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Race for the Burlington seat is still very tight. Undecided voters quite large

By Staff

May 23rd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Data collected locally suggests that the Burlington seat is still very much up for grabs.

Jason Octavo, a Sheridan College Journalism student about to graduate this year, has been spending hours outside supermarket and LCBO stores – inside malls and in Spencer Smith Park. North and south of the QEW.

By the time the survey work is completed he will have interviewed more than 750 asking the following questions:

Question 1: Do you know there’s going to be an election in June?
Question 2: Do you know anything about the issues? 

Question 3: Are you going to vote (if not, why)?
Question 4: Would you like to say who you will vote for?

We have added a 5th question: Is there a political party or candidate that you are favouring?

Are the numbers relevant, do they mean anything?  They are certainly quite different than the province wide numbers where the Progressive Conservatives have a clear lead.

That province wide sentiment is quite a bit different than what is taking place in Burlington.

Impressive data – can the solid 2018 results be improved – enough to win the seat?

The decision making in Burlington is informed by the significant number of New Blue Party signs that are showing up – especially in the rural part of the city;  the size of the Muslim vote and if it will turn out for the Liberal candidate.  And will the NDP vote locally continue to grow from the record vote level in the last provincial election.  They have raised more money than ever this time around and have a spacious office set up with a motivated team of volunteers.

The Progressive Conservatives did themselves no favours when they pulled their candidates province wide from taking part in debate or interviews.

They see themselves as leading and don’t want to have a candidate say something that will blow up in their faces. There is very little being said by PC candidates on social media.

Everything comes from the Premier and so far none of the other candidates have been able to lay a glove on him.

Will voters be disgusted with the way they have been treated? Not the base vote for certain. Winning is all that counts.  The voter be damned.

Octavo will be in the field up to May 31st – if there is a break in the news flow on something that could shift voter sentiments he will back back out until the day before the election.

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Rivers on the debate: Ford doesn’t have a platform; doesn’t need one. Winning at this point

By Ray Rivers

May 23rd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

OPINION

The Ontario leaders election debate took place this past week. And the undisputed winner was the party which, if people were listening, should do a lot better than they ever have – but probably won’t. The Green Party’s Mike Schreiner was eloquent, articulate, passionate and to the point, and challenged the front runner, Doug Ford, as the other opposition leaders only wish they could have done.

Andrea Horwath – working the crowd

Andrea Horwath did herself no favours talking over-the-top of the other leaders. And when it was her turn to speak, mostly avoided the question while recounting tales of meeting people on the street – accounts which are probably just scripted fiction. And when she finally got to the point of a question, used the opportunity to attack the wrong enemy, her Liberal opponent.

It was clear Horwath was still fighting Kathleen Wynne and the 2018 election. She looked desperate and caused Mr. Del Duca to note that every time she attacked him, Doug Ford would smile. There is little light between the policies of the three left-of-centre opposition parties, so if they really care about those issues, their natural political opponent is the Tory in the house.

Del Duca was calm and factual but somewhat robotic as he kept getting gut punched by Doug Ford

Del Duca was calm and factual but somewhat robotic as he kept getting gut punched by Doug Ford and his notebook of imaginary numbers. Del Duca was a little plastic, but at least he didn’t tirade. It’s not clear how the debate will affect his party’s standing, but without a knock out and/or Ford knocking himself out, it’s a long shot for any of these opposition politicians.

Ford probably could have skipped the debate, he’s so far ahead in the polls. But he showed up with his notebook. Candidates had been asked not to bring notes, but Ford is the front runner and he is the Premier, so he can do as he pleases.  Ford appeared calm throughout, even when attacked; exuding positivity and optimism, confident that he was on the right track even if it was a railway built in the 50’s and 60’s.

The moderation at TVO studios could have been better. Steve Paikin warned that he would shut off microphones if the contestants misbehaved. But he never followed through on his threat, even when it seemed chaos was at the door. Besides, the confrontational debate format, itself, is partly to blame for encouraging over-talking. Finally, the studio venue clearly hadn’t been COVID-proofed, since two of the debaters tested positive immediately afterwards.

Ford is running on his record

Ford is running on his record as incumbents typically do. So what is that record? It’s not unfair to say that of all the candidates running in 2018 Mr. Ford was not the most qualified. His ‘bull-in-the-china-shop’ gambit at the start of his reign disclosed a clear lack of understanding of the roles of the province and federal government, not to mention the energy and climate files.

He came out of the gate, and without a shred of evidence, accused Wynne of corruption and fiddling the books. So he set up an elaborate audit to find out the real numbers. And the real numbers were pretty much what Wynne had presented except for where she disagreed with the provincial auditor general (AG) on a couple of points. It was all show and an embarrassing waste of time and money. Why didn’t someone in his entourage tell him that the independent AG was mandated to review the provincial books prior to each election, so he wouldn’t have to do it?

Ford’s early government was highly visceral, he governed from his gut with bearings set to his ideological predisposition. He declared war on Toronto City Hall, his old stomping grounds. He went after the Liberal federal government, unions (teachers and nurses in particular) and just about everything environmental. And his nihilist environmental attitude rang up a costly sum. According to a study by Environmental Defence his dismantling of climate change policies has cost taxpayers of this province over $10 billion since the 2018 election.

Most of those financial impacts included the loss of expected income from the greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, Ontario’s alternative to the carbon tax. But there were real damage payments made, including $30 million to the giant US based Koch brothers. Then he wasted $30 million foolishly fighting the federal government over the carbon tax in the courts. And, while claiming he was saving hydro rate payers money by cancelling renewable energy contracts, actually cost us all almost a half of a billion dollars. Heck, even Tesla received $125,000 in legal compensation.

Ford acted too slowly with respect to measures that would stop viral transmission.

Ford’s early polling numbers dropped like a power line in an ice storm, reflecting his dismal performance in his first years as Premier. But Ontario rallied to its premier when the pandemic scared us all, and Ford and the prime minister were our solace during those early stressful days. Ford makes much of his fight to get personal protection equipment (PPE) supplies into Ontario, and the failure of the previous Liberal government to maintain inventories. But that doesn’t explain why his government had left those inventories empty during the first two years of his premiership.

Ford acted too slowly with respect to measures that would stop viral transmission and save lives in long term care (LTC). Although he inherited a troubled long term care program, the decision to have his ministry forego spot inspections of facilities just made the problem worse. And instead of actually implementing his ‘iron ring’ he allowed LTC staff to float among various facilities for way too long, inadvertently spreading the virus. His failures in LTC finally became apparent when he had to ask the federal government to send in the army.

