The rumour about an NHL franchise for Hamilton is still out there - no denial from Alinea so far


By Staff

May 10th, 2023



Recently there has been quite a bit of buzz around an NHL franchise landing in Burlington with the King Road site owned by Alinea mentioned as the location.

Don’t laugh – there was an occasion at the beginning of the first Goldring term that meetings were held in Ron Foxcroft’s office about building a sports field for the Hamilton Tiger Cats on the site. That didn’t go anywhere – but the location has a lot going for it. GO station is at the eastern end.

In a recent item on the Ontario bets web site Cecil Peters, who is an odds analyst, wrote the following:

The Aldershot GO station could handle all the traffic from Toronto – where fans might want to watch a team that can win.

“The NHL has expanded twice in the past few years, adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017 and the Seattle Kraken in 2021. It has only been a few years for Vegas and only two years for Seattle, but the early returns have been great on both ends.

“With such great success, for the league and Ontario sports betting, it is only natural for other markets without NHL teams to express interest, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed at the March General Manager’s meeting that that was indeed the case, as a few markets and potential owners had reached out with interest in getting an NHL team.

“Bettman also confirmed that the NHL was not in an expansion mode, so it seems to be a moot point. But often where there is smoke, there’s fire, and it’s only natural to wonder about potential locations if the NHL does indeed decide to expand.”

A Trip Down Memory Lane
“The NHL’s expansion history is littered with successes — with the occasional failure mixed in — but to go from a six-team league in 1967 to the current 32-team league, they make a lot of correct decisions and the league is in a relatively healthy place.

“Expansion has come in stages in the NHL. There was the doubling of the league in 1967 from six to 12 teams, the 1979 WHA absorption when they added four teams, the two-year stretch from 1992-93 where four teams were added and the 1998-2000 stretch where they also added four teams.

“With the NHL now tied with the NFL for the league with the most teams, it does seem unlikely that they would lead the charge and become the first league to go beyond that number, but crazier things have happened.

“If they do decide to expand, there are several areas interested in bringing in a team, with Houston, Atlanta and Quebec City all confirmed as having interest. Perhaps the most intriguing potential location is in Canada, with the Toronto area’s ability to add another team creating an interesting dynamic along with Quebec’s desire to bring in a team of their own.

With this in mind, created hypothetical odds of where the next NHL franchise could be. You won’t find these on Ontario sports betting apps, but when it comes to NHL movement or expansion, we think it’s a matter if when, not if.

To be clear, the odds below are based on both chances for an expansion team, or current team location.

Could Quebec 2.0 Work For All?

“Quebec had an NHL franchise from 1979 to 1995 but the small market combined with a struggling Canadian dollar made the league move the Nordiques to Denver, Colorado for the 1995-96 season. The issues that caused the team to leave aren’t as glaring anymore, with the population of the area above 550,000 and an NHL-ready rink that hosts the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL dying to bring in an NHL squad.

“The Canadian Dollar isn’t at its best and that remains an issue, but it is not at the point it was in the 1990’s where most of the Canadian teams were struggling to stay afloat. If the NHL were to expand, gives the market a 22.5% chance of getting the next team and gives it hypothetical odds of +350.

“Another Canadian option is the Toronto area, most likely in Hamilton. Hamilton has a population around 800,000, which is more than enough people to support a second team in the way that New York does with the Rangers and Islanders and that Chicago and Los Angeles do in other leagues.

Aerial view of 1200 King Road – with the rail line and Hwy 403 on either side and the Aldershot GO station in the distance. Made for a major development.

“While there would certainly be demand among fans and the financial stability of the team would be fine, the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t want to see some of their fanbase change allegiances and nor do the Buffalo Sabres, who reside less than 70 miles south of the Hamilton area. The push-back from those two franchises leaves Hamilton as a longshot to get the next team, with hypothetical odds of +1595.

“There is definitely an appetite for a team in both markets, but both come with roadblocks as well, including Bettman’s stance that expansion isn’t currently on the radar.

“Several other areas will have a say, particularly Houston, which logically seems to be the next location for a team with its market size and arena readiness, hence their position as the favourite on the list at +300.

“Will Canada have an eighth team in the coming years? Unlikely, but the path is there for something to happen should the NHL change their tune.” has you covered on all NHL news throughout the postseason, and we’re also home to the best Ontario gambling sites.

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Ontario Health Coalition plans a referendum to halt the implementation of a two tier health system

By Staff

May 9, 2023



When the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) warned last spring leading into the election that the Ford government was planning to privatize surgeries and diagnostic services , Ford repeatedly denied that was his plan. Those claims are shown to be totally false with Bill 60 , the Ford government’s hospital privatization legislation passed into law yesterday.

With no mandate from Ontarians, the government is moving to cut core services including surgeries and diagnostics out of our public hospitals and transfer them to private for-profit hospitals and clinics. Initially, they plan to move 14,000 cataract surgeries to new private day hospitals that they want to have up and running by next fall. The government has already announced repeated rounds of tens of millions of dollars for private clinics, even while underspending on public health care and failing to plan to meet population need for care. They announced that they plan to privatize hip and knee surgeries by 2024.

This will create two-tier health care in Ontario in which patients will be faced with an increasing array of user charges and extra-billing for care when they are sick, elderly, in need and least able to pay.

The intention is to hold a province wide citizen led referendum through which they hope to pull in more than 1 million votes.

This is why, over a century people in communities across Ontario funded and built their local public hospitals and our government responded 70 years ago by creating a public hospital system in the first place. It is also one of the reasons that private hospitals have been banned since 1973.

Bill 60 not only privatizes our core public hospital services, it also privatizes the oversight of the private clinics and deregulates health care staffing including who can call themselves a doctor, a surgeon, a nurse, an MRI technologist, a respiratory therapist and more.

A large group of health coalition members were joined by Erin Ariss, Ontario Nurses’ Association president, and Michael Hurley, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE president, who, along with OHC executive director Natalie Mehra spoke at a press conference organized by the NDP then went into the Legislature to witness the vote.

In the Legislature yesterday, the Opposition parties repeatedly raised examples of constituents who are already being illegally charged for services at private clinics. The Health Minister did not attend Question Period and left responses to her parliamentary assistant Robin Martin, MPP, who simply kept repeating the government’s PR lines about clearing the surgical backlogs.

