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Receive up to $500 for a community grant through Love My Neighbourhood program

By Staff

April 5th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The City of Burlington’s Love My Neighbourhood grant program is back.

The city is prepared to fund people that organize events for their neighbours.

Residents or community groups can now apply for up to $500 to create a community event that promotes connections, strengthens relationships and builds support systems for neighbourhoods.

Community members can plan a one-time or weekly event. The events must be free and inclusive to the entire community within the specified area.

The Love My Neighbourhood program will also work with the applicants for road closure permits, park permits, indoor facility rentals and insurance.

To apply for a grant and to learn about what is eligible for funding, go to burlington.ca/neighbourhood. Applications are open now.

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture points out that as we recover from the pandemic “we need to build our sense of community and connections with our neighbours. This program is designed to help remove some barriers and build stronger connections among neighbours and communities by putting people together and having fun.”

Links and Resources

www.burlington.ca/neighbourhood

 

 

 

 

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Going to the Opener? Check the GO service changes

By Staff

April 5th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Blue Jays season will start on Friday night, April 8, at the Rogers Centre.

Metrolinx advises that both GO Transit and UP Express recently added more service. Though fans planning to take the Lakeshore West line to Sunday’s game (April 10) should be aware of construction that will limit train service. Metrolinx News has the latest guidance for getting to the game.
Opening night is always a big occasion for baseball fans and Friday’s game (April 8) will be even more special. The Rogers Centre will be open to full capacity for the first time

Been a while since we say those stands full. Photo by Mike Winterburn,

Improvements, which have been in place since Saturday, include 30-minute service or better – evenings and weekends too – on the Lakeshore West and Lakeshore

Going UP from Union Station
Additional UP Express trips have riders prepared for extra innings, with the last westbound trip of the night now departing Union Station at 11p.m. Departure times have changed, so riders should check the UP website for the latest schedule information.

Two Lakeshore West trains each way for Sunday’s game
While train service is generally increasing on Lakeshore West, construction on Sunday, April 10 will result in GO buses replacing most trains.

Two trips in each direction will be provided for Jays fans and others headed towards downtown Toronto on Sunday around game time.

Trains headed for Union Station will leave from West Harbour at 10:13 a.m. and Aldershot at 10:55 a.m. – making all stops in between – arriving at 11:30 a.m. and noon respectively.

Afterwards, trains will depart Union Station at 4:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., reaching West Harbour at 6:03 p.m. and 6:33 p.m. (again, making all stops).

Burlington fans waiting to board a GO train on the way to a Jays game.

Lakeshore West customers planning to travel on Sunday at other times can find information about replacement buses here.

For those who haven’t been on GO Transit for a while, here are a few quick updates:

A weekend day pass for unlimited travel is available for only $10. The weekend pass is just $5 more.

At Union Station, the revitalized Bay Concourse offers more eating and retail options.

The new Union Station Bus Terminal is open, just south of the old terminal.

You will see seat belts on the newest GO buses. Please buckle up when seat belts are available – it’s the law.

 

 

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Police Make Arrest in Historical Sex Assault

By Staff

April 5th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

Investigators with the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Child and Sexual Assault Unit have made an arrest after an investigation into a historical sexual assault.

The assault, which took place more than a decade ago, was recently reported to police. In order to protect the identity of the victim, no further information on the incident and this investigation will be provided by police.

On March 4, 2022, Sean James (54) of Milton was arrested and charged with one count of Sexual Assault.

James was released from custody pending a court appearance.

Investigators believe that there may be additional victims and are urging anyone who may have been victimized by this accused or who has any information to contact the Child and Sexual Assault Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 8970.

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

Sexual assault is any touching of another person without their consent where the touching is of a sexual nature, or where the sexual integrity of the victim is violated. A sexual assault can range from unwanted touching to sexual assault involving penetration.

There is no statute of limitation when it comes to reporting a sexual assault. This means that no matter how long ago the sexual assault happened, you can still report it to police for investigation.

Victims of violence and/or sexual assault can contact the Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit at 905-825-4777 for support.

Additional information about the sexual assault investigative process is available via the HRPS Sexual Assault Information Guide, which  can be found on our website: https://www.haltonpolice.ca/en/services-and-reporting/resources/Documents/Sexual_Assault_Information_Guide_2021.pdf

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Burlington resident write PM - gets an answer that gets her nowhere.

By Staff

April 5th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Burlington resident Mozelle Cole wrote the Prime Minister.

She wanted to talk to him about the $150,000 pension and the $206,000 expense account that is paid to former Governor General Julie Payette.

