Burlington Conservative Association holding Town Hall meetings

By Staff

February 17th, 2023



Those who spend time paying close attention to local politics are getting more involved.

The Burlington Association has planned a series of Town Hall type events, the first of which will take place on Saturday the 25th.

The association is reported to have 2800 members. A Director of the association added that the significant increase in the membership was the result of the recent leadership contest that made Pierre Poilievre the leader of the party.

The EXECUTIVE: Debbie Sova – President / CEO; – Vice President: Chris Cottingham – Secretary: Robert Whittaker – Financial Agent: Jackson Carter – Executive Director: Laurie Allan – Executive Director: Nathan Zych – Executive Director: Marilyn Hunter – Past President

DIRECTORS: Wayne Brown, Norman Cheng, David Cherry, Connor Clark, Edward Dinca, Dennis Downs, Colette Ertel, Mark Fedak, Ron Finnigan, Camila Gutierrez, Dani Heroux, Kassia McLaren, Tamanna Prashar, Cailin Rodgers, Wayne Shiplo, Lorne Stewart, Christine Wei, Stephen White, Stephen Wishart, Charles Zach

Candidate of Record:  Emily Brown

The association is not just a get out the vote operation – they take part in community events and have laid claim to a part of a part of Appleby Line, north of Harvester Road that they Clean up every year – been doing it since 2005.

They have held Pints and Politics events as well as a Christmas Party.

This past few years they have held fund raising events for the Ukrainian community.

The Town Hall events are part of an initiative to raise issues that impact people directly and personally.  Rental rates in Burlington are hurting people and there is no relief in sight.  The federal government is bringing in more than 400,000 immigrants each year for a number of years.  Those people are needed to fill the jobs that are being created – the down side is the housing they need just isn’t in place yet.

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There was information the city should have made available to the public when it voted on the tax rate increase for 2023

By Pepper Parr

February 17th, 2023



The tax increase is 7.52

It is made up of:
• City 6.34%
• Region of Halton 1.18%
• Boards of Education 0.0%

Included is an Infrastructure levy.  The City’s approved an Asset Management Financing Plan, that continues to include a dedicated infrastructure levy to address the renewal of the city’s $5.2 billion of assets. The 2023 Budget includes $3,065,000 equivalent to 0.79% of the total tax increase.

As for the 2022 surplus – we are going to have to wait for that number.  Traditionally the figure is made public during the budget debates and usually included as motion as to where the surplus would be placed.  Some time ago there was a surplus in access of $9 million – the result of staff gapping. The city manager who let that happen ‘vacated’ his office.

Ward 2 Councillor Lisa Kearns did try to run a tight budget meeting – her efforts were lost when the recommendation got to Council.

During the budget debate we did learn that the Tax Stabilization Reserve was very low – again no number was made public – other than to hear Budget Chair Lisa Kearns say that that reserve had been raided too often and needed to be replenished.

Staff will be reporting to the March 29th CSSRA meeting with the 2022 Operating Budget Performance including the year-end financial position.

There were two consistent features in the way city council decided how they wanted to spend the taxes they expect to collect in the 2023 fiscal year.

(1) During the budget debates they couldn’t find a way to reduce the 7.08% tax increase that Staff said was necessary to continue delivering the services people expected. Council went in the other direction and added – pushing the tax increases to 7.52% – and said publicly that the same level of increase could be expected in the 2024 fiscal year.

(2) The debates part of the budget decision was a sloppy meeting that was rushed.  Three days were set aside for the budget debate.  This Council pushed and pushed to get it all done in a single day.  They got a little “punch drunk” in the final hours and managed to vote on motions that had yet to be put before the public.  The information normally appears on a screen after which the Chair asks the Clerk to call a vote.

Council was in the process of voting when the information appeared on the screen.  It didn’t stay there very long.

The council vote to accept the committee recommendation said very little about the numbers they were presented with. They all focused on a “patting of the back” exercise.  Staff that put the budget together deserved to be congratulated as did the City Manager and the Treasurer who are now going to have to make it all work

Translating the budget number into the tax a resident would have to pay based on the assessed value of the property was not made public during the Council meeting either.

Rough shod is an apt description of the performance.

There are three items for which funds were sought and approved that need a closer look. The Gazette will work at getting that information to its readers.

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Has wishful thinking replaced solid, reliable planning as the city converts Bateman High School into a university and a community hub ?

By Pepper Parr

February 17th, 2023



No matter how you look at it – it is going to be tight.

While the public hasn’t been told all that much about the work that has to be done to get the asbestos out of the Bateman High School site – the information we have is that this is not an easy job.

In a statement from Brock University they said:

The name of the University is on the rendering of the building – when students attend classes in the building is about as certain as the picture. 

“Brock University is excited about its future presence in Burlington. This is a multi-year project that will begin with a relocation to the former Lester B. Pearson High School beginning this fall. The University is working closely with the City of Burlington on requirements for the new campus located at the former Bateman High School as they redevelop the site.”

So students will attend classes at the Lester B. Pearson High School for a year, starting this fall, September of 2023, expecting to be in their new home for September of 2024.

That will be a stretch that will be closely watched by an anxious and disturbed public that thinks the city has been too tight lipped during the process of buying the property and financially irresponsible with the funds tax payers have entrusted them with.

Related news story:

Just what do we know about the asbestos problem at Bateman

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Some people are going to go home tonight looking a lot different than they did when they arrived at the Port House.

By Pepper Parr

February 17th, 2023



Spiderman – Erin Sauder’s favourite face painting

The city has all kind of establishments spread throughout the city – there is certainly enough to do.

The Port House, tucked inside the Waterfront Hotel, has taken a different approach to attracting people who may not have been around for a while.

Erin Sauder, a graphic artist who uses the human body as her canvas will be at the Port House this evening along with an assistant.

Feather designs: examples of what might be used at the Body Painting event this evening at the Port House Social Bar

Erin’s body painting is several steps beyond what gets done at the traditional childrens’ birthday party.

Have a look!

The Port House event is the first of this type of event for Erin. She got her start when she was helping her Mother at an event where she was responsible for handling the Bouncy Castle at a childrens’ event.  The person who was going to do the Face Painting didn’t show up – so there was Erin with a small paint brush.

Things grew from there.

A graduate of Niagara College Erin uses black lights and glow stick to make what is seen by most as a kids party event an adult event. She has earned a living as a body painting artist for the past 12 years.

Some people are going to go home looking a lot different than they did when they arrived at the Port House.


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Canada’s Health Care System Suffering from Malnutrition


By Ray Rivers

February 16th, 2023


We are still here – find out why

What Canadians need to ask their provincial and territorial governments is why they need more federal dollars for health care. Most provinces ran a budgetary surplus last year while the federal government still had a massive deficit.

For example, Ontario’s system is in crisis mode, yet the government is sitting on a $2 billion surplus from last year. According to the new leader of the NDP, ”…Ford is on track to leave almost $20 billion on the table, deliberately under-spending on health care, education, and justice – services that are vital to Ontarians.”

Prime Minister with all the Premiers haggling over how much money was going to be put into health care.

It a sad and dangerous game. Like a dog in a manger, the provinces claim constitutional responsibility for managing the health sector, yet they starve it into near ruin. And then go cap in hand begging for more federal money. The consequence is that Canadians, once proud of our health care system, are rapidly beginning to see the systems as a failure. And that may have been the strategy all along.

A photo op – is this anything more than that?

