Monthly Archives: February 2020

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.

Waterway Advisory Committee ≫
5:30 PM Monday Feb. 10 2020 –
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 Feb. 11 2020 –
A trade secret or scientific, technical, commercial, financial or labour relations information, supplied in confidence to the municipality of 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:
– 2020 National Rowing Championships and Canada Cup Regatta Hosting Agreement.

Council Ante Room

Special Council Meeting in Open Session in the Council Chambers, followed by General Committee Meeting ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Feb. 11 2020 –
Council Chambers

Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
6:00 PM Wednesday Feb. 12 2020 –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

(Source: City of Welland  website)

The Key To The City To Dr. Dan Patterson

Dr. Dan Patterson, retiring Niagara College president, was presented the Key to the City at Tuesday’s council meeting. (Supplied photo)

WELLAND – Welland City Council was pleased to pay homage to one of the city’s most advanced and dynamic leaders at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Mayor Frank Campion presented the Key to the City to Dr. Dan Patterson and thanked him for 25 years of dedicated service as the President of Niagara College. Patterson built a reputation as a leader of innovation and an architect of cutting-edge education. He has spent more than two decades of his professional career towards developing the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses.

Plaque presentation, from left, CAO Gary Long; Mayor Frank Campion and Dan Patterson. (Supplied photo)

Patterson was a visionary in modernizing the Welland Campus into a state-of-the-art facility and a front-runner for the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (WAMIC). Due to Patterson’s collaborative approach to hands-on learning, the City of Welland was able to work with WAMIC faculty and students to better assist investors in establishing sophisticated industries throughout the city.

“I have enjoyed working with Dr. Patterson over the past several years,” said Mayor Frank Campion. “He created and maintained an excellent working relationship with us, which assisted our economic development efforts. His leadership at the college resulted in dynamic growth in programming and facilities at the Welland Campus that provided excellent employment and educational opportunities for our community. On behalf of City Council and staff, I wish Dr. Patterson the very best in his retirement.”

Patterson leaves behind a legacy of better learning through more than 130 innovative programs. Niagara College provides unique living laboratories and top-notch facilities that deliver hands-on applied learning opportunities and world-class applied research.

More to follow.

(Source: City of Welland news release)

Pictorial Tribute Celebrates Upcoming Julia’s Hope Cup Fundraiser

Niagara College Monitoring Novel Coronavirus

Niagara College continues its active monitoring of information and guidelines related to Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and is working in cooperation with local health authorities to ensure the College is prepared to respond if the situation evolves.

As of February 3, the overall risk to Canadians and Ontarians remains low. To date, there have been no confirmed cases in Niagara.

While Niagara College operations remain unaffected, steps are being taken to enhance health and safety measures college-wide. As the current situation coincides with flu season, additional hand sanitizer stations are being installed at both campuses to minimize the spread of germs, and information about good hand hygiene and cough etiquette are shared via the college’s key communications channels.

Students, staff and faculty who are ill should stay home until they are well. Rest, drink plenty of fluids, and speak to a health care professional about over-the-counter medications that can help you feel better. Flexibility in accommodating academic absences due to illness will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

If you have travelled to Wuhan City or Hubei Province in China recently and develop symptoms, avoid contact with others and contact your health care professional. If you don’t have a health care professional, contact Niagara Region Public Health. Call ahead to allow health care staff to manage your case appropriately. If you have travelled to Wuhan City or Hubei Province in China recently but are not experiencing symptoms, you should self-monitor and contact public health or a healthcare provider if symptoms appear, or if you have questions or concerns. Niagara Region Public Health can be reached at 905-688-3762 or 1-800-263-7248 or after hours at 905-984-3690. A Coronavirus Information Line is also available at 905-688-8248 ext. 7330.

Niagara Region Public Health has provided a Q&A document for educational facilities in Niagara, which addresses issues such as symptoms, risk, severity, transmission and prevention, travel precautions, and steps being taken locally to protect residents from the Coronavirus. The document can be viewed here.

On January 30, the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, indicating the event is a public health risk potentially requiring a coordinated international response. Canadians have been advised to avoid any non-essential travel to China, and all travel to the Hubei province.

With heightened concern and attention related to this evolving international health issue, information is flowing quickly via multiple channels and in some cases is unverified or false. Please be sure to consult public health authorities for the most current and accurate information regarding Coronavirus. Information and regular updates on the status of the Corona virus are available on the Ontario Ministry of Health’s dedicated website, the Health Canada website, and the Niagara Region Public Health website.
Symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus include
–  Fever
– Cough
-Difficulty breathing
To prevent the spread of infectious diseases and to keep healthy, follow these simple steps:
-Stay home if you are sick. Return when you are well
-Wash your hands. Use soap and water or hand sanitizer
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your sleeve
-Avoid shaking hands and close contact with people who are sick.

(Source: Niagara College news release)