Ireland House is the location for a series of Heritage Workshops

By Staff

July 20, 2023



Besides being a destination for events and running an active programs for young people the Burlington Museum offers a series of courses, taking place at Ireland House on things you might find interesting.

Check out the opportunities – the kind of thing that is a little out of the ordinary and a chance to meet and make new friends. Click HERE to get started


Return to the Front page

If you are a Senior and want to use free transit you will need a Presto card

By Staff

July 20th, 2023



With all day free transit for seniors starting August 1st, people will need to get a Presto card.

Here is how you do that:

Burlington Transit is giving Seniors 65+ and youth 13-19 free PRESTO cards while supplies last. The cards can be picked up and activated at the Downtown Transit Terminal, 430 John St.

The terminal is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Adult and child PRESTO cards are available for $6. Customers should bring ID so staff can give them the correct PRESTO card with the right age category assigned to it.

PRESTO cards are available for children, youth, adults and seniors for $6 at:

• all Shopper’s Drug Mart locations in Burlington
• vending machines at the GO Stations: these are issued as adult cards. Anyone purchasing a PRESTO card at one of the PRESTO vending machines will need to stop by the Downtown Transit Terminal or a Shoppers Drug Mart location to have the correct age category put on their card, if not an adult.

Tap the card – that’s all it takes

To use the PRESTO card, tap the PRESTO card as you board the bus, the same way you would tap a credit or debit card. Burlington Transit bus drivers are able to help if passengers have any questions.

For new riders, Burlington Transit is partnering with the Burlington Public Library to offer Learn to Ride sessions at various library branches this fall. Watch for information about those sessions soon.

Return to the Front page

Rob Bennett out as Managing Director of the Teen Tour Band

By Staff

July 19th, 2023



Now I think we know what it is Council chose to discuss in a closed session of both a Standing Committee and Council.

At the time the only information the public was given was that one of the items was related to a known name working for the city or one of its agencies. Council met on the 11th and Rob Bennett Managing Director of the Burlington Teen Tour Band was let go on the 14th.

Burlington Teen Tour Band Managing Director during better days is seen with Mayor Meed Ward receiving a key to the city.

On July 14th Burlington Teen Tour Band members and staff received an email advising them that Bennett was no longer a member of staff.

Bennett was described as “an extremely hard-working individual, despite his sometimes intimidating demeanour he was loved and cherished by all band members.”

He joined the Peanuts band in 1977, then moving up to Teen Tour’s percussion section in 1979.

After his retirement as a band member in 1989, Rob was still involved in the band, as he took up the position of a band instructor.

In 1998 he was appointed to the position of full-time Managing Director of the Band and Music Programs Manager for the City of Burlington’s Parks and Recreation Department. Bennett held his position as Managing director for 25 years.

Return to the Front page

Has the beginning of a shift in the way Council will work going forward begun - and are there new faces building a profile?

By Pepper Parr

July 19th, 2023



Let’s take a look at three women who are part of the Burlington political world.

Mayor Meed Ward once said she has 17 points of contact with her constituents – and she uses every one of them regularly.

Marianne Meed Ward has served the city as a Councillor and as Mayor now in her second term. In 2026 she will have served the city for 16 years which will result in a very decent pension. Will she run again? Will she be opposed by a member of Council; two that we are aware of harbour hopes of wearing the chain of office.

Shawna Stolte has been the Councillor for ward 4 since 2018. Her Integrity Commissioner problems made her first term very difficult and many were not certain she would run again. But she did and was the Deputy Mayor for the Council meeting July 11th. Watching how she handled the meeting one got the sense that she liked the role; perhaps chairing Council meetings on a regular basis was even more appealing than when we had a conversation with her about wearing the Chain of Office.

Daintry Klein, the woman who advocates for green space and has been a tireless advocate for the Millcroft community and doing everything she can to prevent any future development on the golf course properties.

A recent community meeting was to urge resident of Millcroft to donate the funds needed to hire the experts that will get the organizations leads through the Ontario Land Tribunal hearing that is working its way through the bureaucracy.

The shaded areas show where the 98 additional houses will be built.

Klein did a good job of explaining why the funds were needed and how much was needed.

Angelo Bentivegna – has no problem in ignoring groups in his ward. Was absent at the most recent meeting of Millcroft Green Alliance

The ward Councillor Angelo Bentivegna was absent – he appears to have decided to keep his distance from the Millcroft Greenspace Alliance.

What made the meeting awkward for Klein was that Mayor Meed Ward attended and told the audience that she didn’t want to see the case now at the OLT take place. She told the audience that she was going to work the telephones and get a decision from the Ministry of Housing and Municipal Affairs to put an end to the development application.

Given that the Mayor now has Strong Mayor powers she could put a stop to it in minutes. Is that in the offing?

Last week, Klein delegated to a Statutory meeting on a development in the ward that she felt created some risk from an environmental perspective.

