Bid on a pair of tickets to watch the Blue Jays take on the Detroit Tigers - April 12th

By Pepper Parr

April 5th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

If taking in a Blue Jays game interests you there is an opportunity for you to get your hands on a pair of tickets without having to deal with a scalper.

Thanks to the generous support from Route 56 General Contracting, Community Living Burlington went live with our first online Blue Jays auction earlier this week.

Every month from April to September, they will be hosting a silent auction or raffle for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see the Toronto Blue Jays in action.

The tickets are for the Detroit Tigers at the Toronto Blue Jays, Wednesday, April 12th at 7:07 pm. Tickets are located in the TD Clubhouse – Section 226, Row 8.

This experience comes with in seat service, a private entrance and a beautiful lounge to enjoy drinks and food before and during the game.

It’s not too late!! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to support Community Living Burlington!

Place your bid at https://trellis.org/bluejaytickets

Bidding closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, April 7th. The winner will be contacted at that time.

 

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Dedications matter - they are more than photo ops.

By Staff

April 5th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It took far too long but finally there is a sign at the base of LaSalle Park where Trumpeter Swans winter each year telling the story.

It will be a wonderful day for Bev Kingdon and volunteers with Trumpeter Swan Conservation Ontario at the dedication of the new Trumpeter Swan sign.

Graceful creatures that we hunted to extinction and then worked hard to bring them back

The event will take place on Saturday, April 29th at 2 p.m. in front of the sign which is located between the parking lot and the boat launch. The address for the event is 831 LaSalle Park Road, Burlington.

Trumpeter Swans, the largest swan in the world, native only to North America, were hunted out of existence in Ontario with the last one shot by a hunter in Long Point in 1886.

By the 1930s, it was thought only 69 individual Trumpeters remained in the western U.S. but then a small flock in Alaska was discovered and the U.S. decided to restore the species, banning hunting, and preserving habitat.

Nothing happened here in Ontario until Harry Lumsden, a retired Ministry of Natural Resources biologist decided to start a restoration program in the early 1980s. He received permission to get eggs from the Alaskan flock and then recruited families to raise the birds in captivity until they could be released.

Bev, and her husband the late Ray Kingdon, who owned a 200-acre property in Chisholm Township, were some of the earliest volunteers with the Trumpeter Swan Restoration Program. The couple also had a home in Burlington and were elated when Pig Pen, a Trumpeter born to captive-raised parents, became the first trumpeter in more than 100 years to migrate south, coming to LaSalle Park in 1993.

Bev Kingdon among the Trumpeter swans at LaSalle Park

Now, more Trumpeters over-winter at LaSalle Park than in any other location in Ontario.

Continuing the work of the restoration program are the many dedicated volunteers with Trumpeter Swan Conservation Ontario who will be present at the sign dedication and will talk about their important work and answer any questions the public may have about the Trumpeters.

A large three-panelled sign, telling the story of the Trumpeter Swan Restoration Program, was erected at the park this year by the City of Burlington in cooperation with Ontariogreen Conservation Association.

An opportunity to celebrate the hard work done by dedicated people who brought more than 2,000 Trumpeters back to our province — a truly wonderful story of conservation success.

 

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What is open - what is not open: Who do you call if there is a coyote problem ?

By Staff

April 5th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Another holiday, a big one on the Christian calendar; taking place at the same time as our Muslim friends celebrate Ramadan.

Interesting that the Christian world has basically given up on the role of the church while the Muslim world is showing itself to be both active and very healthy.

While we ponder our personal spiritual worlds – the city moves into a basically closed mode. Given that the coyotes and denning the ability to call Animal Services to report a coyote problem is very limited. Forget about Service Burlington.

Here is what is open and what is not open from the 7th to the 10th.

With the gift of some nice weather we should be able to get out and enjoy ourselves.

 

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Community hubs: They work and meet the needs of the community - some go through a difficult birthing

By Staff

April 5th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Orchard Community Hub has been awarded the Best Park or Facility Design by Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO).

