The first reported human case of of WNV has been reported to the Region's Medical Officer of Health.

News 100 blueBy Staff

September 15, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A Halton resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

This is the first reported human case of of WNV reported to the Region’s Medical Officer of Health this year.

The Halton Region Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani , advises residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites and remove mosquito breeding sites

WestNileVirus_transmission“While 80 per cent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms, others will have West Nile fever consisting of fever, headache, muscle ache and a rash. If residents are concerned or experiencing symptoms, I would encourage them to visit their health care professional.”

Urban areas are more likely to have mosquitoes that carry WNV. The types of mosquitoes that transmit WNV to humans most commonly breed in urban areas and in places that hold standing water such as bird baths, plant pots, old toys, and tires.

Residents are encouraged to take the following steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes:

• Cover up. Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants with tightly-woven fabric.

• Avoid being outdoors from early evening to morning when mosquitoes are most active and likely to bite, as well as at any time in shady, wooded areas.

• Reduce mosquito breeding sites around your home by getting rid of all water-filled containers and objects, where possible. Change the water in bird baths at least once per week.

• Use an approved insect repellent, such as one containing DEET or Icaridin.

• Make sure your window and door screens are tight and without holes, cuts or other openings.

As part of its ongoing West Nile prevention program, Halton Region staff continually monitor areas of standing water, eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites and larvicide when mosquito larvae is found. A map showing the locations of standing water sites on public properties that have had larvicide applied this year is available at halton.ca/wnv.

To report standing water at public facilities or for more information about West Nile virus, please visit halton.ca/wnv or dial 311.

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McNiven Road closure - Sept. 12 to 17, 2016 - gas pipeline being laid underground

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September 12, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON

 

McNiven Road will be closed for traffic between Derry Road and Kilbride Street from Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at 7 a.m. to Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at 7 p.m. for Union Gas construction activities.

Union Gas - south of DerryA new gas pipe line is being buried underground.

Please use the following detour routes:

  1. From the north, traffic will be directed east on Derry Road to Twiss Road, then south to Kilbride Street and west to McNiven Road.
  2. From the south, traffic will be directed east on Kilbride Street to Twiss Road then north to Derry Road and west to McNiven Road.

For more information, please contact:

Susan Cudahy, Community Liaison, Union Gas Limited, Phone: 289-237-0068 – scudahy@uniongas.com

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Victims of abuse and sexual harassment have been given housing options by federal and provincial governments

News 100 redBy Staff

September 9, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Halton Region is receiving $876,000 in new funding under the Survivors of Domestic Violence Portable Housing Benefit Pilot program. Ontario has selected Halton as one of 22 communities across the province to test the pilot.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $20 million over two years to provide ongoing assistance to approximately 1,000 survivors of domestic violence per year under the pilot program.

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For the physically abused and sexually harassed mother – finding a safe place to live is paramount – the federal and provincial governments have set up a pilot project for the Region of Halton

Currently, survivors of domestic violence are given priority access to rent-geared-to-income social housing. Under the new pilot, those survivors approved under the Special Priority Policy will have the option to receive a portable housing benefit, so that they can immediately find housing in their community instead of waiting for a social housing unit to become available.

Based on the outcomes of the pilot, Ontario will consider ways to enhance the program and extend the portable housing benefit to other communities.

The new investment complements the commitments made through Ontario’s recent Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy update, and supports the province’s goal of ending chronic homelessness in 10 years.

This initiative also supports the Ontario government’s goals of ending violence against women and providing better supports for survivors which includes the government’s It’s Never Okay: Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.

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MoonGlade now has the support and talent from the Art Gallery behind it - expect a superb event this year.

artsorange 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 9, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Just a little more than a week before the 4th No Vacancy event takes place in Burlington – this time the event will be branded as MoonGlade and take place at both Brock Park, right behind the Art Gallery and within the gallery as well.

moonglade jkThe first event took place at the Waterfront Hotel in 2014 and while the attendance was small it was the most startling cultural event in the city that year – we might add that it was startling in the most positive way possible.

The second event took place at the Village Square where the place was packed.

The third event took place on Old Lakeshore Road and something didn’t work. Was it the location, was the line-up of talent not quite right – the event just wasn’t as good as the public had come to expect.

During the conversations surrounding the Supernova event Denis Longchamps, Artistic Director & Chief Curator, suggested that using Brock Park might have been a better choice. He added that some of the installations could also be held in the Art Gallery.

