Best post card you have seen in years - your city in one minute

By Pepper Parr

January 17th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It’s a one minute video, done by Tony Hill.

The screen changes so fast – you look for a pause button to slow it down.

This is your city and you want to enjoy it.

For those who want to tell other people, family and relatives, where you live this is the best post card you are going to get your hands on

Click HERE – and enjoy.

Share it widely.

 

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PA day schedule changed to accommodate the solar eclipse

By Staff

January 17th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton District School Board (HDSB) and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) jointly announce that the Professional Activity (PA) Day initially scheduled for Monday, April 22, 2024 has been rescheduled to Monday, April 8, 2024. This decision was made in consultation with Halton Student Transportation Services.

This change is due to a total solar eclipse taking place on Monday, April 8. The eclipse is expected to begin at approximately 2 p.m. and end around 4:30 p.m., coinciding with student dismissal times and blocking all sunlight during this time.

By rescheduling the PA Day to coincide with the eclipse, we mitigate possible transportation and safety concerns and challenges for families that could arise as a result of the darkness that would be experienced during school dismissal time. As noted on the Government of Canada’s website, there are risks associated with viewing a solar eclipse. Directly looking at the sun, even during an eclipse, without appropriate protection can lead to severe eye damage or loss of eyesight.

While we recognize the inconvenience this rescheduling may cause, both HCDSB and HDSB are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of our students, families and staff.

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Will the Mayor use her Strong Mayor powers to keep the people in ward 5 happy

By Pepper Parr

January 16th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The good folks in the Bromley – Linwood neighbourhoods of ward 5 for the most part did not want sidewalks on their streets.

Despite the efforts of the ward Councillor Paul Sharman there will be sidewalks in the communities UNLESS the Mayor decides, during the lunch break they are currently on, to use her Strong Mayor powers – which she can do.

Let’s see how that goes later today.

This evening and tomorrow we will prepare news reports on what kept council at their desks for close to four hours in this one issue.

 

 

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Rent Increases: all residential property types in Canada increased by 9% in 2023.

By Staff

January 16, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The National Rent Report charts and analyzes monthly, quarterly and annual rates and trends in the rental market on a national, provincial, and municipal level.

  1. Average asking rents for all residential property types in Canada increased by 9% in 2023.
  2. The average asking rent reached a record high of $2,178 in December 2023, showing an 8.6% increase from the previous year.
  3. Traditional purpose-built rental apartments experienced the fastest growth, with a 12.8% increase in 2023.
  4. Alberta had the fastest-growing rents for purpose-built and condominium apartments, recording a 15.6% annual increase.

Mississauga finished 4th out of 35 cities in the month of December. The average 1 bedroom rent was $2371, which was a 2.1% increase month-over-month, and 10.5% increase year-over-year, while the average 2 bedroom rent was $2749, which was a -2.9% decrease month-over-month, and a 7.5% increase year-over-year.

Burlington finished 6th out of 35 cities in the month of December. The average 1 bedroom rent was $2211, which was a 0.4% increase month-over-month, and 3.6% increase year-over-year, while the average 2 bedroom rent was $2523, which was a -0.4% decrease month-over-month, and a -0.9% decrease year-over-year.

Click HERE to see all the data. Click on the graphic when it appears

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Outrageous isn't enough. Changes are needed before we run out of time

By Pepper Parr

January 16th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

OPINION

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives started the new year with a bang: On January 2nd they launched their annual CEO pay report, Canada’s New Gilded Age, which reveals that Canada’s highest-paid 100 CEOs make 246 times more than the average worker.

Those 100 CEOs were paid an average of $14.9 million—setting a new all-time high. Top CEOs are making $7,162 per hour, meaning it only takes eight hours to make what the average worker earns after an entire year’s worth of work.

To look at the details click HERE.

That data is outrageous.

Certainly outrageous but also very dangerous.  The number of people earning those exceptionally high salaries while thousands are not certain they are going to be able to keep the homes they have been making mortgage payments on for a decade.  A society can’t function with this kind of imbalance.

The tax system gives the federal government the power to create a more level distribution of money.

But the government hasn’t been doing that.

Nor has the federal government been keeping the promises it made.