Ford has a habit of repeating his mistakes

Ford on several occasions ignored the advice of the provincial science table and dropped restrictions prematurely or failed to tighten them early enough, thereby contributing to another wave. His refusal to re-instate the sick leave provision of the former government meant that workers would continue to show up at their jobs sick and spread the disease. And Ford had a habit of repeating his mistake – jumping the gun rather than waiting for lower and safer infection transmission rates before removing social distancing restrictions.

Each new case of COVID represented an additional cost to society, manifest in hospital and other health care expenses, lost income for those affected, lost economic productivity, and the very real personal costs of sickness, and sometimes death. Most of the financial costs were picked up by the federal government, but as we know there really is only one taxpayer.

Mr. Ford is proud of the jobs in new electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing he will be bringing to Ontario. That is a huge accomplishment, but these investments are also federally funded and likely would have been brought forward regardless which political party was in power in Ontario. And it is remarkable that Ontario has been able to attract EV production when Ford had been so hostile to the sector, killing the EV purchase grants, tearing out GO parking lot charging stations, and cancelling requirements for EV charging in buildings.

The promise of extracting valuable metals and rare earths from the so-called ring of fire, clearly helped attract a new battery manufacturing facility. But the province has still not built the road or rail connections it had promised back during the 2018 election. And, more recently, issues are looming around electricity supply for those industries.

Ford’s government is big on replacing renewable energy with natural gas, even as the rest of the world is trying to stop using gas. He spent $3 billion buying gas powered electricity plants which will almost ensure that the province will miss its climate change goals and drag Canada’s effort down with it. Natural gas is more destructive as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and yet Mr. Ford has doubled gas use for electricity over his term in office.

Even though we are still kind-of in the pandemic, we’d all like to think it was a lifetime ago. And Ford’s earlier antics are even further away in our minds. So the number one election issue is something called affordability. There is no precise economic definition for affordability but that doesn’t matter to someone filling their tank, paying their mortgage or looking to buy meat at the grocers.

A public wish and a badly needed solution – what will a new government be able to deliver?

And polls show that when it comes to affordability, the word in Ontario can be abbreviated to just plain FORD – even if he is paying you with your own and your children’s money. He talks a good story about lower gas and electricity prices. And didn’t he just return all the money you paid in licence fees? So Mr. Ford is projected to win with as much as a 10 seat majority.

That could still change if strategic voting comes to pass but there is little sign of that happening this election. Both main opposition leaders know they’ll lose, but they’d rather lose than be nice to each other. So they’ll both be running for second place rather than first.

Premier Ford – happy at this point.

And the big truth is that both Horwath and Del Duca blew their chances to impress the voters at the leaders’ debate. Horwath’s platform is stale and Del Duca’s piece meal. And Ford, just like the first time he ran, doesn’t even have a platform. But he doesn’t need one because the opposition parties are playing Ford’s game, almost aping the big man, but not topping his non-campaign promises of affordability and the good life, as he smiles on.

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On the Bateman high school purchase - Sharman tweets 'Failure is a possibility

By Pepper Parr

May 22th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

There is just something not quite right about the sale and purchase of the Bateman High School property.

It is monumentally expensive.

The paucity of public information resulted in the sanctioning of a council member based on a complaint by two other Council members.

Councillor Stolte was docked five days’ pay for talking publicly about something that was discussed in a CLOSED session of Council – a no no in the municipal world.

Councillors Nisan and Galbraith filed a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner.

Then there is an announcement that there will be a l and swap – the city would sell the sports field to the west of Central High school – the proceeds of that sale would go towards paying for the Bateman property owned by the public Board of Education.

The city announces that there will be public engagement – before that a short survey.

Short survey has a short life – the cit y pulls the survey and provides some detail on a public meeting.

That gets the social media close to the boiling point.  Those networks are going crazy over the Bateman high school and Central High school sports field matter,

Lynne Crosby, a frequent Tweeter, makes a comment – the city picks up on it …

… then ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman puts in a few words.

 

So failure is a possibility?

 

 

 

 

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Lot of yappity yap over just where things are with the Bateman high school property purchase.

By Pepper Parr

May 20th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There is just something not quite right about the sale and purchase of the Bateman High School property.

It is monumentally expensive.

It brought about the sanctioning of a council member based on a complaint by two other Council members.

Councillor Stolte was docked five days’ pay for talking publicly about something that was discussed in a CLOSED session of Council – a no no in the municipal world.

Councillors Nisan and Galbraith filed a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner.  The issue was related to comments about the sale of the Bateman high school property n property.

Then there is an announcement that there will be a land swap – the city would sell the sports field to the west of Central High school to the Halton District School Board – the proceeds of that sale would go towards paying for the Bateman property owned by the public Board of Education.

A Gazette reader sent us a couple of tweets that were sent yesterday.

Here we have Lynne Crosby talking to someone with concerns and questions.. Civil enough

But then the following appears.

Were these meant to be assuring words?

Is Councillor Sharman offside on this?  He isn’t just a citizen with an opinion – he is a councillor with all kinds of inside information that a lot of people would like to hear him expand on.

Our faithful reader said: “My take is that the city has too much invested in this already to walk away. Look how they spent dollar after dollar for the pier to nowhere with no accessibility to the upper area for those who cannot walk up the stairs.

“Residents will never know the true cost of the Bateman project.

“Someone suggested to me that one of the reasons why so few people are entering the Municipal race is because they don’t want to have to work with our current Mayor, and presently no one is really challenging her.”

The social media types and their networks are going crazy over the Bateman high school and Central High school sports field matter.  Amidst all this there is chatter over it all being a done deal

Don’t think it is a done deal and there might be a chance that it will fall apart.

 

 

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Mother and son billet Ray and Jean Rivers in Ukraine in 2016 - in 2022 the Rivers help them get to Canada and and find work

By Pepper Parr

May 20th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Ukrainians celebrate Vyshyvanka Day annually on the third Thursday in May. So I went to visit Gazette columnist Ray Rivers at his home. A Vyshyvanka is a traditional festive Ukrainian outfit shirt, for men and dress for women, which is hand-made and embroidered. It represents the history of the once great nation of Ukraine before it was invaded and its’ people oppressed over the years.

Rivers is of Ukrainian decent and has visited the land of his grandparents a couple times. The last time he and his wife, Jean, went there for a month to teach English, French and western culture to school children in Cherkasy, a city just south of the nation’s capital Kyiv. Ray was also on assignment to visit and cover Canada’s effort at training the Ukraine military near the western city of Lviv.

