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.


North Welland Business Improvement Area Board of Management Meeting  ≫

4:15 PM Tuesday Mar. 28  2017 –
Ye Olde Squire Restaurant, 800 Niagara Street.

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

5:40 PM Tuesday Mar. 28  2017 – in the Council Ante Room, to discuss the following:

  • Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.
    – Fire facilities update.
    – Rice Road update.
  • Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.
    – Personnel matter.

– (approximately 7:00 p.m.) Special Council Meeting, in Open Session, in the Council Chambers.

– General Committee Meeting, in Open Session, in the Council Chambers.

Public Input Meeting re: Waterway’s ’Go Quiet’ By-law  ≫

7:00 PM Tuesday Mar. 28  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

Welland Recreational Canal Corporation Interim Board Meeting  ≫

4:30 PM Wednesday Mar. 29  2017 –
Council Chambers

Public Open House re: Possible Future Improvements to Memorial Park  ≫

6:30 PM Wednesday Mar. 29  2017 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

Open House Means Open Doors At Campuses


Tomorrow is Open House at Niagara College Welland and NOTL campuses (File photo/Joe Barkovich)

WELLAND/NOTL – Itching to see what is going on behind the walls at Niagara College’s Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses?

Head to NC tomorrow (Saturday, March 25) and enjoy hours of special events and information sessions, designed to help prospective students and the community experience Niagara College first-hand.

Part of the spring annual house, NC is offering a wide variety of displays, information sessions, and tours of facilities, including residences from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, one lucky future student will be the recipient of a $3,000 award applicable towards 2017-18 tuition.

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College president Dan Patterson

“This is a great opportunity to meet students, faculty and staff, in an informal atmosphere,” said NC president Dan Patterson. “There is a wide variety of special events to appeal to all interests.”

Enjoy the onset of spring through plant sales at both campuses, and a display of unique plantings that will inspire your inner gardener in the greenhouse at the NOTL campus where visitors can also view the aquaponics operation and the new Commercial Beekeeping program.

Both campuses will feature live music and tours of residences. Tours and tastings are available at the NOTL campus of both the winery and brewery, and culinary selections from Benchmark restaurant chefs are available including complementary desserts, commemorating NC’s 50th anniversary this year.

Information sessions include: Student Services Fair; financial aid; program sessions; and for the first time, NC will feature Meet the President Hour –in Welland at 10:30 a.m. in the Learning Commons, and in NOTL, from at 12:30 at the cafeteria entrance, with Patterson as host of the hour.

Parking is free during the event; advance registration is not required and visitors will enjoy a 20 per cent discount at campus stores. For additional information, visit: house

(Source: Niagara College website)

Library Celebrates National Poetry Month

WELLAND – Join in at Welland Library (Main Branch) on Saturday, April 29 from 2-4pm to celebrate National Poetry Month. Enjoy dynamic and diverse readings by John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of Brantford and Norfolk County; Adam Dickinson, professor of poetry at Brock University; Taylor Peebles, Welland poet and activist; and accomplished Toronto poets, Jade Wallace and Julie Mannell, formerly of Fonthill. Light refreshments provided.
This WPL event kicks off a full day of celebrating poetry that continues at 6pm at The Black Sheep Lounge with the return of the Grey Borders Magazine Reading Series.
The Welland Public Library invites YOU to share your poetry during an open mic session at this event! Enter for the chance to have your poetry featured in Grey Borders Magazine! If you see poetry in pictures, this contest is also for you!
The 2017 National Poetry month theme is Time; participants should explore this theme in relation to Canada and its 150 years or Welland’s 100th anniversary of becoming a city.
Submit at least one poem or 8×10 original photograph by April 15th (maximum of 5 poems or photographs per entrant)
Register by submitting your poems or photos to You will receive confirmation of receipt and further instructions by email. Submissions can also be dropped off at either WPL branch. (The Welland Public Library is not responsible for any loss or damage to submitted artwork.)
The first five poets to register will have their work published in Grey Borders magazine. All open mic participants and photography submissions are also eligible for a prize draw. (