It is as if the provincial governments are deliberately running down our health systems so they can turn over much more to private for-profit operators. And since that will just drive up health costs even more, user fees may be just around the corner. In other words… the end of universal health care and the adoption of something akin to the more costly and inequitable US model.

Part of the problem is that health care is just another budget item in another provincial ministry competing with all those other government priorities, such as that sexy highway-to-nowhere that Mr. Ford wants to build. And being the single biggest budget item, it becomes an easy target for the bean counters and those political leaders who are ideologically opposed to the idea of socialized health care anyway.

Coyne: even as spending has increased over the years to its highest levels ever, wait times and other measures of efficiency have worsened.

Andrew Coyne, who writes a column in the Globe and Mail, recently suggested something to the effect that the federal government, rather than giving the provinces more money, should actually cut funding to zero. If I understand his ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’ argument correctly, cutting federal funding would force the provinces to reform health care instead of looking to blame someone else for their incompetence.

Coyne notes that even as spending has increased over the years to its highest levels ever, wait times and other measures of efficiency have worsened. The government’s pet excuse is that the generation of aging baby boomers requires more care. While there is some truth to that, the fact is that the average age of Canadians, which hovers around 40 years has barely changed over the last few years. And even the pandemic has receded.

Canada’s universal health care system was born in the late 1960’s as a 50/50 sharing arrangement between the two orders of government. That changed when Paul Martin in the 90’s became a hero to fiscal conservatives by finally ending the long string of federal deficits. But in order to do that he cut provincial health transfers through some slight-of-hand which reduced the fed’s ante to more like 20%.

Coyne’s proposal is intriguing, but without the funding ‘carrot’ the federal government would have no way to enforce the Canada Health Act. And that means that those provinces like Alberta, Ontario and even Saskatchewan, the very birthplace of socialized health care, would be free to just check out of universal health care and go straight to the extra billing model. Federal funding is the glue that keeps the provinces in line and the Canada Health Act alive.

So, given little choice, Mr. Trudeau has been forced to do what the provinces have been demanding, and offer another $46 billion over the next decade. But Coyne is right that giving more money will just forestall reform, especially if that money doesn’t go into areas the federal government has requested. Meanwhile the provincial governments grumble that it’s not enough but will take it anyway. They know they’ve won the game, but good luck to federal demands for greater accountability.

In the case of Ontario and Alberta, the new money will just be used to top up payments for the new private for-profit health care operators and more costly contracted nurses. Or it’ll be repackaged and channelled into some other project. And wait times and hospital crowding will only get worse.

Ray Rivers, a Gazette Contributing Editor, writes regularly applying his more than 25 years as a federal bureaucrat to his thinking.  Rivers was once a candidate for provincial office in Burlington.  He was the founder of the Burlington citizen committee on sustainability at a time when climate warming was a hotly debated subject.   Ray has a post graduate degree in economics that he earned at the University of Ottawa.  Tweet @rayzrivers

Background links:

Under Funding

Provinces Richer than Ever

Tax Points

Federal Transfer Payments

Coyne’s Proposal

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Celebrate Maple Season at Conservation Halton this Spring

By Staff

February 16, 2023


We are still here – find out why

Conservation Halton welcomes the sweetest time of the year with the return of Maple Season programs at Mountsberg and Crawford Lake.

Starting March 4th, guests can visit the 150-year-old sugarbush at Mountsberg’s Maple Town and see how sap tapped from the maple trees is transformed into maple syrup or explore  Crawford Lake to learn more about the Indigenous origins of maple sugaring. Maple Season programs are offered on weekends, holidays, and March Break until April 9th.

Mountsberg will be home to two programs as part of Conservation Halton’s Maple Season: Maple Town and the Sugarmaker’s Breakfast.

Maple syrup is almost as Canadian as hockey.

The Sugarmaker’s Breakfast is a truly unique, and exclusive event, offered only on February 25th and 26th, where you can help kick off the start of Maple Season. The two-hour experience includes a wagon ride, a maple syrup-tasting flight, maple taffy on snow, a guided tour, and, of course, a delicious pancake breakfast by the wood stove. Guests of the Sugarmaker’s breakfast will also have the rare opportunity to tap one of the park’s 150-year-old sugar maples and hang their own pails to begin collecting crystal-clear sap.

You can almost taste these pancakes

The second program offered at Mountsberg, Maple Town, is a family favourite tradition. Through independent exploration and guided exhibits throughout the sugarbush, visitors can witness maple sap transformed into syrup in the evaporator, warm up by a fireside lounge, or let the kids run wild on the natural playground. Satisfy sweet cravings with maple sugar candy samples, maple syrup drizzled pancakes at the Pancake Pavilion, and other maple products available to try throughout the day or take home from the Country Store retail shop.

Visitors can add a horse-drawn wagon ride to their visit for a truly unforgettable experience. Maple Town visitors are welcome to explore Mountsberg’s trails, historical sites, and the animal barn and Raptor Centre. Those who want to get up close and personal with the Mountsberg resident birds of prey can add the Talons and Tailfeathers experience to their visit.

A perfect family event.

Maple Season also includes a third program called Sweetwater Season, hosted at Crawford Lake. This experience focuses on the Indigenous heritage of maple sugaring and features the First Harvest: Celebrating Sweetwater exhibit. Visitors can take a step back in time to the 15th-century site when maple sugaring was the first harvest of the year. Sweetwater demonstrations will run throughout the day where guests can gather by the fire and learn all about the history of maple sugar making. There will also be guided maple syrup-tasting flights offered where you can try different grades of maple syrup, similar to a wine tasting.

“We always get excited about Maple Season at Conservation Halton, and we are even more pleased to offer the programs in their original format this year,” said Brenna Bartley, Education Manager at Conservation Halton “With over 600 maple trees, Mountsberg’s sugarbush has been producing maple syrup for over 150 years and educating the public for over 40 years. We see people come back to this event year after year and we’re proud to have become a part of so many families’ annual traditions. We love offering multiple programs for our visitors to enjoy a fun and educational experience whether they participate in Maple Season at Maple Town or Sweetwater Season.”

For tickets, pricing, and details about Maple Season, visit conservationhalton.ca/MapleSeason

Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores, and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science-based programs and services.




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Burlington came in fifth on the list of 35 cities for average monthly rent in January for a one-bedroom at $2,210 and eighth for average monthly rent for a two-bedroom at $2,519.

By Staff

February 16th, 2023


We are still here – find out why.

Rents are not coming down -and there is yet to be much in the way of a pattern.

Dismal describes what people are up against.

The latest National Rent Report:

The average listed rent for all property types in Canada rose 10.7 per cent year over year in January, the ninth straight month for double-digit increases, according to the Rentals.ca and Urbanation latest National Rent Report.*

The average listed rent for all property types was $1,996 in January, decreasing 0.5 per cent from December after averaging above $2,000 during the previous two months.

Compared to the pre-pandemic average rent in January 2020 of $1,823, rents in Canada increased 9.5 per cent, equal to an average annual increase of 3.2 per cent during the three-year period.

Toronto finished second on the list of 35 cities for average monthly rent in January for a one-bedroom at $2,458 and second for average monthly rent for a two-bedroom at $3,227.
Year over year, average monthly rent in January for a one-bedroom in Toronto was up 20.8 per cent and up 17.2 per cent for a two-bedroom.

