Transit trip planner still in testing mode - bugs will get worked out soon.

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June 23rd, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

It will work properly – eventually.

Burlington Transit got all excited about a new computer application that would let you plan a transit trip – it had all kinds of neat whistles and bells – but it didn’t work – so they took it off line.  It is now back up- but isn’t working quite they way they want it to work.

The Gazette was to spend time with “marvelous” Mike spice, Director of Transit for the city – to get a full demonstration.  That has been put off until it works flawlessly.  We will let you know when that bright shiny days arrives.

The Gazette got word from the transit people that site is active again but they are still “testing”.

Bus station 1“The problem seems to be with the volume of users accessing the trip planner at the same time. We are not anywhere near our total capacity, but something is causing the system to crash. We think we have worked out most of the issues, but will wait until tomorrow to determine if we have rectified all the bugs.”

“The only way to determine if we have fixed the issues is to put it live again in order to see how it works in the real environment.”

To be continued.

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Regional Health Department issues a rabies alert - bat found in Oakville had rabies.

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June 22nd, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

The Halton Region Health Department has received test results confirming that a bat found at Honeyvale Road and Swansea Drive in Oakville, on Friday, June 17, had rabies. Residents who may have had physical contact with a bat in this area are advised to immediately contact the Health Department by dialing 311.

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Bat in Oakville found to have rabies

“The Health Department is reminding residents to avoid all contact with bats and other wild animals,” said Matt Ruf, Director, Healthy Environments & Communicable Disease for Halton Region. “Anyone who comes in physical contact with a bat or other wild animal should see a physician immediately and contact the Health Department.”

Rabies is a viral disease that causes severe damage to the brain and spinal cord, leading to death. The virus is spread through the saliva of an infected animal, usually entering through a bite. Rabies illness in humans can be prevented after exposure to rabies by the use of rabies vaccine, which is extremely effective, but only if it is administered before symptoms occur.

It is not always possible to identify if a bat has rabies, however rabid bats may move slowly, lose the ability to fly, remain active during daylight hours or be unresponsive to loud noises.

There are a number of things you can do to protect your family and pets:

• Make sure your pet’s rabies vaccinations are up to date.
• Warn your children to stay away from any wild, stray or aggressive animals.
• Do not touch dead or sick animals.
• Do not feed or keep wild animals as pets.
• Keep your pet tied on a leash when off your property.
• Seek medical attention immediately if you come in contact with a potentially rabid animal.
• Any pet that has come in contact with a bat, raccoon or other wild animal should be seen by a veterinarian.
• Report all animal bites or scratches to the Halton Region Health Department.

For more information on rabies, visit halton.ca/rabies or call the Halton Region Health Department by dialing 311.

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Traffic along Lakeshore Road where it cuts away from Maple is going to be very hairy - lots of detours.

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June 22nd, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

It is going to get a little hairy for people who use Lakeshore Road where it cuts away at Maple Avenue.

The city is raising parts of that road, just outside the Joseph Brant Museum as much as a metre and slopping it down until it gets to the end of the water treatment plant – that will close the road from July 4th to Early August 2016 +/-

Lakshore road clsoures July 2016For those that ride their bikes along the old railway line and want to head for Hamilton – bad news – the pedestrian crossing at the lift bridge will be closed frequently:

Burlington Canal Lift Bridge – Daytime Sidewalk Closures
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) wishes to advise pedestrians and cyclists of restricted access to the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge from July 4 to 29, 2016.

During these dates, the following restrictions will be in place Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.:

• from July 4 to 29, the north and south pedestrian underpasses will be closed;
• from July 4 to 15, access to the east (lakeside) part of the Waterfront Trail will be closed;
• from July 18 to 29, access to the west (bayside) part of the Waterfront Trail will be closed; and
• from July 18 to 29, the west (bayside) bridge sidewalk will be closed.

Burlington_Canal_Lift_BridgeThe bridge will remain open to pedestrian and cyclist traffic on weekends and weekdays after 5 p.m.