This award is presented for completed projects that demonstrate excellence in design of recreation and/or park facilities intended for public use. The park or facility must showcase uniqueness, innovation, and creativity for recreation use.

The Orchard Hub, located at 2400 Sutton Dr., in St Christopher’s Catholic Elementary School is a collaboration between the City of Burlington and the Orchard community in Burlington. It is a space for community groups to provide free activities, programs or events to Burlington residents.

The activities or events can be on-going or a one-time opportunity that build community connections. To qualify for free use, programs and activities must be at no cost to participants. This could include training, community meetings, support groups, clubs, gatherings, cultural activities or other neighbourhood programs.

The Official opening of the Orchard Community Hub – the obligatory photo op.

The Hub was officially opened in February 2023 and has held a winter holiday community gathering, a book share program, youth movie nights, crafting groups, fundraisers, line dancing and more.

About Community Hubs
There are now two community hubs in operation.

The Haber Centre was a collaboration between the city, the Halton District School Board and the Library that came in on budget.

Haber Community Hub
3040 Tim Dobbie Dr., in the Haber Community Centre
• Capacity 15-20 people
• 280 square feet
• Two sinks and large amount of cabinet space
• Tables and chairs

Orchard Community Hub
2400 Sutton Dr., Burlington in St Christopher’s Catholic Elementary School
• Capacity: 40 people
• Casual seating, kitchenette, fridge, microwave, washroom with adult change table, projector and screen
• There will be no staff on site, and renters are required to set up and clean up the room
• During school hours, parking is south side of building adjacent to park.
Interested residents are encouraged to submit their request through the application form with a short summary of the details for intended use. Groups looking to learn more about the space can arrange a tour and chat about ideas for the space should email communityconnects@burlington.ca

Community hubs, a new name being given to places where people gather, is of interest to the public – with the focus for many being the conversion of what was once the Bateman High School into a very large hub that will be shared with a Brock University faculty and the school board that once owned the property.

One of the largest property acquisitions and the most expensive so far has yet to be part of a full community engagement event.

The development has cost the city a bundle of money and hours of staff time working through two major issues – parking and the asbestos in the building.

What has yet to happen is any significant public engagement. People want to know how much of the space is going to be available to the people who live in the immediate area.

It appears that the city can create community hubs – the one in the Orchard and the facility in the Alton Village community make that evident – but on the Bateman situation – there has been next to nothing in the way of opportunities for the public to ask questions and for the city administration to answer them

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Five Candidates Nominated for District School Board Seat

By Staff

April 5th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

While nominations for the wards 1 & 2 have yet to closes it looks is as if the field has settled at the following five candidates.

Robbie Brydon
Phone: 289-812-0082
Email: robbiefortrustee@gmail.com
Website: robbiefortrustee.ca
Michael James Duhacek
Email: michaelduhacekforhdsbtrustee@gmail.com
Website: michaelduhacek.wixsite.com/michaelduhacek
Chris Goff
Email: chris.goff.for.hdsb.trustee@gmail.com
Website: https://chrisgoffforhdsbtr.wixsite.com/hdsb
Anthony Hoyes
Phone: 905-407-5285
Email: anthony4sbtrustee@outlook.com
Website: www.anthony4sbtrustee.com
Daniel Warren Oke
Phone: 289-208-1121
Email: hdsbtrusteeoke@gmail.com
Website: hdsbtrusteeoke.com

 

Online voting will be available from May 15 to 19, 2023. In-person voting will take place at advance polls on Wednesday, May 24 and on Election Day, Monday, May 29, 2023.

