Life is getting closer to normal now that we are in Step 3 of the ReOpen plan

By Alexandra Vanquest
July 19th, 2021
BURLINGTON, ON

After months of lockdown and restrictive measures, there is at last some good news for Ontario residents.

The province has moved into Step 3 of the Road to Reopen plan five days earlier than expected.

The new chief medical officer of health confirmed the news to reporters last week, saying that the acceleration of the timetable was, in large part, due to the large number of local citizens who are putting themselves forward daily to get vaccinated.

Step 3 of the plan has two main objectives – to expand what can happen in an indoor setting and to further expand outdoor activities.

Among the new changes for indoor locations:

• Up to 25 people at a time can attend indoor gatherings and public events;

Spaced out to meet social distancing requirements – people are now able to get out for an indoors meal.

• Indoor dining is now permitted with no capacity limits other than the proviso that tables should be at least two metres apart;

• More people are now allowed to attend religious services like weddings, funerals, and christenings;

• Indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities can operate at up to 50% capacity (with spectators capped at 1,000 people);

• Similarly, concert venues, theatres and cinemas can operate up to 50% capacity (up to the same limits); and

• Nightclubs and other places of entertainment can operate up to 25% capacity, with up to a maximum of 250 attendees allowed.

Outdoor locations are also opening up.

• With limited exceptions, up to 100 people can attend outside gatherings and organised events;

• Outdoor sporting and recreational facilities are now capped at up to 75% of the approved capacity, or 15,000 people, whichever is the lower;

• Casinos, museums, aquariums, galleries, fairs, and amusement parks are capped at 75% capacity or a maximum of 5,000, (which is the lower) for unseated events. In the case of mixed seating events, the crowd limit is revised upwards to 15,000 people.

Online casinos have always been available and are becoming more and more popular. You gamble when and where you want.

Of course, those interested in playing online are not limited to visiting physical casinos. There are many online versions available and some of the newest online casinos in Canada are listed here.

Provincial officials have confirmed that masks and face coverings will still be mandatory for indoor public events during Step 3, and that masks will be required in some public settings along with the observation of other public health protocols.

Getting to the 80% vaccinated level is what it will take to open things up even more.

Even where it is not obligatory, people will still be encouraged to wear masks over the coming months to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus.

It is expected that Ontario will remain at Step 3 for at least 21 days, and until at least 80% of those eligible – currently all those aged 12 and older – have received at least one anti-Covid vaccination and 75% have received two jabs.

If those targets can be met, then the provincial government has indicated that it is prepared to remove the majority of the remaining health and workplace safety measures, including lifting the capacity limits for both indoor and outdoor events.

Many Ontarians, fed-up with more than a year of restrictions on personal freedoms, will have their fingers crossed these thresholds can be met, and that life can finally get back to some sort of normal.

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The Babes deliver - again

graphic community 3By Staff

July 14th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Burlington Food Bank has a number of groups that are consistent supporters both in terms of help and sending dollars.

Earlier this week, Robin Bailey met with the Babes who presented him with a cheque for $240.

Daniel (Dover) Forsyth who took first prize in our regular season (Burlington Old Timers Hockey Club) BOHC hockey pool and asked BOHC to arrange for his winnings to be split between the Club’s favourite charities.

The Hospice and the Food Bank – a 50/50 split.

Bowser Babes

Shown are Suzanne, Robin, Tanje and Johanne from the BOWSER Babes. Someone got sloppy with the masking protocol.

Here’s hoping your broken ankle heals well Johanne! All fingers are crossed that vaccinations in Burlington increase so that we reach the numbers needed to be able to open up hockey for the Fall.

BOWSER is a big part of the community aspect of the club donating their time at the arenas during the hockey season. Thanks Babes and Thanks Dan!

Rumour has it the Club in return for the generous donation provided Dan with one get-out-of-the-penalty-box for free cards.

If you are in need or know of someone who could use our help, PLEASE have them email us at info@burlingtonfoodbank.ca or call 905-637-2273 to make arrangements to have food dropped at their door or make arrangements to pick it up through our curb-side pickup option. If you are a resident in Burlington, we are all here to help. Don’t struggle – give us a call.

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New items added to the City's Lending Library program - courtesy Tim Hortons

News 100 blueBy Staff

July 12th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

More play equipment available to borrow through the Lending Library, thanks to donation from Tim Hortons
Burlington residents can now borrow more play equipment from the City’s Lending Library program, located at Brant Hills Community Centre at 2255 Brant St.

Thanks to a donation from Tim Hortons, the City was able to purchase more equipment, so now more families can play together, get outside and try new activities.

The play equipment is available to borrow for free (with a credit card deposit) for a one-week period. Equipment bookings can only be made online. Pick up and drop off is located at the east entrance, through Duncaster Drive. All items are disinfected between each use.

Bikes and Pickle Ball equipment can be picked up at the Seniors’ Centre

For a complete list of play equipment available to borrow, visit online reservations. Check the website regularly as new items are frequently being added.

Examples of equipment to borrow:

Play lend scope

A telescope is expensive – before buying one you might want to borrow what the city has in its Lending Library.

• Archery set
• Beginners astronomy kit
• Bird watching kit
• Giant outdoor matching game
• Large Connect 4 game
• Lawn darts
• Portable practice target net
• Stilts set
• Bikes, including a three-wheeled bicycle

For more information on the Lending Library program, visit burlington.ca/playlending.

Link to the site showing what is available is HERE

 

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Traffic will be a bit slower on Walkers Line north of Britannia - bridge being replaced.