At no point did the government answer for the fact that Ontario already has operating rooms in every public hospital that we have paid for and are sitting idle every evening and weekend due to underfunding and staffing. (Ontario funds its public hospitals at the lowest rate in Canada.)

In fact, in a moment reminiscent of Donald Trump’s bombast, Doug Ford actually claimed “no one has done more” than his government to improve access to care. (In fact, his government repeatedly cites $800 million given to hospitals which is the total over four years — since the start of the pandemic — much of it funded by the federal government. In addition, this government has actually imposed wage caps and worsened what have become unprecedented staffing shortages for nurses, health professionals and doctors exhausted and burned out by working all out for the entire pandemic. While the staffing crisis has intensified, and dozens of local hospital emergency departments are facing repeated closures as a result, the government has chosen to under-spend our COVID funding by billions and is underspent on health care every year while overspending the budget on private clinics.)

While Premier Ford and his MPPs continue to claim that Ontarians will always be able to pay with their OHIP card, and not their credit card, a new report today by Global TV shows that private clinics already are billing patients thousands of dollars in illegal user fees every year. As the government knows very well, the history of private for profit clinics in Canada shows the OHIP card claim is not the case, and research done by the Ontario Health Coalition and with the Globe and Mail proves it.

Despite the evidence, and despite the unanimous opposition of the opposition parties in the Legislature, the Ford government voted down every single amendment proposed to the Bill, and yesterday, they used their majority to vote to pass the Bill.

“Along with virtually all Ontarians, we are unalterably opposed to the privatization of our hospitals and this legislation. The passage of Bill 60 is not the end. It is the beginning. We will mount the biggest fightback this province has ever seen to save our local public hospitals. Millions of people of every political stripe in our communities have spent a hundred years or more building our system of local public hospitals. They do not belong to Mr. Ford to dismantle and give away to health care profiteers,” Natalie Mehra, Executive Director

The Ontario Health Coalition is building a province wide referendum campaign to stop what is the most undemocratic attack on our public healthcare in memory. And we need your support to make this happen. On May 26th and 27th and throughout the month online we will be asking Ontarians to vote on the question: Do you want our public hospital services to be privatized to for profit hospitals and clinics? Yes or No.

“Now that Bill 60 has passed, our job at the Ontario Health Coalition is to do everything in our power to stop its implementation. We have to make it politically impossible for the Ford government to privatize our public hospitals., To do this, we are mounting a massive People’s Referendum. We have set an ambitious goal of a million votes to save our local public hospitals.

To do this we are going to need tens of thousands of volunteers. Everyone matters. Everyone is needed.


Everyone can do something…Distribute leaflets, help at a referendum voting station, help to get additional volunteers, help make ballot boxes, count and stuff leaflets, and help get out lawn signs.

VOTE: You can vote online now here.

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Millcroft residents get an update on the drive to protect their community from a specific development application

By Pepper Parr

May 9th 2023



The hall at Grace United Church may not have been overflowing with Millcroft residents but the story they heard was quite a bit different than the one that many people understood.  The changes in the way development is going to take place at the provincial and Regional levels are undergoing significant disruption.

It wasn’t a sold out crowd but it was an attentive audience

Daintry Klein, speaking on behalf of the Millcroft Greenspace Alliance, urged those attending to write cheques to ensure that the funds needed to hire expert witnesses and the legal counsel needed to appear before the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) while Mayor Marianne Med Ward made it very clear that her efforts were being put into making sure that the differences between the developer who wants to build 98 new homes on the golf course  and the residents doesn’t get anywhere near the OLT

Meed Ward is looking for a way to convince the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to declare a “provincial interest” in the Millcroft development which would put a stop to the application that is now before the OLT

Daintry Klein handled the microphone and took the audience through what had been done so far and what had to be done going forward.

Klein stressed the point that everyone in the community has more than a vested interest in the development that is being proposed. “It is getting more and more difficult to get flood insurance, which if not available will impact what happens when mortgage renewal time arrives.

“The marketability of homes in the community will be impacted – the properties that are now seen is as prime will not be is as desirable if there is the potential for serious flooding.”

City council’s decision to oppose the development was seen as a plus for the community – what is not working all that well is the existence of two community groups – both have Standing at the OLT hearing, despite numerous efforts to have one voice speaking for the community – egos seem to have gotten in the way.

They have more than 5000 signatures on a petition and are urging the community to keep the pressure on their MPPs

Klein explained the need for the expert witnesses and why MGA must have their experts and the city having its own experts.

It is a complex process that Klein explained as something that is evidenced based.  The OLT bases its decision on the evidence that is presented. What complicates things is the spin that is put on the evidence.

MAG expects to retain Weir & Foulds as legal counsel. They could do a lot worse.

One resident asked if the signature he placed on the petition that went around was enough – write or email your MPP urged Klein.

Klein wasn’t shy about saying this would be a political matter and if the two MPP’s representing the community wanted to keep their seats they want to ensure that they listen to the community.

Regional Chair Gary Carr has been a politician since 1990; served as an MP, MPP and now Regional Chair. He was at one point the Speaker at Queen’s Park – knows the ropes.

Regional Chair Gary Carr spoke and said “we are living in a different world”. The Regional government is getting out of the Planning business – staff reduction at that level will take place.

The province will tell each municipality how many homes they have to provide and the municipality will decide where to build them.

Mayor Meed Ward pointed out that Burlington has signed a pledge to create 29,000 new homes by 2031and currently has 23,000 units in various stages of approval.

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Getting building permits applications said to be easier - MyFiles is now operational

By Pepper Parr

May 9th, 2023



It has been some time coming but the self-serve tool called MyFiles is now out there that updates the pre-building approval process said to speed up applications for a building permit.
The new MyFiles tool lets applicants check on the status of their pre-building approval application in real time. It allows them to follow along as their application goes through each step in the review process.

Getting through the paperwork to get to this point is expected to be easier with the MyFiles software.

While applicants are still welcome to contact staff with questions, they can now login to this new portal to access information they may need about their application, if they prefer.
MyFiles can be used by residents who have applied for Pre-Building Approval after April 24, 2023. Once an account has been created, applicants can check the status of their files for applications related to:

• decks,
• accessory building or structure like a shed or gazebo,
• renovations such as additions or
• build a new house.

