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CITY OF BELLEVILLE 169 Front Street Belleville, Ontario K8N 2Y8 Tel: (613) 968-6481 TTY: (613) 967-3768 MAYOR Taso A. Christopher COUNCIL Egerton Boyce, Paul Carr, Jackie Denyes, Mike Graham, Kelly McCaw, Jack Miller, Mitch Panciuk, Garnet Thompson EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Rick Kester DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES Rod Bovay DIRECTOR, FINANCE Brian Cousins MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES Tim Osborne DIRECTOR, RECREATION, CULTURE & COMMUNITY SERVICES Mark Fluhrer ACTING DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SERVICES/CLERK Matt MacDonald DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES/ FIRE CHIEF Mark MacDonald MANAGER, ECONOMIC & STRATEGIC INITIATIVES Karen Poste BELLEVILLE Magazine is published quarterly by the City of Belleville. Magazine Contributors: Aaron Bell, Bob House, Dana Barnett, Elisha Purchase, Karen Poste, Marilyn Warren and Richard Hughes. Editor - Marilyn Warren BELLEVILLE Magazine is available online and in an accessible text-only format at Printed in Canada All information ©2016, City of Belleville. No use is permitted without written permission.

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On behalf of my colleagues on Council and all City of Belleville staff, I am pleased to present the 2016 Holiday BELLEVILLE Magazine. 2016 has been a monumental year for the City of Belleville, one in which we have many reasons to celebrate. We have hosted various successful events bringing countless visitors to the City – including our Sister City Gunpo South Korea. Build Belleville has progressed as planned with many infrastructure projects on schedule and we’ve watched local businesses celebrate milestone anniversaries. It is with great excitement that included in this year’s highlights is our thrilling announcement that we are welcoming the Belleville Senators to our beautiful City! This edition of the BELLEVILLE Magazine brings special attention to the September 26th, 2016 welcoming of the Belleville Senators. It also takes a look at hockey history in Belleville along with what we can look forward to. I want to thank the citizens of Belleville for supporting this once in a lifetime hockey venture. This is your team and I am confident you will support it. Go Sens Go! The holidays are a special time of year for families in the City of Belleville. A time for everyone to gather, express gratitude for our blessings and look forward to the year ahead. As the winter season begins I remind everyone to take advantage of the many seasonal cultural and recreational activities that we offer here in the City. I encourage you to stay informed about these activities by visiting our website at 2016 has been a year for the books and I am proud to be your Mayor. I look forward to another successful year in 2017 and invite you to join me on January 1st at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre for the annual New Year’s Day Levee as we take a quick preview of what’s ahead. Sincerely,

Taso A. Christopher, Mayor

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Celebrating 20th Anniversary


Volunteers Make a Difference Meet Fran Burroughs




Proud Host of Southern Ontario’s


Build Belleville

Regional Firefit Championship

Project Updates


Regional Collaboration Benefits

Employers and Job Seekers


Poste It Note


Great Things Happening


Our Beautiful City


Christmas at the Pier Santa Claus Parade

Keep Our Roads Safe

of Gunpo Twinning

Care Matters 13 Health Dr. Recruitment Program

In Our Community


Belleville’s Hero of Science


Start With a Vision

essenzia eyewear


Berry Plastics


Doing What No One Else Does


Be Prepared


Plan Ahead for Emergencies


Joel Fallaise

Dr. James Collip

A True Champion of Belleville

Strengthening Our Community

On Belleville Business

From a Different Point of View

Exciting Additions to Lighting Display

Mark Your Calendar Now

Educating Motorists and Cyclists

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sourhregion o wto casing G UN P O GUESTS

M AY O R S K I M & C H R I S T O P H E R

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within a few short days our visitors were introduced to all kinds of Quinte Region WONDERFUL . COUNCILLOR DENYES & M AY O R K I M


C I T Y- T O - C I T Y G I F T P R E S E N TAT I O N O N WAT E R F R O N T In addition to the official welcoming ceremony at City Hall, within this brief span of time the delegation had the opportunity to enjoy many of our fine restaurants, tour the Fire Hall, Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, local schools and industries. They visited the RCAF Museum, wineries and even played a round of golf at Black Bear Ridge. At the Waterfront & Ethnic Festival Mayor Kim tried his hand at food service in the Korean food tent, plus Tawny’s School of Dance had the Mayor, Council and guests line dancing at the pavilion. A special city-to-city gift (a tree & plaque) were presented to the delegates along the waterfront trail to commemorate our 20th Twinning Anniversary. Thank you to everyone for making our guests feel so welcome.

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v olunteers ma ke a d i f f e r e n c e


After teaching for 23 years at Frankford Public School, in retirement Fran Burroughs has found a number of projects to fill her days and help others in the process. While working in her City Community Garden plot she started thinking about ways the plots could be helpful to others. As a volunteer at Pathways to Independance with the ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Club, she broached the idea of helping the group plant and maintain a plot, then working with them to harvest the produce and make fresh dishes such as salsa with their ingredients. The group was thrilled when they saw what they had grown and what they were able to make with Fran’s guidance. Through the Quinte Interfaith Refugee Committee, Fran became involved in helping to prepare for a family they were sponsoring from Tanzania. Initially she planned to help with the children and this grew to include helping to prepare the home and grocery shopping. Encouraged by the positive response the ABI Club had to the garden plot, Fran decided to secure an additional half plot to help the new family grow fresh produce. With so many new adjustments for the family, this summer Fran has assumed the primary care for the plot, taking the food to the family. Next year she hopes to work with the family to teach them to tend the plot and enjoy the fresh produce. Fran became interested in learning more about Quinte Hospice through a friend. In 2005 she made the decision to take the ten-week training program and confesses that as soon as she took the training she knew it was the right fit for her. “I spend approximately three hours each week with a patient,” she explained. “There are so many ways I can help and sometimes it is the simplest things that mean the most. Often, they just need someone to listen. I try to make the quality of this time interesting and fun. The Hospice training and experience were also invaluable for me with my parents. I was able to help them, advocate for them, and cope with what we were going through together in a much better way than I would have without my Quinte Hospice experience.”