When Rogers took over Shaw the public was told that internet access and cell phone costs would not increase.

Remember when the federal government summoned all the heads of the supermarkets to Ottawa to demand that changes be made to the way food was being priced?

Have you seen anything positive done on either of those issues?

There comes a point when the public doesn’t want to put up with the failed promise delivery. Trust in government is diminishing.

If you want to understand what can happen when that trust disappears – just look south.

The CCPA report dominated the media market, garnering 2,195 media mentions in the first two weeks of January alone. That’s 48 per cent higher than last year.

Among those thousands of media hits, CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald spoke with the CBC’s As It Happens and continues responding to interview requests even today.

The CCPA maintain they are not just making an impact in the media, they argue that their research feeds movements: both the Council of Canadians and Lead Now have launched campaigns mobilizing Canadians to pressure the government for measures that would disincentivize extreme CEO compensation.

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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Michael Paletta and his wife Laura donate $5 million to hospital Mental Health and Addictions program

By Staff

January 16th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

From left to right: Joseph Brant Hospital CEO Eric Vandewall, Michael Paletta, Laura Paletta and Anissa Hilborn, Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation President & CEO.

“Our family has felt firsthand the impact of mental illness, and understands the value of innovative and lifesaving care,” said Michael. “Laura and I firmly believe that this campaign has the ability to transform lives and help make Joseph Brant Hospital a world-class provider of mental health and addictions care right here in Burlington.”

This gift recognizes an urgent and growing need to redevelop JBH’s Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) program space to create therapeutic facilities that ensure a dignified, respectful, person-centred experience.

The three core elements of the redevelopment project include a relocation and expansion of the Inpatient Mental Health and Addictions Unit with the addition of a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a relocation of some of the Outpatient Mental Health Unit, and the addition of a new Child and Youth Mental Health Day Hospital.

“We are truly honoured and grateful to have received this gift. Michael and Laura’s support, passion and commitment to improving mental health and addictions care in our community is inspiring,” said Anissa Hilborn, Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation President & CEO. “In recognition of this transformational gift, once complete the new unit will be named the Michael & Laura Paletta Mental Health & Addictions Unit.”

Mental illness affects all Canadians at some time either through their own experience, or that of a family member, friend or colleague. In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health illness, and by age 40, about 50% of the population will have had or being living with a mental illness.

JBH has a vision to build a modern, person-centred facility that is purposefully designed to instill hope and support healing, and that is consistent with the program philosophy to provide the safest and most dignified care to patients.

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Burlington Civic Chorale up for their 30th anniversary Valentine Cabaret

By Staff

January 16th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Burlington Civic Chorale community choir is celebrating their 30th anniversary this season.

They rehearse and present their concerts at St. Christopher’s on the Guelph Line; 95% of their members live in Burlington.

Their annual Valentine Cabaret and Silent Auction is coming up in February.  Note the date – this is one of those worthwhile events.

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Gazette readership didn't get excited over the $21 million the federal government sent to the City

By Pepper Parr

January 16th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Gazette readership didn’t think very much about the $21 million that the federal government delivered yesterday.

Joe Gaetan, a frequent comment contributor asked “ Exactly how is $4,200 on a $500,000 house spread over 10 years a meaningful investment when inflation at 3% will gobble up most of the benefit. This is nothing more than an attempt at vote getting for the next election.

Adding: “What a bunch of hogwash. First of all Ontario has had an intensification mandate in place going back a number of years. As well if anyone is paying attention much of the housing is along transit routes.

“Then there is the 5,000 homes at a cost of $21 million over 10 years, or $4,200 per unit that will be peanut buttered over the next 10 years at $420.00 per home per year. This propaganda is not worth the cyber space that was foisted upon us.

Media taking notes during the federal funding announcement.

“My favourite phrase has to be “ changing how cities let housing get built” fact of the matter is municipalities have been the roadblock and the feds have zero jurisdiction. How about changing how federal government spending is out of control.

Another reader who has been very influential and effective with his comments on the developments taking place on the eastern side of Spencer Smith Park asks: “Is the Trudeau government not the one that has recently facilitated record-high immigration (> 1,000,000/yr. incl. non-permanent) without planning for any additional housing or hospital beds?

