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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 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: Andy Sparling, Bob House, Clara Quinn, Danny Sheppard, Elisha Purchase, Greg Pinchin, Karen Poste, and Marilyn Warren 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 City Council, Senior Management and all of the staff at the City of Belleville, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 spring edition of the BELLEVILLE magazine. We are dedicated to bringing you stories and updates that are relevant to your community and this edition of our magazine is no exception. The following pages highlight the upcoming U19 Women’s Floorball Championships taking place at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in May where we will welcome more than 400 athletes from 16 countries. Plans for the new Shorelines Casino, scheduled to open in 2017, are also included in anticipation of the upcoming ground-breaking event. In this spring edition we continue to provide updates on the numerous Build Belleville projects which will be in full swing during the 2016 construction season. As the days get longer, spring is the perfect time of year for residents of the City to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather and take advantage of all the beautiful natural resources our community has to offer. Over the coming months, I encourage everyone to spend time outdoors enjoying our many parks, playgrounds and trails. Thank you for continuing to put your trust in me to lead our City towards future success as the Mayor of the City of Belleville. Warm Regards, Taso A. Christopher Mayor




Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc. and Salter Pilon Architecture Inc.


Volunteers Make a Difference Meet Jack Evans


Build Belleville Updates Project Highlights


Albert College Graduate Director of UAE National Intelligence Agency


Infrastructure Improvements Sidney Street Watermain Replacement & Extension


U19 Women’s Floorball Championships Coming to Belleville in May

8 New Businesses Choosing Downtown as Their Location 9 Belleville Station #3 New Firehall - New Location

20 If Tiles Could Talk A & E Ceramic Tile & Marble Ltd. 22 Dan McGrath Big Screen Life 23

Hotel Investment Hotel Construction at all time High in City


Tax Dollars at Work

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Chamber of Commerce President Tim Farrell


The Commodores Entertaining Belleville and Area since 1928


Quinte Symphony World-class Orchestral Music throughout Region


Downtown Art Crawl Pedestrian-friendly Cultural Experience


Gallery Scene’s New Faces Lisa Morris and Peter Paylor


Poste It Note We’re All Ambassadors


The Quinte Ballet School of Canada Graduates Performing on World Stage


Workplace Health & Safety Supporting a Positive Work Culture


The Belleville Theatre Guild 64th Season and Going Strong


Community Arts & Culture Fund Fostering Creativity

Building Inspection Team Ensuring Everyone’s Safety

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opening 2017 In September 2015, Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced it had selected Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership (of which Great Canadian Gaming Corporation owns a 90.5% share) as the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle. After completing the acquisition of the first two properties in the East Gaming Bundle, Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands and Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs, the Partnership received approval in January 2016 to build a new gaming and entertainment property in the City of Belleville.

those visiting for the non-gaming facilities. Once it is up and running, a significant portion of Shorelines Casino Belleville’s gross gaming revenue, through the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), will go back to the provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs such as health care, education and social services, as well as a share being directed to the City of Belleville itself. For over 30 years, community support has been a key pillar of Great Canadian’s business strategy, and is represented by Great Canadian’s PROUD brand which unifies the company’s support of the communities it is a part of and does business in. Through donations, volunteering and partnership opportunities, Shorelines Casino Belleville will exemplify Great Canadian’s PROUD commitment; a common thread woven throughout Great Canadian’s 19 sites. Simply stated, Shorelines Casino Belleville will be an active community partner through various financial and non-financial efforts.

The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation will build a brand new casino in Belleville, named Shorelines Casino Belleville. Opening as early as March 2017 and providing up to 300 jobs when it does, the new facility is expected to have approximately 400 slot machines and 22 card tables, plus amenities such as a lounge, restaurant and live entertainment space. The goal of the new Belleville site is to attract guests seeking the fun of gaming, as well as

Image provided by Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc. and Salter Pilon Architecture Inc.


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A lover of the arts, Jack has always made time to balance his career in journalism with his passion for music and theatre. Initially hired by CJBQ in 1957 as a copywriter, Jack shifted his career focus to journalism, working in reporter and editor positions, in cities which included Peterborough, Oshawa, Sudbury, Picton, Trenton and Belleville. Although Jack retired in 1999, he continues to freelance as a reporter-photographer. And always, there is music. Jack started singing as a boy soprano in the Christ Church all male choir, then continued as tenor and bass in various choirs. He has also added his voice to the Belleville Choral Society and Barbershop Chorus. While in school he studied cornet, violin and cello. Jack’s name can be found on innumerable theatre programs – past and present, and most recently, he has put together a barbershop quartette for the Belleville Theatre Guild’s upcoming production, The Music Man. For years Jack has been a part of the Theatre Guild community as a performer, stagehand and promotions supporter. In the 1980s Jack joined the Quinte Symphony as a second violinist for two years. In 2013 he became President of the Symphony board and held this position until December 2015. Jack continues to serve as a board member. “Through my involvement with these groups I have learned so much about Belleville and the people behind the scenes making things happen,” Jack stated. “Nothing learned ever goes to waste and this involvement keeps me connected with my community.”

