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

Defeating Marauders, Jr. Irish Advance to SOSSA

nd-logoNIAGARA FALLS – Notre Dame basketball teams returned home from A. N. Myer Thursday with a 1 and 1 record.

The senior Irish lost the Zone 3 championship game to the Marauders, 59-54.

The junior Irish captured the zone championship, defeating Myer Marauders 54-21 and advanced to the SOSSA championship to be held Wednesday, March 1 at Notre Dame’s Dillon Hall.

The junior Irish will play McKinnon Park Secondary School of Caledonia at 12:30 pm. If they win, the Irish will compete in the SOSSA final at 5:30pm, meeting the winner of the Saltfleet –Blessed Trinity game.


Welland Reps, Provincial Officials To Meet At Conference


Mayor  Campion

WELLAND – The City of Welland’s Mayor and senior staff will be meeting with provincial officials at next week’s Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) conference in Toronto.

Welland’s delegation is comprised of: Mayor Frank Campion, Chief Administrative Officer Gary Long, and General Manager of Infrastructure Services and City Engineer Sal Iannello. The following meetings are scheduled:

  • The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth
  • Patrick Brown, Leader, Official Opposition
  • Ernie Hardeman MPP, PC Municipal Affairs Critic
  • Senior departmental officials from Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Transportation.

“Our working relationships with provincial officials and staff are important in helping us advance our strategic priorities,” stated Welland’s Mayor Frank Campion. “We look forward to continuing the constructive dialogue next week and ensuring the City has a strong presence at the provincial level.

“The City has embarked on an aggressive vision for 2017 and our governmental relations strategy will be integral to helping us achieve our vision,” stated Chief Administrative Officer Gary Long. “Council’s strategic priorities encompass directions and specific actions we plan to undertake in 2017 with continued support from our regional, provincial, and federal partners.”

The 2017 OGRA Annual Conference is being held from February 26th to March 1st. Approximately 2,200 municipal leaders from across Canada and leading thinkers from around the world will come together to discuss topics of local, provincial, national, and international importance. For more information, visit

(Source: City of Welland news release)



City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size!


CITY SHORTS ART: The college’s Open House is always an interesting event to visit, whether or not you are planning to be a student. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large


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:


WELLAND – Go back in time to your first date, high school dances, penny loafers and cool cars. The Moonlighters specialize in early rock and roll songs, from the 50s and 60s. Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Searchers, Wilson Pickett, the Beatles and more.

When: Friday, March 10, 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Location: In the theatre at Welland Community Wellness Complex

Tickets: This is a free event

More Information: 905-735-1700 Ext. 4000 or


WELLAND –The week of February 27 through March 3 is March break at Niagara College. There are no classes scheduled during the break for students. There are date exceptions for the following programs: Civil Engineering Technician (Level 01) and Construction Engineering Technology (Level 04) – Break runs April 24 – April 28 ; Practical Nursing (Level 04) – No break.



(On-line graphic)

WELLAND – Does your church, service club or other community organization have a Shrove Tuesday pancake breakfast, lunch or dinner coming up Tuesday, February 28?

If so, put together the details in two or three short sentences and email to:

Your event will be included in a listing of Shrove Tuesday events to be published here on Monday.


WELLAND – Beginning in March, Welland Public Library will once again host Income Tax Clinics for people with low and fixed incomes.

Clinics will be conducted by volunteers from the CRA Volunteer Tax Service and from the Niagara District Chartered Accountants Association; they will be held primarily at the Main Branch, with one clinic held at the Diamond Trail Branch.

All clinics are available by appointment only. The Library will begin taking appointments on Tuesday, February 21 at 9:00 am.  To book your appointment, please call 905-734-6210  ext 2521.


WELLAND – Welland city council is developing a concept plan for improvements to Memorial Park.

Please participate in an online survey to help shape the future of Memorial Park. To take part, visit to take the survey.


WELLAND – Sviatoslav Shevchuk, patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, will visit St. John the Baptist Hungarian Greek Catholic Church, 111 Second St., Welland on Saturday, February 25. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9am followed by reception and light breakfast.

Patriarch Shevchuk’s visit will also take him to other parishes in Niagara.


job-fairWELLAND – The Welland Public Library will be a participant at the Job Gym’s Career and Information Fair at the Seaway Mall on February 28 from 10am-4pm. Join the library and 130+ other employers and find out how we can help you with your career needs!

For a full list of employers, click here.


WELLAND – Nominations are now open for the 2017 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award.

The award honours the memory of the late Councillor T. Roy Adams and is presented annually to a current resident of Niagara who best exemplifies Roy’s values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life.

Last year’s winner was Welland resident Paul Turner.

Residents can view criteria for the award and submit nominations online at Nominations are open until March 31, 2017.Roy Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the Region, Canada, and abroad for his service to God, his country and his fellow citizens. More info: Contact Darrell Neufeld, Niagara Region, 905-980-6000 ext. 3813.


WELLAND – Get a sneak peek at all of the exciting programs for March Break in the library’s newest program guide! We have programs available for children, teens and families. Pick one up today at the Main Branch, Diamond Trail Branch or take a look online here: March Break Program Guide 2017.


WELLAND – St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Welland is looking for a new Part-time Manager. Remuneration is to be determined. Please send your resume to: Patrick Rothwell, President of the Welland Particular Council, St. Vincent de Paul Society Box 646, Fonthill, ON L0S 1E0.