·    E-transfer to admin@millcroftagainstdevelopment.ca

·    Cheque

o  Mail or drop off at 2067 Hadfield Court, Burlington, Ontario, L7M 3V5.

o  For pickup, email admin@millcroftagainstdevelopment.ca

·    Tax Receipt Option – donate through Small Change Fund

We will recognize donors who have contributed over $500 in various levels of giving (ie. Diamond – $10,000 plus; Platinum – $5,000 plus; Gold – $2,500 plus; Silver – $1,000 plus; Bronze – $500 plus). In addition, those companies that contribute $500 plus will be recognized in all of our future mass communication emails.


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Truth and Reconciliation - How far have we come?

By Pepper Parr

September 29th, 2023



Truth and Reconciliation – How far have we come?

It was a report that opened up public discussion on the residential school issue and the damage that was done to the Indigenous communities.

Are there still people who can’t tell you what Truth and Reconciliation means?

It is now celebrated as Orange Shirt Day

Every child matters Orange T shirts are seen everywhere.  How many high school students know what that means?

Phyllis Jack Webstad, whose personal clothing—including a new orange shirt—was taken from her during her first day of residential schooling, and never returned. The orange shirt is a symbol of the forced assimilation of Indigenous children.

Orange Shirt Day was first established as an observance in 2013, as part of an effort to promote awareness and education of the Canadian residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities for over a century.

The orange shirt now symbolizes how the residential school system took away the indigenous identities of its students. However, the association of the colour with the First Nations goes back to antiquity, the colour represents sunshine, truth-telling, health, regeneration, strength and power.

The Orange T short organization commissions a new design each year.

Today, Orange Shirt Day exists as a legacy of the time when Indigenous children were taken from their homes to residential schools. The tagline, “Every Child Matters”, reminds Canadians that all peoples’ cultural experiences are important.

When high school students ask – what do they mean when the Indigenous community say “we are a First Nation”?.

The use of the word Indian is no longer acceptable.  It has been used in some reports because of the historical nature of an article and the precision of the name. It was, and continues to be, used by government officials, Indigenous peoples and historians while referencing the school system. The use of the word also provides relevant context about the era in which the system was established, specifically one in which Indigenous peoples in Canada were homogeneously referred to as Indians rather than by language that distinguishes First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Use of Indian is limited to proper nouns and references to government legislation.

There are dozens of web sites with very good material on what we did to the Indigenous population.  This web site has a collection of stories told by Indigenous people.  Worth spend some tine on.


Shortly after Confederation in 1867, the ministers inherited the responsibility of advising the Crown on the treaties signed between it and the First Nations of Canada. Prime Minister John A. Macdonald was faced with disparate cultures and identities and wanted to forge a new Canadian identity to unite the country and ensure its survival. That was the thinking at the time.

Demonstrators topple a statue of Sr John A. MacDonald in a public square in Montreal.

Macdonald’s goal to absorb the First Nations into the general population of Canada and extinguish their culture. In 1878, he commissioned Nicholas Flood Davin to write a report about residential schools in the United States.

One year later, Davin reported that only residential schools could separate aboriginal children from their parents and culture and cause them “to be merged and lost” within the nation. Davin argued that the government should work with the Christian churches to open these schools.

The government began funding Indian residential schools across Canada in 1883, which were run primarily by the Roman Catholic Church the Anglican Church, United Church of Canada, the Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian Church.

When the separation of children from their parents was resisted, the government responded by making school attendance compulsory in 1894 and empowered the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to seize children from reserves and bring them to the residential schools.

One of the residential schools in western Canada.

When parents came to take their children away from the schools, the pass system was created, banning Indigenous people from leaving their reserve without a pass from an Indian agent.

Conditions at the schools were terrible, schools were underfunded and tuberculosis was rampant. Over the course of the system’s existence—more than a century long—approximately 150,000 children were placed in residential schools nationally.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada issued its report in 2008 reporting deaths of approximately 3,200 children in residential schools, representing a 2.1% mortality rate.  Justice Murray Sinclair, the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission later stated that the true number of deaths could be as high as 6,000.

Most of the recorded student deaths at residential schools took place before the 1950s. The most common cause of death was tuberculosis, which was also a common cause of death among children across Canada at that time.

Some residential schools had mortality rates of 30%.

