Monthly Archives: March 2016

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

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Support a good cause, Sunday, April 10. See Student Scholarship Fundraiser, below. (Supplied graphic)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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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

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER

ORMTA2WELLAND –Welland-Port Colborne branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) is hosting a student scholarship fund-raising concert Sunday, April 10, at 2 pm at Central United Church, 12 Young Street, Welland.

It features a variety of skilled local musicians playing selections from diverse genres of music including classical, opera, jazz, and musical theatre.

STUDENTS STAGE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

WELLAND – Notre Dame College School drama students will animate Stations of the Cross at St. Kevin Church, Good Friday, March 25, at 7pm. The Lenten/Holy Week devotion is open to the community.

LIBRARY’S EASTER HOLIDAY HOURS

Easter hoursWELLAND – Both locations of the Library will be closed on Good Friday, March 25, and open regular hours on Saturday, March 26. The libraries are closed Easter Sunday, March 27 and Easter Monday, March 28. Library hours and location information is available here.

There are no items due when the library is closed. You can return your items to the drop box any time at both locations. Check out e-books, movies and music from the website. Renew items, search the catalogue and place holds anytime here.

WHAT’S OPEN, CLOSED

WELLAND – The City of Welland’s Easter hours are posted on the city’s website, http://www.welland.ca

SPRING OPEN HOUSE

WELLAND – Discover what makes Niagara College unique! Future students and the community are welcome to explore a variety of student displays and demonstrations, attend a Program Information Session, take a campus and residence tour, meet our faculty team and check out a variety of other activities. Attend for your chance to win $3000 towards tuition. Learn more at www.niagaracollege.ca/openhouse. The open house is at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses, April 2 from 10am to 2pm.

KINDERMUSIK – DEADLINE TO REGISTER

WELLAND – Classes start: April 8 at Welland Community Wellness Complex. MUSIC NOW. SKILLS FOR LIFE. Kindermusik helps develop critical early-learning skills, nurtures the whole child, and offers hours and hours of irresistibly engaging music-and-movement fun for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families!

BET ON IT TRIVIA

WELLAND – If you would like to test your mind and take a gamble, then join Bet on it Trivia, an exciting night of trivia with a twist of luck! The date is April 1, from 7pm to 10pm.

The night will consist of six rounds of traditional trivia with a bonus question at the end of each round that gives you the opportunity to bet your points to win even more for your team! It will also include a mystery box sale, silent auction, roulette wheel game and appetizers for participants to enjoy.

This event will be held at the Welland Rose City Legion, Morningstar Avenue, Welland. For more info, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.niagaracollege.ca/trivia2016.

Proceeds will go towards the Many Hands Project in support of the Hope Centre and Heartland Forest.

 AMERICAN SNIPER FEATURED IN BIG LIBRARY READ

big-library-readWELLAND – Big Library Read is a reading program through your library that connects millions of readers around the world with the same e-book at the same time without any wait lists or holds. To March 31st, the Big Library Read is American Sniper by Chris Kyle.

About the Book: From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Tara, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family.

 MARCH 31 DEADLINE FOR ADAMS AWARD NOMINATIONS

TWELLAND – The T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year is awarded annually by Niagara Region to a current resident of Niagara to honour the memory of the late T. Roy Adams. The recipient will be someone who best exemplifies Roy’s values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life.The deadline for receiving nominations is March 31.

For further information and nomination form please visit niagararegion.ca, or contact Sharon McNames at 905-685-4225 ext 3224, or by email at sharon.mcnames@niagararegion.ca

 APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR ROSE QUEEN CONTEST

WELLAND – Apply to be this year’s Welland Rose Queen! Applications are available at the Rose Festival Office, 30 East Main Street in downtown Welland.

 PRE-RELEASE MOVIE – JOY, MARCH 29

joy.jpgWELLAND – JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce.

Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. (PG-13) (124 Minutes) Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 to 8:45pm at the library.

 PRE-RELEASE MOVIE – DADDY’S HOME, MARCH 31

WELLAND –Daddy’s Home follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Will Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. PG-13 (96 Minutes). Thursday, March 31, 7 to 8:35 pm.at the library.

