The cherry trees are in full bloom and there is a really good collection of public art

By Pepper Parr

April 27th, 2023



It was the best day we have had, the weather was really nice – even though many people were out wearing winter jackets. Dozens and dozens of women out pushing carriage – some seemed to be travelling in groups of eight and ten carriages – almost in a convoy.

The cherry trees are in full bloom. They are a gift to us from a man in Japan many years ago.

Small groups gathered around the cherry trees that were really a welcome picture.

As one strolled along the Naval promenade there were welcome opportunities to look at some really amazing art. The Dan Lawrie collection is on display – some really exciting art.

The Lawrie collection shares the space with some interesting Indigenous art.

There are a few of the pieces included in this story- we will follow up with more later.

The art on display in Spencer Smith Park is really worth your time.

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Burlington will celebrate its twin cities, Apeldoorn and Itabashi, at the Performing Arts Centre May 13th

By Pepper Parr

April 27th, 2023



Burlington, that city on the edge of a lake with an escarpment to the north has links to two cities: Apeldoorn and Itabashi

Each year in spring, the City celebrates the connection with those cities. This year, the city’s Mundialization Committee is hosting two events on May 13 that will honour the cultural bonds we share with our twins.

In the morning, we mark the Canada Netherlands Friendship Day to commemorate the liberation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands by Canadian Armed Forces in 1945.
In the afternoon, we will celebrate the cherry blossoms with the Sakura Festival as they do in Japan. Both events are free and open to all the public, so be sure to attend and enjoy our immersive experience

Canada Netherlands Friendship Day – May 13 – 10 a.m.
Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St.
The Canada Netherlands Friendship Day will celebrate the 18th anniversary of the City of Burlington’s twinning agreement with the city of Apeldoorn. It will also recognize the 78th anniversary of the Netherlands liberation by the Canadian Armed Forces during World War

The Burlington Teen Tour Band lined up along the streets of Appledoor in Holland.

The free event will include:
• Canadian and Dutch national anthems
• Greetings from, Consul General of the Netherlands, Harman Idema; Elizabeth Witmer, former Deputy Premier of Ontario; Mayor Ton Heerts of Apeldoorn; and Mayor Marianne Meed Ward
• Artwork on display from B.T. Lindley Public School and Trinity Christian School
• Art presentation from Nelson High School
• Presentation by Community Pathway Program
• Music from Burlington Teen Tour Band


Members of city staff led by Marianne Med Ward in xxx Japan. City Manager Tim Commisso, center, struts his stuff.

Sakura Festival – May 13 1 p.m.
Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St.
Each spring, the Sakura Festival celebrates the arrival of the beautiful Japanese cherry blossoms. It also recognizes Burlington’s 34-year friendship with its twin city, Itabashi, Japan. The free event will include:
• Greetings from Consul General of Japan, SASAYAMA Takuya and Mayor Marianne Meed Ward
• A Japanese drumming performance from Do Kon Daiko
• A demonstration from Shudokan Family Karate
• Burloak Aikikai Aikido martial arts demonstration
• Japanese dance by Suzuran Odori
• A Koto performance from Logan Scott
• A singing and shamisen performance from Ten Ten Canada, featuring TAKAHASHI Aki
• A performance from dance group Sakuramai
• Taiko (drum), flutes, and shamisen by Nagata Shachu

Also in celebration of Itabashi, Japan, the Taste of Japan event will run at Japanese restaurants in Burlington from May 13 to 31. This event is organized by Tourism Burlington.

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Food trucks and feeding the public - Councillors loved the idea and wanted access to all the data collected

By Pepper Parr.

April 24th, 2023



The staff from the Communications and Engagement department showed up at a Standing Committee recently with a long report that set out everything they’d done since their last report – one list was 15 pages long.

Kwab Ako-Adjei Director, Corporate Communications & Engagement

Kwab Ako-Adjei Director, Corporate Communications & Engagement  and his team spoke of the “extraordinary amount of engagement that was done by the city which includes council as well” and then went on to take council through what had been done since their last annual report.

We are a “ very data driven department” and we will start sharing a lot of that with counsel in the near future”, said Kwab

The phrase “giving people a choice for their voice” was the way Communications explained the decision to continue in person or online engagement or a combination of both.

The question Kwab may have wished he didn’t ask was: “What is the will of council for having the Food for Feedback event as an annual event? And what about the locations?

He and his team were before Council to get reaction on various city communications issues, however the Food for Feedback initiative quickly became the focus of the meeting – that and the desire on the part of every member of council for access to all the data collected and a plea that the event be held in their ward at some point.

The Food for Feedback idea was you got a ticket to get something to eat from a Food Truck that was parked nearby – but you had to “engage” with city staff at one of the booth set up in the Band Shell park next to the Library.

It was a popular event – two Food for Feedback events were held – Covid did get in the way of their longer term plans, but it worked and that was the premise behind the report.

Kwab wasn’t prepared for the reaction. He explained that these events were expensive.

Council didn’t seem to care – what they were interested in was doing more of the Food for Feedback events and asking if they could be held more often and in their ward would be nice.

Councillor Sharman explained that it would cost next to nothing to do a Food for Feedback event in his ward and tied it into events that were already scheduled – his annual Appleby Line Street Festival was his angle.

The first Food for Feedback event drew 1000 people. What the Gazette doesn’t recall learning was – what did the city get in the way of feedback – and what did the event cost ?

The first event was held in 2019, 1000 people were reported to have attended. COVID knocked out 2020 and 2021. An event was held in 2022 at Brant Hills where 640 people are reported to have attended.

The criteria for these events was put together by the communications department – their recommendation was to hold the event at Central Park band shell because it met all of the criteria.

That criteria became an issue – first because Councillors didn’t think it was accurate and second – they didn’t like the criteria.

Kwab said “… we know you have questions – we have a lot of documentation about how we came up with this criteria, adding that not all wards actually have a suitable location based on this criteria.”

That’s where the differences of opinion began to become evident – almost every member of Council was able to explain how the event could be run in their ward.

Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan did his best to make sure the Food for Feedback was held in his ward as often as possible.

First up was Councillor Nisan who said “great work, expecting less and you more than exceeded expectations adding that he was “ basically really happy with everything else but was having a sports field as a criteria is a good thing or a bad thing ?”