“Does Karina Gould actually think that investing borrowed money now to fix a problem that the Liberals exacerbated will cause Canadians to forget her government’s gross incompetence and their personal financial pain at the next election? I’m sorry, for me it’s just “too little, too late”!

Not exactly votes of confidence.  To date there hasn’t been a single positive comment on the federal funding

 

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Hamilton School Board trustees considering a change in Conduct Code that would limit what they can say to the public

By Pepper Parr

January 16th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

My colleague at the Bay Observer wrote in a recent article that a Committee of the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board took part in a lengthy debate about the role of trustees in expressing opinions in public with the media regarding board policy matters.

Under language being considered Trustees would be discouraged from expressing opinions on matters before the board prior to the matter being voted upon.

Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Trustee Dawn Danko

Trustee Dawn Danko said  “individual trustees who share their opinions with the media before a vote are being “self-serving, as opposed to serving the board.” The remarks came as trustees were considering revisions to the Trustees’ Code of Conduct.

Trustee Todd White clearly disagreed with the opinion that would place restrictions on board-media interactions; but board chair Maria Felix-Miller liked Danko’s idea stating, “We’re not city councillors, so we really shouldn’t be behaving like city councillors. We are a board of — trustees is the word — essentially advisers,” she said.

Paul Berton, Editor Hamilton Spectator

In a letter written by Hamilton Spectator Editor-in-Chief Paul Berton and signed by Greg O’Brien and Scott Monich. News directors of CHCH and CHML respectively, Berton writes, “It has come to our attention that the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (“HWDSB” or the “Board”) is considering amendments to its Trustee Policy Manual that would restrict the ability of Trustees to communicate directly with members of the media. We write to voice serious concerns about this proposal.”

Berton’s view was that the proposed policy would be a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He wrote, “In our view, the proposed amendment to prohibit trustees communicating with the media without the prior approval/direction of the Chair would unjustifiably violate s. 2(b) of the Charter.”

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – in place to protect the rights of the public.

The letter concluded, “Prohibiting trustees from speaking to the media directly and from offering their personal views without prior approval would significantly hamper the media’s ability to keep the public apprised of developments in local politics, lessen the board’s public accountability, and would decrease political participation for the trustees, the press, and the public.

Berton urged the Board to “reconsider these proposals in a way that recognizes and respects the Charter right of freedom of expression and the role of the free press in reporting on local government.”

The Gazette hasn’t heard of anything like this at the Halton District School Board.  We will check out what local trustees have to say.

 

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New Democrats want Ford to extend CEBA, a federal loan program, until the end of 2024. 

By Pepper Parr

January 15th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition NDP, joined MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre), Critic for Small Business, and local business leaders to call for support as businesses face an existential threat from looming federal loan deadline amidst a growing affordability crisis.

Leader of the NDP Opposition wants province to extend a federal loan program. What?

“This should be a wake-up call for the provincial government,” said Stiles. “Ford’s Conservatives are quick to extend lifelines to billion-dollar big box stores while leaving small business owners in the lurch. We implore this government to work with small business owners – not against them – to explore other ways we can support them in this difficult economy, step in before it’s too late for Ontario’s small businesses.”

Stiles and Wong-Tam called on the province to join the NDP’s call for an extension of the CEBA loan deadline until the end of 2024.

“CEBA was a life raft for small businesses during an incredibly difficult time,” said Wong-Tam. “The province is not powerless here; let’s work together to connect small businesses to more Ontario-made supply chains to further boost our economy and keep jobs in our province. And it’s time we start looking much more closely at commercial rent control to help save Ontario’s main streets from closure after closure after closure.”

Instead of supporting small businesses, Ford’s Conservatives are rewarding their corporate CEO friends at Shoppers, Staples, and Walmart.

On a personal note it took me mere minutes to register and by a Presto pass at a Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Public School Registration Now Open for Fall 2024 Kindergarten Classes

By Staff

January 15th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton District School Board (HDSB) is now accepting registrations for Junior (Year 1) and Senior (Year 2) Kindergarten for September 2024.