News 100 greenBy Staff

July 12th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

For the cyclists that use Walkers Line there is a reward while they wait for the construction work to be completed. Work has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of August.

The Bridge Replacement work being done on Walkers Line 1.7 km north of Britannia Road will result in a new bridge width of 1.5 metre on each side.

Bridge work will be staged, west side then east side. Roadway will be reduced to one lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal.

The new bridge will meet the high water demands from heavy rainfall events and will be constructed with an upgraded traffic barrier and railings.

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Terry Fox T-shirts available later this month

News 100 yellowBy Staff

July 8th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On Tuesday the 13th, a group of people will gather at the Terry Fox Mile Marker, then off to Crème de la Crème for an ice cream as a reward for completing a run that started in June.

terry Fox 2021 T shirts

The T shirts for 2021 have an Indigenous theme. They will have over 200 T shirts in all sizes later this month. Again this year $20 for adult and $15 for kids. Sizes 6X, 10 in kids and S, M, L, XL and XXL for adults – unisex.

Their objective was to walk, run, hike or bike to accumulate a total of more than the 3582 km Terry had run when he went through the city.

The 12 or so team members had a financial target of $5000. At this point they have raised over $4200.

Burlington has always been Terry’s town.

The annual run, which usually takes place in September, may have to be virtual again this year. The rules the province puts in place are not as clear as they need to be for the Terry Fox group to do the planning that has to be done.

Last year the run was virtual – and they set a new total in donations.

For those who might want to push the team over the top of their $5000 target go HERE

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Stay close to shore when using a flotation device

News 100 redBy Staff

June 30th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They look like fun and they are fun – only if used wisely.

floatie

These were not meant for use more than 25 yards offshore.

The Halton Regional Police, along with local marine rescue partners, have been experiencing a large volume of persons swimming in Lake Ontario on beach toys (also known as “Floaties”).

While perfectly fun to enjoy close to shore – the Marine Unit has rescued numerous persons who have drifted kilometers off shore in water that could cause hypothermia.

Hypothermia can be dangerous as it may lead to drowning.

Marine 1

This Marine Unit craft can move at quite a clip but they really don’t want to find you floating around some distance from the shore line.

The Marine Unit would like to suggest that if you are going out on the lake on one of these toys, wear a personal flotation device, stay close shore and watch the wave and wind conditions.

Have fun, and please stay safe!

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Lawmakers look to reverse banning sports betting in Canada

sportsgold 100x100By Nicholas Jerome

June 18th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The worldwide sports betting industry is huge, to say the least. To countries such as the UK, it is worth an estimated £14 billion a year to their economy. The explosion of online betting, as well as gambling in online casinos over the last decade or so, has only led to an increase in the popularity of sports betting. That is unless you are a resident in Canada.

hockey players

Betting on individual games is not possible at this point in time.

Where sports betting is concerned, Canada seemed to be left in somewhat of a time warp: lawmakers refusing to allow the country to follow where the rest of the world was heading. The criminal code of Canada meant that it was illegal to bet on single events in the country.

This left Canadians unable to bet on their favorite sports unless they turned to unregulated markets. As we are half way through 2021, is this something that is about to change?

It’s been a long road

Those in Canada have long sought changes to the law surrounding sports betting. For sports fans, the appeal was obvious, but for politicians and those in power, there were also clear indications of how such a change could benefit the economy. The last major change to betting laws in Canada came way back in 1985 and have long needed an overhaul.

House of Comm

The federal government level changes the Criminal Code.

There have been regular attempts to have gambling laws reviewed and to open the world of sports betting to residents in Canada with some already on the lookout for a bet365 bonus code. Each time there has been an insurmountable hurdle. With no specific laws against match-fixing, betting on single events remained a concern for lawmakers and posed issues when reviewing the current betting laws.

Where Canada is now

November 2020 saw the introduction of Bill C-13 by the Liberal government. This bill sought to bring Canada into the present and open the future of sports betting. With the bill having had its first reading back in December 2020, Canada had hoped that the law would have seen a change before Christmas was upon us all.

The hope is that the bill will be revisited and passed, early in the new year. This would see new laws surrounding sports betting coming into effect in the spring of 2021.

Sports betting in Canada, 2021 and beyond

For sports and betting enthusiasts, the upcoming law change can only be a positive. The opportunity to participate in betting in a regulated market has long been sought by those in Canada.

gaming data

The data shows the impact gambling has on an economy.

The legalization of sports betting is also sure to draw a new crowd: rather than those who had risked a grey market for years, others are now sure to enter the world of betting. Preparing for, and harnessing, the growth in demand can only lead to a positive ripple effect through the Canadian economy.

With the deal being already done, 2021 will be a year that defines change and one that will be looked back on as truly groundbreaking.

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Nelson Pool and Splash Pads Closed Today and Sunday - operational issues

notices100x100By Staff

June 12th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Due to an unforeseen operational issue, Nelson Pool and Splash Park is closed Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Nelson swimming pool

Nelson Pool – opened just last year after a total re-build.

The Gazette got this notice shortly after 3 pm today.

No word on what the “operational” issue was.

The city asks that people who want to swim visit
burlington.ca/dropinandplay for swim times at Mountainside Pool and Splash Park, or burlington.ca/waterplay for park Splash Pad locations.

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That Park Experience - they are going to tell you what you can and can't do - they will be nice to you.

News 100 greenBy Staff

June 11th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The City of Burlington has many great parks, big and small, that residents and visitors enjoy throughout the year. From playgrounds and skate parks to large, green open or forested areas, there is a park for everyone.