“When I was teaching I was so focused on my job I had time for little else. Now that I’m retired, volunteering keeps me going. I’m out there, meeting new people and learning about different ways of life. When I graduated from high school my parents told me I had been given 13 years of public education and to make sure I found a way to ‘pay it forward’. Volunteering is the perfect way for me to do so.”

Fran has developed friendships with other Hospice volunteers who share her commitment to helping others. “I like to do things for other people so volunteering gives me the opportunity to do so through new experiences, while building wonderful friendships along the way,” Fran added.


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The Belleville Fire Department went above and beyond as hosts for the Southern Ontario Regional Firefit Championships on July 23 & 24. Competitors raced up stairs carrying 42 lb. hose packs w hoisted 45 lb. hose packs to the tower top w used a 9 lb. mallet to move steel beams w raced through pilons w advanced 75’ with a fully charged hose to extinguish a target w rescued a 165 lb. mannequin dragging it 100’ to safety – all while wearing full firefighting gear. Our City was well represented with entries in every category: men, women, volunteers, rookies and seasoned competitors. Under the scorching rays of the July sun, crowds gathered to witness this intense event known as the toughest two minutes in sports. Thanks to Belleville Fire for hosting this great championship.

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supports job seekers & employers The Quinte Region Career & Training Fair is held twice each year, organized by the Cities of Belleville and Quinte West in support of those seeking employment and training, and local employers looking for the right individuals to build their business teams. This fall, the Fair was held on October 6th at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre. Approximately 650 job seekers attended the event to meet with the 50 employers and employment support organizations participating. Some were offered jobs on the spot and many others arranged for follow-up interviews. One of the businesses attending the event was Vision Transportation Inc., represented by Belleville Manager Don Udall. “We’re planning an expansion which could possibly require ten new positions and this event is the perfect opportunity to meet and talk with people face-to-face. The biggest thing I look for in an individual is a passion to work. I’m a firm believer that if you take good care of your employees they in turn will do their best to care for the company. We’re pleased the City organizes this event - their support is very important to our success.” Don Udall Sprague Foods Limited is a local food manufacturer specializing in unique, artisan food innovations which currently employs approximately 20 people.They are about to have the biggest launch they’ve undergone in 91 years under the Sprague brand with Costco. This upcoming expansion brought them to the Career & Training Fair for the first time. (left: Susan LaTour, right: Jennifer Cobierski)

“We wanted to be here because we knew it would be the perfect way to meet people looking for all different kinds of positions. Resumes off the street have declined and we wanted a way to interact with those looking for employment - this Fair is a great resource.” Belleville’s Economic and Strategic Initiatives department maintains a Community Resume Database Program of approximately 1500 resumes categorized by skill set. Job seekers interested in providing their resume for distribution to local employers and employers wanting to access this valuable resource are encouraged to email:


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hero of science

Dr. Collip in his laboratory in 1927

Did you know that a person who has been described as Canada’s most distinguished medical scientist of the 20th Century and who played a crucial role in a medical discovery that has saved millions of lives, once sold vegetables at his family stand at Belleville’s Farmers’ Market? James Bertram Collip, called Bert, was born in 1892 and attended a one-room schoolhouse just east of Belleville. Later the family moved to Albert Street and Bert attended Belleville High School, graduating at the age of 15. He studied Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Toronto and moved quickly to a Ph.D. by the age of 24. He went to the University of Alberta where he rose to Head of Biochemistry. This is where fate stepped in.

James B. Collip with his parents in Belleville in 1898

For decades, scientists had been working to find a treatment for diabetes that would allow people to control their glucose (sugar) levels. At that time diabetes was a death sentence. Scientists were aware of a relationship between the production of insulin in the pancreas and the disease of diabetes, but could not identify the actual link. In 1921, a team was created to carry out this research, comprised of Dr. Banting, Charles Best and Professor MacLeod. Dr. Banting’s team did discover an extract that was effective in animals but was not suitable for humans. At this point, Dr. Collip was invited to join the team due to his specialized skills. Within forty-five days, he successfully isolated the internal secretion of the pancreas in a way which was sufficiently pure to be suitable for humans. This discovery was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923.

