Niagara-on-the-Lake News - Volume 4 - March 24, 2015

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Lord Mayor Pat Darte joined hundreds of business, community and local government leaders for a rally on March 13 calling for GO Train service to Niagara.  The rally, which was held at the VIA Rail Station in Niagara Falls, also marked the launch of a social media campaign titled, “Where would you GO?” Through, residents can send tweets and “selfies” to the Premier, the Minister of Transportation and their elected representatives urging them to support Niagara’s proposal for daily GO Train service. 

Niagara’s 12 municipalities and regional government have made daily GO Train service a top priority.  According to Lord Mayor Darte, “GO Niagara service would be a tremendous benefit to residents and businesses in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Millions of visitors along the transit hubs from Barrie, Eastern Ontario and across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area could experience what we already know – some of the best wineries, restaurants, hotels & spas, and theatre in the country!”


The Town has launched a program to install energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights for its 1,034 cobra-head fixtures.  Through a partnership with RealTerm Energy, there is no capital outlay upfront.  The entire project, which should be completed later this spring, is funded through shared savings in energy and maintenance costs.

The LEDs are expected to help reduce energy costs by 55% and reduce maintenance costs by 80% since they last four times longer than the Town’s existing streetlights.  The new lights provide a clear, white light that improves visibility and community safety, and they deliver more targeted beams to help reduce light pollution. 

To date, over 95 Ontario municipalities have chosen RealTerm Energy and Local Authority Services (LAS) to upgrade streetlights.


Since its launch on February 23, viewership on the Town’s Livestream broadcast of Committee and Council meetings continues to grow.  Total views to date are 418, with residents watching the proceedings from a desktop computer or mobile device. 

Niagara-on-the-Lake is the first local municipality in Niagara to offer this service.  Viewers can access the broadcast link at  This site also provides archived footage from previous meetings.


Niagara Region will provide $79,000 in funding for the Town to construct bicycle lanes on Queenston Road between the Urban Boundary to Concession 5 Road. This move is part of provisions under the Region’s Bikeways Master Plan to help build a bike network on local municipal roads. Construction is expected to start later this summer.

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

A revised Allocation of Waste Water Servicing Policy for development within Virgil and the Old Town until the new waste water treatment plant on Lakeshore Road is completed in 2017.

An agreement between the Town and the City of Thorold to share hearing officer services and appoint a hearing officer as required under the new Administrative Penalty System (APS) for parking enforcement.

2014 Summary Report for the Niagara-on-the-Lake Water Distribution System and the Bevan Heights Water Distribution System pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002.

An amendment to Traffic and Parking By-law 4308-09 to implement “No Parking” restrictions on both sides of Partition Street between Queenston Street and the Niagara River Parkway.

A tender of $519,404 from Norjohn Contracting Paving Co. for this year’s Hot Mix Asphalt project.

A tender of $242,000 from Toromont CA for the purchase of a 2014 Caterpillar Wheeled Excavator with bucket attachments.


Lord Mayor Darte - Support for a comprehensive "Education Service Framework” to guide future development of an "Education Strategy" and "Implementation Plan" that supports the priorities of the Town.  The framework would include quality pre-school and childcare planning; elementary school services in 3 hubs (Virgil, St. Davids & Old Town); a secondary school within Town borders; and post-secondary services with Niagara College and other academic institutions.

Councillor Disero (4 Motions) Further promotion of the Town’s customer service phone number so the public can report potholes; that the Crime Stoppers presentation be referred to senior staff for consideration; that the reassessment of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILS) be referred to senior staff for consideration and recommendation; that Lord Mayor and Regional Councillor request Niagara Region to bring forward reconstruction of Lakeshore Road to 2016 or make road repairs and undertake appropriate signage and other measures to ensure public safety until the repair work is done in 2018.

Councillor Flynn – Support in principle for a summer concert by Parks Canada in the Commons pending a presentation of all operational and logistical emergency plans to Council.

Councillor Wiens – Support for the Harmony Residents Group proposal for a natural heritage park on the Lakeshore DND Lands; that the Lord Mayor on behalf of Council ask Parks Canada to commence planning and development of these lands as soon as possible; and that this proposal be forwarded to staff to form part of the Town’s revised Official Plan.

That staff be requested to retain the services of an Integrity Commissioner on an ad hoc basis to review complaints under Bill 168, Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act; Occupational Health and Safety Act; and the Corporation of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake By-law 4420-10, Code of Conduct.

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PARK CANADA RECEIVES DESIGN AWARD - The NOTL division of Parks Canada was honoured on March 4 at the Niagara Community Design Awards for its new complex, Agora-on-the-Commons. The award was bestowed under the Small Budget Architecture category.  This is the 10th year for these awards, which focus on projects that enhance the built environment, efficient use of land and demonstrate creativity and vision.
C.A.R.E. HOSTS BOOK SALE & KIDS STUFF SWAPThe organizers of Citizens for Accountable and Responsible Education (C.A.R.E.) are holding a social fundraiser at St. Marks Parish Hall, 41 Byron Street, on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Supporters are encouraged to donate gently used books and to bring gently used kids’ clothes, toys, and sports equipment for the swap.  There will also be a BBQ, bake sale, and a table to promote the international social media campaign, "Everyone Matters." Please contact
SECOND HEALTH CARE INFO SESSION - The NOTL Health Services Steering Committee will hold the second in a series of health care information sessions titled “Beyond Today…Hospice Palliative Care.”  This public session will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Grace United Church.  Please call Laurie Harley at 905-468-5600 for further information.
WILLOWBANK ANNUAL OPEN HOUSEWillowbank School of Restoration Arts will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join in the tours, workshops and demonstrations, including topics such as blacksmithing, plastering, window restoration and stone carving.  Please visit for more information.

NIAGARA ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS - Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to safeguard Niagara’s natural environment?  Nominate families, neighbours, friends, students, or groups for the 2015 Niagara Environmental Awards.  Submission deadline is Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  Please visit for award categories and further details.

  PREMIER'S AGRI-FOOD AWARDS - The Premier’s annual excellence in agri-food awards program is looking for nominations from across the province.  Each year, the program recognizes up to 45 award-winning innovations valued at $5,000.  There are also the Premier’s Award ($75,000), the Minister’s Award ($50,000) and three Leaders in Innovation awards valued at $25,000 each.  Submission deadline is April 10, 2015.  Please call 1-877-424-1300 or visit for more information.  
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