Process Updates
The process has been updated by separating the review of the Zoning Bylaw, Grading and Drainage Bylaw, and Tree Bylaw so that:

• a Zoning Clearance Certificate is needed before applying for a Building Permit.
• a Grading and Drainage Clearance Certificate is needed before a Building Permit can be issued.
• a Tree Permit is needed before construction can begin.

In 2021, the Provincial Government awarded the City one million dollars to help modernize, streamline and accelerate its processes for managing and approving housing applications.
This funding, received through the Streamlined Development Application Fund, (SDAF) will help to reduce the project cycle time of development review and approval processes. It will also make the process more efficient and streamlined to improve customer satisfaction. This will contribute to the strategic goal to increase housing construction across the city and offer responsive growth management.

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Juno Beach: Permanent exhibition will be entirely renewed and renovated for the 80th anniversary of D-Day in June 2024.

By Staff

May 8th, 2023



The Juno Beach Centre (JBC), Canada’s Second World War museum and memorial in Normandy, France today announced that its Faces of Canada Today permanent exhibition will be entirely renewed and renovated for the 80th anniversary of D-Day in June 2024.

The Poppy Window at the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy France

Since the JBC opened to the public in 2003, Faces of Canada Today has showcased Canada’s evolution since the war, and has helped visitors understand the country that over 1 million Canadian Veterans (in a country of 11 million in 1945) helped to build. However, the contents of the exhibition were created in the late 1990s and are now outdated and missing many significant events in Canadian history over the past 20 years.

“Faces of Canada Today will explore how the resilience of Canadian service personnel during and after the Second World War helped transform Canadian society,” explains Marie Eve Vaillancourt, Director of Exhibitions at the Juno Beach Centre Association. “This legacy guides us today as we strive to create a more just and tolerant society, able to overcome obstacles and serve others.”

These themes will be illustrated through several broader sections, the first of which explores post-war immigration, beginning with the return of Canadian Veterans and their European war brides and their great contributions to post-war Canadian society.

“The diversification of Canadian society and its growing multiculturalism will be explored, as well as the difficulties faced by minorities. The notions of tolerance and inclusion will help underpin how Canada is a country that strives to live in peace with itself and with others,” adds Vaillancourt.

One section of the exhibition will be dedicated to the volunteerism, activism, and environmentalism that drive Canadian society, while another will unpack the struggles of its colonial history with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The Juno Beach Centre appreciates the timely support of Veterans Affairs Canada, which provided a $25,000 grant through the Commemorative Partnership Program. This grant covered the costs to bring First Peoples Group into the project as an Indigenous advisory partner.

In addition, the exhibition will demonstrate that the service of modern Veterans – those thousands of Canadians who have worn the uniform since 1945 – continues to inform Canadian identity. Whether during the Cold War, through the United Nations and NATO missions, or during the war in Afghanistan, Canadians have continued to serve.

This renewal project will reflect the culture of remembrance and the history of the poppy symbol in Canada from the First World War to the present day.

Many of the troops that went ashore did so under enemy fire. There were 1,074 Canadian casualties, including 359 killed. Juno Beach was the Allied code name for a 10 km stretch of French coastline assaulted by Canadian soldiers on D-Day, 6 June 1944,

“Standing on Juno Beach today means reflecting on how a place of war has healed into a place of peace,” says Vaillancourt. “As we live in an increasingly troubled world, taking the time to reflect on peace is an act of engaged remembrance and citizenship. This new permanent exhibition will immerse visitors in an emotional contemplation of Canada’s growth and recovery since the end of the Second World War.”

With the approaching 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2024, this project comes at an opportune time.

Featuring stories from across Canada’s diverse population, Faces of Canada Today aims to be reflective, nuanced, and honest in its portrayal of courage, resilience, and sacrifice.

The Juno Beach Centre also wants to thank Région Normandie and REACT EU (250,000 €), and Direction de la mémoire, de la culture et des archives (DMCA) (200,000 €) for their support. Faces of Canada Today is a $1.25 million project and, thanks to our current funding partners, the JBC has raised nearly two-thirds of its goal.

Support for this project is the single most important investment donors can make as we stand on the cusp of the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in 2024. More information on the Faces of Canada Today exhibition and opportunities to support can be found here: If you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to us at

“The sacrifices made by our generation benefit this generation.” – Jim Parks, Canadian D-Day Veteran

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Spread the Word, Make an Impact! Tonight is the Night!

By Staff

May 8th, 2023



It was built as a community within a golf course – and the residents want to keep it that way.

Spread the Word, Make an Impact!

Millcroft Greenspace Alliance is committed to preserving the entire Millcroft Golf Course Greenspace using an approach that is grounded in research, advocacy, and leveraging resources.

Tonight is the Night! Learn More about…

Our unique strategy to preserve the Millcroft Golf Course green infrastructure, and its importance to our community’s case at the OLT in response to recent legislative changes.
MGA has been fortunate to have significant professional and business support from our neighbours who have volunteered to help analyze the Millcroft Greens application and develop our strategy.

We have focused our efforts on advocacy to find a solution to maintain this greenspace in advance of the OLT. As the OLT hearing draws near, we must now hire a seasoned municipal litigator and a stormwater expert to represent our strategy.

When: Today (May 8th) at 7:30pm
Where: Grace United Church (Millcroft Park Drive and Walkers Line)

We encourage you to forward this email to neighbours, family or friends to remind them of tonight’s community meeting.

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Are you prepared for an emergency? Probably not - might be a good idea.

By Staff

May 7th, 2023



Are you prepared for an emergency?

Would you have remembered to include a can opener in your kit?

Emergencies or disasters can happen at any time. Emergency Preparedness Week is May 7-13 this year, and the City of Burlington is encouraging all individuals and families to be prepared by making a plan, building a 72-hour kit and staying informed.

Make a plan
Make a plan for what you and your family will do in an emergency or disaster. Do you know what will you do if you can’t access your home or if your family is not together when a large emergency or disaster happens? What will you do if there is no electricity for an extended time in the winter?

It’s important that you and your family have a step-by-step action plan in case of emergencies. Involve all your family members in the planning process and remember to review and update your plan at least once a year.

Visit for more information about emergency preparedness, including a detailed emergency preparedness guide, preparedness information related to pets and several hazards, as well as directions on what to do if you are asked to evacuate or shelter-in-place during an emergency.

Build a 72-hour kit
Everyone should have basic essentials to last 72-hours in an emergency. It is recommended to keep your 72-hour kit in a location that is safe from flooding and easily accessible. Be sure to replace the food, water and medications in your kit before any of these items expire.