Starting June 14, the City will be piloting the Park Customer Experience program. The Park Experience team will be in parks to educate, engage and communicate with residents and park users, with a customer service focus.

We encourage park visitors to have a conversation with a Park Experience team member – ask questions about City of Burlington projects and general City related inquiries, get help navigating our website with a tablet, or learn about City events happening in the community.

Park Experience staff are also happy to pass along a compliment or help direct an issue to the right City staff person.

The Park Experience team will be visiting parks around the city and will have an ongoing presence at some of the busier parks like Spencer Smith, Beachway, LaSalle, Burloak, Norton and Lowville parks, daily throughout the summer. All team members will carry identification and be wearing a blue golf shirt.

During a review of the changes Parks and Recreation wants to make,  now that the province is permitting municipalities to open up, a number of issues were identified.

Spencer Smith - empty

There are limits on how the park space can be used during this first phase of the Re-Opening.

Issues:

  • During the pandemic there has been an increase of residents’ passive use of parks year round
  • Pre-pandemic, Recreation, Community and Culture has consciously limited the number of bookings in parks, outside of sport fields, events, picnics and photography, so that parks are not over subscribed with organized groups and allow for passive use of residents
  • The province is entering step 1 of the Roadmap to Re-open adding additional park use in the parks for sport and fitness
    • Group size of 10, 3 m distancing
  • The additional passive use in the parks has already put pressure on parks maintenance – garbage pick ups, washroom servicing, adding use will add pressure to this current
  • Some parks are much busier than others especially all the lakefront parks
  • Some times of day are busier than others – weeknight and weekends

Options

The following options were considered:

Assumption: all options are only applicable while under Step 1 of the Province’s Roadmap to Re-Opening

  1. Do not permit fitness classes in parks and retain only passive resident use – no cost
  2. Allow for fitness classes in open spaces in select locations, in select parks, and at select times, and charge the appropriate approved rental rate – revenue generation
    • Council-approved rate
      • Not for Profit with the 20% rate reduction already approved by Council – $9.97/hour plus HST
      • Commercial with the 20% rate reduction already approved by Council – $14.51/hour plus HST
    • Limit to weekday use
    • No lake front parks
    • Not on sport fields because of wear and tear issues and existing permitted use
    • Similar to photography permit conditions, it is the responsibility of the permit holder and group to accommodate the community in the park and to work around the
  3. Allow for fitness classes as outlined in option 2 but at no charge – no cost
  4. Allow for fitness classes in all parks without limitations and charge the appropriate fee – revenue generation
    • Council-approved rate
      • Not for Profit with the 20% rate reduction already approved by Council – $9.97/hour plus HST
      • Commercial with the 20% rate reduction already approved by Council – $14.51/hour plus HST
  1. Allow for fitness classes in all parks without limitations at no charge – no cost

Option 2 was chosen by the Leadership Team and approved by the Standing Committee

Decision:

Permit fitness classes in open spaces in select locations, in select parks, and at select times, and charge the appropriate approved rental rate.

  • This decision supports:
    • Staff’s ability to quickly communicate and act on requests given the possibility Step 1 of the Province’s Roadmap to Re- Opening will transition to Step 2 in or around July 2nd.
    • Staff balancing locations and timings with the passive use of
    • Staff’s ability to monitor how many groups are in the parks, when and where through the permitting
    • Equity of treatment with other parties seeking permits to utilize park space

Enforcement:

  • No by-law enforcement is required as the Parks By-Law allows for this type of use
  • COVID compliance with step 1 will occur on a complaint basis, when and if staff are available to investigate
  • Sport Ambassadors and Park Experience staff will observe use, mitigate onsite issues and report and follow up with supervisors and if required staff may need to re-assess a park location and timing of the permit
  • The permit holder must comply with all the terms and conditions for facility rental contract (permit). Non- compliance could result in the termination of the
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Online casinos – no sign of wavering this year

sportsgold 100x100Sidney Adams

June 11th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

So much of life and leisure has moved online over the course of the last year. The coronavirus pandemic has shifted almost everything that possibly can be digitalized away from in-person and right on to the web – and gambling is no exception.

Some people have predicted that the vaccine rollout and the tentative easing of coronavirus restrictions might end up leading to a shift away from the institutions and places which have enjoyed a boost in success over the course of the pandemic. But the benefits of gambling and gaming online are clearly being felt – and there’s little sign of online casinos winding down any time soon. This article will delve into more detail about how and why this is the case.

The numbers

The evidence shows that online gambling is very much on the up. In-person casino firms have spent recent months making acquisitions that bolster their online gambling credentials: Caesars Entertainment, for example, has picked up the British firm William Hill in part in order to build out its web and mobile gambling provision.

In the UK, meanwhile, data from the Gambling Commission released during the early phase of the pandemic showed that those who were already gambling were upping their use of gambling services. Figures showed that just over two thirds of such people boosted either the amount of cash or time they spent gambling – suggesting that the established gambling community were firmly happy with the shift to online.

Privacy is key

PAID cryptocurrency graphic

Some online gambling sites are offering cryptocurrency deposit options which don’t have an ownership record.

It’s easy to see why online casinos remain so popular. For some, the privacy offered by being able to gamble at home is a real game-changer. And now that some online gambling sites are offering cryptocurrency deposit options which don’t have an ownership record thanks to their decentralized nature, it’s easier than ever to gamble in private.

It’s interesting to ask whether privacy concerns also exist with online gambling. However, the privacy concerns with online casinos are just different. While it’s possible that your Internet service provider or a government can track your online usage, it’s harder for your friends and family to get to know. And with services like browser history clearers or VPNs available, it’s possible to add extra security.