Longchamps however said if the Art Gallery was involved it would have to be a curated event – which means the participants would be selected by people with the depth and experience needed to know who to invite.

While that approach could prove to be limiting – with Longchamps in place that is not likely to happen. The involvement of the Art Gallery gives a degree of legitimacy that these events didn’t have previously.

Brock Park from the north

There will be 17 art installations at the MoonGlade event to be held on September 16th at the Art Gallery and in Brock Park at the rear of the Gallery. Food Trucks will be in place as well.

There is now a level of professionalism that hasn’t been in place up until now.

Involving the Art Gallery also gives that organization to support and promote an event that has the potential to put the gallery on the map in a way they haven’t been able to do in the past.

There is nothing but good news behind this move on the part of Longchamps. The artists participating in MoonGlade this year offer some amazing opportunities to see art in a way that you may not have seen it before – you can expect several of the illustrations to be interactive.getting new - yellow

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City improves access to web casts and staff reports. Takes a bit to figure it out - but it is better.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

September 8, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It has taken a while and it isn’t perfect but it is better.

However, it does take a couple of minutes to figure out just how you get information on city council meetings.

The new Council agenda and minutes software is out there for you to play with.

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The public now has better access to the staff reports and the web casts of council meetings – it would be really nice if they improved the production values of the web broadcasts – better camera are needed.

“The new online software will make it easier for people to access and share Council information,” said Danielle Pitoscia, manager of committee and election services. “This is important for residents as it is vital we provide Council and Committee documents through an open, accessible and transparent process.”

New or improved features for residents include:

• Shareable links to documents
• Improved search function
• Improved video streaming
• Videos time stamped and linked directly to agenda item
• Complements efforts toward paper reduction
• Compatible with Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

You might find it useful to print this out – you will need to refer to it until you get the hang of just how the new software works.

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This is what the computer monitor should look like if you want to see what is taking place at a city Standing Committee on September 12th. It takes a little getting used to – it is an improvement over what there was before.

The Gazette hasn’t had a chance to experience the web broadcasts of the different council meetings. They meet next week for the first time since July – maybe the cameras they are using have been improved as well

Agendas, minutes and videos from January 2009 to June 2016 can be found on www.Burlington.ca/agendasandminutes.

Agendas, minutes and videos from July 2016 onward can be found on the City Meeting Calendar at www.burlington.ca/calendar.

To access agendas, minutes and videos on the City Meeting Calendar:

1. Visit burlington.ca/calendar

2. Filter your search by selecting “City Meetings” from the calendar dropdown menu

3. Select either “Council” or “Council Standing Committee” from the category dropdown menu. You may choose to refine your search further using the date and keyword(s) features

4. Click “Search” to display your selections

5. Click on the title of a particular meeting to view details of that meeting

If you wish to request documents in alternative format or with communication supports, contact the Clerks Department at 905-335-7600, ext. 7698.

On a related matter – city council is going to debate the use of software that would automatically record votes taken by council – THAT is a much needed improvement. Transparency and public accountability are finding a place at city hall.

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Weather - reports are that it will be a wet one today - Thursday.

News 100 greenBy Pepper Parr

September 8th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

That nice weather; that couple of days that were livable – they were just a week ago weren’t they?

The blistering heat on Wednesday was unrelenting – late in the afternoon there were some magnificent cloud formations which foretold of a weather system developing.

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This is where the weather comes from.

Then sure as Thursday follows Wednesday Conservation Halton tells us that the Environmental people tell them that we are in for some heavy rain.

Here’s the word from Conservation Halton:

Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for areas including Halton Hills, Milton, Burlington and Oakville. Local forecasts are predicting additional rainfall overnight and throughout Thursday morning. The additional rainfall combined with previous amounts totaling up to 35 mm in some areas may result in higher than normal water levels and flows in local streams and flooding of low lying areas.

Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to stay away from watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams. Elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along stream banks make these locations extremely dangerous. Please alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.

Conservation Halton will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions and will issue further messages as necessary.

FLOOD man walking in water Harvester Road sign

This is when there is too much rain

Conservation Halton will issue an update to this Watershed Condition Statement – Water Safety Statement only if significant changes in the forecasts occur. This Watershed Condition Statement will be in effect through Thursday September 8, 2016.

There you have it – wet on Thursday. Careful in the traffic for those of you who are driving.

