Mayor’s Charity Event Cancelled, Pandemic At Fault

WELLAND – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Welland Mayor’s Charity Organizing Committee has made a difficult decision to cancel this year’s Mayor’s Charity Event, which was scheduled for Friday, October 16, 2020. Several sponsors generously gifted their sponsorships to this year’s recipients, Niagara Nutrition Partners and Education Foundation of Niagara. 

“The health and well-being of our community members is our top priority,” said Mayor Frank Campion. “A sincere thank you to all community-minded businesses and guests who have supported the Mayor’s Charity Event in past years. Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated. We hope to partner with you again in the future.” 

“We would like to recognize Welded Tube of Canada, Youngs Insurance, Ashton Homes and Mountainview Building Group,” said Charity Organizing Committee Chair, Theresa Ettorre. “Their generous support will benefit the well-being and prosperity of our community for years to come.” 

For more information on City of Welland event cancellations, visit 

(Source: City of Welland news release)

Niagara Parks Partners With Brock University To Deliver Environmental Speaker Series

Series to feature prominent Canadian leaders in environmental stewardship and research with four free virtual events running weekly, beginning October 7

 • Additional details including event schedule and registration are available at :

 NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Niagara Parks and Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre have partnered to deliver an exciting new virtual event series this October, showcasing a diverse collection of renowned environmental leaders.

 The interactive four-part speaker series will run each Wednesday evening in October beginning at 7pm, with full details available at:

The series will kick-off on October 7th with Brian Kon, Chair of the Niagara Region Metis Council and Indigenous Lead for the NCDSB. This opening session will focus on how our changing environment has many people looking to the traditional ways of the indigenous community for guidance on how we can respect and care for mother nature moving forward. 

Event Schedule: 

October 7: Brian Kon, Chair of the Niagara Region Metis Council and Indigenous Lead for the NCDSB, Braiding Sweetgrass.

October 14: Dr. Jessica Blythe, Brock University, Resilience, and Climate Change in the Niagara Region. 

October 21: Elizabeth Hendricks, WWF, Connecting the Land, Water and Climate Impact to the Region 

October 28: Dr. Adam Shoalts, Westaway Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic

Brock University and Niagara Parks are excited to offer this new programming as part of their ongoing collaboration and support of environmental research and stewardship. In recent years this has included the development of Niagara Parks Environmental Stewardship Strategy and Action Plan, in addition to providing Brock faculty and students access to Niagara Parks properties, such as the Niagara Glen, to complete important environmental research initiatives.

(Source: Niagara Parks news release)

Armed Forces Expands Training Exercise On Welland’s Recreation Corridor

WELLAND – The Canadian Armed Forces has expanded its scheduled physical fitness training activity to include one extra exercise on Saturday, Sept. 26, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The training will take place on Welland’s Recreation Corridor, near the Welland International Flatwater Centre. Soldiers will participate in the training while wearing full camouflage attire, carrying gear, and moving canoes. A military presence will be on-site during the exercise. For more information on Welland’s Recreation Corridor amenities and future projects, visit For more information on the City of Welland, visit

(Source: City of Welland media release)

Welland Embraces Franco-Ontarian Day September 25

WELLAND – The City of Welland is sending best wishes to Niagara’s Francophone community on Sept. 25, in celebration of Franco-Ontarian Day. 

With more than 620,000 Franco-Ontarians living in the province, Welland is proud to be one of Ontario’s 26 designated Francophone communities and boasts an 11% French-speaking community. 

In celebration of Franco-Ontarian Day, the City of Welland and Niagara’s Franco-community will raise the Franco-Ontarian flag at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 at Welland Civic Square. Later in the evening, Bridge 13 will light up green and white to commemorate the day. 

City of Welland Mayor Frank Campion, Council, and staff are working with the Minister of Francophone Affairs, The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, and staying current with Ontario’s Francophone policies and opportunities. The City of Welland continues to enrich tourism and Francophone culture through a partnership with the Francophone and Francophile Cities Network (FFCN). 

The Francophone and Francophile Cities Network brings cities together by linking them with a trail of associated Franco-cities throughout Canada, the U.S., and the Caribbean. The city’s website also offers visitors a French-language section that provides information on the best places to see and visit in the city. The Francophone section highlights Welland’s attractions, provides a history of Welland’s Francophone culture, showcases Welland’s sister city Sorel-Tracy in Quebec, and provides relevant links to related news and resources.