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Dr. Collip went on to major achievements in medical research at McGill University and later the University of Western Ontario. He received awards from across the western world, however, due to his quiet nature and focus on research, it was not until recently he received the recognition he deserved in his hometown. To recognize and honour Belleville’s hero of science, Dr. George Pearce, Hastings County Historical Society, Heritage Belleville and the local branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association, formed a committee. Through this committee, in 2012, City Council declared November 20 of each year to be Dr. Collip Day; in 2014, an Ontario Heritage Trust plaque was erected at the public library and in 2015 a booklet, Belleville’s Co-Discoverer of Insulin was published and distributed to schools in Hastings County. BELLEVILLE CANADIAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION, BAYVIEW MALL, 470 DUNDAS ST. E., BELLEVILLE, ON 613-962-6520

start with a vision make it reality


We’re rushed, we’re busy and life moves at breakneck speeds. But sometimes, when we’re shopping on life’s treadmill, we long for a calm – a few moments when we feel that someone is listening to us, interested in what we would like and determined to ensure we’re happy and satisfied. Sound appealing? Looking for eyewear? Then make an appointment with Alain Kechichian at essenzia eyewear essentials and treat yourself to customer service at its very finest.

“When I first decided to book personalized appointments for my clients to choose their frames I didn’t know how the concept would be received,” confesses Alain. “ They embraced it immediately and love the one-on-one time.” Alain arrived in Canada at the age of 17 after fleeing the civil unrest in Lebanon. He had little to his name – but a heart determined to succeed.

From the moment you enter essenzia you’re caught up in Alain’s positive enthusiasm. It’s contagious. He’s happy the sun’s shining. He’s excited just thinking about how gorgeous the downtown is going to look when the construction is complete. He just received a package of specialty frames he can’t wait to share.You’re smiling and enjoying yourself before you even start to look at frames.

In 1998, as an optician, he moved to Belleville to manage a store in the mall. It was here he met his wife Stacey, and together, in a few years (2004) decided to open essenzia eyewear essentials at 224 Front Street in the downtown core.

When you’re choosing your frames you will have Alain’s undivided attention because this is an appointment booked just for you. You won’t be interrupted by other clients, this is your time and he’ll work with you to find the perfect frame.

“We choose to remain in this location because we believe in our downtown and what it is going to be. These changes are amazing and when we look out our front door and see the work being done - it is exciting! Visitors judge you by your downtown and ours is going to be great. Life has challenges and that will always be the case. But we have never veered from our vision of the type of business we want to have and the way we want our clients to feel. We want to be true to them and ourselves. The Belleville community is truly a supportive one and we are proud to have their trust and will do everything we possibly can to continue to earn their loyalty,” Alain promises.

“I prove to my clients on a daily basis we can experience the pleasures of living in our wonderful city of Belleville, yet still access and enjoy beautiful metropolitan fashion and quality from around the world,” smiles Alain. “My approach may not be conventional, but my clients value the distinction I offer them in their shopping experience and become loyal essenzia advocates.”


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fills unique European marketing niche “We invest in our employees through training, wanting them to understand we value the role they play within the organization. That could explain why we have such a low turnover.” Rick Smith

Plant Manager Berry Plastics

Berry Plastics Canada Inc. (formerly part of Mobil Chemical) is one of four operating facilities in Canada, owned and operated by US based Berry Plastics Corporation since 2006. With 51 employees, Berry Plastics is a polyethylene film manufacturer, primarily for agricultural and industrial packaging. Their agricultural products include silage film (protecting hay bales from nature’s elements) and mulch film (helping to keep moisture in the soil and inhibit the growth of weeds). Their industrial film is used by ‘anyone shipping anything’ and needing to secure their product to a pallet – beer, soft drinks, anything being mass produced.

containing less plastic, making it more environmentally friendly – and the Polyethylene alternative to PVC. The overall project is a $7.8 million dollar investment and the Provincial Government is helping to support the initiative with over $700,000 in grant funding. “We were thrilled to learn the government was prepared to assist with this project,” states Plant Manager Rick Smith. “So often you only hear about the big name companies getting support - it really meant a lot that they were prepared to help a smaller manufacturing plant like ours.” The plant currently operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week with four worker shifts. Most of the employees have been with the company for an average of 15 years. It is estimated the new line will require approximately 15 new hires.

But there are exciting changes taking place and at the end of January 2017 the Belleville plant will have a brand new production line in place which will make two new products, currently not made at any other location in the world. The Berry Plastics’ European locations identified an emerging need in the European market. In alignment with Europe’s progressive environmental initiatives, the market was in search of an alternative to plastic wrap containing Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) for wrapping meat. The Belleville plant was approached and asked to conduct research and development, which they did, and now the plant is installing a new line to produce the new product they have developed. The line will actually produce two new products, an ultralight, high performance stretch film,

Rick Smith has been the Belleville Plant Manager for 18 years. “I feel very fortunate to be a part of this company. Over the years I’ve had the responsibility of several US plants in addition to the Belleville one but I was always able to continue to live here, yet grow through international experiences. Now, to be developing something totally new – it’s exciting to be a part of that. Europe is a huge market and continues to expand. Berry Plastics is proud to be leading the way with this initiative.”