The following items are recommended for your 72-hour kit:
• A basic first-aid kit
• A battery-powered radio
• A small amount of cash
• Blankets
• Copies of your important documents
• Flashlights and batteries
• Warm clothes
• A one-week supply of medications for your family and pets
• A three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Twelve litres of water per person

Stay informed
Stay informed by following trust-worthy sources of information. The City’s social media (@cityburlington), online newsfeeds and Service Burlington (905-335-7777) will be updated frequently during large-scale emergencies. To subscribe to the City’s newsfeeds, visit

Another way to stay informed is by subscribing to Alert Burlington, which is Burlington’s public notification system for community emergencies. Residents and anyone who works within Burlington are encouraged to subscribe to Alert Burlington.

In the event of a large-scale community emergency, Alert Burlington will send important messages by text, email or recorded phone message to anyone who subscribes and lives or works within the affected area(s). Messages can also be sent out in several languages, depending on your communication preferences.

To register, go to You will be asked to create an account with your name, address and mobile phone number, land-line phone number and/or email address.

For those who have registered for Alert Burlington in the past year, Emergency Preparedness Week is the perfect opportunity to log into your Alert Burlington profile and confirm that your information remains up-to-date. More information is available at

Information Booths
During Emergency Preparedness Week, the Fire Department will have information booths throughout the City, including at various community centres, Burlington Centre Mall and the Central Branch of Burlington Public Library. Residents and visitors can stop by to learn more about emergency preparedness.

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Gaetan asks Gould to put a stop to taxing the taxes we pay

By Joe Gaetan 

May 7th, 2023



Here’s what Karina Gould had to say in the House of Commons on The Economy on May 4th, at 3:05 p.m.

“Mr. Speaker, we understand that Canadians are struggling right now and that there is a high cost of living, but, unlike the Conservatives, we are actually acting. We have put measures in place, like the Canada child benefit, like the climate action incentive, like increasing the guaranteed income supplement, like the new grocery rebate. We are actually acting to help Canadian families at this time of struggle.”

In June 2019, Trudeau’s then environment minister, Catherine McKenna dismissed a report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer saying that to meet Canada’s Paris Accord targets the price on carbon would need to rise to $102 a tonne. McKenna said at the time that the government has, “no plan to increase the price post 2022. For Conservatives to suggest otherwise is simply false and misleading.”

Under the Government’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, the federal fuel charge is set to rise from $65 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2023-24 to $170 per tonne in 2030-31.

In 2023-24, the federal fuel charge will be expanded to include Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 2021 the cost of Natural Gas was .13 cent per cubic meter. The combined federal carbon tax and HST in 2021 added an additional .09 cents to a cubic meter natural gas. Fast forward to 2023 and the combined federal carbon tax and HST is now .21 cents a cubic meter of natural gas. An increase of 133% in four years. To add insult to injury the federal government applies the HST on top the carbon tax meaning we are being taxed on a tax.

Karina Gould: MP Burlington, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

If nothing else and if Minister Gould and her government would like to help struggling Canadians, they will STOP adding HST to the carbon tax. This move alone would go a long way to help people who are struggling.

The federal government recently announced it was willing to give Volkswagen approximately $13 billion to build a battery factory in the area as part of the greening of the economy.

But when it came to putting something in the last budget that would help ordinary people make the green transition, the cupboard was bare.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer shows the carbon tax cost the average family about $402 in 2022 and $847 in 2023 even after the rebates. Not sure how that helps struggling Canadians.

If Canada did nothing or if we did everything, on a global basis we would have next to no effect on global greenhouse gas emissions. I think most Canadians buy into our social responsibility where GHG emissions are concerned, and we also need to be stewards of our natural resources meaning we shouldn’t waste them. Imposing unnecessary and needless taxes during these inflationary times is unnecessary.

Had this government stuck to their initial promise on the carbon tax, fewer Canadian would be struggling.

Joe Gaetan is a Burlington resident who delegates on occasion and is a strong believer in holding the elected accountable and expects them to be transparent while serving the public.

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How AI will push the gambling industry forward

By Benjamin Anderson

May 7th, 2023



It’s no secret that AI is now helping several industries at a rapid pace, where one might expect that artificial intelligence will replace physical manpower to cut costs and make parts of the industry faster and efficient.

How big a hand will Artificial intelligence have in gaming?

But to what extent can AI be used, and how can it effectively work in the gaming industry in Canada? We’re taking a closer look at what impact it might have and how the popular technology of AI will be used going forward.

AI solves problems on a daily basis

As daunting as it might be, where AI can replace different jobs and positions for people in several industries, it also has great upsides. For online casinos, the technology can provide personalized gambling experiences for players by analyzing player data by using machine learning. This helps on making automatic recommendations, tailoring both game offerings but also promotional offers. This is where the latest tech at new casinos has a big upside to them where the technology works as an additional support.

Security becomes tighter

Another advantage is the assistance of fraudulent activities, something that the gambling industry fights hard against in many ways. As AI is getting smarter by the minute with the help of machine learning, the algorithms can detect anomalies in transactions and behaviors that are unusual or suspect. This also goes for account creation, typically online casinos have tedious and long KYC requests to deal with when a new player creates an account, where now AI can be used to verify identities much faster than a regular check.

Will players be able to invoke Artificial Intelligence?

Player data becomes safer

Players don’t have a lot to go on when playing at newly released sites when it comes to security. The casino industry’s biggest stamp of approval comes from their gaming licenses, which shows that the business is legitimate and has certain checks in place to verify they are safe to play on. Here’s where AI will help in a bigger way, by automatically verifying the identity of each account it hinders fake account creation, which is big news for the industry. Not only that, but the algorithm can also learn along the way how they deposit, play games, and withdraw money. This makes the layer of safety much higher than before, where the algorithms learn the patterns, it can detect unusual transactions thanks to the use of IP addresses and additional data it has learned along the way.

This helps to build trust in the industry, especially for new sites which don’t yet have an established brand. In this research, it’s said that new casinos are released every month, and going forward, new casinos in Canada has hard competition to beat, which is why security will play a bigger role for the future.

Is Gaming going to become the human mind up against Artificial Intelligence ?

