Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 6 - June 8, 2016

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Lord Mayor Darte and Kevin Turcotte, Manager of Parks & Recreation, presented plaques to the U14 Girls' Meridian Niagara Rangers basketball team for the Division 1 provincial championships at the June 6 Council meeting.

Coached by Jennifer Caughill, Sue Sentance, and Mihai Radacanu, the team of 11 girls proved to be the top of 80 teams in the Ontario Basketball Association, with a victory that followed close wins over Nepean, North Toronto and Sudbury. Congratulations to the Niagara Rangers team!

Photo courtesy of Scott Rosts, Niagara This Week

At the June 6 Council Meeting, Lord Mayor Darte and Fire Chief Alex Burbidge presented service award medals to the firefighters receiving honours from the Governor General. The recipients are as follows:

Exemplary Service Medal for 20 years of service:
• Assistant District Chief Rob Grimwood
• Firefighter Colin Dodd

Exemplary Service 1st Bar for 30 years of service​:
• District Chief Frank Pearson
• Firefighter Deralyn MacKenzie

Congratulations to these individuals and thank you for protecting our community.

Photo courtesy of Scott Rosts, Niagara This Week


At the June 6 Council meeting, the Chair of the NOTL Health Services Steering Committee provided an update on the Committee's initiatives and request to create a hub centre to maintain current healthcare services. Following the update, the Executive Director of the Langs Community Health Centre in Cambridge presented an overview of the establishment of community hubs that are consistent with the direction of the province of Ontario.


Regional Councillor Gary Burroughs provided an update to Council at its June 6 meeting on a number of Regional matters, including the 2017 budget process, regional roads in Niagara-on-the-Lake, inter-municipal transit, and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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At its June 6, 2016, meeting, Town Council approved:

A Zoning By-law Amendment for 624 and 636 Rye Street.

The development of 236-244 Regent Street (known as the former Lawn Bowling lands) as a public park in commemoration of those who came to this area as part of the Underground Railroad.

An agreement renewal with the NOTL Lawn Bowling Club for continued use of the Community Centre lawn bowling court for the next five years.

The evaluation of three locations near St. Davids Public School using Ontario Traffic Council (OTC) Crossing Guard warrants to ensure correct locations for the school crossing guards.

Tax Rates By-law 4878-16 with the final 2016 tax installments due on Friday, July 29, and Friday, September 30.

A Special Events Permit for the Chamber of Commerce's annual "Artistry by the Lake" art show from July 1-3, 2016, at Queen's Royal Park.

A Special Events Permit for the Niagara Jazz Festival's annual event on July 30 in Simcoe Park.

The transfer of Town-owned surplus land, legally described as Part of Stamford Township Lot 5, to Niagara Region for the merging of land and transfer to the Bruce Trail Conservancy for the Bruce Trail Network.

Council Motions

Councillor Miele - ​To support Niagara Region in principal for the concept of a Niagara Tourism Information Center at the existing Casablanca/QEW interchange.

Councillor Miele - That staff report on possible costs for the use of Niagara Regional Police infrastructure for communication hardware for the NOTL Fire & Emergency Services.​

Councillor Disero - ​That the Lord Mayor enrol as a member of OMERS pension plan to provide an opportunity for councillors to enrol. There will be no financial implications to taxpayers.

Councillor Disero - That staff review what other provincial municipalities are doing with respect to contributions to art work for public spaces and consider creating a public art fund.​

Councillor Disero - That staff review the possible creation of a Town Tree Fund that would accept donations from the public for the purpose of planting trees.​

Councillor Bau-Coote - Council approved a motion to support Bill 158, Saving the Girl Next Door Act, 2016, regarding Human Trafficking Awareness.​

Councillor Bau-Coote - Council approved a motion to ask that Niagara Region request the provincial and federal governments to increase funding for research into the testing for Lyme disease and better treatment for long term outcomes of the disease.

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HEALTHY KIDS COMMUNITY CHALLENGE - Niagara-on-the-Lake, in partnership with the Town of Fort Erie and Boys and Girls Club of Niagara, will be offering a free 10-week program called Mobile KidsZone. See the schedule for details or visit for information about the province's Healthy Kids Community Challenge.
ONTARIO WINE AWARDS - The annual Ontario Wine Awards were held on Wednesday, June 1, at Niagara College's Benchmark Restaurant.  A number of Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries received awards, and Craig McDonald from Trius Winery was presented with the George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts Winemaker of the Year Award.
LIVE LEARN JAZZ - The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library and TD Niagara Jazz Festival presents "Live Learn Jazz" on July 6 and July 27. Experience great live jazz with talented musicians and learn more about the music they create.  Visit for tickets and event details.
NIAGARA HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM - On Wednesday, June 15, the Niagara Historical Society & Museum will present a seminar on understanding the relationship between the settlers and Indigenous nations of Niagara and the peace needed to begin reconciliation. Visit the Museum's website or contact 905-468-3912 for more information.
NIAGARA PUMPHOUSE ARTS CENTRE - Registration is available for the summer programs for adults and children and youth. Please visit the Pumphouse's website for details or contact their office at 905-468-5455 or
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