“I find it very rewarding when I’m able to listen to audiences talking as they leave a performance, saying how much they enjoyed it. When you consider the small budgets these productions are working with, it really is amazing. I like to believe volunteers play a role in making this possible.” JACK EVANS 3


DR. NICHOLAS DE JANITSARY Dir ector of UAE Nati onal Intelligence Agency

The United Arab Emirates is a long way from North America, but travel and distance have never deterred Dr. de Janitsary from pursuing his career or education. Born in New York City, he grew up in Montreal and Ottawa and did his final two years of high school at Albert College. Now, Dr. de Janitsary is the Director of the UAE National Intelligence Agency, keeping the United Arab Emirates safe. 4

Following his graduation from Albert College, Nicholas enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Lighting Design at DePaul University in Chicago Illinois with the intent of pursuing a career in the theatre. However, after several summer internships with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, his plans changed and criminology became his chosen field of study. He went to the UK and completed his Masters and PhD in Criminology. “During my time at university I became friends with a member of the Dubai Royal Family - he suggested I come to Dubai and work for his family,” explains Nicholas. “Moving to Dubai in 2000 I worked for the family in Security Advising and Aviation for six years. Then I decided to start my own security and aviation company, New Dimension Group LLC, based in Singapore with offices in Dubai and Delhi.”


New Dimension Group was a versatile security consulting and training organization, with clients from around the world. These clients were provided with a full spectrum of security and defence consulting services, including intelligence gathering, critical crisis management, threat assessment and comprehensive training for all types of personnel. New Dimension added a subsidiary in 2009, New Dimension Aviation, which offered charter executive jet services to and from destinations around the world.


In 2011 Nicholas was asked to return to assume a role with the Dubai government and in 2015 he was appointed Director of the National Intelligence Agency of the UAE. The career opportunities have been interesting and rewarding - and the lifestyle this path provides Nicholas can definitely be described as diverse and exciting. A collector of cars, Nicholas loves spending time behind the wheel - just for the joy of it. Or, to take things up a level, you can also find him in the pilot’s seat as he has his fixed wing ifr (jet) and helicopter licences. Scuba diving, fishing in the Gulf and desert camping in the traditional Bedouin way are all on his list of ‘favourite things’.


“Belleville is a huge part of my life for several reasons but most importantly, this is where in 1990, I met my best friend - we are still best friends today,” adds Nicholas. “The education I received at Albert College, with teachers I will not forget, has definitely helped me along the way.”

“Dubai can certainly be described as multi-cultural and I love the local Emirati and Bedouin cultures very much,” says Nicholas. “The extremely family-oriented local people are among the friendliest and most helpful people I have ever met.” 5

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under 19 WOMEN’S FLOORBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 coming to Belleville M AY 4 - 8 The City of Belleville is preparing to welcome teams from around the world to the Under 19 Women’s World Floorball Championships. The Opening Ceremonies will take place on May 3rd and the games are scheduled for May 4th to 8th at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre. More than 400 athletes from 16 countries are confirmed to attend the tournament. This is the first time an International Floorball Federation (IFF) championship will be held in North America.

Athletes from across Canada, including players from our own community, will play on Team Canada in these World Championships in hopes of earning first place in the B Pool, which will move the team up into the A Pool in future competitions and 8th in the world. Volunteer services are being organized through Volunteer & Information Quinte. Those interested in helping are encouraged to call 613-969-8862. General inquiries regarding the Championships and ticket pricing can be directed to 613-9684932 or... avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets now at:

Canada vs Norway

Finland vs Czech Republic

Floorball is a fast-paced sport similar to ball hockey. The sport was founded in 1970 in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is played with a wiffle ball and an aluminum stick with a plastic end to catch the ball. Floorball is safer than other hockey-style sports and is played on a rubberized floor. It is the most popular sport in Europe and is gaining popularity in other countries because of how inexpensive it is to play.

