Open House for the three year old set as they gear up for JK and the beginning of a thirteen year journey.

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October 13, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

The Halton District School Board has created a program to ease children into the school system.

Kindergarten classroom trashed when punks break in. When caught, and they will eventually get caught, a Judge might find a tougher school for them

Mohawk Public school will host an OPEN House for those starting school next year. Bit of a drive for those who live in Alton and Aldershot isn’t it?

They will be holding five Kindergarten Open Houses for the three year old set to to learn more about starting school.
In Burlington the big day is December 3rd with Mohawk Gardens Public school (5280 Spruce Ave) serving as hosts. The event will take place between 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Students and parents will:

• Explore a Kindergarten classroom
• Learn about play-based learning
• Pick up information and resource material in a free backpack
• Access information about community agencies and resources in Halton
• Get information about before and after school care
• Ask questions about special education

There are apparently no “loot bags” unless a back pack falls into that category.

Children born in 2012 can start Kindergarten in September 2016. Registration for Kindergarten begins in January 2016 and takes place at the school your child will attend.

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Announcement of a city planner is thought to be coming soon. New head of Human Resources recently appointed; that job wasn't posted.

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October 13, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Is the city going to hire a new Planner soon?

Burlington parted ways with Bruce Krushelnicki June 1st; the city has been without a planner ever since.
If Burlington really is the best mid-sized city in the country – would there not have been a lineup outside the Human Resources department of planners holding their resumes in their hands?

Apparently not – but there is a planner coming our way – expect an announcement soon soon.

And expect a bit of a surprise as well.

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Roy Male – now playing gold full time.

With a Planner about to be announced – some comment should be made on the retirement of Roy Male, Executive Director of Human Resources since Moses parted the waters of the Jordan River.

Male appears to have decided that there was still time for some golf – and he wasn’t wrong on that issue – he did make some mistakes on the hires he made but he was a consistent advocate for attracting smart young people to the municipal sector.

Laura Boyd has been appointed to replace Roy Male. There are those at city hall who frown on appointments – and think every job opportunity should be posted.

We may be reading more about Boyd – she recently filled in for the City Manager at a meeting of Council.

Nice to see an improvement in the gender balance – it isn’t going to stop at Human Resources.

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The installation of free WiFi at Millcroft Park to begin next week.

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October 9, 2015

 BURLINGTON, ON

Beginning October  13, construction will begin in Millcroft Park to install free Cogeco Wi-Fi.

The construction and installation of equipment is expected to take four to five weeks.

The free Wi-Fi is a pilot test with Cogeco Cable to provide free internet access within certain areas of the park. Most of the city’s arenas, city hall and recreation and community centres already have free Wi-Fi access.

The park will remain open during construction.

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Region sets up on line immunization reporting service.

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October 7, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

The Regional Health office is making it easier for parents to advise the health office that their children have been properly immunized.

The online immunization reporting form makes it more convenient way to report required immunizations. The form is available at halton.ca/immunize.
While the majority of families in Halton Region immunize their children to protect their health, many are unaware of their legal requirement to notify the Halton Region Health Department about any required immunizations their children have, especially those the province requires for school attendance.
Parents can update their child’s immunization records by going online at halton.ca/immunize, dialing 311 or dropping off an up-to-date record at 1151 Bronte Road in Oakville.

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Advising the regional health office that your child has been properly immunized is a requirement. That can now be done on line.

“Halton Region’s Health Department is responsible for enforcing the provincial Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA), which outlines the immunizations students need to attend classes, in order to keep our schools and students healthy,” said Halton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani. “Since students without up-to-date immunization records can face school suspension, it’s critical that parents make sure the Halton Region Health Department has their child’s most recent immunization records on file.”

Immunizations are available through family doctors or at one of Halton Region’s immunization clinics. If children are unable to get immunized, they must have a notarized exemption on file with the Health Department in order to meet school attendance requirements.

To learn more about which immunizations are required to attend school and how to report immunizations, please visit halton.ca/immunize.

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City is looking for keen minds and energetic people to sit on advisory committees - holding a show and tell for anyone interested.

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October 7, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

There are occasions when the city does listen to the people who pay the freight. Not as often as they could and should but they at least do try.

Last year the city held an event that people who liked the idea of serving on an advisory committee could attend and meet city staff who could explain what was involved.

Danielle Pitoscia, Manager of Committee and Election Services, who I think deserves credit for the initiative announced that “After the success of last year’s first-time event, we are holding the event in a larger space to make room for all the participants. It’s great to know there are so many people who want to get involved with their city through the committees,” she said.

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Except for one person, and she was a consultant hired by the city, these people are all community volunteers. At times they are very effective.

“This event is a great first step for people wanting to become involved and have a real impact and voice within their community through our volunteer boards and committees.”