Ms Cole thought that was wrong.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau follows Governor General Julie Payette who will read the Speech from the Throne He follows her.

She wrote:

I understand that Canada pays retired governor generals a hefty retirement pension ($150,000), and a post-retirement annual expense account of $206,000. Is this information correct?

If so, I don’t feel we, the tax payers, should be paying anyone not in employment an expense account.

Thank you, Mozelle Cole, > Burlington.

Ms Cole got a response: It read:

On behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, I would like to thank you for writing regarding the former Governor General, The Right Honourable Julie Payette.

As you may know, there are laws that entitle former governors general to an annuity, as well as an expense account for office and travel expenditures. This program is administered entirely by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

Thank you once again for writing.

Sincerely,  Jean-Luc Marion. Senior Manager, Prime Minister’s Correspondence Office of the Prime Minister

Ms Cole replied:

On behalf of my entire family and friends, I would like to thank you for taking the time to respond.

You are correct, I do know there are laws in place (which is why I wrote). I do not agree with the laws in place. What is my next step? Maybe you could forward this on to someone who can guide me. I feel taxpayers have a right to tweak the archaic laws in place.

Thank you, Mozelle Cole, Burlington, ON

Astronaut Julie Payette

Ms Cole will now probably get a Christmas card from the Prime Minister and his office will have alerted MP Karina Gould about the letter.

Julie Payette, a former member of the Canadian Space program who flew into Space. Sometime later she was appointed the Governor General of Canada. That didn’t work out very well – Ms Payette resigned as the Governor General before the end of her five year appointment.

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An Old Timer gets a message from a member of the family - it doesn't get better than this.

By Staff

April 4th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

We don’t have a picture of the day section.

But we do get really heart-warming pictures pretty regularly.

This one had to be shared.

The picture was taken by Scot Cameron – an Old timer as well as a photographer.

It is of the Grey division Champions of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club

Share it widely.

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Waterfront Planning Study Completed: here is what they are recommending and why. On the Tuesday Council agenda

By Pepper Parr

April 4th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A report that was going to need a couple of months to be completed by the consultant the city had hired was given a big push and – on Tuesday Council will be asked to receive the report and endorse the recommendation from The Planning Partnership

The Appendix A part of the 245 page document is where the meat on the bone is set out. We will publish that as a seperate article.

The 400 page addendum to the Standing Committee will be debated on Tuesday. – virtually

The white dotted line is the study area. The elephant in the room is the waterfront hotel site. What gets put on that property impact everything else.

Receive the “Waterfront Hotel Planning Study Planning Justification Report” dated March 23, 2022, prepared by The Planning Partnership Limited, E

Endorse in principle the Waterfront Hotel Planning Study, the recommended Preferred Concept Plan, site-specific draft Official Plan policies, directions for a future Zoning By- law amendment and site-specific Urban Design Guidelines as detailed in Appendix “A” to community planning department report PL-28-22; and

Consider the Waterfront Hotel Planning Study findings in Council’s consideration of the site-specific development applications for 2020 Lakeshore Road.

The consultants are saying – no more public engagement – we have heard all we need to hear – let’s just get on with it – or words to that effect.

The Mayor and Councillor Lisa Kearns bought into the Plan B objectives and became champions for it.

The Plan B people put a lot of pressure on the ward Councillor Lisa Kearns and the Mayor – those two bought into what Plan B was advocating, championed that point of view and ipso facto ( an inevitable result) a report comes popping out.

The city needed to close this poorly handled stage of downtown development.

What is particularly concerning is that the continued failures on the part of the Planning department took place when we had a Mayor who was going to bring some order to the way developments were handled.

One paragraph in the report, as dismal as it is, reflects what has been going on. It reads: Subsequently, the Waterfront Hotel Planning Study was placed on hold due to other various priorities in the Community Planning Department such as the new Official Plan process.

The decision came from the City Manager and Council went along with it.  No one asked what the down side risk was. We now know what that risk is.

One Councillor who didn’t want to be quoted said to me during a conversation: “What Vision” – this city doesn’t have a vision.

The PIER went trough its trial and tribulations. The city ended up with a tower that did nothing other than add to the price. It was supposed to house a wind turbine that would pay for the electricity used.

The building of The Pier went through a similar tortuous process. In that situation the city paid for The Pier twice and went through one of the biggest collection of insurance law suits this city has ever seen.

The purpose of the study was to provide a land use and urban design framework to inform site-specific policies to guide a future redevelopment of the Subject Site.