Registration can be completed online or in-person. Parents/guardians are asked to register their child for school by Feb. 1, 2024 or as soon as possible.

Learning to read: a skill that will be with them for the rest of their life. Imagine not being able to read – it happens.

Families can learn about Kindergarten in the HDSB by visiting the Registering for Kindergarten page on the HDSB website (hdsb.ca). Parents/guardians can pre-register their child online through the Register My Child for School page. To register for school in-person, use the Find My Local School tool on the HDSB website to determine your child’s home school and contact the school for additional information.

If you are new and/or returning to Ontario, please use the Where Do I Register Tool to guide you to where to begin your registration process (e.g. your home school OR at the HDSB Welcome Centre).

Please have the following original documents when registering:

  • Proof of address (any two of the following current documents): lease or deed, car registration, utility bill, residential telephone bill, moving bill, property tax bill, bank statement, credit card statement, correspondence with a government agency
  • Proof of age: birth certificate or passport or baptismal/faith record for your child
  • Proof of citizenship: birth certificate or passport, Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Permanent Resident card
  • If you are not the child’s parent, or if you have sole custody, please bring proof of custody (court order).

To register to begin school in Fall 2024, Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) children must be four years old by Dec. 31, 2024, and Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) children must be five years old by Dec. 31, 2024.

She just can’t wait to get into her classroom.

Parents/guardians who require language assistance to register their child for school can contact the Halton Multicultural Council at (905) 842-2486.

Parents/guardians who require accessibility accommodations to register their child for school can contact the Principal/Vice Principal of the school.

Background resources

Kindergarten

Registering for Kindergarten

Calling All Three-Year Olds

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With $21 million in the bank the city explains what they will do with those dollars

By Staff

January 15th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

City responds to the $21 million the Government of Canada provided to encourage more affordable homes for Burlington, built faster.

Local and federal politicians take part in $21 million funding announcement.

Representing the city at the announcement event were: the Honourable Minister Karina Gould, MP for Oakville North – Burlington Pam Damoff, Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Deputy Mayor of Housing, Burlington Ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte.

The funding is through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)’s Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF). HAF is an application-based program that provides funding directly to municipalities across the country to incentivize and support initiatives that will accelerate the supply of housing.

Action Plan for this investment in Burlington

These funds will support the implementation of some of the key actions in the City’s Housing Strategy, including expanding housing opportunities for Burlington residents by cutting red tape and implementing updated zoning.

As Burlington continues to grow, this significant investment will support the development of complete, low-carbon, and climate-resilient communities that are affordable, inclusive, equitable and diverse.

The City’s HAF Action Plan includes seven initiatives:

      1. Streamlining planning and building approval process.
      2. Implementing Major Transit Station Areas and Community Planning Permit System.
      3. Support and encourage the creation of additional residential units and consider opportunities to increase as of right permissions. Burlington is proposing four units as of right and a no parking minimum pilot within a specific geographic area.
      4. Identify opportunities to incentivize the creation of rental and non-market housing.
      5. Build community and partner capacity by creating a Housing Connections Centre.
      6. Public lands and partnerships.

One of the City’s proposed projects focuses around Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs) and the development of a new tool, the Community Planning Permit System (CPPS). This will allow for quicker approvals on high-density developments without the need for re-zoning.

Housing Connections Centre

Another key initiative to support this Action Plan is the Housing Connections Centre. This centre will provide residents and developers resources like:

      • standard unit designs
      • ways to connect with partners,
      • access to incentives, and
      • information about
        • the benefits of diverse neighbourhoods and
        • how creating new housing can provide options for all Burlington residents.
  • The Housing Accelerator Fund helps cut red tape and fast track at least 100,000 new homes for people in towns, cities, and Indigenous communities across the country. It asks for innovative action plans from local governments, and once approved, provides upfront funding to ensure the timely building of new homes, as well as additional funds upon delivering results. Every agreement under the Housing Accelerator Fund will require municipalities to end exclusionary zoning and encourage apartment building around public transit in order to help seniors, students, and families. Local governments are encouraged to think big and be bold in their approaches, which could include accelerating project timelines, allowing increased housing density, and encouraging affordable housing units.
  • Burlington’s Housing Strategy was approved by Council in June 2022. This strategy creates a road map and acts as a guiding document for housing needs in the City of Burlington. It will help the City to work towards meeting the housing needs of the community and move us closer to reaching our Vision for housing in Burlington.
  • In October, 2023, Burlington City Council unanimously approved a motion to declare its intention to allow four residential units per lot. The motion builds on the City’s recent update to the Additional Residential Unit policies of the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw to permit up to three residential units per urban residential lot which was approved by Council in September 2023. The motion also supported the City’s application to the Housing Accelerator Fund.