The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at Burlington City Hall between 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

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City hall is not the only place in the city people can meet in.

Why does everything have to take place at city hall. This makes it very inconvenient for people who live north of the QEW. Lesson in there for city hall – hold three events – one at Tansley Woods, and another at the Haber Recreational Centre.

He loves his Ward, he knows his constituents and their needs.  Is there life beyond city hall for Rick Craven?

Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven is a big booster for his ward – he welcomes everyone to his part of the city.

Ooops – just heard a groan from Councillor Craven in Ward 1 – hold the event in Aldershot as well.

That does mean the people who are behind these committees have to get out of their offices more than once. If you want the public to be involved – give them a decent chance to become involved.

Everyone is welcome to come out and learn about the committees and see why volunteering on a local board or committee can help you meet new people, share your talents, develop skills, address a common interest as well as make a difference in your community. Current volunteers are also invited to attend as a networking opportunity.

Applications for local boards and committees close Oct. 30, 2015.

For more information about the Volunteer Open House, committees or to apply for a volunteer position, contact the Clerks Department at 905-335-7600, ext. 7481 or visit www.burlington.ca/citizens.

 

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Deaths due to accidents on highways during holidays often involve children: Operation Impact is going to work at reducing the number of accidents.

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October 7, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Some of the most horrific highway accidents take place on holiday weekends – that’s when families are in cars going to see other members of their family. Check the newspapers Monday, listen to the radio – you will see and hear it all.

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Can we get through the Thanksgiving weekend without pictures like this? Try

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, October 9th through to the 12th, the Halton Regional Police Service will be taking part in a national road safety partnership known as Operation Impact. The goal of the program is to remind drivers that an essential part of traffic education and enforcement is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.

Officers assigned to Operation Impact will focus on behaviour that puts drivers, passengers and other road users at risk: impaired driving, seat belt use, and all aspects related to aggressive/distracted driving.

Aggressive drivers often engage in a combination of high-risk road use behaviours; non-use of seat belts, drinking and driving and speeding. The results of these behaviours are often catastrophic for all involved road users.

This year there have been several motor vehicle fatalities investigated by Halton Police. Each of these deaths represents the tragic loss of a loved one – a senseless tragedy that in most cases could have been prevented.

Our annual participation in Operation Impact forms an important part of our overall traffic strategy where partnerships lead to greater road safety. A focus on high risk behaviours provides opportunities for enforcement as well as education.

A good program, that will be solidly enforced – what was missing? Not a word about distracted driving – the nut cases that think they can text and drive at the same time. If the behaviour isn’t mentioned and targeted it may not get the attention it deserves.

Operation Impact is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and member agencies of the CACP Traffic Committee from across Canada in support of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2015, which has a goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world by 2015.

That is an interesting target – aren’t we already in 2015?

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Bylaw prohibits feeding of wild animals - including coyotes - does not go into effect for one year. City wants to educate people particularly around Fairchild Park.

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October 5, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

At its meeting on Sept. 28, Burlington City Council approved a new bylaw prohibiting the feeding of wild animals, including coyotes, in the city’s public parks.  The bylaw will not however become effective for one year.

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The bylaw prohibiting the feeding of wildlife in public parks goes into effect in one year.

“This new bylaw will help the city address public concerns over coyotes by trying to prevent conflicts before they occur,” said Scott Stewart, the city’s general manager of development and infrastructure. “Research and experience show that one of the most significant things everyone can do to reduce direct public interaction with coyotes is to avoid feeding them.”

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Swans can be fed but only by those who are licensed.

The no feeding wildlife bylaw prohibits the feeding of any wildlife including waterfowl, such as ducks and geese, in public spaces. City Council approved an amendment to the bylaw to allow the Trumpeter Swan Coalition to continue its work with the trumpeter swans that live in LaSalle Park.

“Like all wildlife in Burlington, coyotes are just trying to survive, and they do that by finding food sources,” said Tracey Burrows, manager of bylaw enforcement and licensing. “The new bylaw will not come into effect for one year, during which time the city will be reaching out to residents to help inform them about how we can work together to eliminate and properly manage food sources around homes to ensure coyotes remain wary of humans.”

In addition to the no feeding wildlife bylaw, the city also offers an online service where residents can report coyote sightings. These sightings are monitored and tracked by city animal services staff to learn more about which areas of the city coyotes are located.

For more information about coyotes or to report a coyote sighting, please visit www.burlington.ca/coyote.

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Mike Swartz to receive the “National Volunteer of the Year” Award for his service to the Canadian Diabetes Association

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October 2, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Editor’s note: Invitational seating is limited and has already reached capacity…sorry, no more guests!