She learned to her surprise that the planner speaking for the people who owned the property told council that they did not yet have a client because the people they wanted to offer the property to needed more in the way of certainty on just what they could and could not do.

Despite the surprise Klein continued until Councillor Sharman, who was chairing the Statutory meeting, asked her to speak to the specific issue. Taken aback Kline did a quick pivot and talked about the need to keep environmental issues a close to the top issue when it came time to make a decision.

There was no strong reason for Klein to be doing a delegation other than to maintain the profile she has in the community.

A working relationship with ward Councillor Angelo Bentivegna hardly exists and Klein would not be taking all that much of a risk should decide she could do a better job as the Councillor for ward 6.

Shawna Stolte has weathered everything the Mayor has thrown at her and has managed to hold her own.

The dynamic between the three women is interesting. Stolte took a very unfair drubbing from Meed Ward when she attempted to revise a Council meeting agenda and force Stolte to issue a public apology who was once her administrative assistant. Stole did a fine job of turning the tables and calling out the Mayor for what really was atrocious behaviour. We once again share that behaviour – here is the link.

Mayor Meed Ward did herself no favours when she told the audience of a meeting Klein had called that there was no reason to raise funds because she, the Mayor, was going to do everything in her power to prevent the matter of developing some of the golf course lands – where the developer wants to build 98 high end houses on a very desirable location – even if they are shoe horning them in at some of the locations Those homes will sell just is as soon is as the developer knows his appeal to the OLT come out with a decision in their favour.
The Mayor does not have a strong working relationship with the Millcroft Greenspace Alliance and she certainly doesn’t have a quality working relationship with Stolte.

The interesting scenario is we have a Mayor who doesn’t have a strong, positive working relationship with at least one member of her council, has another member who isn’t interested in serving parts of his constituency and appears to be blunting the efforts of a community that needs all the help it can get to prevent a radical change.

Daintry Klein has worked tirelessly to keep the interest of her community in the public eye. Is she ready to sit at the table where the decisions are made. She would be at positive addition.

Daintry Kline has a strong background in the finance sector and has been more than diligent in working for her community. Does that translate into running for public office – Klein  has said she has no interest – they all do that until they announce that they want to serve their community and would be honoured to do just that.

Stolte and Klein would get along well – the have that “community first” in their DNA.

Keep an eye on both of them.

As for the Mayor – she will let you know what she is up to.

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

Return to the Front page

Burlington Green looking for input on the shaping of their next five year Strategic Plan

By Staff

July 19th, 2023



Burlington Green has had a significant and important impact during the past 15 years.

A rendering of what the tower part of the Pier was to look like with the wind turbine. .

Pressures from growth, climate change impacts, biodiversity loss, and more, all require immediate and effective ACTION. A greener future needs a plan, a dedicated focus, leadership, and of course, contributions from everyone.

The development of their next 5-year strategic plan (2024-2028) is underway and they are inviting people to share their views to help the organization be a more effective organization. They would like you to help shape their future focus.

About the survey:
– It should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete, depending on your responses.

– The survey is anonymous and is accessible to anyone who would like to complete and submit it.
– Optional: All Halton residents that submit a survey may be entered into a draw for a chance to win a BG Eco-Prize Pack, that we will deliver to you (in Halton). After completing the survey, a link will be provided for you to share your contact information, so your survey feedback remains anonymous.

This is important – Burlington Green has standing in the community – they are respected is as an organization. The Gazette would like to see them holding the decision makers accountable. The leadership pride themselves on being non-partisan but are often on the timid side when it comes to hold special interests accountable.

Burlington Green has a very strong following – they turn out for the Annual Clean Up – Green Up event – which is important. Right now Climate Change is the most important issue.

In the 12 years I have been following the organization I have yet to hear them say a word about what the development community has done to the city.
Burlington Green personifies the Burlington trait of being polite. Ruffling feathers is not part of what they do.

The original plan was to build the tower and put a wind turbine on the top. Without the turbine – there was no need for the tower – which would have saved close to a million dollars. What the public has now is a tower that with lights that can be programmed.

When the pier was being built – it was supposed to have a small windmill on the top of the tower that would create energy to power the lights. The only reason the tower part of the Pier was built was to have the windmill. I recall so clearly the conversation Amy had with the Mayor at the time. He offered to put up some solar panels that would generate the power.

Burlington Green Executive Director Amy Schnurr

That never happened. It would have been so very useful had Amy expressed her disappointment.

Hearing her say: “Your Worship, I am truly disappointed that you have not understood the point we are trying to make.” That would have been enough – when they know they are going to be called to account – the decision makers tend to make better decisions.

Keep that in mind when you are doing the survey – You can access it HERE


Return to the Front page

Skyway Bridge closures are longer than first reported - schedule is for most weekends through to mid August

By Staff

July 19th, 2023



The work that has to be done on the Skyway Bridge is disrupting.

Here is the latest update.