 

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward:  “This is a huge investment in building more homes, and especially more affordable homes, for our growing city. We can only do this with partnerships with all levels of government and the building industry. Together, we’re creating the Burlington of the future – a thriving community where everyone has access to a home they can afford. The funding will help us begin implementing some of the key actions identified in our City’s Housing Strategy. This is key to making sure we remain one of the most livable cities in Canada.”

Burlington Deputy Mayor of Housing, Ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte.

Burlington Deputy Mayor of Housing, Ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte: “The Housing Accelerator Fund is a tremendous opportunity for the City to begin to implement key actions identified in the City’s Housing Strategy. This funding is a testament to the contributions from the community and development partners who worked together to create a robust Housing Strategy to work toward our vision for housing: “Everyone is welcome in Burlington”. This program will drive systemic change and create the conditions needed to increase housing supply and affordability over both the short and long term.”

Executive Director of Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility, Brynn Nheiley.

Executive Director of Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility, Brynn Nheiley: “The Housing Accelerator Fund will allow us to focus on further streamlining our planning and building permit approvals process; implement the MTSA program; update our Zoning Bylaw and consider incentives for certain types of development. Under this funding, the City’s Action Plan includes a mix of initiatives that will result in some immediate increases in housing supply. Other projects will support improvements to the broader housing system and will take us into the future of housing in Burlington.”

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MP's provide some detail on that $21 million they delivered to Burlington

By Staff

January 15th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Burlington MP,Karina Gould announced today that “With federal funding and federal leadership, we are changing how cities let housing get built in their municipalities. With a greater focus on higher density housing, student housing, homes near transit and affordable housing, we are going to get more homes built for Canadians at prices they can afford.”

The Government of Canada and the City of Burlington announced that they reached an agreement to fast track more than 600 housing units over the next three years. This work will help spur the construction of more than 5,000 homes over the next decade.

The agreement under the Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF), will provide more than $21 million to eliminate barriers to building the housing we need, faster. Burlington’s Action Plan commits to seven local initiatives that support greater density, such as permitting four units as-of-right to encourage the creation of additional housing units on existing residential lots, and exploring opportunities to incentivize the creation of rental housing that is below market housing.

Through its Action Plan, Burlington will also create the Housing Connections Centre, enabling the city to act as a connector and a partner among the various players in the housing system. It will also streamline planning and building approvals processes, explore opportunities for partnerships on public land development, and address municipal infrastructure needs.

The transit hubs are where high density development is expected to take place.

HAF is helping cut red tape and fast track at least 100,000 permitted new homes over the first three years, which cities and regions estimate will lead to the creation of almost 450,000 permitted new homes for people in towns, cities, and Indigenous communities across Canada over the next decade. It asks for innovative action plans from local governments, and once approved, provides upfront funding to ensure the timely building of new homes, as well as additional funds upon delivering results. Local governments are encouraged to think big and be bold in their approaches, which could include accelerating project timelines, allowing increased housing density, and encouraging affordable housing units.

Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North—Burlington and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs)  explained: “We’re in a housing crisis and the only way we’re going to solve this challenge is by working together collaboratively and directly with municipalities who know the real needs of their communities. The Housing Accelerator Fund is an acknowledgement that the status quo in how we build homes is no longer acceptable. The City of Burlington has demonstrated leadership in working with our government to get more homes built for our community.”

The City of Burlington’s Action Plan will create major transit station areas; implement a community planning permit system, a land use planning tool to establish as-of-right zoning and site plan permissions that promote intensification in key areas and create more efficient and streamlined development approval process (45 days) in order to create more housing quicker; encourage and support the creation of additional residential units; and consider opportunities to allow for greater density on existing residential lots as-of-right. It will also identify opportunities to incentivize the creation of rental and housing that is below market housing, and build community and partner capacity by creating a Housing Connections Centre.