Girls in a residential school classroom.

Dr. Peter Bryce reported to the Department of Indian Affairs in 1897 about the high student mortality rates at residential schools due to tuberculosis. Bryce’s report was leaked to journalists, prompting calls for reform from across the country; the recommendations were largely ignored.

 Duncan Campbell Scott, the deputy superintendent of Indian Affairs from 1913 to 1932, who supported the assimilation policy said in 1910 said: “it is readily acknowledged that Indian children lose their natural resistance to illness by habitating so closely in these schools and that they die at a much higher rate than in their villages. But this alone does not justify a change in the policy of this Department, which is being geared towards the final solution of our Indian Problem.”

In 1914 he added, “the system was open to criticism. Insufficient care was exercised in the admission of children to the schools. The well-known predisposition of Indians to tuberculosis resulted in a very large percentage of deaths among the pupils.”

Many schools did not communicate the news of the deaths of students to the students’ families, burying the children in unmarked graves; in one-third of recorded deaths, the names of the students who had died were not recorded. Sexual abuse was common and students were forced to work to help raise money for the school.

By the 1950s, the government began to loosen restrictions on the First Nations of Canada and began to work towards shutting the schools. The government seized control of the residential schools from the churches in 1969 and, by the 1980s  few schools remained open. The last school closed 1996.

We have been working at this for a long time.

In 1986, the United Church of Canada apologized for its role in the residential school system. The Anglican Church followed suit in 1992. Some Catholic organizations have apologized for their role in the residential school system but the Roman Catholic Church had not formally apologized for its role in the residential school system.

In 1991, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples was formed to investigate the relationship between indigenous peoples in Canada, the government of Canada, and Canadian society as a whole. When its final report was presented five years later, it led the government to make a statement of reconciliation in 1998.

Former Prime Minister during an apology he issued to the Indigenous Community in Canada. The event took place on the floor of the House of Commons

Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized in 2008, on behalf of the federal Cabinet, for the Indian residential school system and created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to find out what happened at the schools.

The commission released its final report in 2015.  It found that the Indian residential school system was an act of “cultural genocide” against the First Nations of Canada, as it disrupted the ability of parents to pass on their indigenous languages to their children, leading to 70% of Canada’s Aboriginal languages being classified as endangered.

It found that the deliberately poor education offered at the residential school system created a poorly educated indigenous population in Canada, which impacted the incomes those students could earn as adults and the educational achievement of their children and grandchildren, who were frequently raised in low-income homes. It also found that the sexual and physical abuse received at the schools created life-long trauma in residential school survivors, trauma and abuse which was often passed down to their children and grandchildren, which continues to create victims of the residential school system today.

Getting to the point where the country could put all this behind was a tortuous journey. In 2017 Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott and Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett encouraged people across Canada to participate in this commemorative and educational event. The following year, the Department of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism announced that it was considering tabling a bill in Parliament to establish a statutory holiday that recognized the legacy of residential schools; September 30 was one of the dates considered.

The Heritage Committee chose Orange Shirt Day, and Georgina Jolibois submitted a private member’s bill to the House of Commons, where it passed on March 21, 2019. However, the bill was unable to make it through the Senate before parliament was dissolved ahead of an election.

During the subsequent parliamentary session, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault tabled a new bill on September 29, 2020, proposing Orange Shirt Day become a national statutory holiday. The new holiday would be officially named the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

On May 28, 2021, the day after it was reported that the remains of 215 bodies were discovered in an unmarked cemetery on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, all parties in the House of Commons agreed to fast-track the bill, which passed in the House by unanimous consent.  The bill passed the Senate unanimously six days later and received royal assent on June 3, 2021.

 The legislation made September 30th a statutory holiday for federal government employees and private-sector employees to whom the Canada Labour Code applies.

The first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation federal holiday in 2021 was marred when it was learned that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had been invited to spend the day with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc nation, near the place the first Indian residential school unmarked graves were discovered.  

Trudeau ignored the invitation, and his schedule showed him having meetings in Ottawa that day. However, Trudeau instead took an unannounced private holiday in Tofino, British Columbia, attracting widespread criticism from the public and media alike. Kúkpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc described his lack of attendance as a “gut punch to the community.”

There is on balance a better public understanding of the residential school issue and the damage that was done.  There is a process of healing taking place and an acceptance of the Indigenous population that didn’t exist five years ago. But we are not there yet.