Burlington came in fifth on the list of 35 cities for average monthly rent in January for a one-bedroom at $2,210 and eighth for average monthly rent for a two-bedroom at $2,519.
Year over year, average monthly rent in January for a one-bedroom in Burlington was up 17.9 per cent and up 10.3 per cent for a two-bedroom.

Among Canada’s six largest rental markets, Toronto condo rental and apartment rents increased 20.8 per cent annually in January. Vancouver and Calgary had the highest increases in average rent for condominium rentals and apartments in January, with annual growth of 22.9 per cent and 22.7 per cent, respectively.

Among 20 medium-sized cities and areas in Canada, seven GTA rental markets recorded the highest average annual rent increases for condo rentals and apartments in January: Brampton with the highest increase up 25.1 per cent; Mississauga up 19.3 per cent; Etobicoke up 17.5 per cent; Vaughan up 14.6 per cent; Oakville up 14.4 per cent Burlington up 14.3 per cent and Scarborough up 13.5 per cent.

Shaun Hildebrand, president of Urbanation said: The Canadian rental market started 2023 where it ended in 2022, posting sharp annual rent growth amid low supply and quickly rising demand. Outside of Toronto, rent increases are becoming more acute in markets in BC and Alberta, which are experiencing relatively strong rates of population growth.

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

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Do you have travel plans? Hospital has some advice

By Staff

February 16th, 2023


We are still here – find out why

If you are making travel plans for the Family Day long weekend or March Break – Be sure to take precautions to prevent illness before you take a trip and while you’re away.

“No one wants to spend their vacation in a hospital in another country, so we encourage everyone to follow some easy steps to avoid getting sick,” says Dr. Sunita Goel, Burlington family physician and co- lead of the Burlington Community Physician Council (BCPC) to the Burlington Ontario Health Team (BOHT).

“Remember to wear a mask, wash your hands often, cough or sneeze into your elbow, don’t touch your face, and disinfect surfaces. It’s helpful to carry with you medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Gravol, Immodium, Pedialyte or Gastrolyte.”

If you’re travelling internationally, be sure to check Health Canada’s Travel Health Notices.

Even when staying close to home, it’s important to take steps to safeguard your health, such as staying up-to-date with routine and seasonal vaccinations, disinfecting your hands often and wearing a mask in crowded, public indoor spaces like sports venues.

Dr. Joe Cherian, Chief of Emergency Medicine

Burlington and surrounding communities continue to experience a high level of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 and influenza. Stay home if you’re feeling unwell and know your health care options before coming to the hospital, says Dr. Joe Cherian, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Joseph Brant Hospital.

“If you need care for an ongoing illness, need a prescription refill, or have questions about your health care, these are all things that you should be talking to your family doctor about,” he said. You can also call Health811 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007) or go to www.Ontario.ca/Health811.

“If you’re feeling very unwell and experiencing severe symptoms – such as severe chest pain and weakness, difficulty breathing, losing consciousness – you should call 911 or go to the Emergency Department,” he said.

About Joseph Brant Hospital

Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) is a full-service community teaching hospital located in the growing and thriving community of Burlington, Ontario, serving more than 185,000 residents in Halton, Hamilton, Waterdown, Flamborough, Milton and Stoney Creek. It is honoured to be recognized as one of Hamilton Niagara’s Top Employers for eight consecutive years, with a skilled staff of 194 physicians, 1,911 full- and part-time staff and more than 200 volunteers.

JBH is a Clinical Education site in conjunction with McMaster University, and designated as an Academic Community Teaching Hospital. Its expanded campus includes the state-of-art Michael Lee-Chin & Family Patient Tower, featuring a new Emergency Department, 172 acute inpatient beds, 9 new Operating Rooms and post-anaesthetic care unit to support expanded medical, surgical and outpatient services.

JBH is also a partner member of the Burlington Ontario Health Team.

The Burlington Ontario Health Team (BOHT) is a collaboration of health and social service providers who work together to provide integrated services and supports to meet the healthcare needs of residents in Burlington and surrounding communities. A total of 36 local healthcare organizations support the BOHT as members and collaborators.

As one of the first Ontario Health Teams that the Government of Ontario announced in 2019, the BOHT’s goal is to improve access to care, support prevention of chronic illnesses, and ensure clients have seamless transitions among healthcare and social service providers. At the centre of this new model of care is the patient-primary care provider, the most enduring relationship established within the healthcare system.


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Council pontificates on the 7.52% budget increase they approved - warned that there will be another just like it in 2024

By Pepper Parr

February 16th, 2023


We are still here – find out why.

City Council was in session for a solid seven hours not including the breaks on Tuesday.

There were a lot of questions, more than enough posturing but not a word in the way of changing the budget that came as recommended from the Standing Committee.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

The tax rate that was voted on works out to $60.31 per $100,000 of Current Value Assessment (CVA)

There is a tax levy that will be applied to the repair and replacement of the infrastructure.  There was no mention of just how much that is.

There is usually a surplus in spending from the previous year that gets placed in the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve – the amount of the surplus was not made public.

We will chase those down for you

The motion they were to vote on was split into three separate votes. The first is on the operating budget. The second is on the capital budget and the third is related to assessment growth and how they will deal with it if it is lower than expected.

The Mayor asked if there any outstanding questions; none they moved on to comments from the Councillors before the actual vote.

Councillor Sharman, who is also the Deputy Mayor of Strategy and Budgets. Go ahead and kick us off on comments.

Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman

“Thank you very much. I’ll be brief – I guess. I’ve been reflecting on what occurred in our budget discussions, and I realized that this is a step on the journey we’ve been on and we’ve got a long way to go yet. The sophistication that we’ve added to the budgeting system in the course of the last number of years, has led us to a point where we have a long term strategic plan or a vision as we call it.

“We have an operating plan, which we call vision to focus. And those pieces should fit together well and we need to improve that but then what we have to add to that as a costing of our official operating plan B to F and that means we are doing the budget every day of our lives from now on, because by the time we get to a budget discussion this time next year, that should not be any unknowns, we should not be having any random motions.

“They should already be dealt with. The only place where we just have a motion is where there’s clearly something missed in the budget. And I won’t get into the examples because that leads to a longer debate. But when there’s something that that has come up recently, more recently in the deliberation, then the deliberations of staff that allow that we have a reason good reason to address it. And we did that in this last budget. But we need to get discipline into this process. And we need to be alert to the fact that it is the long term that matters and that we constantly have to be thinking about financing of everything we do and we have to make our priority decisions based on the resources available to us.”

Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna

Councillor Benevento
“My thought my thought process reviewing this budget had to do, we’re trying to balance.

“I guess from a personal standpoint, what I believed we needed now and massaging some of the rightful business cases that into the 2020 Ford budget which we know is coming later this year. Our city’s simulated budget over the next few years, we know it’s going to be challenging. That will remain to be seen when we all are aware that there are financial analysts out there who are predicting inflation to drop in 2023 to about 3% and 2% in 2024.

“So I thought that this might have been a great opportunity to balance some of the shortfall without kicking the can down the road.

“Unfortunately, for me, my motions did not pass and that’s okay. I am disappointed, but I respect the process and the discussions that we had. I would like to say that a 730 page budget book is not an easy document to review, which makes our decisions very difficult. It’s very short period of time.

“We’re not the operators, and we’re not accountants. And that’s what makes it very, very difficult for us. “We do live in a great city. We do have great services, and we have great staff. No one, including myself, wants to see any less services than we have. Having said that, I believe we need to look at our process a little bit when it comes to budgets.