 

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Tea and chocolate and how to best pair them - at the Joseph Brant Museum

By Staff

April 4th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

This sounds interesting – the kind of thing you might want to give the lady in your life: an hour of learning how to blend pairing of tea and chocolate

Enjoy the delicious combination of tea & chocolate at the Museums of Burlington’s Mom’s Night Out: Tea & Chocolate Tasting Workshop. Katie Cyr of Monarch Tea Co. will be leading a 1-hour interactive workshop pairing tea blends with chocolates from Burlington’s own Walker’s Chocolates. Tickets are $55/person ($50/members) and include 4 tea and chocolate pairings, a COBS double chocolate scone, and admission to Joseph Brant Museum. This event is on Friday, May 12, 2023 at Joseph Brant Museum from 6pm-8pm. Doors open at 6pm

Book early HERE – these things get sold out quite quickly.

 

Take a look at the schedule and note what has been sold out well before the event date.

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A Festival: Lyrics and Poetry at the Library

By Staff

April 3rd, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

An unfortunate error in the announcement setting out all the activities taking place related to the the exciting poetry program put on by the library.

The corrected announcement is HERE

It is a program that will stretch your mind and introduce you to literature you may not be familiar with.

 

 

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The Evolution of Gaming: How Technology is Changing the Way We Play

By Tali Haim

April 4th, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The gaming industry has experienced tremendous evolution thanks to technological advances. For example, technological innovations have made games more realistic, detailed, and immersive. Additionally, advances such as smartphones and cloud gaming have made the gaming experience more convenient. Players no longer have to remain stuck in their gaming rooms to enjoy their favourite games. Instead, they can enjoy the games on the go from their mobile devices.

This article looks at how technology is changing how we play. Let’s dig in!

Almost no limit to the gaming sports that are now online.

Graphics
The advancement of graphics technology has heavily influenced the evolution of gaming. For example, the advancement from 8-bit to 4K has exponentially enhanced the level of detail and realism in games.

Online casino games such as slots have greatly benefited from better graphics. When you join top-rated casinos, like the Canadian casinos recommended by Maple Casino, you will be amazed by the top-quality games you can play online. The graphics have also enabled casinos to make their online gaming platforms more appealing.

Additionally, graphics engines such as Unreal and Unity have enabled developers to create stunningly realistic worlds that players can explore. High dynamic range (HDR) technology and ray tracing have also revolutionized lighting and shadow effects, making games look even more realistic.

Virtual and Augmented Reality
Virtual reality and augmented reality have become very trendy in the gaming industry. Players use VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which allow them to immerse themselves in a fully realized virtual world.

Harry Potter has moved from the printed page to a computer screen where the graphic quality is superb.

On the other hand, AR technologies like Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite have brought the gaming experience out into the actual world. This allows players to interact with their environment in new and exciting ways.

These two technologies have played a critical role in bridging the gap between the virtual and real worlds. Consequently, players can enjoy a more immersive experience than traditional games.

Gameplay
Technological innovations have also revolutionized the gameplay experience. Game developers harness the power of emerging technologies to make games more complex and offer gamers more choices and options.

These people could be watching and playing with people on the other side of the world.

In addition, multiplayer gaming has become the norm, with online matchmaking allowing players worldwide to play together. Developers also use artificial intelligence (AI) to make the games adaptable.

Consequently, modern games can adapt to the player’s skill level. This design makes the games more accessible to casual players while still challenging hardcore gamers.

Accessibility
Technology advancements have also made gaming more accessible. Gaming is no longer limited to expensive consoles or high-end gaming PCs, as players can access games from various devices.

For example, mobile gaming has become a massive industry, with millions of people playing games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds. Additionally, cloud gaming has also made games more accessible. You don’t need a powerful gaming device to enjoy your favourite games, thanks to cloud gaming. Instead, you can use cloud gaming services like Google Stadia and Nvidia

The cloud is what lets you play on sites that have the power and quality you need.

GeForce Now to play high-quality games on any device with an internet connection.

Final Thoughts
It is evident that technological innovations have had a tremendous effect on the gaming industry. Innovations such as better graphics, artificial intelligence, and mobile technology have contributed to the advancement of the industry. However, industry experts argue that more innovations will follow soon. This means gamers can brace themselves for better days ahead.

