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

By Staff

January 15th, 2024



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 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



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



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



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



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

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

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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.

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

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    It’s vital to select the best bookmaker. Pin Up, a trustworthy and authorized platform, guarantees competitive odds and fair playing circumstances.

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Picking the best strategy requires matching individual objectives and betting preferences.

Before making a stake, analyze the teams, players, and statistics. You may make better judgments and have a higher possibility of winning.

Examining tactics such as arbitrage, martingale, handicapping, and various betting methods clarifies the complex nature of successful sports betting. These strategies provide ways to reduce risk and boost chances of success. Nevertheless, picking the best one requires matching individual objectives and betting preferences. Pin-Up sports betting offers a chance for well-informed and calculated betting due to its assortment of options and competitive odds.




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

By Pepper Parr

January 15th, 2024



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



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  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



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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Great program at the War Plane Museum during February Family Day. - Register early

By Staff

January 14th, 2024



The War Plane Museum has an incredible program taking place during Family Day weekend.

Fun and learning blast off over three space-themed days. There’s something for everyone at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum on Family Day weekend.

Canadian Astronaut Dr. Dave Williams will be at the museum for an exciting presentation about aviation and spaceflight. NOTE: Saturday February 17 ONLY for the Williams event.

There are limited spaces – so register early. Click HERE to order tickets.

Events details:

February 17 to 19, 2024; Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Time: 9 am to 5 pm daily

Admission: Adults $20 (Age 18+), Kids $15 (Ages 6-17). LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE – to guarantee your museum entry, purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets valid for only the date purchased. No exchanges or refunds. Free admission for museum members and children 5 & under.

Fun and learning blast off over three space-themed days. There’s something for everyone at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum this Family Day weekend!

Have you always wanted to meet an astronaut? This is your opportunity! Canadian Astronaut Dr. Dave Williams will be at the museum at 11 am for a presentation on aviation and spaceflight. NOTE: Astronaut Dave will be here ONLY on Saturday February 17.

Want to learn more about the stars above? Sit back and relax in Astronomy in Action’s planetarium and explore through time and space. Stunning 4K visuals of the true night sky in a professionally presented 360-degree theatre allows you to experience the universe with wonder and awe.





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Fashion Forward; a school board program that reflects what the Region is all about

By Staff

January 12th, 2024



Fashion Forward a Halton District School program that collect formal wear that isn’t going to be used again by the owners is donated to the school baord who then make it available to students that are not in a position to purchase what it very expensive fancy dress up clothing.

In the past the selection has been very good.

Donations for are being accepted until end of day Friday, Januaru 26th.

Open Houses for choosing formal dress is in held in February and May

Donations of clean, current styled formal wear for the HDSB’s Fashion Forward are being accepted until the end of the day on Friday, Jan. 26. The Halton District School Board will host Fashion Forward Open Houses in February and May for students to select, at no cost, donated formal wear for upcoming prom/graduation celebrations.

Students will have the opportunity to view and try on formal wear in a friendly and welcoming environment. Students may select from a variety of new and gently-used attire that has been donated for proms, graduations and other special events. Many different styles, colours and sizes of formal dresses will be available as well as suits, shirts, ties, shoes and accessories.

The Open Houses will be held at W.I. Dick Middle School (351 Highside Drive, Milton) from 3:30 – 8 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Feb. 22 
  • Monday, Feb. 26
  • Thursday, May 30 

An opportunity will be made available for gender diverse youth who require a more private shopping experience between the hours of 3 – 3:30 p.m. during the Open Houses.

Formal wear such as party dresses, formal gowns, formal suits, dress shirts, ties, footwear and accessories can be dropped off at the following locations (during school hours) by end of day on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024:


  • Garth Webb Secondary School (2820 Westoak Trails Blvd)
  • Safetynet (166 South Service Rd East)


  • Charles R. Beaudoin Public School (4313 Clubview Dr)
  • Lakeshore Public School (2243 Lakeshore Rd)
  • Frank J. Hayden Secondary School (3040 Tim Dobbie Dr)
  • M.M. Robinson High School (2425 Upper Middle Rd)

North Halton

  • Gary Allan Learning Centres – Halton Hills (96 Guelph St, Georgetown)
  • Ohana Family Salon & Boutique (238B Main St E, Milton)


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The original story on the closing of the Queen's Head wasn't quite the whole story

By Pepper Parr

January 11th, 2024



There is always more to the story – but you have to get out and dig out the details.

