Monthly Archives: April 2018

Welland Mourns Over Toronto Tragedy

city logoWELLAND – The City of Welland is deeply saddened by the tragedy that claimed the lives of 10 pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23. Another 15 people were injured in the incident.

The City sends sincere condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones, the victims, the witnesses on scene, and to the first responders who acted quickly and courageously.

As an expression of the city’s condolences, the flags at Welland Civic Square are now lowered at half-mast, and a request has been put forward for Bridge 13 to light the sky with blue and white lighting to represent Ontario colours.

(Source: City of Welland news 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 Apr. 23 2018 –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Special Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole, in-camera (Closed to the Public), ≫
6:45 PM Tuesday Apr. 24 2018 – to discuss the following:
Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board:
– 570 River Road.

in the Council Ante Room

General Committee, in Open Session ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Apr. 24 2018 –
Council Chambers

Market Square Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
6:00 PM Wednesday Apr. 25 2018 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

(Source: City of Welland website)

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size



Coming up at the library. See also City Shorts brief, below. (Supplied graphic)


Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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 – Student photographers will be on the other side of the camera lens on Friday, April 27 as Niagara College celebrates photography creativity at its eight annual Photography Awards Show.
Photography-event-poster-258x360Both the college community and the public are welcome to attend the event, which will be held at the Welland Campus. The show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Applied Institute Auditorium, followed by a print gallery reception in the Learning Commons.
“This is a great opportunity for the public to see quality work by today’s students who are tomorrow’s premier photographers,” said Stephen Dominick, professor and program coordinator for NC’s Photography program, School of Media Studies. “The work that will be on display is of the highest caliber.”
Several awards will be presented including Best of Show Trophy (sponsored by Bell Arte Camera), Associate Dean’s Award of Excellence, Premium Building Group Architectural Photography Award, Tym Hrycusko Memorial Trophy, Big Heart Award, and Portfolio of the Year (sponsored by Nikon Canada).
The ceremony will also feature the unveiling of Inception8 – a highly collectible annual publication of student portfolios.

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Parks, one of the region’s largest employers with over 1,700 full-time and seasonal employees, will be hosting a Job Fair on Saturday, May 5 at Niagara Parks’ Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex.
Job Fairs allow Niagara Parks to showcase the seasonal job opportunities that exist within the organization each year, while providing individuals with an opportunity to connect directly with various departmental hiring managers. Representatives from Niagara Parks’ Human Resources Department will be on-hand to help answer any questions.
There are still positions open for student and part-time staff for 2018 in the following areas: culinary services (cooks, cashiers, dishwashers), golf operations (grounds maintenance), heritage (interpreters), transportation (bus drivers – valid BZ or CZ licence required), all departments (janitors).
Applicants are encouraged to bring their resume that day, as well as create an online profile to submit their formal applications ahead of Saturday, May 5 at
Job fair date and time: Saturday, May 5, 10am to 2pm at Legends on the Niagara Clubhouse, 9561 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls (Entrance off Willoughby Rd.)
Contact: For more information and to apply online, please visit

self publishingWELLAND – What are the odds of landing a deal with a traditional publisher as a new author? What you don’t know can hurt your chances of success. Come and learn the tricks of the trade from Janice J. Richardson, author of five books – two of which have hit Amazon’s bestsellers list twice!
This is scheduled for April 21 at the library’s Seaway Mall branch. To learn more, or to register visit the Events Calendar or call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521.

poetry monthWELLAND – Do you have a passion for poetry? Then Welland library’s 3rd annual National Poetry Month Reading and Coffeehouse Event is for you! Poets Eva Tihanyi, Keith Inman, Taylor Peebles and Mori McCrae will share their diverse and impassioned works followed by an open mic opportunity and refreshments.
Please register in advance for the open mic session by contacting by April 21; you will receive confirmation of receipt by email.

WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society is hosting its annually-held plant sale Saturday, May 19. Hours are 9 am – noon, at 1100 Niagara Street North, the Niagara Regional Fairgrounds in Building B.
Shoppers will find mostly perennials that have been generously donated by the society’s members. They will have a few vegetables, herbs and native plants as well. Experienced gardeners will be there to answer questions. Donations from the public are also welcome.
If you are willing to donate plants to the sale, please have them potted, labeled (with name, colour, height, and if they are a sun or shade plant), and that they are a perennial. Donations will be accepted at the fairgrounds site Thursday, May 17 (noon to 5 pm) and Friday, May 18 (9 am – 4:30 pm). Any questions contact: or call 905-329-4217.
The day of the sale the doors open at 9 am. Terms: cash only, no taxes.

WELLAND – To celebrate Compost Awareness Week, Niagara Region will be hosting a compost giveaway from May 7 to May 11. In exchange for compost, residents must donate a non-perishable food item or cash in support of local charities. Visit for more info.