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Green Shirt Day - it started in Humbolt Saskatchewan and become a national initiative

By Pepper Parr

April 3rd, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Five years ago, the lives of 29 people, their families and their communities were changed forever.

That day was April 6, 2018, when the Humboldt Broncos bus crash shook the nation with sadness. Sixteen young individuals, including defenceman Logan Boulet, lost their lives and 13 bear physical and emotional scars for life.

Bernadine and Toby Boulet

On April 7, 2018, Logan succumbed to his injuries. His parents, Bernadine and Toby Boulet donated his organs so that six lives could live on. In honour of Logan’s legacy, this day was established as Green Shirt Day to remember the victims and families of that fatal crash and to create awareness about organ and tissue donation.

The fifth annual Green Shirt Day is on Friday, April 7. The campaign is led by the Boulet family and the Canadian Transplant Association in partnership with many others within Canada’s organ and tissue donation community. Partners include Canadian Blood Services, the Kidney Foundation of Canada and IA Financial Group.

This year, organizers are inviting people across Canada to join the movement for life in recognition of the vital link between organ donation and the gift of life. The goal is to inspire 100,000 new registered organ and tissue donors nationally. They are asking Canadians to take the time to consider organ and tissue donation, find out how to register in their province or territory, and to have a conversation about it.

“In the five years since our journey with organ and tissue donation really began, we have realized how one event, that changed our lives, has grown to become a movement,” said Bernadine Boulet. “We have seen the positive impact, the sunshine, of this movement that has risen from the crash and tragedy. It has led to conversations which have allowed families in similar situations to make a decision at a tragic time. It has given hope to individuals and their families who are waiting for organs.”

Fifth anniversary prompts new Green Shirt Day design

Brandy Hehn, a two-time organ transplant recipient from Regina, designed the 2023 Green Shirt Day logo. The shirt design was intended to honour the Boulets’ continuing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation, but also to remind Canadians of the day’s origins. Brandy’s design features 29 gold stars, one for each of the 16 lives lost, and for the 13 passengers whose lives were forever changed as a result of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in 2018.

“My hope is that people will see this design, wear the shirt and spread awareness about Green Shirt Day, the #LoganBouletEffect and what the Boulet’s continue to do for all of us needing an organ transplant,” says Brandy.

Green Shirt Day is followed by National and Organ Tissue Donation Awareness Week: April 23-29, 2023

The Boulet family announcing and displaying the 2023 Green Shirt Day logo

On the heels of Green Shirt Day is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW) and a great opportunity to keep the conversation going. This year marks the 26th anniversary of NOTDAW, a week dedicated to honouring those who have donated to save others, celebrating those who have received lifesaving transplants, and inspiring others to register their intent to become organ and tissue donors.

Each year in Canada, approximately 250 people die waiting for an organ transplant. Currently, there are more than 4,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. You can make all the difference by registering your decision and talking to your family this April.

“One conversation could save someone else’s life, so I encourage everyone to have that talk with their family,” said Toby Boulet. “Then register to be an organ donor in your province. Join this movement for hope — this movement for life — so that others can go on to have more precious time with families.”

Ways to show your support on Green Shirt Day

Leading up to and on Green Shirt Day, people across Canada are encouraged to show their support and create awareness. Ways to get involved include:

• Register as an organ donor and tell your family your wishes.

• Order an official Green Shirt Day shirt or hockey jersey, bumper stickers, lawn signs, and flags: https://greenshirtday2023.ourproshop.ca/
• Visit the following links learn more about organ and tissue donation and to find out how to register in your province.
o https://kidney.ca/Get-Involved/Be-an-Organ-Donor
o Canadian Transplant Association
o https://greenshirtday.ca/register/
o blood.ca/organs-tissues
o Learn.organtissuedonation.ca

Logan Boulet

The Canada-wide Green Shirt Day was created to remember the victims and families of the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan in 2018, and to continue Logan Boulet’s legacy by inspiring Canadians to register as organ donors and to talk to their families about their wishes.