Closed to Skyway traffic most weekends through to at least mid-August

On Saturday, July 22, one lane will be closed starting at 8:30 p.m., with full closure at 10 p.m.

The lanes will remain closed until Sunday, July 23 at 11:30 a.m.

Here is the full schedule:

Saturday, July 22
8:30 p.m. – one lane closed
10 p.m. – full closure
Sunday, July 23, 11:30 a.m. – all lanes reopen

Friday, July 28*
8:30 p.m. – one lane closed
10 p.m. – full closure

Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. – all lanes reopen
*rain date – Saturday, July 29

Friday, Aug. 11*
8:30 p.m. – one lane closed
10 p.m. – full closure

Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. – all lanes reopen
*rain date – Saturday, Aug. 12

Friday, Aug. 18*
8:30 p.m. – one lane closed
10 p.m. – full closure

Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. – all lanes reopen
*rain date – Saturday, Aug. 19

On ramps closed
At these times, the QEW Niagara bound on ramps at:

• Northshore Boulevard,
• Plains Road and
• Fairview Street

will be closed.

Return to the Front page

Gould takes to the podium at the United Nations

By Staff

July 18th, 2023



Burlington MP Karina Gould spoke today at the United Nations in New York.

She was speaking about Sustainable Development before a High Level Political Forum

Burlington MP Karina Gould at the United Nations podium in New York City earlier today.

Return to the Front page

Healthy Parks Healthy People - July 21st is a free day - move fast fast to reserve a space

By Staff

July 18th, 2023



The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, David Piccini, issued the following statement on Healthy Parks Healthy People Day.

“On July 21, 2023, Ontario Parks is once again offering free day-use access to provincial parks to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day.

This annual celebration is part of a global movement to promote the incredible health benefits of getting outside in nature. Studies show spending time in nature can improve our mental, physical, and social well-being, including lower blood pressure, increased self-esteem and reduced anxiety.

This is a large part of what Ontario is all about.

Ontario’s provincial parks have always been a place of comfort, relaxation and adventure for families, individuals and communities alike, making memories that last a lifetime. As the largest operator of outdoor recreational opportunities in the province, Ontario Parks offers programs and facilities to enjoy nature year-round, regardless of your outdoor experience. In most parks, you can go hiking, cycling, paddling, swimming and more! These activities promote physical health and contribute to our overall well-being and happiness.

I’m proud that Ontario Parks is a Healthy Parks Healthy People leader, offering numerous ways to engage with nature, including the following upcoming events:

The 30×30 Challenge to encourage people to spend 30 minutes in nature for 30 days during the month of August
Take a Hike Day on August 9, a brand-new event this year offering guided hikes at provincial parks around the province.

First new all-season, full-service provincial park in over 40 years, located at Bigwind Lake Provincial Park near Bracebridge.

Our government is also expanding recreational opportunities for families by creating the first new all-season, full-service provincial park in over 40 years, located at Bigwind Lake Provincial Park near Bracebridge. We are also exploring the creation of a new urban provincial park near Uxbridge and recently announced Ontario’s first new conservation reserve in over a decade.

As the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, I encourage all Ontarians to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, immerse themselves in the splendour of nature, and experience first-hand the restorative power of our provincial parks.

I hope you’ll join us at Ontario Parks on July 21. See you out on the trails!”

Additional Resources
To guarantee access, visitors are strongly encouraged to obtain a daily vehicle permit up to five days in advance of the July 21 celebration at no charge for the 57 parks offering this service.

Visitors can join in on one of the many events happening across the province to celebrate spending time in nature.

Ontarians can comment on the design features for Ontario’s new operating park and share their thoughts and ideas on the proposed new urban park. Both surveys are available until September 4.

Learn more about the benefits of spending time in nature.

Use the Ontario Parks locator tool to find a provincial park near you.

Return to the Front page

A chance to go Nurdle Hunting - Burlington Green will tell you everything you needed to know

By Staff

July 18th, 2023



What’s a nurdle? And what do you do with it should you find one?

Nurdles are small pellets that are the first step in the process of making any plastic thing. Your plastic containers, bags, and bottles were all once nurdles.

Return to the Front page

Squeeze play - Auditor General has to retire September 3rd - any of the work she has done on the Greenbelt land swaps will go out the door with her

By Staff

July 18th, 2023



The plans Premier Ford had to move lands out of the Greenbelt and replaced by lands he would put into the Greenbelt are giving him grief galore.

Marit Stiles, leader of the Opposition at Queen’s Park asked the Auditor General to do a Value for Money investigation.

Bonnie Lysyk, Ontario’s current Auditor General

Bonnie Lysyk, Ontario’s current Auditor General thought about it and took on the task.

One of the things she wanted to do was interview Ontario developer Silvio De Gasperis of the TACC Group of companies that owns one of the properties.