This schedule may change due to weather conditions or logistical requirements. PSPC will publish notices regarding any changes in schedule.

getting new - yellowSafety is a top priority for PSPC during this project. The closures are required as part of the project to replace the bridge’s controls, drives and cables. The replacement of key components of the bridge’s lift system will extend its serviceable life, meeting the needs of both marine and vehicular traffic in the area.

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Burlington Transit’s online Trip Planner is temporarily unavailable

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June 18th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Due to unexpected technical difficulties, www.burlingtontransit.ca – the online Trip Planner has been temporarily shut down while a solution is found.

The Gazette first reported problems with the computer application.

For access to real-time departure information, please call 905-639-0550 or visit Burlington Transit’s online schedules for scheduled departure times.

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Burlington Transit adjusting schedules to align with GO Transit - changes become effective Jun 17th

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June 13th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Burlington Transit is adjusting weekday schedules on June 27, 2016 to align with the scheduling changes by GO Transit on the Lakeshore West weekday peak trains.

“These changes will improve transit connections at GO Stations in Burlington,” said Mike Spicer, director, Burlington Transit.

GO parking with BURL sign

The south side of the Burlington GO station – that seems to be going on forever. GO is revising their schedules which will result in a changes to the Burlington transit schedule. Routes 101 Express and Route 1 – Plains Road.

“We are also experiencing a larger than projected ridership increase (in the 8 to 10% range) on the Route 101 Express.   As a result, we will be increasing its rush-hour frequency to every 15 minutes.

Route 1 Plains will move to a 30-minute frequency.”

101 Express is getting an increase in time – every 15 minutes. Plains Road # 1 will get a decrease to every 30 minutes.

All changes will take effect on June 27, 2016.  These will be minor changes

There will be more schedule adjustments once the Burlington GO Station construction is complete this fall when all buses will be routed to the station’s south platform.

 

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Road Closure: Glastonbury Drive, Thursday, June 16, 2016, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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June 15th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON
Glastonbury Drive, from street number 2293 to 2353, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016 for emergency storm sewer repair work.

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Sound of Music Road closures - two days of traffic mayhem - worth the disruption

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June 13th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

It is that time of year again folks – the Sound of Music sort of takes over the city and they bring in millions of dollars in business to the city – so we put up with the problems in getting around and get outdoors and enjoy the music.

Here is what happens street closure wise.

Road Closures for Sound of Music – June 17 to 19

The following road closures will be in place.

• Friday, June 17 from 3:30 p.m. to Sunday, June 19 at 6 p.m., Brant Street from Caroline Street to Lakeshore Road.

• Saturday, June 18, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.,John Street from Pine Street to Lakeshore Road.
Parade Closures

• Saturday, June 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caroline Street from Drury Lane to Locust Street, Elizabeth Street from Caroline Street to Pine Street and Drury Lane from Courtland to New Street.

Road closures will be managed under the supervision of the Halton Regional Police Service and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

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Short Term Road Closure: Emerald Street on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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June 13th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Short Term Road Closure: Emerald Street on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Emerald Street will be closed on Tuesday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Courtland Drive and Victoria Avenue for crane activity.

Signs and barricades will be up and no through traffic will be allowed.

Local traffic to residents in this area of Emerald Street will be maintained, as well as emergency access.

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Lane Restrictions on 403 Westbound at Highway 6 - June 10 to 13

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June 9, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will be reducing the number of lanes on the westbound 403 at Highway 6 for construction starting June 10 until June 13. Traffic delays are expected.

• Friday, June 10 – lane restrictions begin at 8 p.m.
• From Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m. to Saturday, June 11 at 6 p.m. – two lanes will be open
• From Saturday, June 11 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, June 12 at 1 p.m. – one lane will be open
• From Sunday, June 12 at 1 p.m. to Monday, June 13 at 8 a.m. – two lanes will be open
• On Monday, June 13 at 8 a.m. – all lanes reopen.

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Summer music line up in Central Park - great if you live downtown. What's wrong with the other parts of the city?

