Monthly Archives: January 2017

Pond Hockey, Family Fun Are Goals Of Julia’s Hope Cup Tourney Planners

dsc_0557-2By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – There’s no ice breaker like pond hockey when it comes to having a good time.

Planners of Julia’s Hope Cup hope the weather will co-operate so they can build the one-day fundraiser around “good old Canadian pond hockey.”

The 6th annual tournament is at Chippawa Park, Saturday, February 4.

If the pond is frozen over, as purists say it should be if our Canadian winter weather comes through, “pond hockey” will be played on the popular outdoor rink.

If it isn’t the games will go on but as ball hockey in the parking lot.


Paul Turner, in this file photo, hoists Julia’s Hope Cup.

Paul Turner stickhandles through an interview with memories of playing pond hockey as a kid growing up near Chippawa Park.

He and his pals would play for hours, then wind down with cups of hot chocolate at one or another of their homes.

“Nothing like Canadian pond hockey in the cold of winter,” he recalled over – yep, you got it – a cup of hot chocolate at a local Timmy’s.

The tournament is named after Julia Turner, Paul and wife Tina’s daughter, who died of cancer in December, 2011. She was 15.

She had a soft spot in her heart for people who are vulnerable, especially children who have to cope with social issues like homelessness and hunger.

Turner said the event combines fun and raising awareness about homelessness. Funds raised go to Welland’s Hope Centre.

Because it is geared to appealing to families, it has a “carnival-like” atmosphere focusing on family fun, Turner said.

That includes children’s games and activities, a silent auction and, weather permitting, tobogganing on the park hill overlooking First Avenue.

Julia’s Hope Cup receives an outpouring of support from local residents, businesses and community groups, Turner said.

Breakfast and lunch are free. The well-known chefs, Anna and Mike Olson, will prepare gourmet hot chocolate; Niagara College students will serve up chili; M.T. Bellies owner John Clark will provide pea-meal bacon sandwiches. Club Richelieu members will have the club’s baked beans in good supply; there will be a pig roast by Chuck Simpson and plenty of Tim Horton’s coffee will be served.

Turner said City of Welland staff “do great work for us” grooming the ice if it’s available and in providing Chippawa Park Community Centre especially if it is cold and folks need a place to get warm.

Cost to play in the hockey tournament is $100 per adult or $50 per student. It sounds costly, but players can get pledges from friends and family to lighten the cost.

“It doesn’t have to be $100 out of your pocket. Get friends to throw in a few bucks, then get them to come to the park, watch you play and share in the fun,” Turner said.

To make the tournament as competitive as possible, teams are put together by choosing names from a hat.

High Marks For Irish In Test With Reds

bb-logoWELLAND – Notre Dame’s senior boys beat Denis Morris Reds on Tuesday of this week, the final game on the hoops schedule before the break for exams.

The Irish outplayed DM on their own court to leave St. Catharines with a 74-48 win.

The Irish, who improved to 17-7, were without starter Kyle Cooper who missed the game because he was sick.

Irish coach Mark Gallagher said Jason Rochard, who started in place of Cooper, came up big for ND and played a key role in the win.

Gallagher said Rochard “did an outstanding job” on DM big man the 6’8” Sympho Ilunga, holding him to 14 points.

“The whole team did a great job concentrating on rebounding against the bigger DM team,” Gallagher said.

DM sat in a zone early but ND got strong shooting performances from Jonah Gruarin (23 points including 6 three-pointers), Alex Root (17 points), Rovenston Jean-Baptiste (14 points) and Braidon Moore (12 points).

The play of Notre Dame’s guards was the difference in the match, according to coach Gallagher.

“Our guards defended the DM guards all game and controlled the pace of the game.”

All ND’s players saw action in the game.

After exams, the Irish have games in Lockport, N.Y.(February 2) and Niagara Falls, N.Y. (February 4).

Here is the balance of the schedule for the Irish:

Feb 7                                Holy Cross @ ND                         Welland


Feb 10-12                               All Catholic                             Denis Morris HS

Feb 13                                    League Semi- Finals              TBA

Feb 15                                    NCAA Championship            TBA

Feb 27-18                              SOSSA                                    MacNab HS, Hamilton

Gallagher said the Friday, February 10 games in the All Catholic are scheduled for Notre Dame.

Flu Activity In Niagara Region

The Flu (Influenza) is a highly contagious infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza virus. It can be a serious illness for some people.