 SPRING CLEANUP AT CATHOLIC CEMETERY

WELLAND – Annual Spring Cleanup at Holy Cross Cemetery Begins Monday, April 11. All wreaths, tin cans, glass jars, flower pots, and similar articles not removed will be disposed of on April 11th. If anyone is unable to pick up their wreaths, etc. by that date they can call the cemetery at 905.734.4172 and make arrangements for the staff to hold the articles for a short period of time until they are able to come to the cemetery to pick them up.

HOOF IT WITH WELLAND’S MAYOR

WELLAND – Meet Mayor Frank Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for a 40-minute Walk on Merritt Island.

Freezing Rain Expected This Evening

Warnings

POSTED: 10:22 AM EDT Wednesday 23 March 2016, Environment Canada
Freezing rain warning in effect for:

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

Freezing rain is expected to begin this evening, as precipitation spreads into the area and temperatures fall below zero.

Several millimetres of ice accumulation are possible tonight before the freezing rain changes to rain on Thursday morning as temperatures rise above zero.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Utility outages may occur.

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.

‘Significant’ Freezing Rain Event Coming

Warnings

POSTED: 4:55 AM EDT Wednesday 23 March 2016, Environment Canada
Freezing rain warning in effect for:

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

A significant freezing rain event will begin this evening.

A cold front is expected to move to the south of the region this morning then stall over regions near Lake Erie later today into Thursday. Meanwhile, a strong Colorado low is expected to track northeast along the line of the front, with precipitation from this system arriving today as a cold rain over southern sections or some snow mixed with ice pellets further north and east.

As cold air continues to feed in from the northeast, temperatures will drop to zero or below by this evening, and a broad band of freezing rain is expected to develop as a result. The band of freezing rain will likely linger over the regions well into Thursday as stiff northeasterly winds continue to pump in a fresh supply of cold arctic air.

Ice accretion on untreated surfaces of 5 to 15 millimetres is possible by Thursday afternoon. Slippery conditions may cause significant impact on transportation. There may also be power outages.

The freezing rain is expected to slowly change over to rain Thursday morning in areas from Toronto west to Lake Huron. In regions further east, freezing rain may last well into Thursday night, with further ice accretion possible.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. Utility outages may occur. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/

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 Changing To Freezing Rain Possible

Statements

POSTED: 3:54 PM EDT Tuesday 22 March 2016, Environment Canada
Special weather statement in effect for:

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

Winter weather threatening this week mainly north of London and Niagara however there is a risk of freezing rain across the regions. There may be higher impacts from the rainfall or the odd thunderstorm.

A weak disturbance will bring a little snow or rain to most of Southern Ontario today. However, a stronger low pressure system is expected to emerge from Colorado and affect the regions Wednesday and Thursday.

Although there is uncertainty with the exact track of the storm, the latest guidance suggests the precipitation may start out as rain and there may be a changeover to freezing rain from Sarnia to London and eastward along the lake Erie shoreline to Niagara Falls Wednesday afternoon or evening. Later Wednesday night there will be rain continuing with total amounts of 15 to 25 millimetres by Thursday evening. There is also a risk of a thunderstorm in the regions on Thursday.

Environment Canada meteorologists are watching the evolution of this storm closely. Even a slight northward or southward shift in the track of the low will affect how much freezing rain or rain falls at any particular location.

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.

Ananias Mission Donates $85,000 US To Diocese Of St. Catharines Refugee Projects

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Bishop Bergie accepts $85,000 US cheque from Ed Wethli and Jennifer Allison of Ananias Mission for sponsorship of five Syrian refugee families

(Source: Diocese of St. Catharines website, www.saintcd.com )

When Ed Wethli expanded his Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based coffee business into Saudi Arabia in 2014, he had no idea that it would lead to his role in bringing Syrians from violence and bloodshed to a safe home in Canada. Through his business contacts in the Middle East, he learned of a Syrian family that urgently needed to get out of the region. Shortly before Christmas of 2014, he brought the family of four to stay in his home, and he helped them to establish a new life in the United States.

Wethli had been hearing about the terrible conditions that their extended families were facing in Syria, but he didn’t think there was anything that he could do to help. All of this changed in September when he saw the picture that horrified people around the world of a drowned Syrian boy on a Greek beach. He felt compelled to do something, but he still didn’t know how to help. Then his Syrian friends asked, “Could you just get our families out”?

So began an effort by Wethli and his friends, among them an attorney named Jennifer Allison, to find safe haven for twenty three Syrians. They quickly realized that it was not a workable option to bring them to the States. When they learned about private sponsorship in Canada, they began to look into it to see if the Syrians they were helping could find a sponsor. They also began raising funds to help potential sponsors support the refugees.