Why do we accept that hundreds of Indigenous communities still do not have potable water?

Gord Downey calling out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a concert in Kingston, Ontario

When I talk to people and ask if they would agree to being taxed one dollar a month that would be set aside to ensure that every Indigenous community has potable water I have yet to hear someone say – I don’t want to do that. The public is ready to do more.

The calling out of the Prime Minister at a Gord Downey concert in Kingston Ontario is not something the public had ever seen or heard in a CBC nationally broadcast event.

We have come a long way – but there is still a long way to go.  At least now we have momentum.

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward has been an admirable and consistent advocate -doing everything she can to keep the issue in front of the public.

Related news story:

It isn’t my Canada Day

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Cogeco Neighbourhood Rink Program - applications due no later than November 30th

By Staff

September 28th, 2023



City hall is encouraging neighbours to come together to maintain outdoor community ice rinks this winter at select locations throughout the city.

Applications for the Cogeco Neighbourhood Rink program are available now at burlington.ca/neighbourhoodrink and are due by Nov. 30, 2023.

Wayne Gretzky got his start on a rink like this.


Groups looking to organize a neighbourhood rink at pre-approved locations will need a minimum of six people from their community to maintain the rink. Volunteers who are approved to move forward with their rink will need to agree to the terms and conditions set out in the Cogeco Neighbourhood Rinks program, agree to complete training and agree to complete daily inspection checks of the rink and provide their own water source for parks without an existing water source.

The agreement between Cogeco and the city is similar to other sponsorships; Cogeco provided funding in exchange for naming rights which helps keep the cost of the program low and accessible to all.

By per-approved, the city has a set list of locations. Not all parks/locations can have a rink set up due to slopes, space or water source.

City staff will install rink boards and provide a training manual, hoses and tarps in each location. As the colder weather arrives, each neighbourhood group will flood the rinks to get them ready for a first skate and then maintain them throughout the winter.

Neighbourhood rinks are open to all community members to skate for free.

For more information, visit burlington.ca/neighbourhoodrink.


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More than 315 big ones: City is now paying City Manager $315,495.00

By Pepper Parr

September 28th, 2023



$63,099.00 – not too shabby.

That’s not the salary – that’s the increase City Council went along with paying City Manager Tim Commisso getting him to a total annual salary of $315,495.00 stating September 10th.

Commisso was a full time employee for a number of years before he went to Thunder Bay where he was City Manager. Retired from that job, came back to Burlington and worked with MNP as a consultant until Mayor Meed Ward invited him for a cup of coffee and convinced him to serve is as her interim city manager while she got about firing the then City Manager James Ridge.

After a time – city council decided to make Commisso the City Manager.

Every City Manager bring a style to the job.

Commisso decided to do away with General Managers and created the position of Executive Directors. It has worked – there are still a few of those who don’t fit in all that well – but on balance Commisso has created an organization that works.

A number of exceptionally talented people have joined the city; some of quite young.

The question many will ask: Is Tim Commisso worth $315,495.00 annually?

Doesn’t matter what you think – Council thinks he is and so that is what he gets,

With that kind of a remuneration package expect Commisso to renew whatever contract he has.

Squawk if it makes you feel better – it isn’t going to make a difference.

Tim is a big picture thinker – he believes he knows what Burlington is going to look like in a decade and is doing the work to make sure the administration can handle the really explosive growth that is taking place.

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Is this good community engagement ?

By Staff

September 28th, 2023



Mayor Marianne Med Ward once said that she had 17 different platforms through she could communicate with the public.

One of those is what she calls her Mail Bag


“Are there any more public engagement opportunities for the Robert Bateman H.S. Redevelopment Project coming up?”


The City of Burlington is continuing its public engagement with the community to hear feedback on various aspects of the Robert Bateman H.S. Redevelopment Project, including on the facility name and on the vision for the indoor community services offered at our newest community centre.

These opportunities for engagement and input are only for the use of the inside of the building, and not about greenspace or parking. Input on greenspace and parking will come at a later date.

All of these opportunities and any updates will be posted on getinvolvedburlington.ca/bateman-highschool.

The plan appears to be to pave the sports field and use it for parking space.