Niagara Region monitors the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses on an on-going basis. During the months of October to May, activity will be reported.

Only laboratory confirmed cases are reported. Most people infected with influenza do not get laboratory testing and so actual infection numbers are likely much higher.

Weekly Flu Activity (Updated Each Friday)
Week of Influenza A Influenza B Total
January 23 – January 27 259 15 274

Totals include lab confirmed cases in the community and cases associated with outbreaks in health care facilities such as hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Total Cases by Municipality
Municipality Influenza A Influenza B Total Five Year Average
Fort Erie 13 0 13 12
Grimsby 13 0 13 21
Lincoln 17 0 17 19
Niagara Falls 33 0 33 29
Niagara-on-the-Lake 11 0 11 19
Pelham 17 1 18 5
Port Colborne 8 3 11 11
St. Catharines 97 3 100 62
Thorold 18 0 18 10
Wainfleet 2 1 3 2
Welland 22 2 24 27
West Lincoln 8 5 13 13
Total 259 15 274 230


Institutional Outbreaks (Updated Each Friday)
Week of Influenza A Influenza B
January 23 – January 27 46

Ontario and Canada’s Influenza Activity

Meetings In Welland: The Week Ahead

Meeting Calendar

Meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Information is obtained from the applicable agency, board, committee, or commission and downloaded to this calendar as it becomes available. Information is subject to change. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information, including cancellations.

Canada’s 150th in Welland Committee Meeting  ≫

5:30 PM Monday Jan. 30  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Community Meeting  ≫

6:30 PM Tuesday Jan. 31  2017 – re: Welland Hydro-Electric Systems Corp.’s rate application and the OEB’s distribution rate decision making process
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Meeting  ≫

4:30 PM Wednesday Feb. 1  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

City of Welland Heritage Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

5:00 PM Wednesday Feb. 1  2017 –
– Civic Square, Room 109

Welland Community Wellness Complex Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

3:00 PM Thursday Feb. 2  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Hands On Experience


Chef instructors Mathieu Cyr of Confederation Secondary School, left, and Chris Begin of Notre Dame College share a handshake in the kitchen at Friday’s Soup’s On! fundraiser. The camaraderie typifies the behind the scenes friendship enjoyed by chefs and students. In the background, chef instructors and students prepare a garnish for one of the soups. The event, attended by close to 400 soup lovers, was held at St. Kevin parish hall, Welland. It raises funds for a social justice scholarship. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

For City’s Parking, By-law Division, 2016 Was ‘Exceptionally Active’


Ignore posted parking prohibitions at your own peril! This is Cabot Street, off First Avenue. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

WELLAND – The City of Welland Parking and By-law Division had an exceptionally active 2016 year, with 1,120 investigations conducted on public and private properties.  The officers also addressed approximately 3,000 phone call inquiries. A team of three by-law officers provide citizens of Welland with a variety of services related to compliance with clean yards, graffiti, property standards, and zoning.

The city’s by-law team works on a reactive, complaint-driven, basis. By-law officers investigate and enforce compliance with private and public property to ensure a level of public safety and neighbourhood integrity. The team of officers also administrate over 400 business licenses every year. Last year the by-law division invoiced a total of $130,544.50 to public and private property owners in order to bring derelict properties up to standard. This is almost $55,000 more than the $76,579.39 that was generated in 2015.

Parking enforcement is also a significant function within the division. A team of four parking enforcement officers work with a pro-active approach in responding to parking infractions throughout the city to provide safer streets and better traffic flow. The officers issued 11,150 parking infraction tickets in 2016, which is a considerable increase from the 9,549 tickets issued in 2015.

Ali Khan says the Parking and By-Law Division has improved customer service delivery and will continue to develop best practices.

“Staff had a busy year with parking enforcement and addressing by-law complaints that were officially filed with the city,” said Khan. “An online parking ticket payment system was also introduced in 2016 to simplify the process of payment.”

Gary Long, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Welland feels that enhancing online services and providing clear communication with the public is part of the Parking and By-law Division’s success.

“We want to work with residents and businesses to maintain a better quality of life, and keep our neighbourhoods safe and enjoyable for everyone,” said Long. “This can be achieved through co-operative compliance and enforcement of the city’s by-laws.”

The city’s Parking and By-law Division operates 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday; however, City of Welland parking enforcement operates 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. For more information on the Parking and By-law Division, or other City of Welland services and programs visit

(Source: City of Welland news release)