It was a memorable trip, his best vacation ever, even though it was a working holiday. While covering the military story for the Gazette Ray discovered the home of his third cousin living nearby in a small village, the birthplace of his paternal grandparents just outside of Lviv.

While teaching Ray and Jean were billeted by a couple of families with children in the schools. Once the Russian invasion began on February 24, Jean contacted the families to let them know that they would be welcome to come to Canada and the River’s would sponsor them. Since males between 18 and 60 must stay to support Ukraine’s war effort and defend the country, the mother and children of both families had accepted the offer but so far only one has made the journey from Ukraine.

Artem listens carefully and then translates for his Mother The mother and son didn’t know much about Canada – they knew about Tim Hortons and hockey. Their plans? To return to Ukraine when the war is over – with no idea at all when that will be. They have adapted exceptionally well.

Mila and Artem were driven by Mila’s husband from Cherkasy to Lviv and then across the Polish border to Krakow. A friend of the Rivers’ daughter worked at the Canadian embassy in Berlin and was delighted to help expedite the voyage of these new refugees from Krakow to Berlin and accommodate them for the almost three months it took to obtain a Canadian visa to come to Canada. They finally arrived in Toronto after a tiring journey last weekend.

Their first week here was mostly taken up with completing all the red tape required for their stay here….SIN numbers and health cards and medical exams. Jean had mentioned on a local Carlisle Facebook group that the refugees were arriving and one of the Pollard Window family offered to employ Mila if she met their requirements.

From the left: Jean Rivers, an accomplished artist, Artem, Ray Rivers and Mila

After an interview, Mila, who has an excellent resume with experience in furniture design, but is still struggling with her English, was offered a position with the company and starts the day after Victoria Day.

Mila and Artem will be staying only a few blocks away from the Pollard factory with Ray and Jean’s daughter and her family. Artem, who is 16 and in his second last year of school in Ukraine is completing his year virtually and planning to attend regular school here in Ontario next school year.

At this stage nobody knows how long the war will last but they are hoping to return once it is over and will return to their native country that much the better for the experience of living and working in Canada and with an appreciation for the kindness and consideration we have all extened them during this very troubling period in their lives.

Related news story:

When the Rivers first met their house guests

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New Democrats make a late in the game announcement: They will regulate gas prices

By Pepper Parr

May 20th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

First it was Doug Ford’s buck a beer – that didn’t really take off.

Then it was the Liberal buck a ride for transit – there wasn’t a lot of detail band it came across as gimmicky.

Then Andrea announced the NDP would regulate the price of gas — capping gas prices, outlawing gouging, and saving Ontarians money at the pumps.

They had my attention.

Then NDP leader Andrea Horwath got on her soap box and said:  “Every day, people are being gouged by oil and gas companies who are already making record profits,” said Horwath. “It’s time for Ontarians to get a break at the pumps. We’re going to cap gas prices and ban gouging — so you pay less.

“Ontarians need a government that will look out for them, not for their friends or giant corporations.”

She added: “Horwath and the NDP will regulate retail and wholesale mark-up of prices. The Ontario Energy Board will set a weekly price that includes reasonable profits for gas companies — not more.

“Four years ago Doug Ford promised to lower gas prices by 10 cents per litre. He has not. And the Ford and Del Duca scheme to temporarily lower the gas tax will only benefit gas stations — there’s no requirement that they pass that break on to drivers. Only Horwath and the NDP will get tough with oil companies and ensure permanent savings at the pump.

“Gas prices in Ontario have reached record highs, even though the cost of crude oil and refined products have not reached record highs.

“Gas prices are currently regulated in a number of provinces — it’s time Ontario did too.”

Nice election perk – is it enough to make her the Premier of the province – and if that happens – can she run a government ?

Something to think about,

 

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Burlington third on the list of 35 cities for average monthly rent rate: $2017 for a one bedroom

By Staff

May 20th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This hurts!

Average rent for all Canadian properties listed on Rentals.ca in April was $1,821 per month, an annual increase of 9 per cent from $1,676 per month in April 2021, according to the Rentals.ca and Bullpen Research & Consulting latest National Rent Report.

The April 2021 rent figure was the lowest national average rate over the last four years, with the monthly results in 2022 close to pre-pandemic rent levels. April 2022’s average rent is about $25 lower than the levels experienced the same month in 2020 and 2019.

Burlington came in third on the list of 35 cities for average monthly rent in April for a one-bedroom home at $2,017 and eighth for average monthly rent for a two-bedroom at $2,261.

Rates are high, inventory very tight – the rental market is likely to stay this way for a while.

Year over year, average monthly rent in April for a one-bedroom in Burlington was up 15.9 per cent and up 11.8 per cent for a two-bedroom.
Toronto finished second on the list of 35 cities for average monthly rent in April for a one-bedroom at $2,065 and for average monthly rent for a two-bedroom at $2,849.

Year over year, average monthly rent in April for a one-bedroom in Toronto was up 13 per cent and up 17.2 per cent for a two-bedroom. Month over month, average rent in Toronto was up 2.1 per cent for a one-bedroom and up 2.6 per cent for a two-bedroom.

Average rents in Toronto and Etobicoke for condo rentals and apartments were up annually by 15 per cent to $2,303 and $2,173 respectively;

Hamilton average rents increased 11 per cent to $1,790; and Mississauga, and London rents rose 7 per cent to $2,070 and $1,581, respectively.

Ontario had the second highest average rents at $2,093 per month (median: $2,000).

Ben Myers, president of Bullpen Research & Consulting said:“Average rental rates for single-family homes, townhouses and condominium apartments have experienced strong month-over-month growth as demand increases for higher-end properties. Big city rents are surging with Vancouver and Toronto leading the way. A return to the office, high gas prices, and rising interest rates are all fuelling demand for centrally located rental offerings.”

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I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE on at the Drury Lane Theatre June 3rd to 26th

By Staff

May 20th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

If you make it through the provincial election there is light hearted relieve for you.

Burlington’s Drury Lane Theatre is bringing I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE to the stage.

The production begins Friday, June 3rd and shows continue through Sunday, June 26th.

I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE is the longest running off-Broadway revue in history. This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind the contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship.” Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, and to those who have dared to ask, “Say, what are you doing Saturday night?”

Invite your favourite person to join you in the comfortable cabaret setting at The Loft at Drury Lane on New Street. Enjoy a beverage from our licensed bar while watching the show and celebrate your own “perfect” relationships! Tickets are on sale at www.DruryLane.ca and by calling our Box Office at 905-637-3979.

 

 

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While soccer is the most popular sport in the world - other sports have huge followings - they all develop life skills such as teamwork.