In January, Wethli and Allison attended a meeting at St. Catharines with parishes that were interested in sponsoring Syrian refugees. They were overwhelmed by the response and they ultimately supplied the funding for four parishes (St. Michael’s in Fort Erie, St. Thomas More and Our Lady of the Scapular in Niagara Falls, and St. Andrew’s in Welland) to sponsor five family units. The funds have been raised from individuals across the United States, and churches in the Pittsburgh area. The Pittsburgh diocese is partnering with St. Catharines to sponsor refugee families, but this has become a truly ecumenical effort. Christians are coming together across national and denominational lines to save some of the most vulnerable people in the world who are facing unimaginable atrocities.

There are many American churches and individuals who would like to make a difference in the Syrian crisis, but struggle to do so directly in their own country. Wethli and Allison decided to take advantage of the momentum that was building and continue to help refugees find safe homes. They have founded a nonprofit, Ananias Mission, and they are continuing to build partnerships between Canadian and American churches to give refugees hope and a home. The name was inspired by Saint Ananias, who helped Saint Paul after he was blinded on the road to Damascus. Ananias Mission aspires to do God’s work in the Middle East and to help those affected by the Syrian crisis.

For more information about Ananias Mission, please contact Jennifer Allison at jennifer.l.allison@gmail.com. For more information about sponsorship initiatives in the Diocese of St. Catharines, please visit www.saintcd.com or email diocese@saintcd.com.

Winter Weather Threatening This Week

Statements

POSTED: 5:08 AM EDT Tuesday 22 March 2016, Environment Canada
Special weather statement in effect for:

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

Winter weather threatening this week.

Although it’s officially spring, winter weather is still normal this time of year around the Great Lakes. A weak disturbance will bring a little snow or rain to most of Southern Ontario today. However, a stronger low pressure system is expected to emerge from Colorado and affect the region Wednesday through Thursday.

Although there is uncertainty with the exact track of the storm, the latest guidance suggests significant snow is possible over areas extending from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay across Lake Simcoe into Eastern Ontario. Freezing rain and ice pellets will be possible across a large portion of Southwestern Ontario, the Golden Horseshoe and parts of Eastern Ontario. Rain is expected closer to Lake Erie.

Environment Canada meteorologists are watching the evolution of this storm closely. Even a slight northward or southward shift in the track of the low will affect how much snow, freezing rain or rain falls at any particular location.

Motorists should be prepared for a return to hazardous winter driving conditions this week, especially in areas that receive freezing rain or snow.

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.

Welland Hospital Awareness Day At Ontario Legislature – Patients, Residents Demand Plan to Close Welland Hospital Be Stopped

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“Currently, there is a plan to close five entire community hospitals in the Niagara region.”

News from the Ontario Health Care Coalition and its Chapter Group in Niagara

Posted March 21st on Niagara At Large

Toronto, Ontario – At a press conference today at Queen’s Park, patients and concerned citizens from Welland issued an urgent plea to Ontario’s Minister of Health to overturn the decision to close the Welland Hospital, telling him that more than 100,000 people served by the Welland Hospital will suffer worse access to vital health services if the Welland Hospital is closed.hospital cuts rallies

The group has been working tirelessly to save the Welland hospital from closure and has collected more than 14,000 signatures on a petition that will be presented this afternoon in the Legislature, by Cindy Forster, Member of Provincial Parliament for Welland.

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Brace Yourself……!

Statements

POSTED: 3:42 PM EDT Monday 21 March 2016 Issued by Environment Canada
Special weather statement in effect for:

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

Winter weather threatening this week.

Despite the calendar clearly showing that it’s officially spring, and despite the fact that springlike weather has been with us for most of the past two weeks, mother nature has decided to remind us that winter weather is a totally normal part of early spring around the Great Lakes. This week will be no exception to that rule.

A weak disturbance moving along the line of an arctic front draped across the region will bring a coating to a few centimetres of snow to areas north and east of the Greater Toronto Area into Eastern Ontario on Tuesday. A cold rain or a rain-wet snow mix is expected across much of the Golden Horseshoe, and just a few showers and mild April like temperatures will be experienced in Southwestern Ontario.