“I mentioned, during the budget discussions, that I will be bringing forward a motion at an upcoming committee meeting that will direct the CFO to prepare a 2024 budget to limit the overall tax increase percentage without reducing any existing service levels. That’s how we do it at the region. And we’ll see why we can’t figure out a way to do it here in the city.”

Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan

Counsellor at Nissan
“It’s been a tough budget. Very tough; it’s been tough across the province.
“Burlington has added dollars to key elements: bylaw, human resources and other areas. There was a strong justification given for every single item. I tried to find places to cut and in the end, I could only find one spot where I thought maybe we could, and even then a pretty strong justification was made.

“And here’s the hard fact: we are already lean in Burlington. Our taxes are lower than other local jurisdictions. We have been very, very lean. We can’t reduce taxes without reducing service levels We are building the city of the future while trying to reduce tax increases.

“We are being very responsible through a tough budget and yeah, kudos we’ve been doing for several years now. Active Transportation, I really appreciate my colleagues support for that.

“And Safe Streets. These are things that we all agree on. And so there’s been some really smart amendments, very strategic focus, and there’s just there’s nothing there’s no excess here. There’s just nothing left. And so that’s because of the hard work of our staff. A lot of good work here.

Councillor Kearns: “Are we making all of our budget comments under the operation? Are we waiting to the end?

Mayor: “If you have separate comments on capital and the disposition of the assessment you would make those under those two but operating is kind of the big one. Feel free to make it now.

“I’m humbled also to share on the approval of our budget for the coming year. It has been a difficult and challenging process as the pressure to manage our expenses and prioritize services has been immense. I really emphasize that immense part. Incredible work has been done with diligence and scrutiny. At the heart of our community are our residents and it’s with their future in mind that we’ve crafted this budget. We’ve worked tirelessly to ensure that essential services such as public safety customer excellence, quality of life, infrastructure, maintenance and development management will remain in front and center of our fiscal outlook. We understand that this is a time of economic difficulty for many families. That is why we also are empathetic to those who need assistance during these trying times and also have relief programs subject to availability, eligibility available through a finance department.

“There’s been tension with stakeholders and staff to drill down into further savings and cost avoidance initiatives. I’ve scrubbed this budget to little avail of further relief, and it has been significant underfunding, part of which we all have an accountability to and this budget strikes a commitment to do better and we will together Furthermore, we are focusing on environmental sustainability initiatives and livability. So we can ensure a healthy future not only for the Burlington residents of today, but for generations to come.

“It’s quite incredible to be part of a generational shift and to make these investments for generations to come. We plan on investing in energy projects over the next few years exploring creative opportunities through culture building, expanding public transit options, investing in green infrastructure improvements for the city and implementing new programs aimed at delivering transformational digital solutions. It’s our belief that by pursuing these initiatives, not only will the citizens of Burlington benefit now, but they’ll continue to reap the rewards well into the future.

“As always, it remains our priority to provide safe communities where people can flourish and take part in creating vibrant neighborhoods to reflect our collective values and objectives. With this budget in place, we believe that these goals can be achieved over time with consistent effort from local leaders and stakeholders like I want to thank everyone who has been involved in this process and for taking part in these important decisions along the way.”

Councillor Galbraith

“This was a very challenging budget. You know, we’ve definitely heard some feedback from the residents about the number and it’s not easy to swallow. But, you know, I think we did a lot of work along the way in the past year towards this budget. Improving bylaw departments approving purchasing our largest community center at budget time, we need to fund those.

“We can’t pull the funding at budget time for things we’ve already approved and all agreed to support. It just doesn’t work. We need to fund our, our, the plans for you know, active transportation we need to fund those plans and I appreciate some of the motions brought forward by my colleagues.

“They were very good and and were supported and they need to be supported. You know, I am excited about some of the staff fixes that are this budget is supporting. We have a lot of processes that were just are backlogged. They’re just not working right now. So there’s really no way around it. We have to fix our internal staffing issues. The culture is not competitive anymore. Compensation is so looking forward to supporting this budget.”

Mayor Meed Ward: “So first of all, I would like to offer some some thanks. Starting with our city manager, our CFO and the entire team of staff. This wasn’t an easy budget for you to present to us.

We recognize that and we also know that we can’t fix what we don’t know. And if there are issues in the corporation we really do rely on having a collaborative and trusting relationship with our staff to bring forward what you believe the city needs and our community needs. And you did that in in a very difficult budget year and we know this is year one of two years of difficulty so next year’s budget is going to be difficult as well. Because we are building the foundation for the future. We are not just planning for all of the services that our community needs for this term of Council.

“We are planning for the next seven generations and this budget and the next one and the future ones that we will deal with on our watch are part of putting that strong foundation into place. It makes key investments in issues and projects and services that our community has told us are important this directly responds to community feedback that we’ve heard around the need for more community amenities. So Robert Bateman High School redevelopment adaptation is funded. The Skyway Community Centre is funded with a new NHL size ice rink.

“We have park improvements that are funded active transportation, including some additional motions brought forward during committee to make sure that people have the choice of cycling walking transit to get around our city. Residents have asked us for enhanced resources around bylaw enforcement and coyote response. This is directly relating to people’s quality of life living in our community. And so we responded to that as well, as well as automated speed cameras. This is year one of a two year implementation program to make sure that we have a better way of dealing with speeding on local streets and protective protecting public safety in that way.

“And we’ve reserved our free beach parking passes for Halton residents for the next year for the next two years, actually. So we this is a very responsive budget. It also addresses ongoing impacts from COVID inflation as well as the need to be competitive to the labour market and make sure that we have the best people here to deliver the best services to our community and catching up to growth. So a lot of we’re behind the eight ball community growth has far surpassed our planned expectations and we expect that to happen again even with the new numbers assigned to us by the province. And gross never fully pays for growth.

“And of course under Bill 23. We are going to continue to lobby that the impacts and the hole in our budget created by that bill be erased and that we’d be made whole so that we can collect what we need to build the community services, infrastructure and other amenities that a growing community needs. So we’re playing catch up with his budget and the next. And a reminder to folks that your overall budget includes three levels of government. It includes Halton Region services, you get paramedics, waste management, public health, social services, housing and so much more. And of course, also public education. We we are the collection agency for local investment in education.

“So you get all of that for about another $1.50 a day in this budget and even after all of that our tax rate will be lower than municipalities of our size. So I’m very excited about what this budget delivers by way of services and amenities to our community and setting a foundation for a very strong future in the short term as well as seven generations out. So with that I’m not seeing any other speakers to this item. So I will we will turn it to the clerk to call the vote. Go ahead.

Councillor Galbraith’? “support”. Councillor Kearns? “support”. Councillor Nissan ? “support”. Councillor Stolte? “support”. Councillor Sharman? “support” Councillor Bentivegna ? “do not support.” Mayor Mead Ward ? “support”.

The motion carries.

Now they get to do it all over again for the Capital budget.

Mayor: ” We now have the separate vote on the capital budget for the city If anyone wishes just to speak to capital now’s your chance. Okay, I will simply say that this This budget does include an infrastructure levy we are playing catch up on State of Good Repair for for our assets, roads, community centres, buildings and we are increasing that this year because we know that we need to close the gap between the required costs of making sure that our infrastructure is kept in a state of good repair and the actual the amount that is available. So we’re going to continue to close that gap.

“We have a 20 year asset management plan. And and that’s part of what you’re getting in this budget. All right, seeing no additional speakers. To that back to the clerk for the recorded vote on this one.”