Ease of use

Online gambling sites are also easy to use, too. Once the requisite age and other checks have been performed, a gambler can get started with play straight away. With a physical casino, this isn’t the case – and depending on where you live, it can take even longer to get started if there’s a big distance involved.

And online casinos that you can find on sites such as Onlinecasinolistings.com can also offer the gamer another advantage – choice. Online casino games come jam-packed with all sorts of fun features and designs, and it’s possible to customize your online casino experience in a way that you can’t quite at an in-person gambling venue. In-person casinos might have a certain degree of excitement that a website can’t replicate – but they can’t offer the same sheer breadth of choice of table game, aesthetic or multimedia as a good online casino can.

Legal consequences?

Finally, it’s interesting to look at whether or not the increased shift towards online casinos – and the apparent staying power that they have – could have consequences when it comes to the law. In some parts of the world, countries still don’t have laws in favor of online gambling – and in some places, the practice is banned outright. Behind the scenes, many legislators and governors are working with stakeholders in their areas to unblock these sorts of logjams. But progress is slow.

PAID image online gambling

Online casinos are clearly now institutions.

Given that online casinos don’t appear to be going anywhere fast, some are starting to wonder whether the apparent permanence of the institutions within the gambling community might be enough to push governments into making pro-gambling decisions. This could well be the case when the fiscal side of things is considered: the more online gamblers there are, the more potential tax revenue there is for governments. However, it is likely that only time will tell whether governments will come around.

Ultimately, online casinos are clearly now institutions. A long pandemic year of having fun online rather than in-person has entrenched these sites as part of the gambling community’s fabric – and that doesn’t look like it’s going to go away. What the long term effects of this will be (especially when it comes to the legal and regulatory frameworks), however, is what remains to be seen.

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City hall sets out what they are changing now that the province has stepped into phase 1 of Re-opening.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

June 9th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

With the news that the public is about to leave the pandemic bondage we were put into most people focus on deciding where they will go to for their first drink in a public place in many months.

The people that toil away at city hall on our behalf now need to pivot once again and begin providing service to people directly.

The following is an Update on City services and outdoor facilities…

The City of will now open up more outdoor activities with smaller crowds where risk of transmission is lower. It will also allow more limited indoor settings to be open, all with restrictions in place.

Changes to City services and programs:

City Hall
City Hall will be open to the public for washroom access every weekend until Labour Day weekend. Washroom hours are: Fridays, 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Beginning Monday, June 14, the Service Burlington counter at City Hall, at 426 Brant St., will be open to the public to offer in-person payments for:
• Parking permits and tickets
• Property taxes
• Freedom of Information requests
• Garbage tags
• Dog licenses
• Property information requests
• Recreation services

The counter will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Service Burlington will continue to offer marriage licenses and commissioning services by appointment only. Please call Service Burlington at 905-335-7777 or start your booking online to schedule an appointment at burlington.ca/marriagelicences or burlington.ca/commissioning.

Anyone entering City Hall must wear a mask or face covering unless exempted from by the Mandatory Mask Bylaw. Residents are asked to bring and wear their own masks.

Payment methods accepted
Debit card payments and cheques are accepted for all payment types. Credit cards are accepted for all payment types except property taxes. If you would like to pay property taxes in cash, please visit your local bank to make the payment.

Customers are also welcome to use the drop box outside City Hall, located at the Locust Street entrance, to drop off cheque payments, letters, or small packages.

Transit terminal - John StreetBurlington Transit
Burlington Transit continues to operate on a modified schedule. For schedule and real-time bus information, visit myride.burlingtontransit.ca. Reduced Youth Summer passes and SPLIT passes are available to purchase at the Downtown Terminal, 430 John St.

Halton Court Services
In-person court administration counter services at 4085 Palladium Way are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. Telephone payments are available at 905-637-1274, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Many services are also available by email at burlingtoncourt@burlington.ca or online at Halton Court Services.

Patio Program
Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households, will be allowed. City staff have been installing sidewalk detours and patio set-up this week in support of local business owners under the City’s patio program. As long as public health measures allow, the patio program will run until Oct. 31, 2021.

Recreation Services, Parks, Amenities and Facilities

Sport Fields
Sport fields will open Saturday, June 12 for program user groups to hold skills and drills with a maximum of 10 people. Sport organizations will be contacted for scheduling.

Nelson-271x138Outdoor Pools
Nelson and Mountainside Pool and Splash Parks will open on Saturday, June 12 for lap swimming and drop-in recreational swims, including Tim Hortons Free Summer Swimming days throughout the summer, from June 19 to Sept. 6.

LaSalle Splash Park will open later in June.

For all outdoor pools, registration is required 25-hours in advance at burlington.ca/dropinandplay, and all participants must fill out the pre-screening form one-hour before their pool time at burlington.ca/screening.

Rec-Summer Swim Passes and 30-day lap swim passes can also be purchased at liveandplayburlington.ca
For more information on pools, visit burlington.ca/swimming.

Outdoor Adult Drop-in Programs
Outdoor adult drop-in programs for wellness and fitness will start June 28. Pre-registration is required at burlington.ca/dropinandplay.

Roads, Parks and Forestry
Services provided by the Roads, Parks and Forestry Department will continue as needed. Residents with questions or concerns can email RPF@burlington.ca or call 905-333-6166.

This is the province’s three-step plan to safely lift public health measures based on provincewide vaccination and infection rates.
As the provincewide vaccination rate and key public health and health care indicators improve, and City staff receives and reviews updated orders from the Province of Ontario and more details under its Roadmap to Reopen, we will continue to comply and keep you up-to-date on available City services and what can open while keeping City of Burlington staff and residents safe.