In a controversial move by the Ford government, nearly 3,000 hectares of land were removed from Ontario’s Greenbelt — a two-million-acre stretch of protected farmland, forests, and wetlands in Southern Ontario — so that tens of thousands of homes could be built. The removal drew backlash from a variety of camps — those concerned over the environmental implications, and those raising an eyebrow at developers with connections to Ford having purchased now-freed-up Greenbelt land in the years immediately preceding its removal.

One such developer is TACC, who, in 2021, acquired a property in Vaughan with then-protected Greenbelt land for $50M. This was added to a growing collection of Greenbelt lands De Gasperis owned, which also included parcels of farmland in north Pickering that he previously tried to transform into subdivisions.

Once protected Greenbelt Land – slated for housing developments.

In January of this year, Lysyk announced an audit of the financial and environmental impacts of the Greenbelt lands removal, filing a summons on June 26 requiring De Gasperis to attend an examination. In a response filed with the court De Gasperis asks the court to quash the summons, which the documents note was not the Auditor General’s first attempt to obtain information from De Gasperis.

Ten days before the summons was filed, Lysyk sent a letter to De Gasperis requesting a meeting regarding TACC Group’s lands in the Duffins Rouges Agricultural Preserve in Pickering that were no longer subject to Greenbelt restrictions, court documents say. The letter reportedly noted an interest in discussing, among other topics, how the Ontario government identified TACC’s lands for removal from the Greenbelt.

The summons itself required De Gasperis to appear at the Auditor General’s office on June 30 and bring “any and all relevant records, correspondence, notes and documents in connection with the examination under oath regarding TACC Development’s properties removed from the Greater Toronto Area Greenbelt.”
De Gasperis’ response provides a laundry list of reasons for wanting to quash the summons, including a claim that Lysyk is seeking to examine De Gasperis “on matters on which he has no information beyond that of someone who is generally knowledgeable about the housing and development industry.”

The response also states De Gasperis “does not have relevant information to provide with respect to matters within the jurisdiction of the Auditor general, whose mandate generally is to determine if government money has been well spent, rather than how Greenbelt boundaries were redrawn by the Ontario government.” It then goes on to call the summons an “abuse of process.”

Neil Wilson, Partner at Stevenson Whelton LLP and legal representative for De Gasperis, provided a statement on behalf of TACC, highlighting the developer’s issue with the Auditor General requesting “information on a number of very broad topic areas on planning and government process.”

Rural Ontario as we know it today will be very different in a decade. The change begs the question – where is the food going to come from – are we going to truck it all in from California or from South America?

“TACC is not the best source of information on these broad subject matters. However, as TACC appreciates that the Auditor General is attempting to understand a complex subject matter, we responded with a list of more appropriate and knowledgeable sources,” the statement reads. “At this point, the scope and goal of the Auditor General’s investigation are unclear.”

Wilson also notes that “the vast majority” of TACC’s Greenbelt land holdings “were acquired over twenty years ago prior to the existence of the Greenbelt and [the Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve Act].” TACC believes the Auditor General is “considering clarifying to TACC what information is being sought.”

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has amended the Greenbelt Area boundary regulation to add 13 new Urban River Valley areas and lands in the Paris Galt Moraine in Wellington County and remove 15 areas of land. Add lands in the Paris Galt Moraine in Wellington County to the Greenbelt Area Remove or re designate 15 areas of land totalling approximately 7,400 acres from the edge of the Greenbelt Area that are serviced or adjacent to services and will be used to build housing in the near term. The investigative reporters want to learn more about who bought the lands that are being taken out of the Greenbelt and how much did they know before they bought ?

It is more than just the TACC properties – the land involved, as identified in the image above, is extensive.

The Auditor General’s office confirmed that the results of the audit are expected to be released by September, although an exact release date has not yet been determined.

Bonnie Lysyk’s term of office comes to end on September 3rd.

Can you see the play that is taking place ?

Crafty folks they are indeed.

Related news stories:

Doug explains the plan.

Return to the Front page

Process to Authenticate Official Documents for International Use Simplified

By Staff

July 18th, 2023



This is an interesting service – good on the provincial government in making the service available. Fees are nominal – nothing over $50.
In the world we live in a lot of stuff is phony – Artificial Intelligence has made all kinds of mayhem possible.

The Ontario government is making it easier and more convenient for people and businesses to authenticate documents such as birth certificates, corporate powers of attorney and diplomas for use outside of Canada.

The province is expanding this vital service to four additional ServiceOntario locations across the province.

In-person document authentication services are now available in:

Ottawa: 110 Laurier Avenue West
Sault Ste. Marie: 101-420 Queen Street East
Thunder Bay: 113-435 James Street South
Windsor: 205-400 City Hall Square East

“Whether someone is preparing for a major life event, a new job or an adventure abroad, authenticating documents for international use is often a crucial and time-sensitive matter,” said Kaleed Rasheed, Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery. “Expanding this service to four additional ServiceOntario locations across the province is yet another example of our government putting customers first and saving people time and money.”

When a public document is to be used in another country, proof of authentication for documents such as birth and marriage certificates, educational diplomas and corporate documents is often required for people doing business, studying, or travelling abroad, people applying for international visas or people participating in international adoptions.