Kwab: “We often cannot use a sports field – some other group may have booked the space but not the rest of a park area.
The staff member who had worked in the Events depart with the city for 10 years, explained “we are not permitted to have events on sports fields. We can be in a park but not use the sports fields that are adjacent to and within a park.”

Nisan, no fool when it comes to bringing opportunities to his ward, offered to have the Food For Feedback event at Brant Hills every second year asking “Is there a willingness to rotate – have it at Brant Hills … do you have any issues with doing so?

Kwab responds: “Our first choice would be Central Band Shell however, we are obviously open to the will of council to have north- south alternate every year and our suggestion would be Brant Hills would be the North location because it does meet all of the criteria.

Mayor Meed Ward followed Nisan saying she had few questions – mostly comments and asked if “You have social stats for other channels; there’s the City of Burlington and then there’s the rec one. Are there other city channels out there that we can get data on ? The only other data source I can think of off the top of my head is transit; I am very interested, if you gather those stats, to see any other city channels that are out there.

Kwab: “Recreation has a number of accounts as well as Instagram accounts – we do work with them with to make sure that they are properly engaging with the community. We could share the stats and data on that.”

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward – she wanted data.

Mayor: “That’d be awesome. And I assume that there’s some sort of technology tool that you possibly pay for to get all these stats. Can you run it for council channels, so we can see what our own engagement levels are? Other than just you know, looking at them?

Kwab: I’d have to go back and chat with Kevin (City Clerk) about that. There would be an additional cost, because it’s Sprout Social that we use and they are limited in the accounts. But we can see if there is a way to do it. I mean, it does do comparisons to neighbouring municipalities and as you can see, generally speaking in terms of engagement or impressions, we are well above the industry so it does do those sorts of comparisons but to pull specific Councillor data; I’d have to check on that and get back to you on what the potential cost of would be.

Mayor Meed Ward: “We can talk about that offline. I’d be really interested to look into Sprout.

Shawna Stolte, ward 4 Councillor who is currently on a two month leave of absence.

Councillor Stolte noted that the event held in September 2022 had a total of 640 people attending and was told that approximately 1000 people attended at Central Park in 2019?

“When I attended the one at Brand Hills I asked if they were feeling there was representation from across the city and asked: “ Did you take any stats on where people were hailing from when they came out? I certainly got the impression that most of the attendees of 640 were from the north ward 3 area.

Kwab: “Some might have asked but as a whole we didn’t ask – but that’s something we can definitely implement for the future.”

Councillor Kearns: “Can we think about or bring back something to have a more thorough discussion on regarding Food for Feedback during the election year? There was quite a lot of conversation out there around the appropriateness of sitting councillors and or candidates attending – wondering if we can have a further discussion on that at some point.

Kearns also wanted to know more about the social media – “wondering if you can provide some additional insight on how does the information garnered through social media get back to council or help with decision making?”

Kwab – Do you mean the kind of feedback that we get?

Stolte piped in with: “ I don’t think I’ve ever received something from social media through the city to help with decision making, whether that be in a report or anything to that effect goes out, or how it comes back in?

Michelle Dyer, part of the Communications department team, who does more than analyze data.

Michelle Dyer, part of the Communications department team: “ We know we do want to make sure we’re sharing more information with counsel in terms of our social media, posts and content. So stay tuned – we’re developing a toolkit that will point to some of the information that we share on social media that will be coming to council very soon.

“In terms of feedback. I mean, we get a lot of comments on social media, a tonnes of comments. I mean, if we compile it all there would be reams and reams of pages. Kevin (City Clerk) and Victoria do a great job of going through those comments. And if they do pertain to a particular department or anything like that we do share it with them. If there’s anything specific to council I think you need to see I’m fairly certain that’s something that we would share directly with members of council but there are many instances that we share the feedback that we get from social directly with staff, which couldn’t make its way into reports or memos or any of that information. They’re also very looped into our social media channels and what we’re doing but if there’s anything specific, I think that counsel needs to be aware of we would definitely share with you directly.

Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna wanted more detail on the criteria that was used to choose locations for the Food for Feedback events. He pointed out that the ward 6 Arlene Park and Millcroft Park;, two fairly large parks in his ward “but the criteria says no in terms of parking and I don’t understand that.”

Kwab: ” In regards to the two parks in your ward, the reason it was no is because based on the other amenities that are in the park and the attendance that we expect for the event we don’t believe there would be enough parking for the event to occur as well as the regular Park activities. So that’s why we put no just to kind of prevent any potential parking issues.”

Ward 6 Councillor had to update the Communications on the number of parks in his ward.

Bentivegna:. “We’ve got parking lots including two massive parking lots next door to each other. My other question would be choosing the location and the question about which wards they come from. I agree with Councillor Stolte I think people sometimes assume okay, it’s in central that means it’s downtown stuff. I know food trucks costs money but you know, maybe we don’t do the food trucks. I think the neighborhoods would walk. I mean, if you’re having it in Alton Village, they’re going to walk to play in the Doug Wright park. I do believe the criteria as to where and why people go to these events is very, very important.

Kwab: “I think if we just step back for a second, we had a clear interest from counsel to make sure that we would move this around. So that’s where we started from knowing that this is what counsel wants. Let’s look at the location. If counsel says they want to have this ongoing feedback every year; my opinion is that they would be in September and as we stand right now, it will be with food trucks, because I know they’re very popular. So we said okay, let’s go and let’s look at where we can actually have this. And when we take all these things into consideration – we could live with moving around; sure we can, but I think we have to consider that there may not be enough parking. If it rains, we may have to move it indoors. We can’t get on the sports field, these are all the things that we need to consider.

This is our recommendation, council wants to move it around. That’s why we presented those options for Council to consider and ultimately direct us to what you what want us to do.

Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman – no he wasn’t asleep.

Councillor Sharman : “Thank you very much for the report. Lots of complexity. So with respect to the Orchard, it is probably the urban area furthest away from downtown and Orchard people don’t come downtown very much. Orchard Park has a school right in the middle that has washrooms and has parking. We did a 2000 person event in Orchard Park last summer and there was no problem. My question is it possible that the school board properties can be used?

“This is a Sunday event? no kids in the schools; there’s plenty of space and there’s even public washrooms paid for by the city.”