However a stronger low pressure system is expected to emerge from Colorado on Tuesday and then track towards Southern Ontario. This late season winter storm is threatening to bring significant amounts of precipitation to Southern Ontario. Latest indications suggest significant snow is possible over areas extending from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay across northern parts of the Greater Toronto Area into Eastern Ontario. Freezing rain and ice pellets may be a significant issue to deal with across a large part of Southwestern Ontario, the Golden Horseshoe and parts of Eastern Ontario. A significant rainfall may be an issue to deal with over locales closer to Lake Erie.

Considerable uncertainty remains with the exact track of this Colorado low. Even a slight northward or southward shift in the track of this storm will affect how much snow, freezing precipitation or rain falls at any particular location.

Motorists should be prepared for a return to hazardous winter driving conditions this week, especially in areas that receive freezing precipitation or snow.

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.

Seaway Opens 58th Navigation Season Ice Free

“Clear Sailing Ahead” as Seaway Opens Two Weeks Earlier

St. Catharines, Ontario (March 21, 2016) – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 58th navigation season today, with the transit of Canada Steamship Lines’ Thunder Bay through Lock 3 on the Welland Canal. The ship, carrying a load of road salt, will be replenishing stocks depleted by ice storms which repeatedly struck Eastern Canada over the winter.

“We certainly welcome the warmer weather. A return to an opening in the third week of March provides our clients with the opportunity to move cargo in a timely manner, and make the most of the navigation season” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC.

Allister Paterson, President of Canada Steamship Lines, served as the keynote speaker at the opening. “It’s an honour for CSL to be opening the Seaway this year with Thunder Bay, one of our state-of-the-art Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers. Like her five sister ships, this vessel is part of a new generation of vessels in the Lakes that are more energy efficient, environmentally-friendly, reliable and safe” said Paterson.

“The ongoing investment in new vessels by a variety of Seaway carriers underscores our customers’ faith in the future of the waterway” said the SLSMC’s Bowles. “In parallel with our customers’ investments, the Seaway’s award winning modernization program is now well-over 50% complete, with Hands-Free Mooring operational at eight of the Seaway’s locks. We are making steady progress in bringing about gains in efficiency and safety for all concerned, ensuring a highly competitive transportation system for years to come.”

K+S Windsor Salt ships the majority of the production coming from its Ojibway Mine in Windsor via the Great Lakes / Seaway System. Francois Allard, Director Marine Distribution for K+S Windsor Salt Ltd., said: “Not only is the Seaway transportation system the most cost-effective way to reach our markets, it also minimizes our impact on the environment. The Thunder Bay’s transit from the Ojibway mine to Bowmanville takes almost 1,000 truckloads off Ontario highways. It’s important that all levels of government continue to invest in infrastructure along this waterway and we applaud the modernization of the lock system.”

“The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System continues to be an environmentally sustainable, vital route for commerce in the global supply chain,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “The Great Lakes region, North America’s ‘Opportunity Belt’, is a thriving and influential destination and the Seaway System connects this region to the world. Businesses are choosing to move their cargo through the Seaway System because of the economic benefits, safety, and reliability of our waterway, and its direct access to the heartland of North America.”

In terms of the outlook for 2016, the SLSMC’s Terence Bowles noted that a lower Canadian dollar may spur more Canadian exports this year. “The combination of a rebound in Canadian manufacturing activity, a solid U.S. economy, and the prospect of more trade with Europe brings about several catalysts which may boost Seaway tonnage”, said Bowles.

Quick Facts:

  • The Great Lakes / Seaway System is a “marine highway” that extends some 3,700 km from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. Approximately 160 million tonnes of cargo travels over the combined Great Lakes / Seaway System on an annual basis, supporting over 227,000 jobs and $35 billion in economic activity.
  • The binational St. Lawrence Seaway serves as the linchpin within the Great Lakes / Seaway System, connecting the lower St. Lawrence River to the Great Lakes.  Beginning in Montreal and extending to points west, the Seaway’s 15 locks (13 Canadian and 2 U.S.) enable ships to climb a total of 168 metres from “sea level” up to Lake Erie. For more information on the St. Lawrence Seaway, please consult the www.greatlakes-seaway.com website.

About The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation:

  • The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation was established in 1998 as a not-for-profit corporation by the Government of Canada, Seaway users and other key stakeholders. In accordance with provisions of the Canada Marine Act, the Corporation manages and operates the Canadian assets of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which remain the property of the Government of Canada, under a long-term agreement with Transport Canada.

(Source: Seaway news release)