Last performance of the Poetry Slam - July 18th at the Nuvo.

eventsred 100x100By Pepper Parr

July 4th, 2019



What do you mean – it will be the final Poetry Slam. Final as in FINAL?

How did that happen? And why?

Slam FINALBut it is – taking place at the Nuvo on July 18th.

I first heard Tomy Bewick at an Installation Art show at the Waterfront Hotel.

There was this guy running up and down the hall way yelling his head off. I didn’t at first understand what he was doing or saying.

He disappeared around a corner – I didn’t see or hear from him again that night

The Installation Art was very progressive for Burlington.

The brunette stretched out nude face down across a Queen size bed with the tall, black, handsome dude standing over her had the hotel management edgy. They really didn’t want that exhibit to be “public”.

It was a one night event that brought out all the in the know people; not a politician in sight.

I next heard Tommy at the Black Bull on Guelph Line – torn down for a storage operation.

The Poetry Slam was a regular event – you could get a decent meal and hear some very good work and just get caught up with people.

When the Bull closed the Poetry Slam moved out to eastern Burlington, I think they were at the Windjammer.


Tomy Bewick – on stage.

Slammers from elsewhere would show up and do their thing – it wasn’t for everyone but it did have a core audience.

They are on at the Nuvo – will there be a bar?

Will decent food be available? If  Tomy is ending this part of his contribution to the culture of the city – can we at least send him out with a bang!

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Area residents became Canadian citizens on Canada Day during a ceremony at the Gazebo.

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July 3rd, 2019



The event took place in the Gazebo in Spencer Smith Park. It was one of the quieter events on Canada Day but for those who raised their hands while reading the Oath it was a huge day in their lives.

New Canadian citizens

If you look closely in the far right hand corner there is a young girl with her hand raised – becoming a Canadian citizen.

Those people had chosen to come to Canada – some from war torn parts of the world, other from just south of our border.

Immigrants built this country – ideally the people taking the Oath yesterday will build on what we have in place now.

It is really what the country is all about.

Citizenship head lineup

Some questions: Are all those women Liberals, wearing the party colours? And where oh where did Dave Vollick, the Town Crier, get those stockings? Were you able to count the medals on that veterans chest? What a fine photograph of the people that represented the community in welcoming new Canadians to the country.

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Polish your interviewing skills before you go looking for that job - now that you've graduated.

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July 2nd, 2109



Getting an interview is just the first step.

Getting through the interview and telling your story is as important as getting yourself in front of someone.


Getting to this point is hard work – getting through it requires skills some may not have – help is not available.

Some younger people are naturals, they interview well. Others don’t have that gift and need to work on their presentation and interviewing skills. One of the key skills it to listen and answer the questions asked.

It’s a fact: Knowing how to answer the tough questions in a job interview in ways that are both honest and powerful can help impress the interviewer and land the job. While many candidates are aware of the power of proper preparation and showcasing their skills, many underestimate the importance of leaving a lasting, memorable impression of themselves. Skills and qualifications alone do not always make a candidate the obvious choice if their interview is not strong.

The Centre logoSo how do you deliver a strong, solid interview? Centre for Skills Development has a workshop dedicated to learning just that.

“In our Interviews That Impress workshop, we not only discuss what to do during an interview, but before and after as well. There’s also different types of interviews – over the phone, one-on-one, group interviews and panel – and different strategies should be used depending on which is being conducted,” says Jocelyn Zangao, Employment Advisor, Centre for Skills.

These workshops go over common questions that arise in interviews and some examples of how to answer each. Together, those in the workshop discuss the pros and cons of each response.


The Centre occupies most of a building on the South Service Road with a wide range of educational offerings.

“We want our clients to think through how they would approach the tougher questions,” says Jocelyn. “Bringing forward their past experiences from interviews and what difficulties they faced are helpful to the group as we can work our way through how to answer them more effectively moving forward.”

The workshop also goes over how a candidate should structure their answer, by using Situation-Action-Result Statements (SAR). “The way this works is that they answer the job interview question by using a real example of a situation they have been in; the action they took; and the ultimate result they got,” says Jocelyn. “This three-point method helps a candidate to avoid rambling or giving too brief an answer. It assists them in offering a stronger and tighter response.”

