Niagara-on-the-Lake News, Volume 7, June 3, 2014

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Hundreds of dignitaries and invited guests, including Lord Mayor Dave Eke and Council members, were on hand to mark the official opening of the Outlet Collection at Niagara on Thursday, May 15. Festivities included Peller Estate mimosas, live entertainment and local delicacies. Pictured above are Lord Mayor Dave Eke; Bri-Ann Stuart, General Manager of the Outlet Collection at Niagara; Niagara Region Chair Gary Burroughs; and Daniel Fournier, Chair and CEO of Ivanhoe Cambridge.

The largest shopping centre of its kind in Canada, the Outlet Collection is home to 102 marquee retailers, including Pandora, White House Black Market, Kate Spade, NIKE, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Marshalls.  Anchor store Bass Pro Shops Outpost is scheduled to open later this fall.

Lord Mayor Eke noted that our region will now become an even greater attraction for visitors, and the new centre will benefit the community through the creation of 1,500 full and part-time jobs and the addition of $5 million annually to the local tax base.

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At its June 2, 2014, meeting, Town Council approved:

Finalization of the Town’s 2014 tax rates for general and special area budgets, including 2014 waste management fees and the Niagara Health System special levy.The “average typical” residence based on MPAC assessment and regional tax rates can expect an increase of 1.17% over last year.

A site plan, landscape plan and elevations for a greenhouse expansion at a rural site on Concession 5 Road, which has received conditional approval by Health Canada for a medical marihuana production facility.

Consideration of Town participation in the 2015 Communities in Bloom program.

Renewal of the lease agreement with Shaw Festival Theatre for use of the Courthouse.

Adoption of a new, accessible parking by-law.


Mr. Jarred Picher, Field Unit Superintendent, Southwestern Ontario, for Parks Canada presented Council with an update on the current status of Niagara Shores Park.  Please see story below.
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Town staff continue to consult residents on several priority areas as part of the Official Plan Review process. 

The second in a series of public engagement sessions will focus on heritage, arts and culture, and residents are invited to provide their comments on ways to enhance our Town’s historic character and cultural heritage.

An issue report has been prepared and is available for review on the Town’s website.  The Heritage, Arts and Culture Public Engagement session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the Public Library.

Residents can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter or send their comments by e-mail to


Council has approved a series of by-laws related to the coming municipal election on Monday, October 27, 2014.  To ensure greater convenience for the local electorate, the Town will host three advance polls, five election-day polls, and will launch a “vote anywhere” strategy on Election Day so residents can access any voting location across the municipality.  In addition, the Town will again offer a “vote by mail” option.  A ballot marking machine for voters with disabilities will be available at the advance polls and at the Community Centre poll location on the day of the election. 

Detailed information on the municipal election will be sent to all households in the near future and voter identification cards will be mailed out between mid-September and early October.  Please visit to ensure you are on the voters' list.  For further information, please visit the Town’s website.


At its meeting on June 2, 2014, Town Council was informed by Jarred Picher of Parks Canada that due to extensive property damage, Niagara Shores Park will be closed to vehicular traffic, effective immediately.  This measure does not apply to emergency vehicles, and pedestrians will still be able to access the park.  Over the last several months, the green space in the park has been completely destroyed by off-road vehicles, rendering it unusable. (See photo above left.)  Also, as a result of shoreline erosion, a fence will be erected along the shore as a public safety measure.  Over the coming months, Parks Canada staff will embark on a community consultation process as part of its management review process.  Future options for the park will be addressed at that time.  For more information, please contact Parks Canada at 905-468-6614.

For more information on these or other issues, please visit
  WILLOWBANK GAINS ROYAL PATRON - His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, has agreed to become the new Royal Patron for Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Queenston.   The royal patronage, which reflects areas of personal interest to His Royal Highness, will connect Willowbank with his established initiatives, such as The Prince's Foundation for Building Community and The Prince's School of Traditional Arts.  
UNITED EMPIRE LOYALIST WEEK - Lord Mayor Eke has officially proclaimed the week of June 14-20, 2014, as United Empire Loyalist Week in the Town.  This follows from an Act passed by the provincial  legislature in 1997 proclaiming June 19 as United Empire Loyalist Day in Ontario.  Niagara-on-the-Lake shares in this rich history as a cradle of Loyalist settlement and home of one of the most famous Loyalists, Colonel John Butler.
SHAW GUILD'S GARDEN TOUR  - The annual Shaw Festival Guild's Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Seven beautiful gardens in the Old Town will welcome visitors to view the many varieties of native and exotic plants on display.  Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the Shaw Festival Box Office at 1-800-511-7429 or online at
SENIOR CITIZENS STRAWBERRY SOCIAL - The Lord Mayor and Town Council will host its annual Senior Citizens Strawberry Social on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Community Centre.  Open to residents 65 years of age and older.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Transportation services will be provided for residents of Upper Canada Lodge, Chateau Gardens and Pleasant Manor.
YOUTH PROGRAM EXPLORES 'FARM TO TABLE' CONCEPT - The Community Centre’s Kitchen Creation program is considering a “farm to table” component with help from our local farmers’ market.  The Town offers a number of fun and exciting youth programs, many in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara.  Please contact Kevin Turcotte, Community Centre Coordinator, at 905-468-4386 ext. 0 or visit the Town’s website for more information.
NEW LOOK FOR WAR OF 1812 WEBSITE - Niagara-on-the-Lake's War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee has refurbished its website.

Please take a moment to view the new look and the coming events this year at

REGION LAUNCHES SMOKE-FREE OUTDOOR SPACES CAMPAIGN - Following passage of a by-law earlier this year, Niagara Region has launched a public education campaign to deter residents from smoking in public places, including arenas, parks and recreational centres.  For more information, please visit
PROVINCIAL ELECTION JUNE 12, 2014 - Advance Polls for the coming provincial election will be held until Friday, June 6, 2014, at various locations across the Niagara Falls riding.  Additions to the List of Electors may be made up to Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  Please call 1-866-511-4711 or visit for further information.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DEPOT Niagara Region will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Depot in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Saturday, June 21, 2014, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Centennial Arena, 1565 Four Mile Creek Road.  This depot will accept items such as aerosol cans, batteries, household cleansers, pesticides, medication, and paint.  Please call the Waste Info-Line at 905-356-4141 or visit for more information.
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