By Barclay Gilmore

May 20th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In spite of the diverse metrics applied to determine the popularity of various kinds of sports, it is extremely hard to determine which one is the most ubiquitous. The impact of these metrics is immense on the lives of onlookers and players.

All sports are fun and educational, playing sports may also help children develop life skills such as teamwork

Sports are often thought of as a type of social interaction and a way to connect with people. Aside from being fun and educational, playing sports may also help children develop life skills such as teamwork. Here are the 1most ubiquitous sports globally.

  1. Football

The most-watched sport over the globe is football, the North Americans call it soccer,  with nearly 3.5 billion followers. Although football is a global sport, it’s most prevalent in regions such as Asia, Europe, and South America as well as in diverse countries, with over half of the populace watching the World Cup every single year. There are also many online sports games with casino promotions.

  1. Cricket

More than 2.5 billion humans all over the world pursue the sport of cricket. The game is widely loved in various countries, such as England, Australia, and India.

The basic rules of cricket involve a bowler running up to the batting team member and taking a run-up to catch the ball.

  1. Basketball

Although soccer and basketball are comparatively new sports, both of them have tremendous followers, with a number of 2.4 Billion Followers. Basketball has been around for a very long time, however, relatively new status, and it’s very prevalent in various countries such as the US and Canada. It is on its way to getting ahead of football and baseball as the most widespread sport in America.

  1. Hockey

Hockey is a North American game with some of the best players coming out of Russia.

In the US and Canada, ice hockey and field hockey are the most widespread kinds of games, in addition, in other countries, like Pakistan and India, both types of games are also generally played. Unlike other sports, hockey has loyal followers with the amount of 2 billion followers and a high-quality streaming audience.

  1. Tennis

As per a list by Top-End Sports, tennis is the most widespread sport globally, with 1 billion followers. It is played by around sixty million human beings worldwide. Aside from playing against one another, doubles are also commonly practiced.

  1. Badminton

Although it’s widely acknowledged that badminton is a widespread sport over the globe with 950 million followers, it is also very popular in Asia. Because of its fame, it’s produced, several well-known athletes.

  1. Volleyball

In spite of being considered a distinct sport, volleyball is still very popular in many countries over the globe, with 900 million followers.

Although it is less ubiquitous than other sports, it is still considered an Olympic sport.

  1. Table Tennis

Although table tennis is widely regarded as a popular sport with nearly 875 million followers, it doesn’t have many pro chances for aspiring players. As per the popularity of the game, it’s usually only performed in certain regions, such as Indonesia and China.

  1. Baseball is another North American game played in Japan where it is very popular.

    Baseball

Despite baseball being considered one of the most ubiquitous sports in the US with more than 500 million followers, it is still considered the country’s national pastime.  Baseball has even overtaken football as the most-watched sport in America.

  1. Rugby

Owing to the popularity of football and soccer, various other kinds of games have arisen as well. One of these is rugby, which is extremely prevalent in tightly populated regions. In addition, with almost 475 million followers, it’s followed globally but mostly in countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

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Burlington election race is very tight

By Jason Octavo

May 18th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Gazette assigned a reporter to learn how people in Burlington are handling the election for the next provincial government.

The assignment was to approach people and ask four questions:

Q1 Do you know there is going to be an election in June?

Q2 Do you know anything about the issues?

Q3 Are you going to vote? (If not – why note)

Q4 Would you like to say who you will vote for?

We captured the following additional data:

Male or female

Under 40 – over 40

Do they live in Burlington?

The interviews took place at GO stations, outside supermarkets, outside LCBO retail outlets, in Spencer Smith Park and the malls.

The results to date.

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Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, musician and activist will be onstage at Sound of Music

By Pepper Parr

May 18th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

Fantastic Negrito – will be part of the summer Sound of Music program.

 

We’ve not heard much from the Sound of Music people.

One of their acts – Fantastic Negrito  plays on June 17th

He is a three-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, musician, and activist

Fantastic Negrito (neé Xavier Dphrepaulezz) unveils his forthcoming studio album and film White Jesus Black Problems, out June 3 via Storefront Records. The multimedia project is based on the true story of Negrito’s seventh-generation white Scottish grandmother (Grandma Gallamore), an indentured servant, living in a common-law marriage with his seventh-generation African American enslaved grandfather (Grandfather Courage); in open defiance of the racist, separatist, laws of 1750s colonial Virginia.

With a pedigree like that – this might be someone very different and interesting to listrn to.

You get your chance – he is on stage June 17th, 2022

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Resident feedback wanted on Robert Bateman High School proposals

By Staff

May 18th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The City of Burlington is looking for residents’ feedback on a proposed land transaction with the Halton District School Board (HDSB) and leasing arrangements with the HDSB and Brock University for the City’s planned acquisition of the Robert Bateman High School building and property.

The proposed transaction with the HDSB would see the City transfer ownership of approximately five acres of City owned-land (sports field at Central High School) to the HDSB as a component of a land exchange for the Robert Bateman site.

The sports field beside Central High school is owned by the city. Selling it to the school board frees up some cash that can be applied to the purchase of the Bateman location. It is a complex deal with a number of players that may not have had the benefit of some some take our time second thought. Some are wondering – why the rush? One pressure point is that Brock wants to be in the space they are renting – when? Tight timeline.

The City owned-land in question is located near Burlington Central High School and includes the high school football field and running track.

The HDSB has wanted to own the sports field beside Burlington Central High School for some time; that desire is consistent with the HDSB’s long-term intention to continue operating Burlington Central High School as a school. This land exchange component will advance the City’s efforts to secure the Robert Bateman site in continued public ownership, ensuring that the Robert Bateman site is available for continued educational and community-oriented uses.

Feedback will also be sought on proposed leasing agreements with the HDSB that wants to use some of the space and Brock University that wants to locate one of its departments in Burlington.

Both leases are expected to be long-term but not to exceed 25 years.

Burlington City Council directed staff to gather feedback from the public on these proposals. Public feedback can be provided at the City’s online engagement portal, Get Involved Burlington.  The time frame for getting sufficient public feedback is short.

The site is a big one; the plans to re-purpose the location from a local high school to a multi-use site that would pull together local residents, a unit of Brock University, a public library and a number of gymnasiums with lots of space left over.

A considerable amount of controversy is expected from the downtown community where there isn’t all that much open space to begin with. The 100th anniversary event was planned to take place on the sports field in June of 2023.  Will that space still be available to the public once it is in school board hands?

Any thought of a community centre with a pool in that part of town would be lost.  With three towers planned for Ghent and Brant, a short walk from the sports field, residents wonder if they are going to be locked out of creating more in the way of public amenities.