“Even those that consider themselves experts in interviews can learn from this workshop, as they can hear others’ experiences,” says Christine Young, Coordinator of Centre for Skills Clarkson and Milton Employment Services sites. “Job interviewing is about preparation, selling yourself and then evaluating your performance. Our staff can help with learning how to conduct company and industry specific research, performing mock interviews and even making suggestions on what to wear and navigating the route to your interview day of.”

The Interviews that Impress workshop for July in Burlington takes place on:

Tuesday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3350 South Service Road, Burlington

Click here to register for the next Interviews that Impress workshop in Burlington.

The Centre for Skills Development and Training is a stand alone not for profit organization that is overseen by the Halton District School Board and funded by different levels of government.

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Burlington opera diva, who is also the Mayor, will be performing in the seat of a Smart Car - you don't want to miss this event.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

July 2nd, 2019



She doesn’t tap dance and despite the view of some in the city she doesn’t walk on water but she does sing.

Few people know that Marianne Meed Ward was trained as an opera singer – you didn’t see that in the campaign literature did you?

She will not be appearing on the stage of the Performing Arts Centre but do look for her appearance in a future edition of Smart Car Coffee Confidential – the road show (literally) that James Burchill has been running on his web site and with Cogeco TV.

MMW with Burchill

She’s an opera singer – who knew?

Last fall Burchill had all four Mayoralty candidates in his car – Meed Ward was miles ahead of the others in the way she came across. She does know media.

In a conversation over lunch Burchill and I talked about what he would do next and mention of Her Worship came up – “why not put her back in the car – she’s great media – your audience will love it”, I suggested.

Burchill, who knows a sharp angle when he sees one, followed the lead and put the following on his LinkedIn page.

Since the then Councillor (now Mayor of Burlington,) Marianne Meed Ward and I filmed her Smartcar Coffee Confidential episode, we’ve been repeatedly asked when we’d make good on our promise to get together and sing.

Remember, Marianne is a classically trained opera singer! I can just about carry a tune, so this should be interesting. Anyway, I’m pleased to announce the stars (and calendars) have aligned and we’re set to film our repeat performance in late July. So if you see my little black Smartcar roaming around Burlington, with the Mayor and I belting out show tunes (or maybe some Neil Young,) just know we’re having fun, and you’ll be able to catch Mayor Meed Ward’s repeat performance on Season 2 of the Smartcar Coffee Confidential – coming later this summer both online and Cogeco’s YourTV.

This will be a “must watch” event. Could it lead to a part in a Performing Arts Centre event?

If you want to watch Meed Ward’s election performance in the front seat of a very small car – CLICK HERE

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Canada Day has something for everyone - Spencer Smith Park is the place to be.

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July 1st, 2019



With nice weather it is one of the best ways to spend a day outdoors and enjoy what the Burlington waterfront has to offer – Celebrating Canada’s birthday at Spencer Smith Park

The Canadian Tire Burlington Store is the main sponsor.

Marking the nation’s 152nd anniversary of confederation, the City of Burlington’s Canada Day will officially kick off at 4 p.m. with the Burlington Teen Tour Band and remarks from special guests, including the Mayor of Itabashi, Burlington’s twin city, Mr. Takeshi Sakamoto.

Canada day fire works

The day ends with a magnificent fire works display.

The Citizenship Ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the gazebo.

Entertainment on the main stage will include:

• Bharatham Academy of Indian Dance at 2:30 p.m.
• Opening ceremonies featuring Burlington Teen Tour Band and Japanese Taiko and Music Group at 4 p.m.
• White Pine Dancers at 5:30 p.m.
• Symphony on the Bay at 7 p.m.
• Guitarist Johannes Linstead at 8:30 p.m.
• Fireworks presented by BUNZL at 10 p.m.

Fun activities planned in the park include:

• Yoga by the Pier at 9 a.m.
• Canada Day 5k at 10 a.m.
• Citizenship Ceremony at 1 p.m.

Immigrants becoming citizens

They are becoming Canadian citizens. The ceremony today will take place at the Gazebo.

Numerous other event highlights include: stilt walkers, face painters, hair artists, giant inflatables, sampling booths, great food, vendors and lots of true Canadian spirit!

