Councillor Sharman will do well on the budget part of his portfolio - can the same be said of the Strategic Plan part of the job?

By Pepper Parr

January 4th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

OPINION

When Mayor Meed Ward announced her Deputy Mayor initiative she assignef ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman the Strategy & Budgets portfolio.

Smart move – he is the only Councillor who could deliver on budget matters and while we have reservations as to what he will do on the Strategic Plan side – he has been around long enough and done any number of Strategic Plans to be able to get that job done.

Councillor Paul Sharman gets to wrap himself in a Strategic Plan document. what kind of a difference e might he make.

He will bring the strength and experience needed on the budget side – how he manages to square the spending that has been decided upon (Bateman High school reuse; the real cost of the Skyway Arena and the purchase of the LaSalle Park land currently owned by the city of Hamilton) is something we will know before Easter.

How Sharman manages to bring around city Treasurer Joan Ford on whatever debt level get decided upon will make for interesting political gamesmanship. Ford has dedicated her career on being not just fiscally prudent but rock solid in keeping debt to that 12.5 % limit.

The bigger, long term concern is the Strategic Plan. Whatever mistakes get made with the budget will correct themselves, at the expense of the taxpayer, but what are taxpayers for if not to clean up after the politicians?

The right Strategic Plan is something else. It is very difficult to correct the mistakes. When they get it wrong the errors tend to define the city.

The Burlington Strategic Plan is a 25 year looking forward document that takes us to 2040. It is monitored, reviewed and evaluated on an ongoing basis.

It will be interesting to see how the Staff report that is presented to Council, which will be the starting point for the 2022-2026 review, has to say about how well council has done with its Strategic Plan so far.

Strategic Plans were four year documents until then city manager James Ridge brought in outside consultants who came back with a bigger picture plan.

The city took a four pillar approach as the guidelines that would be used to come up with a plan that creates a city that grows (population), a city that moves (transit), a city that is greener (private tree by law and a city that is engaging.

Population growth has been mandated by the province – we have to do what we are told to do; transit is going to be a challenge on several levels, something we will return to. On engagement council will point to a consultant’s report that struck the Gazette as spurious. The public didn’t get to see the details on the questions that were asked.

The Gazette has never seen Paul Sharman as a visionary person; his tendency is to be more comfortable with policy and an almost limitless need for data, more data.
It seems there is never enough data for Sharman to make a decision.

The eleven half days spent producing the Strategic Plan in 2012 had ideas pouring out on to sheets of paper that were set out for review and comment. It was a group thinking at its best – the problems was that Staff and Council members didn’t see the outcomes in quite the same way.

In order to come up with a vision there has to be an understanding of the population- demography you are dealing with; the geography you have to work within and the upper level of government pressures you have to deal with.

Each member of council has a personal vision of what they would like Burlington to be. There has never been much in the way of a consensus amongst the members of council on what Burlington should be or what it could be.

What we do know is that they don’t like tall buildings and especially not in the downtown core.

The members of this council keep taking complaints about each other to the Integrity Commissioner – like grade school students squealing on each other.

They don’t seem to have found a way to work with the development community – the best Burlington has been able to do is provide the legal community far too many opportunities to send invoices setting out the billable hours they spent defending the city at Ontario Land Tribunal hearings.

Frank McKeown, on the left chats with Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman at a Strategic Planning session. The body language says it all in this picture

When the Goldring council decided to take the creating of a Strategic Plan seriously – up until that point the document was a collection of photographs, they spent several days at McMaster University site on the South Service Road.

At the closing session staff and members of council were asked to set out their priorities. The result was not a pretty picture.

Frank McKeown, Chief of Staff to Goldring at the time, commented that there wasn’t much opportunity for positive change with Staff and Council so far apart.

Is anything different today?

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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City administration gets the first word on the budget they will debate next week. Projection is for a 7.08% increase over last year

By Pepper Parr

January 3rd, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Good media management means getting your story out first and trying to set the narrative.

Burlington’s Communications people put of their story late this afternoon – just after 6:30 pm.

Here it is with all the spin you could imagine.

The proposed 2023 budget is focused on planning ahead and protecting our city’s future.

In presenting the proposed budget, City Manager Tim Commisso and Chief Financial Officer Joan Ford are advising Council that we need to make key community investments now that improve service to residents. While our community continues to grow, our investments in enhancing City services and amenities have not kept pace. We need to maintain and repair city infrastructure. For key services like bylaw enforcement, we are simply not meeting community expectations. The time is now to invest in needed improvements. The 2023 and 2024 budget will both be “catch-up” budgets. This will enable the city to make investments that protect and improve our future.

The proposed 2023 budget recommends an overall tax increase of 7.08% (including Region of Halton and Boards of Education). Of the 7.08% increase to the property tax bill, Burlington’s portion of the overall increase is 5.90%.

On Monday, Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m., City staff will present the 2023 Budget Overview Report (F-01-23) to the Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee of Burlington City Council. A copy of the report and more information is available on burlington.ca/budget.

Budget pressures
The 2023 and 2024 budgets will both be challenging.

Today in Burlington, almost three years of COVID-19 impacts have meant revenue losses and increased expenses. Our city has not kept pace with investing in the services and amenities that our growing community needs. This means we need more amenities like community centres to support our residents. The city must continue to invest in our infrastructure such as our roads, buildings and transit busses. Many people feel this impact every day.

Provincial legislative changes (Bill 23) will download the costs of growth to Burlington. This new provincial legislation reduces the City’s ability to collect fees from developers for future growth-related capital costs such as parkland, roads, transit and recreation facilities.

The 2023 proposed budget before City Council will:

• maintain service levels while recognizing higher than average inflation
• address the continued financial impacts of COVID-19
• dedicate funding to ensure our $5.2 billion of assets are maintained in a state of good repair
• include community investments for the next 50 years such as two new community centers planned to open over the next few years
• stabilize and enhance city services and address the immediate need for an updated non-union compensation program that keeps salaries market competitive
• provide more city services to residents and businesses online digitally

The 2023 proposed budget also directly addresses feedback heard from residents. This includes the need for more bylaw enforcement staff, more animal services staff and education to support our coyote management strategy. It also includes automated speed enforcement to deal with local traffic concerns, additional firefighters and more transit operators. There are key investments in these areas, among others, to better service residents. Learn more at burlington.ca/budget.