On April 7, learning that he would not recover, Bernadine and Toby Boulet offered to donate their son, Logan Boulet’s organs. They did so because Logan had registered as an organ donor and had spoken to his parents about his wishes. His generous final act inspired almost 150,000 donor registrations across Canada shortly thereafter, which became known as the Logan Boulet Effect.

Green Shirt Day is led by the Boulet Family and Canadian Transplant Association, in partnership with Canada’s Organ and Tissue Donation Community, including key partners Canadian Blood Services and The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Green Shirt Day organizers are also grateful for the support of IA Financial Group.

 

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Performing Arts Centre is now accepting nominations for its 2023 Hall of Fame Inductee.

By Staff

April 3rd, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Established in 2013, The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the performing arts in Burlington. Recipients of this award demonstrate the diversity of artistic accomplishment that comprises the rich cultural tapestry of the City of Burlington. The 2023 Hall of Fame Inductee will be announced at the 2023/2024 Season Launch event on May 31, 2023.

From the stage of the Performing Arts Centre

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre recognizes individuals and groups who contribute to Burlington’s reputation as a city with a strong, long-term commitment to the development of cultural excellence.

Past Hall of Fame Inductees include Gordie Tapp (2013), Rainer Noack (2014), Lawrence Bonanno (2015), Stewart Laughton (2015), Bob Missen (2016), Burlington Teen Tour Band (2017), Helen Zdriluk (2018), Burlington Footnotes (2019), Hayley Verrall (2020), Gary DeGroote (2021) and Don Allan (2022).

Nominations for the 2023 Hall of Fame Inductee must be submitted to the committee by noon on Monday, April 25. The committee is comprised of a cross-section of Burlington arts community. BPAC staff and board members and their family members, are not eligible. The nomination form can be found HERE.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is a spectacular LEED (Leadership in Environmental Design) GOLD certified facility. The Centre is inclusive and respectful to all, combining accessibility with imaginative design and creativity, incorporating accessibility features wherever possible.

The mission of The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is to provide the people of Burlington with a broad range of excellent performance opportunities that will both inspire and delight.

 

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Five people running for school board seats - more expected

By Pepper Parr

April 3rd, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There are now five candidates running for the Burlington Wards 1&2 trustee seat on the Halton District School Board.

We are told there are others who took part in the Information session the city held for anyone who was thinking of being a candidate.

Often when there is an election for a single seat on the Board of trustees one person comes forward and is acclaimed.

The candidate elected last October had to resign for personal reasons – which meant calling an election which is an expensive process

That isn’t the cases with the trustee for wards 1&2 in Burlington where there are xx trustees representing the city.

Nominated to date are:

Michael James Duhacek

Website:

 

Chris Goff

Website:

 

Anthony Hoyes

Website:

 

Daniel Warren Oke

Website:

 

Robbie Brydon

Facebook page

The public school board has some significant issues to deal with. The awkwardly handled issue of an Oakville teacher who appeared to be struggling with some personal identity issues infuriated parents with children attending the high school.

The teacher is on at home leave – no resolution on that issue yet.

The Board is currently getting ready to debate their budget – they are currently waiting for feedback and comment from the public.

Online voting will be available from May 15 to 19, 2023. In-person voting will take place at advance polls on Wednesday, May 24 and on Election Day, Monday, May 29, 2023.

Related news story:

Brydon announces candidacy

 

 

 

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Major development in the east end of the city back on the table; revised proposal to be presented at community meeting

By Pepper Parr

April 3, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

The Gazette has been advised that this meeting is not for the general public – it is a meeting at which the focus group will be meeting with the developers planning consultant.  There will be a meeting for the public at a later date.

The development is back on the table.

Dana Andrews, the Planning Consultant who is shepherding the application to develop the Lakeside Village Plaza wants to reconnect with the community and will be hosting an upcoming meeting with City Staff, the Mayor and Ward Councillor together with the community focus group.

