Hospital Foundation gets a new lead partner - Alinea ponies up $100,000 for the business sector to match

By Staff

May 14th, 2023



The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation’s More Than Just a Business campaign has a new partner.

Alinea Group Holdings Inc. (formerly the Paletta Group of Companies) has once again joined and is the lead donor.

The Foundation’s goal to raise $100,000 in 100 days, Alinea will match all corporate donations made until July 31, and is challenging businesses across Burlington to be more than just a business.

“Inspired by the example of our parents, my brother Michael and I are delighted to help the Joseph Brant Hospital improve the health and wellbeing of Burlington’s residents. ” said Paul Paletta, CEO, Alinea Group Holdings Inc. “This donation is a powerful demonstration of that commitment and we urge other companies to join us in contributing to a healthier tomorrow.”

Along with the JBH Foundation, Alinea is inviting corporate Burlington to show their customers, employees and friends they are doing more for our community and recognizing those corporate partners who have joined the J.


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Reserved weekend parking in effect at Lowville Park starting May 20 - Free but you will need a reservation for the gates to open

By Staff

May 14th, 2023



Be reminded that visitors to Lowville Park must first reserve their free parking spot for park visits.

Once Dad found a parking spot – this child was ready to play.

Advanced reservations can be made online using Park Pass starting May 20 until Oct. 9, 2023.

Reservations are needed on weekends and holidays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and are free.

Visitors may book one spot per day since there are a limited number of parking spots available. This will help allow others the chance to enjoy the park. Reservations are available in three-hour time slots.

A perfect spot for a picnic. There are many picnic tables set out for use. A child play area is also part of the park.

Here’s how it works:
• One vehicle per reservation.
• Those walking or biking into the park don’t need a reservation.
• Visits are three hours long and include in and out privileges.
• Visitors will get an access code to enter the park at the automated entrance gates. Stop on the line so that the camera can take a clear scan of your license plate or use the bar code or numeric code on the keypad. This will open the gate. The gates will be left in the up/open position during weekdays when advanced reservations are not required.
• Vehicles must park in a designated parking spot.

All other areas are strictly enforced tow away zones. Violators will be tagged and towed.

Please be aware:
• Vehicles parked in the lot exceeding the 3-hour limit will be ticketed.
• Reservations should be done before leaving for the park. There are no Parking Ambassadors this year to help with reservations on-site.
• Those who do not have a reservation can scan the QR code on the park signage to try to make one if any spots are available for reservations. Drivers are asked to move away from the entrance to complete their reservation and be mindful not to block the entrance gates or traffic.
• Vehicles with damaged, bent or flaking license plates can use the bar code or numeric code on their reservation for entry.
• Changes/cancellations can be made up to 48 hours before the reserved arrival time; the date, name, license plate and number of people may be changed.
• Late grace period: The City understands unexpected things happen. It’s ok to be a few minutes late.

A very popular sport fishing site – waters teems with trout.

Craig Kummer, Director of Transportation:  “We are continuing to have visitors reserve their parking spot again this summer on weekends and holidays. This has helped us manage parking in the popular park for the past few summers. It is free and visitors can reserve their 3-hour time slot before they visit the park. We will keep the gates in the up position when reservations aren’t needed on weekdays so visitors can enjoy the park.

Visitors to the area should keep in mind that there are very few parking spaces available on Lowville Park Road and to be respectful to local businesses and residents.”

Links and Resources
Park Pass – for advanced parking spot reservations
Parking Reservations

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By Staff

May 14th, 2023


“M” is for the million things she gave me,

“O” means only that she’s growing old,

“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,

“H” is for her heart of purest gold;

“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,

“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,

Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”

A word that means the world to me. 

Words were written by Howard Johnson


When there is enough of this – there are seldom social problems with children they grow up.

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Heritage Preservation in Burlington - this it appears is as far as we can go

By Pepper Parr

May 13th, 2023



John Reilly,the staff member who stick handles all the heritage issues explained at a Standing Committee meeting that what the city heritage people were trying to do with  a property on Brant Street that was stumbling its way through a heritage issue said:

City council wants to see this heritage property to be part of the development planned for a Brant street location.