Free Canada Day Shuttle
Downtown parking is in high demand during this event. Residents are encouraged to consider other transportation options such as cycling, walking, car pooling or Burlington Transit.

A fully accessible, free shuttle service will run from 2 to 11 p.m. The shuttle will make stops at the Burlington GO Station (north side) and travel to the downtown bus terminal. Free bike parking will be available near the Waterfront Hotel for cyclists to secure their bikes.

For more information, visit, follow @BurlEvents on Twitter or call the Festivals and Events Office at 905-335-7600, ext. 7422.

Other Canada Day Activities
The city’s outdoor pool locations are open for unlimited access to recreational swimming for only $4.40 per person; $3.05 after 5 p.m.

Hours for Canada Day are as follows:
• Nelson Pool – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• LaSalle Splash Park – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Mountainside Pool 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All seven of the City’s spray pad locations are open and always free. For more information, visit

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, believed to be a citizen of both Canada and the United States will tell you that: “We have so much to be thankful for in Canada. We have the greatest nation, the greatest people and now, the greatest basketball team! I look forward seeing everyone celebrate our country together in Burlington on Canada Day.”

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Make the Freeman Station one of your stops on the First of July

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July 1st, 2019


The invitation says it all.

You can skip the dignitaries and tour the station. allow an hour – there is tonnes of stuff to see.

On Fairview just west of Brant – beside the Fire Station.
FOFS invite

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RBG: Canada Day weekend includes early roses, garden tours and live entertainment.

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June 28th, 2019



There are loads of things to do on Canada Day – the Royal Botanical Garden wants you to come to your senses and literally “smell the roses” all 3,300 of the things in the RBG property.

The RBG is celebrating Canada Day weekend with a flourish of colour and asking visitors to “come to their senses” by experiencing roses in bloom, guided tours and live entertainment.

Canadian shield rose

Canadian shield rose

pink roseA little late, but worth the wait, RBG’s new Rose Garden is starting to show off some brilliant colour in Hendrie Park. With many hardy, disease resistant and re-blooming varieties surrounded by companion plants, there will be flowers in the garden all summer long. Beneath these beneficial plant pairings is a trickle irrigation system. Deep roots, combined with a consistently maintained layer of mulch, means less artificial watering which promotes an eco-friendly approach.

“RBG is thrilled to present the first full season of roses in this beautiful new garden,” said RBG Head of Horticulture, Jim Mack. “Much like our rejuvenated Rock Garden, the new Rose Garden embraces new designs and techniques that reflect a more modern, environmentally conscious approach to growing roses. One that people can implement in their home garden.”

Rose garden layout

Rose garden layout

Highlights of the garden include approximately 3, 300 roses displaying 300 different cultivated varieties, 4, 500 companion plants and many new enhancements to the garden landscape. This includes upgraded pathways, fences, gazebos and lighting as well as renovations to the Turner Pavilion Teahouse that overlooks the new garden. Education elements include an array of interpretive signs, including the “story of roses” display, teaching visitors about the history of roses.


The Dreamboats: “They just ripped the whole place up! Their energy and level of fun was off the scale. The crowd reaction was phenomenal – we have not seen anything like it before.

Weekend highlights include the Escarpment Train Exhibit in the historic Rock Garden, Bonsai Society Exhibit at RBG Centre, guided tours, and educational experiences at the Discovery Cart. Canada Day entertainment includes face painting by Picasso Painters and performances by The Dreamboats.

Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature.

RBG with tunnel

You can’t cover the Royal Botanical Gardens in a single day. Maybe in a weekend.

Weekend Schedule
June 29 to July 1

Saturday and Sunday

Bonsai Society Spring Exhibit
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre

Discover Alliums
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rock Garden

Guide Tour: Rock Garden
1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Guided Tour: Come to Your Senses
11 a.m.; Rock Garden

Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Escarpment Train Exhibit
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rock Garden

Discover Pollination
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Guided Tour: Pollinator Power
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Guided Tour: Come to Your Senses
1 p.m.; Hendrie Park


Guided Tour: History of Hendrie Park Heritage Walk
11 a.m.; Hendrie Park

FREE Back to Nature Hike
10 a.m.; Rock Chapel Trailhead


Entertainment: Picasso Painters
(face painting)
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Rock Garden

Entertainment: The Dreamboats
(vocal quartet)
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Antique and hot wheels car show on Brant - July 6th: Road closures

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June 20th, 2019



It is an occasion to wander down Brant Street, meet with friends, maybe do a little shopping and ogle some of the cars your parents drove.