Launched in March 2023, the Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF) is a $4 billion initiative from the Government of Canada that will run until 2026-27.

The Housing Accelerator Fund is part of Canada’s National Housing Strategy (NHS), an $82+ billion plan to give more Canadians a place to call home. Progress on programs and initiatives are updated quarterly at placetocallhome.ca. The Housing Funding Initiatives Map shows affordable housing projects that have been developed.

As of September 30, 2023, the Government of Canada has committed over $38.89 billion to support the creation of almost 152,000 units and the repair of over 241,000 units. These measures prioritize those in greatest need, including seniors, Indigenous Peoples, people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and women and children fleeing violence.

Related news story.

Downtown development

 

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MP's deliver $21 million to spur the development of new housing in Burlington; builders are focused on the downtown core

By Pepper Parr

January 15th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The builders like it.

Federal MPs Pam Damoff and Karina Gould announced the City of Burlington will receive $21 million in Federal Funding through the Housing Accelerator Fund.

This funding will assist Burlington with their ambitious housing pledge of building 29,000 new homes over the next decade. Through CMHC, the Housing Accelerator Fund provides incentive funding to Burlington that is tied to the number of new housing starts the municipality can facilitate.

Downtown core development – nothing affordable about these two developments on Lakeshore Road and Martha. ADI on the right is nearing completion, Carriage Gate on the left is just a hole in the ground.

CMHC states the funding is to support “the development of complete, low-carbon and climate-resilient communities that are affordable, inclusive, equitable and diverse”.

The West End Home Builder’s Association (WE HBA) welcomes this federal investment in Burlington. “The City of Burlington and the development industry have been working under a renewed close partnership to facilitate the more than doubling our current rates of housing construction with a strong focus on bringing more units from the development pipeline through to the permit process.” noted CEO Mike Collins-Williams.

“This is a monumental task that requires collaboration between all three levels of government and the private sector. WE HBA is pleased to see the federal government coming to the table a significant amount of money to help us collectively facilitate the construction of significantly more homes”.

Burlington’s housing supply crisis means too many people are unable to find a home that meets their needs and budget. Addressing this crisis means ensuring more supply is built and is readily available. The Federal Housing Accelerator Fund will help fund infrastructure and remove barriers to the construction of new housing units.

ADI development nearing completion.

Carriage Gate development next to ADI development is just a hole on the ground. Nothing affordable about either development.

“The federal dollars will enable the City of Burlington to accelerate planning and permit approvals and upgrade infrastructure for new home construction in Burlington” WE HBA CEO Mike Collins-Williams noted. “This will enable our members to deliver on the ambitious city objective of 29,000 newly constructed homes over the next ten years.” The announcement will help set Burlington on the right path for ensuring more Burlingtonians can find a place to live, work, and raise a family.

Only time will tell if the federal money (that came from the pockets of taxpayers) will make a difference.  At this point Burlington doesn’t have much in the way of shovels in the ground.

Later today we expect there will be an announcement from the Mayor on how this new money will be put to work.

 

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Waste pick up schedule based on where you live.

By Staff

January 15th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

What garbage do you put out when?

Not information that is at your finger tips.

A quick click HERE will allow you to get a schedule based on where you live in the Region.

 

 

 

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Public school board revises meeting schedule for a three month trial period

By Staff

January 15th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton District School Board Trustee meeting schedule has been revised for a three month trial period to determine if meeting efficiency can be improved and processes streamlined. Following the three-month trial period, the feasibility of continuing with a revised schedule will be reviewed by the Board.

Among these changes, the public session of meetings will begin at 6 p.m.  The trial period will run through the months of February, March and April.

The revised meeting schedule is as follows:

February 7 – Board meeting 

February 21 – Committee of the Whole meeting 

March 6 – Board meeting 

March 20 – Committee of the Whole meeting 

April 3 – Board meeting 

April 17 – Committee of the Whole meeting 

For the full schedule of meetings, view the HDSB Calendar and visit the Board Agenda and Minutes webpage for additional information.

