Monthly Archives: March 2017

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.


Senior Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

4:00 PM Monday Apr. 3  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Nominating Committee Meeting  ≫

6:05 PM Tuesday Apr. 4  2017 –
Council Ante Room

Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole In-camera (Closed to the Public),  ≫

6:10 PM Tuesday Apr. 4  2017 – to discuss the following:

  • Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.
    – Central Fire Hall.

in the Council Ante Room

Council Meeting, in Open Session,  ≫

7:00 PM Tuesday Apr. 4  2017 –

  • Legislated Public Hearing(s) Pursuant to the Planning Act.

in the Council Chambers

Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Meeting  ≫

4:30 PM Wednesday Apr. 5  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

City of Welland Heritage Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

5:00 PM Wednesday Apr. 5  2017 –
– Civic Square, Room 108 or 109

Welland Community Wellness Complex Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

3:00 PM Thursday Apr. 6  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size



CITY SHORTS ART: Always a popular event at our Welland market. (Supplied graphic)

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 – Niagara College president Dan Patterson joined community leaders in Toronto on Thursday to hear the announcement that Niagara was named the Canada Summer Games host for 2021.

Niagara edged out three other communities in the short list of the bid process – Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge, Ottawa and Sudbury.

“This is a win-win for athletes and the entire community of Niagara,” said Patterson. “Everyone in the area came together to support the bid and showcase all of the great venues, people and talent we have to offer in Niagara.”

Niagara College will be the host venue for a number of events and activities around the Games, including:

-Games’ broadcasting centre; Games’ media centre, practice and alternate basketball games site; and residential housing for technical officials for South Niagara sports locations – at the Welland campus; and,

-Residential housing for technical officials for North Niagara sports locations – at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campus residences.

In addition, NC will be involved in the Human Legacy Plan for Niagara, a project spearheaded by NC’s associate vice-president, academic and learner services, David Veres. These initiatives support job opportunities for students and recent graduates, placement internships and course-based projects.

Patterson said the College and community have a lot to look forward to: “the College’s hands-on learning approach opens up opportunities to support development and delivery of a world-class games.”


go-quietWELLAND – Residents and businesses are invited to share their thoughts on potential changes to the City of Welland’s existing Go Quiet By-Law, which prohibits motorized craft on the Welland Recreational Waterway outside of special use exemptions for safety purposes.

Fourth and last meeting: Thursday, April 6 @ 7pm.

Meetings take place in the Theatre at the Welland Community Wellness Complex (145 Lincoln Street).

For further information contact


WELLAND –The City of Welland Public Works Division is underway with the street sweeping program of city roadways. Although this program has the potential to pause due to weather related conditions, staff anticipate the program will take approximately four to six weeks to complete.

This year’s program consists of cleaning 19 zones as identified on the sweeping map index. Work will commence within zone one and will continue systematically to zone 19. Curb lines within cul-de-sacs will be swept, and further followed up with another sweeping in the cul-de-sac center areas as required.

Sweeping creates a healthier environment because it reduces dust and other airborne contaminants. Vince Beaudoin, General Foreman of Public Works says the street sweepers help reduce the amount of material that gets washed into the storm water system, which ultimately leads to the canal, river, and creeks. “Removing loose material from the roadway also ensures safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers,” said Beaudoin.

City staff ask for community cooperation with the street sweeping program, in order to make Welland an even healthier cleaner city to live in. For inquiries regarding the city’s street sweeping please contact Public Works at 905 735-1700 Ext. 3000.

How can you help?

Please refrain from parking your vehicles on the road during this period;

Please refrain from sweeping your driveway and sidewalk debris onto the roadway;

Do not sweep the gutter or edge of road material into pile;

Please remove hockey and basketball nets from the edge of the road.


WELLAND – Holy Cross Cemetery’s annual spring cleanup, starts on Tuesday, April 18.

All wreaths, tin cans, glass jars, flower pots, and similar articles not removed, will be disposed of on April 18.

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 until they are able to come to the cemetery to pick them up.