Car show - model T

The car that gets a lot of people taking selfies

A number of years ago at this event, there was a handful of electric cars that were available for people to test drive. No word yet if something like that will be on this year.

On Saturday, July 6, the 5th Annual Burlington Downtown Car Show will take place on Brant Street between Caroline Street and Lakeshore Road.

n order to meet the needs of the event, the following road closures will be in effect. Vehicles parked illegally in the event area will be tagged or towed to allow emergency access.

Road Closure:

Saturday, July 6 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Brant Street between Caroline Street and Lakeshore Road.
• Ontario Street and Elgin Street between Locust Street and Brant Street.
• James Street between John Street and Brant Street.

Resident Access

• Maria Street between John Street and Brant Street.
• Pine Street between John Street and Brant Street.
• Emergency Services access will be maintained at all times in the event area.

Parking Restrictions Posted

• Please do not park in restricted areas.
• See parking rules at each pay machine.


• Road closure will be managed under the supervision of the Halton Regional Police Service.
• Event notices were delivered to all residences, religious centres and businesses affected by the event.

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Anna Golding awarded the 2019 Art in Action scholarship.

Photo caption:

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June 18th, 2019



Art in Action’s 17th annual Studio tour takes place Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd. Fairview Street becomes Burlington’s Art trail for this tour stretching from Appleby Line to Spring Gardens Road. The 2019 tour features nine studios and 27 artists, including its most recent scholarship winner, Anna Golding who will have started at the University of Guelph, fine arts degree. Anna will be at Studio 9.

An important part of Art in Action’s mandate is to support the next generation of Burlington’s artists with this annual scholarship programme. The award ranges from $1000.00 to $1500.00 depending on the financial support the artists receive each year from those who attend the tour.

Art in Action scholarship

Art in Action member, Darlene Throop, left, presents their 8th annual Fine Art scholarship to Anna Golding from Dr. Frank Hayden Secondary school. Also in the photo is, Anna’s teacher, Jordie Burton.

Anna Golding explains what she does this way: “I create art that is an embodiment of myself. It begins as a piece pf me, then evolves in such a way that the end result can be carefully traced back to the original idea. One could say the process I go through is similar to that of Dr. Frankenstein & his monster, in the fact that his monster gets extremely out of his control and that is ultimately how my art ends up.

“My art shows truth of self, giving way to feelings of complete freedom and utter vulnerability in myself, during creation, and in viewers, as they experience it. ”

Help the 27 artists of Art in Action by becoming a friend of Art in Action with a donation of $100.00 Sponsorship levels include $200.00 and up to $1.000.00. Check out the website at: Help us keep this scholarship an integral part of our mission.

Follow the art trail from Fairview at Appleby to Plains Rd ending at Spring Gardens Road by the RBG.

For more information about the scholarship please contact Darlene Throop at

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Wisdom will be available at a Green Bench - at The Centre - Monday noon to 2:00 pm

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June 14th, 2019



The operators of the Schlegel Villages, long term care and retirement homes, are doing their part to put an end to ageism.

green bench

The Elder Wisdom bench – at entrance #5 Burlington Centre

They have come up with a unique idea – set benches out and invite people to spend some time with a senior to talk about their experiences.
They use benches painted in a signature green and putting them out in very public places.

The program is called Elder Wisdom – they use the hash tag #ElderWisdom and will be visiting the Burlington Centre (was once called the Burlington Mall) on Monday June 17th from noon to 2:00 pm.

Seniors from The Village of Tansley Woods will be at the Centre with the green #ElderWisdom bench to share in conversations with the Burlington community.

#ElderWisdom is a social awareness campaign aimed at highlighting senior wisdom and contribution in our communities in hopes to honour the wisdom of the elder, end ageism.

Ageism is a form of discrimination, often experienced by seniors. Our elders have a great deal of wisdom to contribute to their communities. However, societal norms marginalize seniors, treat them with disrespect, make them feel unwelcome and generalize as if they were all the same.

Elder - cop

Wisdom moving from the senior to a senior police officer.