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Federal and provincial money works its way to Burlington - schools get most of those $$ this time around.

News 100 greenBy Staff

September 7, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Ontario and the federal government are investing over $88 million in 35 municipal projects to build and repair critical infrastructure, help create jobs, and spur economic growth across the province through the Small Communities Fund.

Burlington will see dollars spent on parking expansion at the:

Aldershot GO Station
Alton Village Public School
Joseph Brant Hospital Phase 1 Redevelopment
Pauline Johnson Elementary School Expansion

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Funds to upgrade the Aldershot parking lot – with 700+ new homes planned for the area – this would seem to be a wise expenditure.

Not a dime this time this time around on infrastructure upgrades.

Planning for the growth that is going to take place – despite the desires of many who chose to live in Burlington is the justification for much of the spending. To drive that point home the province in its media release said:

“Many Ontarians already feel the effects of unplanned growth every day during their commute. The average commute for a Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) resident is 82 minutes per day from home to work. That’s more than many major international cities, including Los Angeles.

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How many people would agree with that 82 minute count?

“The time and gas we waste during our commutes costs us money, and limits the time we have to spend with families and loved ones. When you take into account other social factors, such as how we adapt and restructure our lives to account for traffic, the estimated cost of congestion in the GTHA balloons to $11 billion per year.

“These costs are expected to grow unless significant investments are made in our infrastructure.”

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Lane closures and traffic lane restrictions in place for Sunday the 11th - BIG cycling event.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

September 7, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Epic Tour Halton – Lane Restrictions Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

The 4th annual Epic Tour Halton cycling event is travelling through north Burlington on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.
PwC Epic Tour is neither a pledge ride nor a race; it is a lifestyle event on the bike as well as a great post ride off-the-bike experience. The host venue is at Kelso Quarry Park.

Epic tour graphicThe event is described as Canada‘s largest GranFondo 2 years running. In 2015, registration edged close to 4,000 riders.

The following traffic restrictions will be in place:

Lane Closure
Appleby Line, southbound, between No. 1 Side Road and No. 2 Side Road will be closed with access for local residents only.

Traffic Lane Restrictions
Cyclists will travel the route in a dedicated lane. Vehicle traffic will be allowed one-way in the opposite direction.

Burlington Springs Golf Course Access Provisions
Detour signs will direct golfers northbound on Cedar Springs Road to travel east on No. 1 Side Road, north on Guelph Line, west on Colling Road and south on Cedar
Springs Road to the golf course entrance. An event attendant will be at the driveway to help.

Resident Access
Residents living along the route can exit their driveway during the gaps between riders. If you require help to get in or out of a driveway on event days, call 1-416-206-0041 and an event vehicle will be sent to escort you. NOTE: Travel will only be allowed in the opposite direction of the cyclists; one way traffic only.

All routes start and finish at Kelso Quarry Park, Milton, Ontario.

Emergency access will be maintained at all times.

Epic cycle map

The tour has a number of routes – this is the detail for the longest ride. It all starts in Burlington.

For more information about road closures or traffic control, please call the event liaison at the City of Burlington at 905-335-7600, ext. 7704.

 

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Appleby Line and Corporate Dr area re-opened - gas leak resolved

notices100x100By Staff

September 6, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

The gas leak at Appleby Line and Corporate Dr has been resolved and all residents permitted back into their residence.

The area was blocked off for approximately 3 hours. The cause of the rupture was a pierced gas line.

There were no injuries as a result.

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REVISED Police close roads in the area of Appleby Line and Corporate Drive in east Burlington due to a gas line rupture.

Newsflash 100By Staff

September 6, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

UPDATE: 1:00 PM  HRPS have been advised by the gas provider that it will be at least three hours before the leak is contained.  In the meantime, residents from the area can utilize Mainway Arena and Tansley Woods Rec Centre. There are buses available for transportation on Ironstone east of Appleby Line.

 The Halton Regional Police Service has closed roads due to a gas line rupture in the area of Appleby Line and Corporate Drive in east Burlington. Roads will also be closed to traffic in both directions from Ironstone to Mainway.

As a precaution, residences in the area have been evacuated until the utility provider can evaluate the situation and deem it safe.

The source of the gas line rupture is not known at this time.

A subsequent press release will be issued when there is an update on the status of the road closure/evacuation.

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Plains Road work will continue into September - was expected to be complete at the end of August.

notices100x100By Staff

September 6, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Construction on Plains Road, between Shadeland Avenue and the QEW, will continue to late September.