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What do you do when a photo op was a mistake: begin the damage control

By Pepper Parr

September 28th, 2023



Sometimes the photo op is an unfortunate mistake.

Burlington’s MP Karina Gould chose to take part in this photo op with the Speaker of the House of Commons, and a person identified as the son of Yaroslav Hunka who has been identified as a man who fought for the Germans in Ukraine during WWII.

Burlington MP Karina Gould, Speaker Anthony Rota and Yaroslav Hunka with his son standing behind him.

The Speaker of the House is being blamed for not vetting the man thoroughly. Some are saying that all it took to learn just who Yaroslav Hunka was is a quick Google search.

Yaroslav Hunka is a Ukrainian World War II veteran of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, a Nazi Germany military formation. Hunka was born in Urman, then part of Poland, and volunteered for SS Galizien in 1943. He emigrated to Canada after the conclusion of World War II.

Division members are accused of killing Polish and Jewish civilians, although the unit has not been found guilty of any war crimes by a tribunal.

The unit was renamed the First Ukrainian Division before surrendering to the Western Allies in 1945.

The division was later known as the 1st Ukranian Division, the historian Olesya Khromeychuk wrote in a 2012 article for the Canadian Slavic Papers journal, and its legacy has been disputed for years. Khromeychuk wrote that the division’s veterans “are often portrayed as traitors, opportunists and war criminals,” while others see them as people who chose “the lesser of two evils” during the war by joining the Germans “to defend their motherland against the Soviet invasion and build a nucleus for the Ukrainian army.”

Dominique Arel, chair of Ukrainian studies at the University of Ottawa, told CBC News that the division Mr Hunka was part of had attracted thousands of Ukrainian volunteers, many joining with hopes they could achieve Ukrainian independence.

The Speaker, Anthony Rota, was very expansive when he was introducing Yaroslav Hunka.

At one point, Mr. Rota pointed to Mr. Hunka who sat in the gallery, saying the man was “a Ukrainian hero, a Canadian hero, and we thank him for all his service”.

Crown in on the floor of the house of Commons recognizing Yaroslav Hunka standing in the gallery.

The introduction resulted in two standing ovations with every Member of the House of Commons taking part along with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Speaker Anthony leaving the Speaker’s Chair.

Several days later, the Speaker apologized for the comments he made; that proved to be less than Members of the House of Commons. A day later Anthony Rota resigned as Speaker.

Liberal MP and House Leader Karina Gould called the situation “deeply embarrassing for Canada” and called on all parties in Parliament to agree to remove the recognition of Yaroslav Hunka from the official record of the House of Commons.

She also said the government would have vetted everyone who attended the speech for security concerns, but was not responsible for deciding to recognize Hunka.

The House of Commons protocol team — comprised of non-partisan bureaucratic staff — was responsible for collecting lists of invitees from various parties and the Speaker’s office, and sending them to the Parliamentary Protective Services (PPS), one government official explained.

The individual referenced was invited and recognized by the Speaker. The government and the Ukrainian delegation had no prior knowledge of this.”

The PPS did not respond to questions about the incident.

“Members did so because we took the Speaker’s word that this individual should indeed be granted this honour in good faith.”

Yaroslav Hunka accepting the accolades from a Joint Session of the Commons

In a statement, Rota said that on 22 September “in my remarks following the address of the president of Ukraine, I recognized an individual in the gallery.
“I have subsequently become aware of more information which causes me to regret my decision to do so.”

Mr. Rota said that “no one, including fellow parliamentarians and the Ukraine delegation, was aware of my intention or of my remarks before I delivered them. This initiative was entirely my own, the individual in question being from my riding and having been brought to my attention.”

Liberal MPs, including House Leader Karina Gould, accused the Conservatives of ignoring Rota’s acknowledgement of blame, and implored the opposition to refrain from making the situation “partisan.”

Gould called the situation “deeply embarrassing for Canada” and called on all parties in Parliament to agree to remove the recognition of Hunka from the official record of the House of Commons. Gould said she felt “personally hurt,” given that she is a Jewish Canadian whose family survived the Holocaust and lost loved ones in the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

She also said the government would have vetted everyone who attended the speech for security concerns, but was not responsible for deciding to recognize Hunka.

“There are many times when we recognize people in the gallery, and we do so on your good advice, on your good offices. And all of us here did that in the chamber on Friday because we trusted you on that,” Gould said, addressing Rota from the floor of the Commons.