Opportunities for public engagement
Members of the public can learn more about the proposed 2023 budget and share their feedback in the following ways:

• Join the virtual 2023 Budget Town Hall, hosted by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Visit getinvolvedburlington.ca to join in and watch the meeting on Jan. 19, or in advance to submit your question.

• Register to speak to City Council at the Feb. 6 meeting of the Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee where the proposed budget will be reviewed, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Members of the public who would like to speak at the meeting as a delegation can register by calling 905-335-7777, ext. 7481 or visiting burlington.ca/delegation. The deadline to register is noon on Feb. 3, 2023.

Key dates and milestones for the 2023 Budget
City meetings for the 2023 Budget are scheduled on the following dates at City Hall in Council Chambers, located at 426 Brant St., second floor. All meetings are hybrid and may be attended in person or watched by livestream online at burlington.ca/calendar.

Date 2023 Budget Item
Monday, Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m. Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee: Overview of proposed 2023 Budget

Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Virtual 2023 Budget Town Hall – watch the meeting and ask your questions at getinvolvedburlington.ca/2023-budget

Monday, Feb. 6, Tuesday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 a.m. Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee: Review and approval of proposed 2023 Budget, including delegations from the public

Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 9:30 a.m. Meeting of Burlington City Council: City Council to consider approval of proposed 2023 Budget
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Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said: “This budget invests in the services our growing community needs – while playing catch-up. Growth never fully pays for growth, and the province’s Bill 23 cuts municipal funding for things like community centres, transit, libraries and parks.

Nevertheless, we’re committed to ensuring you get the services you need, now and for the future. We also continue to face ongoing challenges of inflation, revenue loss due to the pandemic and a very competitive labour market. We’ve accounted for that in this budget.

“We’re building a strong foundation for our community, not just for this term but for the next generation.”

Tim Commisso, City Manager explained what the city is going to try and get done this way: ““The proposed 2023 Budget, that we are presenting to Council for their consideration in the coming weeks, includes many important investments needed now to improve City services and protect the quality of life that Burlington residents enjoy. In addition to dealing with higher inflation and the continued impacts of the pandemic, the City has fallen behind in a number of service areas and requires that immediate additional funding be directed towards infrastructure like roads and parks that cost more each year to maintain; improving city services like bylaw enforcement, animal control, transit and fires services; new city services including two new community centers and automated speed enforcement; and ensuring we remain market competitive to attract and retain talented City employees.

“As City Manager, I anticipate 2023 and 2024 will be very challenging for Council and I also appreciate these budgets include unprecedented levels of investments that we are asking the community to support. All City staff have worked extremely hard to prepare a responsible budget for Council to consider and the reality is we need to invest more now to maintain and improve the city services that residents expect in the future. Overall, our proposed 2023 budget results in a total tax increase that is in line with current inflation in Ontario.”

Joan Ford, Chief Financial Officer, the person who has to stand guard over the piggy bank, usually referred to as Reserve Funds, added that this is: “a challenging City budget. We are balancing ongoing COVID-19 impacts, facing significant inflationary pressures, maintaining our infrastructure in a state of good repair, and addressing the needs of our growing community which are not fully supported by growth funding. Services and amenities have not kept up with the growth in our community. We are now having to play catch up with our budget.

“Our 2023 budget decisions need to focus on community priorities. Our budget is more than dollars and cents. It impacts residents directly through the many City programs and services you receive. Each time you have your road plowed, use a City park or trail, or cool off in a municipal pool or splash pad, you are seeing your tax dollars at work.”

For Ford, who is nearing the time when she can retire, the amount of debt that city is prepared to take on could be giving her a serious case of indigestion.  Ford is a rock solid “be responsible and don’t spend what you don’t have treasurer.  The city is fortunate enough to have her.

There is information about the proposed 2023 budget at: burlington.ca/budget.
There will be a virtual 2023 budget town hall on January 19 at 7 p.m. You have to send your questions to:  Getinvolvedburlington.ca/2023-budget.

 

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The message didn't resonate with female readers. Has VR Pro lost its touch

By Staff

January 3rd, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A reader writes:

“I have been supporting the VR Pro races for four years now. The latest ad, which I felt was highly subjective and inappropriate for women in this sport.

The advertisement didn’t resonate with many female runners.

 

“It is tasteless and has offended the women in our running group and beyond, all of who supported this woman.

“I reached out by email saying this sexualizes women and to basically do better. I got a cold reply “sorry Jullian” which isn’t my correct spelling! I figured it’s time to call her (Kelly Arnott) out and ask for an apology.

Jillian,a Peterborough resident who drive to Burlington to take part in some of the races

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How does one define citizenship engagement in Burlington ? Would 'You will receive no further communications from my office.' be acceptable ?

By Pepper Parr

January 3rd, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

When Kelvin Galbraith was elected as Councillor for ward 1 in 2018 he would not have known what Tom Muir and some of his friends meant by engagement and representation.

The understanding is that the ward councillor will have a conflict of interest on any development that takes place within the MTSA boundary

It didn’t take long for Muir to “engage” with his new ward Councillor.

In the first meeting, weeks after the election, the small group set out all there concerns:

Re-establish North Aldershot Leaders Group engagement plan.

Re-establish overall Aldershot engagement plan. This includes several general meetings a year for South Aldershot and North Aldershot, and a monthly newsletter.

Form an overall Ward Council for Aldershot area, South Tyandaga, and North Tyandaga. They are much different vintages with different histories and development issues, but we still need an overall Ward 1 solidarity group. This is an overall Ward 1 wide group and is meant as a citizen information resource to the Councilor, and for issues discussion and exchange. The term of 4 years is a long time and we need such a group for the long haul.

We want our Councillor to openly and transparently communicate and act on behalf of residents. Take residents’ concerns seriously as your duty and reflect these at City Council meetings.

Conflict of Interest, ethical questions and issues; personal property ownership and development ties; recusal and loss of Ward 1 resident Council voting representation.

Tom Muir likes being involved and brings more energy, and a critical mind, the development that takes place in his community. For a ward councillor to decide he will not communicate with a constituent is mind boggling.

Muir said that he has not talked to Galbraith since January of 2020 just before Covid. “He told me he would not work with me because of something I wrote in a comment in the Gazette.