HDS Board of trustees chair Amy Collard

Board of trustees chair Amy Collard said: “As a Board of Trustees, we recognize the time commitment of the public and staff to attend Board meetings. It is important that we honour and value their time as they balance other responsibilities and priorities, both personally and professionally,”

“Through this revised schedule, we will demonstrate our respect for everyone’s time, and set the tone for proactive collaboration and engagement.”

 

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Betting Strategies: Successful Bets with Pin Up Bookmaker

By James Weatherland

January 12th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Explore the world of strategic sports betting with our comprehensive guide. Discover betting tactics at Pin Up and enhance your approach to successful betting.

Choosing a winning strategy for betting on sports

Sports betting is becoming increasingly popular every year. If you’re a novice in betting, hurry up to discover what opportunities Pin Up bookmaker offers to win and emotional fulfillment. But it’s crucial to create your strategy to navigate through the world of betting. Having a well-thought-out plan helps you win and have a whale of time.

Opting for the optimal strategy for betting

Bets can be placed from your hand held.

An essential element of profitable sports betting is employing effective betting tactics. Here are a few of them:

  • Handicap strategy. Its purpose is to reduce risk and boost the likelihood of success. A player selects a bet with a handicap and wagers on it, understanding that it’ll win.
  • Martingale strategy. After every bet that loses, the player raises his stake to make up losses if he wins. Caution and capital restrictions are necessary for this method.
  • Arbitration strategy. Gamers exploit the variance in odds several bookmakers offer to secure a victory. It calls for speed and meticulous attention to detail.
  • A betting strategy for different results. To ensure victory regardless of the result, the player wagers on various probable outcomes of the exact match. The variety of Pin-Up Bet Sportsbook betting possibilities might make using these techniques easier.

These are only a few instances of betting methods. Each has benefits and drawbacks of its own. Gamers ought to select the approach that best fits their objectives and style of play.

Vital aspects of betting on sports

Before beginning to play, players must grasp various factors that make up the fundamentals of sports betting:

  • Thinking through every step you take will bring a smile to your face. Think – don’t let your emotions gets the best of you.

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New restaurant will start with a Made to Go service on Thursday.

By Pepper Parr

January 15th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It is going to be a step by step opening of a Kitchen and Bar at was the former Queen’s Head location.

Newly named 400 Brant Kitchen and Bar will open as a restaurant sometime in June. An Entertainment Room that can be rented out for groups of 40 people will be part of the June opening.

First step gets taken on Thursday the 18th when the Made to Go service will open.

You go on line, place and pay for your order and pick it.

The entrance to the Made to Go service will be at the corner of Brant at Elgin – where the entrance to the former Empire Room was located.  There will be a banner over the entrance – you won’t be able to miss it

For those with accessibility issues – a phone call will have someone delivering the food to your car.

That is a sandwich.

The restaurant has yet to link up with UberEats or Skip the Dishes – right now they want to get the service working smoothly while the kitchen goes through the breaking in stage.

The operators bring more than 30 years of restaurant experience to this new venture.

Click HERE for the link to the Made to Go service.  The link will be live on the 18th.

The men is set out below.

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The old Queen's Head location is coming back as a take out spot this week - dining room will open sometime in June.

By Staff

January 14th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It is going to be a step by step opening for the 400 Brant Kitchen and Bar

Sandwich from the online menu.

They will be opening the doors in the take out portion of our restaurant that will be at the corner of Brant and Elgin.

The menu and order form will be posted at www.400brant.ca  It will go live on the 18th.

People looking for a place to pick up a sandwich and some soup will work from the Made-to-Go Menu.

Sandwiches look good – but they always do in photographs –

Opening Thursday, January 18th!

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News on federal funding for housing to be made on Monday.

By Staff

January 15th, 2024

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The federal government will make a housing announcement in Burlington on Monday

The Honourable Karina Gould, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities.

Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs) and Member of Parliament for Oakville North—Burlington,and

Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor for the City of Burlington will be speaking.

Expect to learn about major dollars flowing from the federal coffers to the city’s bank account.

Lot of numbers but no shovels in the ground this week.

 

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