“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.  The issue he was addressing was the house at Brant and Prospect.

Reilly said:  “There are many conservation options and we’ve signalled flexibility throughout every meeting that we’ve had with the applicant.

View of the development currently under construction. The facade would be attached to the tower on the Pearl Street side which is on the left side of this rendering.

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.”

The development the Mayor was excited about on Pearl at Lakeshore  can be seen below.

Once the home of the Pearl Street Cafe and a commercial graphics business.

All that is left is the façade of the house.  Once the 29 storey tower is complete the facade will be attached to the tower on the Pearl street side so that people can see what the streetscape looked like at one point in the history of the city.

Nothing about what the inside of the two story house looked like.

This is the state of heritage preservation in Burlington today.


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Region wants to listen to what people want in the way of a Community Climate Plan

By Staff

May 13th, 2023



Imagine a future where the community of Halton takes meaningful action on climate change. HEN: Halton Environmental Network maintains that  – You have an important role to play in contributing to climate action and developing the Halton Community Climate Plan.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Citizens around the world are demanding that action be taken on how we treat the environment. Halton will listen to what people in the Region want to see done during a webcast on a Community Climate Plan.

Check out HEN’s Website to understand the fundamentals of climate action for Halton, community greenhouse gas emissions, best practices, and what is going on locally.

Attend the virtual Community Climate Summit on Tuesday, May 30th

Learn about this initiative and have your voice heard! Register here to reserve your spot.

Share the information! One of the most important ways to help tackle climate is to talk about it. Pass along this information and share what you’re doing with your friends, co-workers, neighbours and organizations you belong to.  Let’s reach as many people as possible.

Want to learn more? Go to our Community Climate Plan webpage for more information and find out how you can be involved!

If you have any questions, please contact

Follow us on twitter @Henhere, Instagram @henhere and like our Facebook page ‘Halton Environmental Network to receive more updates and hear about new volunteer opportunities!

This work supports the development of a Halton Community Climate Plan to advance Halton Region’s participation in the Partners for Climate Protection program. The Halton Environmental Network has partnered with Halton Region to support this initiative.

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Service Disruption - City's telephone service - May 12, 2023 - No ringy-dingys with City Hall phone system

By Staff

May 12th, 2023



The City’s telephone service will be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance on Friday, May 12, between 9 and 10 p.m.

Many services are available online at Residents may also email

No ringy-dingys with City Hall phone system

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What Toronto Investors Need to Do to Solidify Their Investments


By Jacob Robinson
May 10th, 2023


Investing in Toronto can be lucrative, but it also requires careful planning and strategic decision-making. For the most part, it’s likely you will be focusing on investing in real estate, but there are other means to invest in Toronto. For example, you can still trade in stocks and gold, if you so wish. In fact, diversifying your portfolio will be a wise idea.

One of the best investment markets in North America – stable, well governed with safe streets

With its booming economy, diverse population, and thriving real estate market, Toronto has become a hot spot for investors looking to build their wealth. However, to solidify their investments and maximize their returns, Toronto investors need to take certain key steps, which we will cover throughout this post! Let’s get started.

Conduct Thorough Market Research
Before making any investment decision, either in real estate or otherwise, it’s crucial for Toronto investors to conduct thorough market research. In terms of real estate, they should analyze current real estate trends, property prices, rental rates, and vacancy rates in different neighbourhoods of Toronto. This research will provide them with valuable insights on the best areas to invest in, the potential for capital appreciation, and the expected cash flow from rental properties. By understanding the market dynamics, investors can make informed decisions and minimize risks.

For non-real estate investments, Toronto residents should analyze the niches they are investing into and have a good understanding of what is needed. They can contact relevant experts who have experience in these areas, or look online for relevant advice. There will surely be something out there that will be relevant and helpful.