Fast forward to the 2022 election. Galbraith was re-elected but not without some controversy.

Galbraith met with the Integrity Commissioner in March of 2022 and learned that there were likely going to be conflict of interest matters given his personal property holdings and set out what they were and how Galbraith should handle them.

The report from the Integrity Commissioner was not made public until days before the October 2022 election.

Muir had filed a complaint with the Integrity Commissioner that resulted in a report that satisfied no one.

Muir continued doing what he does – he is like a dog with a bone.

He makes a practice of taking part in all the Aldershot community pre-application meetings developers are required to hold under the Planning Act. These are referred to as Statutory meetings.

The meetings are publicized by the ward Councillor and do appear on the city web site by the Planning department. Muir depended on getting the information from his ward Councillor.
The issues for Muir and the group is that the ward will not be adequately represented when the MTSA (Major Transit Service area) matters are before Council

Muir claims that the Aldershot MTSA “will have impacts on the development potential of your properties, the value of those properties and the eventual profitability of those properties.

“You may have to recuse yourself from all debate/discussion and decisions with regard to the Aldershot MTSA. This is a major feature of Planning for Ward 1. Your inability to represent your constituents on this most important matter is of grave concern to us.

“Applications for Planning/Zoning Amendments along Plains Rd are often regarded as precedent setting cases which determine future decisions of Council, Staff and the OLY (Ontario Land Tribunal. These precedents will have impacts on the development potential of your properties, the value of those properties and the eventual profitability of those properties.

You may have to recuse yourself from all debate/discussion and decisions with regard to Planning and Zoning Amendments. With so many Amendment Applications currently in process in the ward, your inability to represent your constituents on this most important matter is of grave concern to us.

The properties that are within the MTSA boundaries are show in this graphic. Locations A., C and D are identified as owned by Galbraith

Changes to Transit Plans and Transit routes even, whether to improve or reduce transit in the area have well recorded impacts on property values adjacent to such transit corridors. Improved or reduced transit to the Aldershot Rd/Plains Rd corner will have impacts on the development potential of your properties, the value of those properties and the eventual profitability of those properties.

You may have to recuse yourself from all debate/discussion and decisions with regard to Planning and Zoning Amendments. With so many Amendment Applications currently in process in the ward, your inability to represent your constituents on this most important matter is of grave concern to us.

We are concerned that having to recuse yourself from so many of the most important issues facing our ward in the coming council session will detract from your ability to best represent us particularly when decisions may pit development in one ward against development in Ward One.

Can you tell us how you will address this?

Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith

In December of 2022 Tom Muir learned just how Kelvin Galbraith planned to address the Muir concerns. He received the following from Galbraith on Sunday, December 11, 2022 3:18 PM

“You will receive no further communications from my office.”

Muir was stunned, as were the few people who were aware of the Galbraith decision. He got in touch with Mayor Meed Ward who said “Council members, as well as city staff, can limit their interactions with individuals where deemed necessary.

“The Mayor’s office has neither the authority nor the resources to investigate such situations, or the interactions that led to them. There are established and appropriate avenues for making a complaint, of which you are already aware.

“There are many ways for you to remain connected to news in your Ward, including subscribing to council newsletters and following council members on social media. You can also watch and attend committee and council meetings to see how your elected officials voted and why.”

So much for being fully engaged with the people Council was elected to represent.

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The coyotes still seem to like Burlington.

By Staff

January 3rd, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This is not the first piece of news people were expecting for 2023.

An observant Gazette reader sent this along.

Where did this one come from?

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They are still at it - the identity thieves use phony email messages to draw you in.

By Pepper Parr

January 2nd, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They do not give up – why should they – every day new people get pulled in and taken advantage of.

Users have to be cautious.  When the street crossing light is red – you at least pause.  Same with the internet.  Let me give you an example.

This was the message in my mail box. I don’t have, never have had a Spotify account

I know what Spotify is; I don’t use it – doesn’t meet any of my needs.  So when I get a notice form them that there is a problem with my account I know a phishing scam is about to take place.

If I click on that green box the process of gathering information about me has begun.

It was easy for me to spot the scan but for the millions of people with Spotify accounts – they might think there is a problem and respond.  Spotify account users are prime sources for information thieves.

The fact that I got the note does say that somewhere along the way someone got my email address (they would have bought it from a list someone on the dark side of the internet)  These people send out tens of thousands of email scams daily.

They are profitable for the scammers and very damaging to the user that gets sucked in.

 

 

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Rotary Centennial Pond Closed - what is open

By Staff

January 1st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It certainly doesn’t feel like seasonal weather but then just what is seasonal anymore.

Enough of a temperature to keep the water on the Centennial Pond frozen would have been nice.

Centennial Pond closed to skaters

Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond is closed today (Jan. 1, 2023) for skating due to poor ice conditions from the wet and warmer weather. For ice conditions, call 905-335-7738, ext. 8587 before leaving home.

For other indoor skate times, check burlington.ca/dropinandplay.

What is open:

Tim Hortons Free Skating will take place this holiday season. Admittance is first come, first served until capacity is reached. For dates and locations, visit burlington.ca/timsfreeskate.

Drop-In Recreation Programs

Swimming, skating, fitness and other drop-in program times vary over the holiday period. Drop in or reserve in advance. For schedules and online reservations, visit burlington.ca/dropinandplay.

Customer Service

Recreation, Community and Culture customer service is available to assist you over the holiday:

In person at recreation facility counters during program times
By email at liveandplay@burlington.ca

By phone at 905-335-7738.

Transit is on regular Sunday Service

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Crowds show up around the world to celebrate a New Year - a better year perhaps?

By Pepper Parr

January 1st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They do it differently in France don’t they ?

The crowd on the   Champs-Élysées  celebrating the arrival of a New Year.

Tough to see if anyone was wearing a mask.

What does “Champs-Élysées” mean? “Champs-Élysées” is French for “Elysian Fields,” a paradise in Greek mythology. What is the Champs-Élysées famous for? The Champs-Élysées connects the Arc de Triomphe with the Place de la Concorde and is considered to be one of the world’s most famous commercial streets.

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Tough to enter a new year with so many problems that don't have answers - it is going to take more than 'hope for the best' to get through this one

By Pepper Parr

January 1st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

365 pages – each one having the potential to bring new problems. Maybe February 14th will be a good day

 

Does anyone ave any idea what we are going to have to face in 2023?

