Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 13 - November 25 2015

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Lord Mayor Darte and Kevin Turcotte, Manager of Parks & Recreation, presented plaques to three provincial championship teams at the November 23 Council meeting.

The NOTL Thunderhawks Minor Lacrosse Midget Team, coached by Kevin Buis, Andre Lemieux, Andy Boldt, and Rob Weier, demonstrated perseverance and teamwork this season to achieve the provincial championship. After nearly folding before the season started due to lack of players, the team recruited a few more kids and played defensively throughout, never appearing bothered when other teams were ahead.  They were truly the comeback kids, taking the win when it didn't look possible. They also represented Niagara-on-the-Lake very well by acting with class on and off the floor. Congratulations to the Midget Team!

The NOTL Thunderhawks Intermediate Team was coached by Ron McCormick, Randy Chrysler, and Larry Martin. The team entered provincials holding the Zone 9 championship and a silver medal in the Conradi tournament. In provincials, they started off by winning against a team they had lost twice to during the season and continued to defeat each team they played. For the final championship game, the team played their nemesis, the Orangeville Northmen, and ended up beating them as well, placing NOTL on the top of Ontario Lacrosse for two years in a row. The team has become like a family and their teamwork resulted in another win. Congratulations to the Intermediate team!

The Buchner's NOTL Squirt Lakers Fastball team, coached by Rich Andres, Red Klassen, John Schroeder, and Derek Abrahams, qualified for the provincial tournament with great pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting. The team carried that momentum into provincials with strong round robin efforts and by opening with a 19-4 victory, followed by a 11-1 win and 11-0 shutout. The gold medal game featured a rematch with a tough and determined team and remained close for the first few innings until the NOTL offense erupted to stretch the lead. The team finished strong and took home provincial gold for the first time since 1975 with a 12-2 victory. Congratulations to the Buchner's NOTL Squirt Lakers!

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At its November 23, 2015, meeting, Town Council approved:

Application for draft plan of vacant land condominium to develop 21 townhouse dwellings and one single-detached dwelling on Tanbark Road.

Deferral of application for Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, and Draft Plan of Vacant Land Condominium for a 15-unit condominium on Warner Road.

The subdivision agreement and removal of holding for The Village Phase VI subdivision on Niagara Stone Road.

A decision not to support any changes to the tax ratios as proposed by Niagara Region in Report CSD 69-2015 and a request that further analysis be performed along with robust consultation with all lower tier municipalities.


Councillor King - In order to protect the Great Lakes and its tributaries, Council urges that neither the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station site nor any underground nuclear waste repository be constructed in the Great Lakes Basin. And that Council urge the Government of Canada and Ontario to reject Ontario Power Generation’s proposal to bury and abandon radioactive nuclear waste in the Great Lakes Basin.

Councillor Disero - That Council request staff to report to Council on a committee, terms and resources required to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Niagara-on-the Lake Firefighters.

Councillor Mazza - That the information presented to Council regarding a Tree Protection Policy for Public & Private Lands be forwarded to staff to investigate and come back to Council with a report on their findings and outline steps to move forward on such a policy, including costs and management.

The first draft of the proposed new Official Plan will be presented to Council members and the public on Monday, December 7, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Court House to receive input regarding the first draft.

An electronic copy of the proposed new draft Official Plan will be available for review on Monday, November 30, 2015, on the Town's MyPlan webpage. Hard copy documents will be available for viewing on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at the Town Municipal Offices, Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, and Queenston Community Centre.

The Town is seeking volunteers to be part of its Age-Friendly Steering Committee. Council will select and appoint resident members who reflect a balance of interest, experience, and perspectives within the specific mandate of the Age-Friendly Steering Committee. Further details, as well as the application form and Terms of Reference are available on the Town’s Age-Friendly Steering Committee webpage.

WORKSHOPS FOCUS ON ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION About 26 residents attended Part II of a facilitated discussion on November 10 by the Town’s Active Transportation Committee. The purpose of the workshop was to review results from the September meeting regarding ideas and themes for active transportation improvements and to identify challenges and strategies to move forward on implementing these ideas. The results will shape the work of the NOTL Active Transportation Committee moving forward. Further information about the recent workshops can be found on the Active Transportation webpage.

Effective December 3, 2015, Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit’s Queenston to Glendale Route (7:45 a.m. - 6:41 p.m.) will be discontinued, with the last day of service on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. This route was introduced as a 6-month pilot project in May 2015. However, due to low ridership, it has not proven feasible to continue its operation as a permanent route. For further information, please contact or call 905-468-3266.

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  FRENCH FLAG - To show support and in honour of the victims of the attacks in Paris, France, on November 13, the French flag was flown at the Town Municipal Offices the following week. Our thoughts continue to be with those affected by this tragedy.  
CAR SEAT CLINICS - The NOTL Community Safety Committee hosted a successful car seat clinic at the Virgil Fire Hall on Saturday, November 21.  Volunteers from St. Johns Ambulance, who are trained in the proper installation and use of car seats, conducted the clinic, along with staff from Pet Valu to highlight their pet restraint systems.  The Community Safety Committee plans on hosting another car seat clinic in 2016.
ARTFUL TREASURES SHOW & SALE - The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre will host its 9th Annual Premier Artist and Artisan Show & Sale of Original Art and Holiday Bake Sale on December 4 & 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Free admission.  More information on this and other events and exhibitions is available at
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER FUNDRAISERS - The Virgil Volunteer Firefighters Association will host their annual Turkey Roll on December 4 at 8:00 p.m.; the St. Davids Firefighters Association will have their annual Turkey Roll on December 7 at 7:00 p.m.; and the Queenston Volunteer Firefighters will host a Trivia Night on December 11 at 7:00 p.m. More information is available on the Town's Fire & Emergency Services webpage.
SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS - The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and TD Niagara Jazz Festival will proudly present the 'Sounds of Christmas' at Simcoe Park on Saturday, December 5, 12, and 19, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Admission is free. Bring your own chair and beverages; limited picnic benches are available. Attendees are also encouraged to consider patronizing our local food and beverage retailers. For more information, contact Kevin Turcotte at 905-468-3266 or Come out and celebrate the holidays!
NOTL CHRISTMAS PARADE - This season's parade will take place on Saturday, December 12, at 11:00 am.   Those interested in registering an entry for the parade can click here for the entry form.
YOUTH HOLIDAY CAMP - The NOTL Community Centre will present a Youth Holiday Camp from December 21-23 & 28-30 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Programs will include theme days, group games, gym activities, crafts, and more for ages 5-12 years with a maximum of 20 kids per day. Sign up online or contact or 905-468-4386 for more information.
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