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Another parking fee - this time at LaSalle Park - you pay to park the vehicle you used to tow your boat to the public launch

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 2nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

Another parking fee – this time at LaSalle Park – you  pay to park the vehicle you used to tow your boat to the public launch.

The LaSalle Park Community Marina opened the public boat launch on June 1.

The same day the city began charging for parking.

truck towing boat

Trucks parked at LaSalle now have to pay for the parking.

New Parking Fees
Anyone parking their boat trailer at the LaSalle Park Community Marina or in the upper parking lot will now be required to pay a trailer parking fee. Trailer parking payments are required seven days a week, including holidays. It is a daily flat rate of $20 for trailer parking; there is no fee to use the public boat launch.

The parking lot has often had traffic flow problems caused by too many trailers and/or improper parking. The new paid parking requirements are intended to create more order in the lots, improve traffic flow and reduce frustrations.

Weather - LaSalle Park Marina

Public ramp – at a time when the water was high and the winter ice had done a lot of damage.

Residents and visitors can use the HonkMobile app or scan the QR code found on signage at the marina to search, pay for, and top-up parking payments directly from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

Dashboard tickets are not required as every payment is linked with a trailer licence plate number.

The Marina has 219 docking spaces and is protected by a floating wave break. The Burlington Sailing and Boating Club (BS&BC) and the Able Sail program offer sailing programs at the Marina. In addition, the City has a public boat launch at the Marina that is protected by the floating wave break.
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June is the Month of Play - Get Outside and Play.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

May 27th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

June is the Month of Play – Get Outside and Play.

That is the message coming out of city hall.

Heard in households across the city are the words: “ Can we go outside and play”

The terribly mixed messages coming from the province are being ignored. In Burlington most of the rules are being followed – some more responsibly than others.

Vaccination rates are climbing creating the sense that we are almost out of this aren’t we?

To kick off June, Mayor Meed Ward has proclaimed June as the Month of Play and the City of Burlington is encouraging residents to get outside, play, have fun, stay safe and be active with a variety of options.

First piece of summer cake at LaSalle Park

First piece of summer cake at LaSalle Park

Straight from the desk of the Mayor: “June is the time of year where the City’s parks, trails, outdoor pools, splash pads and events come to life. Being active is a powerful way for residents to maintain or improve mental and physical health. As we celebrate June as the Month of Play, we encouraged residents to get active indoors or outdoors and enjoy options the City offers, safely.”

Get Outside and Play Challenge
The Get Outside and Play Challenge begins on June 1 and continues until June 30. The Challenge is a fun way to learn more about Burlington while completing the activities.
• Download the app from burlington.ca/playoutside
• Search for the Get Outside and Play Challenge (Game code ZDB8GE)
• Create login as a family or a group

Let’s Fly a Kite – Presented by the Rocca Sisters Team
Let’s fly a kite on Father’s Day, June 20.
Together, let’s celebrate play and fill the sky with colour starting Father’s Day, June 20. This June, the City will be offering a limited supply of FREE Kite Kits to Burlington residents. Registration is required and will open on June 7, 2021. Learn more at burlington.ca/kitefestival.

family picnic

Picnics – with the weather we are having – great idea.

Recreation and Parks Month
June is also Recreation and Parks Month, so Parks and Recreation Ontario has provided a list of fun activities for everyone.
Splash Pads and City Outdoor Pools

The City has 9 splash pads, including a new splash pad location, Brant Hills Park Splash Pad 2300 Duncaster Dr. All splash pads are now open. For a list of locations, visit burlington.ca/outdoorplay.

LaSalle Splash Park and the outdoor pools, Mountainside Outdoor Pool and Splash Park and Nelson Pool and Splash Park are expected to open June 14, also pending Provincial regulations and public health restrictions.

Learn more at burlington.ca/waterplay.

Tim Hortons Free Summer Swimming

No snow? There are always swimming pools. Check out the available programs and register for a spot.

There are always swimming pools. Check out the available programs and register for a spot.

Tim Hortons Free Swims will be offered from June 19 to Sept. 5, 2021, pending Provincial regulations and public health restrictions. Registration will be required. Learn more at Burlington.ca/timsfreeswims.

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture might be beginning to think that he is close to being able to operate a normal recreation program and comes close to bursting when he says: “June is the month of play is a big kick-off to the summer. Everyone is eager to get outside and play, to explore our city and we’ve got so many great opportunities for families, individuals and people of all abilities.”

Links and Resources
burlington.ca/timsfreeswims
burlington.ca/waterplay
burlington.ca/playoutside
burlington.ca/kitefestival

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Registration for Summer Recreation Program Opens Online May 29

News 100 greenBy Staff

May 25th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

With the beginning of a return to normality the Parks and Recreation Department has announced that the summer recreation program online registration opens May 29.

Swimming pool + children

A focus on building confidence in the water.

The City of Burlington’s summer outdoor and virtual recreation programs for adults 19+ and adults 55+ will be open for online registration beginning May 29, 2021 at 9 a.m. Aquatic programs will open for online registration May 29, 2021 at 11 a.m. All programming is subject to provincial and public health restrictions.

Indoor programs for adults and swimming lessons will be offered once indoor recreation facilities are permitted to open in Stage 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopening.

For information on the programs, visit burlington.ca/recreation.

Adult 19+ and 55+
Two four-week session will run this summer from June 28 to July 23 and July 26 to Aug. 20. Programs will be one or two-hours in length. Additional workshops, socials and outdoor activities will be offered periodically between June 28 and Aug. 27.