The photos in this article were taken at the 2014 U19 Women’s World Floorball Championship Games in Babimost, Poland. FOR INFORMATION UPDATES VISIT:

Canadian Hannah Wilson

Team Canada Win vs Germany 6



Ukraine vs Germany

Sweden vs Finland


TICKETS...SCHEDULES... GENERAL TOURNAMENT INFORMATION find it all at Purchase your tickets online today and bring your Canadian pride and enthusiasm to these International Championships we’re hosting right here in our community.

Norway vs Austria

May 3rd Opening Ceremonies are free to the public. 7


are choosing downtown

The completion of Phase I in the downtown core has definitely paved the way for some exciting new business ventures. During the past few months there has been an interesting and diverse group of entrepreneurs opening their doors and several more are scheduled to join them. The positive downtown energy is contagious and the City’s commitment to improving this area is being matched by the enthusiastic commitment of individuals choosing this as their business location. These are just a few of the places we’ve heard are new arrivals or coming soon: The Brake Room is a hub for community, coffee and cycle culture. They supply bikes and coffee to like-minded folk wanting to drink or ride something a little different, something a little special - and who know craftsmanship is a beautiful thing. Chilangos Mexican Restaurant is serving traditional Mexican food. Five years ago they brought their Mexican Antojitos to the Quinte area at the Waterfront Festival. Now they have a location where people can come all year round. New dishes will be introduced every week - always fresh and authentic. Echo Hair will be opening on Pinnacle Street below The Belleville Club. Owner Sandra Dowin brings 31 years of experience to the downtown and will be joined by her apprentice daughter Rachelle. ShareCentre is a new co-working (shared office space) with a 12-seat location. The space is perfect for the home-based solopreneur, virtual employee or small business owner needing to upgrade their profile. They offer a clean, creative space with fast wifi, meeting room space and a real mailing address. Century Village Ltd. is transforming the downtown Century Place landmark. With seven presales prior to the official launch of 38 new residential condos, they are confident this project will assist in reinvigorating our city centre area while providing a great location to live, work and play. AB Wedding and Event Rentals - it’s all about creative design and décor. They are sure to make every wedding or special event one to be remembered. The Village Pharmacy will cover everyday pharmaceutical needs - from filling prescriptions to supplying other health needs. So much is happening, but don’t take our word for it - come see for yourself. 8

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BELLEVILLE STATION #3 The initial Belleville Station #3, known to many as Point Anne Station, was located in what was originally the general store, a century old building on Point Anne Road. Renovated by volunteer firefighters in 1969, the store became the home of the Township of Thurlow Fire Department.

Shown in photo below: (left to right) Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Greatrix, Volunteer Firefighter Nicole Reid and Volunteer Fire Prevention Officer Dave MacMullen


The new 5,500 square foot fire station is located at 4867 Old Highway 2. The facility is a great improvement – structurally and logistically. Its central location enables the team of 26 volunteer firefighters to provide better response times to the area they service which stretches up to include Highway 401. The hall includes four apparatus bays, a kitchen, washrooms and office space, plus a designated training area where weekly training sessions are held. In addition to regular firefighting and Emergency First Response training, the location of the hall necessitates specialized training for the rural environment. An example would be tanker shuttle accreditation. In the country, the volunteer firefighters’ inability to rely upon hydrants makes this certification a requirement - demonstrating to a third party they are able to provide 610 gallons of water per minute and maintain that over a two-hour period. Belleville Fire Station #3 on Old Highway 2 is now open and operating and the volunteer firefighters are pleased to be serving their community from this wonderful new location. 9

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Commodores O R C H E S T R A the


Centennial Secondary School - May 29, 2:00pm The Bruce Parsons Scholarship Concert Zwicks Park, Belleville - July 17, 6:30 - 8:30pm concert in the park Trenton Big Band Festival - July 22, 7:30 10:00pm “Dancing Under the Stars,” Riverfront Square Stirling Festival Theatre - October 2, 2:00pm “Jitterbug Jive - A Swing Dance Showcase”

The Commodores Orchestra has been a big part of the musical soundtrack to life in Belleville since May of 1928, when the band first played to open the new season at the Bay of Quinte Golf Club. That probably makes it the oldest big swing and dance band in Canada, if not the world. It was all about dancing. In the days before the internet, TV and rock ‘n roll, the Belleville-based band played three and four nights a week to packed venues like the Club Commodore and Park Pavilion at the Belleville fairgrounds, and the Trianon Ballroom and Club Vanity Fair on Front Street downtown. It’s a unique story, with occasional brushes with the big time. Band members swapped stories with Duke Ellington’s men, played alongside jazz pianist Teddy Wilson, who broke American music’s colour barrier with Benny Goodman, and booked a vocalist straight from New York’s swankiest clubs for a sold-out New Year’s Eve show at Club Commodore. And today, incredibly, the soundtrack is still being written by this born-in-Belleville 17-piece musical and cultural jewel. A new CD was released in 2015. Grammy-winning and Juno-nominated musicians perform with the finest semi-professionals in east-Central Ontario to keep the Commodore flame burning brightly. Bandleader Andy Sparling is researching a book on the history of the Commodores, and with the help of the Hastings County Historical Society, he’s aiming to publish in 2018, the band’s 90th anniversary.