• comedians and talk show hosts joke about seniors and memory loss;
• doctors often talk past the senior patient to an adult child as if the senior wasn’t even in the room and
• younger adults mock seniors for being ‘slow’.

Ageism robs seniors of choice, independence, dignity and negatively impacts their quality of life.

It’s an interesting approach to a problem that limits the degree to which seniors can be active participants in the growth and well being of their communities.

Burlington Centre – June 17th noon to 2:00 pm

The green bench will be at entrance number 5.

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Burlington now has two advocacy groups - The Lovelies are now advocating for better government along with ECoB who are sponsoring the Tale of Two Cities this evening - Oakville and Burlington Mayors will have a go at each other.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

June 13th, 2019



Burlington now has more than one group advocating for better government and a better Burlington.

ECoB – the Engaged Citizens of Burlington proved to be very effective.

They sponsored debates in every ward during the municipal election and this evening they are sponsoring a discussion between Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Oakville Mayor Rob Burton on the Tale of Two Cities at the Performing Arts Centre. “Tip off” for that event is 7:00 pm.

There are 575 people who have free tickets – if you don’t have a ticket – worry not as there are about 50 seats still available.  Just walk in and you will be welcomed.

After a solid meal of civic politics one can wander on down to Spencer Smith Park and see if the Raptors can beat the Golden State Warriors and cover Canada in Glory. The Toronto Maple Leafs were never able to do that.

The advocacy newcomers – We Love Burlington are a much smaller group with no plans for involving the community to the same degree that ECoB has

LoveliesWe Love Burlington – we are calling them “The Lovelies”, are delivering mailers to different neighbourhoods to spread awareness about the group and talk about what folks can do to be heard.

We Love Burlington has prepared the following set of principles which they believe should be followed by the City of Burlington when considering development applications, particularly in the downtown and in waterfront areas city-wide.

They submitted these as commentary on the latest development application, for 2069-2079 Lakeshore/383-385 Pearl Street and will submit it going forward for all relevant applications, as it seems citizens do have to keep repeating their arguments over and over again. Depending on the specific circumstances of individual development applications, we may add further details and comments as we see fit.

Among the issues they want to sprinkle some star dust on are:

• Burlington’s downtown belongs to all the citizens of Burlington and should be developed as a vibrant, inclusive place for people to live, work, shop and entertain themselves.

• Burlington’s downtown is the cradle of its waterfront – a natural asset belonging to all citizens and deserving of completely open access, and careful, responsible stewardship.

• Access to Burlington’s waterfront includes visual and line-of-sight approaches. It must neither be blocked from public entry nor blocked from a reasonably unobstructed view. What is or is not “reasonable” is a determination that must be made carefully and by fairly considering all affected parties and interests.

• The height of buildings that border Burlington’s waterfront and core downtown areas must be carefully regulated to allow open access and appropriate sight lines to the waterfront and green spaces. Again, the degree of regulation must reflect the fair and careful consideration of all affected interests.

• The City’s approved Official Plan and the plan in force is the 2008 version that has been judged to be consistent with the overriding 2014 Provincial Policy Statement and Growth Plan. As such, all development proposals being submitted for approval should be assessed using the terms, conditions and provisions of the 2008 Official Plan.

• Optimization of provincial intensification objectives should not be accomplished solely or primarily through the construction of ‘tall’ buildings in the City’s downtown core. Alternate approaches and locations must be considered and “optimization” should not be considered to be synonymous with “maximization”.

• Development proposals that seek approval to construct in the downtown core must provide clearly identified/identifiable, valued, measurable community benefits. The determination of these benefits must be an open and collaborative process involving all affected parties and must be pre- rather than post-approval. The nature and scope of community benefits will, ultimately, be approved by council and should be directed to areas of greatest community need (i.e. affordable housing).

• Development proposals should always consider and identify the cumulative effects for things such as traffic, parking, shadowing, wind tunnelling etc. rather than those specific and isolated to only the development being proposed.

• Full development costs should be borne by the developer or development proponent and not passed on to taxpayers in the form of higher property taxes or greater municipal debt.

• Good policy and planning involves the appropriate balancing of local, regional and provincial interests. When these interests do not align, local concerns should not be subordinate nor should the developer’s voice predominate.