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June 7th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

The sound of music will be in the air for much of the summer.

People will be able to enjoy concerts at the band shell beside the library from June 19 to August 14; performances start at 7:30 pm on Wednesday and Sunday.

Residents are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a variety of music for all ages. The first concert of the summer will feature the Burlington Teen Tour Band and Junior Redcoats. A complete list of scheduled performances is available at www.burlington.ca/concerts

The season of summer music will begin with a joint performance by the Rich Harmony Choir and the United in Song Gospel Choir who will perform at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre Choir at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19.

The free community concert is in support of the Partnership West Food Bank. Attendees are kindly asked to bring a non-perishable food item. Space is limited and seating will be arranged on a first come first served basis.

The June lineup looks like this:

BTTB - O canadaSunday, June 19 – Burlington Teen Tour Band & Burlington Junior Redcoats
Over 150 musicians on stage as the Burlington Junior Redcoats join the Burlington Teen Tour Band to open the 2016 Summer Concert Series.

Wednesday, June 22 – Swingline
A little big band of local based musicians playing the big band standards and more.

Sunday, June 26 – Sinatra Celebrations
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birthday of the Chairman of the Board. A special Sinatra show by Jim Heaslip and the 12/4 Swing Orchestra.

Wednesday, June 29 – Burlington Top Hat Marching Orchestra

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Routes 4, 10 and 20 Detours, Sunday June 5

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May 31st, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON
On Sunday June 5, 2016 Appleby Line will be closed from Fairview to New Street from noon to 6 p.m. for the “Appleby Line Street Festival” affecting detours on routes 4, 10 and 20.

Bus stops within the road closure area will be bagged. For service, please proceed to the Appleby GO station or bus stops along New Street.

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Routes 3 and 5 transit detours, Saturday June 4

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May 31st, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON
On Saturday June 4, 2016 Brant Street will be closed from James Street to Caroline Street from 4 – 11 p.m. for the “Moon in June” road race. Routes 3 and 5 will be detoured.

For access to stops serving these routes, please proceed to the John Street Bus Terminal or Brant Street north of Caroline Street.

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GIS Mapping Unavailable Tuesday, May 31, 1-3 p.m.

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May 31st, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

GIS mapping at Burlington city hall will be unavailable on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The service and the system will be down for maintenance.

 

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Aldershot arena now open - finally.

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May 27, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON

Aldershot Arena has now reopened for scheduled rentals and programs.

The arena was closed on April 22 to allow for electrical system replacement following a transformer issue.

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Region begins the process of protecting the public from West Nile virus.

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May 27th, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON

The pests will be back soon – mosquitos.

That bite is a quite a bit bigger than most people realize.

As part of its commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of residents through public education and preventative programs, Halton Region has begun its annual larviciding program to reduce the risk of West Nile virus (WNV) in the community. This program is implemented in public property locations across Halton Region.

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This is how the West Nile virus gets transmitted.

Larviciding is the process of applying pesticides to objects such as catch basins, where mosquito larvae have been found. Larvicide is applied when other attempts at reducing mosquito breeding sites haven’t worked to minimize the risk of West Nile virus and is usually applied either in catch basins or in large bodies of standing water on public property. This preventative program reduces the adult mosquito population, helping to stop mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus that are often found in standing water.

“West Nile virus continues to be a concern in communities across Canada which is why Halton Region remains committed to monitoring and implementing programs to prevent and protect residents against this disease,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr.

“By working together with the community, we will continue to reduce the risk of West Nile virus and keep our community safe and healthy.”

“Larviciding is just one part of our West Nile virus prevention program which includes public education, monitoring and surveillance, eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites and larviciding,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health. “By eliminating standing water sites and by covering up outside at dusk and dawn and applying DEET or lcaridin, we can reduce the occurrence of West Nile virus in our communities.”