The Appleby Line Car Free Sunday was better attended than the one on Brant Street several weeks later. Over time the attendance grew to the point where it is now an annual well attended event.

Kwab – “We can certainly work with them, Again, we do have those risk factors to take into consideration .”

Sharman: “The other question I have is Sherwood Forest Park. It has everything Why is it not on our list?”

Kwab: “We tried to kind of pick two locations per ward that have had events in the past. Sherwood is such a well utilized space. We wouldn’t want to take that out of the inventory for the community if there was already bookings there in regards to the different amenities they have.

Galbraith: I’m just gonna jump in here first time. Thanks for the report. Really, really good and congratulations for creating such a great event that every counselor wants it in their ward including myself.

Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith – he wanted to see those food trucks at LaSalle Park.

Looking at the two parks available for Ward 1 – Can you explain the no because of parking at LaSalle?

Kwab: “I think we’re hearing what counsel wants. So we can take this away and come back with our recommendations and we’ll move this around, or we can certainly wait for direction at this at this point in time. I mean based on based on the discussion that we’re hearing, – I will certainly leave it to counsel but I think we’re getting the message – loud and clear.

Galbraith: I think if it was moved around the city and then came back to Central it would be even better because everyone got exposure to it.
Stolte: “Back to Food for Feedback – there’s no doubt that having it in a park with green grass is ideal. But the real ideal is getting as many people out as possible and having it at the right location.

“Could we consider other city facilities and I’m thinking in Ward 4 maybe the Mainway arena?”  “Can we consider venues other than just parks? If we’re going to look at moving it around?”

Kwab: We didn’t plan it that way initially and we have the indoor space more as a rain area in case there’s inclement weather; if there was too much separation between the booths and the food trucks people may eat but not take part in the purpose of the event – let’s be honest, they’re giving out food, some wouldn’t be doing the feedback.

Stolte: Food trucks could go inside the arena. Would it be the least bit feasible to consider hosting two food for feedback events, whether it be two on the same day, or subsequent Saturday’s holding one in the south and one of the North?

Kwab Ako-Adjei Director, Corporate Communications & Engagement found he was getting a lot of criticism and fed new ideas by members of Council.  The upside for him was he is going to be able to go after a bigger budget in future.

Kwab: The short answer: anything is possible. The logistics and the costs would have to be taken into consideration and how you would determine which staff you send North versus the South, which engagement opportunity that you that you had so simultaneous – that would maybe be a challenge.

Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan

“Let me reiterate we’ve only done this twice. So we are definitely open to feedback and in terms of how we improve this.

Nisan: “I am open if there’s more questions about Food for Feedback but let me just put it on the table at this point. And then they can have questions and answers. That’s what I would suggest. The motion was to approved the continuation of Food for Ffeedback as an annual engagement event to be rotated between different suitable locations across the city each year.

“I think that gets us landing what we want of this This leads us to essentially a report back

“I would assume staff would come back to us through a CIP which would allow us to, to review and make modifications if we wish, but give them the opportunity to do some more work on it and look at some of the different options that we’ve all raised today.

Certainly would love to have Brant Hills park back again.”

Stolte: Thank you just speaking to this proposed amendment, which I certainly agree with about it being rotated between different suitable locations. Staff. Do you feel the need for us to add in things like and consider two events or a weekend event or anything like that? Or do you feel as though you have enough feedback from the conversation?

Kwab: “We would have to have more resources to look at multiple events.

“The recommendation is to have it in at Central Park for 2023 .”

Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman – hold the events at either his Appleby Street Festival or at Sherwood Park – and don’t feel you have a tonne of money.

Sharman: “I really appreciate the hard work that goes into the annual event. That is a big deal. But actually, you don’t need to put a lot of work into doing it in existing events. And it doesn’t need to cost us a lot of money. We don’t need to pay bags of cash for food, because we’ll have people that we can do other incentives.

“I’m also suggesting that we don’t necessarily limit this to an annual event and you don’t need to make it a big deal. Perhaps you could just put that into your thinking, because you can have as many as you want. It may be a booth and it may be some incentive but I think there’s opportunities to do a lot more.

“Last year, we had 14 or 16 booths and I think it was similar in 2019. So I mean, we would have no issue. Our staff if it was just you know, having a booth on engagement and communication, but I think maybe where it might get tricky is is having the number of events if in fact we wanted to have that many booths to garner feedback, that would possibly be the only issue.

“The other thing too is the timing of projects that require feedback, right? It changes throughout the year. So those would be the only some of the cautions that I would add please, for that, you’re gonna have the north end of our Appleby Line Festival – and you can have as many booths as you want.

Now we wait to see how the Communications department reacts. It is clear council wants the Food for Feedback events to happen.

Equally clear is that Communications didn’t appear to have brought much in the way of imagination or innovation to revising the event.  All the good ideas came from members of Council with Kwab saying he would “look into that,”

What was all too evident was that the engagement people don’t do engagement very well.  But they do collect data – ‘tonnes of it”.



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If Nisan relocates to his new Ward 2 home 43% of Council would live in the one ward

You don’t have a home until you leave it and then, when you have left it, you never can go back.”
James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room

By Pepper Parr

April 26th, 2023


Part 2 of a two part feature.

Last June, Roderick (Rory) Steiner Nisan, together with his partner, purchased a home in Ward 2; one long block from the Lakeshore and close to the downtown. It’s a quiet little neighbourhood and the house would struggle to be even “unassuming”.

So, why is this noteworthy and why should we care? Well, we should care for exactly the same reasons and in exactly the same measure that we care about open, honest and honourable behaviour on the part of our elected representatives.

Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan attending a Council meeting

At the time of purchase, June 2022, was Mr. Nisan aware that his house acquisition might be contentious? Almost certainly since, as previously reported, during the 2018 campaign his non-Ward 3 residency was an issue. So, in 2022, at the beginning of his next campaign, it’s safe to assume that every Ward 3 voter (his family perhaps excepted) believed that this architect of the Brant Hills splashpad was a Ward 3 resident and, if re-elected, would continue to be so through the next term of Council. This is the impression that he gave and, we assume, wished to give.