The Queen’s Head has been chopped off; the were short $12,189.12 on the rent and the property owners called in a bailiff and looked for a new tenant.

Bailiffs sign posted on the door.

The Queen’s Head is part of local history – the new name is 400 Brant Kitchen and Bar.  Based on what we have learned the menu will go through an upgrade – they appear to want to be more than a pub.

The outside has a more modern look – the inside will probably be the same. Works crews and still beavering away.

Sara, the woman that is leading the team that will operate the restaurant said that the expect to open up the room that had the pool table that had certainly seen better days has been turned into an event location that will be open before the end of the month.

Sara said they have gone to great lengths to keep as much of the original decor as possible.  The room will hold 30 to 40 people.

The restaurant itself won’t open until sometime in June – it won’t be as “clubby” as it used to be.  They appear to have done quite a bit of work to upgrade the furniture and the fitting.  More glass and light – not as dark as the Queen’s Head was.  We expect to go on a tour later in the month.

If you think the space might be something you want to use for a large family or corporate event – reach out:

Related news story:

Queen’s Head to be closed

More detail on the reasons for the closing

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Hells a poppin - it's free popcorn at Cineplex theatres on National Popcorn Day

By Pepper Parr

January 11th, 2024



Did you know there is a National Popcorn Day?

Heck – why not – there is a day set aside for just about everything.

Here is one with a bit of a difference.

Popcorn is taking centre stage across all Cineplex theatres and for the in-home movie experience

They are celebrating the day by giving away a FREE bag of buttery popcorn to movie-lovers.

Scene+ Members who purchase a ticket to enjoy a movie in-theatre on January 19th can get a free small bag of popcorn in theatres while those enjoying a movie at home will get a free small bag with all Cineplex food delivery orders through Uber and SkipTheDishes.

They have certainly covered all the bases with this one.

Cineplex knows that nothing goes better together than movies and popcorn – whether it is for a solo night in or out or with friends and family.

In 2023, Cineplex guests nationwide enjoyed 34 billion kernels. The most popular topping being added butter, followed by a selection of seasoning flavours. Top flavours include Dill Pickle, White Cheddar, and Ketchup.

When attending a movie in person on January 19th, Scene+ members can visit the concession and scan their membership card to receive a free small bag of Cineplex’s famous popcorn to enjoy.

For those who can’t make it in person, Cineplex is offering a bonus bag of popcorn for all Uber Eats and SkipTheDishes food orders on National Popcorn Day. To claim the bag of free small popcorn, download the SkipTheDishes or Uber Eats app, search ‘Cineplex’, and order your favourite Cineplex snacks. A small bag of popcorn will automatically be added to your order. Learn more about this exclusive offer here.



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Understanding Pin Up Casino's Weekly Cashback - Advanced Guide

By Rostov Pushkin

January 11th, 2023



Pin Up Casino offers an incredible opportunity for players to recover part of their losses through the Weekly Cashback bonus. This guide details how you can take advantage of this bonus to improve your gaming experience and overall strategy.

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Pin Up Casino’s Weekly Cashback bonus is an excellent way to recoup some of your losses and continue to enjoy your gaming experience. With strategy and responsible play, you can maximize this benefit.





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LIVE & LOCAL, Artist Development Initiative will perform at the Community Studio Theatre

By Staff

January 10th, 2024



Thom Anthony singer, songwriter and James Oliver, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist have come together to pursue and continue their shared passion for music.

Sophia Kathe

SOPHIA KATHE – Sophia is an up and coming musical artist with raw talent that shines through in the songs she writes. Drawing inspiration from rock bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. She has graced local stages and theatres carving out a niche for herself with her powerful and soulful vocals and lyrics.

Kevin Fox

KEVIN FOX – Halifax native Kevin Fox is a revered multi-instrumentalist, sought-after composer/orchestral arranger/music director and innovative recording artist. Between recording and performing his own music Kevin tours the world as a member of the Steven Page Trio.

 Sun Jan 28, 2024 at 4pm

Community Studio Theatre


Regular: $39.50 (All-in). Member: $34.50(All-in) Click HERE








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Is there a new role for current city manager Commisso after June 30th?

By Pepper Parr

January 10th, 2024



Included in the list of items that Council was going to discuss in a CLOSED session was the following:

Confidential verbal update regarding the city manager recruitment process

City Manager Tim Commisso – will end his current contract with the City on June 30th.