Stephen White

Stephen White, part of a Community Focus group that converged on the previous developer to express concerns on the redevelopment proposal. That meeting was very well attended.

There is no formal structure, although Bob Hilton and Frank Attardo seem to be the guiding force.

They live in the condo on the south side of Lakeshore Road across the street from the plaza. That building was swamped during the 2014 flood. 43 cars in the underground parking lot were flooded and totalled. They obviously have a strong interest in what goes on that site. The big issue is the water table. Many stores in the mall such as the Bowling Alley and the theatre had underground rooms, and they were constantly battling flooding.

The intention was to develop the site in stages. Skyway Arena, immediately to the north of the proposed development is currently under construction.

Since the December 2019 meeting,  the community focus group recognizes that a lot of time has passed due to the pandemic; there have been a number of stops and restarts to their work. Over the last several months the group has been reviewing updated concept plans and looks forward to presenting those plans to the City and the public Thursday April 27th, 2023.
prior to a re-submission by the developer to the City.

The meeting location – Hearthstone – 100 Burloak Drive, Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Light refreshments will be available.
An agenda will be distributed prior to meeting date.

Related news stories:

Development met with significant community blow back.

Statutory meeting didn’t change many minds.

 

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Council extends the maximum delegation time limit to 15 minutes on April 1st

By The Usual Suspects

April 1st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In a surprise move, Burlington City Council voted unanimously to revise its procedural bylaw following a motion by Ward 1 Councillor, Kelvin Galbraith.

Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith

Galbraith, who is known for his advocacy concerning constituent engagement and governance transparency, led the Horseshoe Circle in the vote which allows citizen delegates to be able to question Councillors on any or all matters before Council and extends the maximum delegation time limit to 15 minutes.

Mayor Meed Ward said that Councillor Galbraith’s approved amendments were an “eye opener”.

For those who may have missed the date check the calendar  – April 1st.

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A sound that makes the start of a day really nice

By Pepper Parr

April 1st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Have you heard this guy chirping away as you stepped out of the house to get into your car. ?

If you learn how to mimic the chirping the cardinal will actually engage with you.  Really nice way to start a day.

A really welcome sound – the weather will be nicer and, unless our changing climate decides to dump another foot of snow on us – it should be a nice month.

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Award winning short haul carrier has begun to think about how they will upgrade their 100 truck fleet to EV

By Pepper Parr

April 1st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

We all know about it.

Those who believe it want to do something about it.

Those who don’t believe there is a climate problem are beyond the pale.

The issue for most people is: What can I do on a daily basis? I put my blue box out, I do what I can to conserve energy. An electric car doesn’t fit in with my budget this year and probably not next year as well.

Thousands of years of ice accumulation are now beginning to melt and in the process changing water temperature that impacts the environment around the world.

The corporate sector know something has to be done. When we see film clips of those huge glaciers calving and dumping tonnes of ice into Antarctic waters we know that the climate is getting a lot warmer and that we are close to the point where we won’t be able to maintain that 1.5 C increase if we don’t take action now.  And so far we aren’t doing all that well.

The United Nations report on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tells us we are closer than we should be to that tipping point. The Report underscores the urgency of taking more ambitious action and shows that, “if we act now, we can still secure a livable sustainable future for all.”

The federal government keeps pushing back the date at which we will succeed in limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius

This decade is seen as our last window of opportunity to turn things around. We’ve developed the science, models and action scenarios that give us the power to make a critical impact through our daily actions. We’ve made the ending of the climate crisis a game that anyone can play and together, as a critical mass of individuals can win.

2030 is seen as the date by which we have to have begun to lower green house gas emissions to the point where the 1.5 C increase is met.

There is a trucking company: “If it’s on time – it’s a Fluke” that has a fleet of 100 tractor trailers that focus on the shorty haul part of the logistics business  Steve Foxcroft, President of Fluke said recently that their clients are asking them when they will begin using trucks powered by electricity from batteries rather than the diesel fuel they use now.