Click for the Link to Get Involve

This engagement opportunity will be open to Burlington residents until June 13, 2022.

Following public input, staff will report back to Burlington Council with a final report and recommendations at the June 21, 2022 Council meeting.

Some background:

In June 2021, HDSB announced that it has declared Robert Bateman High School surplus to its needs.

In December 2021, Council provided direction to staff to submit a formal offer to purchase the Robert Bateman High School site

On Feb. 3, 2022, Burlington City Council endorsed next steps to advance the potential acquisition of the Robert Bateman High School site from the HDSB.

Shortly after, also in June 2021, the City of Burlington announced that an expression of interest would be submitted to the HDSB to purchase the Robert Bateman site through a partnership with Brock University.

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Ribfest fans will get a Taste of Summer at a Drive-Thru Kickoff on Victoria Day.

By Staff

May 18th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

If it worked twice – it will work a third time.

The Drive thru worked well the past two years. Rotary will do it again on Victoria Day and plan for the traditional event in September.

Canada’s Largest Ribfest, a fundraising initiative of Burlington Rotary Lakeshore, will be holding a taste of summer kickoff on Victoria Day in the Burlington Centre parking lot.

The public is invited to stop by the Burlington Centre parking lot, at 777 Guelph Line from 10am to 7pm to experience the fun and flavour from the comfort and convenience of your vehicle.

Brent Paszt, a Past President of Rotary Burlington Lakeshore, and Co-Chair ofthe Ribfest this year said: “While we are looking forward to our eventual return to Spencer Smith Park for our traditional annual Labour Day Weekend event, the need in our community remains great. So what better way for us to maintain the spirit of our Ribfest alive by delivering delicious ribs & great local entertainment and at the same time help Rotary Burlington Lakeshore support local charities in need.”

The Ribfest has a loyal following, and there has been tremendous support for our Drive-thru Ribfests the past 2 years. While we all want to be back in Spencer Smith Park at the end of summer, our guests understand the need to adapt and have embraced our drive-thru alternative.” added Jay Bridle,  Co-Chair of the Ribfest this year

Guests are asked to enter Burlington Centre from the Fairview Street entrance and will remain in their vehicles for the duration of their visit. Food vendors will take orders and payment (cards preferred) and will deliver each completed order to your vehicle.

Gloves and masks will be worn by all staff, vendors, and volunteers.

Four award-winning rib teams in attendance will include Camp 31 BBQ, Billy Bones BBQ, Sticky Fingers & Uncle Sam’s BBQ Stand. Cogeco will once again be onsite offering their crowd favourite take home bbq spice to the first 1500 vehicles as well we welcome new sponsor Mosey & Mosey who will make sure your steering wheels remain ribsauce free by providing wet wipes for our guests. The event will also include live music for guests to enjoy while they wait in the comfort and safety of their vehicles.

 

 

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Public school board to purchase the city owned sports field next to Central High School - that is part of a bigger story

By Staff

May 18th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton District School Board put out the following media release.

The Halton District School Board is advancing a land transaction with the City of Burlington that would see the exchange of the City-owned sports field at Burlington Central High School (1433 Baldwin St, Burlington), with the sale of the former Robert Bateman High School (5151 New St, Burlington).

The school will own the sports field once the negotiations are complete

The parcel of land adjacent to Burlington Central High School is approximately five acres and includes the sports field and track to the west of the school. The Board’s purchase of this land ensures the continued operation of Burlington Central High School by the HDSB for the foreseeable future.

In June 2021, HDSB trustees approved a plan to declare the former Robert Bateman High School facility surplus to its needs and retain an interest in a portion of the facility to relocate the Burlington Gary Allan Learning Centre. In September 2021, the City of Burlington expressed interest and submitted their formal offer on Feb. 3, 2022, which was accepted by the Board.

This opportunity to acquire the area at Burlington Central H.S. presented itself to the Board and the City as part of the negotiation process, where the land exchange was incorporated as part of the final offer. This was supported by the Board, as it advances its long-term facility accommodation strategy in Burlington. The Board sought Ministry of Education approval and received a positive response to proceed with the transaction.

The outcome of this transaction addresses key objectives for the HDSB and the City by ensuring  important educational and community programs continue to be offered within Burlington.

The Board looks forward to continuing to work with the City of Burlington on this matter.

The acquisition of the sports field is related to the Robert Bateman High School land transaction.

The bigger story is that the city had to find a way to lessen the public pressure on a price tag that was being floated and resulting in a lot of indigestion.  Whatever the city gets for the sports field will lower the cost of the Bateman site.

The city is gearing up another engagement effort to get some grease on a very squeaky wheel.

 

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Freeman Station will be open to visitors on Saturday.

By Staff

May 18th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

We are heading into a long weekend – people will be out and about looking for interesting things to do.

Freeman station is one of the best attractions in the city. Check it out. A past article will tell you all about the set up in the lower level of the building.

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Marina issues: First it was insurance - now its a crane operator strike. The question some are asking - what do you do with a drunken sailor?

By Pepper Parr

May 17th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There will be a detailed report on how council and city staff will do their best to get boats into the water at the LaSalle Park Marina. For today – look at what the issues were and how Council worked their way through what is a messy problem.

The major issue was not being able to get insurance coverage.

What made their situation just that more dicey was the strike by crane operators.

One of the things that about this story is that information slips out in bits and pieces.

We did not know that the LaSalle Park Marina Association (LPMA) pays the city a license fee of $159,000 a year for the wave break. What does the city do with that money? Do they put it back into the hydro reserve fund it was taken from?

While Tim Commisso, city manager doesn’t want to operate a marina – one of the stipulations from the insurers the city uses is that the city must have control over the marina if the city insurance policy is to include the marina.

City Solicitor Nancy Shea Nicol

Council looked to City Solicitor Nancy Shea Nicol to determine just what ‘control over the marina’ means.

While the city knows a lot about policy and process the Parks and Recreation people realize that they don’t know all that much about the day to day problems that crop up at a marina.

The solution they appear to be edging towards is having all the marina volunteers become city volunteers who would then be given some training. Those volunteers would run the marina as city volunteers.

Will it fly? That depends on the strength of the relationship between the city and the insurance company. City is big big client – some wiggle room might be found.

Another boat is hoisted out of the yard and lowered into the water as the LaSalle Park Marina opens for another season.  Just not this year – mid June at the earliest.

The marina is a profitable operation. They have 210 slips – with 160 of them rented – they are profitable.  The longer term hope for the operation was to have 310 slips and a decent restaurant on the site.

As important to anyone is – getting the boats in the water and to do that they need to find an independent crane operator with equipment big enough to hoist those boats off their cradles and into the water.