Registration is required and will begin on May 29.

Programs include learning and discussion series, bridge lessons and play, group music lessons and jam sessions, arts, languages, fitness and wellness programs, and workshops and socials include Pickleball equipment demonstrations, lunch and listen socials in the park, and moving meditation workshops.

Swimming
Mini swim lessons will be offered starting June 14 at Mountainside and Nelson Outdoor Pool. Classes will be practicing physical distancing with a focus on drowning prevention and building confidence in the water.

Indoor lessons will be offered at Angela Coughlan, Tansley Woods and Aldershot Pools later this summer, when indoor recreation facilities are permitted open in Stage 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopening Plan.

Leadership Programs
In-person aquatic leadership courses will be offered at our outdoor pools beginning June 14 for National Lifeguard recertification, Airway Management and Standard First Aid recertification.

Register for Leadership programs at burlington.ca/swimming.

All programs are subject to change based on the latest Provincial public health measures, advice and restrictions for Burlington as we continue to respond to the pandemic.

Drop-in programs, including fitness, wellness, recreational, swimming, Tim Hortons free swims and lap swims, will be returning in June as well. Visit burlington.ca/dropinandplay.

Bistro Express Curbside Pickup
Order a delicious and nutritious home-style meal. Made fresh then frozen for convenient reheating at home. Open Monday to Friday for call-in ordering and curbside pickup at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre, 2285 New St.

Menu options, prices and detailed ordering instructions can be viewed online by visiting, burlington.ca/adult and clicking on “Bistro Express Curbside Pickup” or by calling 905-335-7888, ext. 6346.

TelePALS Call-in Programs
TelePALS is a free, over-the-phone discussion, social and learning program for all adults.
View the TelePALS schedule at burlington.ca/telepals.

Recreation Fee Assistance
Recreation Fee Assistance is funding made available to individuals or families who need help to pay for City of Burlington recreational programs.

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Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

For more information or to apply, visit burlington.ca/feeassistance. For more information, call 905-335-7600, ext. 8501 to leave a voice mail.

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture has had to run a department and programs that changed, daily at times. They would pivot only to find that the provincial rules changed and they had to pivot again. Glenn comments: “Our staff have worked hard to prepare a fun, exciting and safe set of summer and aquatic programs for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. View the programs online and register early. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to our programs.”

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People were out on the sports fields, tennis courts, golf links and the skate board park

sportsgold 100x100By Denis Gibbons

May 23rd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A sprinkle of rain failed to prevent Burlingtonians from accessing outdoor sports facilities on Saturday, the first day the provincial government opened them up following the most recent lockdown.

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Batter can see the ball – did he hit it?

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Watching the angle carefully.

The surprising thing is that the artificial turf football field and soccer field at Norton Park on Dundas Street was padlocked, forcing teen soccer players to hop over the fence to practice.

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A light warn up – before a game?

The splash pad at LaSalle Park also was not operating for some reason.

The starter at Millcroft Golf Club reported he had 300 tee times available and 248 of them were booked.

Recreational tennis and lessons took place at the Burlington Tennis Club on Drury Lane and there is still space available in summer camps.

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The tennis courts were kept busy -opening up the sports facilities was a smart move.

President John Kemp said the club took advantage of the lockdown to install new lights on three of its courts and erect a new practice wall with a new ground surface.

The club’s first pickleball court should be ready by July 1 and all tennis courts are due to be resurfaced either in the fall or spring.

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Golf courses were busy as well

At the elite Burlington Golf and Country Club, the Gazette’s roving photographer was asked to avoid taking a shot of a golfer teeing off because of a dress code violation.

It was not that the golfer was wearing shorts, rather his golf shirt was not tucked in.

What makes warm weather work for those who aren’t playing a sport?  The ice cream truck.

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When the music plays every child knows what’s coming.

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Outdoor Recreational Amenities can Reopen

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May 22nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Province has announced that outdoor recreational amenities can reopen as long as COVID measures are in place, beginning Saturday, May 22 at 12:01 a.m.

Now the city has to figure out which Parks and Recreation department programs can be made operational – again. This is perhaps the fourth pivot that department has had to make.

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You can kick the soccer ball around but can’t actually play a game – yet.

The things you will be able to do starting today include, but are not limited to, golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate parks.

Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people, which will allow these amenities to be used for up to five people, including with members of different households. All other public health and workplace safety measures under the province wide emergency brake remain in effect.

Changes to City services and programs:  Recreation Services, Parks, Amenities and Facilities
Outdoor Courts
Outdoor courts such as pickleball, basketball and tennis courts will be open Saturday, May 22. If there are people waiting to use the court, please keep your time to a maximum of 30-minutes. Masks are to be worn while waiting for your turn. For locations of outdoor courts, visit burlington.ca/outdoorplay.

Sport Fields
Grass sport fields will open for casual use such as throwing a ball, self-directed yoga, kicking a ball or flying a kite. Organized sports and recreational classes are not permitted. Groups of up to five people are allowed. Please make sure you stay 6 feet from anyone not in your household.

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The skate boarders will be out in droves this weekend.

Skate Parks
Skate parks will be open on Saturday, May 22. Please make sure you stay 6 feet from anyone not in your household. Wearing a mask is highly recommended.

City Park Washrooms
Most City park washrooms will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

LaSalle Community Park Marina
In partnership with the LaSalle Community Park Marina Association, the public boat launch is not ready to open yet and will remain closed until further notice. It will reopen once boats have been cleared from the lower parking lot.

