Girls hockey pull in two gold and a sliver at recent tournaments: might be getting calls from that team in Toronto looking for talent.

element_sportsBy Staff

March 5, 2015


The Burlington Girls Hockey Club (BGHC) better known as the Baracudas; brought home three tournament medals, two GOLD and one SILVER, from two tournaments held this past weekend in Clearview and Oshawa (February 27 – March 1, 2015).

The not-for-profit hockey organization offers girls a fun environment to play Canada’s favourite sport has more than 750 girls (and growing) and offers programs for girls ages 4 to 21 at both the house league and competitive (rep) levels.

Barracudas Atom BB - GOLD - Clearview March Madness

The Atom BB’s were gold medalists

The Atom BB were Gold medalists at the Cleaview March Madness tournament.

Barracudas Oshawa Lady Generals Spring Classic Novice Champions - GOLD

They are pretty proud of themselves – and they should be: Novice take gold

The Novice House league Blue Rebels were also Gold medalists at the Oshawa Lady Generals Spring Classic.

Barracudas Bantam Panthers - Silver - Oshawa Lady Generals Spring Classic

The Panthers are letting it all hang out – hockey players that became divas. Silver for this team

The Bantam House League Panthers were Silver medalists
2015 Oshawa Lady Generals Spring Classic Girls Hockey Tournament.

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Nelson graduate sets "season best" at University of Pittsburgh swim meet.

SportsBy Staff
February 24, 2015

The University of Pittsburgh’s second go-around at the ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships couldn’t have gone any better for Dani des Tombe , a Nelson high graduate.

Dani des Tombe

University of Pittsburgh Senior Dani des Tombe and |Nelson high graduate in the water

Overall, 14 student-athletes appeared in 21 finals competitions including two A Finals, five B Finals, 11 C Finals and three diving finals.

Senior Dani des Tombe (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) in the 500 free (4:51.47) swam in the C Final, placing fifth (21st overall) and seventh (23rd), respectively with season-best times.

des Tombe was also the team’s only participant in the 200 free as she put forth a sixth-place (22nd) time of 1:49.55.

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Two Barracuda teams take Silver and Bronze at annual hockey classic in Mississauga.

element_sportsBy Staff

December 31, 2014

Barracudas logoThe Burlington Barracudas brightened up their holidays with two Tournament Medals at the 34th Annual Mississauga Chiefs Christmas Classic that was held December 27-29, 2014.

Burlington’s not-for-profit hockey organization offers girls a fun environment to play Canada’s favourite sport – hockey.

Barracudas Midget AA silver medal Dec 2014

Midget AA Silver medal winners at the Mississauga Chiefs Christmas Classic – Burlington Barracudas

Barracudas PeeWee DS bronze medal Dec 2014

Barracuda Peewee DS level they took bronze at the Mississauga Chief’s Annual Classic

They brought home a Midget AA Silver Medal and at the Peewee DS level they took bronze.

Founded in 1996, The Burlington Girls Hockey Club provides a safe and fun place for more than 750 young female athletes to play hockey. The not-for-profit organization offers programs for girls ages 4 to 21 at both the house league and competitive (rep) levels.

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Is there hope for bicycles in Burlington? Bright green markings indicating merging bike traffic is a welcome sign to cyclists.

News 100 blueBy Staff

December 29, 2014


Roy Brooke is an avid cyclist who lives in Victoria BC. On a trip to Copenhagen Denmark he experienced physically separated bikes and cars with a dedicated cycle tracks.

Brooke tells his story: “Visitors to Copenhagen tend to notice that it is tough to take a photograph without a cyclist or bicycle in it. Cyclists seem to be everywhere, and statistics bear out the impression — 55 per cent of Copenhagers’ use bicycles each day and 41 per cent of people arrive to work or school by bike in the Danish capital.

Bike users Copenhagen

In Copenhagen cycling is not limited. any any one demographic

“On a visit to Denmark I started to notice who was actually doing the cycling as much as their sheer numbers — old, middle-aged and young people, families with children, women in high heels, people doing chores, people just getting around; every possible segment of society seemed to travel by bike.

“As a parent, what surprised me were the many mothers and fathers in the downtown core with children on their bikes.

“At home in Victoria, I bike on quiet residential streets with my four-year old on the back in his carrier. However, I never venture downtown with him on my bike. In my judgment as a parent, neither the core of our city or the roads that lead to it are safe enough for me to travel by bicycle with my son.

“Yet in Copenhagen, a much larger and more bustling city than Victoria, families ventured into the busy core at all hours with children.

“I rented a three-speed cruiser at my hotel and set forth to find out why.  After a few hours biking around Copenhagen, I had several clear impressions. Foremost, during the entire time I biked around town, I never once felt like I was running a gauntlet of death between parked cars on one side and speeding traffic on the other. Almost every route physically separated bikes and cars with a dedicated cycle track.

“In some areas, this was a bike lane on raised pavement. In others, simply but ingeniously, parked cars rather than people were the ones in the road nearest the traffic. This let bikers and pedestrians use the calm, safe space between parked cars and buildings.

Bike lanes in Denmark

Lanes created for bicycles where they don’t put riders in harms way and pedestrians have the sidewalks to themselves. In Copenhagen it isn’t a “them” and “us” – cars and bikes each have their place.

Bike traffic lights

Traffic management includes instructions for cyclists.

“In places without physical barriers between cyclists and car traffic, thick lines painted on the pavement and wide cycle tracks kept cars at a distance, and all intersections were marked to prioritize cyclists.
“In a word, I felt safe.

“I also didn’t need to think much to bike. It was clear where I had to go because cycle routes were clearly delineated. It was clear when I had to go or stop because there were usually stoplights just for bicycles. And, it was clear where I could park or rent bicycles: just about anywhere.

“In short, things were designed not only for motorists but cyclists also.

“My overall impression is that Copenhagen’s physical separation of bike and car routes and having fully integrated design takes the “us versus them” out of cycling. I never felt irritated by motorists because I never came near them. I assume that I never bothered motorists, for the same reason. Pedestrians, motorists and cyclists thrived side by side because the urban system was built with everyone in mind.

“Above all, I understood why parents took their children into Copenhagen’s core on bikes. If Victoria had similarly modern cycling infrastructure, I would do the same here.

“Many other cities — Barcelona, Paris, Dublin for example — have made similarly large and fast leaps. Separated bike lanes, bike-share systems and lowered speed limits were common denominators in their success.”

Green bike lanes

Burlington has recently marked lanes to alert car drivers to merging bicycle traffic.