One boat has been sold – the owner apparently can’t get his boat out of the yard it is in.

Everyone has spoken about how whatever arrangement is worked out that the city will be revenue neutral. Not a dime of public money gets put into the operation of the marina.

The LPMA turns out to have a decent reserve fund of its own. They reported that they run a profit most years – something in the order of $64,000 annually. Last year was an exception.

Given that the marina association has a reserve ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte wondered if the LPMA would have some of that reserve used to secure any expenses the city did run up?

City treasurer Joan Ford told Council that any expenses that did crop up would be recorded in a new, separate account. What kind of expense might be recorded in that account?

Council learned that the city was hiring outside legal council to advise on what the legal issues were. The cost of those lawyers would be one that the city would pay and look to the LPMA for reimbursement.

Stolte put forward an amendment to a motion that was being considered. She wanted some of that LPMA reserve money set aside as a security for those unexpected expenses.  It went nowhere – Stolte couldn’t get a seconder. When asked if he would second the motion Councillor Galbraith took a pass. Smart man – no need for him to rustle the feathers of an influential group in his ward.

The Gazette has learned that one of the two slip and fall law suits took place on the docks late at night.

We don’t yet know just who made the claim and what the particulars of the claim are.

We do know that $97,500 has been spent by the LPMA defending the claim with a settlement on either of the claims nowhere in sight.

What is that phrase ”What do you do with a drunken sailor…”

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Ward 1 Councillor meets with his constituents - virtually with 12 in the room

By Pepper Parr

May 17th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Kelvin Galbraith is now embracing the world of retail politics.

Kelvin Galbraith with Aldershot residents shortly after he was elected

In the retail world – you reach out to your customers, listen to them carefully and adjust your plans and approach to meet the needs the customer are bringing to your attention.

In a phrase – you service them – or as my Newfoundland friends would say – you kill them with kindness.

Galbraith held his first community meeting in a long time.  It was a hybrid event with about 12 people in the room and an unknown number taking part virtually.

When things run smoothly – Kelvin Galbraith is a happy man.

Galbraith knows his brief – he has a firm grip on what is taking place in terms of development in the ward and has a vision that is a little hazy but in time it will become clearer.

That vision, and his focus on a second term if he is elected, is Eagle Heights and the Paletta lands on the south side of 403 between King Road and basically the Aldershot GO station.

The property is zoned Employment lands – in the real estate world the money is in residential.  If you’re in the downtown core and close to the lake – there is real money to be made.

The Paletta’s are working with the 2030 Commonwealth Games committee with a plan to use the King Road property as one of the venues.

Galbraith loves the idea – he wants to see the South Service Road extended further west and if the Commonwealth games initiative will do that – fine by Galbraith.

He is basically on top of all the developments taking place in the ward.

He likes what King Paving is doing with the property on the west side of Waterdown – opposite Station West.  They are looking at moving their operation to what was once the municipal dump on the North Service Road.  That location is right beside the Mercedes Benz dealership – dust issues might become a major hurdle King Paving has to get over.

Despite a lot of effort Galbraith has not been able to get all that much for the community from the Vrancorp people who own Solid Gold. The best he might be able to get is a Starbucks franchise and a tiny park space.

There is nothing new – or positive on the development planned for the Solid Gold site.

The mess at the marina has Galbraith stepping very carefully – he needs to keep that membership happy.

The city manager is reported to have told a resident that he does not want to find the city running a marina operation – outsourcing the operation was the word that seemed to convey what the city manager would like to see.

Convincing Galbraith to take part in the Red Carpet Red Tape Task Force may not prove to be all that beneficial to him.

The Mayor finds herself trying to play with a very sticky wicket.  That raid on the hydro reserves to pay for the wave break that was essential if the marina was to remain viable has come back to haunt her politically.

Galbraith was asked by the Mayor during the early months of the current term of office to partner with her on the Red Carpet Red Tape Task Force.  The result was someone with good business credentials working with the Mayor and shoring up one of her weaker skill sets.

Galbraith is now paying a price for that early exposure.  He needs to put some space between himself and the Mayor.

The way in which Galbraith took part in the process that resulted in ward 4 Councillor being sanctioned by the Integrity Commissioner didn’t do anything for the Galbraith reputation.  That sorry situation is not over yet – there is a report due in June that will determine if Stolte decides to run for re-election

As part of a city council that voted to declare a climate emergency in the city, Galbraith still chooses to drive a gas guzzling pick up truck.  The optics on that one are terrible.

Galbraith is one of the few members of council facing a challenge to the seat he holds.  During an interview Galbraith said – anyone who decides to run against me doesn’t have a chance.

It is hubris like that that loses elections

 

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First major holiday since the beginning of getting to a new normal - Queen Victoria would approve

By Staff

May 17th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India

Victoria Day: What’s open and closed at the City of Burlington

Burlington administrative services will be closed for Victoria Day on Monday, May 23.

For a list of which City services and facilities are available on the Victoria Day holiday, please see the summary below or visit burlington.ca

*Important information regarding COVID-19: The information provided below is accurate as of May 17, 2022. In the event of any changes made by the Province of Ontario to current COVID-19 public health measures, please visit burlington.ca/coronavirus for potential impacts to City services and programs.

City Service Holiday Closure Information
Animal Services

 

The Animal Shelter at 2424 Industrial St. remains closed to the public due to COVID-19.

To report an animal control-related emergency, call 905-335-3030 or visit www.burlington.ca/animal.

Burlington Transit Burlington Transit will operate a Sunday schedule on Victoria Day. For real-time bus information and schedules visit myride.burlingtontransit.ca.

The downtown terminal at 430 John St. and Specialized Dispatch will be closed on Monday, May 23.

City Hall The Service Burlington counter, temporarily located on the third floor at 390 Brant St., beside City Hall, will be closed to all appointments and walk-in service on Monday, May 23.

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

Halton Court Services – Provincial Offences Office Court administration counter services at 4085 Palladium Way will be closed on Monday, May 23.

With the exception of the Victoria Day 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.

 Parking Free parking is available downtown, on the street, in municipal lots and in the parking garage (414 Locust St.) on weekends and holidays, including Victoria Day.