Will we still have the pandemic to deal with?  The million plus new infections each day being experienced in China do not auger well.

No one has any idea what climate change is going to deliver – other than that there will be catastrophes – we hope they don;t happen here.

Where will the economy take us?  Will the Bank of Canada eventually learn when to increase its prime rates and when to lower them.

Will stress testing for mortgage renewals hit hundreds – thousands of homes in Burlington?

A stiff local tax rate is already evident.

Is the public going to find a way to rein in some of the decisions Premier Doug Ford is making.

Will students finally get a year when school is normal and the graduating class can celebrate in June?

We have to look hard for the good news.  some will prosper but many many more will not.

And the number of people relying on the food banks will not be less at this time next year.

The Best we are going to be able to do is be Thankful for what we have.

 

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Rivers on: Democracy’s Last Stand - many lessons to be learned from this conflict.

By Ray Rivers

December 31st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

“Your money is not charity. It is an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way.” (Ukrainian president Zelenskyy’s speech to a joint session of US Congress – Dec 22, 2022)

For the first time since Russian tanks had rolled into his country on February 24th, Ukraine’s president made the dangerous journey overseas. He came to Washington to thank the American people for their military and economic support as his nation’s soldiers struggle to push back the brutal Russian aggression. Of course there were many other nations who have provided military and economic support besides the US.

But the US still considers itself the leader of the free (democratic) world. Its most recent support for Ukraine totalling around $40 billion has raised eyebrows among the opposition Republicans in Congress. Yet the US spent twice that amount to supposedly bring democracy to Afghanistan, including paying the salaries of its soldiers. And we all know what happened to that failed effort.

Ukraine President Zelenskyy speaking to a joint session of congress presented a flag bearing the signatures of men and women fighting on the front line days before. The flag was received by US Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

President Zelenskyy was too polite, in his remarks, to also remind America’s political leaders about the US commitment in the Budapest Memorandum. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine disposed of its nuclear weapons, the world’s third largest arsenal. But they only did this on the condition of security guarantees by the US, the UK and Russia that Ukrainian territorial integrity would be preserved.

But when Putin invaded and occupied Crimea and parts of Donbas the other two signatories to the deal refused to even acknowledge, let alone own up to their commitment. To add insult to injury US president Obama and his NATO allies even refused to send any defensive weapons to Ukraine following Russia’s invasion. Obama should have sent back his Nobel peace prize and accepted the Neville Chamberlain appeasement award instead.

Canada wasn’t a signatory to the memorandum, but, with the largest diaspora of Ukrainians outside of Europe, both Harper and Trudeau said all the right things to the home audience. But they refused to send over any serious defensive weapons until the eve of the Feb 24th invasion. Shipments of Canadian sniper rifles were likely still in their shipping crates while the Russian tanks were marching up to Kyiv. And it’s not like a sniper rifle could stop a tank anyway.

Mr. Putin has ruptured the international order agreed by the nations of the world in the aftermath of WWII. Once again there is an armed conflict in the heart of Europe, which has already involved NATO, Belarus, Iran and North Korea and is threatening to bring in other players like China, which would force Nato to up its hand. And that is the danger if this becomes a longer conflict – it could make it another world war.

The Russian Federation has trampled on the United Nations charter by its aggression – invading a sovereign nation without cause. And they have committed some 50,000 war crimes, according to Ukrainian justice authorities, during their occupation to date. Mr. Putin has said he wants to erase everything Ukrainian, which makes this genocide. Already many countries have officially labelled the Putin regime as a sponsor of terrorism.

Putin witnessing the launch of a nuclear submarine via a web cast

Though Putin has tried nuclear blackmail, he clearly understands that using nuclear weapons in an offensive action against a non-nuclear state would entail serious consequences. It has been suggested, for example, that NATO land forces might be compelled to join the conflict in such a case. Exploding nuclear weapons, even the smaller tactical ones, would likely disperse radioactivity over large parts of Russia proper. And what would be the logic of radiating Ukrainian land Putin covets to own as part of Russia?

There are many lessons to be learned from this conflict. And though western leaders are confidently saying Russia has already lost, it is still going to be a long journey to the end of hostilities. There are children and non-combatants dying every day as Russian missiles continue to rain down on Ukrainian cities and towns. And then there is the trail of tortured and massacred citizens left behind, as the world witnessed in the captured town of Bucha, just north of Kyiv.

The truth is that this Russian invasion was avoidable. The easiest thing would have been for NATO to have accepted Ukraine into that organization prior to Feb 24th and protected it with the mutual defence Article Five. That is what Zelenskyy had been demanding prior to Russia’s invasion; something he probably should have reminded the US Congress and president during his Dec 22nd address.

On a personal note, I should say that my grandparents were all had born in the western part of Ukraine which was occupied by the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the time and I have relatives still living there. I’ve been to Ukraine a couple times, the last time when my wife and I taught English and our Canadian culture to students of all ages.

A few months ago I was asked to participate in a Zoom class in English with some students in the northern city of Chernihiv. The teachers there informed me that of the more than thirty schools which had been operating prior to the invasion only two were left still standing. My heart goes out for the children and their parents.

What will the new year hold for them? Do we dare say Happy New Year?

Ray Rivers, a Gazette Contributing Editor,  writes from time to time applying his more than 25 years as a federal bureaucrat to his thinking.  Rivers was once a candidate for provincial office in Burlington.  He was the founder of the Burlington citizen committee on sustainability at a time when climate warming was a hotly debated subject.   Ray has a post graduate degree in economics that he earned at the University of Ottawa.  He has a band that gets together regularly, he is now a professional actor amd an author will one book to his credit and a second that is “in the works. Tweet @rayzrivers

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Meet Ernie - My 2022 Christmas Tree

By Pepper Parr

December 30th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Ernie – my 2022 Christmas tree.

Christmas engages all of us in different ways.

The kids see it one way and the grandparents see it another.

I was late in putting a Christmas tree in place.  My living space was such that it would not have fit in and I didn’t have all that much in the way of decorations I could use.  Also mu entance doesn’t face the street – and there aren’t a lot of visitors these days.

Then I saw Ernie and I knew he was going to be my Christmas Tree.