This expansion of authentication services adds to the services already available in-person and by mail at the Official Documents Services office located at 222 Jarvis Street in Toronto, and helps better serve the millions of Ontarians who live outside of the Greater Toronto Area.

This change enables more individuals and businesses to have their documents authenticated via same-day service in addition to our standard mail-in options which often require up to 15 business days to complete.

Expanding services also lays the groundwork to respond to an anticipated surge of document authentication requests as a result of Canada joining the Hague Apostille Convention in January 2024. Once the Convention comes into effect, the province will be solely responsible for authenticating Ontario-issued public documents.

Customers can use the online document authentication portal to check if their document is eligible for authentication at any in-person location or by mail before proceeding.

Between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023, the Official Documents Services office processed nearly 67,000 document authentications and served more than 29,000 in-person clients.

Additional Resources
Learn how to get an Ontario-issued public document authenticated for use abroad.

Return to the Front page

Jazz on the Patio. Another great line up for the 8th year

By Pepper Parr

July 18th, 2023


For those who want a bite to eat – Curb Side will be there.


It is the best summer event deal in the city.  Might not draw the mobs that Sound of Music pulls in but for a great entertainment day – ‘Jazz on the Plaza’ is tops

Highly anticipated annual community event, showcases  a series of emerging and established Canadian musicians in an al fresco setting.

Tammy Fox, Executive Director of the operation has taken it all a step further with the inclusion of a Food Truck.  Curbside will be on hand for those that want a little more than the bar offers.

The performers for each of the two day event are:

Saturday August 12th

Elise LeGrow – a Canadian vocal powerhouse

Sat Aug 12, 2023 at 2pm

With a raspy, spellbinding style and elegant, dynamic mystique, Elise LeGrow is the Canadian powerhouse defying pop culture chronology, wowing Questlove, Betty Wright, and a crew of R&B legends along the way.

Heather Bambrick

Sat Aug 12, 2023 at 4pm

Heather Bambrick, one of Canada’s top Jazz vocalists, has collaborated with some of the best around and has appeared as a guest performer with numerous Jazz ensembles. If you’re a CBC listener you will know her well

Sunday August 13th

Ori Dagan

Sun Aug 13, 2023 at 2pm

Award-winning jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan has attracted a dedicated and growing audience, both in his native Toronto and internationally.

Micah Barnes and Billy Newton Davis

Micah Barnes and Billy Newton Davis: Former Nylons in Concert
Sun Aug 13, 2023 at 4pm

This show features Billy Newton Davis performing “Sammy & Me” about his real-life experience working with Sammy Davis Jr., and Micah Barnes taking you on the roller coaster ride of his career in “Micah at The Sands Hotel”!


Return to the Front page

Ward 1 Pop-up in the Park – July 19, 2023

By Staff

July 18th, 2023



Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith is inviting his constituents to drop by LaSalle Park on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm to share your  thoughts with him about Ward 1 matters.

Will Tom Muir be allowed to take part in the Pop Up in the Park?

Our immediate question to the Councillor is – Will Tom Muir be allowed to attend and put questions to you?  Recall that you advised Muir some months ago that your office would not be dealing with him in the future – going so far as to take him off your newsletter distribution.

We are hoping that some of the people who attend will ask where you stand on the development that is at the OLT right now but is expected to win its appeal.  Given that it is directly across the two small Waterdown Road properties you own – you will most certainly be in a conflict.  who will speak for the residents at Council meetings and in CLOSED sessions of Council.

Do understand Councillor; we have no problems with your land holdings – you’ve worked hard to get to where to you are – but there are something that just cannot be done at the same time.

The Pop Up in the Park is your occasion to be frank and direct with the people who put you in that Council seat.

Related news articles:

Integrity advises Councillor he is in a Conflict of Interest

Aldershot residents were not informed; the 19th is an opportunity to get informed and hold their Councillor accountable.

Return to the Front page

Find 15 people to help you pull a 200,000 lbs Airbus 50 yards - be part of the United Way Kick Off Sept 16

By Pepper Parr

July 18th, 2023



Healthy communities are places where people who need help are given the help they need.  In Canada the organization that does that best is the United Way. Today the organization is  an international network of over 1,800 local nonprofit fundraising affiliates.

In 1887, a Denver woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi got together… It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but they didn’t walk into a bar; what they did do was recognize the need to work together in new ways to make Denver a better place.

Every year local branches hold a fund raising drive – giving the average person an opportunity to share what they have with others who don’t have what they need.

It begins with a tug-of-war – your team pulling a 202,000 pound Airbus A300 fifty yards along the tarmac at the Hamilton International Airport.

The United Way Halton & Hamilton together with UPS®, invite you to the 5th Annual Plane Pull on September 16th, 2023.

How It Works
Each team will get one opportunity to pull the plane 50 feet across the tarmac in the shortest amount of time.

