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

By Staff

April 24th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

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,

BURLINGTON, ON

 

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

BURLINGTON, ON

 

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

BURLINGTON, ON

 

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

BURLINGTON, ON

 

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

BURLINGTON, ON

 

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

BURLINGTON, ON

OPINION

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

BURLINGTON, ON

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

BURLINGTON, ON

 

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

BURLINGTON, ON

 

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

BURLINGTON,ON

 

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

BURLINGTON, ON

 

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.

http://patreon.com/user?u=10935591

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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Public Safety to be the focus of a Town Hall next Saturday - sponsored by the Conservative Association

By Staff

April 22, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Local political associations have varying degrees of community involvement and reach out taking place.

The Conservative are the most active – they have set out a series of Town Hall events, the second of which will take place in a week at the Mainway Recreation Centre where the focus will be on Public Safety; an issue that is easy to get reaction on.

A complex subject with few simple answers.  Halton has an enviable record when it comes to crime – there isn’t that much of it.  With a well funded police service that responds well to public needs and has solid public support the community is seen as very safe – something the Regional Chair Gary CArr never fails to mention when he speaks publicly.

The federal Liberals haven’t done much. The public seems satisfied with MP Karina Gould who is seen and appreciated. The provincial Liberals have been quiet on the surface as they head for  their Leadership convention where the mood seems to be Crombie on 1 – a reference to Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie who is expected to in the race. Once the Liberals have a leader things will be quite different at Queen’s Park.

The New Democrats have a new leader who has been very visible across the province but has yet to appear locally.

The Greens have never been a force in Burlington

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The Clean Up is well underway - you can sign up to participate anytime through to October 31st.

By Staff

April 21st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Here is how BurlingtonGreen put in their media release:

Wow! Thousands of people across BurlingtonGreen are participating in the annual city-wide litter clean up, with more registrations rolling in each day – thank you for being a part of making a positive difference!

The Community Clean Up map shows the growing number of clean ups that are taking place. There is lots of time to participate. While many groups are choosing to clean up litter during Earth Day ( April 22nd), our communities need some TLC all year long so you can sign up to participate anytime through to October 31st.

FREE supplies are available so sign up, get your clean up event posted to our map, and enjoy the outdoors while you help to keep our shared community clean and green, and beautiful.

If you’ve already completed your clean up, thank you very much and please share your results with us.

And, if you’d like to send along a photo of your clean up team to cugu@burlingtongreen.org, we may share it on our social media to inspire others!

(Please include your group name and “Clean Up Photo” in the subject line of your email)

BONUS: to thank you for sharing your results with us or sending us a team photo, you will be automatically entered into a draw for a chance to win a fabulous eco-prize pack (reusable bags, stainless canteens, bamboo cutlery sets and more!)

Note: The Submission of photos provides permission to BurlingtonGreen to use your photos in print, or in digital materials including social media platforms with permission to edit, alter, copy, or distribute the photos for media advertising and marketing)

#LetsDoThis

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Earth Day - have you decided what you are going to do to lower the Co2 levels ?

By Pepper Parr

April 12th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Saturday is Earth Day and media around the world will be emoting on what we are up against – and indeed we are up against it.

Burlington declared a Climate Change Emergency and is working its way into various projects that will lessen the amount of Co2 we pump into the environment.

The chart we have set out below set out what has happened and what the scientists think will happen in the decades ahead.

It is not a pretty picture – but it is a picture that we drew.

 

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Mapleview has Mothers Day Plans - a flower wall as a backdrop for picture taking

By Staff

April 20th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Mapleview Shopping Centre is going to make Mother’s Day (May 11 to 13, 2023) a little more colourful this year with the installation of a whimsical floral wall for photo-worthy opportunities, and chances to win mom-worthy gifts from Mapleview retailers to celebrate Mother’s Day this year.

It could be a perfect backdrop for Mother’s Day memories, guests can snap photos at Mapleview’s stunning flower wall or try their luck at the centre’s Prizing Cart featuring Spring must-have gifts up for grabs.

Guests that spend a minimum of $200 at Mapleview Centre, can take home a custom complimentary spring bouquet from the DIY Bloom Bar, sourced from local Burlington florist Euro Style Flower Market.

An upscale location with huge parking lots

In honour of Mother’s Day, Mapleview will be making a donation to Halton Women’s Place, a local organisation providing shelter and crisis services for women and their children.

A donation will also be made to the Burlington-Oakville chapter of Mamas for Mamas, supporting mothers and caregivers through community programming.

“We’re excited to partner with our retailers and local organisations to celebrate Mother’s Day with guests and the community,” said Rita Donnelly, General Manager, Mapleview. “From memorable photo opportunities with mom, to surprise giveaways, and custom DIY bouquets – it’s a fun way to show appreciation for mom.”

The activation will be located in the Food Court, on the Upper Level and will run from May 11 to 13, 2023 from 2pm – 7pm on Thursday and Friday and 11am – 5pm on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

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Staff take Council through a Workshop where ideas were popping out all over the place.