The gambling industry looking forward

It’s safe to say that the industry will continue to grow, by looking at total revenue for gambling related activities in Canada, the revenue for the whole country amounted to $14-16 billion, and all projections tell this number will be even higher in 2024. Online casinos have come a long way regarding player safety and tailoring experiences for all players. With the help of artificial intelligence, many of the tedious checks become more efficient and safer.

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Pandemic declared over - but the virus is still out there.

By Staff

May 5th, 2023



The virus, often a variant of the original Covid19, is still with us. Booster shots are advised.

The World Health Organization said today that COVID-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency it has been downgraded from a pandemic to an epidemic.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today that “It’s with great hope that I declare COVID-19 over as a global health emergency”

It is more than a symbolic end to the devastating coronavirus pandemic that triggered once-unthinkable lockdowns, upended economies and killed millions of people worldwide.

The pandemic’s impact on society isn’t fully known yet; three years of being under a state of emergency had massive impacts on how we relate to one another. Do you notice how people deliberately stand apart from others – creating what came to be known is as social distancing?

That the U.N. health agency’s stated the emergency phase was over doesn’t mean , the pandemic has come to an end – there are still outbreaks in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Refrigerated trailers had to be used to hold the bodies of Covid victims when funeral homes in the United States ran out of space.

WHO says thousands of people are still dying from the virus every week, and millions of others are suffering from debilitating, long-term effects.

“That does not mean COVID-19 is over as a global health threat,” said,Ghebreyesus; warning that new variants could yet emerge. He noted that while the official COVID-19 death toll was 7 million, the real figure was estimated to be at least 20 million.

Ghebreyesus said the pandemic had been on a downward trend for more than a year, acknowledging that most countries have already returned to life before COVID-19.

He bemoaned the damage that COVID-19 had done to the global community, saying the pandemic had shattered businesses, exacerbated political divisions, led to the spread of misinformation and plunged millions into poverty.

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Burlington MPP Natalie Pierre is expected to be in the Legislature on Monday - how will she react to medical service people in Public Gallery ?

By Pepper Parr

May 5th, 2023



Next Monday a large group of people who oppose what the provincial government wants to do to the health system we have will do their best to fill parts of the Public Gallery in the Legislature .

Natalie Pierre speaking at Queen’s Park

While the group sits in the Gallery Natalie Pierre will be in her seat and when there is a vote she will stand and vote with the government and I wonder how she will feel.

I met with Natalie for a very short period of time during the election.  I was impressed – there was a sense of empathy that I felt during the short period of time I was able to talk with her.

There was supposed to be a longer follow up interview with Natalie but her handlers made sure that didn’t happen.

Natalie was new to the game and chose to follow directions rather than follow her instincts and inquire.

Her years at Sheridan College, where she worked in Human Relations, was a time when she developed the ability to listen.

I find myself wondering what Natalie will think is as she glances at the people in the Gallery and wondering if she will ask herself: Am I serving those people or am I one of a number of people in this place, here to support a government that I am a part of ?

The woman who represented Burlington before Natalie was elected didn’t have the ability to understand what people wanted or needed.  She was an MPP looking out for herself.

The sense I gained when I talked to Natalie was that she was genuine; real and capable of knowing what people needed.

I expect Natalie will vote with the government knowing full well that to not vote will kill and chance she might have to grow is as a legislator.

My early sense was that this one was different.

There has not been an opportunity to interview Natalie since she was elected. Whatever her office sends out to media doesn’t come our way.

It has been our practice to publish the maiden speech of every member of both Parliament and Queen’s Park.  We were in touch with Natalie’s office asking if they would let us know when she was to speak.

We didn’t hear from her office then and you didn’t get to hear what she had to say.

So far the voice of Natalie Pierre has not been that strong.

We understand that some people, elected to serve the public, aren’t comfortable with the way we report events.  Their job is not to be comfortable but to be available to accredited media.

Were we to publish puff pieces often enough we would be made very welcome.

Our approach it to work at doing our best to inform the public so that they can make informed decisions.

Going forward we will work a little harder at getting through to Natalie Pierre.

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

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Health Care Coalition wants to fill Public Gallery in Legislature protesting Ford government's hospital privatization bill

By Staff

May 5th, 2023



Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition executive director is advising anyone at all interested in what happens to the health and hospital service we have in Ontario that on Monday (May 8) the final vote on Bill 60, the Ford government’s hospital privatization bill will be held in the Ontario Legislature.

The coalition will be holding a press conference in the media studio at Queen’s Park at 9 a.m. at the invitation of the NDP. We are inviting members and supporters to come at 8:30 a.m. to get through security and attend the press conference.

Following the press conference we will be filling one of the galleries in the Ontario Legislature at 10 a.m.

The Opposition Parties will welcome us into the Legislature at 10 a.m. They will be demanding answers of the government regarding Bill 60 during Question Period (10:30 a.m. – noon).

Everyone who comes will be able to leave their things in an office at the Legislature that is pre-arranged.

The vote on Bill 60 will be at or around 1 p.m. People can stay for as much or little of these events as they wish. It would be great to have a significant presence in the Legislature on Monday.

Everyone who would like to come should send their full name in an email to by Friday (today) mid to late afternoon so that we can get the list to security so people can get in quickly. (You are, of course, able to go to the Public Galleries without pre-arrangement if you want.) Please note in the subject line: “Bill 60 Queen’s Park” so we can easily find your email!

This is an event that matters.

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Burlington area Spelling Bee finalist named: Finals will take place May 28th

By Staff

May 4th, 2023



They are kind of old school – not the kind of thing that students get excited about.

But they are fine examples of people with very good minds and the ability to do some hard work.

Truth be told – it is real talent.

The Spelling Bee of Canada will host its National Championship Competition on Sunday, May 28th at the Sheraton Parkway in Richmond Hill, ON.
Following a series of regional chapter spelling bee competitions across the country, 60 finalists (20 per age category) have made it through to the next round and are set to compete at the championship this month. The Burlington area finalists are:

Burlington / Milton / Hamilton, ON

Kiash Das (Age 7) – Primary
Temisan Johnson (Age 11) – Junior
Jaral Nathan C. Lasquite (Age 14) – Intermediate

Spelling Bee of Canada’s 36th Annual Championship will take place in-person on Sunday, May 28th at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites in Richmond Hill. The event will be live-streamed on, CBC Gem and on the SBOC YouTube channel.