The team with the shortest combined time wins bragging rights and great prizes!

Prizes will be awarded to the three fastest teams, top team and individual fundraisers, and teams with the most spirit (costumes are encouraged!)
Bring your friends, colleagues and family!

Whether you are pulling the plane or cheering from the sidelines, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained including a face painting, bouncy castle, food trucks, and more!

Don’t think you have the muscles to pull the plane but still want to contribute? Join us as an event sponsor! Contact Sarah Hodgson

First – Register on line – you can do that HERE; then start fund raising.

There is no registration fee; each team must fundraise at least $1,500 to be eligible for prizing. This counts towards your workplace campaign total.

Once you have registered, your individual fundraising page makes it easy to approach your friends, family, and neighbours to help you reach your goal. Tax receipts will be provided for donations over $25.

Participants will be asked to share their experience on social media: follow @UnitedWayHH using #LocalLove

Now you start the fund raising.
Send your custom fundraising page to your family and friends to help you reach your personal goal!

Each participant is encouraged to raise a minimum of $1,000 to help reach our collective goal of $225,000 to support those in need throughout our community .

Next step – Register is as an individual or is as a member of a team.

Everything has Rules and Regulations.
Maximum of 15 people per team, must be 18 or older to participate.

The Royal Bank Team pulling the Airbus A300 at the Hamilton International Airport.

Each team will get one opportunity to pull the plane 50 feet across the tarmac in the shortest amount of time. The team with the shortest combined time wins bragging rights and great prizes!

Prizes will be awarded to the three fastest teams, top team and individual fundraisers, and teams with the most spirit (costumes are encouraged!)

The United Way is a great community service organization. In the days ahead we will tell you all about what they do. who they help and  – where the funds raised are spent.

A number of years ago all the local United Way organizations realized that there was strength in number – that resulted in the Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills and Hamilton organizations merged and became UWHH – United Way Halton Hamilton with a goal of raising $11 million this year.

Return to the Front page

All it took was a Presto card to approve the 1989 Appleby Line; two tower (17 and 20 storeys) can now proceed

By Pepper Parr

July 17th, 2023



City Council went into a closed session July 11th and today released some of what was discussed.

The Ontario Land Tribunal has accepted the settlement agreed upon between Latch Residential Developments and the City of Burlington – all it took was a Presto card to make the two tower development a done deal.

Development approved for the 1989 Appleby Line location

The application proposes to replace the existing gas station use with the development of two 20-storey residential buildings connected by a shared 6-storey podium with retail at grade. This would result in a total of 475 residential units, 871m2 of at-grade retail space, 502 vehicular parking spaces, and 304 bicycle parking spaces. Vehicle access is proposed via two driveways: one on Appleby Line and one on Upper Middle Road. Amenity space is proposed at the 7th storey within two indoor spaces (275m2 in each tower) and one outdoor space (413m2) on the roof of the podium. The apartment building use is permitted, and the Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments are requested for the proposed increases in density, Floor Area Ratio, height, as well as a reduction in parking.

At its meeting of July 11, 2023 Burlington City Council approved the recommendation to accept an offer to settle the issues in dispute between 1989 Appleby Latch Limited and the City with respect to the non-decision appeal currently before the Ontario Land Tribunal (“OLT”). As part of this approval, Council approved the recommendation that the planning analysis be released publicly and posted on the City’s webpage.

The settlement between the City and 1989 Appleby Latch Limited resolves the issues in dispute between the City and 1989 Appleby Latch Limited on the basis these parties will seek OLT approval of a revised development proposal and related Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments for the site. The revised development proposes the following:

Site location. Traffic will be a challenge.

▪ Decreased number of residential units from 475 to 463;

▪ Decreased retail floor area from 871m2 to 786m2;

▪ Decreased Floor Area Ratio (FAR) from 5.7:1 to 5.2:1;

▪ Decreased height of the east tower from 20 storeys to 17 storeys;

▪ Increased height of the west tower from 20 storeys to 22 storeys;

▪ Rotated west tower slightly so that it is parallel to the east tower rather than parallel to Appleby Line;

▪ An additional level of underground parking (for a total of 4 underground levels);

▪ Increased overall parking rate from 1.06 to 1.11 parking spaces per unit;

▪ Introduces 0.8m wide planting strip along north side of surface parking area adjacent to Hydro One corridor;

▪ Increased building setback from Appleby Line from 0m to 4.2m (ground floor); and

▪ Increased total amenity area from 9.03m2 to 9.28m2 per unit

Transportation Impacts

Impact on traffic in the Sheldon Creek neighbourhood was a common concern identified at the public meeting for this application. The revised proposal addresses transportation impacts through Transportation Demand Management (TDM) and traffic calming measures.

