City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

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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:


WELLAND –This popular series resumes Tuesday, March 28, 7pm with Life and Death on the Welland Ship Canal – The Untold Story of 137 Worker Fatalities.

Guest speaker, Arden Phair, will deliver an illustrated presentation on an engineering marvel of the twentieth century – the Welland Ship Canal – and the plans to build a Memorial to the men whose lives were lost during its construction. Until now, this has been an untold story of the transportation icon. The 137 fatalities between 1914 and 1935 represent one of the largest losses of life in the history of the Government of Canada infrastructure projects. This lecture combines a historical and photographic overview with the Welland Canal works as a backdrop to the Memorial project and a selection of stories about the fallen workers.

This talk will take place at 7 pm in the Community Room of Civic Square, located at 60 East Main Street in Welland. Upcoming topics are as follows:

Tuesday, April 25: Disaster on the Welland Canal: The Lock 6 Gate Collapse, 1928 by Sarah King-Head.

Tuesday, May 30: Helmet Diving from the Past by Mike Babiski.

Please register for these talks by calling the Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or through our online calendar.


WELLAND – 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.

Next meeting:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 7pm

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

For further information please contact


WELLAND – Partners for Planning (P4P) and the Welland Public Library present a live screening of “The Art of Belonging”  Thursday, March 30 7pm in the Main Branch lounge or upstairs in the Community Room for this live-stream TEDx-inspired talk that features six diverse speakers who offer unique perspectives on the importance of community and belonging.

P4P is a non-profit organization that provides families with free resources to help plan the best possible life for loved ones with disabilities.

To register, email or visit our website Events Calendar.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – Author Max Eisen will be at Niagara College’s Benchmark Restaurant at the NOTL campus for a special presentation of his By Chance Alone. It’s schedule from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

The presentation will be followed by a question period and book signing. The event is open to students, staff and faculty of Niagara College.

Eisen was brought face to face with the absolute evil of the Nazi Holocaust as a teenager. While celebrating the Jewish Passover holiday with his family in Moldava in the former Czechoslovakia in 1929, Max remembers how soldiers kicked down his front door and forced them to hand over their most cherished possessions.


WELLAND – On Saturday, March 25  you can Discover Niagara College at the 2017 Spring Open House from 10am to 2pm at both the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses.


WELLAND –- Come to the Welland Library’s Diamond Trail Branch 11:15am to 12:15pm to participate in the first Family Book Club.

Pick up your copy of the children’s picture book, ’The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’ by Jon Scieszka, at either the Library’s Main Branch or Diamond Trail Branch, read the book as a family, then come to Diamond Trail at 315 Southworth Street in Welland on March 18th to discuss the book. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Did it move you? Make you mad, sad or glad? Share your thoughts and feelings in a lively discussion with others. Please register in advance for this FREE program as spaces fill up quickly. You can register online at or by calling 905-734-6210 x2521.


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 recipient 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.



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