Is the time right for Burlington to make a similar leap? A start has been made. We have the chevron markers and there are now several bike lanes clearly marked with green paint alerting drivers to the merging of bicycle tragic,

During the recent municipal elections very little was heard from the cyclist lobby and as close to nothing from any of the candidates. Mayor Goldring seems to have assumed that he has learned a lesson after his flip flop on bicycle lanes along Lakeshore Road.

Burlington could join the ranks of leading, livable cities, not through a dialogue that is about cars versus bikes, but one based on the actual evidence: that proper, modern biking (and pedestrian) infrastructure makes life better for everyone.

New Street is scheduled to have some major infrastructure work done in the next few years. There was a proposal that dedicated bike lanes be part of that infrastructure upgrade – it wasn’t going to be cheap. The argument was to add the dedicated lanes while an upgrade was being done.

That item will come up during the budget debates in February.


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Twelve finalists selected for Pan Am torch relay. Citizens get to vote which one will carry the torch for Burlington.

News 100 greenBy Staff

December 17, 2014



Burlington is being considered a major celebration community for the Pan Am Torch Relay, and has asked its citizens to help choose a local resident to carry the Pan Am flame on behalf of the city when the torch relay comes to Burlington next year.

Pan Am Torch bearersThe Burlington Pan Am Community Engagement Committee accepted applications and nominations until December 14th.

The public is now being asked vote on a short list of names selected by the committee. Torchbearer finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Kelly Arnott
Jaden Bailey
Chris Chandler
Dana Cooke
Oubaida Ikharbine
Dawn Izzard
Kaitlin Jones
Sonia Reynolds
Adam Smith
Alicia Thomson
Ashley Worobec
Eric Xu

There is something either ironic or fitting that Kelly Arnott be on the finalist list. Ms Arnott runs some of the most successful races in Ontario. Just last week she held the Santa Claus run which brought hundreds of Santa Claus clad runner streaming through the city.

Residents are invited to vote for Burlington’s community torch bearer.
“The person with the most votes will become the community torch bearer to run for Burlington when the flame comes to the city during the Pan Am torch relay.” said Alan Magi Executive Director of Capital Projects for the city.

Voting will close on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The selected torch bearer will be notified in mid-January.

The relay begins in May 2015 with the traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico.

The Canadian journey for the flame starts with its arrival in Toronto on May 30, 2015. It will then visit five cities in Canada, as well as 130 communities across Ontario.

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THAT is a green bike lane - will it make a difference, will it make them safer?

News 100 blueBy Staff

November 6, 2014



Will we make the Guinness Book of Records for this – having the first green bike lanes in the province?

They are being installed this week at the intersections of Fairview Street and Guelph Line and Prospect Street and Guelph Line.

Green bike lanes

That’s not grass – that is green paint intended to help car drivers understand the road is to be shared and to let cyclists know it is safe for them to use the bike lanes.

The green bike lanes are intended to help highlight the bike lane portion of the road, reminding motorists and cyclists to be aware of each other and drive with caution.

This is especially important at intersections where cars must cross over the bike lane to make a right-hand turn.

The new road markings are being installed as part of the resurfacing project on Guelph Line and Fairview Street.

Robert Narejko, a former chair of the city’s Cycling Committee is delighted with the road colouring and said: “Bringing awareness to cycling issues is a positive step forward for the safety of all road users.

Narejko Rob-with-bikes

Rob Narejko, a former Cycling Committee chair looks forward to streets with green bike lanes.

“In our car centered culture, the green lanes will provide an ever present reminder of extremely vulnerable road users whose only protection is the vigilance of the car driver. Just as a cyclist wants to come home safely, no car driver wants the memory of clipping a cyclist causing injuries that may never heal.”
“The green lanes are a good addition to Burlington’s cycling infrastructure, helping its citizens, cyclists and drivers, feel safer on the road.”

Let’s see how the public takes to the new colour scheme – they are not going to be easy to miss.


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Burlingtonians take long drive awards - again. Samji and Lowe whack that golf ball!

SportsBy Rick Benoit

September 6, 2014

To some people, playing golf is fun, for some it’s business – yet they all say drive for show and putt for dough.
But to a long driver, it’s all about drive for show! A long driver has one goal in mind – hit the golf ball as far as you possibly can and make sure it stays within the boundaries or “grid” as it’s called.

Golf - Stephen Lowe

Stephen Lowe – winding it up.

The International Long Drive Challenge Canadian Long Drive Championships was held over labour day weekend in Port Rowan, Ontario at Starks Golf Course. Seems like an odd place to have a long drive event? However, the long drivers need a long flat hole about 450 yards wide with no obstructions in place, and therefore a golf hole works perfectly, and Starks generously donates all 9 holes for the weekend event.
The objective is simple. Each hitter gets 3 minutes and 6 balls and with a live DJ spinning the tunes in the background, the longest ball in the grid wins. This is the extreme of golf, the home run derby of golf some may say. PGA Tour players will average swing speeds in the 115-120mph range. The long drivers will swing higher than 130 mph. Some will shatter their clubs on impact, others have been known to break ribs while swinging. But ultimately, if you ask every golfer in the world everyone wants to hit the ball farther!

Blistery winds set the tone for some super hitting Aug 30 and 31st at the ILDC Canadian Long Drive Championships at Starks Golf Course in Port Rowan, Ontario. Ladies began the day with two time defending champion Fareen Samji of Burlington opening the day with a personal best 329 yards. ” There was a nice right to left breeze all day long and I worked really hard to get a draw swing going to have the wind help me a little and it paid off, ” said Samji of her incredible drive which was followed by sets of 317, 325 and 321.

In an interesting turn of events, youngster and newcomer Cory Ann Pond of Simcoe, a second year student at Georgian College defeated Lisa “longball” Vlooswyk of Calgary in the Semifinals with a drive of 325 yards. In the final set, Samji bombed a 321 yard drive to defeat Pond and become the 3 Time ILDC Canadian Women’s Long Drive Champion. Samji will once again represent Team Canada 1 at the International Team Finals in the Dominican Republic Nov 16-23rd.” I always enjoy hitting against Lisa and she is such a great competitor having won this event so many times ” says Samji. “It was nice to see Cory hitting the ball so well and let’s face it, she is 20 and I am 40 this year!  She kept me on my toes,” exclaimed the Burlingtonian Samji, who is a Pedorthist and very active in the Burlington community.