During the city Council meeting earlier this week, ward 6 Councillor Blair Lancaster chaired as Deputy Mayor while the real Mayor was in Chine – we still don’t know why – a list of names of organizations was read out announcing that it was whatever the name of the organization month.

The media tend to take these announcements with a bit of a yawn – every organization seems to have its day at some point during the year.

It is only when we pause and say “I know that person” that some attention gets paid.

Mike SwartzMichael Swartz is being recognized by the Canadian Diabetes Association as its “National Volunteer of the Year. I know that man.

This isn’t the time or place to explain the circumstances under which media came to know Mike Swartz and his wife Janice Connell rather it is an opportunity to learn more about what he has done in the community.

Mike is for the most part a quiet person – he has done well materially in life and has served as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and with the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) in a variety of roles over the past twelve years.

The reception to honour and recognize him will take place at the Art Gallery of Burlington in the Fireside Room at 10:30 am on Saturday.

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Friday fugitive arrested for possession of a weapon, released on bail and now wanted for failing to appear in court.

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October 2, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

The Halton Regional Police Service have released their 24th Fugitive Friday bulletin and are asking the public to help them find Michael Adam DAWE, 19 years old, of Brampton, ON.

FF24Every Friday, the Burlington Offender Management Unit shares information on a wanted person in hopes that the public can assist in locating the individual.

They share “Fugitive Friday” information on our website and via social media through Twitter @HRPSBurl and @HaltonPolice.
There are numerous people who continue to evade the police and the court system and continue to live in our communities while having a warrant for their arrest in place.

In this edition of Fugitive Fridays the 3 District, Burlington Offender Management Unit is searching for Michael Adam DAWE, 19 years old, of Brampton, ON.

In August 2014, the accused and another party travelled to Burlington with the intent to commit an indictable offence (Robbery).
While on route to their targeted location the parties were stopped and investigated by a ride spot check. Officers at the scene conducted an investigation and found the accused to be in possession of an unauthorized weapon.

The accused was arrested and charged and was scheduled to re-attend court in September 2015 which he failed to do and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He is wanted by Halton Regional Police Service for:

Possession of a Weapon – Dangerous Purpose
Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon
Conspiracy to Commit and Indictable Offence
Fail to Re-Attend Court

DAWE is described as 5’11”, 190 lbs, blue eyes and brown hair. DAWE has Tattoos of a “Running Man” on his left arm, “Pizza” on his left thigh and writing on his right buttocks. ADAMS has ties to Brampton and the surrounding areas.

Anyone who may have witnessed this male or has information that would assist investigators in locating him are encouraged to contact D/C Bulbrook – Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Offender Management Team at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2346 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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District school board and secondary teachers reach tentative agreement - deal has to be ratified.

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October 2, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

The Halton District School board advised yesterday afternoon that a tentative agreement has been reached with Halton secondary teachers, however labour sanctions remain in place until deal is ratified

The Halton District School Board and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) advised that the deal must be ratified by both the local Halton OSSTF teacher members and the Halton District School Board. Terms of the tentative agreement will be shared once the ratification process is completed.

Local administrative sanctions will remain in place until the tentative agreement has been ratified by the Board and the local OSSTF membership.

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Transit detours this Sunday Oct. 4 during CIBC Run for the Cure – Routes 3, 4 and 10

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September 30th, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Detours will be in effect for Routes 3, 4 and 10 from approximately 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. due to several road closures in downtown Burlington.

Route 4 will not be able to access Teen Tour Way (into the Central Library and Senior’s Centre bus stop location) and will need to use Drury Lane instead.

The remaining detours are as follows:

Route 3 North:
• From the Terminal
• Left on Pine Street
• Left on Elizabeth Street
• Right on James Street
• Left on Drury Lane
• Right on Woodward Avenue
• Left on Guelph Line
• Resume regular routing

Route 3 South:
• From Guelph and Woodward
• Right on Woodward Avenue
• Left on Drury Lane
• Right on New Street
• Left on Elizabeth Street
• Right on Pine Street
• Right on John Street
• Into the Terminal

Route 10 West:
• From New Street
• Right on Woodview Road
• Left on Rexway Drive
• Right on Cumberland
• Left on Prospect
• Left on Drury Lane
• Right on New Street
• Resume regular routing

Route 10 East:
• From New Street
• Left on Drury Lane
• Right on Prospect
• Right on Cumberland
• Left on Rexway
• Right on Woodview Road
• Left on New Street
• Resume regular routing

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Service disruptions to city's online and phone services beginning 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2 through to about mid-day on Saturday the 3rd

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September 30, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

City Hall will be getting some upgrades to the electrical system which will result in a number of services will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 until-mid morning on Saturday, Oct. 3.

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Communicating with city hall will be very difficult Friday evening and Saturday morning – email service is included.