Spelling Bee of Canada organizes a variety of competitions and programming aimed at children between 6-14 years of age. The participants are placed into one of three categories: Primary age 6 to 8, Junior age 9 to 11 or, Intermediate age 12 to 14, to vie for cash, trophies and prizes.

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Council zips through a necessary meeting in 8 minutes so that tax bills, due June 21st, can be mailed today

By Pepper Parr

May 4th, 2023



The item on the Agenda was time sensitive and needed to be ratified before the scheduled meeting on May 16.

The one item from the Corporate Services Strategy Risk and Accountability meeting of May 3; the 2023 Tax Levy Bylaw. The motion is to approve the bylaw for which there has to be a recorded vote.

Mayor asks if there are any questions of Staff.

Councillor Kearns: Why am I here?

Councillor Kearns: I recognize that we’re in a pre scheduled special meeting of Council. I’m just wondering from staff, is there anything that could have been done to ratify this within a regular Council cycle ?

I’m curious why we’re here today.

City treasurer Joan Ford

Joan Ford, Chief Financial Officer responds.

We do need to get this ratified by council so that we can prepare the tax bills and send them out by the end of the month for a June 21 due date, September. 21st due date.

The reason we weren’t able to make the April council meeting is we needed to wait until the region ratified there tax levy. That was done mid April.

Mayor turns it to the clerk for the recorded vote. Everyone votes for the motion

Mayor adjourns the Special Council meeting which lasted a mere 8 minutes – the tax bills can be printed and get mailed to you sooner than you think.

The City of Burlington collects property taxes for the city, Halton Region, and the Halton district school boards. The total combined tax levy for all three organizations is approximately $486.1 million. The city’s levy is $219.2 million. The city collects $150.1 million on behalf of Halton Region and $116.8 million on behalf of the Halton district school boards. The taxes levied for Halton Region and the Halton district school boards are sent to them.

All this happened because Lisa Kearns was there.


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All Guilds Show at the Art Gallery Opens May 6th

By Staff

May 4th, 2023


This annual exhibition celebrates the guilds who make, learn, share, and teach at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Arts Burlington includes

Burlington Fine Arts Association,

Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild,

Latow Photographers Guild,

Burlington Potters Guild,

Burlington Rug Hooking Craft Guild,

Burlington Sculptors and Carvers.

Opening Reception: Saturday May 6, 1 – 4pm

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Large long term care close to the hospital seems stalled - rumoured water table issues

By Pepper Parr

May 3rd, 2023



It wasn’t an attractive building and it got put on hold when the city introduced an Interim by law that put everything on hold back in

At that time Amica argued that the need for additional long term care facilities was important enough for them to be excused from the Interim bylaw.

The rendering reminded one of the Soviet era brutalist style architecture – nothing very welcoming to the place.

Council didn’t buy it.

The development application was taking longer than many people expected including the residents of the Co-op housing development: these were the people who were going to be bought out, the building demolished so that shovels could be put in the ground.

Nothing happened.

Then we learned that there was a rumour – and that is all it is at this point that “they found some sort of mineral in the surrounding soil (I think it was magnesium) that is at a high concentrate and due to the high water table they have to build holding ponds to filter out the minerals before they pump it out to the lake. The cost of this added several million dollars and

“I was told that Amico was considering their options.”

Our source added: “… when I first heard this on our street I didn’t think much of it but since the demolition of the CO-OP building … there’s been zero activity. All the construction trailers are gone.”

Now there is just rubble and yellow tape. This makes me wonder that perhaps there is an issue. There should be construction in full swing right now.”

The development was a partnership between Spruce Partners Inc. and Amico Properties Inc.  Bousfields Inc., are the Planning Consultants – they have always been stingy when it comes to handing out information

No word yet from the Planning consultant or either of the partners.


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Write here - write now Library writing contest. Register before the end of the month

By Staff

May 3rd, 2023



Do you have a story to tell? Then, get ready to share your talents with us! Burlington Public Library’s annual writing contest is open to everyone ages 10 and up, including adults. We can’t wait to read your short stories, poems, and comics. Entries must be received by midnight on Wednesday, May 31 to be eligible for judging.

Burlington Public Library stands by the basic principles of intellectual freedom and the open exchange of information. The writing contest is an open forum for writers to express their ideas and creativity.

Contest Details

• Entrants must live, work, or attend school in Burlington.
• All short stories, comics, and poems must be unpublished, original work of the entrant. Fan fiction is not accepted.
• Only one entry per category will be accepted.
• Digital submissions only. Please get in touch with us if you cannot create a digital copy of your work.
• Entries will be reviewed, shortlisted, and judged by a team of library professionals; their decisions are final.
• All participants with a shortlisted submission will receive a copy of the judges’ comments on their submission(s).
• The Library will notify the winner in each category, and post their submission on our website.
• By entering this contest, you permit BPL to use your name for promotional purposes, including the Library’s print, visual, or electronic/online media.

Judging Categories & Awards
• Short story: Ages 10-12, 13-17, 18+
• Poem: Ages 10-12, 13-17, 18+
• Comics: Ages 10-12, 13-17, 18+

Link to registration site.


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Another way to get around town: Presto!

By Staff

May 3rd, 2023



The Ontario government is making it easier to take transit by giving riders more ways to pay.

That green card is no longer the only way to pay for your ride.

Riders on GO Transit, UP Express, Brampton Transit, Burlington Transit, Durham Region Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, MiWay in Mississauga, Oakville Transit and York Region Transit can pay fares by tapping a debit card on a PRESTO device, including debit cards on a smartphone or smartwatch.

“This latest milestone for the PRESTO system gives transit riders yet another convenient payment option when travelling for work, school, leisure, and more,” said Stan Cho, Associate Minister of Transportation.

Riders can also use debit payment on paratransit services in Burlington, Durham Region, Hamilton, York Region, Oakville, and Ottawa. The new debit payment option comes as PRESTO reports a million card taps on its devices since the launch of credit card payment in August 2022.

The Ontario government is also working with the Toronto Transit Commission to introduce both credit and debit payment options for Toronto transit riders this summer.

When transit authorities add Interac Debit, they are offering riders a payment method that almost 30 million Canadians already use for day-to-day transactions. Interac is proud to play a part in supporting the needs of transit riders in Ontario.”

What the announcement doesn’t say is how much the city of Burlington pays to give Presto access to its collection system. It isn’t cheap.