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Fareen Samji , a Burlingtonian swings for one of those really long drives

Port Rowan’s own Bill Stark began the seniors division ( over 45 ) on fire with a crushing 357 yards to make it to the final round. Contenders Ron Lampmans, Todd Herold and Stephen Lowe battled it out to see who would meet Stark in the finals and Burlington’s Stephen Lowe edged out Lampmans with 345 yards to get to the final round. The event is a double elimination knockout so Lowe had to beat Stark twice in the finals to defend his title. Lowe’s mental prowess prevailed and drives of 361 yards and 351 yards proved enough to beat Stark and become the 2 time ILDC Canadian Seniors Long Drive Champion.” It was a tough ride coming through the losers bracket, but I knew I had it in me, ” said Lowe. ” I have been working on tweaking a few things and some new equipment and it all just seemed to come together at the right time, ” said Lowe, a national accounts manager with PPG Industries.

GOLF far with trophy

Fareen Samji with her cup – she has taken this award before. Her next challenge is at the International level in November.

The day ended with an incredible display of power from the Men’s open division and Ottawa’s David Dahms set a grid record of 408 yards. The battle was on and drives of 370 yards were being eliminated! Niilo Schonfeld of Toronto was in fine form and got into the final round early with a 384 yard bomb. David Dahms of Ottawa and Connor Hadaway who both hit it over 400 yards several times during the day, battled it out with Hadaway edging out Dahms to meet Schonfeld in the finals. In the first final, Hadaway narrowly edged out Schonfeld by 5 yards to force a second set. However, Schonfeld came back with an incredible answer to Dahm’s record and set a new grid record of 412 yards with his sixth and final ball to claim the title as the new 2014 ILDC Canadian Men’s Long Drive Champion.

The top three men, the top senior and the top woman receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Dominican Republic to hit for the ILDC Team Canada 1 at the International Long Drive team finals Nov 16-23rd 2014. Lowe, Samji and Schonfeld were all Team Canada last year and are the defending champions in the team category and this year are looking forward to joining their team mates Hadaway and Dahms to regain their title.


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Six year old saved from drowning by fast acting adults.

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 29, 2014


It was the scare of a life time.

Shortly before 5 PM, the Halton Regional Police along with fire and ambulance responded to an address on Hereford Crescent in Burlington; a 6 year old child had been pulled unconscious from a swimming pool.

Swimming pool + childrenAdults at the home performed lifesaving efforts and successfully brought the child back to consciousness; she was transported to an area hospital for further evaluation.

The 6 year old child has been treated and released from hospital.  She is in apparent good health.

This incident, police remind the public, should serve as a reminder to the community that with the arrival of hot weather and swimming comes the need for constant vigilance of young children in or near the water.


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Four sports achievers inducted into the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame.

SportsBy Pepper Parr

May 29, 2014


On the night that the Montreal Canadiens were showing North  America that they really knew how to play the game by beating the New York Rangers 7-4 –  175 sports people took part in the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee event. (Two night later the Habs lost the game and the semi-final series.)

Mayor Rick Goldring presented a certificate with a pin from Council to Jesse Lumsden in recognition of his participation in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.  

The inductees were – Dr Frank Hayden,  Ken and Elaine Lake – long time track and field officials,  Jesse Lumsden – Olympic Bobsledder – former football player and Nelson grad and  Melanie McKay – Olympic Swimmer

Ken and Elaine Lake photo

Elaine and Ken Lake – tireless workers.

Elaine and Ken officiated in Edmonton at the World Outdoor Championships, at the Vancouver Commonwealth (1994), at the PAN AM Junior in Windsor, at the World Junior in Charlettown, and finally in Toronto at the 2012 World Athletics Deaf Championships.

At the NOC Level, Elaine served as Vice Chair for Human resources for six years, and when she left in 1992, she passed the position on to Ken. Both performances have been excellent and most of their  work is still applied today.  At the provincial Level, Elaine served as the Ontario Officials’ Council Chair for 1977 -78 while Ken covered the same position during 1984-85. In addition, Ken acted as OOC’s Vice Chair, Evaluator and Clinician, and member of the Provincial Test.

Lance Nethery – NHL Hockey Player – is currently CEO of the Cologne Sharks in the German Hockey League.  Centre Lance Nethery played 41 NHL games during the early ’80s. He was a fine goal scorer who put up impressive numbers in college, the minors, and European leagues.

The Toronto native scored 91 goals in four seasons at Cornell University. After scoring 32 times in 29 games, he was chosen 131st overall by the New York Rangers in 1977. He was named to the ECAC first all-star team twice and the second team once and was a two-time selection to NCAA east first all-American team.

During the 1979-80 season Nethery adjusted well to the pros by scoring 62 points for the New Have Nighthawks of the AHL. He was called up by the Rangers in 1980-81 and scored 23 points in 33 games but eventually lost out to centres Mike Rogers, Mark Pavelich, Mike Allison, and Robbie Ftorek.

Nethery began the 1981-82 season on Manhattan but was returned to the minors then traded to the Edmonton Oilers for veteran goalie Eddie Mio. He played three games in Edmonton but spent most of his time with the CHL’s Wichita Wind where he scored 35 goals in only 46 contests. He battled injuries in 1982-83 before joining the HC Davos club of Switzerland the next year. Nethery was a dominant scorer for his new club and led the Swiss League with 46 goals in 1985-86. He retired in 1988 after leading Davos to two Swiss Elite League championships.

Mayor Goldring added in a comment later that he and Lance are the same age – went to school together from Kindergarten or Grade 1 to Grade 13 – two Nelson Grads.   “We played on the same house league team when we were eight.  One of my more vivid memories is scoring my first goals in organized hockey with Lance being the first to congratulate me.”

Jesse Lumsden photo

Jesse Lumsden – set records that have yet to be broken.

 JESSE LUMSDEN: is a hometown boy who loved to play all kinds of sports.  But his passion was football and he was good – so good in fact that in 2004 this former McMaster Marauder was awarded the HEC CRIGHTON trophy recognizing the most outstanding collegiate football player in Canada.   In the same year Jesse was honoured by the CIS as not just the best football player in the country but the best university ATHLETE in the country.

Jesse followed in the footsteps of his father Neil who had an accomplished career at the University of Ottawa and ten remarkable years in the CFL.  2014 is a memorable year for this father-son team. Later this year Neil will be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame while his son is recognized now in his hometown as a member of the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame.

Jesse earned football prominence very early in his Nelson High School career.  He captained the 1999 Nelson Lords to an undefeated season, earning a trip to the Metro Bowl played in Toronto’s Skydome.  A clear underdog, Nelson defeated a bigger and much older Toronto Central Tech team to win the provincial title. This gifted running back was named the game’s MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD and a Greater Toronto Area All-Star.