During the upgrade, the following services will be unavailable:

Inbound calls to city buildings, including Burlington Transit
• Emails to and from the city
• Online payments and registrations
• Credit and debit card payments at recreation centres
• Parking exemptions
• Marriage licences
• Dog licences
• Tax payments
• Online reporting

Users of the city’s website may also experience service disruptions.

Calls to 911 will not be affected.

All services are expected to be restored and operational by mid-morning on Saturday, Oct. 3.

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Halton Police Board announces two new Deputy Chiefs of Police; both hired from within the service.

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September 28, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Police Services Board Chair, Oakville Mayor R. Burton announced today that two Halton Superintendents were selected as the Police Service’s next Deputy Chiefs of Police.

Superintendent Carol Crowe, the current Commander of 2 District (Oakville) and Superintendent Nishan Duraiappah who is in charge of the Services’ Office of Continuous Improvement and Strategic Management were appointed by the Police Services Board at a special meeting held on September 25.
In making the announcement, Board Chair Mayor Burton expressed extreme pleasure with the calibre of talent the successful candidates bring to their roles. He also noted that an internal/external search was conducted and is proud that the Board was able to promote members of the Halton Regional Police Service to Deputy Chief.

Board Chair Mayor Burton stated: “The Board and I are confident that Carol Crowe and Nish Duraiappah will maintain and build upon the legacy of excellence and integrity demonstrated by members of the Halton Regional Police Service which is expected by the citizens of Halton.”
Both Crowe and Duraiappah are residents of Halton and possess impressive skills.

Carol Crowe 2015 Deputy chief

Described a Councillor Jack Dennison as a “home grown” girl and a fine addition to the senior ranks of the Halton Regional Police Service as a Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Crowe joined the Halton Regional Police Service in October 1989. She holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from McMaster University and has taken numerous policing courses through the Canadian Police College. She has been assigned to various patrol and administrative bureaus within the Police Service, most recently as Commander of Oakville, Professional Standards, and Human Resources Services. She gives back to the community by serving as a Director on many not-for-profit community organizations.

Crowe said: “I am truly honoured to be appointed as Deputy Chief for the Halton Regional Police Service. Leading in a police organization has many challenges but I am confident that together with our dedicated team of sworn and civilian members, we will continue to provide our community with the effective police service they deserve. I look forward to continuing to build upon the positive relationships we share with our community and working together to ensure Halton remains a safe place for citizens to live, work and raise a family.”

Duraiappah Deputy chief

Nish Duraiappah got his first taste of police work when he took a PEACE (Police Ethnic and Cultural Education) Program course offered by the Halton Regional Police Service

Deputy Chief Duraiappah became interested in policing by attending the Service’s PEACE (Police Ethnic and Cultural Education) Program while in high school. He went on to complete a degree in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Toronto, and is completing his Diploma of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He started his policing career in 1995 when he was hired by the Halton Regional Police Service. He has worked in numerous assignments such as Regional Drug and Morality Bureau, Diversity Coordinator and uniform and investigative roles. He was also involved in the establishment of the Region’s first Community Mobilization and Engagement Strategy collaborative hub which is being implemented across all Districts. He also is involved in many community initiatives both locally and internationally and recently returned from a short term mission to Haiti to assist in their rebuilding projects.

“I am honoured and proud to accept this new and challenging role with the Halton Regional Police Service. I’m looking forward to working with our service members, leadership team, Police Services Board and the many community members and organizations who contribute to this being one of the safest communities in Canada. Without a doubt, our citizens should know that they are policed by some of the best police officers and civilians within the field of policing – this is what makes me proud, and allows us to continue to lead community safety initiatives and meet the needs of our changing community” said Duraiappah.

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Chief Tanner now has two deputy chiefs from within the ranks of the police service he commands.

Chief Steve Tanner said: “As Chief of Police I am extremely proud of our two new Deputy Chiefs and I want to congratulate them on their success. I very much look forward to working with both of them on our senior executive team as we prepare the Halton Regional Police Service for the challenges of the future. We have a collective opportunity to further our tremendous organizational successes and to continue to identify and implement strategies to make us increasingly effective and efficient. I am confident that both Deputy Chiefs Crowe and Duraiappah possess the knowledge, skills, experience and attitudes to contribute significantly to the future success of the Service, and in doing so to the safety and security of all we serve.”

The Swearing In Ceremony for Deputy Chiefs Crowe and Duraiappah will take place on October 9th.

The Halton Regional Police Services Board is a seven member civilian Board that oversees the Halton Regional Police Service. Under the Police Services Act, the Police’s fundamental responsibility is to ensure adequate and effective police services are provided to the citizens of Halton Region. The board is also responsible for the Police Service operating and capital budgets; strategic planning; policies and priorities.

