Monthly Archives: February 2017

City Wants Public Input on Recreational Waterway’s ‘Go Quiet’ Bylaw

WELLAND – The City of Welland is looking for public input on the potential of allowing motorized boats on the Welland Recreational Waterway. On the recommendation of the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation (WRCC), a “Go Quiet” By-Law was passed in 2005 by Welland City Council, which prohibits any motorized boats on the Welland Recreational Waterway. Council is encouraging residents and businesses to voice their opinions on this matter during upcoming public meetings. Three public meetings, 90 minutes in length, are scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday March 11, 1:00pm at the Welland Community Wellness Complex (145 Lincoln Street)
  • Thursday March 16, 7:00pm at the Welland Community Wellness Complex (145 Lincoln Street)
  • Tuesday March, 28, 7:00pm at the Welland Community Wellness Complex (145 Lincoln Street)

An online survey will also be available on the city’s website beginning Thursday, March 2, 2017.  Council and staff want to engage local residents and stakeholders in order to gain a better understanding of community consensus on permitting, or not permitting, motorized boats on the Welland Recreational Waterway.

Council has directed staff to review the current ‘Go Quiet’ by-law and potential alternatives to expand public use of the Recreational Canal Waterway. Presentations from residents or businesses are welcomed at all three public meetings; however, they must be submitted prior to the meeting and must not exceed eight minutes in length.

City Council adopted the “Go Quiet” By-law on July 20, 2005, which placed a ban on all motorized watercrafts, unless granted approval by the WRCC to an organization, association, or corporation.

Some residents have expressed interest in having the city revisit the ban of motorized boats on canal water and having a discussion on other potential use of the waterway. Information collected from all three public meetings and an online survey will be reviewed, and will further assist to shape a staff report.

The city must take all issues and concerns into consideration when it comes to the protection of the waterway. Council and staff recognize the Welland Recreational Waterway is a cherished commodity, and the safety of canal users, protecting the environment, and protection of Welland’s water source are essential priorities.

To submit public opinion on this subject, take the online survey at, or to make a presentation at one of the public meetings inquire via email to

(Source: City of Welland news release)

Looking For A Pancake Supper?


WELLAND –Tomorrow (Tuesday, February 28) is Shrove Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent. Churches, service clubs and other community organizations hold pancake breakfasts, lunches or dinners on this day. Many are being held locally, including these submissions, listed here as a community service:

PANCAKE SUPPER Tuesday, February 28, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Corner Griffith and Kent Sts., Welland. Continuous serving 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Pancakes, toppings, sausage, bacon, and beverages. Donation basket at the door.

SHROVE TUESDAY Pancake Supper Tuesday, February 28, 5:30 to 7 pm. Central United Church 12 Young Street, Welland. Adults – $7  , under 12 – $4  . Please call 905 735-2333 to reserve.

PELHAM COMMUNITY CHURCH 461 Canboro Rd., pancake supper Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5-7 pm, $10 a person; kids 5 to 12 $6; kids 4 and under – free. Proceeds to Open Arms Mission and Pelham Cares. Presented by the Barn Boys.

SHROVE TUESDAY at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Division Street, Welland, Tuesday, February 28 430 til 7 pm. Cme and join us for some delicious pancakes & syrup, sausage and home made apple crisp for dessert.

Heavy Rain Forecast For Tuesday Night


ISSUED: 3:23 PM EST Monday 27 February 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

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

Rainfall amounts of 15-25 mm possible Tuesday night.

An area of showers with embedded thunderstorms is expected to move into the region Tuesday night. Local rainfall amounts are forecast to be in the 15 to 25 mm range, however, higher amounts are possible.

Environment Canada meteorologists will continue to monitor this developing weather system and issue further statements or alerts as required.

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

HERITAGE LIVES: A Forgotten Industry


By Terry Hughes

“It is a shame I have not answered you sooner but I am house cleaning and I am not well. How are you all stacking up” Such a message one would see on Facebook today but this was a message for Christian from A.H., on the back of this post card dated May 14, 1908. Isn’t it interesting how history repeats itself!

The picture on the post card features a small industry located by the tracks near East Main St., Welland, and later, not far from the ice house and Coronation School. They built cast iron stoves and furnaces for most homes and businesses that were heated with wood or coal. Natural gas was just beginning to appear at this time and was considered too dangerous.

The raw materials that were used for the products lay outside the building. They included pig iron and coal. The person standing on the tracks must have been an afterthought.

Next column: Looking at East Main St. from the top of the world.

(Terry Hughes is a Wellander who is passionate about heritage, history and model railroading.)


THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

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.

Welland Public Library Board Meeting  ≫

7:00 PM Monday Feb. 27  2017 –
– Welland Public Library, Program Room, 50 The Boardwalk

North Welland Business Improvement Area Board of Management Meeting  ≫

4:15 PM Tuesday Feb. 28  2017 –
LOCATION: Boston Pizza Restaurant, 934 Niagara Street.

Cancelled – General Committee Meeting  ≫

Tuesday Feb. 28  2017 –

Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Meeting  ≫

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

City of Welland Heritage Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

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

Welland Community Wellness Complex Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

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

Welland Recreational Canal Corporation Interim Board Meeting  ≫

4:30 PM Thursday Mar. 2  2017 –
Council Chambers

A Farewell To Arms


The season came to a close for Notre Dame senior boys basketball team with a 59-54 loss to A. N. Myer in the Zone 3 championship game on Thursday. Here’s a photo feature offered up as a salute to the team but also as a lighthearted look at the role of arms in this engrossing- to-watch high school sport. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)


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
February 13 – February 17 393 24 417

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 33 1 34 12
Grimsby 37 0 37 21
Lincoln 26 0 26 19
Niagara Falls 43 4 47 29
Niagara-on-the-Lake 13 0 13 19
Pelham 17 1 18 5
Port Colborne 15 3 18 11
St. Catharines 131 6 137 62
Thorold 22 0 22 10
Wainfleet 4 1 5 2
Welland 37 3 40 27
West Lincoln 15 5 20 13
Total 393 24 417 230


Institutional Outbreaks (Updated Each Friday)
Week of Influenza A Influenza B
February 13 – February 17 59

Ontario and Canada’s Influenza Activity