The TDM measures seek to minimize car dependence through a variety of means:

  • prospective residents of the proposed development will be provided with information about transportation options, including transit and cycling;
  • two on-site bicycle repair facilities will be provided for use by residents and visitors;
  • bicycle parking and storage facilities will be provided in the amount of 272 long-term spaces and 48 short-term spaces;
  • residents who do not purchase a parking space will receive a Presto card preloaded to allow for two years of travel; and,
  • parking supply will be managed by unbundling parking space from residential unit so that each is purchased separately, allowing purchasers to adjust their unit purchase to reflect their parking needs, and limiting the sale of parking spaces to maximum one space per residential unit.

Development site as it exists today.


Return to the Front page

It was a hard week for many - there are more of them ahead.

By Pepper Parr

July 17th, 2023



Most of us got through last week – but not everyone fared well.

Mortgage rate increases are ruining some families; the heat that has become oppressive. The Climate change issue is now top of mind for the thousands that basically ignored it a year ago.

Some serious thought has to be given to how city council wants to handle transit – free rides bump into the cost of converting to an electric fleet.

One Gazette reader reported pointed out that Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster said a traditional bus comes in at about $700,000 range, while the electric version come at about $1.5 million.

We know what the diesel buses do to the environment – but cutting over to electric buses can’t be done in the immediate future. And if it could will the public put up with the increase and at the same time make transit free for everyone?

Another Gazette reader took exception to our comment that there was a level of greed driving up rental rates – 20% plus increases – is hard to attribute to the rising costs for property owners.

Somewhere something has to give – and the one thing that can’t give is the environment.

Fires in western Canada have cost the country the lives of two firefighters, 100 families in an Ottawa suburb are looking for trades people to repair their homes.

There are parts of Burlington that understand what flooding did to their basements in 2014.

City Treasurer Joan Ford has a very tough budget to craft – council will disappoint her with some of the decisions they make.

Residents will see the beginnings of the budget in September – it isn’t going to be pretty.

Leadership at the federal and provincial levels has been terribly disappointing; does anyone want to ask how that $10 a day for daycare program is doing.

It took the federal government close to a year to get the agreement in place with the province – all the other jurisdictions already had their agreements completed.

Once the province has its agreement with the federal government – it then has to turn to Regional governments to determine how the daycare sector is going to become part of the funding plan and at the same time thousands of certified child care workers have to be found and trained.

One of the few construction cranes to be erected in the city.

The housing needed to accommodate the half a million people that are going to come to Canada has yet to be built – the development industry has realized that affordable housing is not a part of the industry that offers the profits that the high end condominiums offer.

Has anyone seen a crane going up on any one of the development sites that have been approved?

Far too many of the development applications are waiting for their Ontario Land Tribunal(OLT) hearings; the developers don’t like the Official Plan that was passed by the current City Council and are hoping some of the items they dislike can be changed.

The City has not done all that well at OLT hearings.

The problems, the pain and the grief are far from over.

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

Return to the Front page

Celebrate 150 years of Burlington’s rich and unique heritage during Heritage Week, Aug. 5-12

By Staff

July 17th, 2023



Burlington’s Heritage Advisory Committee invites you to take part in an exciting lineup of activities for Heritage Week, Aug. 5-12, 2023. In honour of Burlington’s 150th anniversary, a special week of heritage events are planned, focusing on sites that have shaped Burlington throughout its history.

A detailed schedule of all the events taking place during Heritage Week, including locations and how to register, is set out below:

Registration is open between July 10 to 28. All are welcome.

Schedule of events

Heritage Week is organized by the members of Heritage Burlington, in collaboration with the Burlington Historical Society, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington Public Library, Burlington Museums, Beach Canal Lighthouse, Freeman Station, Halton Black History Awareness Society, Heritage Services – Halton Region, and David Craig of History Pix, along with a growing list of other organizations.

Michele Camacho, Chair, Heritage Burlington

Michele Camacho, Chair, Heritage Burlington, one of the really good examples of what an Advisory Committee can achieve said:  “Heritage Week is a time to celebrate the many aspects of Burlington’s various heritages. The celebrations are even more special this year, as Burlington celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary. Heritage Burlington is so glad to be able to welcome the community to take part in a fantastic lineup of events to mark this milestone. Thank you to our civic partners, community groups, and volunteers who make learning more about the history of our community interesting and fun. A special thanks to Marsha Paley, Co-Vice Chair of the Heritage Burlington Advisory Committee for her leadership.”


Return to the Front page

What Has Changed a Year later After a New Online Gambling Legislation in Ontario Was Adopted

By Eva Johnson

July 17th, 2023



After a major legislative update of Ontario online gambling laws in April 2022, Ontario became a place of rapid industry development as dozens of online casino operators acquired the local license for legal performance.

Already in a couple of months after the legislation update, the industry showed a major boost and Ontario became a successful case in Canada and globally.

This positive case allows us to make suggestions and predictions about the development of the online gambling industry in the province.
General Expectations for the Online Gambling Industry in the Province

Canada has always been gambling-friendly.