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Open – but try getting a T time

Tyandaga Golf Course
Tyandaga Golf Course will open for play on Saturday, May 22 at 7 a.m. Book online at tyandagagolf.com or call 905-336-0006 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. starting today.

For a list of the Pickle Ball court locations CLICK HERE

Roads, Parks and Forestry
Services provided by the Roads, Parks and Forestry Department will continue as needed. Residents with questions or concerns can email RPF@burlington.ca or call 905-333-6166.

As the province wide vaccination rate and key public health and health care indicators improve, and City staff receives and reviews updated orders from the Province of Ontario and more details under its Roadmap to Reopen, the Parks people will continue to comply and keep you informed on available City services and what can open while keeping City of Burlington staff and residents safe.

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The Mayor wants to see everyone out and about – but following the guidelines.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward adds: “This is welcome news and something my fellow Mayors from all across Ontario have been advocating for throughout this present lockdown. We know healthcare and science experts have repeatedly stated that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in these activities is low, and the mental and physical benefits are high.

“With warmer weather upon us, I know Burlington residents will be thrilled with this announcement. I encourage our amazing community to enjoy these activities safely, as intended, with thoughtfulness and care so that we do not risk undoing the great progress we have made in the past month in both reducing new cases and steadily increasing vaccinations. Please avoid crowding over five people at a time, and be patient to wait your turn when other groups are using amenities. When using outdoor amenities, please also be courteous and thoughtful to those who are waiting so everyone can have a turn.”

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Different groups in the Beachway during the week - Moms with the kids and trades people getting it ready for the weekend

graphic community 3By Pepper Parr

May 20th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There were two groups active in the Beachway yesterday; one of them will be busy today and Friday getting that part of the city ready for the thousands that are expected to want to spend time on the sandy shores of Lake Ontario.

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New outdoor planking has been put in place around the Convenience Shack; public washrooms may not be ready for this weekend.

Contractors and maintenance people are beavering away to get washrooms set up, signs in place, and barriers where they are needed to keep people from putting their vehicles in the wrong places.

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Mom, the boys and a girl with a pail – heading for the lake.

Then there are the Moms – those we saw were driving pickup trucks and trundling down to the Beachway with their children in tow and all the stuff you need to play in the sand and enjoy the sunshine.

Then there was the couple; two people who have known Burlington most of their lives, who have found a quiet spot where they could sit side by side and enjoy the blessings.

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Listening to the silence and counting the blessings.

They were all their earlier this week; few of them will be there in the weekend.

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What electronic games do Canadians play most?

sportsgold 100x100By David Burke

May 6th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Nowadays, the choice of games that are available to players can satisfy everyone’s needs.

pic for Burke PAIDFrom shooters and sports games to puzzles and online slots, the worldwide market is full of options. And Canada being among the 10 biggest gaming markets in the world, let’s take a look at the most popular video games played in the Great White North.

Fortnite

When Fortnite was released in 2017, it took the world by storm. Canadian amateurs and professionals also flocked to this free-to-play battle royale video game. While Fortnite Battle Royale became a cultural phenomenon, there are two other modes that players can opt for, Fortnite: Save the World and Fortnite Creative.

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Online wagering has a growing market share. It appears to be what people are looking for.

Moreover, the game’s art style, gameplay, and progression system were well-received by the critics. Its popularity is further increased by various promotions like Fortnite-themed clothing, Fortnite-based Nerf blasters, and even Funko Pop! figurines, as well as the fact that it can be played on various platforms, including Microsoft Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and PS5, and Xbox One and Series X/S.

PlayerUnknown’s Battleground
Another multiplayer battle royale game that is popular in Canada is PlayerUnknown’s Battleground. Also known as PUBG, it is one of the best-selling and most-played games in the world. Available on iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Stadia, the game’s objective is to get rid of other players and be the last surviving player or team. The safe area is decreased over time, just like in Fortnite. While PUBG has been banned in certain countries like Pakistan and India for being too violent and addictive, it is widely available to Canadians.

Apex Legends
After the success that PUBG and Fortnite had, EA decided to try its hand in the battle royale arena as well. In 2019, Apex Legends was released on Windows, Xbox One, and PS4 to positive reviews. The Nintendo Switch version followed in March 2021 while Android and iOS versions are expected to be released in 2022. Playing in teams of two or three, participants look for weapons and supplies that will help them defeat their opponents.

Dota 2
In terms of online multiplayer battle arena games, Dota 2 is dominating the field despite the fact that it came out in 2013. Almost a decade later and Canadians are still crazy about this game. What is more, Dota 2 is very popular, although it is only available on Windows, Linux, and macOS. The game requires plenty of strategizing as the goal is to destroy the other team’s base, aka the Ancient. Each team consists of five players whose characters have unique skills and abilities that need to be used together in order to win.

League of Legends
Released in 2009 for Microsoft Windows, League of Legends is also a multiplayer online battle arena game that has gained a cult following. Since then, the macOS version was also released in 2013. Similar to Dota 2, there are two teams of five players that battle each other, collect experience points, and purchase items to defeat their opponents. League of Legends is often considered to be the largest e-sport on the planet, as there are 12 leagues on the international competitive scene.

Minecraft
Although released in 2011, Minecraft has consistently been among the most popular games of the past decade and is currently the best-selling video game of all time. This sandbox game lets players explore and build a blocky, pixelated world. Minecraft has a few game modes, including survival mode where players have to build shelters as well as survive mob attacks, falls, suffocation, drowning, starvation, and other events. Creative, adventure, spectator, and hardcore modes are also available.