 “We’re fortunate to have such a significant Francophone presence in Welland,” said Mayor Frank Campion. “We look forward to strengthening relationships with local Francophone support networks and upper-tier governments in 2021.” 

For more information on the City of Welland and connections to the Francophone community, visit Letter from the Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Francophone Affairs


WELLAND – La ville de Welland tient à adresser ses vœux à la communauté francophone du Niagara en cette journée des franco-ontariens, journée célébrée le 25 septembre.

Avec plus de 620 000 Franco-Ontariens vivant dans la province, la ville de Welland est fière d’être une des 26 communautés francophones désignées et compte une communauté francophone représentant 11% de sa population.

Afin de célébrer le jour des Franco-Ontariens, la ville de Welland et la communauté francophone du Niagara vont hisser le drapeau franco-ontarien le 25 septembre à 11 h 30 au centre civique. Un peu plus tard en soirée, le pont numéro 13 sera illuminé en vert et blanc afin de commémorer la journée.

Le maire de la ville de Welland Frank Campion, le conseil municipal, et le personnel de la ville de Welland travaillent avec la ministre déléguée aux Affaires francophones, la très honorable Caroline Mulroney, afin de se maintenir à jour relativement aux politiques et opportunités de la francophonie ontarienne.

La ville de Welland continue d’enrichir le tourisme et la culture francophone par le biais d’un partenariat avec le Réseau des villes francophones et francophiles d’Amérique. Ce réseau rassemble les villes en les mettant en lien avec des villes francophones du Canada, des États-Unis et des Caraïbes.
Le site Web de la ville offre également aux visiteurs un volet francophone qui donne de l’information sur les meilleurs endroits à voir et à visiter dans la ville. Ce volet francophone souligne les attraits touristiques de Welland, présente un historique de la culture francophone à Welland, met en valeur ses villes jumelles de Sorel-Tracy au Québec, et fournit des liens pertinents aux nouvelles et aux ressources ayant trait à la francophonie.

“Nous avons la chance de compter sur une forte présence francophone à Welland,” de souligner le maire Frank Campion. “Nous comptons renforcer nos relations avec les réseaux de soutien des francophones et avec les hautes sphères des gouvernements en 2021.”

Pour de plus amples informations sur la ville de Welland et ses liens avec la communauté francophone, veuillez visiter le site Web Lettre de l’honorable Caroline Mulroney, ministre responsable des Affaires francophones

(Source: City of Welland news release)

College To Celebrate Fall 2020 Grads With Virtual Convocation October 30

More than 1,000 students are expected to complete their extraordinary academic journey this fall – during what has been a year like no other – and Niagara College is planning a convocation to match.

Following the resounding success of Virtual Spring Convocation in June and continued restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, the College will celebrate its Fall 2020 graduates with Virtual Fall Convocation on October 30.

Two ceremonies will be livestreamed from the Welland Campus – a morning ceremony at 10 a.m. and an afternoon ceremony at 2 p.m. The ceremonies will feature the treasured traditions of a typical NC convocation, combined with modern, interactive, digital elements to bring viewers #NCTogether in real time.

As graduates and their families watch the live formal ceremonies from the comfort of their homes, they will hear inspiring speeches from College officials and a special guest speaker (to be announced). They can cheer for their graduate as each name is called out, one by one, and will appear on screen.

As they view their ceremony, graduates can connect with their classmates and faculty through program Zoom parties. Select clips from the Zoom parties will be incorporated into the convocation livestream, enabling graduates to make an on-screen appearance during their ceremony for a virtual ‘crossing of the stage.’

The pomp and circumstance will be punctuated by a custom social media experience with photos, video well wishes and posted messages infused into the live events by using the NC convocation hashtag #NCGrad2020.

Through Virtual Convocation, the College continues its custom of celebrating this important academic milestone for graduates and their families in a safe and meaningful way, before they embark on the next chapter of their lives. The College also plans to invite the Class of 2020 back to campus for an in-person celebration in the future, once public health circumstances allow for large groups to gather safely.

Graduating students are encouraged to watch out for details regarding virtual convocation during the weeks ahead.

The planning team will reach out to staff and faculty with information on how to submit well wishes to graduates that will be shared during the live ceremonies.

Visit for updates.

(Source: Niagara College news release)

Barky’s Billboard

Barky’s Billboard is a recurring feature on the blog./Supplied graphic.

Every year, Fire Prevention Week is observed in Canada & U.S. in early October. The date commemorates The Great Chicago Fire that occurred in 1871. This year’s FPW theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”
Lots of great tips for preventing kitchen fires are coming your way.