By Pepper Parr

April 20th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Earlier this week Staff did a work shop that included Council.

It was an interesting and refreshing approach that had staff setting out their issues and explaining to council just what they were up against.

The Workshop included 30 graphics, one of which is set out below, that took Council through a very detailed presentation with more depth than usual.

 

Changing the setting proved to be a smart idea – there was much better communication once the administrative restrictions were removed.

Two two blue boxes:  Mindset of open to change and Pause in New Staff Directions are not the kind of thing that was seen in the past.

There is a refreshing change taking place.  The leadership at the Executive Director level is much better.

During the half day event Brynn Nheiley, Executive Director of Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility, had Council doing some role playing followed by a very casual, almost family living room setting, where questions were asked and comments made without a Chair in place directing the conversation.

Nheiley went from being Manager of Development & Design in the Community Planning Department to becoming an Executive Director. As the Manager of Development & Design, she led a number of initiatives that has led to improvements in development planning that support better outcomes for Council, residents and staff; these include:

  • Establishing a two-stage reporting strategy in order to provide Council with the opportunity to make a decision on an application within the legislated timeline, while also enabling the flexibility for staff to work with applicants to create the best planning outcome for development applications.
  • Bringing together staff from key departments to collaboratively build a development review process that gives applicants a single point of contact, and single application to satisfy multiple pre-approvals, from multiple departments, which are required before a building permit can be applied for.
  • Bringing together a management team that included staff from building, planning, forestry, site engineering and Information Technology Services departments in order to launch an entirely digital review process for all forms of development applications. The result was that the City’s development review process was delayed by less than two months from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to working at the City of Burlington, Brynn worked for the City of Hamilton as a Senior Planner and as the Acting Director of Planning and Building Services for the Town of Antigonish in Nova Scotia.  Brynn has a Masters of Planning from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University.

The Workshop ended with this slide.

 

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Scam scum are at it again – remember – if it looks to good to be true – it isn’t

By Staff

April 20th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The scam scum are at it again.

They find that using well know and trusted brand names will attract people.

Look carefully at the email address it came from – that is not Shoppers.

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Halton Health Coalition planning on a public referendum during May

By Staff

April 19th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On January 16, 2023, Premier Doug Ford announced the first phases in his plan to privatize our public hospitals. His government is opening three new private for-profit clinics, expanding other for-profit clinics and shunting tens of millions in public funding to private clinics and hospitals.

Photo by William Mewes from Oakville Ontario, Canada

The premier said that 50% of the surgeries done in our public hospitals could be cut and privatized.

The Halton Ontario Health Coalition says “There is no question: the Ford government is planning to privatize the vital surgical and diagnostic services from our public community hospitals , unless Ontarians stop them.

They have been very active and plan to hold a Referendum Campaign in the coming weeks.

You might want to log into their web site if the changes taking place in health care matter to you.

Excerpts from their most recent media notice.

This is a reminder that our next meeting is tomorrow evening (Wednesday, April 19) at 7:00 pm.

This will be our permanent Wednesday 7:00 pm link for the duration of the Referendum Campaign so bookmark or save this link. (Though we’ll send it out each week!)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84339852955?pwd=elo2c0pnQmFRaHZKVmQzR0lYZkZMQT09

Meeting ID: 843 3985 2955

Passcode: 356417

Our agenda:

– Updates; Helen

– Organizing for polling stations and flyer distribution; Susan

– Social Media; Doreen/Trudi

Trudi has organized and created this very easy-to-use site to access all the referendum materials.

And, if you haven’t done so already, could you please fill out the volunteer survey in the above link?

Thank you all for your efforts to preserve our public health care system and see you tomorrow evening.

The Halton Health Coalition Team

Minutes:   April 12

OHC and Halton HC Updates:   Helen

  • the OHC QR code that’s on the flyers is now working and attached to the website https://publichospitalvote.ca/ there is still more work to be done by OHC on their website
  • Helen and Trudie will participate in the area leads meeting on Friday.
  • The signs are still in development; it is hoped that an illustration will be available very soon.

Polling Stations:

  • Helen – please focus on trying to secure polling locations once someone/a business, church, legion, condo etc has signed up please share that information with Judy (JudyRWorks@gmail.com) the information will also be shared with OHC so they can add it to their map so people can find our polling locations.
  • Unifor Local 707 has agreed to host a workplace campaign and will allow Judy to set up a voting station at a couple of events they will be hosting over the next few weeks. The goal is to get over 500 votes.   The option to host a public polling location on May 26 & 27 is still being explored as there could be a scheduling conflict.
  • The Halton Local of The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is considering a workplace campaign that could be hosted out of their office at Appleby & the QEW.  They represent approximately 3200 area educators.
  • We discussed ideas for polling stations including parks, independent businesses
  • Shiam will reach out to her mosque
  • Hayley will reach out to a high school contact, and a Sheridan contact

There focus is on everything wrong with Ontario’s health care privatization law as a result of Bill 60.

 

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