You just gotta love the guy.

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Citizen asks some very pointed questions on pharmacists being able to do some prescription work - wonders as well when the public will hear from MPP Natalie Pierre

By Penny Hersh

December 30th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

I have done some investigation regarding the ability for pharmacists to prescribe certain medications.

This will not be an easy transition. One pharmacist I spoke to indicated that they “were still in the queue” to be registered with the Ontario Government. “There is a lot of paperwork and training that is required prior to being able to prescribe this medication”.

Another pharmacists indicated that they are hoping to be able to start doing this as soon as possible after January 1st. The pharmacies have to be able to sync their computer system with the government’s lab systems. When doing this they will be told which medication should be prescribed. THERE WILL BE NO CONSULTATION FEE PAID FOR BY THE PATIENT- the government will pay the pharmacies for this.

Burlington MPP Natalie Pierre: yet to say very much to the community about anything.

My question to the pharmacist was would third party insurance companies recognize the pharmacist as a provider? His answer was he did not know, and would only find out when they send in the request to the insurance company.

I have emailed Natalie Pierre who is the MPP for Burlington to ask this question? I have also emailed my third party insurance company for an answer.

Seniors will have no issue as the pharmacy will be automatically accepted as a provider ( providing the prescription is one that falls under the government’s acceptance – some medications are not included).

Yet again, the government has claimed to make things easier for Ontario patients, but has failed to provide the necessary training etc. for this program to be rolled out by January 1st, 2023.

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This is an opportunity you don't want to miss - fantastic discounts in some great Performing Arts Centre events: Irish Rovers and Dolly Parton.

By Staff

December 30th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Performing Arts Centre announced their 2022 Boxing Week Sale earlier this month.  This is the first sale they have held – the discounts are very healthy. The performances on sale run from late January to early April.

The sale ends December 31st, at 11:59 pm

You have to use the code BOXING when you place your order.

National Geographic Live
CORAL KINGDOMS & EMPIRES OF ICE
Thu Jan 26, 2023 at 7pm
Regular: $59.50 $29.75 (All-in)

Mark Lalama Trio, featuring: Jackie Richardson & Will Gillespie

LIVE & LOCAL: Hosted by the
Mark Lalama Trio, featuring:
Jackie Richardson &
Will Gillespie
Sun Jan 29, 2023 at 4pm
Regular: $39.50 $19.75 (All-in)

MADISON VIOLET
Thu Feb 16, 2023 at 7:30pm
Regular: $39.50 $19.75 (All-in)

FRANCINE KAY
Sun Feb 19, 2023 at 4pm
Regular: $49.50 $24.75 (All-in)

IMAGINATION MOVERS
Family Day!
Mon Feb 20, 2023 at 4pm
Regular: $35 $17.50 (All-in)

Dolly Parton in five performances in February

SEÁN CULLEN’S
COMEDY COCKTAIL
Wed Feb 22, 2023 at 7:30pm
Regular: $39.50 $19.75 (All-in)
Audience warning: adult language.

RHINESTONE COWGIRL:
Celebrating Dolly Parton
Thu Feb 23, 2023 at 7:30pm
Fri Feb 24, 2023 at 7:30pm
Sat Feb 25, 2023 at 2pm & 7:30pm
Sun Feb 26, 2023 at 4pm
Regular: $49.50 $24.75 (All-in)

The JASON BISHOP Show
Fri Mar 10, 2023 at 7:30pm
Regular: $59.50 $29.75 (All-in)

The Irish Rovers

THE IRISH ROVERS
Sun Mar 12, 2023 at 4pm
Regular: $59.50 $29.75 (All-in)

LIVE & LOCAL: Hosted by the
Mark Lalama Trio, featuring:
Tom Wilson & Andy Griffiths
Sun Mar 19, 2023 at 4pm
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TWIN FLAMES
Thu Mar 30, 2023 at 7:30pm
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Lightwire Theater:
THE UGLY DUCKLING
Good Friday!
Fri Apr 7, 2023 at 4pm
Regular: $35 $17.50 (All-in)

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Exploring the Thrill of Live Casinos: How They Give Players a Real-Life Experience

By Staff

December 30, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Live casinos have been around for quite some time now, offering players a real-life casino experience from the comfort of their own homes. With high-quality streaming technology and professional dealers, these online platforms are quickly becoming popular among both newbies and experienced gamblers alike.

Live casinos vs traditional casinos

People can take part in the casino experience from anywhere – and be with friends.

What exactly makes live casinos so attractive in comparison to traditional casinos? Firstly, playing live casino at Wildz as at any other live casino offers an unparalleled level of convenience. Without having to leave the house, you can enjoy all the thrills of a real-life casino right from your computer or smartphone. Additionally, most live casinos also feature multiple tables with different limits – meaning that even if you’re on a budget you can still find something suitable for you. Moreover, playing at a live casino allows players to interact with each other in real time – making it much more social than playing against random computers or bots. Finally, one of the best things about playing at a live casino is that it gives off an authentic atmosphere that is rarely found anywhere else.

Popular games offered at live casinos

Live casinos offer a wide variety of popular games, including classic table games such as blackjack, roulette, baccarat and poker. Blackjack is one of the most popular live casino games, as it offers players the chance to win big with relatively low house edges. Roulette is another classic game that can be found in many live casinos. Players can bet on either red or black numbers, odd or even numbers, or specific number combinations for a chance to win big. Baccarat is also a popular game at live casinos and involves betting on either the player’s hand or the banker’s hand. Poker is another favorite among players at live casinos and can be played in various forms such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha Hi-Lo.

Understanding the technology behind live casinos

The huge technological advances have made gambling on line a lot different and better.

Live casinos use streaming technology to broadcast real-time video of dealers and tables from a studio or land-based casino. This allows players to interact with the dealer in real-time, just like they would in a physical casino. The video stream is then sent over the internet to players’ computers or mobile devices. To ensure that all games are fair and secure, live casinos use Random Number Generators (RNGs) to generate random outcomes for each game. RNGs are also used to determine when cards should be dealt, how much money should be paid out on winning bets, and other important aspects of the game. Additionally, most live casinos employ sophisticated encryption technologies such as SSL (Secure Socket Layer) to protect player data from being intercepted by third parties. All these technologies come together to create an exciting and secure gaming experience for players around the world.