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Game 6 of NBA finals will be broadcast from Main Stage in Spencer Smith Park.

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June 12, 2019



The wildly popular ‘Burlassic Park’ is moving to Spencer Smith Park in a partnership with the Sound of Music Festival.

The City and the Sound of Music Festival have worked with all the artists playing on Thursday June 13th to accommodate the largest outdoor viewing of the Toronto Raptors Game 6, in the Golden Horseshoe!


Lonestar becomes the warm up band for Game 6 of the NBA finals.

The broadcast of Game 6 of the NBA Finals will be preceded by headline performance of “Lonestar” on the main stage.

The event can be shared by following the hashtag #burlassicpark
Twitter: @cityburlington
Facebook: @cityburlington
Instagram: @cityburlington


A reported 10,000 people gathered in Spencer Smith Park in August of 2016 to hear Gord Downie in his final concert.

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Freeman Station published summer schedule - make a point of touring the place - well worth your time.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

June 6th, 2019



The Freeman Station has announced their operating hours.

Freeman hours

Freeman Junction sign BEST

The station is open today because of hard work done by a group of volunteers.

Interesting to note that they have items that are for sale and that the model railway in the lower level of the building is now open.

Every child from about the age of five should be given a chance to tour the place and begin to understand how Burlington grew from a farming and produce community to what it is today.

A group of people started six years ago to save the structure at a time when the city wasn’t even able to sell it as kindling.

Some brave souls worked hard to find a location and then to raise the funds to keep it in one piece and put it on a foundation – all during a time when the city had basically given up on the idea of their being an historic railway station that the public could tour.


Some of the people that made the Freeman Station possible at a city council meeting.

A developer, (the Molinaro Group) with some prodding from a ward Councillor was able to put some Section 37 money into the building and when a particularly tough time hit them then Mayor Rick Goldring came through for them.

The Freeman Station is now a fact – built and operational – now what to do with it?

The hours of operation are impressive – it will call for a lot of volunteer time to keep the doors open. The people that did such a marvelous job of refurbishing the place do not have the skill set to market it effectively and run it on a day to day basis.


Rendering of Brant Museum – scheduled to open in July.

It needs a home within the city bureaucracy – the most obvious home is within the Museums Burlington set up that over sees Ireland House (which is very well run) and the transformed Joseph Brant Museum that as sucked up some $10 million in public money and is scheduled for a July opening.

Barbara Teatero, Executive Director Museums Burlington

Barbara Teatero, Executive Director Museums Burlington

The paucity of information that has come from the Museum operation has been a situation that is part of the way the current Executive Director has operated. There will soon be an occasion for new leadership of the Museum operation – once the city treasurer gets used to the kind of money the transformed Museum is going to need to be operational.

Some major surprises coming on that front.

Culture has never been a top of mind issue for city council – it is seen as a nice to have – something every city Burlington’s size has – but for Burlington not something that there is much heart and soul in.

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Nelson pool to close for three days - city hosting competitions.

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June 5th, 2019



The City of Burlington hosting two youth sporting events that will result in the closing of the Nelson Pool on June 9, July 6 and July 7.
SunRype TRiKiDS Triathlon is June 9.

Devilrays swimmers

The butterfly being done the way it is supposed to be done.

Burlington Aquatic Devilrays are hosting a swim meet on July 6 and 7.

Anyone wanting to enjoy a swim or spray pad on those days are encouraged to visit any of our other many indoor and outdoor pools and spray pads. For a listing of locations and schedules, please visit

The City of Burlington encourages people of all ages to get outside and play. Help Burlington become the Most Active Community in Canada.

Take ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge and track your activities. All you need to do is download the free app at

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Dan Hill will be on stage for the Lowville Festival on June 22nd; backed up by Hayley Verrall.

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June 3rd, 2019



Lowville sign - orange aThe Lowville Festival has announced its program for their fifth annual season in north Burlington’s majestic Escarpment country.

The Festival has been offering high quality performances of music, theatre, visual arts and spoken word in a variety of venues along the Guelph Line in the beautiful historic hamlet of Lowville.


Dan Hill, composer of the legendary hit song Sometimes When We Touch will be on stage in Lowville in June.