NOTE:

  • The Waterfront parking lots (east and west at 1286 Lakeshore Rd) do not provide free parking on statutory holidays.
  • Paid parking, on weekends only, at Beachway Park (1100 Lakeshore Rd) begins Saturday, May 21 using HONK Mobile.
  • Please make an online reservation using Park Pass to visit Lowville Park. Reservations are free and available in three-hour time slots.
  • Parking exemptions are required to park overnight on city streets and for longer than five hours. Visit burlington.ca/parkingexemptions
Recreation Programs and Facilities Drop-In Recreation Activities
Indoor drop-in activities such as swimming, skating, and gym times are offered on a reduced schedule over the Victoria Day long weekend.Drop-in recreational and lap swimming is available on Victoria Day Monday at Angela Coughlan Pool, at 2425 Upper Middle Rd. Registering online to reserve your spot is recommended. In-person, walk-up admissions are accepted where program capacity allows.Drop-in programs go on sale online seven days in advance for residents, and three days in advance for non-residents. Please visit burlington.ca/dropinandplay for a complete listing of programs times and online registration.Splash Pads Opening
The City’s nine splash pads will be opening Saturday, May 21. For a list of locations, 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.
  • picnic site reservations for La Salle or Hidden Valley Park

Find out more at burlington.ca/outdoorplay.

Golf
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 at no charge. From archery to wiffle ball, and Kanjam to pickleball – check out burlington.ca/playlending for details.

Roads, Parks and Forestry The administrative office will be closed on Monday, May 23. Essential services will be provided as required.

Burlington is a city where people, nature and businesses thrive. Sign up to learn more about Burlington at Burlington.ca/Enews and follow @CityBurlington on social media.


Links and Resources

Residents can stay informed about City news at www.burlington.ca/coronavirus and our social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington

 

 

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How fast do you get your winnings at the online casino

By J. W Pitt

May 18th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Casino players consider many factors when choosing a casino. They look at the variety of games, software providers, security, bonuses, and more. But many of these factors will not make a difference if you cannot process your winnings in the fastest time.

Time is of the essence when you visit an online casino. Players want a casino that can process deposits and more importantly, withdrawals quickly. Thus, it is no secret that they will swamp fast payout casino.

Thus, what factors affect casino withdrawal speed? What should a player look out for?

This article will share what factors you should watch out for.

Amount Cashed Out
The amount of money you want to withdraw is a determinant of how fast it will be processed. Several payment methods have daily, weekly and monthly limits. This means if you won big at a jackpot, you may need to wait a couple of days for your winnings. The withdrawals are divided up into portions to meet the withdrawal limits of the particular casino and payment method.

But if your winning amounts are small and within the daily limits, you can receive the same-day payout.

Country of Residence
Different countries have specific restrictions on casino withdrawals. In the US, for example, the UIGEA of 2006 has placed restrictions between banks and casinos.

Additionally, if you want to use instant payment options such as PayPal, Skrill or Neteller are not accepted for online casino deposits and withdrawals.

This is not the case in every country outside the US. You will need to pay attention to whether there are any casino transaction restrictions where you reside. For example, Canadian online casinos have very similar rules to those in the USA.

Account Authentication
If you are new to a casino and make some winnings, the casino will have to verify your account before processing any payment. While this may be a once-off process, it may take considerable time.

After submitting all the requirements, the verification team takes some time to process your authentication. It could take a couple of days to weeks depending on the casino.

Since it can be quite a long process, make sure you do not make any mistakes. Mistakes in your documentation will make it even longer and increase your withdrawal wait.

Payment Method
Not all payment methods are created the same. They may have similar characteristics but when it comes to withdrawal processing speed, they can be different. There are several payment methods to choose from in the casino world including debit/credit cards, e-wallets, wire transfers, bank checks, and cryptocurrencies.

For the fastest payout casinos, e-wallets are your best bet.

If you are looking for the fastest payout casinos, e-wallets are your best bet. You will wait for anything from a couple of minutes to 24hours.

What makes them even better is you have a couple of options to choose from such as PayPal, Neteller, Skrill, and EcoPayz.

Cryptocurrencies are another fast method although they are not widely available at many casinos. But they are slowly making headway. If you want an instant payout casino, cryptocurrencies deliver with several options. The options include Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Ripple.

Debit/credit cards are relatively fast but not as fast as e-wallets. You can expect withdrawals within 24-48 hours. Plus, you can choose from many options such as Visa, Mastercard, and Maestro.

Wire transfer is the old school method of transfer. It has remained relevant because of its higher withdrawal limits and direct to bank account transfers. One of its drawbacks is it is costly and will take a while to make your transfer. Withdrawals can take up to 7 working days.

Checks are still an option and one of the slowest for withdrawals. You will wait up to two weeks or more.

The payment method you choose will be a large determinant of how fast you can process your withdrawal.

Bonus vs Pure Deposit Withdrawal
Playing with bonuses at some casinos comes with terms and conditions. At casinos where they have to manually crosscheck whether you meet the wagering requirements will take more time to process your withdrawal.

It is better to play with pure deposits since they have fewer terms that will check out easily.

Conclusion
While playing at a casino, it is important to consider withdrawal speeds. If you win and want to withdraw, it may determine whether you review a casino well or poorly.

To determine withdrawal speed, you need to pay attention to a couple of factors. These include bonus vs pure deposit withdrawals, payment method used, country of residence, account verification, and the amount being cashed out.

Additionally, you can use customer reviews as an indicator of which casinos do a great job at processing withdrawals. They will give you a great idea of withdrawal speeds at most casinos.

Do not forget to enjoy your casino experience responsibly.

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What do the voters in Burlington think - still a lot of undecided.

By Staff

May 15th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Gazette has assigned a reporter to learning how people in Burlington are handling the election for the next provincial government.

The assignment is to approach people and ask four questions:

Q1          Do you know there is going to be an election in June?

Q2          Do you know anything about the issues?

Q3          Are you going to vote? (If not – why note)

Q4          Would you like to say who you will vote for?

We captured the following additional data:

Male or female

Under 40 – over 40

Do they live in Burlington?

The interviews took place at GO stations, outside supermarkets, outside LCBO retail outlets and in Spencer Smith Park.

There is nothing statistically valid about the data other than that the interviews took place.  We are just collecting data that reflects what people in Burlington are thinking.

The Gazette will be doing these interviews throughout the election.

The material from this point forward is the raw data we are working with.

We expect to do a new survey of about 50 people every second day up to the day before the election.

Raw data

We did a test run in Mississauga, the community the reporter lives in.

Then we did a survey at the Appleby GO station on May 6th; another at the Aldershot GO station on May 13th and another at Spencer Smith Park on a sunny May 14th Saturday afternoon.

The detail for each is set out below in chronological order with the most recent first.

The results of the  May 14th interviews at Spencer Smith Park

32 people were interviewed

All were under 40

Male: 17

Female: 15

Question 1: Do you know there’s going to be an election in June?

Yes: 27

No: 5

Question 2: Do you know anything about the issues?