The quaint small village feel is hard to experience as you walk by the six level podium that has been proposed.

The problem with that approach was that the city took so long to get the study completed that the owner of the Waterfront Hotel got tired of waiting and filed a development application that will plunk two 40+ towers at the bottom of Brant Street and crowd the sidewalk of Lakeshore with the kind of structure you find on Bloor Street in Toronto.

The time line the city was faced with was a treacherous path. When the Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee iinformed Council on January 11, 2022, that the anticipated timeline to complete the study was 16-17 weeks a wave of indigestion must have hit the tummies of every member of council. They came back with a Staff Direction:

They did it virtually – made sure that the Waterfront Study was going to be completed in time. Out went the 16 – 18 week. They had a couple of weeks to deliver.

Direct the Director of Community Planning to complete the Waterfront Hotel Study within the statutory time frame of processing the pending application related to the Waterfront Hotel (2020 Lakeshore Road) so as to inform the review of any development proposal on this site in accordance with the policies of the Official Plan.

The time frame was this: The developer had the right to appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal for a decision because the city did not respond within the allotted 120days – in order to avoid such an appeal the city had to complete their review of the application before April 17th.
The city Planning department “refusal” report is to be heard at Council on the 12th.

An overview of the Study findings is summarized below:

This is the concept the consultants working on the Waterfront Hotel Study are putting forward based on the work they have been doing since 2017. The question is – Is this the best the city can do? And does it comply with the vision.

The recommended preferred concept (2022): 

has regard for matters of Provincial Interest, policy and legislation and has been designed with consideration for the intent of the applicable Regional and Local Municipal policies and guidelines;

reflects overall alignment with City’s in-force Official Plan (1997), the new Official Plan (2020), ROPA 48 and emerging context within the Study Area;

delivers a vibrant mix of uses that will reinforce and support the continuing evolution of the Downtown;

provides for a compact built form that is transit supportive, provides for a range of housing, supports intensification and provides for a range of uses

enhances the streetscape along Lakeshore Road unified with a common language of materials and design elements;

provides for public view corridors down Brant and John Streets to Lake Ontario;

provides for on-site parkland dedication to enhance public access to Spencer Smith Park and build upon an important landmark through high quality open space;

Proposed urban design guidelines will provide site-specific guidance related to the conditions and context of the site to implement the Vision and Principles established through the consultation process and subsequently endorsed in principle by Council in early 2018;

An Official Plan Amendment (OPA) to the in-force OP is required to implement the findings of this Study, and include site specific directions related to matters such as massing and scale, transportation and public open spaces; and,

A Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA) will be required to implement the OPA. The Study recommends that a rezoning process take place in the future to consider the Preferred Concept (2022) and would also be supported by detailed technical studies.

The following sections of this report summarizes the recommended preferred concept and implementation tools.

The recommended preferred concept is based on the inputs and work completed in 2017 and 2018, feedback on the emerging preferred concept (2022) and consideration for the relevant policy drivers and changes since the Study paused in mid-2018. Section 6.0 of the Planning Justification Report (see Appendix “A”) provides a comprehensive overview of the preferred concept plan.

Highlights of the Recommended Preferred Concept/ Highlights of the preferred concept include:

Land Use / Built Form

• Building heights: 21 storeys for the west tower and 22 storeys for the east tower
• John Street public view corridor with a minimum width of 18 metres
• Stepping down of built form toward Lake Ontario
• 3-storey podium/street wall along Lakeshore Road
• Active at-grade uses like commercial, retail and restaurants
• Focus on a strong pedestrian relationship to the streets and public spaces

Public Realm

• Enhance Brant Street as a gateway to the Downtown, the Waterfront and the Waterfront Trail
• Enhance the entrance to Spencer Smith Park and the Brant Street public view corridor
• Additional public parkland identified on the west and south sides of the Subject Site:
o West side: 0.13 ha
o South side: 0.05 ha
o Total: 0.18 ha
• Provide a John Street public view corridor and inclusion of a privately-owned public space (POPS)
• Maintain existing trees along Lakeshore Road

Mobility and Access

• Remove existing vehicular access at the foot of Brant Street
• Site access for parking and loading from Elizabeth Street
• Active Transportation route along Lakeshore Road, including a painted buffered bike lane as identified in the City’s Cycling Master Plan
• No surface parking on site

Future Zoning By-law Amendment

A Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA) will be required to implement the OPA. The Study recommends that a rezoning process take place in the future to consider the Preferred Concept. Furthermore, the Study provides that:

“A future rezoning process, supported by technical studies and further evaluation, would allow for flexibility to achieve an interesting built form that would better respond to the landmark nature of this site. This ZBA process would take place in the future and would advance additional engagement through the statutory public process. It would allow for the principles of this Study to be further advanced and explored through meaningful active engagement with the public and stakeholders of this project. Furthermore, a rezoning in the future would allow for community benefits to be leveraged through Section 37.” (or in accordance with alternative benefit charges).