 Heavily recruited, Jesse selected McMaster where he made an immediate impact.  He electrified spectators (and coaches too) with his speed and elusiveness.  In his third year he broke the single season O.U.A. rushing mark gaining a remarkable 1497 yards and averaging 8.4 yards per carry.  He also tied the single season touchdown record with 20.  His sensational season earned the Nelson grad McMaster’s Male Athlete of the Year. In his senior season he continued to tear up the turf rushing for 1816 yards – averaging 10.2 yards per carry and establishing a record 21 touchdowns.  He was named OUA 1st Team All-Star and CIS All-Canadian and he repeated as Mac’s Athlete of the Year

As a young man Jesse dreamt about playing pro ball in the NFL.  Even though drafted in 2004 in the first round  by the Hamilton Tiger  Cats  he was drawn south of the border where he signed as a free agent with the NFL’s  Seattle Seahawks. The Cats hoped he would return to Tigertown. And he did.  Jesse had an incredible rookie season and earned a spot as an Eastern all-star.  Injuries short-circuited the talented young man’s six year CFL career.

This gifted athlete recently turned his athleticism to bobsledding. Recognized as one of the top brakemen in the world, the Nelson grad has twice worn the Canadian singlet on the world stage at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games.  Today we recognize his football talent and welcome “hometown hero” – Jesse Lumsden – to the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame.

 DR. FRANK HAYDEN: Frank Hayden had a high school named after him but before that he was a major moving force in the creation of what was first known as the Special Olympics.

 A pioneer sets out to explore and find new territory.  He/she must have vision but along with this rare quality must come perseverance, tenacity and diligence.  Dr. Frank Hayden displayed these qualities and much more in his quest to provide sporting opportunities for those who are developmentally disabled and intellectually challenged.

Hayden with Lt Governor

Frank Hayden with Ontario Lt Governor after receiving the Order of Ontario

In the early sixties, testing of children with intellectual disabilities revealed that they were only half as physically fit as their non-disabled peers.  It was assumed that their low fitness levels were a direct result of their disability.  Dr. Hayden questioned this assumption.  He conducted research which concluded that, given the opportunity, intellectually disabled people could become physically fit, and acquire the physical skills necessary to participate in sport. 

His belief and understanding led him to conceive the idea of Special Olympics, a national sports program for people with an intellectually disability.  His proposal was originally rejected by the Canadian government, however, his research became known to the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation in Washington D.C.  So he went to work with Eunice Kennedy Shriver for the next seven years.    Here he served as Director at the Kennedy Foundation and was the catalyst in establishing federal legislation to assist persons with a disability. 

He returned to Canada and worked to establish a similar program here.  Canada’s first games were held in Toronto in 1969 with 1400 athletes.   In 1975 and assumed the position of Director of the School of Physical Education and Athletics at McMaster.  From there Dr. Hayden persisted with his dream and established the Special Olympics Office of International Development , assisting with the growth of International programs from 15 to 50. 

His list of achievements and awards is remarkable.  Here are a few:  Honorary Member of the Canadian Olympic Association; Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999 and Order of Canada in 2000.  Also, he was recognized recently by the Halton Board of Education as the name of their newest and ‘state of the art’ secondary  school here in Burlington is Frank Hayden  High School.  Dr. Hayden legally incorporated “Special Olympics Inc.” and today the program provides training and competition for more than three million athletes in more than 170 countries. 

Olympic swimmer Melanie McKay was also recognized and inducted into the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame.  A biography of Ms McKay was not available.


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Entrepreneur of the year is whistling dixie – and expecting the referees to use his whistle to officiate the Staney Cup finals

SportsBy Pepper Parr

May 28, 2014

BURLINGTON, ON.    You have to understand Ron Foxcroft and his affinity with the world of sports.  He has been around every game that is played and while he can, on occasion,  get the ball in the basket – that isn’t what he is known for.


The whistle business all started on the floor of a basketball court.

Earlier in the week there was a need to talk with Ron Foxcroft – getting to him is not easy – he is on the go from just after seven to late into the evening most days.

But get through we did – and started our conversation asking if he had caught the game – that being the one where the Habs took a hockey game in the direction it was meant to go – 7-4 with a hat trick for the Canadiens too boot.  “Of course I got to the game – I had to rush out of the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame inductee event but I saw that game.”

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The Official Whistle of the NHL with a logoed edition for the Stanley Cup finals provided by a high school dropout who lives in Aldershot.

Fox40_SuperForce_NHL_WhistleThen he adds – “did you know that Foxcroft International made the whistles  – the logoed whistles for the NHL final?

No we did not know that – would you send us a picture?  And here it is.  Another Foxcroft product.

We chatted about the stupendous game goalie Dustin Tokarski is putting in as he stands between the pipes.  Of course we all know the kid used to play for the Hamilton Bulldogs – which at one point was owned by Ron Foxcroft.

What matters of course are those whistles – will they blow at the right time?  For the right team?

We will be watching the two remaining games and hopefully the cup – the Stanley Cup, will rest where it belongs – in the head office of the Le Club de Hockey Canadien.   It really should be at the Forum, just along St. Catherine Street in Montreal – half a block from the Toe Blake Tavern. 

That was a different era – but the hockey then was still the same – great!  Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Guy Lafleur – the dream goes on.

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Foxcroft on his own court.

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Burlington hosts Badminton Championships at Haber Recreational

SportsBy Staff; Photography by Oliver Hannak

April 25, 2014

BURLINGTON, ON. It was six days of solid competition during which the courts at the Haber Recreational Centre got a solid work out as more than 250 Masters level badminton players went after the Canadian Masters Badminton Championship.

Kumar - eye on the bird

Dave Kumar, head of the organizing committee that brought the badminton championships to Burlington keeps his eye on the birdie

The Canadian Masters Badminton Championships is an international event for Badminton players aged 35 and older. Badminton players were expected from at least 10 countries to compete in 10 age groups (+35, +40, +45 etc.). Previous Masters Championships have had more than 300 entrants representing more than 16 nations.

High jumper - badmintonBadminton - expected winner red jerseyBurlington showcased the event in its brand new state of the art Haber Recreational Centre.  The event is part of a planned badminton  sport awareness leading into the 2015 Pan Am Games to be held July 10–26, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Badminton - oriental lady reaching red shoesBadminton - great jump - leg upBadminton Canada’s mission is to be an innovative and highly respected sports organization that is the leader in contributing to badminton becoming the most successful racquet sport in Canada and the world by enabling Canadian athletes, coaches and officials of all ages, cultural background and skill level the opportunity to excel at badminton and in life.

Two woman crouching - badmintonKumar rushing the net - doublesDave Kumar, an unsuccessful candidate for municipal office in 2010, is a member of the Burlington Committee of Adjustment.