Converting a fleet of 100 trucks is not a task that gets done quickly – the capital costs are huge.

“We would like to do that tomorrow” said Steve Foxcroft, President of Fluke Transportation, “but the costs of converting are not small. An electric tractor costs 3 times is as much as a diesel tractor and the charging stations are not cheap”

“We will eventually buy our first electric tractor and install a charging station but it will be a long time before our fleet is fully electric.”

Steve Foxcroft, President of Fluke Transport.

Foxcroft explained to the Gazette the problem he faces with the 100 tractor trailer fleet he operates that all run on diesel fuel. “We train our drivers to idle their engines as little is as possible and we instruct them on how to drive their trucks to get the best they can out of the fuel they use”

One of the concerns the logistics sector has is the availability of charging stations within their market area. “The last thing we need” said Foxcroft, “is to have a trailer with a load of time sensitive product running out of energy and not close to a charging station. Think about those gas stations you see on some highways with 25 trucks parked while the  driver has stopped for a meal – is that location going to have 20 charging stations for trucks to use ?”

“We are going to need charging stations in our yard with the capacity to charge every tractor overnight – the capital costs are scary.”

Fluke was chosen as short haul carrier of the year in 2019 by Coca Cola, “It is corporate giants like Coca Cola that want to see us begin using electric tractors – they understand that the public wants to see environmental related changes taking place. – so it is coming”, said Foxcroft,  “and I will be a proud executive the day that first tractor rolls into our yard but it isn’t going to be this year.

So we aren’t out there kicking tires yet, but we will eventually and I’d like to see us as a leader in this change. When that happens said Steve – it won’t be a Fluke; change will come about by corporations that do the long term planning..

 

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I just had to share this. What a way to do breakfast - yards from the edge of the lake

By Pepper Parr

March 31st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Pancakes on a Sunday morning has always been an idea that I liked – but I wanted someone to make the pancakes for me.

My daughter in law gave me a small bottle of Maple Syrup with a blue berry flavour. It was labelled Maple Syrup with Forgotten Lake Blue Berry.

I didn’t or couldn’t understand why anyone would do anything to the flavour of Maple Syrup. I tried some on my bowl of oatmeal – I preferred the brown sugar and cinnamon that I sprinkled on the long flake oatmeal

I have box of pancake mix but have yet to open it. Might never do that after seeing the picture below.

Lettuce Love didn’t pay for the plug. It just looked like a scrumptious breakfast opportunity that I wanted to share.

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Four foot tree giveaway on the 29th of April - Register now the supply is limited

By Staff

March 31st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The City of Burlington and BurlingtonGreen are hosting Earth Day activities at various locations throughout the city.

More trees – less flooding

Earth Day Tree Planting Event
In partnership with BurlingtonGreen, a tree planting event will take place at Millcroft Park, April 22 starting at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine. Advance registration at burlingtongreen.org is required. Space is limited.

Celebrate Earth Day with BurlingtonGreen
Residents can visit the BurlingtonGreen Eco-Hub at Burlington Beach Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. where a variety of fun and family-friendly eco-activities will be taking place: pollinator seed ball making, cycling resources and giveaways, a guided tree walk, shoreline clean up, a repair café and a -bike raffle opportunity.

Tree Giveaway
The City of Burlington is giving away 500 trees to residents. To receive a free, four-to-five-foot tree, you must register in advance and have a vehicle able to safely transport the tree. There are several types of trees available. Quantities and types are limited.

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick up time is dependent on the species selected.