Site-Specific Urban Design Guidelines

The Study recommends site-specific urban design guidelines that will apply to the development of the Subject Site.

When the two towers are in place the pressure to allow higher intensification on this part of Brant that is a two walk away in distance will be tremendous. The two towers remake the downtown – which is fine – if that it what you want.

The intent of the site-specific urban design guidelines is to augment and enhance the City existing urban design documents by providing site-specific guidance related to the conditions and context of the site. They will work together with the guidance provided in the City’s design documents to implement the Vision and Principles established through the Study’s consultation process phase and subsequently endorsed in principle by Council in June 2018.

The site-specific urban design guidelines are provided in Section 6.3 of the Study (Appendix “A”).
The recommended site-specific urban design guidelines provide guidance with regards to:

• Built Form (Building Placement; Building Height, Massing and Transition; Tower Separation; Podium Height; and Setbacks / Stepbacks);

• Access and Mobility; and

• Public Realm (John Street View Corridor; Spencer Smith Park; Lakeshore Road; and Elizabeth Street).

Staff Position on The Study’s Recommendations

Staff are supportive of the recommendations as outlined in the Study

Delivers a vibrant mix of uses that will reinforce and support the continuing evolution of the Downtown;

• Has regard for matters of Provincial, Regional and Local Municipal policies and guidelines;

• Includes tall mixed-use buildings with commercial uses at grade, and residential and/or hotel uses which address many Provincial, Regional objectives and aligns with the overall directions established by ROPA 48;

• Achieves the City’s vision as articulated in the in-force OP (1997) and considers the policy direction of the new OP (2020);

• Provides residents and jobs and public open spaces in this central location that will further support the creation of a complete community; and,

• Creates a special place by balancing significant new redevelopment with public amenities and accessible open spaces.

It is staff’s opinion the completion of the Study has been fulfilled with the delivery of The Planning Partnership’s Planning Justification Report.

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Opportunity for Volunteers to ReBoot and ReCharge

By Staff

April 4th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In Burlington volunteers have always risen to the occasion in the face of changes, challenges and unpredictability – however COVID 19 delivered a powerful sucker punch that has left many of us wobbling emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually, and anxious about what the future may hold.

How do we dust ourselves off, embrace new beginnings, navigate continuous challenges, and courageously step into our new normal?

Join  Rosita Hall as she offers six bold strategies to help us reboot, recharge and make smart choices in order to be our best, and do our best in giving back to others and ourselves

Reboot and Recharge. Changes, Challenges, and Choices! 
Tuesday April 12, 2022
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Delivered via ZOOM
Fee: CDH Members: $15; Non-Members: $25

Rosita Hall is a Speaker, Coach & Canadian best-selling author. She inspires others to walk unapologetically in their authentic truth each day, to care deeply for their hearts and souls and to seize the opportunities with their name on it.

Rosita holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor. She spent over 26 years in various leadership positions and for the past 20 years, she has been operating her own speaking, coaching, and consulting business – Motivated Minds. She has spoken to thousands of individuals/companies in the area of leadership, self-care, motivation, entrepreneurship, change and teamwork.

Rosita is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her leadership capabilities and her work in empowering women. She believes in the power of giving back and can be found actively volunteering in her community when she is not on the road. She is a founding member of the Women with Passion and Purpose Not for Profit Corporation that raises money for local charities.

REGISTER at cdhalton.ca/events or click here. Limited spots. Registration closing on Friday April 8, 2022 @8pm

Zoom virtual event link will be sent to the email address provided in the registration, one day before the workshop. If you have any questions call 1 (855) 395-8807 ext. 2 or email hejohnson@cdhalton.ca

 

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Alert Burlington, a new community emergency notification system

By Staff

April 4th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The City is launching Alert Burlington, which is a community emergency notification system.

Anyone who lives or works in Burlington is encouraged to subscribe to the system.

August 2014 – one side of the city was badly flooded – the other side was hardly aware.

In the event of a community emergency, notifications will be sent to anyone who has subscribed and is within the affected area. The alert may be received as a text, email, or phone message, in one of several different languages depending on your communication preferences.