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Tyler Patzalek comes home – will catch for the Burlington Bandits and build on his Notre Dame achievements.

SportsBy Staff

April 20, 2014


The Bandits are bringing some strong local talent to the team – they recently announced their signing of ace Burlington native ball player Tyler Patzalak for the 2014 season.

Tyler, a three time IBL Champion with the Brantford Red Sox, returns to where it all began for him when he played in the BOMBA leagues.  Patzalek lead his Notre Dame High School baseball team to the Ontario (OFSAA) championship in 2008 and earned 3 team MVP awards during his high school career.

Patzalek Tyler - in crouch

Bandits liked Patzalek’s leadership and his athletic, aggressive style of play and see him as the first local talent they have on the team’

In 2010, Patzalek continued his baseball career at Maine University on a baseball scholarship. While at Maine Patzalek was honoured with conference player of the week awards several times over his 3 years at Maine and was named a second team All-Star for America East conference for his 2012 season.

During the past four summer seasons, Patzalek played for the Intercounty League’s Brantford Red Sox. From 2010 to 2013, he amassed 468 at bats and won 3 championships.

Patzalek now back in Burlington on a full-time basis, he is planting new baseball roots firmly in Burlington soil as an assistant coach with the BOMBA minor pee wee Bulls, as an instructor for BOMBA’s house league development program. Tyler has also been named Lead Instructor for the first Burlington Bandits Youth Baseball Camps taking place between July 14th and July 25th at Nelson Park.

“Tyler will be our starting catcher, but will see time at other positions as well. He is a very athletic, versatile player,” said Manager Kyle MacKinnon. Solid catching is a prerequisite for any good team. With Tyler Patzalek and Peter Bako (2009 Pittsburgh Pirates draft pick) sharing time at the position, we should be in great shape.”

Tyler Patzalek is one of the best players to come out of Burlington for many years. “We couldn’t be happier to have Tyler with the Bandits. I have known Tyler for many years and have followed his baseball career closely over the last seven years. We love his leadership and his athletic, aggressive style of play. The fact that he has won 3 league championships is a bonus. He will be able to convey to the younger players what it takes to win in this league,” said General Manager Craig Bedford.

President and owner Scott Robinson was thrilled with the signing. “Tyler Patzalek is one of the best players to come out of Burlington for many years. Going forward, we want the Bandits’ roster to include the best Burlington players available. Tyler is an important part of meeting that objective”.

The Bandits open their 2014 season on the road for a May 4th match up with the Toronto Maple Leafs. This newly heated rivalry will pit your Burlington Bandits against former team MVP Darryl Pui who was traded to Toronto in the off-season. Burlington will then return to Nelson Park on May 10th for the Bandits Home Opener. Tickets are available now online or by phone at 905-630-9036.

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Haber Recreation centre home to wheelchair basketball national championships.

SportsBy Staff

April 5, 2014

BURLINGTON, ON.  They play a very tough game.  While some of the players are dis-abled that doesn’t prevent them from playing a very tough, aggressive game of wheelchair basketball.

The three day Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) National Championship is taking place in Burlington at the Haber Recreation Centre which is part of the Alton Campus that includes a high school, public library and recreation centre in the one structure.

Burlington built the complex and planned on attracting national, provincial and regional teams to use the space that has eight courts.

At the end of the first day of competition four teams emerge unscathed. The BC Royals, Bulldogs de Quebec, Gladiateurs de Laval, and Alberta Northern Lights carry perfect 2-0 records into their quarter-final matches set for Saturday at the Haber Recreation Centre where twelve club teams are competing for the national title.

Participating athletes include past, present, and future members of Team Canada including local Burlington Vipers’ athlete Melanie Hawtin, of Oakville, Ont., who will soon represent Team Canada at the upcoming 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship June 20-28 in Toronto, Ont.  Joining Hawtin on the hardcourt are fellow Canadian National Women’s Team members Elaine Allard, of St. Eustache, Que. (playing for the Gladiateurs de Laval), Tamara Steeves of Mississauga, Ont. (playing for the Southern Ontario Suns), and Darda Sales of London, Ont. (representing the London Forest City Flyers). The hometown Vipers club also features London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist and Burlington native Brandon Wagner.

More controlling the ball

Doesn’t matter what the game is – the ball still has to be managed.

Shot on the net - elegant

It’s a long shot – a very long shot. Does it go in?

Intense look - short hair

It’s an intense game. Watching the play and maneuvering the wheel chair to be in position calls for skill, coordination and timing.

Four players around ball

Two players want the ball – while two watch to figure out where the ball is going to end up so they can make their moves.

Coach - intense

The coach is a vital part of the game. He doesn’t just stand on the sidelines – he directs and motivates.

Tightening up the straps

Equipment has to be maintained and in wheel chair basketball the equipment is a lot more complex for some players.

Woman moving up the side

That woman is just “smokin” as she moves up the side of the court – she played a very aggressive game.

Covering your player

Covering the player with the ball.

Chairs colliding

There are times in wheel chair basket ball when there are collisions. All of the players wear tape on their fingers to protect their hands.

Shot went in - elegant

That long shot – it did go in. The shooter looked a little surprised – the other players wear awestruck expression on their faces.

Burlington Gazette photographer Oliver Hannak was on hand Friday night to catch some of the action.  His photo essay follows:

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Champion wheel chair basket ball tournament at Haber Centre

News 100 redBy Staff

Photography by Oliver Hannak

April 4, 2014


Things didn’t get off to a great start for the Burlington Vipers – the team Brandon Wagner, Burlington’s Paralympian, plays on – but he will be back at it on Saturday taking part in the three day National Championship tournament at the Haber Recreational Centre.  The Burlington Vipers lost their first two gamesStruggling for the ball

Reaching for ballThe 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) National Championship takes place April 4-6, 2014 in Burlington and are sanctioned by Wheelchair Basketball Canada.

The event is being hosted by the Burlington Vipers in conjunction with the City of Burlington. These Championships are the first national event to take place at the Centre which was built for just this kind of thing. 

The place has eight courts where teams can play at the same time.  The building, brand new,  is squeaky clean with large plasma screen throughout the building.

Wheelchair basketball players do not have to be disabled – something I didn’t know.  When any player falls over in their chair – and with the way these men and women go at it – there are a lot of tumbles, they have to get up by themselves. Men and women do play on the same team.

Every player is ranked, which is a number assigned to a player based on their level of physical functionality.  It is basically a measure of their body trunk capability.  The players are ranked by professionals who have experience with disabled people.

There are five players on the court at any one time – and the total value of the players cannot be more than 15 points.  So a team that has some high ranking – a player is ranked between 1-5 and can be a 3.5 for example.