There is a pattern here. The purchase of the little house on a quiet Ward 2 street in 2022 has echoes of Rory’s 2018 past. There are a whole spectrum of questions that the purchase raises – who knew at City Hall and why, who didn’t know and why, why buy in a different ward if he intended to continue living in Ward 3, why not disclose if he saw no problem with the purchase?

There may have been no legal obligation to disclose but there certainly was an ethical one. If Nisan’s intent was to eventually relocate during his 2022-2026 term (noteworthy that permits were issued and renovations seem to have been completed), his constituents had the right to know; to have a ‘heads up’ so that they could go to the polls completely informed. It would have been the ‘transparent’ and honourable thing to do.

If Nisan’s intent was otherwise, then why not divulge? Are we to believe that the residents of Ward 3 are his priority, or do his priorities now lie elsewhere?

We believe that every individual is entitled to keep their private affairs as closed or as open as they wish. However, we also believe that public officials have a competing obligation to disclose things that are in the public interest to know or are necessary for citizens to make knowledgeable decisions concerning their rights. Where does this house purchase stand on that particular spectrum? Well, we think very much on the high side because it goes to character, trust and fundamental honesty.

Mr. Nisan has something of a history of campaign issues. He was investigated for inappropriate fund-raising activities during the 2018 contest and was censured accordingly. In 2018, he conducted door to door visits around the Ward 3 neighbourhoods prior to the actual campaign period, introducing himself and passing out his business card but not, in an official and illegal manner, “campaigning”. In the eyes of many, he overstated his credentials and work experience as a diplomat. In the 2022 campaign, incumbent Nisan seemed to have had his fair share of possible electoral bylaw issues, as did almost every candidate. It is the “silly season” and tempers run hot. However, he seems to attract a rather unusual degree of vitriol from his opponents with claims of ‘just not playing fair’. Leopard and spots sort of thing.

We have obviously made certain assumptions and these may, if faulty, prove to alter the narrative. Nisan’s purchase of a property in Ward 2 at the beginning of the 2022 campaign may be perfectly reasonable and without the least amount of campaign intrigue if:

He bought the property as an investment with no intent to relocate but planning to personally live somewhere in Ward 3. Currently, he has vacated his rented housing and he and his family are reportedly living in the Ward with his mother.

That he did not actually buy the house but has a doppëlganger with the same name, Roderick Steiner Nisan, and his partner and co-purchaser also has a doppëlganger etc., etc.

These scenarios aside, if and when Mr. Nisan relocates to his new Ward 2 home, there is a definite impact on the actual composition of the City’s Council. At that time, there would be 3 of 7 members (43% of Council) living within blocks of each other and with no ‘in situ’ representative in Ward 3 (unless Councillor Nisan resigns and forces a costly by-election). Arguably, we had the same situation in 2018 with Councillor Stolte in Ward 4 but to her credit she resolved the situation; Councillor Nisan would be creating it and it would be a ‘sticky mess’ by any measure.

2022 – 2026 City Council being sworn in. Councillor Stolte has to take part virtually – a Covid19 victim.

You see, the Achilles Heel of the Burlington Council is its extremely small size; seven elected members including the Mayor who bear both local and regional portfolios (not to mention the new Deputy Mayor assignments). It is a very small pond and even the smallest ripples can have an impact. Indeed, the Burlington Council has the highest per capita representation of any Tier Two or Independent Municipality. It urgently needs a critical review but political inertia and self-interest have dominated to date.

It’s somewhat complicated to change the roles and composition of a Municipal Council and, for the existing Council, two pay cheques for the same 16 hour day are far better than one.

Marianne Meed Ward wearing the Chain of Office for the first time. The campaign to get to this point started back in 2006 when she first ran for office in ward 1

What does all this likely mean? It seems to give credence to the growing speculation that Councillor Nisan plans to compete for Mayor in 2026 (some would say with the current Mayor’s concurrence and help) or, failing that, challenge for the Ward 2 chair. He has said privately that he wants to be Mayor but would never run against Meed Ward; one of the most astute and cunning politicians in the province and his mentor. Wise man.

So, where to Marianne Meed Ward, the Red Queen, in 2026? This may be the most interesting question (and concern) of all.

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What types of games can I play in an online casino?

By Aleksandar Angelov

April 25th, 2023



We as human beings always have the endless desire to satisfy our curiosity for the enjoyable things in life. We want to enrich our lives with colourful moments, memories, and new experiences as often as possible. This counts for all aspects of our life including our hobbies.

Gambling has been a part of social interaction – it has been with us almost from the beginning of time.

What has always been in fashion since the very beginning of civilization is the passion for gambling. Now, that our reality has changed due to the pandemic, we can all observe a massive transformation of the whole industry into a virtual one. Now that we can gamble from the comfort of our place, it is easy to explore online casino games.

Why online casinos?
Online casinos have many benefits that we cannot just ignore. We can all agree that in the 21st century, they are not only similar options to the physical ones, but they even exceed them with all their advantages and with no disadvantages on the table.

1. Comfort
We all love the physical betting institutions with those dim lights, the soft carpets, the sound of every single machine, and the beautiful women walking around and taking care that you feel at home. However, Gambling on the web has another level of comfort to offer! You can enjoy the games and win jackpots right from your couch, wearing comfortable clothes and eating chips while spending time with your pet. Nothing can beat this!

online casino canada2. Convenience
Gambling has never been this easy. Online betting websites can give you the option to bet from everywhere around the globe. You can live in Ontario and still bet. You just need an electronic device and an internet connection. Gambling required no download if you decide to do it through a browser.

However, gambling applications are available to you to set up on your desktop or your phone. You can be stuck in a traffic jam in Toronto, Canada, and even though you cannot use Canadian betting services, you can still play and win jackpots, a reward, or a bonus through your phone by using the services of a foreign website.

Online gambling doesn’t mean travelling – it is something you can do when you have some idle time on your hands. Be responsible when you gamble – it is a form of leisure.

3. Accessibility
If you have ever been to a physical betting institution, you have probably noticed that when it comes to the bigger games, not just slots and spins, nothing comes for free. You have to invest a significant amount of money so you can join the game. This is the complete opposite of what happens when gambling online. Website services with more serious games are unique as they do not require such a massive initial deposit. This makes these games much more accessible to the general player group.