Location: Roads, Parks and Forestry Operation Centre Parking Lot, 897 Cumberland Ave., Burlington

Registration is open now until April 18, 2023. To register for a tree, go to Get Involved Burlington. Quantities and tree species are limited. Click HERE to Register

Gloria Reid: Not just a member of the Board – she gets right in there with the 15,000 people they want to help CleanUp and GreenUp

BurlingtonGreen’s Annual Clean Up Green Up
Celebrating their 15-year anniversary, BurlingtonGreen is aiming to see 15,000 people participate in their annual Clean Up Green Up this year. Residents, schools, groups and businesses are invited to be a part of this city-wide event cleaning up litter from Burlington’s parks, school yards and neighbourhoods.

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A Poetry Pop Up outside city hall on Saturday

By Staff

March 31st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Burlington Public Library is hosting a Poetry Pop-up outside of Burlington City Hall tomorrow to kick off Poetry Month.

Take the children – explain to them that the thing they are looking at is the way we used to write letters. Expect them to be amazed.

They will be there with typewriters, ready to create custom poems on the spot for passersby.

Typewriters? Some of the younger people won’t know what a typewriter is.

There will be two at the event.  One will be active with the second one a backup.

Event takes place between 10 and noon on Saturday.

Library staff will be in front of City Hall with fingers poised over their typewriters at 10 a.m. on April 1st. You can visit their pop-up and request a free, custom poem, typewritten on the spot. They will be pecking out creative verses inspired by prompts provided by passersby.  

“We are hoping to create a little spark of delight for people,” says Elise Copps, BPL’s Manager of Marketing & Communications. “The idea is to introduce poetry in an accessible way and inspire people to appreciate the small moments of joy that poetry can create.”  

Visitors will be able to take home their personalized poem as a keepsake.  

 

 

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Robbie Brydon declares as a candidate for the Wards 1&2 seat on public school board

By Staff

March 31st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Robbie Brydon has announced his candidacy for School Board Trustee in Burlington Wards 1 and 2. Brydon is an experienced policy researcher, community volunteer and dedicated father of two young children. He resides in Ward 2 and looks forward to serving his community in the role of Trustee.

Robbie Brydon, candidate for Wards 1 & 2 Halton District School Board

Brydon is committed to ensuring strong public schools where all students have the resources to thrive. He is passionate about supporting youth leadership and listening to student voices, recognizing that students are the heart of the education system.

As an economic and social policy researcher, Brydon is focused on evidence-based solutions that have a positive impact on the community. He brings experience in policy governance and collaborative decision-making approaches, which will help him to make informed decisions that benefit students, classrooms, and the wider community.

In addition to his policy expertise, Brydon has a wealth of experience in fiscal management, having supervised organizational budgets and the investment of multi-million dollar funds. He holds two degrees in economics, a valuable asset in making responsible financial decisions that prioritize the education and well-being of all students. He understands the importance of bilingualism and is fluent in French, making him an ideal candidate to promote opportunities for bilingualism in the education system.

Brydon is a proud father of an HDSB student, with another entering school soon, and lives with his wife, Joanna Oda, in Ward 2. “As an HDSB parent living in the area, I understand the importance of strong public schools that provide all students with the resources to succeed,” said Robbie Brydon. “I am committed to working collaboratively with my fellow trustees, students, staff, other levels of government, and the wider community to make informed decisions that benefit students in Burlington and Halton Region.”

Online voting will be available from May 15 to 19, 2023. In-person voting will take place at advance polls on Wednesday, May 24 and on Election Day, Monday, May 29, 2023.

 

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Burlington Teen Tour Band doing a two performance Concert on Sunday

By Staff

March 31st, 2023

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They are the Toast of the Town.

They take the name of the city wherever they go and they go almost everywhere in the world.

The Band performed in Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day

They recently returned from a very successful tour of Ireland where they won awards for BEST in Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day and in Limerick the day after.

The Performing Arts Centre is their Home Base in the City – and that is where they will be performing on Sunday April 2nd at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Some tickets are available for both performances.

Dates & Times: Sun Apr 2, 2023 at 2pm and Sun Apr 2, 2023 at 7pm
Venue: Main Theatre
Ticket Prices
Regular: $32 (All-in)

Online Box Office

 

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