PROUD COMMUNITY SUPPORTER: United Way Big Bike – Christmas Light Sponsorship for City of Belleville

– Christmas Parade Participation for City of Belleville – Sponsorship for Local Kids Hockey/Soccer – Tulip Fundraising Event for Lung Association – Family Sponsor for Christmas Sharing – Family Sponsor for Community Christmas Dinner – Canadian Cancer Society – Multiple Sclerosis Society – Canadian Mental Health Society


emergencies can strike anywhere, anytime

B E P R E PA R E D Emergencies don’t announce themselves, they arrive quickly with no forewarning, day or night. We encourage all Belleville residents to be prepared by assembling a survival kit emergency preparedness starts with you. PACKING YOUR KIT Your emergency survival kit should have everything you and your family would need to be safe and take care of yourselves for at least three days immediately following an emergency. The following list is broken down into essentials and items you may need to meet your family’s unique needs. SURVIVAL KIT ESSENTIALS Food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for 3 days) and a manual can opener Bottled water (4 litres per person for each day) Medication(s) Flashlight Radio (crank or battery-run) Extra batteries First-aid kit Candles and matches/lighter Hand sanitizer or moist towelettes Important papers (identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.) Extra car keys Cash Whistle (to attract attention, if needed) Zip-lock bag (to keep things dry) Personal items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, other toiletries) Garbage bags SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS Items for babies and small children—diapers, formula, bottles, baby food, comfort items Prescription medication Medical supplies and equipment Pet food and supplies Any other items specific to your family’s needs OTHER TIPS Pack the contents of your kit in an easy-to-carry bag(s) or a case on wheels. Store your kit in an easy to reach place ensuring everyone in your family knows where it is. Your water supply is meant to cover what you would drink as well as what you might need for food preparation, hygiene and dishwashing. Check and refresh your kit twice a year. Keep cell phones and mobile devices fully charged. Learn more survival kit tips and how to make an emergency plan for you and your family by visiting:


CHILDHOOD COLLEGE BUSINESS a true champion of Belleville

It all started with a high school co-op program at West City Honda while attending Centennial Secondary School. Joel was hooked. After completing his co-op he continued to work there on a part-time basis and when he graduated, enrolled in the Loyalist College Automotive Service Technician program. He did his apprenticeship at Bay Subaru and graduated from Loyalist in 2013.

Joel strongly believes in giving back to the community. This year JFP sponsored two children’s hockey teams, the David Mackay Memorial Golf Tournament and the Southern Ontario Regional Firefit Competition.

“Then came the most nerve wracking decision of my life – to do it or not,” remembered Joel. “I was wrestling with whether to open my own business or continue working for someone else. The technicians at Subaru and my family, people I respect so much, had such confidence in me and urged me to take this step. That was the tipping point – I secured a start-up loan with Trenval and here I am at 35 Emily Street.”

“I plan to increase my business from my current five bays to eight, with eight hoists, employing 15 people. And of course, we will need a new location that can accommodate this growth. Owning and operating a business isn’t easy – but it’s worth every challenge.”

When asked where he would like to be in ten years’ time Joel was quick to respond.

FOUR DEPARTMENTS OF JFP Automotive Repair and Maintenance From the moment you drive your car off the dealer’s lot, JFP can provide everything necessary to service your vehicle. Automotive Fabrication Need a custom exhaust or a full rally spec roll cage? Want to put a Corvette engine into a Mazda RX8? No vision’s too big. Joel has a personal passion for this area, as a member of the Drifters Anonymous Team he builds his own cars to compete in. Automotive Performance Enhancing performance and the driving experience in areas such as handling, braking or safety. Emergency Vehicle Up Fitting and Maintenance Stock vehicles are turned into emergency ones. JFP puts top priority on maintaining emergency vehicles with the highest level of parts both in shop and on site.

When the doors of JFP (which stands for Joel Fallaise Performance) opened in 2013 there were two people coming to work each day – now there are nine. Five are Loyalist College graduates and two are currently enrolled at Loyalist and doing their apprenticeship at JFP. The past three years have been challenging and rewarding, and in 2016 JFP’s business had increased by 440%.

“I have the satisfaction of knowing the business I’m building helps others and supports my family. Best part - I love what I do.” Joel Fallaise 12

H E A LTH C A RE M A T T E R S The City of Belleville has been operating one of the most successful family physician recruitment programs in the Province for almost 10 years now. A short time ago, there were more than 20,000 patients registered with the Province of Ontario in the region who were without a family physician. Soon after the initiation of the doctor recruitment program in Belleville and in other communities in the region, the waiting list had all but disappeared. The family physician shortage issue in rural Ontario is a complicated one. Years ago, a series of short-sighted decisions on the part of the Province reduced the number of medical school positions. Combine that with an aging physician population, more demands for advanced health care from patients, increasingly difficult entry requirements for medical students and exceptionally high tuition costs and you have the perfect recipe for a shortage. Medical school positions have opened up but it takes at least 10 years to get a student through the process and the pace of retirements seems to be exceeding the pace of replacements. Complicating this situation even further is the huge patient load some long-time family physicians have. It’s not uncommon for a long-term physician to have between 3000 and 5000 patients when they decide to retire. New physicians typically take on between 1000 and 2000 patients in their first few years of practice leaving more orphaned patients than the current system can handle. Before anyone thinks to place any blame at the feet of new physicians for not taking more patients, everyone must remember that most of the new physicians that come to the community are also working at the hospital and doing other work to support the health care needs of the community. Their style of practice is different and their office set up is typically designed to provide a more holistic approach to treating their patients.