WELLAND – Niagara Centre YMCA is hosting Healthy Kids Day Sunday, April 29, 1pm to 4 pm. This is a national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of kids. A FREE event for everyone in the community, participating YMCAs will be open to the public with fun and healthy activities for the entire family.

WELLAND – The Mandolin Orchestra is holding this concert Sunday, May 27, 3pm at the Welland Community Wellness Complex. Tickets are$12 for passholders; $15 for non-passholders. International favourites, North American tunes, Broadway hits, Celtic music, Pops, light classics – the Mandolin Orchestra of Niagara does it all. Under the direction of Sylvia Hlywka Brabson, this group of musicians presents a wide range of music sure to delight any audience.

timthumb.pngWELLAND – Enjoy performances by local musicians, sample the flavours of Welland’s esteemed food service providers, and place your silent auction bids at our after-hours library lounge. The event is May 11 starting at 7pm, doors open at 645pm.
Featuring performances by: Dawson Chamberlain and Emily Yochim,Cindy and Brett & Jesse Crawford’
It’s all in support of the library’s continuous efforts to promote literacy, provide responsive services to everyone in our community, and integrate technology in all aspects of service.
$20 per person – tickets are available at all branches.

WELLAND – Ever want to place an entry in a flower competition, but not sure how? Want to see how to do a design? Have questions? The Welland Horticultural Society would like to welcome everyone to listen to Wendy Somers, Wednesday, May 16 at Wesley United Church, First Avenue. Doors open at 6:30pm and meeting will start at 7 pm.
Somers is a design and horticultural judge. She will be designing one of the designs that will be in the society’s Rose and Flower show in June and what will be in the Niagara Regional Exhibition in September. She will also discuss how to prepare your entries for competition. Handouts will be provided.

WELLAND – The city’s Friday Night Live program presents B4 Midnight, a Niagara country/folk band. B4 Midnight is a versatile trio featuring Gord Watt on guitar and vocals, Kirk Smith on fiddle, Jeff Friesen on bass and introducing Tania Di Paolo. Watt and Smith have been playing together for over 25 years, and were part of the Glenridge Boys. B4 Midnight has over 200 songs in their collection, and play originals , classic country, folk, old rock, modern indie and more. The performance takes place Friday, May 18, 7pm in the theatre at Welland Community Wellness Complex. This is a free event.

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

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-shortsCity Shorts is a weekly feature on the blog appearing Thursdays or Fridays)



Block Party, Bike Clinic On May 5


DSC_0093 (3)WELLAND – St. Matthew’s Church is hosting its 12th annual neighbourhood Block Party and Bike Clinic.
The popular event offers bike safety info and education and also a chance for folks to socialize by meeting their neighbours.
Cycling enthusiasts will have opportunity to learn the proper way to wear bike helmets, the ABCs of bicycle care and can benefit from free bike maintenance.
Some free new helmets will be available. Free bike maintenance will include: air in tires, seat adjustment, lubrication and reflective tape.
On the social side, free burgers and hot dogs are being served up and juice and cookies.
Date of the event is Saturday, May 5, from 10am to noon.
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church is at the corner of Griffith and Kent streets.

Gun Amnesty At Mid-Campaign

gunST. CATHARINES – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) have safely secured dozens of weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition midway through a month-long Gun Amnesty campaign.

As of April 18, the NRPS has received eight firearms that were surrendered as a result of the initiative.

Meanwhile, there have been 218 gun amnesty calls for service in OPP jurisdiction, 42 of which were received through the online reporting option on the OPP website. Since the launch of the gun amnesty, 267 items were recovered through appointments made with OPP officers. Just over 5,200 pieces of ammunition were surrendered during this period, including a quantity of hollow point bullets.

The gun amnesty will be in effect until Monday, April 30 for any Ontario resident who wishes to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories, or ammunition. The public is reminded that no amnesty is offered for people who turn in weapons that have been used in the commission of a crime and no anonymous submissions will be accepted.

Interested gun owners are strongly urged to call the NRPS non-emergency line (905) 688-4111 to arrange for officers to attend and safely retrieve the weapons.

Under NO circumstances should anyone deliver guns or ammunition directly to police facilities.

– The Gun Amnesty does not prevent or limit the transfer of ownership or sale of firearms to and by third parties who have a valid Possession and Acquisition Licence .
– During the amnesty, police will not recommend weapons-related Criminal Code charges that might otherwise apply to people who are turning in firearms and ammunition.
– Although a majority of firearms surrendered to police will be destroyed, a number of firearms may be retained for historical, educational or training purposes.
– All municipal police services in Ontario are participating in the Gun Amnesty.
– For more information on the Canadian Firearms Program visit the RCMPs national website at There you will find some general safety information, as well as information on Inherited Firearms.

(Source: NRPS news release)