Niagara-on-the-Lake News, Volume 13, October 29, 2013

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map of road 55 project limits

At the request of Town Council, Niagara Region is finally moving ahead on improvements to Regional Road 55, between Four Mile Creek Road and East & West Line in Virgil.  Many of these changes are the result of recommendations made in the Town's 2004 Transportation Master Plan, including the addition of a 2-way turning lane.  The Region is also investigating a possible roundabout at East & West Line. The first of two Public Information Centres was held on October 22, where residents had an opportunity to review the proposed plans for this important thoroughfare.  We will keep you posted on the progress of this project as it unfolds.  Further information is available through Michael Wilson, Niagara Region Project Manager for Transportation Engineering at 905-685-4225 x 3183 or

concil business
At its October 28, 2013, meeting, Town Council approved:
Motions to support a St. Catharines resolution for expansion of GO Rail; to request Niagara Region fund the replacement of Mewburn Road Bridge; and to approve an application for provincial funding to replace the bridge on Firelane 11A.
A new all-way stop at the intersection of Bunny Glen Drive and Creekside Drive in St. Davids following Council approval of the by-law on November 18, 2013; and a staff investigation into options for how storm water ponds could be managed and maintained.   
Awarding of the Community Centre Café Lease to Erinn Lockard and James Cadeau. In addition to coffee, tea and other beverages, the new operators' menu will include muffins, fruit, yogurt, wraps and salads.  Lease negotiations are currently underway and the new service is scheduled to open in December 2013. 
Changes to the Town's Procedural By-law to clarify Council and Committee meeting processes.  Some of these changes include formal confirmation of procedures for Committee Chair rotations and appointment of a Deputy Lord Mayor.
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Glendale's population is expected to increase by 4,000 over the next 15 years, and new zoning provisions are required to accommodate this growth. Following adoption of the Glendale Secondary Plan in 2010 and a series of public meetings, staff has introduced a draft zoning by-law on proposed land use and design needs for public comment.  The by-law incorporates the secondary plan vision and includes a business park; hospitality precinct; integrated housing, retail and office settings; and a village centre. 
Niagara-on-the-Lake receives approximately $447,000 annually from the federal government's Gas Tax Fund to help improve our infrastructure.  Most of these monies have been used to upgrade local roads, including resurfacing of Line 8 to Line 6, and Simcoe Street, from Mary to Centre Streets this year.  Previous projects where these funds have been used have included reconstruction of Highlander Street, from Niagara Parkway to Queenston, and Dumfries Street, from Niagara Parkway to Queenston Street. In 2011, funds were used to resurface Concession 2 Road from York Road to Line 9, and Concession 4 Road, from Line 1 to Regional Road 55. 
Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit has released its schedule for the October 31, 2013, to May 10, 2014, period. The new schedule has been published in the October 24 edition of Niagara This Week and will be in the October 31 issue of the Niagara Advance.  It is also available on the Town's website under NOTL Transit and at various locations in town.  Connections to St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland are available at Niagara College's Glendale campus via the Student Administrative Council bus service.  Cash fare is $3.  For route and schedule information on these connections, please visit
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) held a second Public Information Centre on October 22, 2013, to outline proposed alterations to the QEW Garden City Skyway, which spans the Welland Canal between St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Based on previous consultations, MTO has determined that a northern twinning of the bridge is the most viable and least disruptive option.  As a result, there will be property impacts for some residents on Queenston Road and Regional Road 55 at York Road.   The public has until November 5, 2013, to comment. If you wish to provide feedback on this proposal or require further information, please visit the study website at or e-mail Bill Cung, MTO Project Manager at

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1812 bicentennial news
Several distinguished speakers have been invited to share their knowledge of the War of 1812, including award-winning author Donald Hickey.  Begins at 12:00 noon at the Courthouse on November 17, 2013.  Please contact the Niagara Historical Society & Museum at 905-468-3912 for ticket information.

niagara on fire advertisementBURNING OF NIAGARA
Join us for the signature event of the year - the 200th year commemoration of the Burning of Niagara.
CANDLELIGHT STROLL - December 6. The Town will be lit as if on fire following the annual Candlelight Stroll. Courthouse.
NIAGARA ON FIRE - December 7 - 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Outdoor sound and light show, film premiere & fireworks. Queen Street & Market Square.
OFFICIAL UNVEILING OF TOWN FLAG -  December 10 - 5:30 p.m. Market Room, Courthouse.
BURNING OF THE TOWN COMMEMORATION - December 10 - 7:00 p.m. St. Mark's Church.

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on these and other events.

  guest mayorST. MICHAEL STUDENT NAMED "LORD MAYOR FOR THE DAY" - Grade 8 student Jane Oleksiw was elected 'Lord Mayor' for St. Michael School Student Council on October 24, and as part of Local Government Week, was also named "Lord Mayor for the Day."  Jane, who is a supporter of the environment and charities, is shown here with Lord Mayor Eke and Deputy Lord Mayor Bau-Coote at the October 28 Council meeting. Well done Jane!  
wine enthusiast debi prattDEBI PRATT NAMED BUSINESS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - The Niagara Grape and Wine Festival and RBC has chosen Debi Pratt of Niagara-Inniskillin as the 2013 Business Citizen of the Year. Pratt, who was a member of the Town's Branding Committee, has been an outstanding promoter of Niagara's, as well as Ontario's, wine industry for almost 40 years. Congratulations Debi!

COMMUNITY UPDATE BY COUNCIL - A reminder to all residents that Town Council will host a second Community Update session at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre on Monday, November 4, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.  Staff responses to issues raised at the last session on May 13 will be available, and Council members will be on hand to field additional issues and concerns from the public. 
niagara site finderNIAGARA REGION LAUNCHES NEW PROPERTY SEARCH TOOL Niagara Site Finder is a new property search website that allows investors to use geographic information software (GIS) to obtain dynamic mapping and market information on vacant properties. Based on a property's location, users can access demographic, labour market and consumer expenditure reports with this new system. The new service is found at
shaw festival 2013SHAW FESTIVAL FINALIST FOR ONTARIO MARKETING AWARDS - Ontario's Tourism Marketing Partnership has announced this year's finalists for its annual Marketing Awards of Excellence.  Congratulations to the Shaw Festival, which was chosen in the Tourism Marketing Partnership Award and Tourism Printed Collateral Material Award categories.  Just a reminder that nominations are now open for the Shaw Festival's third annual Gina Wilkinson Prize.  Deadline is December 15, 2013, and the recipient will be announced on March 10, 2014.  All nominations must be submitted to
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