4. Bonuses
Many people believe that in casinos you play and either lose or win. However, this is not the case with online casinos. You can lose in a few games, but the website can give you another chance to try your luck by giving you a bonus. It can be a small one such as a few more free spins, or it can be a great welcome pack that doubles your initial deposit. With the VIP programs that most casinos offer, you can enjoy bigger rewards with every step of your gambling experience on the web.

5. Crypto
You can use crypto as a token instead of money and this is clearly out of question in physical gaming institutions. Now almost all cryptocurrencies are accepted. The biggest favourites such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are always accepted but even simpler ones like Stellar would do you just as well!

What are the best games to play in an online casino?

1. Slots
Slots are one of the most popular options for both beginners and passionate gamblers. It goes this way as it insists on no preparation and you do not have to put a lot of effort and thought into the game. You just press the button and watch the images roll around.

Playing the slots online is certainly a different experience – something some may try because it is so convenient.

2. Blackjack
This one is one of the most preferred games in online casinos as well. It is usually a live tournament game. This means that it happens in real time and you have a live dealer at your disposition. The game can be very strategic if you decide to explore statistics and numbers. However, this is not a requirement to hit a good win.

The nice about this game is that you, as a beginner, do not have to fight with those crazy passionate gamblers who are ready to eat you alive. You are plating with the dealer. The dealer picks a number, and you have to pick another number that you should always pick smaller than 21 and hope to win!

3. Roulette
Roulette is very popular for two reasons. First, it is easy and you need no preparation or strategy. Second, it is very popular for its winning rates. You can pick a number and bet on it, but the even easier way to play is to pick between two colours – red or black. If the ball falls on your number or your colour, you win. What makes the winning rates go up high is playing by colour. When you do this, mathematically you have the biggest chance to win – 50%.

4. Baccarat
Baccarat is one of the games that beginners love when they are just stepping into more serious games. To play this game you have to know the ruler very well and have a strategy. Most websites offer a demo version of the game so that you can try your luck and strategy there at first.

Before you choose a game to focus your efforts and money on, we suggest that you try different ones from the great variety in online casinos. You may be surprised by the good experience of trying new things and you will surely find a new passion of yours.

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Hospital president gets a 24.73 % increase in salary over previous year

By Pepper Parr

April 26th, 2023



Eric Vandewall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Joseph Brant Hospital

A number of weeks ago, Eric Vandewaal, president of the Joseph Brant Hospital chose ignore requests for comment on the front page + four pages inside the Hamilton Spectator article on the state of conditions on the hospital.

It was not a pretty picture.

Vandewaal has been a senior executive for the past twenty years and should know better; when you are the president of a public tax payer institution there is a responsibility to react to news and engage the public.

It appears there is another story on the hospital working its way to the front page.

Until that appears we can leave you with the data in the chart shown below.

The hospital Board consists of 12 people. They are:

Randy Smallbone (CPA, CGA),

Chair, Board of DirectorsRandy Smallbone, Board of Directors

Omer Aziz, PENG, CHRL

Dr. David Charland, President, Medical Staff Association

Paul Clarke

Margaret Doma, a recently-retired Risk Management professional.

Barbara Elliot, Vice Chair of both the Board of Directors and the Governance & Nominating Committee and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Lisa Garland, CPA, CA, Vice Chair of  the Finance & Audit Committee an also serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee

Anna Iacobelli, TD Bank Group’s Senior Vice President

Dr. Salina Juma, General Internal Medicine, MD, FRCPC,

Corrine Kennedy, Board of Directors. Is a member of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee.

Leslie Motz – Executive Vice President, Clinical and Chief Nursing Executive

Young Park, currently the Vice Chair of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee and Vice Chair of the Digital Health Strategy Committee.

Anjlee Patel, serves as Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee

Ian Preyra, M.D., M.B.A., FRCPC (EM), Chief of Staff,

Eric Vandewaal, President and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Brant Hospital

David Wagstaff (CPA, ACC), currently the Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee and a member of the Human Resources Policy and Compensation Committee.

Deanna L. Williams, BScPhm, R.Ph, CAE, C. Dir, Currently serves as Chair of the Quality Committee.



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Handpicked for you - by library staff

By Staff

April 25th, 2023



The library (BPL) is launching a brand new service called Handpicked For You.

It’s kind of like a personal shopping service, at the library. Customers can fill out a short form online or with a staff member to request a custom list or bundle of items.

240,000 items.

Considering BPL has a physical collection of around 240,000 unique books, movies, and music CDs spread across seven locations (plus more in its digital collection!), it’s easy to overlook many outstanding titles. Handpicked For You helps customers find just what they’re looking for and discover hidden gems they may not have found otherwise.

“Our staff have exceptional knowledge of our collections, and they are trained to help people find items that suit their needs and interests,” says Frances Hanemaayer, Manager of North Branches and the leader behind BPL’s Handpicked For You service. “We want our customers to take advantage of this talent so they can enjoy a great read (or watch) every time.”

To get started using this service, simply complete the Handpicked For You online form or ask staff for help submitting your request by phone or in person. You’ll list what you like to read, watch, or listen to, and library staff will take a deep dive into our collection to find titles they think you’ll love. As part of this personal ‘shopping’ service, you select whether to receive a digital booklist of suggested titles or a bundle of items to pick up and check out at your preferred branch.

How Can Handpicked Help You?

Handpicked For You makes BPL’s collection more accessible in a few ways:

• Customers who cannot readily visit the library can select a bundle of titles for a friend or family member to pick up on their behalf.
• Staff can help customers find immediately available hidden gems and discover new authors so they don’t have to wait for our most popular items.
• Customers looking for support on niche topics like welcoming a new sibling or managing incontinence can get discreet help to find useful resources

Of course, the library will continue to welcome people to visit in person and browse! With both options you can enjoy standing in a field full of wildflowers AND receive an artfully curated bouquet.

This service is only available to Burlington Public Library members. Fill out the Handpicked For You form at

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HDSB Committee sponsors Parent Involvement Committee Conference on Saturday, April 29

By Staff

April 24th, 2023



The Halton District School Board’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) will be hosting the annual Parent Involvement Committee Conference on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Elsie MacGill Secondary School (1410 Bronte St S, Milton).