City Manager Tim Commisso advised Council last year that he was not going to seek a renewal of his contract and would leave the city on June 30th, 2024.

The decision surprised many, especially coming days after the city had awarded Commisso a $63,000 annual increase in salary.

Every City Manager brings a management approach that is theirs – they are the only person a City Council actually hires; everthing else is delegated to the City Manager who builds the staff and the administrative procedures he or she thinks best – all the while working within the policies Council has approved.

In my time covering City hall I have dealt with four men serving as City Manager.  Each had their own operating style; two were dismissed and two left before their contracts were completed.

Burlington is currently experiencing significant changes on several levels.  Council has committed to creating 29,000 new homes by 2031 – there are not very many shovels in the ground at this point.

Staff has grown, especially in the Planning and Information Technology departments where the demands for changes and improvements have created both tension and some disruption.  Taxpayers are having difficulty with the tax increases. are

The provincial government has a Legislative Committee doing a review of the municipal structure for a number of Regions.  Halton is one of them.

It has become clear that the province wants to see changes.  Tim Commisso is in the tick of groups of municipal CAO’s who are trying to determine what should be done by a municipality and what should be done by a Region.

Planning is now a municipal responsibility which means that Burlington no longer has to comply is as closely is as it was required to do with Regional policies.

Tim Commisso, City Manager explaining the big picture.

Commisso would be very good at that kind of thing; the BIG picture is a comfort zone for him.

However, the new city manager might not bring the same skill sets and feel for devolving from a two tier organizational model to a single tier level of local government.

Our guess is that city council is talking to Commisso about a different contract – one that would have him being retained as a consultant to handle the evolution from the form of local government we have now to what will come out of the Legislative hearings.

On Thursday of this week Mayor Meed Ward will be delegating to the Legislative Committee on what Burlington would like to see happen to local government.

We don’t know that – but Council didn’t go into a CLOSED session to talk to Commisso about what kind of gold watch he will be given when he leaves city Hall on June 30th



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Has nepotism, a social rot, taken root at City Hall?

By Pepper Parr

January 10th. 2024



Lisa Kearns earned the right to put the letters ICD.D  behind her name from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.

Ward 2 City Councillor Lisa Kearns

She has been trained in what it means to be a Director of a corporation – and the city of Burlington is a corporation.

Ethics is a large part of what Corporate Directors are taught.

It appears however that Ms Kearns has forgotten the ethics part of her training.

This realization on our part came about when Dania Thurman posted a note on social media announcing the job change.

Announcing that she was now working for the City of Burlington as the Ward 2 Councillor Administrative Assistant and Community Liaison.

Thurman was one of a small group that was very active in the fight to keep Central High School open when the Halton District School Board announced that it was closing two of the city’s seven high schools.  Central was on the to be closed list.

Thurman was also an active volunteer in the breakfast program at elementary schools in Burlington.  She went on to become the Executive Director of one of the organizations that runs breakfast programs at schools in the Region.

Dania Thurman and ward 2 Councillor Lisa Kearns at an election information sharing event.

Thurman and Kearns are close.

When we read the Thurman announcement two things popped up for us?

Why was Thurman announcing her new job?  This task is usually done by the ward Councillor and is followed by a statement from the new Administrative Assistant and Community Liaison person on how excited she is about being able to serve the residents of ward 2.

We asked the City Communications people to clarify just how Administrative Assistants are hired.

City Hall was in the process of closing down for the holidays and some communications staff were not available.

When they did get back to us they said:

In response to your second question, job opportunities for City staff positions are shared in the careers section of the City’s website at The application and interview process is coordinated by Human Resources.

Individuals interested in a job opportunity can submit their application online. Once the application period for a job posting has closed, interviews are conducted with eligible candidates and a selection is made.

The job posting for the Ward 2 Councillor Assistant and Community Liaison position was posted from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5, 2023.

The new Ward 2 Councillor Assistant and Community Liaison started with the City on Dec. 18, 2023.

With that information we wondered if Councillor Kearns was involved in the selection process and when she was told that Thurman was going to be her new Administrative Assistant and Community Liaison. .

There is no mention of Dania Thurman becoming her new Administrative Assistant in the most recent ward 2 newsletter.

We wondered as well if Kearns did not advise the Human Resources staff that it would not be appropriate for a close friend to be hired as her assistant.

One of the worst things that can happen to any organization is for nepotism to creep into who gets what from the city.

