Monthly Archives: February 2016

Scharper To Speak At St. Kevin Parish

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Stephen Bede Scharper (Supplied photo)

WELLAND – Stephen Bede Scharper, a theologian and an Associate Professor of Environment at the University of Toronto, will speak at the Parish Community of St. Kevin, Welland, on Thursday, March 10.

Scharper writes a regular column on the environment for the Toronto Star. He is especially focused on climate change, and he views Pope Francis and Catholic Social teaching as very effective resources in educating people regarding climate change.

In his presentation, he will highlight the power of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, as a direct challenge for people to learn more about climate change and become active in working to preserve the integrity of creation.

Professor Scharper is a dynamic speaker. He has the gift of making rather complicated environmental questions quite understandable. This Lenten evening with Professor Scharper will get underway at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.

(Source: Weekly bulletin, Parish Community of St. Kevin.)

Yet Another Deadline Extension!

committeeWELLAND – The City of Welland is still looking for members of the public to apply for appointments to several committees.

Deadline to apply is on or before 4:30 p.m., Monday, March  14.

Still on the list, with number of citizen appointments in brackets, are:

Accessibility Advisory Committee (3);

Arts and Culture Advisory Committee (1);

Market Square Advisory Committee (3);

Town and Gown Committee (1);

Welland Community Wellness Complex Advisory Committee (3).

The term of these appointments expires November 30, 2018. Applications are city hall or on the city’s website.

The previous deadline was February 22.

City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size

If you don't have this guide, go out and get one! (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

If you don’t have this guide, go out and get one! (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

City Shorts

City Shorts

City Shorts is a compilation, from various sources (government websites, news announcements, press releases, church bulletins, advertisements, community service information and events, bulletin boards, requests, telephone requests, web postings, email requests etc.) of short items (in most cases) about matters of local interest in Welland. Want to submit an item for consideration? Please send to: joe0606barko@gmail.com

NOTE: This special compilation focuses on the recently-released Community Wellness Guide, a city publication about recreation and culture activities and opportunities in the community.

It’s a great resource have at your fingertips; if you do not have one, they are available at Welland Community Wellness Complex. This is just a small sampling, culled from the guide, of what to look forward to locally.

SPECIAL EVENTS AT WELLAND MARKET

WELLAND – Good info in the Community Wellness Guide about what’s coming up at Welland market.

Here are some of the planned events: Luck of the Irish – food, fun, entertainment, Saturday, March 12; Earth Day Extravaganza, gardening and fun, Saturday, April 16; Berry Bonanza, family fun,”berry” good food,Saturday, June 18; Fun with Food, taste tests and experiments, Saturday, August 27; and more to be announced.

 HAPPENINGS FOR SENIOR MONTH

WELLAND – Lots happening in June, Seniors Month, at the Welland Community Wellness Complex.

Here are three events taking place at the complex : Senior Month Kickoff – guest speakers, refreshments, music, Wednesday, June 1; Spring Concert with the Velvetones, in the theatre, Sunday, June 5; and Strawberry Social, Friday, June 10. A fourth event, Berry Bonanza, is being held at Welland market Saturday, June 18.

 WATER RECREATION FUN

WELLAND – The Welland Canoe Rental Program is guaranteed to make a splash once again this season.

Lots to choose from according to the full-page spread in the Community Wellness Guide: kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and stand up paddle boats!

Schedule: May-September, weekends, open 10 a.m. and July and August, weekdays open 11 a.m. and weekends open 10 a.m.

All renters 16 and under are free! Also, great group rental rates and season memberships. More info in the book.

WORKOUTS FOR WELLNESS

WELLAND – Wellness is important to all! Welland Community Wellness Complex offers programs and activities focusing on Wellness Workout.

There’s a fitness centre with workout room; therapeutic pool; and activities like open fitness workout, open therapy time, open therapy time for children, even personal training.

Find all this and more info, in the Community Wellness Guide!

CALLING LOCAL ENTERTAINERS

WELLAND – Are you a local entertainer? Are you looking for a stage on which to perform?