Delays: Scot Hamilton explains: “This project, which is part of the Plains Road Functional Design and Implementation Strategy and the Cycling Master Plan, was originally scheduled to finish at the end of August,” said Scott Hamilton, Manager of Design and Construction.

“While the majority of the construction has been completed, a two month delay in rehabilitating the watermain means the final paving will now be finished mid-October. We apologize for the delay and inconvenience the extended construction may cause. We are working to get the project done as soon as possible.”

Plains Road, between Shadeland Avenue and the QEW, remains open to traffic although lane restrictions are in place. Please use caution and obey all signs.

For more information about this project, visit www.burlington.ca/construction or contact Dave Johnson, project manager at 905-335-7600, ext. 7507 or david.johnson@burlington.ca.

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Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for Halton Region starting Tuesday, September 6.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 5th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The weekend weather was so good – finally.

Now we get told to expect extreme heat and humidity, Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for Halton Region starting Tuesday, September 6. This warning is issued when forecast temperatures are expected to reach at least 31 degrees Celsius with overnight temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius for two days, or when a humidex of 40 or higher is expected for two days.

We all know what to do to take care of ourselves.

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School crossing guards still needed - rewarding work.

News 100 blueBy Staff

September 4th 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They will be on their way to school Wednesday – thousands of students will trundle along to school – some for the first time

Some, will get driven to school by parents – – they might think bikes later in the year.

Christine Hopwood is the woman that ensures there is a crossing guard for your child at every school in the city.

Christine Hopwood is the woman that ensures there is a crossing guard for your child at every school in the city.

At the street corners near each school there will be a crossing guard – decked out in those bright red and yellow vests that you can’t miss with a stop sign in hand.

There are a couple of hundred of them that do this important work.

The City is actively looking for additional school crossing guards for the 2016/2017 school year.

“We are seeking crossing guards who are dedicated individuals that care about their community and want to help play an important role in keeping children safe on their way to and from school,” said Vito Tolone, the director of transportation for the city.

The city’s crossing guard program includes full training, a uniform and reimbursement of mileage. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to complete a police check. All successful applicants will be paid for two hours of work a day.

School crossing guardThose who take on this work come to know the students quite well and watch as they grow from grade to grade – it is very rewarding work.

For more information or to apply, visit www.burlington.ca/crossingguard or call 905-335-0172.

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Prediction is for a winter as tough as the summer we have experienced.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

September 2, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

People now remember to take a sweater with them these days – not something we would have done two weeks ago or during much of July and August.

The Mrs. get to put her vehicle in the garage.

Is this what we can expect this winter?

The people in the Nelson community got through the year without a swimming pool – will they remember what their city did to them come the next municipal election?

A brutal summer appears to be over even though official summer doesn’t end until September 21st.

Our clocks go back an hour on November 6th – will we have snow by then?

Farmers AlmanacThe Farmer’s Almanac advises that we are in for a winter that may be as tough as the summer we just got through. Shudder

The Almanac says January and February of next year are going to be particularly heavy.

You might ant to buy some road salt early – last year stores ran out.

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Burlington Transit announces an earlier start to Route 10 weekdays

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August 26, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Burlington Transit announces an earlier start to Route 10 weekdays

Route 10, runs on New to Maple, will now starts earlier weekday mornings.  It begins at Appleby GO station at 5:28 a.m.

An additional trip starting at 5:48 am has also been added.

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Mayor and Burlington Foundation partner to bring the next Mental Health talk to the community.

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August 24, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In his first term of office as Mayor Rick Goldring came up with a number of very good ideas – his Inspire Burlington series was one of them.

On October 5th, the Mayor is partnering with the Burlington Foundation to present #SickNotWeak: Michael Landsberg Talks Mental Health at 7:30 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Landsberg - mental healthMichael Landsberg is a Canadian media personality known for his work on TSN’s Off the Record and Naylor & Landsberg. His experience with depression led to the creation of #SickNotWeak, a not-for-profit organization that provides mental health education and support.

“We know from reports like Burlington Foundation’s Vital Signs and feedback from residents that mental health is an important issue in our community,” said Mayor Goldring. “Michael is someone living with depression who has an inspiring story to share. I invite residents of all ages to come to this evening of discussion, awareness and support.”