Online casino games
In addition to classic video games, online casino games are also popular in Canada. And since there is a wide variety of out-of-the-state casinos in the country, it’s always advisable to look for review websites like CasinoTopsOnline that list the best online casinos in Canada. That way players can find not only reputable spots for playing but also a huge array of games available. From baccarat and roulette to live poker and online slots that come in various themes, Canadians turn to these games as they are not only fun but a way to earn some money as well. Plus, the winnings are not taxed.

Mahjong
On the other hand, there are also players looking for something more casual, which is why online Mahjong is also a popular game. The reasons are quite simple – it is free, it doesn’t require any special gaming equipment, and anyone with basic computer skills can play it. Based on the famous Chinese board game, there are different levels that allow players to progress and keep it interesting.

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Some of the Backgammon boards are works of art reflecting their long history.

Backgammon
Finally, backgammon is another game that has many fans in Canada. About 5,000 years old, this game has been adapted so that it can easily be played online for free. Strategizing is key to winning, no matter which version players choose. Furthermore, certain aspects of the game can be changed in order to suit the player. There is also the option of playing against the computer, which can help players hone their skills.

From MMORPGs through online casinos, and all the way to board games, Canadians enjoy all sorts of games. Did your favorite make the list?

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Cougars prospect camp dates are announced - first come, first served

sportsred 100x100By Staff

May 3rd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

No one is certain as to when the hockey season will start – but the Burlington Cougars are going ahead with their Player Prospect Camp.

The rules will be a little different: Covid19 protocols are in place and will be strictly adhered to.

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Showing the coaching staff what you have going for you when the skates are laced up.

The Player Prospect program has been a great success in recent years helping players to develop and showcase their on-ice skills with the assistance of the Burlington Cougars coaching staff.

Registration for the 2021 camp will be on a first-come first-serve basis if roster spots become limited due to COVID-19 guidelines. If registration(s) occur and you are unable to attend due to these circumstances and/or if we are limited in our capacities due to these guidelines, a 100% refund will be issued.

Please contact us directly if you have any specific questions or concerns. The health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and community are of the utmost importance to the Burlington Cougars organization and we are utilizing all resources at our disposal to be align with these strictures.


Summer 2021 Program Details

Friday, June 11, 2021: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, June 12, 2021: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, June 13, 2021: 11:00am – 12:30pm

All sessions will take place at Appleby Ice Centre in Burlington (1201 Appleby Line, Burlington, ON)


Registration

We are currently accepting registration and payment for our 2021 Prospect Camp. Please complete the forms below to initiate your registration. All registrants must complete the

Click here to complete the COVID-19 Questionnaire.

This form must be completed by each player prior to admission,  participants will have to complete this questionnaire each day.

 

Contact Burlington Cougars Head Coach and General Manager, Mark Jooris, for more information regarding the 2021 Burlington Cougars Prospect Camp – (905) 467-9119.

markjoorisburlingtoncougars@gmail.com

COST: Players – $367.25 ($325+HST)

Payment for Burlington Cougars Prospect Camp 2021 can be made by cheque or e-transfer. Cheques can be made payable to ‘Burlington Cougars.’ E-transfer payments can be sent to BurlingtonCougarsOJDL@gmail.com. You will receive a confirmation email once we process your payment.

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Why are Live Dealer Casinos So Popular?

sportsgold 100x100By Matthew Gorkin

May 3rd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

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You get to look the dealer in the eye.

The Rising Popularity of Live Casinos
They were somewhat of a novelty a few years ago, but live dealer games have now become a standard feature at online casinos.

While Evolution Gaming is still the marquee brand, live dealer providers like Ezugi, Authentic Gaming, Asia Gaming, and Pragmatic Play have been busy building their catalogs.

Games like blackjack and Roulette usually come to mind when people think about live casino games, but live dealer rooms at top online casinos feature a vast array of games. Poker fans are drawn to live games such as Caribbean Stud, Let It Ride, Casino Hold ‘Em, and Three Card Poker. Evolution Gaming has led the charge with an assortment of innovative game show games including Monopoly Live, Deal or No Deal Live, and Crazy Time. You’ll find Craps, Sic Bo, Andar Bahar, Teen Patti, and much more when you visit a top live casino. Believe it or not, you can also play live slots, lottery games, Bingo, and wheel games like Dream Catcher and Wheel of Fortune.

One reason for the live casino’s success is that it provides a truly authentic casino experience. Players feel like they are in a casino with other players and the professionally trained dealers. Live casinos also allow players to interact with the dealers and other players. This spices the live casino experience with a more sociable flavor that doesn’t exist when playing RNG games. On top of that, providers like Vivo support a variety of languages. You can find a dealer that speaks fluent Spanish, Chinese, French, Turkish, and more.

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She is with you throughout the game.

Some people simply enjoy the vibe of land-based casinos. They make it a regular thing. However, the recent Covid pandemic has resulted in the temporary closure of so many casinos. Fortunately, live casinos are always open and they allow those folks to continue enjoying their retail casino excursions without leaving home. In fact, they can get their fix no matter where they are when they stream the live casino action to their mobile device.

Novice players often wonder about the integrity of live dealer games. They don’t need to as long as they are playing at an online casino that is licensed in a reputable jurisdiction. The UKGC, MGA, Government of Gibraltar, and Kahnawake Gaming Commission are among the most respected licensing authorities on the planet. If a live dealer casino possesses a license from one of those regulators, you can be confident that the live dealers and the games are on the level.

Live casino bonuses also attract players. They are commonly issued to new customers, but existing customers can get them too at some sites. They are easy to claim and loads of fun to use. All of that bonus cash should inspire you to try different games and discover first-hand the joys and thrills of the live casino experience.

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