How do professional dealers ensure fair play in a live casino environment?

Professional dealers in a live casino environment are responsible for ensuring fair play. They must be knowledgeable about the rules of the game and be able to spot any potential cheating or foul play. To ensure fairness, dealers will often use multiple decks of cards, shuffle them regularly, and keep an eye on players’ hands at all times. Additionally, they may also use special equipment such as card shufflers and automatic card readers to help prevent cheating. Dealers should also be aware of any suspicious behavior from players and take appropriate action if necessary. Finally, dealers should always remain professional and courteous when dealing with customers to ensure that everyone has a pleasant experience at the casino table.

Live casinos offer players a thrilling and realistic gambling experience that is unlike any other. From chatting with the dealers to seeing bets in action, these interactive experiences are sure to bring out the excitement of playing in a real casino.

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The biggest problem the city faces - housing - is now the portfolio given to Deputy Mayor Shawna Stolte

By Pepper Parr

December 29th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In creating a new area of responsibility for the six ward Councillors Mayor Meed Ward looked for the strengths interests and personal passions each member had and did her best to akign them with the additional responsibility they were given

Most, if not all the Working Group meetings took pace virtually. They were nevertheless very productive.

Ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte was made the Deputy Mayor for Housing.

This assignment builds on Councillor Stolte’s passion for attainable housing, and her experience as Chair of the community Working Group on Housing this past term. The portfolio will include:

• Implementation of our housing strategy which includes affordable and attainable housing

• Building on the work of the Burlington Lands Partnership to leverage new land acquisition for housing, where appropriate, including surplus school sites

• Liaison with Halton Region on assisted housing

• Co-sponsor on planning process improvements & legislative changes (with the Deputy Mayor for Business & Red Tape Reduction), to get more housing, built faster.

Shawna Stolte: On the screen Stolte doesn’t look all that tough.

Stolte proved herself on the affordable housing file when she went against the grain at city hall and kept nudging the then Chief Planner, Heather MacDonald, to create a committee that would not go into a room with all the answers but instead create a committee whose starting point was “we don’t have the answers” – what they wanted to hear were questions.

Getting that committee through labour and out as an operational entity was not easy; don’t expect Stolte to tell you the lengths she had to go to make it real.

On the screen Stolte doesn’t look all that tough – but she did show some of her mettle when she tangled with the Mayor on the matter of how she was going to issue an agreed upon policy to a staff member.

Stolte did (does?) have a license as a Realtor and certainly knows the fundamentals of buying and selling homes and getting people into the kind of property they want and can afford.

She also brings a fiscal prudence to the decisions she makes as a council member; something few members of this council understand or practice.

Where Stolte is going to have to struggle is at the jurisdictional level – housing is a Regional responsibility and bureaucrats are not known for letting someone else walk on their turf.

It will be interesting to see what she puts forward and how she manages her portfolio.  There is potential for some excellent work – the question is – is she up to it.  Only time will tell.

Stolte went into local politics to serve people and put their interests first.

As interesting will be the working relationship she develops with ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith.  Recall that he was one of the two council members who took a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner related to information Stolte made public that that had been discussed in a Closed Session of Council.  That complaint cost Stolte five days pay. Her basic nature is not to sweat the small stuff.  The trust factor is going to be one that Stolte will weigh carefully.

Ideologically the two are far apart – Stolte went into local politics to serve people and put their interests first.  Can the same be said of Galbraith?

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Province permitting pharmacies to prescribe for 13 minor ailments as of January 1st

By Staff

December 28th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Interesting – will it make a difference.

The province has changed some of the medical regulations that will permit pharmacies to prescribe for 13 common ailments starting January 1st.

The government touts this as “ making it more convenient for people to connect to care closer to home.”

The small ailment service will be offered at these two drug store chains

Ontarians will be able to stop in at pharmacies across the province to receive prescriptions for thirteen common ailments, including rashes, pink eye, insect bites and urinary tract infections with just their health card. This service makes it more convenient to access care by removing a doctor’s office visit and will come at no extra cost to Ontarians.

“Expanding the ability of pharmacists to provide care is one more way we’re putting people at the centre of our health care system, making it easier, faster and more convenient to access health care in their community.”

Pharmacists will be able to offer prescriptions for:

• hay fever (allergic rhinitis);
• oral thrush (candidal stomatitis);
• pink eye (conjunctivitis; bacterial, allergic and viral);
• dermatitis (atopic, eczema, allergic and contact);
• menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea);
• acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD));
• hemorrhoids;
• cold sores (herpes labialis);
• impetigo;
• insect bites and hives;
• tick bites (post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent Lyme disease);
• sprains and strains (musculoskeletal); and
• urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Minister of Health Sylvia Jones

With a large, province wide footprint, pharmacist prescribing will help to increase access to care in rural parts of Ontario.

In addition to providing more convenience, pharmacy prescribing will also help free-up doctors’ bandwidth to provide care for more complex needs, helping to reduce wait times for these services.

Shoppers Drug Mart with over 800 locations across the province applauds the announcement. The Rexall Pharmacy Group joined Shoppers in saying this was a good move for public health.

Big question: When a pharmacy gives a person a prescription – do they advise your doctor so that they have a full health picture.  And would that transfer of information from the pharmacy to the office of the doctor give the pharmacy access to your personal medical information ?

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Angelo Bentivegna as a Deputy Mayor: it could work out very well for the city and give him a chance to mature as a politician

By Pepper Parr

December 28th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Deputy Mayor with Portfolio is a new model of governance for Burlington city council.

The roles will evolve as the term progresses. Each member is encouraged to make the role their own and build on it, in conversation with the Mayor. The Deputy Mayor will lead on initiatives and work closely with the Mayor and the Mayor’s Office on the areas of focus in their portfolio, and with other Deputy Mayors where their portfolios include complementary activities.

Whatever the Deputy Mayors propose it is clearly going to have to meet the Mayor’s agenda – nothing new there.

All roles will include:

• being the point person for community liaison on these items
• leading on motions or resolutions to committee & council
• participating in intergovernmental meetings & delegations

In her announcement Mayor Meed Ward set out what each Councillor would focus on as a Deputy Mayor.

Angelo Bentivegna during his first run for office.