“It is very important that we collectively work together to strike this recognition from the record, and I will work with my colleagues to do that.”

A grim faced Speaker Anthony Rota

In recognizing Hunka in the Commons, Rota referred to him as a 98-year-old from North Bay, Ont. He was later identified in an Associated Press photo caption as a member of what was known as the “Galicia” division of Nazi Germany’s Waffen SS.

In the 1980s, a public inquiry set up by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney examined allegations that war criminals from the Second World War had immigrated to Canada after the conflict. Although the broader German Waffen SS was determined to be a criminal organization during the Nuremberg war trials, the public inquiry concluded in 1986 that “mere membership” in the division was insufficient to justify prosecution for war crimes.

The inquiry also concluded that individual members of the division were screened before they emigrated to Canada, and that “charges of war crimes against members of the Galicia Division have never been substantiated.”

How did something like this happen?

And what was Karina Gould thinking when she went along with having her picture taken with Yaroslav Hunka. The man had no link with Burlington. While Gould did not know anything about Hunka when the picture was taken – there didn’t seem to be any reason for a picture to be taken. It had no relevance to her constituents.

What moved a graduate of Oxford University to suggest that everything that happened when and after Hunka was recognized be expunged from the public record.  If anybody with a degree from world class university Gould knows and understands that civilized people don’t even think of trying to rewrite history.  The Jewish community has been fighting that battle for decades.

Gould spoke at length in the House of Commons on September 25th. For the record we have set out what she said:

Burlington MP Karina Gould

September 25th, 2:20 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, as a descendant of Jewish Holocaust survivors, I am personally very hurt by the fact that this chamber recognized this individual. I am sure that everyone feels the same way in this chamber.

September 25th, 2:20 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, like all members of this chamber, I am incredibly disappointed in the fact that this individual was invited. As you yourself, Mr. Speaker, confirmed, this individual was recognized in the gallery. I found out just like every other member in the House at that time that this individual was present. This is deeply embarrassing for us as parliamentarians, as Canadians. It is something that I think all of us take extremely seriously, and I would ask my hon. colleagues not to politicize this moment.

September 25th, 2:20 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, like every other member of the House, I was extremely disappointed by this situation. Personally, as a descendant of Jewish Holocaust survivors, I was very hurt, and I know everyone in the House was hurt too.

As the Leader of the Opposition knows, and as you mentioned, Mr. Speaker, it was your decision and yours alone. Neither the government nor the Ukrainian delegation was aware of the situation ahead of time.

We are all very disappointed by the situation.

September 25th, 2:25 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned, everyone in the House is deeply hurt by what happened on Friday. We were all taken by surprise. This is something that is completely unacceptable. There are communities across Canada, including Jewish and Eastern European communities, for whom the Holocaust and the Second World War are particularly painful.

As a descendant of Jewish Holocaust survivors, I take this very seriously. I think this is an opportunity for us all to reflect—

September 25th, 2:25 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for his question.

As I mentioned, it was a very painful incident for everyone in the House and, of course, for all Canadians, especially those who have family members who were affected by the Holocaust, namely, the Jewish and Eastern European communities. This really hurts. Personally, I was disappointed by what happened.

I would like to ask everyone to deal with this responsibly.

September 25th, 2:25 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I know the Leader of the Opposition does not want to rely on the facts, but the facts in this situation are that the government had no prior knowledge that this individual was being invited, nor that he would be recognized.

If members go back and recall what happened on Friday, they will see that it was indeed the Speaker of the House who recognized this individual. We were all caught off guard. It is deeply embarrassing to this Parliament and to Canada. I ask that we all deal with this responsibly.

September 25th, 2:30 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I would again ask my hon. colleague to stick to the facts. We know and he knows, because you stated publicly and in this chamber, that it was your decision to invite this individual, your decision alone to recognize him in the chamber. We were all caught off guard on Friday.
Everyone in this chamber stood, because we trusted the Speaker to know who this was. At the same time, we must all take this seriously, and we must not politicize this. Communities are hurting, and we need to be there to be united at this time.

September 25th, 2:30 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, as a Canadian of Jewish origin, I have shared very clearly with the House on several occasions how disturbing this event is for me personally. I also know how disturbing it is for Canadians who are Jewish right across this country. Today, on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement as we prepare for the New Year, this is particularly disturbing.