Diversify Investment Portfolio
Diversification is a key strategy in minimizing risk and maximizing returns in any investment portfolio. Toronto investors should avoid putting all their eggs in one basket and diversify their investments across different types of properties, neighbourhoods, and asset classes. For instance, they can consider investing in residential properties, commercial properties, or even mixed-use properties.

Diversification and balance are critical when building and maintaining an investment portfolio.

Diversification helps investors spread their risks and ensures that any potential losses from one investment can be offset by gains from others, providing a more stable and solid investment portfolio. You should also have a good understanding over these types of investments. If you have only invested in real estate before, but don’t know anything about gold investing, then you should do more research. Fortunately, you can use online resources to keep an eye out on the XAUUSD chart, which can help you make more informed decisions when it comes to investing.

Partner with Professionals
Navigating the real estate market in Toronto can be complex, and it’s crucial for investors to have the right professionals by their side. This includes real estate agents, lawyers, accountants, and property managers.

These professionals can provide valuable advice, guidance, and support throughout the investment process, from identifying lucrative investment opportunities to managing properties effectively. Partnering with professionals can help investors make informed decisions and safeguard their investments.

Plan for Financing
Investing in real estate often requires financing, and it’s essential for Toronto investors to plan their financing strategy carefully. This includes assessing their borrowing capacity, credit score, and interest rates.

Investors should explore different financing options, such as mortgages, lines of credit, or partnerships, and choose the one that aligns with their investment goals and risk tolerance. Adequate financing planning ensures that investors have the necessary funds to solidify their investments and manage them effectively.

Understand Relevant Regulations
Before you can successfully invest, Toronto investors should be aware of specific regulations. For real estate investments, Toronto has specific regulations and laws governing the rental market, and it’s crucial for investors to understand them thoroughly. This includes knowing the rules around rent control, tenant rights, eviction process, and property standards.

Niche markets offer significant opportunities: get professional advice before you invest.

Investors need to comply with these regulations to avoid legal disputes, penalties, or fines, which can negatively impact their investment returns. Staying updated with the rental market regulations and working with professionals who are well-versed in them can help investors solidify their investments and ensure smooth property management.

Focus on Long-Term Investment Strategy
Real estate investment in Toronto is typically a long-term strategy, and investors should approach it with a long-term mindset. Toronto’s real estate market may experience short-term fluctuations, but historically, it has shown consistent appreciation over the long term. Investors should resist the urge to make impulsive decisions based on short-term market fluctuations and stay committed to their long-term investment strategy.
This includes having a clear investment plan, setting realistic goals, and having patience and discipline to ride out market cycles. A long-term investment strategy can help investors build wealth and solidify their investments.

Stay Updated with Market Trends
The real estate market in Toronto is dynamic and constantly evolving, and it’s crucial for investors to stay updated with the latest market trends. This includes monitoring changes in property prices, rental rates, demand-supply dynamics, and economic indicators.

Investors should also stay informed about government policies and regulations that may affect the real estate market, such as changes in tax laws or zoning regulations. By staying updated with market trends, investors can make informed decisions regarding their strategies and take advantage of emerging opportunities to solidify their investments, whether that be real estate or otherwise.

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Bloom Bar at Mapleview for Mothers Day - running from the 11th to the 13th

By Staff

May 12th, 2023



Mapleview Shopping Centre sent us a picture of the floral-filled activation location at which people can celebrate Mother’s Day and capture the occasion with your cell phone or camera.

Called the DIY Bloom Bar by a local Burlington florist, mom-worthy prizing, and more from May 11 to 13.

Donations will be made to Halton Women’s Place and the Burlington-Oakville chapter of Mamas for Mamas.

They are calling it a Bloom Bar

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Forget the flowers - your Mother might want to go fishing instead - province has made it free for the day

By Staff

May 11th, 2023



To kick off the spring fishing season, families, fishing enthusiasts and first-time anglers across Ontario can celebrate Mother’s Day with free fishing this weekend.