Health care is not a municipal responsibility. However, the City of Belleville felt compelled to do something to deal with the issue that was affecting not only our residents, but the retention and attraction of businesses. Modelled after the Hastings County family doctor recruitment program, Belleville set out to divert some of their dividend revenue from their part ownership in Veridian Connections, to support a scholarship program intended to attract family doctors to Belleville with the guarantee of a five-year commitment of service to our residents. It has been incredibly successful in attracting some outstanding new physicians and Council recently voted to continue this program indefinitely. However, provincial political unrest, uncertainty and difficult agreement negotiations between doctors and the Province of Ontario, have made the process of retaining graduates and physicians in the Province even more challenging. Belleville continues to lead the pack in terms of attracting new doctors (two new physicians are scheduled to start before the end of 2016), but the shortage may continue if all levels of government don’t work together to ensure all residents have access to primary health care. As residents, we too have a role to play in retaining our physicians. Let’s make sure we appreciate the time and attention provided by all health care professionals and ensure we are welcoming and inclusive when their families settle in our region.

These are just some of the contributing factors that have created the current health care situation. The City regularly receives calls from residents begging to be paired with a family physician but this process is also complicated with no guarantees. Although the City has attracted 22 new family physicians, one paediatrician and one oncologist, the shortage is still an issue.

For Belleville residents in need of a family physician, registration with Health Care Connect is required. Simply google Health Care Connect or call 1-866-532-3161.


Belleville Senators r ecei ve war m w e lco m e fr om City of Belleville Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher and Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk announced at a media conference on Sept. 26th that the American Hockey League Belleville Senators will begin playing in a completely upgraded Yardmen Arena starting in the 2017-18 season.

Melnyk will also own the Belleville Senators and says that this community is a perfect fit for the team and the AHL. Melnyk previously owned the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in the Ontario Hockey League and fondly remembers coming to Belleville for spirited playoff games. The hockey fans in the Quinte region left an impression on the team owner and he’s looking forward to owning the “home team” in Belleville now.

The Senators are relocating their top farm team from Binghamton, NY to Belleville and the City and the Senators couldn’t be happier about their new partnership.

“Hockey is really back here in Belleville and we could not be honoured more,” Melnyk said. “Today is a huge day for us, the City of Belleville and all the hockey fans in the region. It’s the beginning of a whole new era.”

“It’s a monumental day for the City of Belleville and the Bay of Quinte region,” Mayor Christopher said at the official announcement in front of a full house at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre. “The Belleville Senators will quickly become one of the premiere franchises in the American Hockey League and will fast become the pride of Belleville and Eastern Ontario.

The immediate response proves that Melnyk is right. Nearly 500 people packed the main lobby of the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre for the historic announcement and within 24 hours of the announcement, more than 1,000 people had put down deposits on season tickets.

Hockey is coming back to Belleville – and in a big way.

“This is Day One, the dawn of a new era of hockey in Belleville,” Melnyk said. “From this point forward, we’ll be extremely busy making the Belleville Senators an integral part of your city.”

“This is your team and we’re very confident that you’re going to support it.”

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“I was intrigued by the idea and reached out to our management group and I reached out to people in the AHL that I respect,” said Ottawa Senators Assistant GM Randy Lee. “Both groups came back and said that Belleville makes perfect sense for us on so many levels. Last fall, I met Mayor Christopher and his staff here in Belleville. After seeing their passion and the vision they had for hockey, I knew that it was something that we should pursue.”

The City fielded many requests and offers from nearly every level of hockey prompting Mayor Christopher to create an implementation team that also included Councillors Garnet Thompson and Mike Graham. The Mayor’s team began discussions with the Ottawa Senators about relocating their top development team to the Yardmen Arena last December.

Belleville’s Yardmen Arena will undergo a full renovation and upgrade over the next 12 months to increase the seating, provide updated amenities to the fans and bring the playing surface and dressing room facilities up to NHL and AHL standards. There will be new sections of seating at the north end of the arena as well as around the new NHL regulation sized ice surface.

The City was insistent on finding a partner that was only interested in a long-term commitment to the City of Belleville. The partnership with Melnyk and the Belleville Senators is signed to an unprecedented eight-year agreement with a five-year renewal option. That ensures that the Yardmen Arena will be the home of the Belleville Senators and the American Hockey League for the foreseeable future.

Fans will enjoy updated concessions and suites as well as a new video score board when the Senators hit the ice for the first time next fall. “The newly renovated Yardmen Arena will be a beautiful compliment to our Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre,” Christopher said. “It will be brought up to NHL and AHL standards and will be the envy of the league across the nation.”

“The partnership and opportunity is the result of many, many long hours, days, late evenings and early mornings to make sure that this agreement became a reality for the long-term future of Belleville,” Christopher said. Mark Fluhrer, the Director of Recreation, Culture and Community Services, was a key part of the negotiating team that brought the Senators to Belleville. “He took the reins and wouldn’t let them go,” Christopher said. “This gentleman represents the corporation and our fellow staff to a level that we have never seen.” Melnyk said that he has been impressed with the commitment that the Mayor, Council and Fluhrer made to ensure that the Senators came to Belleville and would stay for a long time. “It’s rare that you meet such a dedicated group of people that are completely focused on their community and want to do the best for you,” Melnyk said. “These are the type of mayors and councillors that we love to see because they help us help them and it works as a partnership. I want to thank them for everything they’ve done to make this happen.” Rumours of the Senators moving their AHL team to Belleville started to surface last spring. The close proximity to the nation’s capital was just one of many reasons that the Senators were attracted to Belleville.