The Community Wellness Guide has a full-page application form for all types of musicians, dancers, singers and/or bands inviting them to “make a submission for consideration to perform during Friday Night Live 2016 Concert Series.”

The series runs from March to May and September to November in the Welland Community Wellness Complex theatre. All performances beginning at 7 p.m.

It just may be worth your while to pick one up and send it in!

 MARCH BREAK IS COMING UP

WELLAND – Another full page spread highlights March break activities offered by the city.

For example, a Half-Day Cooking Camp featuring the Demonstration Kitchen at Welland market square for children 6 to 12; a Magic Show at the Wellness Complex Theatre March 16; March Break Family Skates at Jack Ballantyne Arena; and programs, activities at Youth Innovations at Seaway Mall. For times and other details see the Wellness Guide.

 

Rain Will Continue Into Evening

POSTED: 12:31 PM EST Wednesday 24 February 2016
Rainfall warning in effect for:

  • Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
  • St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region

Rain, heavy at times is expected. The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall.

Rain, heavy at times, is expected this afternoon and will continue into the evening hours. Total rainfall amounts of 25 to 35 mm are expected by this evening. A clap or two of thunder is also possible especially in areas near Eastern Lake Erie.

Precipitation will change to snow on Thursday as colder air gets pumped in from the north in the wake of this large low pressure area.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Keep children and pets away from creeks and river banks.

Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

SNAPSHOT: A ‘Trailblazer’ In Advancing Human Rights

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Lisa and mom Eleanor, in a photo taken this past June, enjoying ‘the best frites’ in the national capital region. (Supplied photo)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

OTTAWA and WELLAND – I thought I might get away with something like ‘Lisa Addario is in her Ottawa office, basking in the limelight of receiving a major award from the Canadian Bar Association (CBA).’ But then, after speaking with her by telephone, I realized Lisa Addario isn’t the basking type.

Still, there is the warm glow of the weekend just past, a weekend when family and friends watched as she was presented the Touchstone Award in recognition of her trailblazing work advancing human rights particularly in the workplace.

Addario, senior counsel with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, received the award Saturday during the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting. Several other awards were also presented.

She is the daughter of Eleanor, who was present at the ceremony, and the late Frank Addario.

Her children Amos, 21 and Rosa, 19 were there as were her two brothers.

CENTENNIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL GRAD

In her hometown for which she retains enduring fondness, Addario, 54, attended St. Kevin Catholic elementary school and Centennial Secondary School from where she graduated in 1979. She then went to University of Western Ontario, London and after that Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto.

20160223_221032 (1) (2)While in high school, she knew she wanted to become a lawyer. The 1979 edition of Centennial’s yearbook provides, among other things, a quote about her career choice alongside her photo.

She is still working on the bilingual part, she added in the phone conversation.

I asked Addario: Why law? Her reason was noble, not grandiose: Because to her, law was a vehicle for working for social justice, she said.

She has been with PSAC since 2003. It has about 180,000 members, 110,000 of them federal government employees. Before that were other career stops including: Crown Attorney prosecuting health and safety violations for the Province of Ontario, National Association of Women and the Law and National Associations Active in Criminal Justice.

TIES THAT BIND

Roots and family matter to Addario, who is one of six siblings.

Her father, a long-time educator, was principal of Welland High and Vocational School from 1964-1969 and then a superintendent with the Niagara South Board of Education until his retirement. He passed in February, 2014, aged 92.

“He was a dedicated educator and a priority was seeing his children get a post-secondary education,” Addario recalled, adding how she wished he could have been there Saturday, how it would have been “so gratifying” for him to see this honor bestowed by her peers.

A bona fide Welland girl, Addario returns home on occasion to be with her mother. In the fall she was here for two months while she took leave from work to take part in then-MP Malcolm Allen’s re-election campaign.

‘A WARMTH TO WELLAND’

“When I came to Welland in the fall, I was reminded how comfortable I felt with the people. I was delighted to discover that there is still a warmth to Welland like nowhere else. It is so nice, and I mean that.” A few moments later she added: “I always look for an excuse to come to Welland.”