The theme of the conference is, ‘Nurturing the Whole Child: Mind, Body and Spirit’. Registration is open to HDSB parents and guardians.

Dr. Jean M. Clinton, Clinical Professor at McMaster University – Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

This year’s conference features keynote speaker Dr. Jean M. Clinton, Clinical Professor at McMaster University – Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

Dr. Clinton has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare and primary care for more than 30 years. She is renowned nationally and internationally as an advocate for children’s issues. Dr. Clinton will share her knowledge and expertise with families on how, through compassion, connection and hope, we can create the conditions for our children to flourish and thrive at all times, as well as challenging times.

Following the keynote address, the 2023 PIC Conference will provide engaging workshops that address

Outdoor Experiential Education Family Engagement,

Collaborative Problem Solving –

A New Way of Understanding and Responding to Challenging Behaviour,

Doing Mathematics With Your Child

“The Halton District School Board’s Parent Involvement Committee is the host of this annual conference, filled with an outstanding keynote speaker, workshops and curated content,” says Aiman Flahat, Superintendent of Education for the Halton District School Board. “This conference is designed to recognize the important role parents play in the development of their children and in their success throughout their school experience.”

Child minding is provided at no cost for Junior Kindergarten age children up to 12 years of age. Morning refreshments and lunch are also provided.

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Citizens discussing the level of Crime in the Community

Open to all!  No registration needed.

Join a group of people who are concerned about public safety issues affecting our community for a panel discussion and speakers who know the issue very well.

Panel Speakers:

MP Shannon Stubbs of Lakeland AB, Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, previously Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Halton Chief of Police Stephen J Tanner, Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS)

Marcell Wilson, founder of the One by One Movement, a think tank to decrease extreme acts of violence across the globe beginning with the GTA

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A two inch drop is a problem for a person in a scooter - city hall didn't appear to think so

By Staff

April 24, 2023,



David Marsden, went to Simms Square, the building across the street from City Hall, to report what he believes is a significant patio safety issue for users of the side walk at The Pump on Brant Street.

He was unable to get that across to anyone that there was an issue of safety.

The drop from the patio stone and the earth in around the tree – no problem for most of us – but if you’re confined to a scooter it is a problem. There doesn’t look line enough space for a scooter or a carriage to pass through. How did this set up get approved?

The photo shows potential for a serious accident if the wheel of a mobility scooter, wheelchair or baby buggy falls into the crevice (a two inch drop) surrounding the tree.

Marsden asked to speak to the Manager at The Pump on Brant and gave an employee the information but at last inspection there was no warning of the safety hazard or correction.

Anne Marsden needs her scooter to get around. She can’t travel along a part of Brant Street due to a problem with the location of an an-street patio.

Dave’s wife has to use a wheel chair, for him it is a safety issue. For those of us who walk around we wouldn’t be aware of the problem.

Inclusivity means everyone and Dave who travels around with his wife Ann on their scooter deserve reasonable attention.

He hasn’t gotten that so far.

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Burlington named a Tree City of the World

By Pepper Parr

April 24th, 2023



The recognition as a Tree City of the World will come is as a disappointment for those who feel a tree on their property is something they can cut down whenever they wish.

Was the cutting down of the tree necessary?

Others see a tree is as something a property owner doesn’t own – rather they are the stewards of the tree for is as long is as they live – others will follow will and become the steward. Trees outlive us – always have – always will.

The award was given to Burlington by the Arbour Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Foundation of the United Nations as a Tree City of the World.
This is the first time the City of Burlington has been recognized for this prestigious status for leading the way in urban and community forestry.

To earn Tree Cities of the World recognition, a city must demonstrate its commitment by meeting five program standards:

establish responsibility for the care of trees:

set rules to govern the management of forests and trees,

maintain an updated inventory or assessment of local tree resources,

allocate resources for a tree management plan,

and hold an annual celebration of trees to educate residents.

In recognition of this designation, a Tree City of the World flag has been raised at City Hall.

This is what most people in Burlington want; a gorgeous urban tree canopy that shades our streets, improves property values and gets some of the pollutants out of the air.

About the Tree City of the World Program
The Arbor Day Foundation is the world’s largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Both organizations came together in 2019 to found Tree Cities of the World.

The city has a history of planting new trees year after year. This is an award the city earned.

The program is a global effort to recognize cities and towns committed to ensuring that their urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and duly celebrated.

Planting trees in a metropolitan area comes with many benefits beyond the recognition of this program. Increasing the number of trees in a community can help reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control.

In addition, the program provides a network of like-minded city leaders in urban forestry to celebrate and share best practices to cultivate greenery in the community. Tree Cities of the World aims to create more green spaces in urban areas by recognizing the cities that do it well.

About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation is the world’s largest membership nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. With a focus in communities and forests of greatest need, the Foundation — alongside its more than 1 million members, supporters and valued partners — has helped to plant nearly 500 million trees in more than 50 countries.

Guided by its mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees, the Arbor Day Foundation is committed to unlocking the power of trees to help solve critical issues facing people and the planet.


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Brock research explores how personality affects relationships between dogs and people

By Pepper Parr

April 24th, 2023



Sometime in 2025 Brock University will have students on the second level of what used to be the Bateman High School. They are becoming part of the city fabric.

Brock is however going a little further. As one of the newer universities it has to work a little harder to get recognized. Brock opened in September 1964. It had 127 students who attended class in a refurbished refrigeration factory at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment in St. Catharines.

The Brock media people have been sending briefing on some of the research work done by the different faculties.

This came our way by Renata Roma who says “Puppy love can be powerful.”

Renata Roma, PhD candidate at Brock University

Roma is reminding pet owners that human relationships with dogs have just as many ups and downs as relationships between people.

With National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day coming up this weekend, the PhD candidate in Brock’s Department of Child and Youth Studies (CHYS) wants people to understand that dogs have different personalities that can change over time.

“Dogs are as complex as people, so if you want to have a dog, be prepared to have lots of enjoyable moments but also moments of distress,” says Roma. “Those moments don’t mean the relationship is not going well — it’s just part of your relationship with your dog.”

The former therapist says she grew interested in studying the interactions of dogs and people after introducing a therapy dog into her sessions working with children with autism.