Woman arms raisedIf there are two players who have exceptional body trunk capability and they have ranks of 4.5 – nine of the 15 points available to the coach are taken up.

Off to a corner of the court two people sit at a table keeping a count of the points on the floor.  They know the ranking of each player and are adding up their rank values every time a new player rolls onto the court.

A players ranking can charge but that doesn’t happen very often.

The tournament runs Saturday and Sunday.  The schedule can be reached by clicking on the link.

Brandon Wagner is back on the court Saturday afternoon.

Background links:

Haber Recreational Centre deal put in place.

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Burlington Eagles are leaders on and off the ice; Mayor congratulates the team for their incredible food drive achievement.

By Pepper Parr

March 19, 2014


Mayor Goldring, talking as if the group of young boys were his own children, proudly told a city council meeting that the Burlington Eagles, part of Burlington’s City Rep Hockey League, had raised more than 38,000 pounds of food in the Gift of Giving Back food drive for 2013.

It was thumbs up from these guys – members of the Burlington Eagles Atom AA team being recognized at city hall.

The Eagles Atom AA team was honored at City Hall, certainly the first time any of them had been in the Council chamber where  each of the team members was given a certificate and had a group photograph taken – the typical type of thing the Mayor does on a regular basis.

But Monday evening it was a bit different – none of the boys were relatives; just a bunch of decent kids who were in the process of becoming citizens.  They played hockey and took part in projects where their time was used to help someone else.

And help they did.  On November 5 & 6, 2013 the Eagles along with their community partners, collected 273,571.06 lbs of food for beneficiaries. Filling shelves was important but more important for the city’s Mayor was teaching civic responsibility and the importance of giving back.

Daphne Jacques, part of Mayor Goldring’s  administrative staff,  explains to players on the Burlington Eagles Atom AA team, the drill they will follow when they are presented with their certificates by the Mayor for their incredible food drive results in 2013

Rick Goldring is a product of Burlington – everything about him has Burlington stamped on it.  He takes great pride in his city and when he has occasion to celebrate what his citizen’s do – he gets almost gushy.

Monday evening he had his picture taken with the boys and he said all the obligatory things – there was just a lot more “this is what Burlington is all about” in his comments than normal.

Of all the groups involved in the food drive the Eagles raised more than anyone else and the Mayor wanted everyone to know that.  He told the audience that Hockey Night In Canada had featured what the Gift of Giving Back is all about and that the tons of food was distributed to Carpenter Hospice, Halton Women’s Place, Partnership West and The Salvation Army.

Jean Longfield, the woman who started the annual drive nine years ago said “It was an incredible two days — unmatched anywhere in the nation.

Let’s not forget that the Eagle Atoms AA are heading for the Ontario Minor Hockey Association Championships as well.

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Won’t be long before we hear “Play ball” followed by the crack of a baseball bat – snow has to melt first.

By Staff

February 26, 2014


Perhaps it is part of an attempt to hustle up some warmer weather and if that’s 5the story – most people are grateful – we seem to have had our fill of winter.

The end to winter must be in sight – the Bandits have announced a Try Out camp.

The Burlington Bandits, members of the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL), have announced the hosting of open tryouts for their 2014 season on Sunday, March 16th from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at The Burloak Sports Centre on 952 Century Drive, Burlington.

You have to bring your own equipment – so get down to the basement and loosen up that glove and dust off the helmet.  This might be the time to get out and buy a new pair of batting gloves.  No metal spikes.

Drills to be conducted are pitching, hitting, fielding, timed base running and position-specific drills.

Tryouts are open to all 18 and over. Cost to register is $15.00 per player and will be accepted via certified check or cash the day of the tryout. Players must be registered prior to March 15th to receive $15.00 registration cost. Day of walk up registration is $20.00.

If you’ve got questions: contact Ryan Harrison at 905-630-9036.

To register, visit  and fill out the registration form under the team drop down. Looking for other ways to connect to the Bandits? Follow us on Twitter @iblbandits, and visit our Facebook page at

The Bandits will play 18 home games in 2014 at Nelson Park located off New Street in Burlington.  Season opener is May 4th with the home opener May 10th.

Background links:

Season opens May 4th – home opener May 10th

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Half Chilly Marathon will be “chilly” this year. Race takes place Sunday, Lakeshore Road closed for part of the day.

By Pepper Parr

February 25th, 2104


After a month or so of significant turmoil and the introducing of a new named sponsor the Chilly Half Marathon and the Frosty 5k gear up for an event that draws thousands to the city. 

Sunday March 2nd, runners who have been training for some time – thousands of them –  will gather at the starting gate and get ready to run in what just might be a genuine “Chilly” half marathon race this year

The event does close down large portion of Lakeshore Road just the way the Santa Clause parade closes down New Street. 

There are a number of races in the city with most being organized by Kelly Arnott who is one of those people who just does things and is always on the go.

Each day is non-stop for Kelly Arnott.  One of her local sponsors – Discovery Ford provides a vehicle.

She is a born salesman – Kelly just gets out there and makes things happen.  There are those who wish she weren’t quite as active, perhaps a little less frenetic, maybe not have quite as many ideas.  You might as well expect the tide to stop raising the level of the water.  Kelly Arnott is a force – she just does stuff.

After working with her Dad in the shoe business, Arnott struck out on her own and opened a high-end fashion shoe store in the Village Square and things at Sabrina were pretty good until the recession in the 80’s which took the bottom out of almost everything retail.

Before experiencing the downturn Kelly and her husband Mark thought about using the second floor of the store they ran to sell running shoes.   Dianne Hogarth designed the store for them and suddenly they were in another line of business driven to a large degree by Mark’s new interest in running; this at a time when running wasn’t the sport it is today.

Village Runner was one of the early athletic footwear retail outlets, long before the franchise operations came along.  If you run a retail outlet selling running shoes you quickly get into operating races – and thus was born VRPro.

The Arnott’s have organized a lot of races.  Part of their income is derived from working as Race organizers for others.  They do the Yorkville Race in Toronto, which is one of the fastest in the country. There was the Downtown Dash, there was the better forgotten Goose Goo, and there was the Triathlon to raise funds for the Carpenter Hospice.  

Carolyn Wallace and her Easter Seals campaign has had a race, the Lions have had a race.  Portions of Brant Street get closed down for the Amazing Bed Race

There were races known as the Tim Horton series, and the very early Run for the Cure – before CIBC became the title sponsor.

Race sponsorships come and go.  Corporations will decide that an athletic event will serve their marketing objectives very well and they get behind an event and put their marketing dollars on the line.