Might this be what your Mother wants to do on Sunday – license not needed on Mothers’ Day

“Whether you’re new to fishing or an experienced angler, it’s a great way to bond with family this Mother’s Day weekend,” said Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

“This is a fantastic way for families to get out and enjoy one of Ontario’s greatest natural resources – our beautiful lakes, rivers and streams.”

If you are fishing for free on the Mother’s Day weekend, all conservation licence catch limits, size limits, sanctuaries and all other fishing regulations and rules still apply.

Quick Facts
• Approximately 1.2 million licensed anglers spend $1.75 billion per year on recreational fishing in Ontario.
• Additional annual free fishing events coming up this year include Father’s Day weekend (June 17-18), and Family Fishing Week to celebrate Canada Day (July 1-9).
• Canadian residents taking part in free fishing periods need to carry identification issued by the provincial or federal government, showing name and date of birth.
• Outside of free fishing periods, most Canadians 18 and older, but under the age of 65 must have an Outdoors Card and a fishing licence.
All veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy free recreational fishing in the province any time of year.

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Why did they donate this much money to a Burlington councillor in an election most voters ignored

By Pepper Parr

May 11, 2023


Part 2 of a series

When we reviewed Councillor Galbraith’s audited campaign financials, available now on the City website, we noticed some anomalies and decided to look closer.

Focusing on the donors who donated $1000 or the maximum $1200, in more detail we asked:

Who are they?

Why did they donate this much money to a Burlington councillor in an election most voters ignored, where he was running against only one unknown opponent?

Did Galbraith need this amount of money to win his seat?

All Burlington Council incumbents won re-election easily, most with far less money needed.

Based on our research, including simple online searches, we note some information on several of the donors, which we believe to be both highly relevant and accurate. The $1200 and $1000 donors are:

Galbraith $1200 Donors:

Don Husack: Owner, Don Victoria Homes (Burlington resident)

Dr. Michael Shih: President, Emshih Developments (Burlington resident)

Jessica Dipronio: Executive Assistant, National Homes (Bolton resident)

Sara Defina: Executive Assistant, National Homes (Maple resident)

Jenne Wilches (Brampton resident)

Gunther Bluesz: Lead Designer & Project Manager, Vrancor Group (Hamilton resident)

Arun Anand: Manager of Construction Management Plan, Infinity Development (lists a Waterdown Road address, which doesn’t seem to exist)

Adam Peaker, (Burlington, Ward 1 resident)

Ken Szekely, (Burlington business address)

Galbraith $1000 Donors:

Jeffrey Paikin: President, New Horizon Development Group (Burlington resident)

Vincent Molinaro: President, Molinaro Development Group (Burlington business address)

Bruce MacDonald (Oakville resident)

Meetali Acharya (Burlington, Ward 1 resident)

Richard King (Burlington, Ward 6 resident)

Nigel Morgan (Burlington, Ward 4 resident)

Marion Cournoyer (Smithville resident)

Kathleen Sembrano (Burlington, Ward 4 resident)

The number of donations to Galbraith from those tied to the development industry are (as set out above) similar to the donations given to Councillor Sharman, a councillor in his 13th year on Burlington council, and one with a history of receiving developer donations.

National Homes development on Brant Street south of Havendale.

Mayor Meed Ward has (at least since the 2018 election) taken the position that she would not accept donations from any developer. Her Deputy Mayor of Business Development and Red Tape Reduction does not appear to follow this practice.

Galbraith was the subject of an Integrity Commissioner complaint that claimed he had a conflict of interest because he owned businesses and properties in Ward 1 and should recuse himself when development proposals within the Major Transit Service Area (MTSA) were debated at council. The complaint was found by the City of Burlington’s Integrity Commissioner to be without merit.

Ward 1 residents argued during the election that should Galbraith be re-elected, they would effectively be without representation at Council.

A group of Ward 1 residents argued during the election that should Galbraith be re-elected, they would effectively be without representation at Council because of his perceived conflicts of interest.