Kearns had an obligation to advise the city that this was inappropriate – that’s what the ICD.D  behind her name stands for, being ethical.

Kearns can’t say she didn’t know – she was trained to know.

We also ask why the City Manager Tim Commisso didn’t step in and direct Human Resources to have a different Administrative Assistant work for Kearns.

Recent photograph posted by Dania Thurman on social media

Add to all this the question: Is Dania Thurman the person to do the delicate job of listening to what ward 2 residents are concerned about and to work on their behalf and keep the ward Councillor fully briefed.

In comments from Gazette readers two have said they see a bigger picture.  The scuttlebutt in the nail salons and hairdressing locations is that Kearns intends to run for Mayor in the 2026 municipal election and that Thurman will run for the ward 2 Council seat.

Jaws dropped when that bit of gossip got out.  One well informed Gazette reader told us that the “real news” is spread at nail shops and hairdressing salons.  Same thing happens in barber shops.

Is it too late for a change?  Thurman started work on December 18th. She could be assigned to a different member of Council.

Is this a matter to be brought up with the university that issued the ICD.D designation?

Is there a conflict of interest?

There is certainly something behind the odour on the upper floors of City Hall.

Related news stories:

Thurman announcement

Kearns earns impressive designation

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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The Rise of Live Dealer Games in Canadian Online Casinos: A Closer Look at The Interactive Experience

By Kris Olson

January 10th, 2024


The Rise of Live Dealer Games in Canadian Online Casinos: A Closer Look at The Interactive Experience

Digital casino gaming offers a whole different stream of entertainment to online players.

Since its emergence, online casino gaming has become a pretty widespread gambling and entertainment option in Canada. This has given rise to a great number of online casinos, which make the gambling scene very accessible and decentralized. You can easily find top-selected options on

Altogether, these online casinos were preceded by the evergreen wonders of traditional brick-and-mortar casinos, which are still the base of Canadian casino gambling. However, Today’s digital casino gaming offers a whole different stream of entertainment to online players. Principal among these fresh entertainment streams is the inclusion of live dealer games in many Canadian casino portfolios.

Going forward, we are exploring the all-round interactive experience, which follows live dealer gaming at Canadian online casinos.

Evolution Of Online Casinos in Canada

Canada has a pretty long history with casino gambling in particular. From its first legal form of gambling in 1969, to the invention of the Internet, and subsequently the creation of online casinos in the 1990s. As of 1994, the first recognized online casino was created in the state, which featured mid graphics and average internet speed and services.

Gaming can be done anytime from anywhere; just fire up the iPad and your in the casino.

With time, the Canadian online casino scene got better, and demand went up alongside. This in turn has brought about an organic increase in the number of casino providers around. More so, the progression from traditional land-based casinos to online platforms in Canada was seamless. Whilst the two offer pretty much the same gambling services, online casinos just came with a whole new level of accessibility and a broader range of games.

The Live Dealer Experience

In today’s casino gaming scene, live dealer games are essentially gambling games where the players get to interact in real-time, with the dealers and dealing process. There is no mistaking it for the traditional casino experience. That is because live dealer games at online casinos feature real-time broadcasts that aid players to interact with dealers, on a designated software. In essence, think of it as a stream-as-you-play kind of affair, which offers players the same real-time advantage as a brick-and-mortar casino.

Over a short period, the live dealer casino experience has gone from an ordinary live-stream affair to an all-immersive involvement. This features a proper replication of the standard casino gaming environs, simulations, professional dealers, etc. In a nutshell, standard online casinos are up for creating a live dealership experience that is as authentic as possible.

Technological Advancements

As stated earlier, live dealer games have become a big deal over a considerably short period. This advancement is primarily traced to several technological edges that make most standard games stand out. From the high-definition cameras involved in the video streaming to the multi-angle coverage, there’s a lot of tech that goes into making these live game sessions colourful.

Also top on the list is the deployment of Augmented Reality (AR) to blend the real and virtual worlds, creating a very immersive and engaging experience. Together, these tech innovations go a long way in creating an enhanced but organic gaming experience.

Popular Live Dealer Games In Canada

Throughout the Canadian casino scene, there exists a plethora of live casino games with the best dealerships in circulation. These mostly include table and card games that require real-time betting. Here are some of the most prominent options to look out for;

The wide variety of games ensures all kinds of players always have something to explore, always.

Blackjack; The cards and table game is one of the most popular live game options, featuring its standard 8-deck and 52-card gameplay.