Signing up for Alert Burlington is easy. Go to Alert Burlington and register your contact information and place of residence.

When emergencies happen, Alert Burlington will help you be among the first to know. The City of Burlington will use Alert Burlington to send official, real-time alerts to the public with information about potentially life-saving actions they may need to take to keep themselves and their families safe. By signing up for Alert Burlington, you are taking a large step toward improving your personal safety.

Once you register, be sure to update your information at least once a year, including any change in cell phone carrier.

The Gazette had some questions on just how this service would work – we put them to the city’s communications department.

Just how will it work?

When we are aware of a community emergency, a message will be sent out to the affected residents advising them of next steps to take to stay safe.

When will it be operational.

The system is operational now.

Is the information people provide secure – in that the city will not make it available to any other level of government or other community agencies.

It is secured on Canadian servers and not shared with anyone.

Who decides that an event is worth putting out on the Alert system

Fire Chief, Community Emergency Management Coordinator

Is there a person who is a :duty officer who creates and sends out an alert.

Communications will send the alert after receiving direction from the Community Emergency Management Coordinator or Fire Chief

What is the service going to cost

The service is free to subscribers. Standard text and messaging rates may apply.

And who provides the network the alerts go out over.

Rave Mobile Safety: Rave Mobile Safety | Leading Provider of Critical Safety Technology

Are these alerts delivered electronically via email or are they sent to telephone numbers – including land lines.

Residents can choose text, phone call (landline or mobile) and/or email.

Quick Facts
Burlington’s top 10 community hazards:

Via Rail cars were derailed in 2012 Several cars were smashed together with passengers inside. There were no passenger fatalities.

1. Cyber Attacks
2. High Wind Events
3. Winter Weather Events
4. Infectious Diseases
5. Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Events
6. Urban Flooding Events
7. Fires or Explosions
8. Electric Energy Hazards
9. Erosion
10. Transportation Emergencies (road and rail)

Amber Rushton, Community Emergency Management Coordinator explains the service this way:  “Alert Burlington is another way our team can help keep you and your loved ones safe during emergencies and disasters. The safety of our community is very important to us, and this is an additional tool that we encourage residents to register for. By signing up for Alert Burlington, you will receive live safety messages and critical incident updates to better guide you, your family, and your neighbours during an emergency/disaster. Head to Burlington.ca/alertburlington for more information on how to prepare for community emergencies.”

Links and Resources
Direct link for registration: getrave.ca/smart911/ref/reg.action?pa=burlington

Alert Burlington: burlington.ca/alertburlington

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City seeks six local artists for small public art projects

By Staff

April 4th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Plains Road at Waterdown Road

The public art program is once again opening submissions for its annual Local Artist Program. The program commissions local artists to create a variety of small to medium scale artworks throughout the community. The City is inviting local artists to submit their design ideas that will be installed on traffic control signal boxes throughout the city later this year. Six artists will be commissioned to create a unique design that will be used to produce the utility box vinyl wraps.

This is a design only commission as the City of Burlington will be responsible for the fabrication and installation of the vinyl wraps. Burlington artists may create a new artwork concept for this project or reformat an existing artwork. Successful artists will be required to submit a high-resolution digital file of their artwork concept (assistance is available upon request).

Applicants must be a resident of Burlington, Ont.

For deadlines and more information on how to get application help and/or apply, please visit www.burlington.ca/publicart.

 

Timeline:

Deadline Activity
April 4 to 29 Application assistance available upon request
May 13 Application deadline
By June 3 Successful artists selected; enter into a contract with the City of Burlington.
June through July Project development: Artists work with Public Art staff to refine designs, finalize artwork concept and create digital artwork file.
August Installation and online project launch (date TBD)

Regal Road Bridge

 

Artwork Locations

Location Nearby Landmarks
New Street & Shoreacres Road Nelson Recreation Centre
New Street & Appleby Line Appleby Square
Lakeshore Road Joseph Brant Hospital (parking garage entrance)
Prospect Street & Pearson Street Tom Thomson Public School
Upper Middle Road & Cavendish Drive Near Kingsbridge Court
Walkers Line & Thomas Alton Boulevard Alton Village

 

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Condo buyers are bumping into the realities of the real estate market - or is it a new level of greed asks an unhappy customer

By Pepper Parr

April 4th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

 

Prices for detached single family houses have soared during the past year.  Homes have sold for 49% above the asking.