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Hospital wants to dump municipal representation on its Board

By Pepper Parr

May 3rd, 2023



Most people probably do not know that the Joseph Brant Hospital is a non-profit corporation. You would’ realize that when you pay for parking over there.

There is an item in the agenda of the Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk & Accountability Standing Committee related to the governance of the hospital that recently completed a governance compliance review that proposed amendments to Joseph Brant Hospital Administrative By-laws one of which is to:

Approve the recommendation outlined in Appendix A to office of the city clerk report CL- 11-23, Briefing Note dated April 18, 2023 regarding a recent Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) compliance exercise, and proposed amendments to Joseph Brant Hospital Administrative By-laws, one of which is to discontinue the Municipal Representative seat on the Joseph Hospital Board and adopt a practice of inviting the Joseph Brant Hospital Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer annually to a Council meeting to provide updates on the Hospital and its future directions.

Everything city Council does is expected to align with the Vision to Focus, which is the part of the Strategic Plan Council focuses on during its term of office.

The report presented to Council had the following two lines:

Alignment: Delete this line and the areas that do not apply.
Building more citizen engagement, community health and culture

The Hospital included Briefing notes on how and why they made the decision they made. The bulk of those notes are set out below. The full briefing note is available on the city web site.

A rendering of the hospital before the addition was completed. At that time the hospital was reaching out to the public for donations.

“As part of its By-law review, the OTF discussed the size and composition of the Board and independent Counsel recommended the Hospital contact the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) on best practices related to the role of municipal representatives on skills-based Boards.

“With regard to the composition of the Board, which currently includes an appointed position of a Municipal Representative as well as ex-officio (non-voting) positions as stipulated within the Public Hospitals Act (Regulation 965), the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) provided guidance that Hospitals have increasingly moved away from having ‘non-legislative’ positions on the Board as best practice to Boards that are resourced based on skills and to avoid any inherent or systemic conflicts that would arise from political appointees and special interest groups vis- a-vis the Board.

Eric Vandewall addressing a reception that was waiting for a provincial minister to show up and announce a large chunk of cash the province was handing over to the hospital.

“The OHA referenced the Guide to Good Governance which supports having a skills-based board as best practice. Further, with regards to ex-officio positions on the board from government or other such entities, the Board “should question why it has specific ex-officio positions and consider whether other actions might be more appropriate to maintain strong relationships”. The OHA noted in its Guide to Good Governance that “best practice in hospital governance is to recruit a skills-based board that is independent of any one interest group” and noted the inherent risk that ex-officio directors will have a greater potential for conflict.

He loves the hospital – does the hospital love him?

“More specifically, the OHA noted that “this is particularly evident where members of local government…feel a conflict between duty to the electorate and a duty to the hospital”. The OHA further noted that “it is important that a board be comprised of individuals with the skills, experience, qualities and diversity that are appropriate for the hospital’s mission, objectives and strategic directions”.

“The OHA had also confirmed that “the majority of Hospitals had some time ago shifted away from having Municipal, special interest groups and political appointees on Boards due to systemic conflicts.” This was done along with other considerations to ensure that these types of groups remain aligned with the hospital but not necessarily with a seat on the Board. The Board’s independent Counsel bolstered this view in the advice provided.

“Joseph Brant Hospital, as similar to other Ontario Hospitals, had historically had open memberships whereby members of the Community can purchase, for a nominal fee, a membership which would allow them to attend meetings and have a vote on hospital affairs.

“Over time, like most Ontario Hospitals, JBH became a closed membership whereby the Hospital Membership and the Board of Directors are the same. In his 2008 Annual Report, the Auditor General recognized “the challenging position in which ex-officio directors are placed when specific interests of the group they represent are in conflict with the hospital’s and the community’s best interest”. Once the Hospital moved away from open membership, some legacy ex-officio positions on the Board including the Hospital Foundation, the Hospital Auxiliary and Municipal Representative remained in the By- laws.

Interesting to note that the hospital met with the Mayor and ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna separately – six weeks apart.  Any idea why ?

The Board Chair, Randy Smallbone and Eric Vandewall President and CEO, met with Mayor Meed-Ward on February 3, 2023 to discuss discontinuation of the Municipal seat on the Hospital Board. On March 14, 2023, Board Chair Randy Smallbone and Eric Vandewall met Councilor Angelo Bentivegna to discuss discontinuation of the Municipal seat on the JBH Board.

Both Mayor Meed-Ward and Councillor Bentivegna appreciated the opportunity to hear from JBH in the regard, they understood the rationale and importance of best practices in governance, and both endorsed the hospital’s decision to proceed in this direction.

It was also agreed by both Mayor Meed-Ward and Councillor Bentivegna that based on the Board’s decision to update the Hospital By-law and discontinue the Municipal seat on the Board, that every effort will be made to ensure that the ongoing positive relationship between the Hospital and the City of Burlington continue.

Specifically, it was agreed that the City will invite the Hospital Board Chair and CEO on an annual basis to update Council on the hospital and its future directions. In addition, on a bi-annual basis, the Board Chair, Vice Chair and CEO will have a joint meeting with the Mayor and the Acting Deputy Mayor of Ceremonies and Emergencies to discuss any pertinent matters.

This is a story you might really want to comment on.

The Hospital is requesting a Motion of Endorsement from the City of the Burlington Council as follows:

THAT Council for the City of Burlington endorse the Joseph Brant Hospital Board of Directors decision to discontinue the Municipal Representative seat on the Hospital Board and THAT the Hospital commits to continuing its engagement and ongoing positive relationship with the City of Burlington.

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Spectator tells the story about conditions at the hospital

Hospital CEO, Mayor and Councillor on the hospital board refuse to comment on what was a scathing report

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City unable to work with developer: votes to refuse a demolition permit for Brant Street property

By Pepper Parr

May 2nd, 2023



City council has a policy of saving as much of the city’s heritage as possible. Some developers work with the city – others fight them every foot of the way.

A rendering of the 31 storey tower the developer want to build.

The Camero development at 795 Brant (at the intersection of Brant and Prospect) is one of the examples where the developer has dug in their heels and seems prepared to spend whatever it takes to get their way – which is to demolish the two storey house on the property and build a 31 story building on the site with 356 residential units.

The house the developer want to demolish as it stands today. The city wants to see the facade at least kept and included in the final plans.

Constructed in 1854, the house, according to a Staff report has significant heritage value.