What is particularly commendable is the promoting of female officers to the very senior ranks and placing members from diverse communities in these roles as well. That Superintendent Duraiappah got his start in policing due to a course offered by the |Region when he was a young man and then went on to become part of the senior level of the police command speaks well of the level of community involvement the Halton Police Service has made one of its hallmarks.

Hiring from within is not a bad practice – but new blood is important.  Halton does not want to become known as a police service that never brings in “outsiders”.

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Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Attending Incident at Burloak Dr and QEW

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September 28, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Halton Regional Police responded to a report of a distraught female that led officers to the Burloak Drive and QEW overpass in the City of Burlington.

BurlOak QEW overpass

BurlOak where it passes over the QEW – scene of an incident that required the Special Investigations Unit to be called in.

This morning, Monday September 28, 2015 at approximately 6:20am, officers arrived on scene. The woman was transported to hospital in stable condition.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified and has invoked its mandate. As a result the Halton Regional Police will not be able to provide any further information. Any inquiries should be directed to the SIU Communications.

The SIU is brought in when there is need for an investigation of police conduct.

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Transit change: Route 1 East detour in downtown Hamilton - Saturday Sept. 26

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September 23, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Route 1 East detour in downtown Hamilton – Saturday Sept. 26

Hamilton Bulldogs

Bulldogs hold their home opener for the season – bus route gets altered.

This Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 from approximately 3 to 7 p.m., Bay Street in downtown Hamilton will be closed between King Street and York Boulevard for the Hamilton Bulldogs home opener. During this time, the Route 1 East will be detoured as follows:

• Regular routing to King Street and Bay Street
• Continue West along King Street
• Right at Hess Street
• Left at Cannon Street
• Resume regular routing.

Pick-up and drop-off locations in the detour area will be at King & Hess Streets as well as at Hess and Cannon Streets.

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Culture days - Day 2 Saturday - more stuff to take part in than it is possible to cover - what a feast!

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September 26, 2015

BURLINGTON, on

Culture Days has become a model opportunity for citizens, businesses, and all levels of government to collectively help lead the development of Canada through the development of the arts and cultural life of our communities. Volunteers lead and contribute to the success of Culture Days at every level.  It is a grassroots, collaborative movement that works.

There is a national advisory board, a national board of directors with some very powerful and effective people sitting around the table. There are then Tasks Forces within each province.

The national objective is create opportunities for people to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. In 2014, the fifth annual Culture Days event took place in more than 850 Canadian cities and towns, with attendance topping 1.6 million Canadians. Last year, more than 1650 activities were presented across Ontario.

The purpose is to hold events that will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

For the next three days you get to see what Burlington has to offer in the cultural world.

Saturday 26th
Morning Yoga in Civic Square

Time: Class 1 – 8 to 8:45 a.m., Class 2 – 9 to 9:45 a.m.

Location: Burlington City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description:  Come and enjoy free yoga classes open to all ages and abilities. Participate in 45 minutes of fundamental postures. This practice is focused on body awareness, breathing and feeling good. Bring your yoga mat and an open mind!

Organizer: AnyBodysYoga, anybodysyoga@gmail.com, www.anybodysyoga.ca, 905-869-0255

Music Lessons for all Ages
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Burlington Music Centre, 2311 New St., in Central Park, Burlington, Ont.
Description: Music is for all ages – you can learn to play an instrument at any age! Speak with music teachers, test out instruments, learn some more about the effects music has on the human brain and how it improves learning, social skills, ability to multi-task and more.
Organizer: Rob Bennett, Rob.bennett@burlington.ca, www.burlington.ca/en/live-and-play/music-lessons.asp, 905-335-7807

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Sit in with the Burlington Teen Tour Band during Cultural Days

Burlington Junior Redcoats Marching Band
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Burlington Music Centre, 2311 New St., in Central Park, Burlington, Ont.
Description: For ages 9 to 13. Come and sit in with or march beside band members at a regular Saturday rehearsal. The event is to be held outside weather-permitting, and inside if weather does not accomodate. Previous music knowledge is not required, so come on out and see what it is like to be a young member of a marching band!
Organizer: Rob Bennett, Rob.bennett@burlington.ca, 905-335-7807

Celebrating Burlington through Photos
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Tourism Burlington Visitor Information Centre, 414 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Celebrating 30 years of tourism in Burlington through photos, featuring local attractions and famous Burlingtonians from the past and present. Activities include interactive displays, hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, and more!
Organizer: Tourism Burlington, info@tourismburlington.com, www.tourismburlington.com, 905-634-5594.