The portfolio for ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna as a Deputy Mayor for Recreation and Community Services builds on Councillor Bentivegna’s decades of volunteerism in the community, including with the hospital, sports clubs, and the Gift of Giving Back – Canada’s largest youth-led food drive. This also builds on his work on our Accessibility Advisory Committee and Inclusivity Advisory Committee.

This portfolio will include:

• Involvement in the review and implementation of our Recreation and Cultural Master Plan, which will occur this term. This review will determine park needs and community amenity needs going forward
• Liaising and support to the charitable sector, and connecting non-profit organizations with City Hall and City Council
• Promoting community pride and inclusion. This includes new ways to support all our diverse communities and cultures within our city and region
• Co-sponsor with the Deputy Mayor for Community Engagement & Partnerships on community funding opportunities at the City and Region and private sponsorship opportunities for city projects.

The creation of Deputy Mayors with a Portfolio is probably a first for the province. It was a bold and creative initiative that has the potential to serve the city well.

The concept of a Deputy Mayor with a portfolio is a very good idea and I think a first for an Ontario municipality. Councillor Sharman called it brilliant – he wasn’t wrong.

The challenge for these men and woman serving as Deputy Mayors will be to move from focusing on photo ops which is what basically got them elected. It was all the public got to see.

So – what can we expect from Angelo Bentivegna.

He has not excelled as a city councillor, struggling often to understand major items on the agenda

Bentivegna is personable if thin-skinned. He knows how to work a room and he did manage to go from a less than 50 vote plurality in 2018 to a serious majority in 2022 – against a very credible candidate.

There are those who speak of a bit of an authoritarian streak –it has to be his way.

However, given the portfolio he has and the serious problems that exist within Parks and Recreation (where they are waiting for the announcement of a new Director) this may be the occasion where Bentivegna blossoms as a politician; where he leads with initiatives of his own.

Angelo has wanted to be a member of Council for a long time. He ran in 2014 and lost, won in 2018 by a very slim less than 50 votes.

The change council decided to make in how the Rate and Fees schedule will be applied to the Seniors’ Centre gives him the opening he needs to call meetings and listen then formulate policy initiatives that he can take to Council. He will have to get anything he wants to do past the Mayor and learn how to get Staff onside.

Angelo Bentivegna preparing biscotti for the oven.

During his first election Angelo would make up a batch of biscotti, package it and take it along as a gift to the senior members of Staff he was introducing himself – before he was elected.

The Gazette will be doing a profile on each of the council members and the portfolio the Mayor has given them as Deputy Mayors.

The creation of the Deputy Mayor role was a bold initiative – it will be interesting to see if other municipalities pick up on the idea.

More importantly, it will be interesting to see how the six members of Council respond to the challenge.

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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Seniors just might get the attention and services they deserve - council has deferred hitting them with the new rates and fees.

By Pepper Parr

December 26th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There was a time when the Seniors’ Centre was a vibrant place that was close to crowded at times.

Former Mayor Rick Goldring has his membership application processed at the Seniors’ Centre.

While the pandemic required changes in the level of programming that was possible, prior to the pandemic a committee of seniors worked with staff and things were seen as pretty good.

They operated a small bistro that was profitable and provided good meals at a more than fair price.

During the James Ridge city management regime things changed and the committee operating the centre were shown the door. They were able to take the earnings, which were substantial, with them and gave back to the community in the form of exercise equipment that was geared for seniors.

The operation of the Seniors Centre appeared in the Rates and Fees that Council approved. That report seemed to settle on a 3% increase across the board.

Exercise equipment set up at BurlOak Park was paid for with funds earned at the Bistro when it was run by volunteers.

Those active in the provision of services for seniors took exception to an increase; their efforts resulted in a deferral of any increase for at least a part of the program.

Council removed the Bistro from the Rates and Fees report and deferred a decision until sometime in February when a report that will look into what kind of support is needed and can the Bistro become self-sustaining.

During the debate it was clear council was prepared to give the Seniors’ Bistro Services shown at 100% cost recovery – the program is still offered, and prices change based on the fluctuating cost of food.
In her delegation Anne Marsden said the problems at the Centre were a “direct result of the city meddling with a very well run seniors program and dissolving the board that gives seniors exactly what they needed.”

In the rates and fees report the concern was around the bistro policy that we’re being asked to approve as part of rates and fees that it’d be 100% cost recovery, it’s about 85% now. Mayor Meed Ward said she was “still a little uneasy about putting in a hard and fast percentage policy given the rates fluctuate and we know that some things are included in that 100% So I’m just wondering if there is any harm done, if you will, by just simply taking that out of the rates and fees entirely.

Emilie Cote, speaking as the Acting director of recreation responded: “We absolutely can. I was trying to track the history on this. I think in the past it was an addition because the rates were fluctuating. So we ended up going with that wording. So absolutely. We can take it out.” Then asked if “ It was your suggestion to include the actual rates and fees instead of that, or what were you wanting to put in there instead?

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

Meed Ward responded: “I was wondering for now, if we could just take it out entirely with the rates and fees where if you feel there’s a need to specify some rates and fees in in the rates and fees; perhaps staff could bring a further reporting back in January or February to action that but yes, I would I would propose, should there be a willing mover and seconder, that we delete that section for today’s agenda from the bylaw if that works for you?

Councillor Sharman said he was happy to second or first mayor’s motion to extract out that seniors bistro area and element adding that we do need some significant engagement here. We’re clearly not delivering on the service that I think is expected by our residents and we need to do that engagement to re-calibrate where we need to be on this. So let’s extract it out for now. Do that work and we can add it back in appropriately in another time.

The first part will be to remove the from the rates and fees the 100% cost recovery for the bistro so I will count that as Moved by Councillor Kearns, seconded by Councillor Bentivegna.

There are those that believe The Bistro should be a service providing seniors with inexpensive, healthy food choices.

Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna

The push now is to get the Seniors’ Centre back to where it was when the membership was deeply involved in the creation and delivery of programs.

It had became evident that some of the newer Parks and Recreation Staff new precious little about just how well the volunteers had done.

At some point the politicians, staff and the seniors are going to have to meet and work out the differences.

City hall has always had a problem with putting real control in the hands of the people who are being served.

The operating culture at Parks, Recreation staff where the volunteers hope to be abler to inform staff on what has been done in the past and hopefully, return to what worked very well.