So, what might all this mean? Well, ultimately it all depends on your perspective, your politics and how you view elections and the role of the public office holder.

Elections can be expensive if the race is tight and the competition fierce. Some candidates are able to fund their campaigns out of their own pockets. However, when campaigns come in costing $25,000 or more that is difficult for most candidates to pay for – they look to their supporters.

None of the Burlington ward races, or that for Mayor, were close in 2022. Each incumbent won easily. So, why if there was no real need, did Galbraith continue to collect funds from supporters and does it impose an inherent conflict when sitting in judgment of their development applications?

The source of any campaign donation is a mirror of sorts; a reflection of a candidate’s values and the types of interests that he or she attracts. For example, small donations from a hundred or more people might suggest that the candidate has a lot in the way of grassroots support.

A smaller number of donations from specific groups or interests – it could be developers, the commercial sector, hospitality or particular parts of the political spectrum – suggest that these sectors identify with the candidate as someone who best represents their particular community.

A, D and C are properties owned by Galbraith. E is owned by Emshih Developments. B is a gas station at the corner of the intersection of Plains and Waterdown.

The yellow line that swoops through the graphic is the point where the Galbraith properties are located – on the west side of Waterdown. The have the same development designation as the property across the street.

Burlington has, in the recent past, had a concern with the amount of money the development community contributes and how, as a community of interest, it tends to target particular individuals as the beneficiaries of their generosity and support.

Ward 1 City Councillor Kelvin Galbraith first elected in 2018.

They give a candidate money because they believe that he or she is most willing to support their interests; that a particular individual running for public office understands how they operate and is aligned with what they want to achieve.

In this context, there is a reason why developers have given the Ward 1 candidate so much money. They see it as a business investment and a perfectly acceptable expression of their support for someone amenable to their interests.

Other voters, applying different perspectives, goals and objectives, might see it a little differently. The optics of the Deputy Mayor of Business Development and Red Tape Reduction – a business owner in his own right – being the recipient of a very focused donation effort by the development industry is unfortunate. It can lead to unfounded speculation and conclusions.

Where large developers are concerned, the sheer scale and massive dollar amounts involved in their projects make them different from any other type of donor. They have much more to gain (or lose) by council support and approval or non-support of their projects.

The ethics of Council members receiving and accepting donations from developers who have or will have in the future development projects in their Ward or city is something which plays out province-wide every election, with many council candidates publicly declaring that they will or will not accept such donations.

In part three of this article, to be published early next week, we will look at what all this means; the thousands of dollars of donations made by developers to ensure that the Ward 1 incumbent was re-elected.

We’ll chart where the major developments are in Ward 1 and show just how strategic Galbraith’s major donors were in seeding and protecting their investments.

We’ll illustrate how a perfectly legal activity – the act of campaign funding – can have dimensions that are not particularly attractive for a public official and can, quite quickly, lead to conclusions that the official would find uncomfortable.

Part 1 of this series.

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Boats will be launched at LaSalle Park this weekend.

By Staff

May 11th, 2023



LaSalle Park Community Marina and public boat launch opening May 13

LaSalle Park – bring about a boat on its way to the water.

The LaSalle Park Community Marina and public boat launch will be opening May 13, 2023. The Marina is also home to the Burlington Sailing and Boating Club and the Burlington Able Sail program.

Through an agreement with the City, the Marina has been operated by the LaSalle Park Marina Association (LPMA) for 42 years. The City owns the wave break and the Marina.

LaSalle Park is owned by the City of Hamilton and leased to the City of Burlington for $1 per year.   Burlington pays for the ongoing operation and maintenance of the park.

The Marina has 219 docking spaces and is protected by a new floating wave break that was installed in 2020.

The Burlington Sailing and Boating Club and the Burlington Able Sail program offer sailing programs at the Marina. In addition, the City has a public boat launch at the Marina that is protected by the floating wave break.

All good news. What the public might want to know is how are the discussions with the city of Hamilton going. Burlington currently leases the property and the lease is either up or very close to ending.