Tim Hortons was part of the event – now Trillium College is the title sponsor.  There are still dozens of other local sponsors involved.

The Chilly Half Marathon and Frosty 5k takes place three weeks before the Race around the Bay – another event that draws people to our part of the province.

Running races is all about organization and working with all the interests in the community.  There was one race where there was a fist fight that police had to break up.  One of the early Arnott races had her busing runners to Oakville for a run back to Burlington: “that was a disaster” adds Arnott who tends to be quite open about what works and what doesn’t work.

All the difficulties – and when something different is done, there are difficulties,  don’t detract from the fact that Kelly Arnott have raised millions and introduced tens of thousands of people to Burlington.

With the 2014 Half Chilly Marathon and the Frosty 5k just days away Arnott scurries about getting the details covered off.  Registration will be lower in 2014 –”the publicity surrounding the race a couple of months ago didn’t help”, explains Arnott, “but the biggest reason is the weather.  It has been too cold for runners to get out and practice”.

There are some people who will need access to Lakeshore Road from the streets that run south – there is a help line to get in touch with the people who can help resolve the problem.  Call Jessica at 905-220-1785.  She is there to help.  If you don’t get the help you expected write us – we want to know abut that.

The number will come in close to 3000 people which is certainly respectable enough.  The race route is now an established Lakeshore Road event.  Arnott explains that there are 375 homes south of Lakeshore Road – that seems a little on the low side.  The race does disrupt traffic patterns – there is no arguing that point, but for the people who do live south of Lakeshore Road – they know when the event is taking place and they can make other plans.

Race participants do pay a fee and detractors are quick to add up the numbers and decide that the Arnott’s are earning a pile of money – and the actual revenue is decent.  It’s the expenses that chip away at that revenue.  Each runner gets a sweater – and they aren’t cheap, beer tickets, and of course that Tim Horton’s Chilli

Kelly Arnott displaying on of the female  sweaters that race runners are given.

Kelly can run anyone who cares to listen through the list of how much her organization pays out to community organization.  $7500 to the Performing Arts Centre for the use of their space more than she likes paying to the Regional police for security and traffic control, to say nothing of the tens of thousands of dollars that gets spent in the city as a result of the race.

Could the race be run somewhere else – sure it could but why would you move a significant event off one of the nicest roads in the city?  There was the suggestion that the race be run through the industrial parts of the city – which one didn’t go down very well when it was brought up at a city council meeting.

City council understood the value of the event to its retail and hospitality sectors and got behind the event to ensure it remained on Lakeshore Road.  During the debate over the race route Burlington saw a level of pettiness that didn’t reflect well on what most people think the city is all about.

These things happen.

Background Links:

Half Chilly marathon route a city council issue.

Residents get a hearing on the marathon route, don’t get any satisfaction.

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Bandits will open their season in Toronto May 4th – home opener against the Hamilton Cadinals May 10th

By Staff

February 19, 2014


We won’t know until next Spring if these four are true heavy hitters but the Burlington Bandits who have been on a bit of a roll when it comes to signing up players announced that Jordan Boston, Kyle Bolton, Dylan Perego and Evan DiMichele have been signed to the team for the 23014 season.

Part of the 2014 lineup for the Burlington Bandits: from left to right Kyle Bolton, Dylan Perego, Evan DiMichele and Jordan Boston

Boston comes into his first season with the Bandits after a collegiate career with Alcorn State in Alabama. The 6’2”, 205 pound player from Brampton, ON previously played with the Ontario Blue Jays and Team Ontario in the Premier Baseball League on Ontario. Most impressive was his time with the prestigious Junior National Team in 2009 and 2010.

Bolton, a right-handed pitcher from Burlington, ON is returning for his fourth season with the Bandits. In 2013 with the Bandits, Bolton had an ERA of 8.62 in 14 games.

Perego, a right-handed pitcher from Waterdown, ON will join the Bandits for his second season. In his debut season with the Bandits in 2013, Perego had an ERA of 4.54 in 14 games.

DiMichele, also a right-handed pitcher from Oakville, ON returns for his second season with the Bandits after joining the team in 2013. Last season, DiMichele had an ERA of 5.79 in 16 games.

The Burlington Bandits season opens on the road when they visit Toronto on May 4th.

The club will then return home the following weekend for their home opener on Saturday, May 10th versus the Hamilton Cardinals; game time 1:00pm.

Season and individual tickets are on sale now! For more information about these signings or how to purchase tickets, contact the Bandits at or 905-634-3725.

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Dennison finds an easy $12 million – Mayor says its a cash grab. Is the golf course a city asset in play?

By Pepper Parr

February 19, 2014


You can`t fault Councillor Jack Dennison for trying – and try he does.  During a Standing Committee last week when discussions on the capital projects the city will take on in 2014 as they spend the $67 million plus that council is expected to approve Tuesday evening, Dennison felt there were opportunities that were being missed and wanted the city to consider selling the Tyandaga Golf course property.

Ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison always has an eye open for an economic opportunity – sees a great one for the city: sell the golf course.

“This isn’t a business we should be in” Dennison commented, echoing remarks city manager Jeff Fielding had made more than a year ago.  While Tyandaga is currently running at a bit of a profit that was not the case a couple of years ago.  At that time the golf course juggled its business model and tightened up its management practices and the profit and loss statement began to look better.

Dennison just doesn`t think the city should be in the golf course business and pointed to the “40 golf courses” in the surrounding communities – that number might be a stretch, but Burlington certainly has its share of golf clubs that are a 15 minute drive from the downtown core.  Should the city be in a losing business when there are plenty of very good private golf clubs in the community?

Ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison sees 200 homes on the Tyandaga golf course property and thinks the Catholic Diocese property that front on Brant Street could be made a part of the project as well.

Dennison saw the 110 acre Tyandaga property as prime residential development land and talked of being able to get something between $12 and $18 million for the land alone.  He added to that the immense development charges that would accrue to the city and then the tax assessment which he pegged at $200 million.

Dennison told his colleagues that the property had 33 acres of land that could be developed and because of the location he saw at least six houses on each acre getting pretty close to 200 homes on a prime site that would have 76 acres of parkland.

Before we knew it Dennison had $1.6 million in additional tax revenue in the city’s coffers.

Councillor Dennison saw an easy $1.6 million in taxes from golf course- will he be on Council to see it happen?The golf course wants to spend $150,000 this year on upgrading parts of the golf course – Dennison wanted to defer that spending while the city took a closer look at the property and the opportunity he felt it offered.

The rest of Council wasn’t as gung-ho as Dennison.  They Mayor said it looked like a “cash grab” to him but didn’t explain what was wrong with wringing cash out of an underperforming asset.