WELLAND –-Learn how to dye and decorate Easter eggs with traditional Ukrainian folk designs at the Welland Public Library’s Main Branch at 50 The Boardwalk in Welland. Date: Tuesday, April 4, 7pm.

All tools and supplies will be provided. Just bring yourself, a friend if you can and excitement for learning a new crafting skill. This program is FREE but space is very limited so  register online at or by calling the Welland Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 for more details.


WELLAND –April 14, 2017 will mark the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S Titanic.

Hosted by the Welland Public Library, join an evening of exploration and discovery in the Community Room of the Welland Civic Square at 60 East Main Street in Welland, Tuesday, April 11, 7pm.

View authentic artifacts and memorabilia, watch rare video footage, uncover little known facts and participate in a Q & A with the expert.

Presented by Wayne J. Tuttle, collector/historian for over 40 years, and a member of Toastmasters International & Speakers Bureau. For more information about this free event, please contact the Welland Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.

Biz Mag Spotlights Welland For 400,000


new mag

Welland shines in words, images in mag’s special report. (Supplied photo)

WELLAND – The March/April issue of Business View Magazine is spotlighting the City of Welland to over 400,000 subscribers throughout North America and beyond.

The full-colour feature titled “Welland, Ontario: Bridging the Past, Present, and Future” is part of the magazine’s City View section, which profiles best practices of ‘Communities on the Grow’ across Canada and the US.

Visit the city’s website and click on the magazine’s cover to read the article.

(Source: City of Welland news release)

Scholarship Fundraiser Concert Features Diverse Local Musicians

170322 ORMTAPoster (3) (1)WELLAND (Special) – The Welland-Port Colborne branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) is hosting a student scholarship fund-raising concert Saturday, April 8 at 7 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.

untitledFeatured performers include Cynthia Vermeer, flute; Sarah McKean, clarinet; Ryan Baxter, piano; Vicki Vlassis-Radulovich, mezzo-soprano; Bill Outred, organ/piano, Brian Mosior, baritone; Ted Ellis, piano; Emilio and Antonio Geremia, piano and more local talent.

Admission is $15 per person, $30 for family of four. Tickets are available at the door, or from your local ORMTA member teacher.

All proceeds go to the Student Scholarship Fund of the Welland-Port Colborne ORMTA, which awards scholarships in order to encourage and assist those pursuing musical studies.

The branch currently sponsors several scholarships annually which are awarded to performers in select classes of the Port Colborne Festival of the Arts each spring. As well, scholarships are awarded to musicians studying with ORMTA members who earn marks of 80% or more on instrumental, vocal and theory examinations through Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada, or Canadian National Conservatory of Music.

The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) is a not-for-profit provincial organization which aims to encourage and provide the highest calibre of music education possible and to promote exceptional standards of music in each community.

The Welland-Port Colborne branch, in addition to awarding scholarships, hosts student recitals several times a year, as well as occasional workshops.

What! More Misery Ahead!


6:53 AM EDT Wednesday 29 March 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

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

March ends on a wintery note for some, and a wet one for others.

A developing low pressure system over Texas is setting its sights on Southern Ontario. It will slowly track towards the lower Great Lakes later Thursday and linger on Friday.

Rain is forecast to begin Thursday for much of Southwestern Ontario reaching the Golden Horseshoe later in the day. It is expected to change to snow in some areas, and then to freezing rain Thursday night north and west of Toronto. Several millimetres of freezing rain are possible Thursday night especially over the higher terrain of the Dundalk Highlands and above the Niagara escarpment from Kitchener-Guelph north through Orangeville and Shelburne. Snow amounts of 5 to perhaps 10 centimetres are also possible from Southern Georgian Bay and eastwards to the north of Lake Ontario by Friday. Those in the Greater Toronto Area in closer proximity to Lake Ontario, as well as most of Southwestern Ontario, should receive mostly rain.

Most areas should change to rain by Friday, with some significant rainfall totals of 25 to 40 mm possible before it begins to taper off Friday night.

Travel may become hazardous in areas which receive freezing rain or snowfall Thursday night. Warnings will likely be required.

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