If there are meetings with the Mayor there is the likelihood they will get the usual snow job from Her Worship.

One whiff of hope may exist if Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna takes part in any meeting that takes place with Staff. Bentivegna, working as a Deputy Mayor, might want to shape his portfolio in such a way that he can fashion some ideas and suggestions that will reflect what the seniors want rather than what Staff think they should be given.

This will be interesting to watch.

Related opinion piece:

Bentivegna as a Deputy Mayor

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An opportunity to support local heroes

By Pepper Parr

December 27th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

These are the people that get you through serious health issues.

They are there when you need them. During the past three years they have shown what public service really means.

We have pushed them and expected them to work far beyond what they are paid to do.

Some have left the profession; others are experiencing severe physical and emotional burn out.

The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation is asking you to remember these people and help support them with your personal donations.

Just do it.

A quick click HERE is all it takes

 

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How to Use a Virtual Data Room for Your Business

By Staff

December 26th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

Discover virtual data room – a super-secure multi-tool for advanced file storing. How to use it, and why it is a solid solution for your business.

How to Use a Virtual Data Room for Your Business

In this article, we want to demonstrate both the appearance and usability of a Virtual Data Room. We’ll also answer a few common queries from beginners.

However, you should remember that various data room vendors offer different software, but with the same main features:

Each dataroom software performs the same core tasks. In other words, you may choose a product by random, and it will probably work for you if you’re seeking ways to do something common, for example, minimize transaction time inside your firm. But it’s necessary to compare various items to one another to traverse the unique programs offered by a provider or two only.

Every virtual data room, including the cheap ones, has remarkable security. It may differ in details, even in notable ones. In general, high-quality corporate transactions like mergers and acquisitions or others involving more than two parties are not permitted in free virtual data rooms.
in this data room review, we’ll go into further depth about the VDR features and its using for business purposes.

Secure access can be given to people outside your organization who need to review data.

What Is Virtual Data Room
We can consider the virtual data room as part of the centralization of the entire enterprise. This toolkit allows you to improve management between departments in your company, intensify communication between employees, and ease the process of going through various business events like mergers, acquisitions, security audits, and other business transactions that involve more than two companies. VDR includes a huge number of supporting tools that greatly facilitate the work of each individual business.

Generally speaking, virtual data rooms are most often thought of as file storage. This is not untrue. But for a variety of reasons, no file storage can compete with a virtual data room. For example, most file storage lacks proper security. We do not even take into account the fact that classic file storage was not created for corporate purposes but for private use. This is an important point: if you use file storage frequently, it lacks security for the most important and secret data.

How to Use Virtual Data Room
As mentioned earlier, it is quite easy to use the software by virtual data room providers. Initially, you should find the right product. Follow these short instructions:

Choose the product that fits your company’s functionality, security features, and other requirements from a verified site.

Make sure that the reviews are real. On the site we offer, the reviews are always verified, and company representatives identify themselves with the documents that are required when leaving a review.

Write to or call the developer company that you have chosen its virtual data room.

Negotiate on a price and the services your company provides. Depending on the amount of memory available, the features provided, and the availability of advanced features like artificial intelligence, your price will be adjusted.

Install the software using the instructions by your provider, or with a browser if you choose a solution with an extended help section.

Once you have purchased and successfully installed the products, you must set them up. Pay much attention to this, as the setup will depend on the effectiveness of the tool within your company for as long as it is in operation. You can do this with these little instructions:

Organize your files first. Proper organization of files is necessary for proper indexing. The clearer the organization of documents is, the easier it will be for your employees and for the partner company that will be involved in your business processes to navigate there.

Adjust security policies. Once you have sorted all the files into folders and separated the private files from the public ones, you must adjust the security policy for accessing the files. You can do this by creating special roles or by restricting each individual employee manually, which can be less convenient.

Adjust the virtual data room software to your needs. If you are going to use the software on a daily basis, adjust it to meet these needs. If you’re going to use it for a short-term transaction, for example, due diligence, perform it right inside the application and sort the files according to the type of transaction.

In the end, using this software will be easy, costless and profitable.

The reason for looking at data in depth are limitless.

The Benefits of Using VDR
Numerous benefits of the virtual data room will surely enhance corporate efficiency in general. There are solutions that can manage staff, security rules, documents, and other aspects of the workplace environment.

There should be a differentiation between the fundamental and sophisticated features of data room software. Basic operations may consist of:

Document management technology. Artificial intelligence (AI) and manual work can both be used to accomplish this. Virtual data rooms, in general, offer an excellent chance to neatly arrange any document involved in your process. All legal and financial papers must be distinguished from one another, and the system itself appropriately indexes them. This is vital to prevent confusion among the other party and your workers regarding their own documents.

High-level security. Government rules and regulations require that data room services should be secure. Because you wouldn’t be able to utilize it in a business setting if security were a problem, this is not some extra feature. Both the existence of advanced encryption, which is only equivalent to military encodings, and the capability to construct a comprehensive local security policy are included in the security features. Local security policies include the formation of roles or personal limitations on storage use.

The ability to pay attention to customers and employees. Every electronic data room has a function that enables you to interact with your clients directly and learn about their requirements and grievances. It can be compared to a modern complaint book where no employee can withhold information from you. And every firm which wants to prosper needs it badly.

Advanced features of virtual data room might consist of:

The potential for being able to involve numerous people for a really big picture look at a transaction.

Artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence may be used for document management to automatically index or arrange your files. Additionally, artificial intelligence may contribute to security by halting attempted hacking assaults. In either case, you are surrounded by contemporary technology every day. Researchers predict additional developments for corporate software. Additionally, a great deal of innovation, such as virtual data rooms, may use these technologies in the future.

Cross-platforming. In reality, cross-platform functionality is claimed by practically all online data room software developers. But not all of them offer true cross-platform interoperability which means providing unique apps for every distinct operating system, such as iOS, Android, or Linux.

Availability of blockchain. Although it is not a must-have for virtual data rooms, support for blockchain technology is nonetheless occasionally employed. The widespread use of enhanced accounting for cryptocurrencies has successfully demonstrated itself in all information systems. It is required for greater hacking resistance and the elimination of human errors.

As you can see, this software stores quite a lot of tools. And the advanced features are constantly being updated, which makes this product exceptional.

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