Halton residents can help reduce breeding grounds for mosquitoes by removing objects that may hold water, such as bird baths, plant pots, old toys and tires. If residents see standing water on public property, they can report it to Halton Region by emailing accesshalton@halton.ca or dialing 311.

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. 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.

A map showing the locations of standing water sites on public property where larvicide is applied is available at halton.ca/wnv. For more information about West Nile virus, please visit halton.ca/wnv or dial 311.

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City splash pads open May 21; Pools open starting June 18 - that doesn't include Nelson - Councillor Dennison couldn't get the city to be innovative.

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May 20, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

This is nice news – the arrival of some warmer weather means the opening of the city’s splash pads on Saturday, May 21 followed by pools beginning June 18.

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The Nelson pool – which won’t be open this year.

“Splash pads and pools provide a fun way to spend a summer day,” said Chris Glenn, the city’s director of parks and recreation. “As the warmer temperatures return, the city’s nine splash pads and six pools will provide families with a quick and easy way to cool off all summer long and to stay active together.”

A complete list of splash pads can be found at www.burlington.ca/swimming.

Pool Openings
The summer swimming season opening dates include:
June 18
• Mountainside Recreation Centre – Outdoor Pool and Splash Park
• LaSalle Outdoor Wading Pool and Splash Pad
June 30
• Angela Coughlan Pool
• Burlington Centennial Pool
• Tansley Woods Community Centre
July 4
• Aldershot Pool

Lots of pool time this winter for Michele Benoit as she turns her energy and determination to being ready for a 2013 attempt to swim from Port Dalhousie to Burlington as a fund raising event for Waves for Water, a charity that wants to build systems in Africa that will provide fresh water.

Michelle Benoit – getting in some pool time last year.

getting new - yellowThe outdoor pool and splash pad at Nelson Park will be closed this summer for construction. All swimming programs have been accommodated at other city facilities. For updates about the replacement of the outdoor pool at Nelson Park, please visit www.burlington.ca/nelson.

If you have questions contact staff at swimming@burlington.ca.

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Tansley Woods Pool Closed Until 6:00 a.m. Friday May 20, 2016

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May 19th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON
Tansley Woods pool is closed for the remainder of the day due to an unforseen maintenance issue. The pool is expected to reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Friday May 20, 2016

The following programs are cancelled:

• Combo Lap Swim 10:30am-noon
• Lap Swim Noon – 1:30 p.m.
• Water Running 1:30-2:30 p.m.
• Swimming lessons 5 to 8:30 p.m. Information on make up options will be distributed at next week’s lesson.
• Aqua Boot Camp at 7:35 p.m.
• Leisure Swim 7:30-9:00 p.m.
• Swim Training 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Aldershot pool closing announcement used the same wording – they were close for several days.

They rarely say what they mean by an unforeseen maintenance issue.

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Handi-an dispatch service unavailable until 8:30 am today - Wednesday May 18th.

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May 18, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Handi-van phone service will be unavailable until 8:30 am today – Wednesday May 18

Customers please note that the phone line to contact Handi-van dispatch (905) 639-5158 will be temporarily out of service on Wednesday May 18 until approximately 8:30 a.m. for scheduled upgrades.

For any urgent needs during this time please call (905) 335-7869 ext. 6602. This line will only be serviced during the phone disruption period.

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Walkers Line at Britannia Road CLOSED - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 9 am to 1 pm

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May 17th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Walkers Line at Britannia Road – Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Walkers Line will be closed at Britannia Road on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to remove vegetation along the road.

No traffic will be allowed through, with the exception of emergency vehicles responding to a emergency calls.

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Handi-van dispatch service telephone to be temporarily out of service Wednesday May 18 until approximately 8:30 a.m.

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May 10th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Handi-van phone disruption Wednesday May 18

Customers please note that the phone line to contact Handi-van dispatch (905) 639-5158 will be temporarily out of service on Wednesday May 18 until approximately 8:30 a.m. for scheduled upgrades.

For any urgent needs during this time please call (905) 335-7869 ext. 6602. This line will only be serviced during the phone disruption period.

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