Poker; Poker is well suited to the live dealership scene, as it can feature multiple players and a unit of dealers. More so because the game comes with multiple variants. Some other prominent live casino options include Sic Bo, Craps, Roulette, etc. There’s a wide variety, which ensures all kinds of players always have something to explore, always.

The Future of Live Dealer Games

In all, live dealer real-time gaming is obviously on the rise, as it brings the vibe of both land and online casino gaming. And whilst there is still a level of reservation on the player’s end, with exploring live casino games, the trend seems to be an upward one. More so because of the influx of highly optimized gadgets and devices, capable of streaming game sessions seamlessly.

Overall, the growth plot of online casinos in Canada is a rampant one. As such, it is best to stay tuned to our updates and reviews to keep up.

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Internet access was not available to us - working at catching up.

By Pepper Parr

January 9th, 2023



Internet access was not available to us for more than 13 hours.

Working to get caught up.

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Awkward change, no measurable benefit other than giving the Mayor tighter control

By Pepper Parr

January 9th, 2024



City Council now works just a little differently.

Instead of scheduling the Standing Committee meetings (there are three Standing Committees) on different days of the week, Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, using her Strong Mayor powers, decided to use a Committee of the Whole approach.

Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna serving as the Chair of a Committee of the Whole (CoW)

A Committee of the Whole (CoW) includes every member of Council and in the past the Chair has been a specific Councillor; more often than not Councillor Angelo Bentivegna did that job.

Not anymore.  The Mayor Chairs the meeting and during the meeting invites the Council member that is the Chair of a Standing Committees to do what they did in the past.

The difference is that when the CoW moves to a Standing Committee format people have to sit in different places in the Council Chamber and that means what they call “resetting the room”.

Council playing musical chairs.  Councillor Lisa Kearns moving from her ward 2 seat at the Council horseshoe to the position used by the Chair of the Cow meeting.  Are you confused?  They were.

The Standing Committee Clerk instructs the person that will serve as the Chair to leave where they were sitting as a member of Council and takes the spot where they will sit as Chair.

Any Staff members taking part in the meeting have to move from where they were sitting to another seat; the Clerk has to move the name plates that identify the person sitting in a particular seat.

Then the A/V people have to be certain that the equipment being used is running properly – in the Burlington Council Chamber that is never a given.

So for a few minutes you have people scurrying from seat to seat.

That happens three times as each of the Standing Committed takes their turn doing their work under a CoW format.

What difference does using a CoW approach mean, what benefit  is there – none that we could see – except the Mayor controls the whole thing.

To be fair, we don’t quite how the meeting that started on Monday will end today on Tuesday.

The meeting was recessed at just after 4:00 pm and will reconvene this morning at 9:30 am.


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Free Winter Fun Day:  Rotary Centennial Pond Jan. 13

By Staff

January 9th, 2024


Cogeco events team will be on-site with free hot chocolate and coffee, along with cookies and prizes for attendees.

The City of Burlington and Cogego are inviting everyone to the Winter Fun Day at the Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond, 1340 Lakeshore Rd., on Jan. 13, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature free Cogeco skating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., refreshments and prizes, weather permitting.

The event will kick off with official remarks from Cogeco and City staff at 11:30 a.m.

The Cogeco events team will be on-site with free hot chocolate and coffee, along with cookies and prizes for attendees. The City of Burlington events team will also be on-site with outdoor Play Lending equipment for everyone to use.

The Pond is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Skate Lending

Skate Lending is located at the lower level of Discovery Landing at the Pond and is available:

  • Monday to Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday and during school breaks, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Skate patrol staff are on duty during Skate Lending hours.
  • Visitors must sign out the skates for use at the Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond. Skate sizes are limited and given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Emily Beijes, Senior Manager, Recreation Business Services said: “We’re thankful to have a community partner like Cogeco who has sponsored the winter skating program at Rotary Centennial Pond. Their sponsorship means we can offer even more value to the community, improving conditions for participants with items such as additional skate aids and skate friendly flooring in heavy traffic areas. Ensuring recreation opportunities like skating are accessible, low cost or even free to everyone is a priority for the City of Burlington.”

Frédéric Perron, President, Cogeco Connexion adds: “At Cogeco, we’re lacing up our community spirit as proud supporters of the City of Burlington’s Winter Fun Day. We look forward to seeing you on the 13th for a day filled with skating, warm beverages, treats and prizes. We’re delighted to bring people together on the rink this season.”


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