The folks in the condo market are now experiencing the same problem – with the difference being that  people who paid deposits are now finding the price of the condo they have yet to take possession of has gone up

Construction delays and price increases, according to the developers, are the problem in the condo world theses days.

The Gallery, a 26 storey tower currently under construction across the street from city hall is behind schedule.

Folks who have purchased in the Carnicelli Gallery going up opposite city hall have been told that it will be something in the order of eight to ten months more before they can call the moving van.  They had expected to move in sometime in November

A couple of blocks to the west people who have purchased in the Nautique have been told that the original deal isn’t on anymore,.

The ADI Group development determined that construction costs make it impossible for them to build at the original selling price.

The Nautique has been plagued with problems from the day they filed their application to build. Readers of the Gazette have followed this amazing story.

People who had sales agreements will have their money returned and be paid interest on the deposit or they can pony up an additional 50 to 60% and wait until the building is ready for occupancy.

One Gazette reader said there was a weasel clause in the sales contract that let ADI take the action they took.

ADI has access to exceptional legal talent – buyers are going to have to retain smart talent of their own.  The lawyer on the client side should have seen the clause in the agreement and advised their client as to what was possible.

Glenn Gillespie, an about to retire fire fighter expected be in the unit be bought in 2015.

The unit he purchased for $508 thousand dollars seven years ago is going to require an additional $300,000  if he want to take ownership when the construction is complete.

Gillespie said he had a choice: either pay the extra money for a condo that doesn’t exist yet or get his $126,000 deposit back with 6 percent interest and give up his unit.

Gillespie told CHCH news that “he thinks the developers want the owners to take their money and leave so that they can charge a higher price for the condos. He contacted a lawyer who says 14 other owners from the same building are also reviewing their legal options.”

 

 

 

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Did Metrolinx once have grand ideas for the Burlington GO station parking lot?

By Pepper Parr

April, 4th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A first look at the rendering below leads to the questions:  Isn’t that the Burlington GO parking lot?

It is and at one point Metrolinx had evaluations one on all their properties to determine what their development options were.

We don’t believe this is part of the current Metrolinx thinking.  It will be interesting to learn when they were doing the thinking and what happened once the values had been determined.

There are a lot of high rise structures on the property.

Was this before intensification was dropped on Burlington?

 

No date on when rendering was done. We will chase that down.

 

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Nelson Youth Centres (NYC) merges with ROCK

By Staff

April 3rd,  2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Nelson Youth Centres (NYC) and ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids are now one agency – the merger was effective April 1st.

The merger will improve mental health service efficiencies for children, youth, and families in Halton Region.

ROCK will maintain the Nelson Youth Centres’ name for continued programming and ensure the legacy lives on. We honor all those that have been a part of this journey with Nelson Youth Centres over the past 44 years.

All services for both ROCK and NYC will continue to be accessed through our Halton Child and Youth Mental Health Access and System Navigation.

A lot more to this story – we will follow up.

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Virtual Panel About Mental Health and Addictions - April 6th

By Staff

April 2nd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) will be holding a virtual panel about mental health and addictions to shine a light on this important topic, help people discover the available services in the community and provide a forum for questions and answers at a time when many are looking for more support.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 7 to 8 p.m.

 Via Zoom – Link to Zoom webinar:

https://www.josephbranthospital.ca/en/programs-and-services/mental-health.asp

Taking part in the event are:

Moderator: Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Central and Registered Nurse

Steve Selchen, Chief of Psychiatry, Medical Director, MHA (JBH)

Monidipa Ravi, Child and Adolescent Lead Psychiatrist (JBH)

Michelle Barr, Director of Services, Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)

The need for mental health and addictions services has grown throughout the pandemic. One-third of Canadians aged 15 or older who reported having a need for mental health and addictions care said those needs were not fully met. By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness. JBH provides mental health and addictions programs and services for adults, children and adolescents.

 

 

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Will the city be able to get a refund? They didn't last very long

By Staff

April 1st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Trouble in paradise.

Those $10,00 Rainbow crosswalks are not faring very well.

Take a look.

Drury Lane

Plains Road

Wonder if there is a warranty on the work. Wonder too if we can get our money back.

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High End Car Theft Ring Nabbed - all held for a bail hearing.

By Staff

April 1st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Investigators from the Halton Regional Police Service – 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau and Toronto Police Major Crime were involved in a month long multi-jurisdictional investigation dubbed “Project Raptor” resulting in the recovery of 20 stolen vehicles worth over $1.5 million. Four suspects were arrested as a result of their involvement in this organized auto theft ring.

Tools of the trade for high end car thieves.