This year the Festival will consist of the one gala headline attraction, the legendary singer-songwriter Dan Hill. The concert, which will be held in the air-conditioned St. George’s Anglican Hall, where last year we presented Sarah Harmer and Ben Heppner, will mark the first Burlington performance in many years of popular Canadian balladeer Dan Hill, composer of the legendary hit song Sometimes When We Touch and many other hit parade successes.

He will be presented in a very intimate context with keyboard and backup singer.

Hayley Varall - sweet smile at piano

Hayley Verrall to back up Dan Hill at Lowville Festival.

Hayley Verrall, the young Burlington folk/country singer-songwriter will open for Dan Hill.

Seating for this special gala performance is limited to 180 patrons, so order your tickets soon.

You do not want to miss this up-close-and-personal concert.

The Lowville Festival is the vision of its two Founding Co-Artistic Directors: Lorretta Bailey, a Lowville resident, has performed in musical theatre productions across Canada, including the original Toronto production of Les Miserables; and Robert Missen, proprietor of the Bobolink Agency, an artist management agency, was the 2016 inductee into the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Hall of Fame.

Burlington Hydro and the City of Burlington the generous supporters of the 2019 Festival.

Saturday June 22nd 7:30 pm
St. George’s Hall
7051 Guelph Line, north of Derry Road
TICKETS $40 advance/$50 at the door
Available at or at Different Drummer Books

Media Contact: Robert Missen, or 905-632-6047

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City hall is all in for the Raptors games - lifts the 11 pm noise bylaw for the events,

Burlington’s Burlassic Park public viewings confirmed for entire NBA Finals series
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June 1st, 2019



According to city hall, “Burlington’s Burlassic Park roared with excitement as over 2000 people came out to cheer on the Toronto Raptors and celebrate the historic win of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.”

The City of Burlington wants to continue to share Canada’s moment with Burlington residents and is all in to host free public viewings for every NBA Finals game.

Civic sq 2000 raptors

Don’t see 2000 people in this picture – the two buildings centre background will be a lot taller five years from now – 24 storeys taller.

The following are the dates, times and locations for Burlassic Park NBA Finals public viewing parties:

Game 2 Sunday, June 2: Civic Square 7:30 p.m.

Game 3 Wednesday, June 5: Central Park Bandshell 8:30 p.m.

Game 4 Friday, June 7: Location to be determined next week. 8:30 p.m.

Games 5, 6 and 7: Civic Square (if needed and the Raptors do not take the series in 4 games)

Games 5 and 6 public viewing parties would start at 8:30 p.m. and

Game 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The City of Burlington will be hosting game viewings rain or shine. As the games are likely to go beyond 11 p.m., City Council has granted a Noise Bylaw exemption for all days.

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Can’t see a pop corn stand in this picture.

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Councillor Rory Nisan said “The Raptors are on track and Burlington is stepping up, making Burlassic Park the spot to be for the rest of the NBA finals. Let’s show the Raps how much we support them with an even bigger crowd for Game 2 and through the rest of the series.”

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Flight Over our Beautiful City just one of the items being auctioned off at St. Christopher's Open Doors on Friday.

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May 21, 2019



Takes place on Friday – one of the most interesting fund raisers you are likely to come across in this community.

Open Doors, taking place at St. Christopher’s Church on Guelph Line has an entertainment line up, a silent auction that includes sightseeing flight over our beautiful city, a northern getaway at a beautiful lakefront cottage or a B&B experience in wine country. You will be amazed by the choices of items on which to bid and the generosity of the donations made by our local businesses.

opendoorsbackgroundOpen Doors is a group of 15 community based programs at St. Christopher’s Church that support our neighbours with Community Food, Families and Parenting, and Community Resources. As a community hub we schedule our programs so that you can access many resources in the same visit.

The Open Doors is one of the ways St.Christopher’s supports these efforts. The evening, May 24th 7:30 to 10 pm is a fun-filled evening of entertainment, delicious food and drink, and a lively silent and live auction. Auction items will include beautiful garden art doors painted by students from the Halton District School Board, an antique wheelbarrow filled with your favourite wines.

They’d love to see you at the Open Doors Gala on May 24, 2019. To purchase tickets please follow this link:

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Hamilton Children’s Choir joins Port Nelson choir for Spring Concert.