There are three lawyers in this family: Addario and her two brothers, Frank and Martin. Martin was present for Saturday’s awards ceremony, he “escorted my mother”, Addario said. Frank arrived a little later.

Minutes after our phone conversation, I called Eleanor who was in her Welland home.

She was honored to have been in Ottawa and very, very proud of her daughter and her achievements, and how she had missed her husband’s presence but carried him in her heart, she said. Ever the consummate mom, she made sure to reference Frank’s and Martin’s attendance and how important it was for two brothers to be there in support of “their sister.”

Then she added: “We just don’t know what this wonderful little girl will do next.”

‘COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY RIGHTS’

What is the significance of Lisa Addario’s life’s work to date? The Canadian Bar Association issued a press release that explained why she was chosen for the Touchstone Award, and parts should be cited so it is known here in the community from which she hails.

In it, Mark L. Berlin, chair of the CBA’s Equality Committee says: “Lisa Addario’s work with PSAC to advance gender equality and the rights of persons with disabilities on a national basis has had a widespread and lasting impact on the state of human rights in the workplace.

“Lisa Addario’s efforts in litigating important equality issues, her work with the International Labour Organization, and her participation in the human rights certification program at Osgoode Hall are further examples of her commitment to equality rights in this country.”

Addario is described as a trailblazer in advancing human rights. The news release says she has increased education and awareness around disability, family status, sexual violence and sexual harassment in the workplace at PSAC and in the broader labour movement.

“She is best known for her efforts in Johnstone v. Canada Border Services Agency, a landmark case on the accommodation of family obligations in the workplace. She successfully highlighted the real difficulties faced by workers seeking to find childcare that fits with difficult work schedules.”

So I asked Addario how she felt about being the 2016 Touchstone Award recipient. She was “extremely honored” by the recognition given her, particularly in view of previous recipients of this award and their respective contributions to the law.

But above that, Addario views her selection as acknowledgement and endorsement of the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s priorities for advancing equality and justice in the workplace and its other social justice causes. And that’s Lisa Addario, definitely not one for basking in the limelight of personal accomplishment.

(SNAPSHOT appears on the blog from time to time.)

Rain, Heavy At Times, Is Expected

5:06 AM EST Wednesday 24 February 2016
Rainfall warning in effect for:

  • Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
  • St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region

Rain, heavy at times is expected. The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall.

A moisture laden low pressure area located over Kentucky this morning will bring a significant rain storm to the region as it tracks up just south of Lakes Erie and Ontario later today and tonight then to southeastern Quebec Thursday.

Rain, heavy at times, is forecast to begin this morning and continue into the evening hours. A brief period of snow or freezing rain is possible this morning as the precipitation moves in. Total rainfall amounts of 25 to 35 mm are expected by this evening. A clap or two of thunder is also possible especially in areas near Eastern Lake Erie.

Precipitation will change to snow on Thursday as colder air gets pumped in from the north in the wake of this large low pressure area.

Environment Canada continues to monitor this system very closely.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Keep children and pets away from creeks and river banks.

Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

Rainfall Warning For Welland, Area

3:22 PM EST Tuesday 23 February 2016 

Rainfall warning in effect for:

  • Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
  • St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region

Rain, heavy at times is expected. The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall.

Rain, heavy at times, is forecast to begin Wednesday morning and continue into the evening hours. Total rainfall amounts near 25 mm are expected by Wednesday evening.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Keep children and pets away from creeks and river banks.

Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

Rain, Snow, Freezing Rain – Maybe

POSTED: 5:18 AM EST Tuesday 23 February 2016
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
  • St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region

A major winter storm is expected to affect Ontario Wednesday and Thursday.

A low pressure system is expected to develop and emerge from Texas today, then track northeast towards the Lower Great Lakes and intensify into a moisture laden winter storm Wednesday.