The American Hockey League is the top development league in the world for players, coaches and officials. Nearly 90% of today’s NHL players played in the AHL. Players on the Senators’ AHL team last season ranged from 21 to 30 years old. The Ottawa Senators current roster is full of AHL graduates including captain Erik Karlsson, Chris Neil, Cody Ceci, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mark Stone. “Every single one of those players have been drafted and are elite enough that they are already on a team,” Melnyk said. “Many of them were captains or assistant captains of their junior teams. You’re going to see the future hall of famers and the future all-stars of the NHL. They’re all trying to get a job in the big leagues.” Lee will oversee the hockey operations of the Belleville Senators and said that hockey fans in Belleville are in for a treat when the AHL arrives. “From a hockey operations perspective, it’s ideal that the owner of the NHL team owns the AHL team,” Lee said. “From a Belleville Senators’ fan perspective, it’s perfect. I can speak from experience that Mr. Melnyk is a fan first and an owner second. That’s good for hockey guys. “We feel very fortunate to be able to call Belleville our home for many years to come.” After months of negotiations, high level hockey is back in Belleville. From all accounts, it looks like it’s back for good. “I am so proud to be the Mayor of this great City as we embark on a new venture that is monumental for our entire City, our families and the region,” Christopher said. “This is an exciting day and an exciting future for the City of Belleville.”


Belleville’s Hockey History When the Ottawa Senators announced that they were moving their American Hockey League affiliate to Belleville for the 2017-18 season, team owner Eugene Melnyk said that Belleville’s hockey history had a lot to do with his decision. He visited Belleville many times when he owned the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in the Ontario Hockey League. He witnessed our passion for the game first-hand and said that he is looking forward to sparking that passion again next fall. “You’ve got a great, deep history of hockey here and it’s just great to have it all come back,” Melnyk said. Belleville native Marc Crawford is the associate coach of the Ottawa Senators and will be the liaison with the AHL team in Belleville. It’s fitting that the Crawford name will once again be connected to our hockey history. Marc Crawford’s father Floyd was the captain of the Belleville McFarlands team that first put Belleville on the hockey map when they won the Canadian hockey championship in 1958 and then the World Championship the following year. Four decades later, Marc’s brother Lou was behind the bench when the Belleville Bulls won their only Ontario Hockey League championship in 1999. From the senior McFarlands to the junior Bobcats and 34 years with the Bulls, the City of Belleville has a rich hockey history. This newest chapter may just be the best.

A C H A R I T Y DEDICATED TO STRENGTHENING OUR COMMUNITY “I work for an organization that changes people’s lives. I sincerely believe the City of Belleville is a better place because we are here.”

David Allen President and CEO YMCA of Central East Ontario Serving Belleville, Quinte West & Peterborough

The YMCA has been a part of the Belleville community for over 130 years, delivering programs, providing childcare, employing residents and serving the community as it connects people of all ages in a safe and respectful setting. A charity, dedicated to strengthening the community’s core through education, support and child development, the Y expects all those involved to exercise the values of the organization: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and inclusiveness.

working here that even when they go away to college and university, they return during the summer to work with us.” Exclusive to the Y is CampAbility, the only day camp for developmental and physical exceptionalities in the Quinte region. “No matter what program children participate in swimming, basketball, etc., they are not only learning the skills associated with that particular activity, these programs are tools to strengthen their self esteem and develop their social interaction abilities,” says David.

“As an organization we believe all families should have the ability to participate in health, fitness and recreation programs,” explains David, “regardless of their financial situation. Those able to do so, do – others receive a helping hand. In 2015, 678 children received financial assistance for membership and day camp. There was a total of $436,376 in membership assistance granted at the Belleville branch in 2015.”

In 2015, 894 senior members participated in programs such as Aquafitness, Gentlefit, Yoga and Pilates. The Stroke Recovery and Post Rehab Maintenance program is helpful to those who have experienced a traumatic event such as a heart attack or stroke to return to better physical health.

Many families begin their relationship with the YMCA by entrusting their children into childcare, educational programs and summer camps. This initial interaction builds a relationship which often continues into the teenage years when youth seek employment opportunities at the Y as camp counsellors and program instructors. For many, this is their first job and in this environment they are also learning core values which serve them well throughout their lives.

To offer these services to the community, the YMCA hires many people. There are 23 full-time, 100 part-time and 55 additional summer employees, which resulted in a total of $2,077,932 in salaries and wages in 2015. “When I look back on the number of lives we’ve had the opportunity to change for the better, impacting thousands of people every day, the YMCA is a very rewarding organization to be a part of,” David proudly states.

“We have an exceptional return rate with our student staff,” adds David. “They have such a positive experience

Find out about programs, services and family memberships by calling 613-966-9622 or drop by 433 Victoria Avenue for a tour. 18

BUILD BELLEVILLE PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS Bay Bridge Road/CP Rail Overhead Replacement and Dundas Street West Rehabilitation Exciting Project Making Big Progress


Commuters and residents are starting to see the results of the ongoing construction on the Bay Bridge Road/Dundas Street West project. On October 14th commuters were able to experience the new road as traffic began to slowly transition onto it. In order to facilitate the transition to the new structure, traffic will be routed to the east half of the new structure while construction continues.

“Commuters can expect a much smoother drive over the new structure once it is completed and open to traffic,” says Project Manager Stan Czyczyro. In addition to the road and bridge construction, crews will be busy this fall installing fencing, constructing the gateway features, sidewalks, medians and multi-use pathways. Electrical installation for the traffic signals and new street lighting is continuing and many of the decorative street lights have been installed.