They voted: All supported except for Councillor Bentivegna who was opposed to the Capital Budget

Thank you and our final vote is with respect to assessment growth: if it is higher than the estimated 6% any increase generated goes to the tax rate stabilization reserve which we know has been relied upon heavily during COVID.

Councillor Kearns: “Thank you very much. So this is exactly where it should be going. We absolutely do need to build up that tax stabilization reserve fund. And for that reason in the year ahead with the amount of work that we’ve already done on the budget. I will not be supporting anything that comes out of one time tax rate stabilization reserve fund through the balance of the year. So I hope that everything that needs to be done has been captured in this budget and any overages or returns go right back into this reserve fund.”

Councillor Sharman: “Thank you. I think this point underlines my earlier comment, so thank you for that Councillor Kearns.  As I’ve said before, we have been on a long journey by prior councils to try to minimize tax increases to the community and they have been very successful. Of course, those kinds of steps have implications because you only have so much money and all of you at home, who are dealing with your own personal budgets and your own situations at home that caused you to have the budget that you have. Those kinds of factors apply also to this community in total. The cumulative impact of all prior years of costs is on our books today. And that would suggest to us that we have to be very conscious of the future of the organization, the future of the community, as much as on the impact on local community members today. There is no magic to this. It requires discipline, hard work and diligence. Part of it is that we have to rebuild our reserves.  I’m not going to make any comments about the way we’ve used them in the past. My point is only about the future requires more and more discipline and care. And not that we haven’t cared enough. We just got to think about it differently.”

Mayor Meed Ward: “At the moment, I will simply conclude my statements with some thanks that I left out. I want to give a huge thanks to Councillor Charmin, who is also our Deputy Mayor of strategy and budgets for your deep review. And understanding of these matters and contributing to getting us to today.  I’ve learned a lot sitting side by side with you through this process and look forward to next year in coming years.

“And I also want to thank our budget chair Councillor Kearns, who very capably led us through over seven hours of discussion in one day and we were in good hands. Our conversations as has been noted before, we’re very respectful, very thoughtful and and that is, I think, a huge testament to this council working together because it’s difficult any year in a budget year and we’ve had some tough ones. But especially when you’re looking at a significant increase like this.  People focused on what we needed to do for the community and that is evident in our discussion. So thanks to all of you. The community is better for it.

City Manager Tim Commisso made perhaps the truest comment saying “this budget could not have been done without Treasurer Joan For”  Joan added that it was a team of five financial analysts,  Meri Gjeka; Andrea Hagley; Gurpinder Grewal; and Lori Jivan who was the public face during the debates.  She seemed to have every number that was needed at her finger tips.

The same day City Communications put out a statement,

Burlington City Council has approved the city’s 2023 budget, focused on planning ahead and protecting our city’s future.

As Burlington continues to grow, the 2023 budget will make key investments to ensure our City services, amenities and infrastructure keep pace with the changing needs of the community and address the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key investment priorities include:

• Enhancing front line service delivery with additional transit operators, firefighters, and bylaw and animal services staff to respond to your concerns
• Funding for two new community centres – Skyway Community Centre located at 129 Kenwood Ave. and the former Robert Bateman High School at 5151 New St.
• $72.6 million of capital investment in 2023 to keep our infrastructure assets like buildings, roads and parks in a state of good repair.
• New funding dedicated to cycling infrastructure
• New automated speed reduction program to help address local traffic concerns
• Free transit for youth (ages 13-19) on evenings and weekends

Al this is going to come to $60.31 per $100,000 of Current Value Assessment (CVA)

The property tax bill is made up of three portions, the City of Burlington (48.9%), Halton Region (33.4%), and the Boards of Education (17.7%). The overall tax increase is 7.52 per cent.

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If you wander on to the Port House - you can leave with a bit of a Glow Friday night

By Staff

February 15th, 2023


We are still here – find out why

Short notice for an interesting event at the Port House Social Bar – located inside the Waterfront Hotel.

Joshua Pedrosa, the operator of the establishment is hosting Glow, a body painting event Friday night.

Two women who are body painting specialists will be on hand for those who want to give themselves a different look and leave the place with a Glow.


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Hamilton 2030 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee runs out of time - the 100th anniversary event will take place somewhere else

By Pepper Parr

February 15th, 2023



Hamilton is no longer the top choice to host the Commonwealth Games in 2030 due to funding.

Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath really disappointed about the bid bust.

Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) says Hamilton will no longer host the events because they were not able to secure support from the Ontario government.

Even after a deadline extension, Hamilton was still unable to meet the Monday deadline. .

Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath told CHCH News she was really disappointed about the bid bust. She is calling this a lost opportunity, and says it’s up to the province to revive any shot at moving forward.

The games come with a price tag of $1.1 billion – that’s funded through upper levels of government, the city and private investments.

The city had previously supported the idea, with some councillors and mayors saying it will boost the tourism and economy in the city.

Ron Foxcroft applauds the Hamilton 2030 Bid committee and the hard work done by a volunteer committee.

Ron Foxcroft said:  I” applaud with great respect the local organizing committee, putting 5 years, of heartfelt dedication into the bid process. When the process began who would have predicted that we would encounter a pandemic of such proportion.

“I respect upper levels of government with conflicting priorities including pandemic recovery, an inherited health care system with enormous challenges, and the potential to fund the 2026 FIFA World Cup Tournament in Toronto.

“These are but a few of the challenges we face as a Province. The local organizing committee made us proud as they navigated on the world sport stage.”

Had the games come to Hamilton on the 100th anniversary of the event Burlington would have been a different city when the Games closed. It wasn’t to be.

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Public engagement gets the short end of the stick during debate on the flood plane smack in the middle of the east side of the downtown core

By Pepper Parr

February 15th, 2023


We are still here; want to know why?

Sharman on public engagement:

Councillor Paul Sharman: A realization had come to him.

During the debate on the flood plane problem the matter of engaging the public came up as Councillor Sharman said: “the Kearns line of questions suddenly registered with me that there are an awful lot of properties involved in this discussion.

“Have we actually had any public engagement around this report and the implication to these properties and should we not do that?  Rather than just have it sprung on them by Conservation Halton then suddenly the planning department makes choices that may not actually work very well for our community.

The implications for that entire footprint, which is all of downtown, the  GO Station area –  lots of properties in there,

City Staff have yet to release a map setting out just where the boundary is for the flood plane. In a conversation with Councillor Kearns Cary Clarke gave her rough boundary lines.

Staff came back with: “We did during the Phase 1 study identify learn that there were in the neighbourhood of eight development applications that were implicated by the study and through our regular meetings with those applicants. So in terms of impacting those major developments there have been in ongoing discussions with those individual property owners.

We have been discussing with Conservation Authority staff about the timing and content of a public meeting once the report is finalized. That is something that should be taking place early this year.

Sharman comes back with: “Presumably we’re not only talking about property for which there are applications, presumably there are dozens of other property owners who we haven’t consulted with. When does this become something of importance to our whole community and when do we get to talk about it? Before Conservation Halton make some choices on our behalf?

Cary Clarke then says: A general timeline of a public consultation meeting date has not been inserted yet. But it will happen shortly after the Conservation Halton has confirmed that mapping is acceptable to them. I can’t give you an exact date on I’m sorry.

So I just need to close the loop on this, we have to wait for a public consultation process and so this is gonna go on and on and on.