Music and Meditation by the Lake – Celebrate Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Spencer Smith Park – Gazebo, 1400 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Join us for collective meditation on live flute music. Experience Raag Durga interpreted by Francesca Smita Soni, a William Blake Duet, Tim Bruce (actor and music therapist), Sunny Levi (Opera singer), bhajans singing, and inner centre chakra workshops with Ontario Yogis.
Organizer: Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation, 905-484-2068, contact@free-meditation.ca, www.free-meditation.ca.

Doors Open Burlington
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Locations: see complete list below
Description: Doors Open Burlington will feature sites located in the downtown and waterfront areas of our city. The event will highlight important buildings, organizations and landmarks that make Burlington a culturally vibrant place to live, work and visit. Admission is free.
Participating sites include: Joseph Brant Museum, Art Gallery of Burlington, Spencer Smith Park, Gingerbread House Gardens, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Eglise Saint Philippe, Different Drummer Books, Burlington Central High School, Burlington Masonic Centre, displays at Tourism Burlington, Vintage Motors at Burlington Central Public School, and the Holy Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukranian Church. Visit our website for event details at www.doburlington.com.

Site list:

Joseph Brant Museum: 1240 Northshore Blvd. E, Burlington, Ont.
Art Gallery of Burlington: 1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Vintage Motors at Burlington Central High School: 1433 Baldwin St., Burlington, Ont.
Different Drummer Books: 503 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Eglise Saint Phillipe: 472 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Gingerbread House Gardens: 1375 Ontario St., Burlington, Ont.
Holy Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukranian Church: 419 Pearl St., Burlington, Ont.
Burlington Masonic Centre: 463 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
St. Luke’s Anglican Church: 1382 Ontario St., Burlington, Ont.
Tourism Burlington: 414 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Spencer Smith Park: West Lawn – Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Burlington Central Public School: 638 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.

Organizer: Doors Open Burlington, hello@doorsopenburlington.com, www.doburlington.com, 905-332-9888

Different Drummer fine line

The Different Drummer Book Store – well worth a visit

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St Lukes Anglican church – one of the riches pieces of Burlington’s history.

Gingerbread house

 

Etsy: Made in Canada Marketplace
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre, 3063 South Service Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Etsy: Made in Canada is a national grassroots initiative celebrating the crafters, collectors and artisans in local communities across Canada. Made in Canada marketplaces will pop up in 33 cities on September 26, 2015. Explore handmade wares and vintage goods in an artisan marketplace.
Organizer: Jacqueline Hunter, show director, Etsy Canada, info@craftian.ca, www. craftadian.ca/etsy/, 289-239-8163

Celtic Music Performance
Time: 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Enjoy 30 minutes of Celtic music presented in a light orchestral format.
Organizer: Celtic Fiddle Orchestra of Southern Ontario, Cfoso.exec@gmail.com, 519-219-0757

Burlington Student Theatre Presents: Burlywood
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: City Hall – Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Burlington Student Theatre will feature local artisans in theatre, music, dance, film, photography, visual art demonstrations and interactive opportunities. Performances by: Burlington Student Theatre, Halton Dance Network, wushu and Chinese lion/dragon dance demonstrations and performances! Join us for free, family friendly events.
Organizer: Rainer Noack, rainer.noack@burlington.ca

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An example of the work Donna Grandin does.

Collaborative Acrylic Painting and Art Display in Civic Square
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Visual artist Donna Grandin will start a painting and then encourage the public to collaborate on it. Individuals will have the chance to express their creativity and add to the piece. The painting will be completed in the artist’s studio on October 2, and one of the participants will be chosen at random to win the collaborative painting.
Grandin was born and raised in the Carribean, and has been living in Burlington since 1998. She exhibits and sells her art in both the Carribean and Canada. Locally, her work can be found at Art Etc., the Art Gallery of Burlington or Blue Roots Art Studio.
Organizer: Donna Grandin, fine artist, Blue Roots Art Studio, donna@bluerootsartstudio.com, 905-639-3419

Photo-Acrylics by Beth Bennett
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: ‘Photo-Acrylics’ is a combination of Bennett’s photography and acrylic painting with a twist – the look and feel of painting with wax. Bennett is happy with her art when both photography and painting elements are visible yet cohesive. She has also photographed a brick wall and would like community input on how to turn this photography into a “photo-acrylic”. What should be placed on this brick wall? Come out and share your ideas!
Organizer: Beth Bennett, bethbennettartist@gmail.com, www.bethbennetartist.com, 905-333-9868

B Town Sound Record in Studio and Sing on Stage
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: 919 Fraser Dr., units 9 and 10, Burlington, Ont.
Description:  We invite everyone to have a tour of our recording, rehearsal and event facility as well as the new addition of our music school. We welcome you to sing on stage to karaoke tracks with the instruments we have at the studio, or with instruments that you have brought with you.
Then you will get the opportunity to sing in the isolation room of the studio and feel what it is like to record a hit song!
Our clients include: Silverstein, Billy Talent, Finger Eleven, New World Son, and Youtube star Walk off the Earth
Organizer: B Town Sound, Robyn Pauhl, robyn@btownsound.ca, www.btownsound.ca, 905-308-0026

 

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See the Art Gallery through practiced eyes.