City and construction staff are working hard to reach the substantial completion deadline in November. Photo Captions:

1. Mayor Christopher inspecting the new bridge before it opened to traffic. 2. Dundas Street West widening to provide dual left turn lanes at Bay Bridge Road. 3. New watermain being installed on Dundas Street West. 4. View from below, where new multiuse path will be built. 5. New sidewalk on the West side of the structure .





City Centre Revitalization and Redevelopment Project Downtown Open to Vehicular Traffic as Phase 2 Nears Completion

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After a warm and busy summer in Belleville’s downtown, residents and businesses were happy to see Stage 3 construction nearing completion and Front Street re-opened to vehicular traffic. Construction can be very challenging for businesses, but City staff and contractor representatives at the site received praise for their efforts in helping people move about. “They are always cheerful and say hello when you see them,” said BJ Melnyk, Salon Coordinator at the Cat’s Meow Salon and Spa adding, “They are quick to point out the easiest route to your destination and help you get there.” The contractor will continue to have a presence on Front Street during the day to finish work relating to landscaping, lighting and sidewalks. During this time vehicular traffic will be limited to alternating single lanes. Photo Captions: 1. Brick pavers being installed on Front Street. 2. View of Campbell Street, facing East.



City Centre Revitalization and Redevelopment Project

1 Once complete, this last section of Front Street will resemble the earlier work done on Front Street from Pinnacle Street to Victoria Avenue. This includes upgrades to the underground infrastructure (new watermain, new or relined sanitary sewers and new utilities); reconstructed roads, boulevards, and sidewalks, with new asphalt, concrete, and brick paver surfaces; and new urban design elements including street lights and traffic signals, street furniture, granite-curb planters, and trees.


Stage 4 of construction, which spans into November, is concentrated on Victoria Avenue. To complete this, Victoria Avenue will be closed at Front Street and restricted to local traffic only. Access to Victoria Avenue will remain open at Pinnacle Street. Phase 2 of the City Centre Revitalization Project is scheduled to be completed in December 2016. Photo Captions: 1. View of Front Street at Campbell Street, facing South. 2. View of Front Street at Campbell Street, facing North.


Northeast Industrial Park Road & Active Transportation Upgrades

Road Surface Rehabilitation Underway The City of Belleville has allocated funds in the Build Belleville program for upgrades to the Northeast Industrial Park. This project will be done in two phases and will include the rehabilitation of roads as part of Phase 1 and the construction of new sidewalks and pathways in Phase 2.

Phase 1 - Road Surface Rehabilitation (September – November 2016) The first phase of the Northeast Industrial Park project will address the considerable deterioration of roads in the park and the potential impact this can have on the trans-shipment of goods to businesses in the area. Roads in the industrial park that are scheduled for rehabilitation and repaving during this phase include Adam Street, University Avenue, Jamieson Bone Road, Lahr Drive and part of College Street East from University Avenue to east of Jamieson Bone Road. Construction for Phase 1 of the project began in August 2016 and is anticipated to last until the end of November. Phase 2 - Active Transportation Improvements (2017) Phase 2 of the Industrial Park Project will include some enhancements for Industrial Park workers who want to engage in active or ‘human-powered’ methods of transportation. The project includes funding for the construction of sidewalks, pathways and bicycle lanes that will make it easier for individuals choosing active transportation to commute to the park and within the park.



POSTE IT NOTE On Belleville Business

Supports like transit service, day care facilities, accessible health care, city infrastructure, etc. can all impact how successful a business can become. One of the most significant factors in the success or failure of the venture will always be the people that work in the business. Loyalist College has been a fantastic source of graduates for our businesses and they play a crucial role in ensuring the work force upgrades their training and skills to keep them current. Families and friends can also influence the culture of the community by supporting and encouraging those around them to seek an education in a needed field or to at least take the job they have seriously. Ensuring the local labour force is active and engaged and recognizes the connection between their efforts and the success of the business they work for, and ultimately the community they work in, is key to ensuring a business can meet the demands of their customer base.

Karen Poste Manager, Economic and Strategic Initiatives

It takes a Village to Raise a Business

All levels of government have a critical role to play in providing enough support to get a business going, while at the same time, interfering as little as possible in the forward momentum new businesses experience. Communities need to make sure their infrastructure is capable of meeting the needs of growing businesses. The parks, schools, social services, transportation and health care systems must meet the needs of the workforce to ensure staff can safely and enjoyably live and navigate the community.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “it takes a village to raise a child’, well I believe the same can be said about raising a business. Right from the start – even before a business is registered, a community can influence an entrepreneur by having and stimulating an entrepreneurial culture. Initiatives such as the Small Business Centre, Trenval, economic development departments, Summer Company, Futurpreneur, the Chambers of Commerce and others can have an impact on whether a community sees itself as a place where new entrepreneurial endeavors are celebrated or treated with some skepticism. Financing is another big influencer when it comes to the entrepreneurial readiness of a community. Are the banks, funded agencies and angel investors in your city ready and interested in supporting new business ideas and taking chances on start-up businesses? Are there mentors in your community willing to share what they have learned in business with those just starting out? Is your education system talking about entrepreneurship as a valid career choice? These vital supports can make the difference when defining whether or not you have an entrepreneurial community. Once the business is established, the community continues to take a lead role in the success or failure of the business and in more ways than just patronizing these establishments. Does the community have the labour needed with the work ethic required to move that business forward?