Brynn Neal, Executive Director Community Planning: “Now, with respect to this specific development application, when we have that finalized study, we will be sharing that with all the active development proposals in the area. It would not be tied to a broader public engagement exercise. That is what Conservation Halton and our engineering staff are planning.

That is the state of public engagement in Burlington:  perhaps the newly appointed Executive Director of Public Engagement will bring about some changes. She might start with a reading of the Shape Burlington report that was given unanimous support (lip service) in 2010

Over the past half century Rambo Creek has been getting more crowded with urban development. Parking lots and buildings have been built up against it, and in some cases, right over it! A good portion of the creek is buried in box culverts carrying its waters through town mostly unseen. Following it through town from Highway 403 all the way to its outlet to Lake Ontario near Lakeshore Road and Torrance Street can be challenging because it moves sporadically from forested open creek beds to long underground culverts. It winds between apartment buildings and hides behind strip malls. In some locations, it meanders through residential backyards


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City still looking for artists who to do public art for the under construction Skyway Community Centre

By Pepper Parr

February 14th, 2023



This request Expressions of Interest in taking on a public art project was released a number of weeks ago.

The re posting of the notice suggests there may not have been that many responses.

The site for the public art is the Skyway Community Centre. Deadline: Friday March 10, 2023. Award: $120,000 CAD

City has set aside $120,000 for the right artist and the right piece of public art.

The City of Burlington invites professional artists to submit Expressions of Interest to create an exterior public art installation for the plaza area of the new Skyway Community Centre (129 Kenwood Ave, Burlington, Ontario). This competition is open to all Canadian and International professional artists and/or artist-led teams.

The proposed artwork should act as a beacon to help guide visitors towards the main entrance of the building. Additionally, an important component of the Skyway Community Centre project is the environmentally responsible design of the facility. The Skyway Community Centre will include a low carbon design to align with the City’s goal of having a carbon neutral operation. Recognizing the severity of a changing climate, City Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and a year later approved a Climate Action Plan with a target to become a net carbon zero community by 2050. This philosophy and focus on sustainability should be a primary focus for the public art, both in theme and materials / fabrication method chosen.

An artwork proposal is not requested at this time. This is a two-phase process: in Phase One, applicants will be reviewed on the basis of artistic merit of past work, professional qualifications and experience. In Phase Two, short-listed artists will be required to submit a preliminary artwork concept proposal that will be displayed for public comment and jury review. Artists selected for the short-list will be provided with a full Request for Proposals outlining detailed artwork specifications prior to developing their proposals. Short-listed artists will be paid an artist fee of $1500 to develop their proposals.

Talk to Kim Selman, Public Art Manager if you’re confused
Tel: 905-515-9334
Email: kim@cobaltconnects.ca

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Art Gallery Summer Camp Registration opens on the 16th

By Pepper Parr

February 14th, 2023



The Burlington Art Gallery weekly in-person Summer Camps are back for children and youth from July 3 – August 25, 2023.

AGB has designed dynamic kids camps for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 12, which encourage skilful and meaningful ways of thinking, seeing, and making contemporary art and craft.

Teens can get their hands dirty too and experience the potter’s wheel firsthand with the Junior Potters Guild from July 10- 28.

Following the success of last year’s creative movement and play partnerships, The Travelling Stage and Little Yogis will be joining us to provide yoga, movement, improv, and theatre sessions every day for a fun break between art making.

We are also partnering with the Royal Botanical Gardens for two weeks of camp so kids create in the studios in the morning and hike outdoors in the afternoon. Get out. Get moving. Get making.

Registration open date: Thursday February 16, 10:00 am. The registration form will be available on line on the 16th – we will send it along to our readers – so stay tuned.

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To those loyal readers - the thousands of you - we are still here.

By Pepper Parr

February 14th, 2023



When one door closes, even if firmly locked and barred, another one will open.

When I announced that the Gazette was going to cease publishing on January 31st there was no alternative – all available and foreseeable sources of funding, personal and otherwise, were gone.

There was some very hard thinking to be done – how do you keep it alive ?

I had no means to continue. The twelve years that I published were thrilling and coming to the conclusion that I was just not able to continue meant dealing with some depression.

Hours after the notice was published the comments section begin to fill with words of thanks, encouragement and offers to pay for a subscription to the Gazette.

The intention was always to have paid advertising cover the operating costs. I took the position that I had to grow the readership to the point where there was value for an advertiser. We were close to that point when Covid19 shut everything down.

We were working on an approach to publishing that held significant opportunity to both inform the public, grow the community and become financially sustainable. That fell apart on January 30 bringing me to the point where I had to throw in the towel.

Those who understood just how important this local news source was to them and to the community spoke up and said they would be there for us and how could they help ?

In the field and on the job – we are not done yet.

That has resulted in some short term funding that will get us through the next 90 days, giving us time to begin the advertising sales campaign and to put in place an application people can use to become “patrons” of the Gazette which will  provide us with small amounts that will, hopefully, cover the operating costs and allow us to bring on board someone who can do proof reading (there are many that will say Amen to that) as well as copy editing.

I will keep the readership fully informed. Thank you

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Extent of the asbestos at former Bateman high school may impact what the building can be used for - can the public afford the cost ?

By John Best

February 14th, 2023


Our friends at The Bay Observer did a very detailed and in-depth article on the asbestos problems at the former Bateman High school.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to share this with our readers.

We now know where the asbestos is – no idea what it is going to cost to remove it. There is a lot riding on this development.

A survey conducted for the Halton District School Board last November identified 190 locations where asbestos is present in the Robert Bateman School building. The city acquired the property last year and plan to turn it into a community centre at an estimated cost of $80 million. The consultant Arcadis prepared a number of asbestos surveys for the board’s buildings.

The report found asbestos in the following locations in the Bateman building:

Thermal insulation applied to pipe fittings in several areas of the school;

Fireproofing above ceiling assemblies in several locations of the school;

Remnant fireproofing (encapsulated and painted red) above ceiling assemblies in several locations in Corridors 1 and 2, and in the Cafeteria area and on a ceiling beam in Room 262;

Remnant fireproofing (between plaster wall and joist) above ceiling assemblies near the entrances of Rooms 32, 130A and 132B;

Remnant fireproofing along the south wall of the Drama Room

Thermal insulation applied to the pipe fittings and joints on the air handling units in Room 301; and

Thermal insulation applied to pipe fittings in Mechanical Room

A spokesperson said the board did not ask for an estimate of costs for the removal of the asbestos because they already had reached agreement with the City of Burlington to transfer the school to the city. The Bay Observer asked a city of Burlington spokesperson how much of the $80 Million that the Bateman renovations are expected to cost will be used for asbestos removal and were told that will remain confidential as the city invites tenders on the rehabilitation project. The project is slated to go to tender next month.

Main Floor plan of Bateman School. Areas marked in red are asbestos sites

Originally Lord Elgin School, the bulk of the Bateman building was constructed in 1969 with additions added in 1973 and 2004. Most buildings constructed in the 1960’s and 1970’s contain asbestos. School boards are required by law to order periodic inspections to ensure that asbestos has not come loose, which poses a health hazard.

A rendering of what the school will look like when re-build is complete – getting to that point might be painful. Cost of removing the asbestos is not yet known.

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A budget that is higher than the numbers produced by city staff: 7.08% increase rose to 7.57 %

By Pepper Parr

February 14th, 2023



It was the end of a very long day – they had put in close to 11 hours and had begun to get a little giddy.