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May 20, 2019



The choir of Port Nelson United Church presents its annual spring concert on Sunday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert, entitled Celebrate!, features performances by the Choir of Port Nelson United Church under the direction of Stillman Matheson.

The special musical guests for the evening are the members of the Hamilton Children’s Choir, with artistic director Zimfira Poloz. Accompanists are Brent Fifield and Laura Pin, with trumpeter Nora Nolan.

Choir of Port Nelson United Church

Choir of Port Nelson United Church

“The choir of Port Nelson United Church will be presenting a varied program that will appeal to all lovers of choral music,” said Matheson, director of music at Port Nelson. “The Hamilton Children’s Choir will deliver a memorable performance, as they always do.”

Among the featured works on the program from the Port Nelson choir are Benjamin Britten’s “Jubilate Deo”, three pieces by Toronto composer Eleanor Daley, and Randall Thompson’s “Choose Something Like a Star”. The choir will also perform Mark Sirett’s “O God, Whose First Creative Word” which was commissioned by the Port Nelson choir to commemorate the completion of the Rekindle Project.

Ilumini, the senior choir with Hamilton Children’s Choir, will perform a variety of repertoire spanning many languages, cultures and eras, including Malaysian folk song “Wau Bulan”, arranged by Malaysian-Canadian Tracy Wong, a world premiere by Canadian Steven Webb, “Li Ngu Weko”, and a crowd-pleasing piece in the Mexican huapango style by Stephen Hatfield, “Las Amarillas.”

“Our Ilumini singers have been busy preparing a programme full of surprises for our guest appearance with Port Nelson United Church,” said Poloz. “We are thrilled to share some of our favourite pieces from Europe, the Americas, and Asia, including the premiere of a piece we will bring to Hong Kong on tour this July. We hope that our music makes you breathe deeply, sigh with wonder, and delight in the beauty of young singers sharing their full hearts and voices.”

Port Nelson United Church

Port Nelson United Church

This year’s spring concert honours the memory of Rev. Donald Gillies, a long-time minister with the United Church of Canada who was a member of the Port Nelson congregation in his retirement. Gillies was a talented organist and a proud supporter of the Hamilton Children’s Choir, and his family is generously sponsoring the concert.

“He was a much-loved member of our congregation, and we wanted to honour his life and contributions through music,” said Matheson.

The evening is also a celebration of renewal, as this year, Port Nelson marked the official opening of its newly renovated and accessible sanctuary and community space.

Admission is by a free will offering. All proceeds benefit the ministry of music at Port Nelson United Church.

Port Nelson United Church is located at 3132 South Dr. in Burlington in the heart of the Roseland community.

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Burlington Green announces the Eco Film Festival line up - note the dates

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May 15th, 2019



Burlington Green has been running what they call an EcoFilmFest at the library on New Street for a number of years.  The films focus on environmental issues.

The 10th annual Eco-Film Festival program for 2019 is set out below.

It is both an exciting and informative series of documentaries that creates awareness and opportunities for collective action within the community to help protect the planet.


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Angelo Paletta named the Burlington Foundation Distinguished Philanthropist for 2019.

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May 15th, 2019



Each year the Burlington Foundation chooses a person, sometimes a couple to be named as the Distinguished Philanthropist for the year.

Angelo PaletteThe 2019 Distinguished Philanthropist will be Angelo Paletta described as a prominent business leader and generous philanthropist.

Angelo is the face of Paletta International. He has called Burlington home since 1964, and over those many years has contributed significantly to the growth and development of the city. “Angelo’s commitment to making our community a better place to live for everyone is always at the heart of his philanthropic endeavors,” says Colleen Mulholland, President and CEO, Burlington Foundation.


Angelo Paletta with Colleen Mulholland, President of the Burlington Foundation.

“Angelo, who has supported our foundation for many years consistently demonstrating a passionate and generous commitment to many charitable needs and causes. We are truly delighted to honour and celebrate his legacy of giving and social impact.”

Angelo will be honoured at Burlington Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration being held on the evening of Thursday, October 24, 2019.

The award is presented by Canada Life.

In 2013 Angelo was the Patron for the Burlington Community Foundation annual fund-raiser.  Watching him work a room is a pure delight.

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Angelo as Patron of the 2013 Fund Raiser for what was ten the Burlington Community Foundation.

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