Monthly Archives: March 2018

OPINION: Tell Us What’s Going On At The Trail


By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
Wellanders,  particularly  those who frequently or even occasionally walk the Merritt Island trails, need to be told what exactly it is the city is doing to this precious greenspace in our community.
Easy to say the brush between the upper and lower trail and between the lower trail and riverbank is being thinned out. That doesn’t cut it for us. Many are left wondering if too much “wood” is being removed. To the untrained eye, it certainly looks like it.
This stretch of prime trail used to be lush greenery from late spring to fall. But so much has been removed in the past few weeks we are left wondering if the trail will ever be as beautiful as it was in prime season.
I find it strange that nothing has been said about this at Welland council meetings. Well, at least not as far as I know. I could have missed council branching out into a discussion of the issue during television coverage of the meetings. Or I might not have seen a story in the local newspaper. If this is the case, I apologize.
If, however, nothing has been discussed, I think someone from the parks department staff, or some other city official perhaps the mayor or the CAO, should let us know what’s being done to the trail, why it is being done, and how much more remains to be done, if anything.
Before we know it, this once beautiful, pristine, pastoral ribbon of green space is going to resemble a sterile street in a new subdivision. That’s a stretch, I don’t deny it, but I hope it helps me make my point.


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Will the trail look like this, come summer? (File photo/Joe Barkovich)




Mayor, Staff Promote Welland On Global Stage

city logoWELLAND – Key members of the City of Welland’s Development Team joined fellow members of the Ontario Economic Alliance at the recent Marché International des Professionnels d’Immobilier (MIPIM) in Cannes, France. Mayor Frank Campion, Director of Economic Development and Co-Chair of the Alliance Dan Degazio, and CFO Steve Zorbas leveraged their association with these significant organizations to attract foreign investment to Ontario and particularly to Niagara and Welland. MIPIM brings more than 26,000 people from over 100 countries to one place. Attendees are the most influential players from all sectors of the international property industry.

The Welland team participated in more than 11 pre-arranged meetings and several on-location impromptu meetings with investors who indicated that they were interested in investing in Ontario. A great deal of interest was expressed in a proposed waterfront development on the Northern Reach part of Welland’s Recreational Canal. The city is currently preparing an analysis of the property and an RFP for development. Many individuals the team met with were intrigued by Welland’s incentive programs and its “shovel ready” employment lands. Through the city’s partnerships and considerable financial support from other levels of government, a cost-effective target-marketing-approach resulted in the creation of direct business relationships with companies wishing to pursue the possibility of investing in Welland and Niagara. Visits from some of these foreign investors to Niagara and Welland’s development office are expected over the next several months.

As well as promoting in-bound investment, the team attended relevant programming/seminars, and presentations on topics such as Urban Logistics, Liveable Cities, Mixed Use Development, and Hotels with an urban view.

“There were amazing concepts presented that can be utilized and adapted for use in Welland,” said  Mayor Campion. “Info sessions on APP Development, structure design, noise and light implications and solutions provided insight into how we can develop and ensure our community can provide a better living environment for residents. I found we don’t need to re-invent the wheel…we need to associate ourselves with and learn from the people who continually re-invent the wheel when it comes to “liveable city” planning and development, and urban design.”

Mayor Campion, who was invited and hosted by conference organizers as a VIP Guest, participated in the Mayor’s Think Tank Session, which was a discussion amongst presenters and Mayor’s from around the world. The discussion focused on how to identify, measure and chart data related to urban impacts and how to use the information to design better communities.
The real work has already begun to convert the network of contacts realized through the meetings to investors in our community. Dialogue will begin between Welland’s development team and the new prospects, and follow up meetings will be arranged.

“One common theme that emerged during meetings was that there are investors from many countries throughout the world that want to move money to countries like Canada and to areas with close proximity to the U.S. border,” said Dan Degazio, Director of Economic Development. “Our objective is to leverage Welland’s attributes to ensure some of that investment lands here and where our partners are in Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara, and other communities”.

“MIPIM provided direct access to a tremendous number of investors and billions of dollars in investment money,” said Steve Zorbas, the city’s Chief Financial Officer and G.M. of Corporate Services. “Our association with our Alliance partners and our ability to participate with them on the global stage solidified and reinforced Welland as an important player among provincial and municipal partners, and in the international marketplace”.

While in France, Mayor Campion visited with the City of Cannes Director of International Relations. He outlined the significant francophone population of Welland and the recent initiatives that strengthen the French language & culture in the city. It was agreed that the two cities would discuss bilateral economic and tourism initiatives.

(Source: City of Welland new release)

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 Active Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
6:30 PM Monday Mar. 26  –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Special Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole, in-camera (Closed to the Public), ≫
6:40 PM Tuesday Mar. 27  – to discuss the following:
Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board:
– Lease – Welland Tennis Club.

Council Ante Room

General Committee, in Open Session ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Mar. 27  –
Council Chambers

Welland City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size



Still time to apply for these! Deadline date is April 5. (City of Welland 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 – The Parish of St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church is hosting its first annual Easter Bazaar tomorrow, Saturday, March 24 from 10am to 1pm in the parish hall, 411 Harriet St, Welland. For a $3 admission you’ll get coffee or tea with a taste of lovely baked goods. There will be homemade cabbage rolls, perogies and Easter paskas (breads) for sale as well. Vendor tables will be selling Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky), arts, crafts and other treasures.