We do not yet have numbers on what the impact will be on taxpayers.  The motion they passed will be debated at City Council today is shown below.

In commenting on just what they had done ward 6 Councillor Paul Sharman said:

Sharman: This is not an irresponsible budget.

So to the ladies and gentlemen who are paying attention to what we have just done. I’d like to make the point that we recognize this is a significant increase in taxes in comparison to what has happened in prior years.

It is not a list of what we have done, it is not irresponsible and it is not a mistake – we face serious circumstances that need to be taken care of. We have spent 40 years trying to reduce and control the impact of the cost of the city on community members. And the result of that is we have lower taxes than any other municipality in our vicinity. And we’ve been proud of that, and we’re still proud of it and we are still pretty darn low.

So I’m not too concerned that that we have failed the community by over taxing – we have done very well. If the cumulative effect has been that we didn’t spend enough money on some critical matters – we have in the past made decisions that cause us to be uncompetitive in the labour market within competing municipalities around us and we’re losing people that is not in the best interest of our community.

So we’re moving to correct that. We have had complaints as late as last week about potholes in our roads that we can’t fix for another two years. And you put that in the context of us having a $5 billion infrastructure expense that is not funded; that roads and buildings and vehicles face a funding gap to keep them in the state of good repair. We now have to try and catch up – we’ve been doing that now for about five years by putting money aside and realizing that has to be increased.

In addition to that we’ve had services like by law offices where we have not had even half the quantity of our nearest neighbour, Oakville. We have a third of the number of bylaw officers they have. We are taking initial steps to adjust that. We have to get more next year.

We have a fire station that we have built 10 years ago that we’ve never properly staffed. And now that is causing concern about potential risk.

We’re not too worried that it’s going to create an immediate impact. But we’re now moving to fill those jobs.

The story goes on and on and on. We had one more thing of course, which is inflation – high inflation, So put it all together. This city is creating itself for the long term good of the community. That is our goal to do the right thing for all of you. Thank you.

Angelo Bentivegna: We all have our different viewpoints

Ward 6 Councillor Angelo who had more Budget motions than any other member of Council, most of which failed, struggled through the day to fully understand the difference between the Capital Budget and the Operations Budget said:

All I want to say quickly is today was long day and I do agree that we do need to shore up staffing issues, etc. We’ve been discussing my 10 motions, which, with the exception of two, did not reduce any of these numbers that we’re talking about and we are simply looking at putting them on a 2024 budget.

I understand. We all have our different viewpoints, some of the things I felt we needed to defer to the 2024 budget, and then see where that falls in terms of inflation numbers, Maybe we could have massaged it to some degree.

Budget committee Chair Lisa Kearns ran a tight meeting.

Chair Lisa Kearns, who ran a tight meeting under some awkward situations at times thanked committee “for your incredible teamwork today. Your collaboration your respect your dialogue and your insight in carrying forward concerns around budgetary pressures as well as the desire of the residents that you represent.

She thanked the city manager, Joan Ford, CFO and staff for delivering to us with a steady hand budget under very difficult pressures. You have been excellent in doing all of the back work and that’s required to have the conversations that you allowed counsel to undertake today with a thorough review a very thick budget book, and very respectful dialogue in and through each of the different items that we discussed today.

I am complete as your budget chair. I think we have a lot to be proud of as a council and as a city.

I first wish to take the vote for the operating budget. The motion is on your screen. It should be available for the public to see as well. (It wasn’t) Looking for all those in favour, please. All opposed. Thank you that does carry.

Looking now to take the vote for the capital budget. It is there on your screen. All those in flavor please say aye. All those opposed?

Now I’d like to take a vote on the balance. All those in favour. All those opposed? Thank you.

This does carry the main motion as amended.

Joan Ford: You’ve taken a very long term look this year

Joan Ford: “ You’ve taken a very long term look this year as part of your budget deliberations and I hope you continue that going forward.

City Manager Tim Commisso added: “I think the only person that hasn’t been thanked is Joan Ford, without her this doesn’t happen.

We will meet again on February 14th to pass the budget that was approved today.

The unfortunate part of the process that produced a budget recommendation that will be voted on at Council today is that the data was not made available.  Information that should have appeared on the screen didn’t appear on the screens.

what the financial impact will be to taxpayers was not made available.

We will see that information later today – but the public had a right to see it BEFORE it went to Council.

The rush to come up with a budget recommendation is disturbing.  Three days had been set aside to do the job properly. Council members chose to put in an eleven hour day.  That last two hours was not this Council at its best.

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Top 6 Reasons to Choose Low Minimum Deposit Casinos.

By Harriet Norton

February 14th, 2023



Low deposit casinos offer reduced risk, the ability to try out different games, and exciting bonuses & promotions to players. Read on to know more!

Thanks to technological advancements and the country’s lenient gambling regulations, the industry is one of the fastest-growing ones in Canada today.

Play and Have Fun: Advantages of Low Deposit Casinos
The gambling industry has witnessed remarkable growth globally in the last decade, and Canada is not left behind. Thanks to technological advancements and the country’s lenient gambling regulations, the industry is one of the fastest-growing ones in Canada today.

This growth has expanded gambling to a broader audience, with low-deposit casinos becoming increasingly popular. Today, there are several $10 deposit casinos for Canadians who do not want to wager much money on gambling.

What Are Low Deposit Casinos?
Most online casinos require players to deposit at least $20 before they can wager for real money. However, the industry is rapidly changing, and more low-deposit casinos are gradually springing up, allowing low-rollers to start playing with investments as low as $10, $5, or even $1. In addition, low-deposit casinos offer players the same chances of winning as regular casinos and bonuses and promotions.

You might be wondering what the catch with these casinos is. Well, there’s nothing to be afraid of as long as the online casino itself is licensed and has an excellent reputation. Low-deposit casinos are just another marketing strategy to make online gambling more affordable and reduce players’ greatest fear—losses! Therefore, it is only natural that they help casino operators attract more customers in the highly competitive industry. This article will explore the benefits of low-deposit casinos over regular ones. Let’s get into it!

Lower Risks
One major fear about playing at casinos is the risk involved. Generally, the more you play at an online casino, the higher the probability of sustaining losses. This is because most casino games are based on luck and chance rather than skills. Therefore, you can’t control the outcomes most of the time. High-deposit casinos require high deposits, which poses a considerable financial risk to players as any loss they sustain is significant.

In contrast, low-deposit casinos lower the stakes for players, allowing them to play their favorite games without risking huge losses. In addition, low-deposit casinos will enable you to play more with less, automatically helping you manage your bankroll. As a result, these casinos help you play more calmly and make reasonable decisions instead of playing out of fear of losing big. This is an excellent option for beginners who want to improve their skills and strategy without using huge bankrolls.

Suitable for Testing Out Casinos and Games
While checking for a valid license and reading customer reviews is an excellent way to check if an online casino is a good fit for you, there are some things you can’t know about a casino without actually playing with real money. Low-deposit casinos give you the complete picture of different casinos and what they offer for minimal amounts. This isn’t possible with regular casinos, although you can try using the slot recommender in BigQuery.

Low-deposit casinos can help increase your winning chances

For example, you can conveniently try out five different $1 deposit casinos before settling for the best option. This is affordable compared to spending $100 trying out five regular casino sites. Apart from testing out casinos, low-deposit casinos allow players to try out different games at lesser costs and risks. This will help you find the games with the best offers and the ones you enjoy most, significantly increasing your chances of winning.