She began researching the subject in earnest while completing her master’s degree and is now fast approaching her PhD dissertation defence under the supervision of Associate Professor Christine Tardif-Williams in CHYS.

“I wanted to see how dogs can positively influence people’s well-being, and if attachment or synchrony in terms of having similar or complementary personalities would help people have more well-being in a relationship with a dog,” says Roma. “But I didn’t want to look only at the positive side.”

She says that in the online discourse, where boundless love for dogs is celebrated, some challenges of human interactions with dogs are often overlooked, which may leave some people feeling unprepared for managing difficult situations.

Some dogs have a remarkable ability to chase an object and catch it in mid air

“I have my own dogs, so I know that we love them, but they can be annoying; it’s the same thing that happens with people we love,” she says. “So, I wanted to work with both aspects of the relationship, synchrony and lack of synchrony between the person and the dog.”

In a recent paper, “My ‘Perfect’ Dog: Undesired Dog Behaviours and Owners’ Coping Styles,” which Roma co-authored with Tardif-Williams, Professor Shannon Moore in CHYS and Professor Patricia Pendry of Washington State University, the research team looked at how dog owners between the ages of 17 and 25 cope with difficult situations, such as frequent barking or aggression. Their work included not only the strategies young dog owners use, but also how the difficult situations affect the relationship between the dog and the owner.

What they found was that even inexperienced dog owners coped well with challenging behaviours among their dogs, favouring positive reinforcement over punishment.

Team work – they are sometimes better at it than people.

“The young people found that it’s possible to have a dog that is not perfect, that doesn’t behave well, and still have a great connection,” she says. “The participants, many of whom were Brock students, talked about their dogs as the ‘perfect fit’ and acknowledged that it is a relationship where love comes first, but there are stressful situations that need to be handled, too.”

Play like this will keep a child and a dog at it for hours. Better than TV or cell phone time.

Tardif-Williams says that Roma’s findings make “an important contribution to the emerging field of human-animal interactions.”

“Renata’s research speaks directly to the ‘pet effect,’ which is to say that pets are not always a ‘cure-all’ for human health and well-being,” she says. “Pets have their own unique characteristics, and you want to have a good fit between young people and their pets.”

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Tim Hortons Smile Cookie - at participating locations May 1st - runs all week - proceeds going to the Food Bank

By Staff

April 24th, 2023



The Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Week kick-off event – marks the beginning of a fundraising campaign where all proceeds from the sale of Smile Cookies at participating Tim Hortons locations will support local charities.

This year, Tim Hortons across Burlington have once again chosen to support the Burlington Food Bank, with a goal of raising $100,000 to help feed our neighbours.

The kick-off event will take place on Monday, May 1st at 10:00 AM at the Tim Hortons store located at 29 Plains Rd, Burlington.

We will be joined by the Burlington Tim Hortons Owners, representatives from the Burlington community and from the Burlington Food Bank.

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Red Tape Symposium - a Chamber of Commerce event to take place on Thursday - Breakfast starts at 8:00

By Staff

April 24, 2023



The Burlington Chamber of Commerce is holding their 2nd instalment of the  Red Tape Reduction Symposium –  looking at critical issues and provide resources for the Burlington business community.

The Symposium, presented by Alinea, will focus on the impact of red tape on economic growth, innovation, and local businesses through different lenses and perspectives.

The Hon. Parm Gill, Minister of Red Tape Reduction, will be joining us as a keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion comprised of diverse stakeholder voices from the Burlington community.



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Is the current strike of federal government employees really necessary ? Just 35% of the union membership voted for the strike

By Pepper Parr

April 24th, 2023



The right to strike is fundamental.

Members of a union have the right to vote on a strike decision – tell their leadership that they will walk off the job, pick up picket signs and demonstrate.

Union members demonstrating to support their wage demands. Negotiators meet but no solution in sight. Public might have to sweat this one out.

And that they are prepared to forgo their wage and live on strike pay.

And that’s what happened last week.

It was late in the week when the public learned that something in the order of 35% of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) voted to strike and of that 35% – 80% voted to walk off the job.

That walk out shuts down public services across the country – the xx to the public is severe. Passport office stops functioning, revenue, the people who process your tax returns won’t be working and the tax deadline is May 1st.

Is it responsible of the union to pull everyone off the job with a 35% vote?

The signal it sends to the government is that the union support isn’t all that strong – so they too will wait it out.

The government doesn’t have to meet a payroll – we the public have to put up with zip in terms of service.

This strike will end, the government will decide to pass return to work legislation – a little awkward with the government needing the support of the New Democrats to get the legislation passed.

People working for the public service deserve a fair wage and the federal government has the responsibility to take better care of their relationship with the unions.

The situation gets a little muddied when the federal labour relations board raised “significant concerns” about “major irregularities” in the strike vote by 120,000 federal public servants, but has ruled the issues would not have changed the results.

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

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Is the Ward 3 City Councillor Preparing to Move Into Ward 2 ?

By Pepper Parr

April 24th, 2023


Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan


Last June, Roderick (Rory) Steiner Nisan, together with his partner, purchased a home in Ward 2; one long block from the Lakeshore and close to the downtown. It’s a quiet little neighbourhood and the house would struggle to be even “unassuming”. So, why is this noteworthy and why should we care? Well, we should care for exactly the same reasons and in exactly the same measure that we care about open, honest and honourable behaviour on the part of our elected representatives.

At the time of purchase, Mr. Nisan was the Councillor for Ward 3 and was running for re-election. He was living in a rental house on Ruth Dene Crescent in the Mountainside area of Ward 3.

The campaign period had barely started, election day being some four months away but things were definitely heating up. There is no requirement that a municipal Councillor must live in the constituency that he or she represents, but it is generally seen to be a very strong “should”.

Rory Nisan at a City Council meeting before the pandemic.

So strong, in fact, that campaigns have been fought and many heated criticisms levied over exactly this “domicile” issue. Indeed, Rory’s 2018 campaign was plagued with voter concern when it was reported that he didn’t reside in Ward 3 but in Ward 6. He assured voters then that he knew it was important to live in the Ward and promised, in a November 2018 Gazette article, that he would become a resident of Ward 3. So where does this lead us; to the second part of this article?

It is worth noting that the Gazette reached out to Mr. Nisan for comment but, at the time of publication, no response has been received.