Yes: 20

Not aware of any issues: 11

Doesn’t care: 1

Question 3: Are you going to vote?

Yes: 24

No: 3 (not from Burlington )

Undecided: 5

Question 4:  Would you like to say who you will vote for (For those who decided they are going to vote)?

PC: 5

Liberal: 2

NDP: 2

Green: 1

Undecided: 11

Would like to keep it private: 1

Cannot tell: 2

The results of the May 13th interviews at the Aldershot GO Station

30 people were interviewed

17 of them were under the age of 40

Male: 14

Female: 16

Question 1: How do you feel about the elections?

Most common answers: They’re important, I’m optimistic, gives the chance for people to express their voice,

Question 2: What do you think about the elections?

Most common answers: Everyone in Ontario should vote, we need a new leader, Doug Ford should no longer be the Premier

Question 3: Should Doug Ford be re-elected as Premier?

Yes: 4 (He’s done a good job as Premier, has good qualities as a leader)

No: 19 (Poor way he handled the pandemic, cut off OSAP loans, etc.)

Didn’t answer: 7 (Not sure, I don’t know about Doug Ford, depends on what he plans to do he if remains as Premier, etc.)

Question 4: Will you be voting?

Yes: 24

No: 4

Hasn’t made up his/her mind: 2

Question 5: Who will you be voting (For those who have decided to vote)?

PC: 5

Liberal: 9

NDP: 3

Undecided: 7

The results of the May 6 interviews at the Appleby GO station

20 people were interviewed

Seven of them were under the age of 40

Male: 9

Female: 11

Question 1: Did you know that the provincial election started on Wednesday?

Yes: 9

No: 7

Didn’t answer: 4 (because of their job)

Question 2: Does this election matter to you?

Yes: 11

No: 4

Didn’t answer: 5 (because of their job, doesn’t care about the elections)

Question 3: Which offer do you find more appealing?

Liberal: 7

NDP: 6

Didn’t answer: 7 (because of their job, doesn’t care about the elections, this election doesn’t matter to her)

Question 4: Will you vote on June 2nd?

Yes: 10

No: 5 (because he/she is not a Canadian citizen)

Didn’t answer: 5 (because of their job, doesn’t care about the elections

Question 5: May I ask who you will vote for (For those who have decided they are going to vote)?

PC: 1

Liberal: 5

NDP: 4

  1. Middle-aged woman

Didn’t know the election started on Wednesday.

This election does matter to her because of her residency.

Thinks the NDP’s dental plan is more appealing.

She is not going to vote because she’s not from Canada.

  1. Senior, woman,

She did know the election started on Wednesday.

This election does matter to her.

Prefers the buck-a-day transit offer.

She is going to put her vote on the Liberal.

She did seem very concerned when I was talking to her.

  1. 40s, woman,

She did know the election started on Wednesday.

This election does matter to her.

Thinks the liberal offer is more appealing.

She is going to put her vote on the Liberal.

  1. Early 30s, woman,

She did know the election started on Wednesday.

This election does matter to her because it’s her right to vote for a good leader.

Prefers the buck-a-day transit offer.

She is going to put her vote on the liberal.

  1. Late 30s, woman,

She didn’t know the election started on Wednesday.

The election doesn’t matter to her because she’s new in the country and doesn’t have voting rights.

  1. Late 40s, Women, white, security guard

She didn’t answer because she can’t make her opinions public due to her job.

  1. 50s, Man, Asian, security guard

He can’t make his opinions public due to his job.

  1. 50s, Man, White, security guard

He can’t make his opinion public due to his work.

  1. Senior (about 65 years old), Man,

Didn’t know the election started on Wednesday.

Not interested in the provincial elections.

  1. Woman, Early 20s

Didn’t know the election started on Wednesday.

This election doesn’t matter to her because she is non-Canadian and doesn’t have voting rights.

Finds the NDP’s dental plan more appealing.

If she could vote, she would vote for NDP.

  1. Woman, early 30s

Didn’t know the election started on Wednesday.

This election doesn’t matter to her because she’s not from here.

  1. Man, early 30s

Didn’t know the election started on Wednesday.

This election doesn’t matter to his because he is not a Canadian citizen.

Finds the Liberal’s offer more appealing because he thinks the buck-a-day transit fares can be more beneficial to him.

If he could vote, he would vote for Conservative.

Was a good person to talk to, went really in-depth in what he was saying, despite being non-Canadian.

  1. Man, 40s, works at McDonalds

Can’t make his opinion public because he is an employee.

  1. Senior, man,

He did know the election started on Wednesday.

This election does matter to him.

Says it’s up to us residents to vote who we want as our leader.

Likes the NDP’s dental plan more appealing because of their promise to provide low-cost dental care for low income families.

He is going to put his vote on NDP, doesn’t want Doug Ford.

Has been invested into politics for more than 40 years.

Was a great person to talk to. Seems like he has a lot of political knowledge.

  1. Woman, early 20s,

He did know the election started on Wednesday.

This election does matter to him because she says that our vote matters.

She likes the buck-a-day offer because she takes the bus every day to go to work.

She is going to put her vote on the Liberal.

  1. Man, 50s,

He did know the election started on Wednesday.

This election does matter to him because he lost his job as a mechanical engineer due to the pandemic.

For the last couple of years, he’s been struggling to pay for the house monthly.

Was really sad to hear about his story.

He likes the NDP’s dental plan more than the Liberal’s offer.

He is going to vote for the NDP.

  1. Woman, Late 30’s,

She did know the election started on Wednesday.

This election does matter to her because she says she has a right to vote.

Prefers the NDP’s offer because her husband doesn’t have insurance for dental. She also says that dental is so expensive in Canada. She has to pay $750 a year alone just for her husband’s dental care.

She is going to put her vote on the NDP.

  1. Man, 40s,

He wasn’t aware that the election started on Wednesday.

But, he says this election does matter to him because it matters who we vote for.

He likes the liberal’s offer more because he uses the GO train to go to a lot of Blue jays games. He’s been a big Blue Jays fan for more than 20 years.

He is going to put his vote on the Liberal.

  1. Senior, man,

He did know the election started on Wednesday.

He says this election does matter to him because he lives in the province of Ontario.

He prefers the NDP’s dental plan because his company doesn’t have enough insurance for him.

He is going to put his vote on the NDP.

  1. Woman, 40s,

She did know the election started on Wednesday.

She says this election does matter to her because we want the right people.

Transit plan is more appealing to her.

She is going to put her vote on Doug Ford.

Seems that she likes to talk a lot about the upcoming elections.

Get the bio in here

 

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