* Poetry * Photography * Coffeehouse * Readings * Open Mic * Prizes *

(Source: Welland Public Library website)

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 Mar. 20  2017 –
– Welland Public Library, Program Room, 50 The Boardwalk

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

5:10 PM Tuesday Mar. 21  2017 – to discuss the following:

  • Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.
    – Cordage Green update.
    – Woodlawn Cemetery discussion.
    – Youngs Sportsplex update.
    – Rice Road update.
    – Sale of City owned lands.
  • Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.
    – Committee Appointments for the following Committee:
    Market Square Advisory Committee.
    – Personnel Matter.

in the Council Ante Room

Council Meeting, in Open Session  ≫

7:00 PM Tuesday Mar. 21  2017 –
in the Council Chambers

Town and Gown Committee Meeting  ≫

6:00 PM Wednesday Mar. 22  2017 –
Niagara College, Welland Campus – Student Administrative Council (SAC) Board Room (SA208)

Welland Arenas Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

12:00 PM Thursday Mar. 23  2017 –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

CITY SHORTS ART: More info on this event, see City Shorts brief, blow. (File photo)

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 –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.


March Snowstorm Buries Niagara


The weather was no picnic in Welland after winter storm dumps 38 cm of snow (photo Patricia Martel)

 By Rob Paola

After one of the warmest Februarys on record in Niagara that featured very little snow, winter has come back with a vengeance in March with one of the heaviest March snowfalls on record.  Snow began to fall around midday on Monday Mar 13th and continued through Tuesday into Wednesday morning of the 15th before tapering off.  By the time the last flakes fell, storm snowfall totals ranged from 20 to 50 cm across Niagara with the highest amounts in the St Catharines and Niagara Falls areas. In Welland, 38 cm of snow was reported making it the heaviest March snowfall since 2014, and the 5th heaviest March snowfall on record.

Snowfall totals March 13 -15th 2017
St Catharines… 40-50 cm (estimated)
Niagara Falls …. 40-50 cm (estimated)
Brock University .. 40 cm
Welland …. 38 cm* (estimated)
Ft Erie …… 30 cm
Grimsby …. 25 cm
Pt Colborne …. 20 cm

Buffalo NY… 50 cm (19.6″)
Niagara Falls NY … 58 cm (23.0″ estimated)
Rochester NY … 68 cm (26.7″)

(*NOTE: The 38 cm in Welland is an unofficial snowfall report from a local observer in the city. Official snowfall records are no longer kept for Welland.  The automated precipitation gauge at Welland airport recorded only 11.3 mm of melted snow during this event. This shows the importance of having actual snowfall measurements from human observers, since automated sensors cannot measure snowfall accurately.)

How this storm rates with other March snowstorms in Niagara
In Welland, 38 cm would make it the 5th biggest March snowstorm in the city since records began in 1873. A look at past weather records shows some of Niagara’s biggest snowstorms have occurred in March.  In Welland, the top March snowstorms of all time are as follows:

Top March snowstorms – Welland (since 1873) 
1.  102 cm ……Feb 28 – March 2 1900 (Welland’s biggest snowstorm on record)
2.   61 cm ……. March 17 1936
3.   42 cm ……. March 12 2014
4.   41 cm ……. March 7-8 2008
5.   38 cm ……. March 13-15 2017

 The St Patrick Day’s snowstorm of March 17 1936 dumped 61 cm (24 inches) of heavy wet snow on the city with up to 65 cm recorded in Niagara Falls. The storm caused considerable travel disruptions in Niagara, and even led to a roof collapse of the Peace Bridge Arena in Fort Erie, home of an early Buffalo Bisons hockey team. (also see St Catharines museum link on St Patrick’s Day storm)   The biggest March snowstorm on record in Niagara is likely the massive winter storm that struck the area on Feb 28 to March 2 1900 when 102 cm of snow (40″) was recorded in Welland, including 81 cm (32″) on March 1st alone, Welland’s biggest snowfall on record.  So don’t let mild winter weather fool you.. March can still deliver a wicked winter punch!