However, I have to correct my hon. colleague in the sense that the government was not aware this individual was invited. It was completely the prerogative of the Speaker; it was his decision, and we need to make sure the facts remain on the table.

September 25th, 2:35 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Karina Gould getting ready to speak in the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker, as a Canadian of Jewish origin, I am extremely hurt by what happened last Friday. My grandfather is a survivor of Auschwitz. This is so very painful for me, and I know that it is also very painful for all members of the House. However, the facts are the facts. It was the Speaker of the House of Commons who invited this individual and decided to recognize his presence in the House. No one in government or in the Ukrainian delegation knew ahead of time that he was going to do that.

September 25th, 2:35 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I will repeat for my hon. colleague what I have already said because it is a matter of fact and the truth. Neither the government nor the Ukrainian delegation knew in advance that this individual was invited or that the Speaker of the House would draw attention to his presence during his speech. We have all been hurt by this incident and we are deeply disappointed by what happened. This has repercussions on parliamentarians, Canada, and of course Canada’s reputation in the world. Nonetheless, it is something that everyone must take seriously and—

September 25th, 2:35 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, let me continue to lay out the facts for this chamber.

It is a fact that the individual was not granted access to either the President of Ukraine or the Prime Minister of this country. He was specifically invited by the Speaker of the House, who did not make either the Government of Canada or the Ukrainian delegation aware. We all found out at the same time, when he was recognized in the chamber.

We are all deeply embarrassed by this. It has embarrassed Canada. We must reiterate our strong allyship for Ukraine, Ukrainian Canadians, and Jewish—

September 25th, 2:35 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I have tremendous respect for my colleague opposite. He was the Speaker, and he is the House leader now. He knows how this chamber operates.
He knows that the Speaker has prerogative for whom they invite to the Speaker’s gallery. The Parliamentary Protective Service followed all screening protocols to ensure the security of the event on Friday.
Nevertheless, neither the government nor the Ukrainian delegation was aware of that individual’s presence until he was recognized by the Speaker. Those are the facts.

September 25th, 2:40 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, as I have already stated, the Parliamentary Protective Service followed all screening protocols to ensure the security of last Friday’s event. I agree with the member opposite in that it was profoundly embarrassing for Parliament and for Canada that this individual was both invited and recognized. However, as the member knows, and as all members know, it was the Speaker of the chamber who decided to invite this individual and recognize him. We were all caught off guard, and we are all hurting because of it.

September 25th, 2:45 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, as a descendant of a Jewish Holocaust survivor, this is something that is profoundly disturbing and upsetting to me, as it is to everyone in Canada whose family has been impacted by the Holocaust and, indeed, to everyone around the world.

It is not lost on me that the President of Ukraine is Jewish and has also suffered the same way my family did, but I will reiterate to the member opposite that this was not the government’s decision, and it had no prior knowledge of this. It was a decision made by the Speaker of the House. He has apologized. We were all owed that apology because it was profoundly embarrassing—

September 25th, 2:45 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, as I have stated, I think the episode on Friday was one of profound embarrassment for parliamentarians and for all Canadians.

As has been stated clearly, the Parliamentary Protective Service did all of the required security protocols to ensure the security of the event.
However, neither the government nor the Ukrainian delegation was aware that this individual would be present in the gallery nor that he would be recognized, until such a time as the Speaker did that. The Speaker has made that public and clear, and we were owed and received an apology—

September 25th, 2:50 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Karina Gould doing damage control in the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker, the member opposite knows, because she heard it from you this morning and from me several times today, that it was not the Prime Minister who either invited this individual or recognized him. She acknowledged that he was recognized during the Speaker’s remarks, because the facts of the matter are that this individual was invited by the Speaker of the House and was recognized by the Speaker of the House, who did this without informing either the Government of Canada or the Ukrainian delegation. This is profoundly embarrassing to us all, and we all need to take this seriously.

September 25th, 2:55 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, in fact, the Speaker has already clarified and expressed that this was his decision alone, that he did not inform the government or the Ukrainian delegation, that this was entirely his decision.

I cannot force Conservative members to believe what the facts are. I can only put them on the table as they are. They have been clearly outlined, and we will continue to stand by them, because that is the truth.