On Sept. 21, 2022 the owner filed an application for an Official Plan Amendment and a Zoning By-law; The proposed new building did not incorporate the existing heritage structure. The application was deemed complete on Sept. 23, 2023.
On Dec. 13, 2022, City Council stated its intention to designate the property, and on Jan. 24, 2023 passed heritage designation bylaw No. 03-2023.

City Council did not decide on the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment Applications within 120 days after they were deemed complete as required by the Planning Act, and on Jan. 27, 2023 the owner appealed Council’s non-decision to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT).

On Feb. 28, 2023, the property owner appealed the heritage designation to the OLT.

On Mar. 8, 2023, the owner submitted a heritage permit to facilitate the demolition of the heritage designated building.

On Apr. 12, 2023, the Heritage Burlington Advisory Committee (HBAC) reviewed the application and recommended that City Council decline the application.

Provincial Policy Statement, 2020 is very clear: Significant built heritage resources and significant cultural heritage landscapes shall be conserved.

The heritage value of 795 Brant St. has been established in two separate consultant reports. It meets six out of nine criteria for heritage designation under Ontario Regulation 9/06, whereas only two are required. The building is an early example of a brick-built vernacular Georgian house with a symmetrical three-bay façade. It was constructed by James Cushie Bent and Jabez Bent between 1854 and 1855 using brick manufactured on the site

It is historically significant in the following ways, among others:

The property is a physical reminder of the market gardening industry in Burlington; the agricultural output of the 53-acre property was substantial;

The building was prominently featured in the 1973 Centennial documentary “The Eyes of Memory and is one of only three heritage properties (1134 Plains Road East, 2021 Blairholm Avenue, 736 King Road) currently within the City of Burlington that were nineteenth century fruit farms of early settlers that produced goods for the market garden industry. It is the last visibly historic building on this section of Brant St.

A 1902 photograph of the house when the property was a large 53 acre garden market that had a substantial output.

Heritage Impact Statement Conservation Options
Consultants hired by the city had proposed to the owner that the new development retain the original 1854 house facing Brant St., provided the brick could be conserved; the developer claims the brick is beyond repair – Staff report that they do not see any evidence to support the claim.

The Ontario Heritage Act requires that the City approve or decline a heritage permit application no more than 90-days after a heritage permit submission is deemed “complete”. If a decision is not made in this time frame, Council is deemed to have “consented” to the application.

Staff sent the applicant a notice of completeness on Mar. 23, 2023 confirming that the application was complete on Mar. 8, 2023, which is considered “Day 1” of the required 90-day period. Day 90 will be June 6, 2023.

Once a decision is made, the owner has the option to appeal the decision to the OLT within 30 days.

Options Considered
Option 1- Decline the Application (Recommended)
Staff are recommending that Council decline the application, consistent with the PPS, 2020 and the Burlington Official Plan, which require that significant built heritage resources be conserved and their heritage attributes protected.

Option 2- Approve the Application (Not recommended)
Approving the demolition of a designated heritage building, which multiple heritage professionals have confirmed is worthy of protection, is not consistent with provincial and municipal policy and is not recommended.

The Heritage Burlington Advisory Committee recommends that City Council refuse the application for a heritage permit to demolish the two-storey Georgian- style brick house at 795 Brant St.

John Reilly, the Staff member with the best understanding of the file and is understood to be one of the team talking to the developer set out for Council where things stood and why he brought forward the recommendation to not approve a recommendation to demolish the heritage designated property

The file has an extensive history.  The city did not act on the OP amendment or the Zoning Bylaw Amendment which were then appealed to the OLT for a non decision.  The applicant then submitted a heritage alteration permit requesting permission to demolish the building which is the application before Council today.

Built between 1854 and 1855. Staff believe the property has historical value as a local landmark and would like to see some part of the structure built into the tower they want to build.
Reilly explained that the team on the project has done their best to convince the developer to work with the city to incorporate changes.

Nothing so far.

There is a lot of development planned in the area.

Reilly explained: “Situated on the property in a way that makes it relatively easy to conserve, the applicant objects to the designation and is planning to demolish the building because there is some damaged masonry on facades of the building. Staff have considered these objections. the areas of damaged brick are fairly minor. We’re not looking at 100% or anywhere close to that 100% of brick being damaged or stalled or cracked.

“We’re looking at specific areas of each facade that where there are some bricks in need of replacement or repair many of the alterations or you know evidence of age that the applicant is citing are repairable these are the alterations many of them are reversible windows are easily replaced. For example, paint can be removed from brick or a building can be repainted in a more sympathetic colour or historically appropriate colour. Staffs view, is that this building is not beyond repair . The building occupies less than 3% of the site and we haven’t been presented with any new evidence in the form of an engineer report that would tell us that the building is about to fall down or is past the point of saving.”

Staff are recommending that council refuse this heritage permit application to demolish the building.

The development is in ward 2 however the Mayor was the only person who asked questions.

“Your report mentions that refusing the demolition will create another appeal opportunity and can you just specify what that is?

Reilly: “There would be an opportunity for the applicant to appeal to the Ontario land tribunal.

He imagined that all the appeals would be merged into one hearing, assuming the developer actually appealed the decision council was about to make when the report gets to Council later in the month.

Core Development has kept the Carriage Gate restaurant and included it in their development situated between Lakeshore Road and Old Lakeshore Road.

“Our goal is for them to incorporate this into a development” which, we have seen take place at other development; the Beausoleil at Pearl and Lakeshore and the Core development on old Lakeshore Road that has included the Carriage House restaurant into their development.

Reilly – there are many conservation options and we’ve signalled flexibility throughout every meeting that we’ve had with the applicant.

The Mayor moves the motion and comments that “your rationale is entirely defensible”, adding “We have seen how well development can be incorporated into heritage redevelopment and the best example currently which is really exciting to see in real time is the Pearl and Lake Shore redevelopment adding that she has “never believed that it’s either preserve heritage or have redevelopment.”

“I believe there’s a win win here. And staff have been very clear about encouraging the applicant to go for the win win. “I continue to encourage them to incorporate this into a redevelopment and redo their plans. So fingers crossed, but I certainly support what we have here.”

With no further comments the vote was called to refuse the heritage permit application for demolition of 795 Brant street

The hands were raised – it passed and that was it for the day.

It was a short agenda that ran for less than an hour.

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