Same Chances of Winning at Low Risk
As mentioned above, low-deposit casinos are the same as regular casinos, only that they allow players to wager at very low amounts. The games available at online casinos operate the same way as those in regular online casinos, with the same probability of winning. For instance, a poker, baccarat, or roulette game is the same for every casino; only the deposit and payout amounts are different. Similarly, the outcome of online slots is determined by Random Number Generators (RNGs) and have the same RTPs across every casino.

In fact, low-deposit casinos can help increase your winning chances. First, it helps you manage your bankroll by playing more games at lower risks. Additionally, it allows you to test more casinos and games before choosing the most suitable options.

Bonuses and Promotions
Bonus and promo offers are major features that Canadian players look out for before joining an online casino. Apart from offering enjoyable experiences, these offers help maximize players’ winnings by allowing them to place more wagers outside their normal bankroll.

Like regular casino sites, low-deposit casinos also offer players a reasonable range of bonuses and promotions. These offers are especially beneficial to those who play at these casinos, considering that their bankroll is already tiny. Even though your financial plan is low, you can still win big at low-deposit casinos with excellent bonuses and promo offers.

The welcome bonus is the most common bonus available in every online casino, including low-deposit ones. This often comes as a 100% increase or higher on the first deposit you make at a casino site. Other popular types of bonuses and promotions on low-deposit casinos include:

No-deposit bonus;
Free spins for slot games;
Reload bonus;
Loyalty points;
Referral bonus;
Weekly tournaments and prize draws.

Encourages Responsible Gambling
While playing at Canadian casinos is an exciting activity, it is possible to get carried away easily. Most people who develop problem gambling do so because of failure to manage their bankrolls. High rollers are more prone to this problem as they play with significant amounts and always look forward to winning big. Hence, they can easily lose focus and chase losses when they sustain substantial losses to their bankroll.

In contrast, low-deposit casinos give you firm control over your bankroll. These casinos help significantly reduce the amount you lose even when things are not going well. This gives you total control and prevents you from chasing losses.

Apart from financial risks, problem gambling can also mean getting addicted to playing casino games such that it affects a normal lifestyle. Therefore, don’t hesitate to visit the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) immediately for support and help if you notice any strange signs in your gambling habit.

Access to a Wide Range of Games
Another advantage of low-deposit casinos is that they offer almost the same range of games as regular ones. As mentioned above, the only significant difference between both types of casinos is the minimum deposit limits. This means you can still wager on several exciting casino game titles, including blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette, poker, table games, and slots, even with low deposits. This improves your overall online casino experience while increasing your chances of winning. Who can doubt now that online casinos have become a daily entertainment for Canadians?

On low cost gambling sites you can play more games and reduce your risk.

Furthermore, low-deposit casinos even allow you to play more games than regular casinos. This is because it’s possible to spend significant amounts only on a few games before running through your bankroll on high-deposit casinos. In contrast, low-deposit casinos help you play more with less, allowing you to access more games even with a minimum amount.

Low-deposit casinos offer several advantages to players unwilling to deposit considerable amounts in online casinos. They offer reduced risk, the ability to try out different games, more flexible withdrawal limits, exciting bonuses and promotions, and are often more accessible to a broader range of players. They also encourage responsible gambling, helping players develop a strong control of their bankroll management.

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If you work for the city and you'd like to send us information you think the public should know - we would like to hear from you

By Pepper Parr

February 12th, 2023



Police need the public if they are to solve crimes. Every day the police get 911 calls reporting a driver who is weaving back and forth between lanes. It takes minutes to get a patrol car on the scene.

The Gazette will develop a secure channel for readers to tip us off

Media get all kinds of news tips – they get crank tips as well from people who have an axe to grind.

Dump trucks depositing landfill on the Air Park site – they didn’t have city permission to change the site plan nor did the city know just where the landfill came from.

It was a call from a Lowville resident in 2013 about dump tricks that were muddying Appleby Line that resulted in our breaking the story about an attempt to build a much bigger airport in the Escarpment.

The Gazette writes a lot about the goings on at city hall. There are city staff that are not comfortable with the budget that is about to be passed.

We recently received a comment from a reader who used the name COBEmployee with an email address that proved to be valid.
If there are employees at city hall who think there is something we should know – create a phony email address and tell us what’s bothering you.

The City Communications department is in place the tell the city’s story the way they want it told.

Media has an honourable tradition of learning what is happening from people who think the truth is important.

The Mayor of Toronto resigned last week because media followed up on a piece of information that came their way.

We look forward to hearing from you – and to COB Employee – thanks.

COBEmployee is the name that was used.
COBEmployee@gmail.comwas the email that was used

The message: Pay is deposited automatically. Pay stubs, which are the details of the deposited pay, are mailed out.

We knew that – having it confirmed was useful.

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Trends in Casino traffic in 2023 - constant growth and technological improvements

By  Julia Chernomorova

February 13th, 2023


Canada – a country where online casinos compete with each other.


The industry of online gambling is constantly increasing and changing by the latest technologies and modern trends that appear on a regular basis. It is about Canada too. It is a country where online casinos compete with each other providing the greatest gambling experience ever. So, the customers of such gambling sites will meet unbelievable innovations in 2023. Learn about the latest trends in Canadian gambling in our article.

Cryptocurrency usage

Quality casinos try keeping the track of events. So, the biggest part of gambling sites offers their customers an opportunity to choose between fiat and cryptocurrency payment options.

Taking this factor into account, we can say that Bitcoin will explode Canadian online gambling in 2023. It will be a year of boosting popularity of digital currencies providing gamblers with a good great deal of goodies such as instant proceeding and total anonymity.

The innovations in Ontario

More and more people prefer spending their spare time with numerous bright, challenging, and high-quality games by visiting the best casino websites. It is especially about Ontario where online gambling is so popular like nowhere more. No wonder that this region was the first where a fully legalized gambling market was opened. It has brought the greatest names in this industry to Canadians. Moreover, these names are licensed, so players are protected from potential harm in the online casino industry.

This trend will be continued. The year 2023 will bring more games, more casinos, and of course, increased income for the budget of this province.

The technology of Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality, or simply VR is probably the most attractive and exciting trend of modern gambling in Canada. VR allows players to feel at a brick-and-mortar casino without leaving their houses. Step by step, the number of online casinos that offer this technology increases. And a current year will promote to the development of the VR technology, especially in Canada.

esport gambling is a new and exciting approach to the gambling market

eSports betting markets

A lot of Canadian players like this type of gambling. They feel satisfied making a bet on their favourite team or sportsman.

Since 2010, the year of the appearance of the first betting site, this market is constantly growing and changing. Nowadays, it attracts hundreds or even thousands of Canadian fans.

They can bet in different ways: on the results of competitions or on special props. These two variants are the most popular among Canadian gamblers. 2023 is a year of development in this gambling section. And who knows what new aspects will appear during this year. One thing we do know. Betting on sports will stay in gamblers` hearts in 2023.

Mobile browsing changed the way people could gamble.

Mobile casino

Modern people are always in hurry. They like doing anything and everything on the go. In this case, an opportunity for mobile gambling is a must for nowadays online casinos. Additionally, this option is becoming widely used in Canada.

Mobile compatibility allows websites to provide games, menu, navigation, and more that are totally friendly to different types of devices including smartphones. It is possible by installing special apps or visiting the favourite site via a mobile browser.


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