September 25th, 2:55 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I have clearly laid the facts on the table several times today.
In fact, the only person who invited this individual and decided to recognize him was the Speaker of the House. The Parliamentary Protective Service followed all security protocols to ensure the security of the event.

However, I agree with the member opposite that this should never have happened. It is profoundly embarrassing and disappointing to all members of the House and to all Canadians. To that end, we stand with all Canadian communities that are impacted, and of course with Ukraine.

September 25th, 3 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I can only share the facts and the truth. The truth and the facts are that, no, the government did not know that this individual was invited, nor that he was going to be recognized by the Speaker of the House.

As the member opposite heard the Speaker say earlier today, this individual was from his riding. He decided to recognize him. He did not inform either the government or the Ukrainian delegation. This has caused profound hurt and embarrassment to this chamber, to Canada and to Canadians from so many different backgrounds, Jewish Canadians, Canadians of Eastern European descent, Ukrainian Canadians and, of course, the President of Ukraine.

September 25th, 3 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague knows, because he listened to you this morning and he saw your message yesterday that you clarified that it was your personal initiative and that you had not notified the government that you were inviting this individual and drawing attention to his presence.

We are all deeply hurt. We are hurt as parliamentarians and as Canadians.
More importantly, communities across the country are hurt by this initiative of the Speaker of the House.

September 25th, 3 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, the truth is that neither the Prime Minister nor anyone in his cabinet or in the Ukrainian delegation knew in advance that this individual was invited or that he would be recognized by the Speaker of the House of Commons.

As I said many times, the Speaker of the House of Commons invited this individual of his own accord and he made the decision himself to recognize him. It was very painful for all of us, as parliamentarians, who were there and who were surprised by this decision.

It is painful for every Canadian who was affected by the Holocaust and the wars—

September 25th, 3:05 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, again, I would invite my colleagues on the Conservative benches to rely on the facts. You have laid out both in a statement as well as in an apology to the House that it was you who decided to invite this individual.
You decided to recognize him in this place without informing the government, the Ukrainian delegation or, indeed, any parliamentarian.

I think we are all profoundly hurt and embarrassed by this as are Canadians.
We need to take this seriously and not politicize it. We need to make sure that we are bringing Canadians together during this difficult time.

September 25th, 3:05 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, again, that hon. colleague would have seen your statement yesterday and heard your apology in the House today. The Speaker confirmed that this was his decision, and his decision alone, to invite this individual from his riding and to acknowledge him in the gallery. We were all caught off guard by this. We all stood and applauded, but this was not the individual we were led to believe he was. That is something that hurts all of us and embarrasses all of us, but there was no prior knowledge from the government.

September 25th, 3:05 p.m.
Guests in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague heard your statement this morning. He knows very well that this was your decision, and your decision alone, to invite this individual and to recognize him in the gallery, without informing the government, without informing the Ukrainian delegation.

We are profoundly hurt by this. We are profoundly embarrassed by this. I would ask that the Conservative colleagues pay attention to the facts, rely on the facts, and treat this matter with the seriousness that it deserves.
There are communities across the country that are hurting, and politicizing it helps no one.

September 25th, 3:10 p.m.
Rick O’Brien
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order.

I would like to ask for unanimous consent to adopt the following motion.

I move that, notwithstanding any standing order, special order or usual practice of the House, the recognition made by the Speaker of the House of an individual present in the galleries during the joint address to Parliament by His Excellency Volodymyr Zelenskyy be struck from the appendix of the House of Commons Debates of Thursday, September 21, 2023, and from any House multimedia recording.

That motion did not pass.

The photo op is used as often as possible by politicians of every stripe.  It gets them re-elected.

This photo op didn’t work out that way – something that might give the elected class a reason to pause before they step in front of a camera.

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Getting Back to Basics Leading to Better Student Outcomes



By Staff

September 28th, 2023



EQAO results show modest improvement in reading, writing and math scores across the province.

This morning, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released its annual student assessment results that demonstrate encouraging progress in student outcomes. These results demonstrate that Ontario’s plan to provide a stable school year without interruption with a renewed emphasis on getting back to basics and improving foundational skills is working. However, there is more work ahead to ensure continued positive outcomes for students.