It is alleged the suspects would gain entry to the vehicle through force allowing them access to the vehicle’s ‘On Board Diagnostic Port’ (OBD).  From there, the suspects utilized key programming devices to program a new key fob.  The thefts occurred across Halton, Peel and Toronto.

The vehicles targeted were newer model Jeeps and Ford F-150s.   It is believed that these vehicles were slated to be loaded into shipping containers to export them overseas to Middle Eastern countries.

On March 29, 2022 investigators arrested four persons involved in this auto theft ring and subsequently executed two residential search warrants.  Investigators seized several key fobs and electronic devices used to access the on-board diagnostics (see attached photo).

The following persons were arrested and charged:

Bawa Singh, (22) of Brampton has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (10 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (4 counts)
  • Breach of Recognizance (9 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000

Nitin Gagneja, (21) of Brampton has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (10 counts)
  • Possession of Break and Enter Tools (2 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (4 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key (3 counts)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000

Abu-Bakar Sheikh, (22) of Brampton has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (9 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (4 counts)
  • Breach of Recognizance (9 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key

Attiq Ur Rehman, (22) of Mississauga has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (4 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (2 counts)
  • Breach of Recognizance (4 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key

All accused were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Phil Vandenbeukel of the 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 3407.

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

Police would like to remind residents of the following tips to help protect against these types of thefts:

  • Park your vehicle in a locked/secure garage, if possible.
  • Lock the onboard diagnostic port using a simple device (that can be purchased online) that blocks access to where thieves reprogram the vehicle’s key fob
  • Use a steering wheel locking device to deter theft
  • Invest in an aftermarket global positioning system (GPS) tracker as it may assist in recovery of the vehicle if it is stolen
  • When not in use, place vehicle key fob inside a radio frequency shielding bag/pouch to block cell signals
  • Consider purchasing a quality video surveillance system and ensure your cameras are properly placed and functioning for 24-hour use

 

 

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Is the Ford government already toast?

By Staff

April 1st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It’s their story and they are sticking to it.

The government is not going to impose any restriction as COVID cases surge

“It takes a worried worried man …”

The province is sticking to its reopening agenda despite hospitalizations increasing by 27 per cent in the last week and wastewater analysis pegging new daily cases at around 30,000.

What else is there to say?

The province is going to wait this one out – and hope that nothing breaks wide open in the next two months.

If the numbers do soar – this provincial government is toast.

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Kearns will run for re-election - if enough people tell her they want her back

By Pepper Parr

April 1st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

It’s official, sort of –  she is running in May to keep her seat as the ward 2 council member.

Kearns works her ward – she know most of the hospitality sector and is out meeting with them and hoisting a few as well

Lisa Kearns said: “It all depends on how many people tell me they want me to represent them.

Which is what she claims happened when she threw her hat into the ring in 2018.

Lisa Kearns did indeed seem to come out of nowhere.

She was part, a small part of the group that created ECOB and showed her smarts when she walked into the Rotary room at the Art Gallery and totally upset the Reverse Town Hal meeting  then Mayor Rick Goldring was holding.

She went on to declare as a candidate and used the base she had created with her ECOB (Engaged Citizens of Burlington) work.

Promote, promote, promote. Every opportunity for a photo op is taken. Does it make a difference – she thinks so.

Kearns has an incredible brain; she grasps the complex quickly and can handle details like no other member of this city council.

She has a strong understanding of the big picture and frequently surprises the two senior members of Council – Mayor Meed and and Councillor Paul Sharman – who have two terms of experience

Her depth and experience in the private sector served her very well when budgets were debated.

Sounds great – but then there is that skittishness.  The Provincial Liberal Association asked Kearns if she would seek the nomination of the party for the June election.

She said yes.  Then Marian Manaa, a young Muslim women filed nomination papers and within days the Halton District School Board chair Andrea Grebenc filed her nomination papers.

That looked as if there was going to be a very healthy race for the party nomination.  But before things could get rolling Kearns had a telephone call with Grebenc and decided that she, Grebenc,  was the better choice and Kearns withdrew.

Will there be as many candidates running for the seat in October – probably not. One for certain.

All within ten days  Startling to say the least and the expected stability was in question.

Kearns is the first council member to hold ward meetings that were both virtual and live.  She holds walking tours of her ward and was the first council member to create a registry that sets out who she meets with.

Aggressive, progressive – but there is that skittishness.

 

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A Look at some of the ideas that were put together as the consultants tried to figure out what the public wanted.

By Pepper Parr

March 31st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

There is a consulting group that operates under the name of The Planning Partnership.