The rest of Council didn’t get very excited either.  Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven was delayed in getting to the Standing Committee meeting and missed a discussion that would have taken a major public recreational service off his plate.

Councillor Sharman took the high road and said the selling of the golf course had to be looked at in a “broader context” but didn’t elaborate on what that meant other than to say that the city was “not ready for the discussion”.

Councillor Meed Ward piped in with her view that adding residential assessment isn’t always a good deal for the city.  “For every dollar of tax revenue we pull from residential properties we end up, over time, spending a $1.40  Dennison came back with “that argument doesn’t really hold all that well”.

Council needed some input on just what the planned spending on the golf course was for and called Director of Parks and Recreation Chris Glenn to the podium.  Odd as it may sound Glenn wasn’t able to say just how many golf courses there were in Burlington, nor could a member of his staff come up with a solid number.

Parks and Recreation department not sure just how many golf courses the city has.Were anyone to ask a privately operated golf course what their competition was you would expect them to tell you exactly how many competitors they had and be able to tell you which were their closest competitors in terms of course usage and revenue.  The mindset of the private sector is a lot different from the mindset of the public sector where the renewal of an asset is based on a chart or a schedule that dictates when an asset has to be renewed.  The private sector operator would wring every possible nickel out of a piece of equipment.  Any expenditure comes out of the bottom line which tends to be the owners pockets.

Glenn explained what the $150,000 was going to be used for – and added that it wasn’t really a capital expenditure from the city’s point of view – the expenditures were going to come out of reserves the golf course had in place.

For Dennison it was an opportunity that was being missed; he wanted to see the asset being used in a much different way.  He didn’t manage to convince his colleagues to go along with him – the motion to defer the item was lost on a 4-2 vote.  But Dennison did manage to plant a seed – the city manager is way ahead of him on this one. When city council decides what businesses it wants to be in – the golf course business is not likely to be one of them.

Another question is: will Jack Dennison be on Council to see this kind of development take place.

At the Tuesday evening Council meeting the Capital budget was approved for 2014.  There are loads of items in the longer term capital budget that will be getting a much different look during the year.  City hall will begin the process of totally recasting capital expenditures as it reorients itself to its new financial reality.  Among the projects in that capital budget that will be getting a closer look are the railway underpasses on Mainway and Burloak – neither is going anywhere in 2014 – both will be getting a closer look as the longer term capital budget gets its remake.

On the books for the 2015 to 2023 capital spending is a massive $494,012,195 in capital spending.  City manager Jeff Fielding looked at the cookie jar and knew pretty quickly that the number wasn’t possible – thus the decision to totally recast what we want to do, what we have to do and what we can do in the way of capital spending for the next 15 years.  

Lori Jivan, on the right, Acting coordinator budget and policy with the city explains the 2014 budget at a public meeting.

With the capital budget of $67,973,902 nailed down – let’s look at where the money is going to come from:  Lori Jivan, Acting coordinator budget and policy  explains:

External other: These are monies the city gets from other place, could be the provincial government, the Region or some other municipality we are doing a joint project with.  If  Tremaine Road was having work done on it – because it is our border with Oakville they might be paying part of the cost.  We pick up $10,089,000 from this source.

Debt:  We sometimes decide to borrow money to pay for a capital project.  This year the city projects they will borrow $6,903,000

Cash from the current budget:  This is tax revenue – money the city collects as taxes.  A portion of the tax money gets pushed into the Capital account.  For 2014 they are moving $16,684,000 into capital expenditures

IRRF – this is the Infrastructure Recover Fund which amount to $2.000.000 the city gets from Burlington Hydro.  It comes to the city from Hydro as a dividend which the city places in the Infrastructure Recovery account.  $2,000,000

SCD: Special Circumstances Debt.  This is an estimate of the amount of debt the city will have to take on for special project – one time situations that might get taken on.  The Performing Arts Centre is an example of a one time Special debt.

FGT:  Federal Gas Tax. The portion of the federal gas tax that the city receives.  For 2014 that is set at $4.774,000

Provincial Gas Tax  PGT: The portion of the provincial gas tax the city receives.  For 2014 that is set as $850,000.

Reserve funds will be used with $20,648,000 coming from the development charge reserve and $5,027,00 coming from what the city calls “other”.

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7 parks – 7 perks; no Hoopla New Years Eve: Conservation closes everything except Glen Eden – they lower some prices.

December 29, 2013

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON.   Darn – it was a good idea – it’s still a good idea but it isn’t going to happen for 2014

The New Year’s Eve Hoopla held at the Mountsberg Conservation Area has been cancelled.

All Conservation area parks – except for Glen Eden – are closed until January 2 due to damage from the ice storm.

Time to look for something else to do on the eve of the New Year.

Silent solitude – snow on snow. Why would anyone want to leave this for Florida?

The good news from the Conservation people is that the fees for 2014 which includes annual memberships, daily fees, group camping and picnic rentals and fees for education programs at Crawford Lake and Mountsberg Conservation Areas.

The price of a Halton Parks individual membership is being reduced from $90 to $50; while the Halton Parks family membership remains at $115 (plus HST).

The other notable fee change will see Daily Entrance fees at the recreation parks (Hilton Falls, Kelso, Mt. Nemo and Rattlesnake Point Conservation Areas) increase by 25 cents across all categories.

The rates at the Education Parks, Crawford Lake and Mountsberg, are staying the same – $7.50 Adult, $6.50 Seniors and $5 for Children.

The Conservation Authority has taken on some marketing expertise and come up with a catchy new marketing name: 7 Parks, 7 Perks

There are two types of Halton Parks Memberships available, individual and family, with discounted pricing of 15 per cent off the rates available for Seniors age 65 years and over. A family membership will admit all the people in the vehicle who are traveling with the family membership holder. Your Halton Parks Membership includes the following perks:

  1. Special member-only invitations and discounts for select Conservation Halton lectures, workshops, and events
  2. One complimentary Friends and Neighbours special day pass for you to share
  3. 15% discount at Mountsberg and Crawford Lake gift shops
  4. 15% discount for rentals, including boats, skis, snowboards, and snowshoes
  5. 15% discount for camping and picnicking sites
  6. Monthly eNewsletter and eBlasts
  7. One complimentary 2-for-1 lift ticket to Glen Eden.

It’s there – out at the edge of the horizon – the CN Tower.

And that is about as much as you ever wanted to know about the parks the Conservation Authority operates.  For people new to Burlington – a trip to Mt. Nemo and a walk up to the lookout where you gaze east and realize that you are higher off the ground that the top of the CN Tower which can be clearly seen.  It’s worth the couple of bucks the ask for at the gate.

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