Free Gallery Discovery Tours
Time: 1 – 1:40 p.m.; 2 – 2:40 p.m.; 3 – 3:40 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Free guided tours of the Art Gallery of Burlington in conjunction with Doors Open. Tours will be approximately 40 minutes in length.
Organizer: Art Gallery of Burlington, 905-632-7796, info@artgalleryofburlington.com, www.artgalleryofburlington.com

Guild Demonstrations

Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Free demonstrations by our 7 guilds in their studios. Participating guilds include the Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild, Burlington Fibre Arts Guild, Burlington Rug Hooking Guild, Latow Photographers Guild, Burlington Sculptors & Woodcarvers Guild, and the Burlington Potters’ Guild.
Organizer: Art Gallery of Burlington, 905-632-7796, info@artgalleryofburlington.com, www.artgalleryofburlington.com

Teresa Seaton, a stained glass artist has been a prime mover behind the annual Art in Action tour - and is now part of the newly formed Arts and Culture Collective.

Teresa Seaton, a stained glass artist has been a prime mover behind the annual Art in Action tour – she will be doing workshops as part of Culture Days.

Stained Glass Demonstration – Copper Foiling Method
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: 654 Spring Gardens Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Teresa Seaton, a fifteen-year veteran of stained glass, will be demonstrating her copper foiling techniques as she completes a stained glass panel. Teresa’s gallery features a large selection of her latest works and now exhibits the work of established and emerging Canadian artists.
Organizer: Teresa Seaton, tmseaton@cogeco.ca, www.teresaseaton.ca, 905-510-5030

DIY BookArts: Hardcover
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Burlington Public Library – Brant Hills, 2255 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Using the library’s bookbinding equipment and supplies, build your own hardcover book to take home. Personalize it with a painted book cover. No bookbinding experience required. Ages 18 and up.
To register, call 905-335-2209
Organizer: Burlington Public Library – Brant Hills, arkelll@bpl.on.ca, www.bpl.on.ca, 905-335-2209

heartBEATZ
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: The Halton Dance Network’s presentation of ‘heartBEATZ’ is a transformative event that embodies HDN’s mandate to build community in and through dance. A local choreographer will collaborate with drummers and a dance collective from the three communities to create an original dance work. We will also invite a local dance studio to showcase a dance number from their current repertoire. ‘heartBEATZ’ will conclude with a community interactive dance experience/workshop involving the audience and all dancers.
Organizer: Halton Dance Network, Kate Lowe, www.haltondancenetwork.com, katewlowe@hotmail.com, 905-637-5408

Celtic Fiddle Music: In Canada and Abroad
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Burlington Public Library – Central, Centennial Hall, 2331 New St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Alana and Leigh Cline talk about the history of Celtic music in Canada, and perform tunes from Cape Breton, Newfoundland, Scotland and Ireland. You won’t want to miss this foot-stomping, hand-clapping, feel-great musical experience in celebration of Culture Days!
To register, call 905-639-3611 ext. 1321
Organizer: Burlington Public Library – Central, arkelll@bpl.on.ca, www.bpl.on.ca, 905-639-3611 ext. 1321

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Margaret Lindsay Holton – a Hamilton based artist who works in several mediums has put together an innovate program that marries poetry to ping pong.

Ping Pong and Poetry – with Margaret Lindsay Holton
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Burlington HIVE, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington, Ont.
Description: Join in the fun as Golden Horseshoe poet and painter, Margaret Lindsay Holton, bats bon mots and balls in a playful ‘ping pong and poetry’ Round Robin. Poets will unleash a few lines of potent poetry her popular poetry collections, ‘On Top of Mount Nemo’ and ‘Bush Chord’.
Organizer: Margaret Lindsay Holton, owner/author of Acorn Press Canada, mlhpro@hotmail.com, 905-393-5196

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First of the weekend Culture Days takes place on Friday the 25th

Culture days - Burlington markBy Staff

September 23, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

 

 

Friday the 25th

Culture Days has become a model opportunity for citizens, businesses, and all levels of government to collectively help lead the development of Canada through the development of the arts and cultural life of our communities. Volunteers lead and contribute to the success of Culture Days at every level.

There is a national advisory board, a national board of directors with some very powerful and effective people sitting around the table. There are then Tasks Forces within each province.

The national objective is create opportunities for people to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. In 2014, the fifth annual Culture Days event took place in more than 850 Canadian cities and towns, with attendance topping 1.6 million Canadians. Last year, more than 1650 activities were presented across Ontario.