There was no mention of the $4 million that came out of the Hydro Reserve and used to pay for the breakwater.  The Hydro Reserve was created out of the hydro bills that every household in the city paid month after month.

The green part is city of Hamilton property.




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All Guilds Spring Sale - May 13th to 14th

By Staff

May 11th, 2023



An opportunity to see what the arts and craft community in Burlington does.

They include:  Burlington Fine Arts Association,  Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Latow Photographers Guild, Burlington Potters Guild, Burlington Rug Hooking Craft Guild, Burlington Sculptors and Carvers.


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Summer Sidewalk Detours and Temporary Patios

By Staff

May 10th, 2023



Earlier this year, Burlington City Council approved the temporary patio program for the 2023 patio season to continue to support local businesses. Some patios have already been installed and sidewalk detours will begin this week in the downtown and will run until Oct. 31, 2023.

Sidewalk Detours
Some patios are being installed on City sidewalks. These sections of the sidewalk will be detoured onto the road with traffic barriers. These barriers will help with pedestrian safety.

City of Burlington staff will be installing the sidewalk detours starting May 11, 2023.

The sidewalk detours for patios are being installed in downtown Burlington on:

• The north side of Pine Street between Elizabeth Street and Pearl Street
• The east side of John Street between Pine Street and Lakeshore Road
• The north side of Lakeshore Road between Brant Street and John Street
• The north side of Lakeshore Road between Locust Street and Brant Street
• The north side of Elgin Street between Locust Street and Brant Street

Additional detours will also be installed throughout patio season, as needed for pedestrian safety up until Oct. 31, 2023.

BDBA Executive Director Brian Dean in shorts that must have been on sale somewhere.

Brian Dean, Executive Director, Burlington Downtown Business Association, can now sports his finest summer wear:  “Burlington’s small business community is excited to work with Burlington City Council and staff for a successful patio season downtown. The Burlington Downtown Business Association (BDBA) is investing in a new pedestrian infrastructure to help residents and tourists better navigate the outdoor dining experience.

“This year will help the City and the BDBA transition to a more permanent patio program in the future. The BDBA is pleased to invest in this program and our hospitality sector. We believe that offering a better pedestrian experience this summer will cement our reputation as a dining hub for Halton Region.”



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Health Minister stays out of the Legislature - except to vote on her Bill and then scoots out of town. Health Coalition advises new clinics not to set up shop

By Staff

May 10th, 2023



When it came time to finally pass Bill 60, Your Health Act, into law yesterday, Health Minister Sylvia Jones wasn’t in the chamber to answer questions about the bill her government spent months arguing would end the dysfunctional status quo that leaves Ontarians languishing on wait lists for basic surgeries and diagnostic tests.

Health Minister Sylvia Jones wasn’t in the chamber to answer questions about the bill her government spent months arguing would end the dysfunctional status quo that leaves Ontarians languishing on wait lists for basic surgeries and diagnostic tests.

Jones’ decision to duck questions — in favour of attending a federal funding announcement with Solicitor General Michael Kerzner, where she did not actually speak — prompted suggestions from opposition parties that the PC government wants to put the controversial bill behind them. Its opponents, meanwhile, are vowing to make sure that does not happen.

Jones returned to the house at the tail-end of question period, in time for the third reading vote and just in time to answer the very last question of the morning.

“Bill 60 will actually improve community and surgical centres in the province of Ontario. Why? Because we don’t want people having to wait an inordinate amount of time for their surgeries,” Jones insisted.

After voting on the bill, Jones was gone again, dodging questions from reporters at Queen’s Park.

She didn’t have time, the government said, because she was giving a keynote speech to the Federation of Northern Municipalities.

Opposition leaders suggested the minister’s manoeuvring indicates the government is not feeling as confident about the legislation as it has previously professed.

“After the vote today, even their applause was lukewarm,” noted NDP Leader Marit Stiles.

“I don’t think that this government is really interested in engaging with or responding today,” said Liberal Health critic Adil Shamji. “The minister of health’s conduct is extraordinarily emblematic of the conduct of this government as a whole.”