WELLAND – The 2018 shipping season on the St. Lawrence Seaway will soon start. The date? The canal opens Thursday, March 29, at 8 am.
Plans call for Top Hat ceremonies at Lock 3, St. Catharines for the first upbound vessel and at Lock 8 Gateway Park, Port Colborne for the first downbound vessel.
The ceremony in Port Colborne starts at 8am at 163 Mellanby Ave. with a pancake breakfast and McKay Elementary School students providing entertainment. Mayor John Maloney is scheduled to present a top hat to the captain of the first downbound vessel at 8:30am.

WELLAND – An upcoming Candidate Information Session will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 7 pm at the Gale Centre, 5152 Thorold Stone Road, Niagara Falls. This presentation will be provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Office to provide information to all interested parties.

WELLAND – Croatian National Home, Broadway Avenue, is having a cabbage roll sale.
You can buy 15 cabbage rolls for $20. Limited quantities are available, and you must pre-order by April 8. Call Kathleen 905-735-5089.
Pick up is on Wednesday April 11, from 3pm to 5pm.

WELLAND – Wanted: hair stylist with social conscience.
Open Arms Mission Centre, 22 Fifth St., is seeking a Welland hair stylist who would like to give back to the community. All you need do is come to the mission to cut hair for the needy once a month. If you’re interested call Pastor Rob, 905-788-3800.

spring programsWELLAND – New programs are emerging this spring at Welland Public Library including Ukrainian Egg Painting, Traveling the World on a Budget, and a Wine & Words Book Club! Morning Yoga on the Lawn and iPad Basics return along with many other popular programs. The library will be hosting guest speakers Janice J. Richardson, Darrell Epp, Robert McGill, Louise Davis and more. Take a look at the Spring Program Guide 2018 now available at all branches.
Register online or call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.

WELLAND – An Elvis tribute show is being held Saturday, March 31 at Welland Legion, 383 Morningstar Ave. Doors open 6pm, show starts 7pm. Tickets are $30.

WELLAND – The Canalside Players are pleased to present performances of Bare Bear Bones. The performances are Friday, April, 13 and Saturday, April 14 at 7pm and Sunday, April 15 at 2pm, all in the Theatre at the Welland Community Wellness Complex. Other performances are Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 also at 7pm. Tickets: $15 for passholders and $17 for non-passholders. A hilarious comedy about love and communication.

WELLAND – T. 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.
In memory of the late councillor, Niagara Region initiated a memorial award in 2003 in his name to honour a resident of Niagara who best exemplifies his values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life. The 2017 recipient was Tom Rankin.
Application info and other details are available on-line: Nominations close March 31.

WELLAND – “Triumph and Tragedy: the Welland Ship Canal” profiles the fallen workers whose lives were lost during the construction of Welland’s waterway. Several Welland Public Library staff members contributed articles to this collection.

WELLAND – Rose City Seniors Centre Foundation Board is holding its annual meeting Tuesday, April 17 at 1pm in the Community Wellness Centre meeting room, 145 Lincoln Street.
If you are 50+ years of age and hold a valid Wellness Complex Pass, you are eligible to vote on all Foundation Board matters.
AGENDA: Accountant’s Report for 2017 will be received; the Chair’s year-end report will be received; Election of Directors will be held, three to be elected.
Any person meeting bylaw requirements wishing to let her/his name stand for election must do so in writing no less than five (5) business days prior to the date of the AGM. There will be no nominations from the floor.
Please bring your Wellness Pass as identification.

WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. A special event is planned on Saturday, October 20, featuring Carson Arthur from Home to Win, the Marilyn Denis Show and City Line. He will be speaking on Eco Backyards. More information will be made available soon.

WELLAND – Welland Hospital Gift Shop is seeking volunteers and auxiliary members. Interested? Call 905-732-6111 ext. 33141 or email

WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society invites new members. The society’s meetings offer guest speakers, demonstrations, lessons and projects. More info, call 905-329-4217.

WELLAND – Meet Mayor Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for a 40-minute walk on Merritt Island.

(City Shorts is a weekly feature on the blog appearing Thursdays or Fridays)

Much To See, Do At College’s Spring Open House

DVC_f0lXUAYiU6-Prospective students and the public will have a chance to get an inside look at Niagara College tomorrow, Saturday, March 24 as part of the annual Spring Open House.

Visitors can enjoy hours of special events and information sessions, both of NC’s cutting-edge campuses, and meet the faculty and staff that make it all possible at NC’s Spring Open House.

In addition to a wide variety of displays, information sessions, live events and facility tours, one lucky future student will be the recipient of a $3,000 award applicable towards 2017-18 tuition.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to meet students, faculty and staff, experience the remarkable facilities and services we have on campus, and get a taste for what Niagara College is all about,” said president Dan Patterson. “There’s no better time than the Open House to explore your future at Niagara College.”

Visitors can usher in spring early with a landscaping demonstration at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, and plant sales at both campuses. Easter lilies, hydrangeas and more will be on offer, in addition to the landscaping skills of students and faculty. Tours and tastings will be on-tap in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the Teaching Brewery and Teaching Winery, as well as bread-making and charcuterie demonstrations in the recently renovated wing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute.

Welland Campus visitors may participate in a scene study in the Acting Lab, tour a mock courtroom, and see construction materials being tested in the Materials Lab.

Student life will be on display through NC’s Student Administrative Council, who will be offering free ice cream from Marble Slab, as well as a Get Your Game On interactive gaming room.

Program Information Sessions will cover the experience of studying at NC, while a student services fair will bring visitors up to speed on the supports and services available to students. Check the program schedule to find times and dates for specific sessions. Parents can stop by a new Parent Lounge and Parent Information Sessions for a look inside what life as an NC parent is like.

Parking is free during the event. Advance registration is not required and visitors will enjoy a 20 per cent discount at campus stores.

For more information, visit:

(Source: Niagara College news release)