Certainly the ‘buy local’ philosophy is key to supporting local entrepreneurs. Buying products and services as close to home as possible will always be an easy way to support your local businesses. Actively growing and encouraging that entrepreneurial spirit in a community is one of the best ways to ensure its economic stability and growth in the future. Belleville has always recognized the importance of local jobs and investment but we sometimes forget that supporting these important outcomes can happen in many forms – it can be as simple as making sure our children understand the basic principles of working hard, obtaining skills in a needed field and supporting local business.


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This year’s lighting display launch is Friday, November 18th at 5:45pm. The Belleville Christmas Lighting Display has become the delight of the holiday season for many in our region. New this year is a beautiful entrance feature for the Jane Forrester Park as well as two exciting new Christmas displays. Once you’ve visited this amazing display it will become one of your favourite family holiday traditions. For the entertainment and busing schedule visit: Thanks to our sponsors who make this display possible: SANTA LEVEL SPONSORS McDougall Insurance Veridian Connections Quinte Welding Triangle Fluid Controls The Culloden Family John M. and Bernice Parrott Foundation

ELF LEVEL SPONSORS Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) Pace Design Battlefield Equipment Rentals REINDEER LEVEL SPONSORS Mackay Insurance W.T. Hawkins Ltd. BCS Automation

CANDY CANE LEVEL SPONSORS Impacto Protective Products Cunningham Swan LLP Doug Whitley Insurance The Sernas Group Avaya Community Volunteers Ascent Scotiabank Jim and Nancy Moore

ORNAMENT LEVEL SPONSORS: Burr Insurance, Guthrie Engineering, Bayshore Credit Union, R. Marikkar and J. Rahumathulla, Watson Land Surveyors, Ems-Tech Inc., Quinte Ballet School, Newman Oliver, McCarten Insurance, Fitzgibbon Construction, The Ainley Group, Belleville Toyota


STOCKING STUFFER LEVEL SPONSORS Lexassist Templeman, Menninga LLP Union Gas Hanley Corporation Canadian Tire Belleville (the McCullough Family) Bel-Con Design-Builders Ltd, CBM Kente Property Management Tipper Financial Services Berry Plastics Canada Inc.

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With the City’s response to the community’s request for active transportation routes comes an additional necessity – educating motorists and cyclists in safe practices and laws to improve road safety for everyone. This year during Bike Month, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) ran an extensive ‘Share the Road’ campaign, highlighting traffic laws for cyclists and motorists, and encouraging respect and courtesy on everyone’s behalf. The City’s Green Task Force worked with them, supporting the initiative by arranging for the visual pieces (printing costs were covered by a grant from the Ministry of Transportation’s Road Safety Challenge) to be posted on the City transit system. The campaign was to heighten our awareness that whether we are driving a vehicle or riding a bike, we need to be respectful of others on the road and understand what our responsibilities are in each role. Below are three visuals which were part of the HPEPH ‘Share the Road’ campaign. For more ‘Share the Road’ information visit: healthy-living/share-road.


To further facilitate a positive transition onto our City’s new bike routes, and the continued development of self-propelled transportation accessibility within our community, the City has created an Active Transportation Committee to provide recommendations to Council for approval. Each of these changes is representative of our City’s commitment to improving accessibility for all residents. It’s important - be safe and remember, ‘Share the Road.’

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2016 Conference

Mission: Resilience

November 22 & 23, 2016

A conference supporting and celebrating Eastern Ontario’s local food sector

Host Hotel and Local Food Showcase: TownePlace Suites, Belleville

Conference: Maranatha Church, Belleville

For updates, please see


BELLEVILLE CITY HALL IS RENOVATING TO SERVE YOU BETTER Renovations on the front entrance of City Hall began on October 17th. The front entrance is closed and alternate entrances to the building are identified on site. During the construction period we encourage residents to access other City sites whenever possible. Below is a list of City facilities and the services provided at these locations. Online payment options are available for tax and water bills, parking tickets and dog tags. Thank you for your patience.







195 COLLEGE ST. E. Pay Tax Bill Pay Water Bill Pay Parking Ticket Buy Bag Tag Buy Bulky Item Tag Buy Appliance Tag Buy Dog Tag Buy Bus Pass Buy Bus Ticket (s) Buy Parking Pass Buy Burn Permit Register for Rec Programs






Payments processed only between 8:30AM - 4:30PM



Metro & other stores


R R Bus Terminal



Shoppers Drug Marts Bus Terminal, Some Retail

Just a few great things you don’t want to miss! November Christmas at the Pier Lighting Display Launch Friday, November 18th 5:45 PM Jane Forrester Park

Santa Claus Parade

Sunday, November 20th 4:30 PM Watch BELLEVILLECHAMBER.CA for route details.

Christmas Lighting Display Musical Entertainment Evenings Wednesday evenings from launch until Christmas 6:30 PM

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Monday, November 28th 9:00 AM Raising money, food and awareness for local food banks. Stationed along tracks near Keegan Parkway.


New Year’s Civic Levee

Sunday, January 1st 11:30 AM Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, gymnasium

Sleep Out so Others Can Sleep In Friday, January 27th 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM Details Call: 613-969-8874

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