Monthly Archives: October 2019

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 in Camera ≫
6:50 PM Tuesday Oct. 15 2019 – Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board:-
Youngs Sportsplex lease update.
Council Chambers

Council Meeting in Open Session ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Oct. 15 2019 –
Council Chambers

Budget Review Committee Meeting ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday Oct. 16 2019 –
Council Chambers

Market Square Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
6:00 PM Wednesday Oct. 16 2019 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Senior Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
9:30 AM Thursday Oct. 17 2019 –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
3:00 PM Thursday Oct. 17 2019 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s) ≫
5:00 PM Thursday Oct. 17 2019 –
Council Chambers

(Source: City of Welland website)

Zombies Will Be Out For A Walk In City’s Downtown

9th annual Welland Zombie Walk, Oct. 20 in downtown Welland. (Supplied graphic)

By James Takeo

WELLAND — The 9th annual Welland Zombie Walk (WZW) is happening on October 20. This family-friendly event is open to all ages, and, since there is no registration or fees required, we will be encouraging donations of non-perishable food items for The Hope Centre and pet food items for Pets Alive Niagara . Remember, everyone, this isn’t just a fun and creepy event, but all for a good cause: helping out our neighbours!

James Takeo (Supplied photo)

Everyone participating is asked to dress in their best zombie costume and meet in Downtown Welland in front of the former Central Fire Hall. This is a family-friendly event and people of all ages are encouraged to participate or just come out to watch!

They can start showing up at 6pm.  Around 630 we will start doing the announcements and round up of zombies. The WZW  starts at 7, making our way down Hellems Avenue and East Main Street, across Bridge 13, looping back across Division Street Bridge, walking along the north side of Division Street to Hellems Avenue, and returning to the starting point. We will then be selecting some of the best zombie costumes, and awarding prizes for the best ones, with help from the audience. Prizes generously donated by many local businesses and individuals, in a number of categories.

We ask all zombies attending to please follow these guidelines for your safety and everyone’s enjoyment:

*Remain on sidewalks during the walk.
*Please obey all traffic signals and cross at crosswalks.
*No fake weapons.
*No touching spectators or property or vehicles.

And, most of all, have fun!

Let’s make this best WZW ever, not just in attendance numbers, but in donations! Let’s show Welland we care, so please share, and be there!

(James Takeo is a tattoo artist and visual artist/facilitator: The Art Space, Welland)

Witch Way Is Home?

City Could Exceed 2019 New Housing Unit Projections: Staff

WELLAND — The City of Welland is on track to meet and exceed its 2019 new housing unit projections. According to data from the city’s Building and Planning Divisions, building permits for 406 new dwelling units were issued between Jan. 1, 2019 and Oct. 7, 2019. Based on permit application activity in the queue, staff are forecasting that the city may reach 450 new housing units by the year’s end.

The city reported a record-breaking number for new housing permits in 2018—as mentioned in a detailed media release issued earlier this year — 400 housing permits were issued in 2018, compared to 197 permits issued in 2017. This growth pattern supports the estimated increase in Welland’s population of 18,641 by 2041.

The city’s Economic Development Team’s success is built on securing relationships with investors and developers, offering attractive Community Improvement Incentive Plans, streamlining administrative processes, and expediting planning approvals. Welland is becoming the city of choice for investment because it’s a great place to build industry and grow neighbourhoods. Investors are also attracted to the city’s tax incentives and development charge incentives when building or growing industrial space.

“The City of Welland has experienced incredible growth in private sector investment over the last few years,” said Dan Degazio, Director of Economic Development. “Welland is an ideal place to live because the lifestyle is incredible, and the cost of our housing compared to the GTA is a fraction of the cost.”

“The city is active with construction this year, and we expect it to continue throughout the year,” said Jack Tosta, Chief Building Official. “Niagara has become a hot-spot for housing development, so we’re predicting a successful year and busy 2020 within the Building and Planning Divisions.”

Home to more than 52,000 residents, Welland is located in the heart of Niagara. For more information on the City of Welland, visit or

(Source: City of Welland news release)

HERITAGE LIVES: O Henry! And It’s Not About The Chocolate Bar

Pictured is the package freighter Fort Henry. (Marine Museum of the Great Lakes/C.S.L. Coll.)

By Terry Hughes

Thirty-five years ago, Wellanders were in a buzz over the plan to make our city a tourism destination using the theme, water. A boatless water ski course, water park, waterfront development along the Welland River, a fish habitat, etc. was to be funded with nearly eight million dollars from the federal government.

After meeting with project director, Mike Franklin, the late historian and author Bill Lewis and I were astounded to learn that this project included a lake freighter, the Fort Henry. The four hundred and sixty foot vessel was declared surplus to the needs of Canada Steamship Lines and would be available for purchase. Included with the vessel would be a museum featuring the maritime history of the company along with artifacts. We would be the only Canadian city to feature such a vessel. The proposal called for the ship to be berthed in the canal at Merritt Island.

Not all members of council supported the proposal. One councillor called the idea ”The most asinine idea I’ve ever heard!”

A lengthy meeting that I held with the commanding officer at the Buffalo Naval Park yielded some ideas that we could use for the ship. Encouraging local groups and/or schools to have sleepovers on board was one proposal. The well-equipped galley could provide an excellent facility for training Niagara College students to provide refreshments and meals for on board guests and visitors.

Three weeks before the federal election in September 1984, the ship was scheduled to be moved to Port Weller Dry Docks for preparation to ready the vessel for its new home. Unfortunately, the election led to the defeat of the Liberal government and word came down to the city that all projects were put on hold and later, cancelled.

Several years later, the bow and wheelhouse of the ship were brought to Lock 3 as a display but vandals shortened her stay there and it was scrapped. Fortunately, four American cities did not think that having a lake freighter was a bad idea and the four added them to their respective waterfronts.

Next Column: Recognizing A Local Veteran.

(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.)

Welland Campus Student Commons To Serve As Polling Station For College Community

WELLAND – From Oct. 5 – 9, Niagara College students, staff and faculty will be able to cast their ballots in the upcoming federal election right on campus. Elections Canada staff will have a polling station set up in the SAC activity room of the Welland Campus Student Commons for advance polling.

This polling station will be dedicated to allowing the Niagara College community to cast their vote in a familiar, easy-to-access location. Dates and hours for the polling station are as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 5: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6: noon – 4 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 7: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 8: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

(Source: Niagara College release)