The purpose is to hold events that will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

As a grassroots, collaborative movement, Culture Days relies on your participation.

For the next three days you get to see what Burlington has to offer in the cultural world.

Celebrating Burlington through Photos
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Tourism Burlington Visitor Information Centre, 414 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Celebrating 30 years of tourism in Burlington through photos, featuring local attractions and famous Burlingtonians from the past and present. Activities include interactive displays, hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, and more!
Organizer: Tourism Burlington, 905-634-5594, info@tourismburlington.com, www.tourismburlington.com

Culture days - Burlington markWe As One: Bridging Meditation, Living Arts and Spirituality
Time: noon to 8 p.m.
Location: Burlington City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Come and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sahaja Yoga Free Meditation in Burlington. Enjoy live music and dance performances, including: bhajan, qawalli, opera, flute, harmonium, drums, violin and vocals. Participate in a guided meditation on planet earth, self-realization “Experiment with Truth,” individual chakra and art workshops, realized souls gallery, cool kids workshop, clay sculpting, Indian mythology workshop, kuchipudi “Living Goddess Performance,” aarti group featuring Greek, Persian and Irish Dance, yin yang energy-balancing workshop, and “Shri Saraswati” henna palm painting.
Activity Contact: Sahaja Yoga Meditation, contact@free-meditation.ca, www.free-meditation.ca, 416-628-0355,
Volunteer Coordinator/Organizer: Ioana Popa, ioanayoga@yahoo.ca, 905-484-2068

This is a 20 ft x 6 ft. work table; weighed a ton - made out of solid wood.  Set up where the view if superb, the sunsets are great - Seaton may never go home

stained glass artist Teresa Seaton – will give a workshop on stained glass

Stained Glass Demonstration – Copper Foiling Method
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: 654 Spring Gardens Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Teresa Seaton, a fifteen-year veteran of stained glass, will be demonstrating her copper foiling techniques as she completes a stained glass panel. Teresa’s gallery features a large selection of her latest works and now exhibits the work of established and emerging Canadian artists.
Organizer: Teresa Seaton, tmseaton@cogeco.ca, www.teresaseaton.ca, 905-510-5030

B Town Sound Record in Studio and Sing on Stage

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: 919 Fraser Dr., units 9 and 10, Burlington, Ont.
Description:  We invite everyone to have a tour of our recording, rehearsal, and event facility as well as the new addition of our music school. We welcome you to sing on stage to karaoke tracks with the instruments we have at the studio, or with instruments that you have brought with you.  Then you will get the opportunity to sing in the isolation room of the studio and feel what it is like to record a hit song!  Our clients include: Silverstein, Billy Talent, Finger Eleven, New World Son, and Youtube star Walk off the Earth

Organizer: B Town Sound, Robyn Pauhl, robyn@btownsound.ca, www.btownsound.ca, 905-308-0026

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Fire station phone lines are getting an upgrade - HQ lines will be out of operation for part of the 23rd

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September 22, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Well – this doesn’t sound very good

Fire Station No. 1 and Headquarters phone lines out of service on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. until approximately noon for phone system maintenance.

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Fire station renovation includes better telephone equipment – their regular telephone lines will be out of service for a few hours on the 23rd

If you are reporting an emergency or suspected emergency, please dial 911.

If you need to contact Burlington fire during the outage, please contact Fire using their general email at firedepartment@burlington.ca.

There will be no disruption to fire dispatch non-emergency number at 905-637-8253.  Please continue to use this number prior to conducting any permitted open air burning or to notify of fire alarm system testing.

This number should not be used to report an emergency.  Emergencies are always a 911 call

 

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Brant street buses will have a detour on Sunday - making way for the Amazing Bed Race

notices100x100By Staff

September 18, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Bus detours around downtown Brant Street

On Sunday Sept. 20, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Brant Street between Elgin and Caroline will be closed due to “The Amazing Bed Race”.
Buses using Brant Street between the Terminal and the Burlington GO will be detoured as follows:

From the Terminal

North on John Street to Caroline
Left on Caroline to Brant Street
Right on Brant Street
Resume regular routing

Bus station 1From the Burlington GO

South on Brant Street to Caroline
Left on Caroline to John Street
Right on John Street
Continue south into Terminal

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Lakeshore Road Lane Restrictions for Terry Fox Run - Sept. 20 - between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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September 18, 2014

BURLINGTON, ON

Lakeshore Road Lane Restrictions for Terry Fox Run – Sept. 20

Terry Fox runnersThe northbound land of Lakeshore Road will be closed from Maple Avenue to the Halton Skyway Waste Water Treatment Plan between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20 for the Terry Fox Run.

The southbound lane will remain open.

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