They are looking for more than 1 million referendum. votes – be one of them. This matters

A Bill 124 redux

Opponents say they will not let the PCs turn the page on the controversial legislation — echoing the way in which Bill 124 has dogged the government since its passage in 2019, before being struck down late last year.

“We will fight this legislation until the end, even if it means through to the next election, because this is a pivotal moment in Ontario’s history for its public health-care system,” said CUPE Ontario regional vice-president David Hurley during a press conference at Queen’s Park ahead of the final vote.

Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra said her group will start its pushback with a “formal complaint” to the federal government or possibly “legal action,” arguing the province is already violating the Canada Health Act by not preventing existing clinics from charging Ontarians illegal fees for OHIP-covered services — which the PCs deny is happening.

Mehra told Queen’s Park Today her organization may go to court to seek a writ of mandamus, which is an order requiring the government to perform a duty owed to the public. In this case, that would be enforcing the Canada Health Act’s provisions against charging people for medically necessary care.

The Mayor and the Minister at a meeting of the Ontario Big Mayors Group. Meed Ward is on the left with the Minister almost opposite her. Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga (and the next Liberal leader if I have it right) is next to Marianne

The coalition and its allies are also organizing an unofficial “referendum” on Bill 60, with thousands of volunteers set to begin canvassing Ontarians across the province to cast a ballot answering the question: “Do you want our public hospital services to be privatized to for-profit hospitals and clinics?”

The effort will involve 1,000 voting stations collecting ballots on May 26 and 27. Organizers are aiming to get one million people to participate, a level of engagement they believe will make the poll too politically damaging to ignore.

“We have held tens of thousands of volunteers out in front of grocery stores, coffee shops, legions, union halls [and] faith-based organizations asking Ontarians to vote,” said Mehra. “If you are a private clinic owner in Ontario and think you’re going to set up shop here and charge OHIP and patients on top of that, you have another thing coming.”

Oppo warns investors not to set up shop
Opposition parties warned potential clinic owners and investors to save their money because the new system being put in place will not outlast the PC government.

NDP Leader Marit Stiles.

“It’s not over yet. We are going to continue this fight,” said Stiles, noting that provinces such as British Columbia and Quebec are already backing away from their own private clinic experiments due to the high cost of such clinics and their impact on the public system.

“I will say to those people who are thinking of investing in for-profit clinics: listen up, there’s going to be another government elected here in three years,” Stiles added.

“Is it a great investment? Probably not,” agreed Liberal Leader John Fraser.

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On the street where you live - Oh dear - real deer

By Staff

May 10th, 2023



A loyal Gazette reader popped this along to us a few minutes ago.

This is the kind of problem we can cope with – maybe the coyotes will look for another town that might like them.

Animal Control says there have been several similar incidents recently. How they will move these large animals to a safe place is a mystery.

Is this part of what makes Burlington one of the best mid sized city’s to live in?

On the street where you live.


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Feedback will help City-run recreation program staff determine what you would be interested in and like to see offered

By Staff

May 10th, 2023



The City of Burlington is looking for resident feedback on City-run recreation programs.

Feedback is welcome from the community as a whole – past and current participants and those that haven’t registered in our programs.

Waiting for something to happen.

Feedback from everyone will help to understand the needs of the entire community. The survey will ask questions about what City-run recreation programs you have participated in, what programs you would be interested in and, would like to see offered.

This review will help the City understand the recreation needs of our growing community. It will also help align the programs the City offers to serve all residents and visitors for aquatics, skating, inclusion, sport, camps, adults, older adults 55+ and programming in general for years to come.

The results of the survey will be shared in a report to Council in Fall 2023.
The survey can be found at and is open until Sept. 1, 2023.

Lawn Bowling Club is right beside the Seniors Centre. In good weather plenty of opportunity to get out and get some exercise and fresh air. The Library is a very short walk away. Much of what Seniors need in the way of civic services are in the immediate area.