Thy were hired by the city to take part in the study of the Waterfront Hotel site that everyone knew was going to be developed at some point.

The city began this work in 2015 when staffer Jodi Wellings was tasked with putting together some of the early thinking.

At that time the plan was to have whatever was built om the site face west and give a view of the Naval Promenade.

Among the decisions that came out of the early part of the study was the agreement that there would be a detailed study that the develop would par for but that the city would control.

The Waterfront Study got put on hold in 2018 because the Interim Control Bylaw that had been imposed and the issues related to the re-writing of the new Official Plan – call it the Meed Ward version for clarity – were taking up most of the capacity at city hall.  The deep thinking planners appear to have concluded that they had all kinds of time and that the developer would wait until the study was completed..

That decision has resulted in the developer deciding to proceed on his own with a development application that stunned a lot of people when it was first released.

The city should have seen that coming. Darko Vranich is a very strategic thinker – he saw an opportunity and went for it.

The Planning Partnership released their final report (240 pages plus) and offered their Preferred Concept that will get xxx

While holding the many public engagement events all kinds of ideas came to the surface and were set out in different reports.

Set out below are some of the drawings that reflected what kind of thinking was being done.

Then there was a couple of truly brutal designs.

 

Another that looked something like the stretch of building built on the south side of the Gardner Expressway in Toronto almost  obliterating any view of the lake

 

Are their options for the city to get out of a situation they created by not staying on top of a critical file ?  There was a point where the city did not have a planner assigned to the file.

We have an interesting month ahead of us.

Related news stories:

The man behind the development plans

Plan B has made a difference – have they gone far enough>

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Bring us your frazzled hair drier, that printer that won't print or the kettle that doesn't boil anymore - it could be fixed free

 

By Pepper Parr

March 31st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The next Repair Cafe will take place on Saturday,  April 9th from 10am to 2pm at Port Nelson United Church, 3132 South Drive.

The Repair Cafe has been helping people salvage appliances that stopped working.  Rather than throw them out and go looking for another ne – they take them to the Repair Cafe where they are fixed, if it is possible to fix them.

They have been doing this in an on and off sort of way for four years

What it fixed – t=did the owner leave a happy camper. We weren’t told Photo credit: Shelly Cameron

Their first Repair Cafe was held at the Rolling Horse Community Cycle shop on Plains Road E. in the Spring of 2019.  We have held seven Repair Cafes since.  Later in the year they will be at Burlington Centre

Their plans are to be at Outdoor Markets hosted by the Aldershot BIA in June, July, August.  Beyond that, we hope to hold one Repair Cafe per month at various locations around the city, to be more accessible to all corners of the community.

Having a stable source of funding from the City’s Community Development Fund, allowed us to become more organized, and to be able to plan a year ahead.  Funding goes towards rent, liability insurance, purchase of parts and tools, and other expenses.  The funding ends in December, 2022.  Beyond that we will have to rely on individual donations and, perhaps, sponsorship from the community.

They are a 100% volunteer-run.  They do not charge for repairs – this being a community service.  If they don’t have a specific or unique part on hand, we offer the resident the option of ordering the part themselves and bringing their item to the next Repair Cafe, or, we order the part with the understanding that this cost will be reimbursed by the resident. We fix items on the spot and do not take items home to be repaired.  These operational methods are defined by the international network of Repair Cafes, and we are happy to comply.

 

 

 

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Halton District School Board hosting Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions for Parents/Guardians this Spring

 

By Staff

March 31st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton District School Board is hosting Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions for parents/guardians this Spring. Covering specific topics based on feedback from parents/guardians, each session will be led by a mental health expert in that area who will share their knowledge and provide helpful information and resources.

Sessions include: 

Building Executive Function Skills in Teenagers – Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Supporting a Child who is Grieving – Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Black Mixed-race Children & Identity – Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Mental Health, Well-Being & Autism Spectrum Disorder – Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating Neurodiversity – Monday, May 9 at 7 – 7:45 p.m.

Supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ Students – Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Anxiety & Depression in Youth – Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Registration is required for these sessions as limited spots are available.

Parents/guardians can register by completing the Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions Registration Form.

Sessions will be held on Google Meet, where closed captioning is available in various languages. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the session. Sessions will not be recorded.

Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to submit questions when completing the registration form or during the session.

The Board’s Mental Health & Well-Being webpage has information for parents/guardians and students on mental health, ways to support positive mental health and well-being, and how to get additional support at school and in the broader community.

 

 

 

 

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