(Editor’s note: Rob Paola is a former ‘Welland boy’ who works for Environment Canada in Winnipeg, but still enjoys keeping a close eye on the weather picture in Welland and Niagara. Here is the link to his blog: )


Second Of Three ‘Go Quiet’ Meetings Tonight

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Seeking Public Input

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.

One public meeting has been held:

  • Saturday, March 11

Two public meetings remain:

  • Thursday, March 16,  @ 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 28,  @ 7:00pm

All meetings are in the Theatre at the Welland Community Wellness Complex (145 Lincoln Street).


Ontario Improving GO Service For Students, Families In Niagara


Minister of Transportation Stephen Del Duca is met with applause from the roundtable at Niagara College today (March 15) as he announces a GO Bus stop at the College’s NOTL Campus. The round table included MPP for St. Catharines Jim Bradley, members of the Niagara College Student Administrative Council and college executive staff. (Supplied photo)

NIAGARA-ON-THE- LAKE – Ontario is making it easier to get around the Niagara and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area by expanding and improving local GO Transit services to better meet the needs of students, families, and commuters.

Starting April 8, the Route 12 GO Bus will stop at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus to make it easier for students and staff to get to and from school and for more people to take transit in Niagara Region. Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley made the announcement while engaging with students in a roundtable at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on March 15.

Buses will run between Niagara Falls and Burlington, with stops in St. Catharines, Grimsby and Stoney Creek, connecting to Lakeshore West GO Train service at the Burlington GO Station. GO Transit will provide hourly service throughout the day and into late evening, seven days a week.

Expanding GO Transit service to improve people’s commute is part of our government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“It was a pleasure meeting with Niagara College student leaders today to discuss local transit and transportation issues. We know that transit directly affects students, as well as local commuters and travelers, which is why I am so pleased to announce that we are expanding and improving local GO Transit services. Improvements like these will help reduce congestion on our roads and make it more convenient for locals to travel across the Niagara region.”
— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“More transit options will help everyone who lives, studies or travels in our region. This is great news for the people of Niagara and for the students at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.”
— Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines

“Bringing GO bus service to this campus will make it easier to get to school, home, and anywhere in between. It’s all part of our plan to expand and improve GO services throughout our region so we can bring more transit to more people.”
— Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx

“Having GO Bus service directly to campus will open up huge opportunities for students from West Niagara, Hamilton and the GTA to come directly to Niagara College. It also creates a much greater range of co-op and internship options for our students accessing employers beyond Niagara. We can now say, GO to Niagara College!”
— Dan Patterson, President, Niagara College


 The new GO Bus stop will be located near the entrance of the main building where Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit, Niagara Region Transit, St. Catharines Transit and Welland Transit buses stop.
 Detailed schedules will be available during the week of March 20. Customers should check for more details.
 Students can have their PRESTO cards set with a student discount and save even more.
 Niagara’s seasonal GO Train service will resume Victoria Day weekend, Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the summer on Friday evenings, Saturday, Sundays and holidays, for the ninth consecutive year.
 Metrolinx continues to work closely with local transit service providers to ensure better alignment between GO Transit and local transit services.

(Source: News Release)




More Snow, Gusty Winds Coming Our Way


First Avenue near Woodlawn, looking south, today at 8am. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)


5:07 AM EDT Wednesday 15 March 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

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

Periods of snow will continue today across most of the Niagara Peninsula, accompanied by strong and gusty northwesterly winds.

Poor winter driving conditions are expected today due to reduced visibility at times in blowing snow. Untreated roads may be snow covered and slippery. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination.

Travel conditions will slowly improve beginning this afternoon as the snow tapers off to scattered flurries.

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