Monthly Archives: May 2019

Get Outta Here, You Dirty Rats!


WELLAND –To help curb rodent issues in Welland, the city is introducing a Residential Rodent Control Rebate Program, which offers a maximum eligible rebate for the service of a licensed pest control expert of $200 per residential property per calendar year. The rebate is retroactive to pest control services dating back to May 1, 2018.

The Residential Rodent Rebate Program is a simple four-step process that is straightforward and easy to complete from start to finish. The following four steps must be completed for eligibility:

1) Site Inspection by Welland By-law Officer
2) Property owner hires an authorized contractor and completes the application
3) Submit application and invoice
4) Application Review by city staff

“We’re pleased to provide the Rodent Rebate Program to homeowners,” said Ali Khan, Supervisor of Traffic, Parking and By-laws. “Discovering a rodent problem on your property can be emotionally and financially frustrating. We hope property owners will take advantage of this opportunity.”

Welland City Council allocated $25,000 towards the Residential Rodent Rebate Program for 2019. Property owners are urged to apply quickly because city staff say the program could receive many applications and fatigue program funds to nil before the end of 2019. To begin the application and find more information on the Residential Rodent Rebate Program or to schedule a site inspection with a City of Welland By-law Officer, visit

(Source: City of Welland news release)

Barky’s Billboard

Please Support/Attend This Outstanding Hoops Event in Welland’s Jurassic Square:

Join in at Welland Jurassic Square as the Raptors take on the Golden State Warriors for GAME 2 this Sunday @ 8pm. Live Broadcast on the city’s LED, half-time activites, free-throw competition & more. (City of Welland graphic)

(Barky’s Billboard is a recurring feature on the blog)

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 Downtown Business Improvement Area Meeting ≫
5:30 PM Monday Jun. 3 2019 –
Room 108/109

Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole in Camera ≫
6:35 PM Tuesday Jun. 4 2019 –
A trade secret or scientific, technical commercial or labour relations information, supplied in confidence to the municipality or local board, which, if disclosed, could reasonably be expected to prejudice significantly the competitive position or interfere significantly with the contractual or other negotiations of a person, group of persons, or organization;
– Waterway Emergency Preparedness Phase 1, HIRA

Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board:
– 570 River Road Land Transfer

Council Ante Room

Council Meeting ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Jun. 4 2019 –
Council Chambers

City of Welland Heritage Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday Jun. 5 2019 –
Room 108, Civic Square, 60 East Main Street

(Source: City of Welland website)

HERITAGE LIVES: Gingerbread House, How Sweet It Was!

By Terry Hughes

WELLAND – Thanks to the efforts of Thies Bogner, Master Photographer, and Brian Girard, we are treated to two images taken from several glass negatives showing 204 East Main St. in its glory days as an architectural wonder. It was known locally as The Gingerbread House. It boasts an abundance of “Gingerbread” features on the porch and gables

The photographs were taken looking at the overall building and secondly, the closeup of the porch showing the owners enjoying a pleasant day on the front lawn.

The owner, Alfred Lawrence, was a successful businessman in the furniture and funerary business and had the home built near the turn of the 20th century on this tree-lined roadway.

An excellent description of these two photos is detailed in the book titled HISTORICAL AND ARCHITECTURAL REFLECTIONS OF THE FOUNDING PEOPLES OF WELLAND published by LACAC in 1992. But the feast to the eye lies in the magnificent detailing evident on every part of the building

Believe it or not, this building still stands in the same location but without the items that made it such a pleasure to behold. It sits next to Ken Nash Paint Store without that beautiful tree canopy that once lined Main Street and all that gingerbread.

(Supplied photos)

(Terry Hughes is a Wellander who is passionate about heritage, history and model railroading. His opinion column, Heritage Lives, appears on the blog once or twice monthly.)

Next Column: Look what’s going on at the Port Colborne Museum!

‘Dr. Dan’ To Conclude His Tenure As President In June 2020

Niagara College President Dan Patterson (Supplied photo)

President Dan Patterson, the dynamic, visionary and tireless leader of Niagara College, has advised the Board of Governors that he will conclude his tenure as Niagara College president when his current term ends on June 30, 2020.

While he remains as passionate and energized about Niagara College as he was at the beginning of his presidency almost 25 years ago, Dan has indicated that he feels it is the right time to make a change, knowing the college is in a strong place and well positioned to meet the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

“I have the best job in the world seeing Niagara College transform the lives of students along with responding to the needs of the Niagara community. It’s easy to be enthusiastic when you see the great things happening in and out of the classrooms at our campuses, driven by our faculty and staff’s unwavering commitment to student success,” said Patterson. “I leave Niagara College in a good place at a good time. I marvel at how this almost twenty-five year journey has placed us as a leader in the Canadian college system. There is much to be proud of, and Niagara College is well placed to meet the exciting opportunities and inevitable challenges of the coming years.”

“On behalf of the Board of Governors and the entire Niagara College community, I offer our sincere appreciation to Dan for dedicating boundless time and energy into transforming Niagara College into a leading postsecondary educational institution in Canada with global recognition for excellence,” said John F.T. Scott, chair of Niagara College’s Board of Governors.