This winter storm is expected to bring significant amounts of rain, snow and ice pellets, along with the possibility of freezing rain.
These types of winter storms from Texas typically bring 15 to 30 mm or more of rain to locales that get mainly rain, and 15 to 30 cm of heavy snow onto regions that get hardest hit by the heaviest snow. A band of freezing rain and ice pellets often forms over regions near the rain-snow line.

The location of the heaviest rain and snow and areas at risk of receiving freezing rain will depend on the track of the low, which is still uncertain at this time.

Travelling conditions are expected to quickly deteriorate Wednesday as the precipitation arrives.

Please refer to weather statements and local forecasts which will be updated with more details as the winter storm evolves and gets closer to the region. Winter storm watches and various warnings may be required as the event draws closer.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

SOSSA Semi-Finals At ND Thursday

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Notre Dame’s Kyle Cooper sets for a shot in a game played last week against A. N. Myer Marauders. (File photo)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – The teams are set for SOSSA senior boys basketball AAA semi-finals Thursday evening at Notre Dame’s Dillon Hall.

Last night at McMaster University in Hamilton, Sir Allan MacNab Lions knocked off Saltfleet Storm 75-53 to advance to the SOSSA semi-finals here in Welland. Saltfleet led 47-45 after three, but the Lions poured in 30 points in the final quarter for the win.

The Lions will meet A. N. Myer Marauders of Niagara Falls in the 7:30 p.m. game in Dillon Hall.

In the 6 p.m. opener, Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish will play Grimsby’s Blessed Trinity Thunder.

The winners of the two semi-final games will meet Friday, 6:30 p.m. at Dillon Hall to decide the SOSSA champion.

 

Former Wellander Lisa Addario Winner Of Canadian Bar Association Touchstone Award

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Senior legal counsel with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Lisa Addario is recognized for her work to advance gender equality and rights of disabled persons in the workplace. Addario, a  former Wellander,  is best known for the landmark Johnstone case on accommodation of family obligations in the workplace. Making the presentation is Mark A. Berlin, chair of the CBA Equality Committee. ( Photo by Fred Chartrand)

(Source: Canadian Bar Association media release)

OTTAWA – Lisa Addario, a senior legal counsel with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) in Ottawa, is the winner of the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) 2016 Touchstone Award.

“Lisa Addario’s work with PSAC to advance gender equality and the rights of persons with disabilities on a national basis has had a widespread and lasting impact on the state of human rights in the workplace,” says Mark L. Berlin, chair of the CBA’s Equality Committee.

The Touchstone Award is presented annually to an individual who promotes equality in the legal profession, the judiciary, or the legal community in Canada.

“Lisa Addario’s efforts in litigating important equality issues, her work with the International Labour Organization, and her participation in the human rights certification program at Osgoode Hall are further examples of her commitment to equality rights in this country,” says Berlin.

Described as a trailblazer in advancing human rights, Lisa Addario has increased education and awareness around disability, family status, sexual violence and sexual harassment in the workplace at PSAC and in the broader labour movement.

As a mentor, she has been an inspiration to others, by demonstrating and promoting empathy and respect for those facing challenges in their lives. “She fervently believes in what she does and given her modest nature, she has never hesitates to partner with others to achieve the best results,” adds  Berlin.

She is best known for her efforts in Johnstone v. Canada Border Services Agency, a landmark case on the accommodation of family obligations in the workplace. She successfully highlighted the real difficulties faced by workers seeking to find childcare that fits with difficult work schedules.

After being called to the Ontario Bar in 1988, she worked as a Crown Attorney, adjudicator for appeals of employment standards decisions, and equity researcher for the federal government. She joined PSAC in 2003 and is currently senior legal counsel. Since 2013 she has been an occasional lecturer and faculty member with the Human Rights Certificate program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Addario, a member of a well known, distinguished Welland family, is the daughter of Eleanor and the late Frank Addario.

She  received the Touchstone award  Saturday, February 20, at the Fairmont Château Laurier, during the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting of Council.

The CBA is dedicated to support for the rule of law, and improvement in the law and the administration of justice. Some 36,000 lawyers, notaries in Quebec, law teachers, and law students from across Canada are members.