Monthly Archives: May 2019

Board Books Brunet As Welland Library CEO

WELLAND – The Welland Public Library is pleased to announce that Julianne Brunet has been appointed Chief Executive Officer by the Welland Public Library Board.
Born and raised in Welland, Julianne earned her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature at Brock University, followed by a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario.
Julianne’s library career began at the Thorold Public Library as the Summer Reading Coordinator which led her to St. Catharines Public Library where she held a number of positions including Young Adult Librarian, Adult Services Librarian, and Senior Reference Librarian. In 2015, Julianne joined the staff of WPL as the Manager of Public Services; she was named Deputy CEO in 2018 and took on the role of Interim CEO with the departure of Qingyi (Ken) Su in January of this year.
Please join the library in welcoming Julianne to her new position.

(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.

Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole ≫
5:25 PM Tuesday May. 21 2019 –
Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board:

– Welland Tennis Club

Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees;
– Non union vacancies

– Citizens appointment to the following:
Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
Welland Arenas Advisory Committee
Waterway Advisory Committee
Accessibility Advisory Committee
Transit Advisory Committee
Market Square Advisory Committee and
Town and Gown Committee.

– Personnel Matters

Council Ante Room

Council Meeting ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday May. 21 2019 –
Council Chambers

Transit Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday May. 22 2019 –
Council Ante Room, at the Civic Square, 60 East Main Street

(Source: City of Welland website)

Welland Green Thumbs Itch For This Popular Giveaway

Tulip bulbs, from showcase beds like this one at Niagara and Riverbank, are distributed to gardeners.  (File photo)

WELLAND – The date is set for a popular rite of spring for Welland gardeners. The annual free distribution of used tulip bulbs by the city is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, announced Peter Boyce, manager of parks, planning and maintenance.

Gardeners wait for the annual free distrubtion of used tulip bulbs. (File photo)

The tulip bulb giveaway, at Chippawa Park’s maintenance building, Fitch Street and First Avenue, each year brings out a few hundred green thumbs itching to get back into the soil. It isn’t unusual for 300 or more gardeners to show up.
The distribution is by city horticultural staff in the parks department. It is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
“Absolutely no bulbs will be released before 8 a.m.,” Boyce wrote in e-mail correspondence.
Varieties, colours, and quantities are limited and will be distributed on a first-come basis with a limit of two dozen bulbs per resident.
The bulbs are from Welland’s always outstanding floral showcase beds found in several locations in the city. Due to the very cool damp and raining spring, the bulbs are just now blooming beautifully. The cool weather is keeping them in perfect condition presently, according to Boyce.
Last year’s distribution date was Wednesday, May 23.
Gardeners are reminded to bring their own containers to take bulbs home with them.
Even though bulbs are not distributed before the start time, some gardeners arrive an hour or so early just to be among the first in line.

Green New Deal Town Hall To Be Held In Welland

Time is running out to make the changes necessary to better the earth. (Supplied image)

By Carolyn Fast

WELLAND – With the long weekend coming up, I know that many folks are hoping for blue skies and sunshine as they head to the cottage. Others will be out in their gardens digging in the dirt, heading for a hike or working in the yard. I think that the love of nature is an intrinsic part of our identity as Canadians.
Most of us, by now, have heard the latest findings and predictions about the impact of climate change on this planet. Although it is easy to turn off the news, we cannot turn away from the truth that we have damaged this earth and its species in ways that are profound and painful to think about. I am sure you have heard many activists, environmentalists and scientists stating that we have an 11- year window to try and turn some of this destruction around. Where will you be in ten or eleven years?
In ten years, my children, and maybe your children or grandchildren, will just be in the prime of their lives. They will most likely be working and looking to purchase their first home. They may have found the love of their life and are starting a family. They may be living the life I have dreamed of and hoped for them from the time they were born.
It keeps me up at night thinking about how their lives may be impacted if we don’t take collective action to make changes that better the earth. The bottom line is that none of us can survive outside of this life-giving planet.
I know that there are national and local decisions that can be made individually and collectively that will help to heal this planet. I know that those decisions, when rooted in justice, equity, and innovation, will allow the planet and its people to flourish.
We need all people to do their part. If you love the planet and care for the people who live on it, I invite you to join the global conversation about the fate of this planet. I invite you to take your place and join us on May 25 at the Green New Deal Town Hall, part of a grassroots initiative by Lead Now.
The town hall is a facilitated conversation focused on environmental and justice issues that will be part of a summative national report. I am hoping that the conversation will also generate an action plan on a local level.
The meeting is being held Saturday, May 25 in Room 108 and 109 at Welland Civic Square, 60 East Main Street, starting at 11 a.m.
For more information and to register, please follow the link:

(Carolyn Fast is a well known local social justice activist who is working in solidarity with Lead Now.)

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.

General Committee ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday May. 14 2019 –
Council Chambers

Market Square Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday May. 15 2019 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s) ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday May. 15 2019 –
Council Chambers

Town and Gown ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday May. 15 2019 –
Community Room, Civic Square

Human Resources Committee Meeting ≫
10:00 AM Thursday May. 16 2019 –
Administrative Board Room

(Source: City of Welland website)

Home Opener Postponed Due To Poor Field Conditions

WELLAND – Saturday’s home opener between the Welland Jackfish and the Toronto Maple Leafs has been postponed due to poor field conditions at Welland Stadium. The game will be rescheduled to a future date in the season.
“Unfortunately mother nature has not been kind to us thus far” said Jackfish President Ryan Harrison. “The City of Welland have closed the fields until Monday and deemed the Stadium unplayable, we thank them for everything they did to try and get it in playable condition.”
Tickets for Saturday may exchanged for seats to any future Jackfish home game. Ticket holders can visit the Jackfish ticket office at Welland Stadium to redeem their tickets during regular business hours.
The Welland Jackfish are a member of Ontario’s most elite baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit or follow the Jackfish on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @wellandjackfish.

(Source: Welland Jackfish release)