During his nearly 25-year tenure as president, Dan has overseen a dramatic transformation of Niagara College. Enrolment has almost tripled – from 4,500 to 13,000 students who come from more than 90 countries. The college has invested more than $300 million at two outstanding campus locations in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake that are now among the most unique, innovative and beautiful learning environments in the country. Along with its presence in Niagara, the College is also a recognized leader in international education with global partnerships in several countries including Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, India, Jamaica and Brazil.

Dan has been as dedicated to smart economic development for the Niagara region as he has been to the college. He has been instrumental in linking academic programs to the new and emerging needs of local industries. Today, the college offers more than 130 academic programs supporting key regional sectors, including health care, agri-business and advanced manufacturing. Programs introduced under Dan’s leadership include Canadian firsts in post-secondary education such as winery and viticulture and wine business, brewing, distilling and a commercial cannabis production program. These pioneering programs are supported by unique learning enterprises, including a teaching winery, brewery and distillery, on-campus vineyards and hop yards.

Under Dan’s leadership, Niagara College has also become a forerunner in applied research, consistently ranking in the top 10 of College Research funding in Canada. Through its research and innovation work, Niagara College has assisted hundreds of small and medium businesses innovate and develop new products and process efficiencies, while providing students with valuable real-world experience.

Dan’s impact has been felt well beyond Niagara College. He is an extraordinary community leader and has championed many worthwhile initiatives that have beneficially impacted the health and well-being of the Niagara community. The community has recognized him on several occasions which include the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year; the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and the Canadian Red Cross Power of Humanity award.

As Chair of the Committee of Presidents representing 24 Ontario colleges, Dan’s leadership helped secure the granting of baccalaureate degrees for Ontario colleges, and to raise their profile as a vital segment of the provincial post-secondary education sector. Dan continues to share his knowledge and expertise through involvement in boards at the national, provincial and local levels. His public service has been recognized with Honourary Doctorates from Niagara University and Brock University.

As president of Niagara College, Dan has personally greeted premiers, prime ministers, ambassadors and royalty on behalf of the college community. However, the most important and cherished greetings have been in congratulating over 63,000 Niagara College graduates on the convocation stage. One of his main points of pride is having been inducted into the Niagara College Student Administrative Council’s Hall of Fame.

Dr. Dan, as he is sometimes affectionately known, is recognized by his friendly, welcoming, demeanor which affords students, staff and faculty the comfort to stop him in the parking lot, hallway or in the community at large. His willingness to listen to compliments and criticism has enabled Dan to keep his hand on the pulse of Niagara College, and to seize opportunities to learn, improve and innovate.

Dan has embodied the DNA of Niagara College as an institution that is trailblazing, welcoming and passionate. In fact, he and his wife Saundra have opened their hearts and home to literally thousands of College students, faculty, staff and guests from around the world.

Dan and Saundra plan to stay in the Niagara Region as Dan looks forward to remaining active in postsecondary education as an advocate for colleges, a mentor to leaders and students, and an expert in international education.

“The Board of Governors accepted Dan’s announcement with deep appreciation for all that he has done, and great respect for his wish to move into a new phase of his life,” said Scott. “Dan’s leadership has provided an exceptional era at Niagara College and we look forward to the opportunities to express our appreciation in celebration of his accomplishments over the coming year.

The Board will be announcing details of the search process for the next president in the coming weeks.

(Source: Niagara College  announcement)

Gardeners Brave Showers For Rose City’s Tulip Bulb Giveaway

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.

Special Council Meeting ≫
6:15 PM Tuesday May. 28 2019 –
Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board:
– Sale of Land.

Council Ante Room

General Committee ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday May. 28 2019 –
Council Chambers

North Welland Downtown Business Improvement Area Meeting ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday May. 29 2019 –
Ye Old Squire Restaurant, 800 Niagara Street

(Source: City of Welland website)

Inclement Weather Postpones Today’s Jackfish Game

WELLAND – Today’s Welland Jackfish game against the Kitchener Panthers has been postponed due to inclement weather. The two teams will reschedule today’s game at a later date that will be announced shortly.
Fans with tickets to today’s game can exchange them to any 2019 Jackfish home game. Ticket exchanges must be done in person at the Welland Stadium Box Office. Season ticket holders tickets for today’s game can be redeemed for the to be announced rescheduled game.
The Jackfish hit the road tomorrow for a rematch with the London Majors at Labatt Park set for 1:05 p.m.

(Source: Jackfish news release)

Climate Change A Social Justice Issue Affecting All

By Carolyn Fast

WELLAND – This week hundreds of people are tuning in and turning up to Green New Deal Town Halls across the country.
This non-partisan, grassroots movement is providing a forum for citizens to discuss climate change and generate strategies that are imperative for the future of all Canadians living on the planet.
Climate change is a social justice issue that affects all of us. Canada can take the lead in directing initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint which in turn provide sustainable development that is good for people and for the planet. It takes all of us and I invite you to join the movement. The Green New Deal Town Hall for Welland takes place Saturday, May 25 at 11am at Welland Civic Square (rooms 108/109).

For more information, please read Green New Deal Town Hall To Be Held In Welland posted earlier on this site.

(Carolyn Fast is a well known local social justice activist and host of Saturday’s meeting.)