Canada has always been gambling-friendly, but Ontario has pioneered among other provinces by introducing its new legislation in 2022. Already in a couple of months, the Ontario gambling industry saw an increase in revenues, taxes, and positive competition.

Based on this fact alone, there are several predictions that can be made about the future of the industry and the licensed online casinos in Ontario.

Increased Revenue
The legalization and regulation of online gambling is already resulting in a significant increase in revenue for the province, as more people will be able to access and participate in Internet gambling activities legally.

Not only do Internet casino operators make more money because local players are more willing to try their casino sites out but also more taxes are paid to the province and charities.

Healthier Competition
With the legalization of online gambling, more companies will enter the market, resulting in increased competition. AGCO has already closed the transition period when operators could request the local license, so the number of Internet casinos in the province will not show unlimited growth.

However, the increased number of legal competitors will lead to better services and products for customers, as companies try to outdo one another.

Good jobs in a safe environment are part of what makes gaming as attractive as it is in Canada

More Jobs
According to the gambling statistics, the online gambling industry is likely to create more jobs in Ontario, as companies set up operations and hire staff to manage their Internet platforms. Of course, not much is needed to run an Internet casino locally because it only means access to the services while all the staff can be located elsewhere. However, legal online gambling means more control and supervision in the corresponding agencies that will hire staff.

Also, Live Dealer facilities may want to hire local Dealers for Ontario players, and so on. Who knows what new type of gambling entertainment will be invented next in a transparent and competitive market?

Enhanced Responsible Gambling Measures
With the legalization and regulation of Internet gambling, the government is likely to introduce more responsible gambling measures to protect players. This could include increased education on gambling addiction, self-exclusion programs, and limits on the amount of money players can spend.

AGCO and iGO have strict Responsible gambling policies and requirements that all operators must meet, and it is very likely that with time, these measures will become even more specific and elaborate.

Potential for Increased Gambling Addiction
While responsible gambling measures are likely to be introduced, there is a risk that the legalization of Internet gambling could result in an increase in gambling addiction. The government will need to be vigilant in monitoring the industry and ensuring that appropriate measures are in place to prevent and treat addiction.

It is too early to provide any adequate statistical data about addictive gambling issues increased in Ontario since April 2022 but this seems to be a legit consequence of more available and affordable gambling entertainment.

Technology has become a large part of the growth of gaming in Canada

Technological Advancements
The Internet gambling industry is likely to continue to evolve and develop new technologies to enhance the user experience.

This could include virtual reality casinos, Live dealer games, and more. Interestingly, many technologies are developed as entertainment first because people are ready to pay for fun whereas they are not ready to pay for useful things.

Some streaming technologies, KYC and verification procedures, payment technologies, and other inventions for Internet casinos can eventually turn out useful in other niches.

Potential for Increased Tax Revenue
The legalization and regulation of online gambling could result in increased tax revenue for the province, which could be used to fund public services and infrastructure.

International Competition

Ontario’s online gambling industry could face competition from other jurisdictions, both within Canada and internationally. Of course, being the first, Ontario is now a dream-come-true province for all Canadian players.

However, as other provinces and states follow (which can really happen with time!) Internet casino operators may find other locations more attractive for licensed services, and Ontario will stop being a buzzword in the online gambling industry.

Final Thoughts
Ontario shows a positive example to all provinces in Canada and other jurisdictions that were reluctant to upgrade their gambling legislation and preferred to turn a blind eye to the gray zone in which gambling currently operates in the majority of countries. Therefore, it is easy to understand that Ontario is being watched closely to analyze its case.

However, the industry is rather unpredictable, and new inventions can create additional nuances in the near future – like the introduction of AI technologies did for many industries. Therefore, while Ontario seems to be managing well, it is still too early to state that its example will be followed massively.

Return to the Front page

Time capsule is in the works. Good idea that is half a year late

By Pepper Parr

July 17th, 2023



The Mayor has finally jumped on the 150th Anniversary bandwagon.

It took more than one nudge to get her to where she is – you can always rely on our Mayor to recognize an opportunity to be at the front of the parade.

She recently said:

In recognition and celebration of our Burlington 150+ anniversary this year, we’re launching a Time Capsule project!

We’re looking for 7 artefacts or objects to include in the time capsule – one item representing each ward and one that reflects our city.

Residents interested in making a suggestion for an item are asked to contact the Mayor’s Office with:

  • A detailed description of an artefact/object OR a photo of an artefact/object they own and are willing to donate to the City of Burlington; and
  • A line or two on why they feel this artefact/object best represents either the ward they live in OR the city, as a whole.

You can submit your suggestion either by emailing with subject line “Burlington 150+ Time Capsule”



Return to the Front page

Boys on bikes

By Pepper Parr

July 17th, 2023



The picture first appeared on Instagram, no idea who put it up or who the boys are.

As a group they represent the social make up of the city and its current state of diversity.

They are also the guys that are eventually going to get the keys to the family car: how do you feel about that?

They do make you smile don’t they?

Return to the Front page