You don’t have a home until you leave it and then, when you have left it, you never can go back.”
… James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room

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How to Deposit and Withdraw Money at Online Casinos

By Staff

April 24th, 2023



Online casinos have become incredibly popular around the world. However, before players can start playing, they need to deposit funds into their online casino account. Likewise, when it’s time to cash out winnings, they need to know how to withdraw funds from their account.

In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about depositing and withdrawing money at online casinos, as well as giving you a few tips and tricks to make the whole process go smoother.

Depositing Money at Online Casinos

The first step to depositing money at an online casino is to create an account. Once you have created an account, you can log in to and navigate to the cashier section of the casino’s website. There, you will find a list of available payment methods.

Online casinos offer a wide range of payment methods, each coming with their own pros and cons. This is why it is important to choose a payment method that works for you.

To deposit money, all you need to do is select your preferred payment method and enter the amount you want to deposit. You will then need to follow the instructions provided by the casino to complete the transaction. In most cases, your funds will be deposited immediately, and you will be able to start playing your favourite games right away.

Of course, proper money management is essential when making deposits at online casinos – it can be all too easy to get carried away and go over your budget.

This same process is going to be incredibly similar at virtually every establishment. It doesn’t matter if you play at the Casumo casino to cite one example, or indeed any other online casino, making deposits is simple and straightforward.

Withdrawing Money from Online Casinos

When it’s time to cash out winnings, You will need to navigate back to the cashier section of your chosen casino’s website. Simply select your preferred withdrawal method and enter the amount of money you wish to withdraw (assuming you do have funds that are eligible for withdrawal).

It’s important to note that online casinos generally require players to withdraw funds using the same method they used to deposit. For example, if you deposited funds using one of the most popular payment methods, like a credit card, you will need to withdraw funds to the same credit card.

Once you have submitted a withdrawal request, the casino will review it and process the transaction. Withdrawal times vary depending on the payment method chosen, but it usually isn’t too long of a wait. After this, your funds will be transferred to your original payment method.

In conclusion, depositing and withdrawing money at online casinos is a simple process that can be completed in just a few steps. All you need to do is choose your preferred payment method, enter the amount you want to deposit or withdraw, and follow the instructions provided by the casino.

Once you have been through this process a few times, you will quickly become accustomed to the ordeal. In a little time, you will know the online casino withdrawal and deposit processes like the back of your hand. Have fun!




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GTHA report has buildings responsible for more emissions than any other industry – including transportation and agriculture – at 44% of the area’s total.

By Staff

April 23rd, 2023



There is an organization that caters to the development industry. They material they publish is about building.

We follow what they do; in the past we have found several views that we feel are worth passing along.

They recently put his information out:

Typically, construction isn’t associated with organic ecosystems or the preservation of nature. But change is on the horizon.

The addition to the Joseph Brant Hospital under construction.

The City of Toronto’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy sees the city bringing its emissions to net zero by 2040. But even sooner than that, a mandated shift under the strategy requires the construction of all new buildings with near-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 – that’s a short seven years, in the world of construction.

The mandate is backed by receipts; recent data released about the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) showed buildings are responsible for more emissions than any other industry – including transportation and agriculture – at 44% of the area’s total.

In the development realm, emissions come from many angles: the materials used throughout construction, the building process itself, and the continued operation of buildings after completion. With so many elements at play, there’s no one way forward – rather, a series of industry-wide fixes will be required to bring forth long-term change.
Interesting – how would that be applied to the work being done by Burlington’s Planning department.

The words: “…strategy requires the construction of all new buildings with near-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 …” beg the question – is this being applied in Burlington?

The data comes from Storey – you can find them HERE.

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The Scam Scum are busier these days - seeing more than usual of their attempts to steal your money

By Staff

April 23, 2023



The scam game appears to be ramping up.

The scam scum are still using the Costco brand name is as a way to pull you in – it must be working for the people who want to steal your money – they keep using it.

Others are using the Microsoft brand and for those that are really gullible someone is now using the International Monetary Fund.

The rule is always the same – look at the email address the information came from – if it looks fishy – it probably is – ignore it and delete it.

The Microsoft message “might” be legit – not certain about that one but I’m not in the market for refurbished items.

When in doubt – DON’T

Costco is such a trusted brand name – people feel comfortable and recognize the corporate name. Always look at the address the email came from – that’s where the clues are hidden in plain sight.


Microsoft – another trusted corporate name. Much of what makes your computer work is made by Microsoft. This one looked very fishy to me – I didn’t touch it. Others will.



Again – look at the email the message came from. Also the IMF works to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for all of its 190 member countries. It does so by supporting economic policies that promote financial stability and monetary cooperation, which are essential to increase productivity, job creation, and economic well-being.

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You do what ya gotta do to get public attention

BY Pepper Parr

April 22nd, 2023



We understand why the political set have the need to appear in photographs – they need all the help they can get when it comes time to be re-elected.

What is difficult to understand is why Brian Dean, the Executive Director of the Burlington Downtown Business Association.

Ward 2 Councillor Lisa Kearns hamming it up with Brian Dean to promote the Burlington Comedy Festival that will be presenting at four different locations – tonight  and on Sunday. .

Burlington has a bit of a history with rubber chickens. A group had plans for a presentation to Jane McKenna after she spoke in the provincial legislator about the chicken problem.

Jane McKenna and her problem with facts.

The opportunity was lot when McKenna decided to end the commute into the Big Smoke and give the public access to her wisdom by accepting an appointment to the Halton Regional Police Services Board.

The hospitality sector has had it struggles – getting people out to events is still impacted by Covid19, which is still with us – probably will be for some time.

A significant number of people are just not comfortable being in public settings where air flow is limited and people are crowded.

The Regional Medical Officer of Heath is still reporting a number of active Covid19 cases – and the World Health Organization has not lowered the pandemic rating to an epidemic; we might feel safe in Burlington but this is a virus that travels far and wide.

Dean manages to keep his profile up to date with his own photo ops – a couple of which you may recall seeing in the past.

Dean at his desk focused on a conversation.

Don’t give up the day job Brian.

Brian Dean, Executive Director of the BDBA promoting a downtown event.

Related news stories:
McKenna in the Legislature
Comedy Festival – times and locations

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