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce

“EQAO data results show that Ontario’s historic investments in public education and unwavering focus on keeping kids in class with a back-to-basics education are leading to better student outcomes,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “Given Ontario’s increasing investments in literacy and math, and the improvements students are making in those skills, now is the time to work together to ensure students stay in class learning essential skills that will set them up for long-term success.”

Overall, the EQAO results are showing gains in reading, writing and math scores. Math achievement is trending upward across all grade levels in both English and French, including between 2 to 5 percentage point increases in Grade 6 and Grade 9 math. At the same time, literacy achievement is stable or increased across grade levels, including improved literacy success rates on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) among first-time eligible Grade 10 students. Similar to testing in other Canadian jurisdictions, Ontario EQAO results show stability and moderate gains, which stem directly from kids being back in the classroom without disruption and targeted supports focused on lifting literacy and math competencies.

Kids being back in the classroom without disruption

Ontario students are benefiting from access to 2,000 more educators, including teachers with specialized expertise in literacy instruction, doubling math coaches in classrooms, a Math Lead in every school board and the creation and deployment of a Math Action Team to under-performing school boards to drive change and improve math achievement.

As EQAO results show, the government continues to make the case that stable in-person learning, with a renewed focus on literacy and STEM education will lead to positive mental, developmental, physical health and long-term academic success.

Quick Facts

  • The 2022-23 EQAO math results generally align with what we are observing in other jurisdictions, both across Canada and internationally. With respect to reading and writing, Ontario’s 2022-23 results are strong and stable amidst fluctuating results found across other provinces and jurisdictions around the world.
  • Last year, students experienced the first uninterrupted school year since 2018-19.
  • Students in Year 2 of Kindergarten to Grade 2 can now benefit from early reading screening — the largest screening program in Canada.
  • Students are now receiving new, up-to-date curriculum, including the revised Grades 1 to 8 Language and Français curriculum, new de-streamed Grade 9 English and Français courses, and an emphasis on foundational reading and writing skills throughout all grades.
  • New learning materials for Grade 7 and 8 students have been released to help students build a mental health toolkit. This toolkit will help students learn how to manage stress, understand the relationship between mental health and mental illness, and, most importantly, know when and how to get help.
  • Secondary students will learn how to create a budget, manage their money, protect themselves from financial scams, and plan for long-term purchases, such as buying a house or car with new financial literacy modules.




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Heritage report is a very detailed document: public meetings in October

By Staff

September 28th, 2023



The final report for the Downtown Heritage Study and Engagement Program is now available for viewing: click HERE.

Heritage study boundaries

The consultant team recommends that people read the whole report to understand the complete scope of research and analysis that informed the final recommendations. However, if you have limited time, you could choose to focus on the “Key Findings” section at the beginning, the Recommendations section, and the part of the Appendices that concerns your particular property or area.

The individual properties identified for study as part of the Downtown Burlington Heritage Study and Engagement Program project are located on Brant Street or Victoria Avenue between Caroline Street and Baldwin Street/Victoria Avenue. As such, these properties generally have a similar context, historical development, and range of architectural styles.

To summarize the recommendations, the following individual properties are being recommended for heritage designation:

  • 620 Brant Street
  • 574 Brant Street
  • 524 Brant Street
  • 518 Brant Street

The following areas were found to meet the definition of a cultural heritage landscape and are being recommended for designation in the short or long term:

  • Burlington Avenue & Lakeshore Road
  • Luke’s Church & Cemetery

Although the other study areas were determined to not sufficiently meet the definitions of a significant “cultural heritage landscape” and are not being recommended for further study for heritage district designation, the report highlights individual properties in the study areas that have the potential to qualify for heritage designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act and could be protected individually. Please review the section of the report discussing your study area to find out if your property has been highlighted.

Staff and the consultant team will be available to discuss the report with you at an open house on Monday, October 2nd from 7:00PM-8:30PM at the Art Gallery of Burlington in the Shoreline Room. Please drop into the Shoreline Room where you will find refreshments, information about the City’s heritage incentives, a short audio/visual presentation about the project and a series of display boards.

You can then visit the adjacent “Rotary Room” and speak to staff and consultants at any of the following four stations with display panels summarizing results of the study:

  1. Brant Street Individual Properties & Village Square
  2. Foot of Brant Street & Downtown East
  3. Burlington Avenue and Lakeshore Road & St. Luke’s Church and Cemetery
  4. Locust Street





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