Renee Kulinski-McCann, Manager of Recreation Services explains: “The City offers a wide variety of recreation programs, from crafting to family sports. Having access to these recreation opportunities, both indoor and outdoor, supports the health of individuals and the wellbeing of our community. These recreation opportunities are a key service provided by the City so it is important to know what recreation programs our community wants and needs.”

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When we looked at the campaign expenditures of Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith things changed

By Pepper Parr

May 8, 2023


Part 1 of a series

It happens every so often that something that you’re reporting on, expecting nothing but to close out a series that you started, suddenly reveals some surprising results, and what seemed innocuous or merely interesting in one light, becomes rather startling when other facts are considered, other context added and subtle background “noise” is amplified. This is one of those times.

Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith serving as Chair of a Standing Committee.

Recently, we looked at the audited campaign financial statements of Councillors Nisan, Kearns and the Mayor. We highlighted some noteworthy things but there wasn’t much that was too out of the ordinary. But then we looked at the campaign expenditures of Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith and things changed.

Remember that Galbraith was one of 11 candidates for the ward in 2018, and basically came up the middle and out of nowhere to win (by 437 votes). Four years later and easily re-elected to a second term, the picture is much different.

Kelvin Galbraith as a member of a Chamber of Commerce Symposium on Red Tape Reduction. Josie Tavares, with CLV – the developers of the 8 tower project on Fairview next to the GO station has a questioning look.

Here are basic facts about Galbraith’s 2022 campaign financial statements:

• Galbraith contributed $0 to his own campaign, other than a nominal amount for signs, $270 actually contributed in 2018. The other council members who did not contribute to their own campaigns were Rory Nisan and Paul Sharman.

• Galbraith’s only Ward 1 competitor, Robert Radway, contributed $7,002.25 of his own money to his campaign.

• Galbraith received the highest dollar amount ($22,350.00) from donations over $100 of any member of council, including the Mayor ($17,907.00).

• Galbraith had 25 donors who donated over $100. He did not hold a fundraiser.

• Ten of these 25 donors donated the maximum, $1200 (double the number who donated the maximum to the mayor). Eight more donated $1,000.

Looking at those total 25 donors, we note the following:

Kelvin Galbraith at a council meeting.

• 11 of them that we were able to identify are either developers, employees/family members of developers or connected in some way to the home building/development industry. Those eleven collectively contributed $11,100.00.

• 7 are from outside Burlington, 2 more used Burlington business addresses, so it’s not clear whether they are Burlington residents.

• The two who used Burlington business addresses were: Burlington resident and developer Jeff Paikin ($1000) and Ken Szekely ($1200), who used the address on the North Service Road which is the Mercedes-Benz dealership.

• Szekely is the President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Burlington. He also donated the maximum $1200 to Paul Sharman.

• A different donor, using the same North Service Road Mercedes business address, donated the maximum $1200 to Marianne Meed Ward. The seven donors outside Burlington collectively donated $8,000.

We will continue our review on Thursday with part 2 of this article and some surprising facts about who these developer donors are and where their development projects are located.

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What has the Gazette done for you? Perhaps less than we would have liked or intended but probably more than you realize.

We were the newspaper that broke the story about the illegal dumping of land fill at the Air Park in the northern part of the city.

We were the newspaper that was on top of the construction of The Pier – we followed that story from the first build right through to the second build – the city basically paid for The Pier twice.

We were the newspaper that broke the story of the closing of Emma’s Back Porch – that story set our record for the most readers in one day.

We were the people that pushed to get a copy of the presentation of the two structures that were to replace the existing Waterfront Hotel.

We were the newspaper that repeatedly highlighted the innovations that Plan B put before the City Planners and got their attention assuring the public that developments would not block the view of the lake from the foot of Brant Street.

We cover the Burlington and area municipal elections better than anyone else – the readership numbers support that fact.

The Gazette covered the Halton District School Board decision to close two of the city’s seven high schools – and followed what has happened to the one high school purchased to convert into a community hub.

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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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