Burlington Foundation launched the Mental Wellness Alliance in 2014 with a focus on a Speaker Spotlight Series that aims to keep the conversation going about mental health and wellness, breaking down misperceptions and promoting healthy communities.

“As part of Burlington Foundation’s mental wellness leadership work, we know that reducing mental health stigma is a critical need in our community,” said Colleen Mulholland, President and CEO of Burlington Foundation. “We are thrilled to bring Michael to Burlington to draw even more attention to this important issue. Events like this one go a long way in encouraging people to have conversations around mental wellness.”

Landsberg’s presentation will be followed by an opportunity for questions from members of the audience.
Admission is free and all are welcome. Reserve a seat online at burlington.ca/mayor or burlingtonfoundation.org, or call the Office of the Mayor at 905-335-7607.

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Unneeded or expired medications can now be left at any Halton pharmacy - police ending their facility drop off locations.

News 100 redBy Staff

August 22, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

The successful prescription drug drop off awareness campaign run by the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) – Drug and Morality Unit (DMU), along with local partner pharmacies is transitioning from police facility drop off locations to locally based community pharmacy locations.

Expired or unused medications (prescription or over the counter) can be returned to any pharmacy in Halton. By responsibly dropping off your unused / expired medications to local pharmacies, you’ll not only ensure they’re disposed of properly – you’ll also keep them out of the wrong hands, preventing abuse, accidental ingestion and protecting our environment in the process.

The current police facility drug drop off collection bins will be removed August 31st 2016. The HRPS-DMU thanks their local community pharmacies for their support and looks forward to future proactive and preventative initiatives.

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Milburough Line road closure - August 26 to 28

News 100 redBy Staff

August 22, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Milburough Line will be closed for traffic between Derry Road and Kilbride Street
from Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 at 7 p.m. for Union Gas construction activities.

Union Gas - south of Derry

A Union Gas pipeline is being built across the top of Burlington – it will involve a number of road closures.

Please follow the detour route:

1. From the north, traffic will be directed east on Derry Road to McNiven Road, then south to Kilbride Street and west to Milburough Line.

2. From the south, traffic will be directed east on Kilbride Street to McNiven Road, then north to Derry Road and west to Milburough Line.

If you need more information please contact:
Susan Cudahy
Community Liaison
Union Gas Limited
Phone: 289-237-0068
scudahy@uniongas.com

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Creeks have swelled significantly from heavy overnight rains - be cautious.

News 100 blueBy Staff

August 20, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A heavy rainfall event passed through upper portions of Conservation Halton’s watershed overnight with some areas receiving depths of over 50mm. Creeks within this area experienced rapid responses from this rainfall, however, levels have now receded. This intense rainfall resulted in localized urban flooding of some streets and low lying areas.

Raging creek

Heavy rains in the northern part of the city have swelled creeks resulting in some flooding – remind the kids to stay away from the edges of some fast flowing water.

Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to stay away from watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams. Elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along stream banks make these locations extremely dangerous. Please alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.

Conservation Halton will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions and will issue further messages, as necessary.
Conservation Halton will issue an update to this Watershed Condition Statement – Water Safety Statement only if significant changes in the forecasts occur. This Watershed Condition Statement will be in effect through to Sunday, August 21, 2016.

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Fire Department has lifted its longest-running open-air burning ban.

News 100 redBy Staff

August 17th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

On July 6, 2016, a fire ban was issued after the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry identified a high fire-risk rating in the Burlington area following prolonged hot and dry weather conditions.  That ban has been lifted.

“The recent rainfall and slightly cooler temperatures factored into the decision to lift the ban,” said Chief Fire Prevention Officer Joe Wintar. “Though the fire ban has been lifted, residents should still use extra caution when burning outdoors.”

Residents that live in designated burning areas with open air burning permits can resume use of open air fires for controlled brush burning and recreational fires.

BBQ on fire

Caution and control should be the approach.

The use of charcoal barbecues at designated picnic areas in city parks is also allowed again. Park users are encouraged to book a permit in advance of their preferred dates. Request a booking online at www.burlington.ca/rentals , call 905-335-7738 or visit www.burlington.ca/picnics for more information.

The Burlington Fire Department will continue to monitor and assess the local wildfire threat and provide updates on city open-air burning restrictions. If you are unsure if a fire ban is in effect, please contact the Burlington Fire Department at 905-637-8253.

For more information about open air burning in Burlington visit: www.burlington.ca/openairburning

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