If you’re able to contribute photos, stories, memories, memorabilia, or first-hand accounts of any part of the Commodores run through the last nine decades, you can contact Andy at 613-9688691 or email him at

the Q U I N T E


“Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin

For over 55 years the Quinte Symphony has been performing live world-class orchestral music throughout the region. The group originated as the Eastern Ontario Concert Orchestra in Batawa through the efforts of Stephen Choma, and Thomas and Sonja Bata. There are now approximately 40 musicians in the symphony - many travel from communities such as Port Hope, Stirling, Kingston and Prince Edward County to join the Belleville performers for weekly three-hour rehearsals. Each year the Symphony performs a four-concert MasterWorks Series in a variety of venues. One location frequently chosen is Bridge Street United Church, noted for its exceptional acoustics. This fall, the first concert of the series was performed with the Eight Wing Pipes & Drums, and the 8 Wing Concert Band, for an audience of almost 700 people, at the National Air Force Museum at CFB Trenton. In 2015 the Symphony was pleased to welcome Music Director Dan Tremblay and Assistant Director Patrick Headley. Their exemplary credentials and extensive experience are huge assets to the Quinte Symphony. “Nothing compares to playing in an orchestra,” says Debbie Shaw, flautist and President of the Symphony Board. “Listening to the music is wonderful, but to be a part of the energy creating it is amazing. From seniors to high school students - our passion for music is inescapable. It is rare for a city this size to have a Symphony and we are so excited to be a part of it.”


Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’ & Moussorgsky’s ‘Pictures At An Exhibition’ Sun. May 8, 2:30PM Bridge St. United Church

Quinte Symphony performs at Kidstock Sun. May 15, 2PM Maranatha Church 11


ART CRAWL The Belleville community is rich with creativity. In February, a downtown group introduced the Art Crawl - a pedestrian-friendly cultural experience. On the first Thursday of each month, between five and seven pm, the following group is opening their doors and encouraging you to stop by, talk with artists, ask questions and suggest things you’d like to see happening in our local art community.

Carol Feeney


Jan Coombs & Diane Dollard


Susan Holland


Mike Malachowski


Maureen Swann


The BELLEVILLE ART ASSOCIATION has approximately 100 members ranging in age from young adults to those in their 90’s. It’s an extremely social group which hosts painting parties, workshops, bus trips and juried shows. FUNK & GRUVEN A-Z carries decorative arts, furniture and antiques, and has hosted the work of local artists. Owner Mike feels the success of the Art Crawl clearly indicates there is an audience and demand for activities such as this. Maureen Swann from GALLERY ONE TWENTY ONE feels the energy is building in the downtown core. The gallery is a cooperative of just under 20 members, featuring original, contemporary, local artwork of an inspiring quality.

The QUINTE ARTS COUNCIL ART GALLERY & GIFT SHOP is the perfect ‘go to’ shop for artwork of all disciplines created by local artists within the Bancroft to PEC and Napanee to Brighton area. The JOHN M. PARROTT ART GALLERY & GIFT SHOP can be found on the third floor of the Belleville Public Library. It is composed of three galleries and hosts a minimum of 15 regional and national exhibits each year. They also have an extensive collection of Manly MacDonald’s work.


lisa morris & peter paylor

“...what I love most about our city – if

you have a serious idea you can make it happen. You’re not greeted by roadblocks preventing you from doing so.”


Lisa and Peter opened their gallery door on Bridge Street East in October 2015. A leap of faith - definitely, but their strong belief in the local arts community gives them confidence in their decision. The gallery could easily be filled with their creative works alone, Lisa, an artisan jeweller, sculptor and painter, Peter a wood sculptor. Instead, they choose to invite other artists to display their work within the gallery. Supporting and bringing artists together is key for the two of them and they are engaging artists in very creative ways. Two examples are; Artists Below the Line – a perfect way for artists to come together and have a show without making a huge monetary investment 30 Below – an ideal opportunity for artists on their own to have a featured show in a gallery setting

“This has given some artists a tangible focus, a positive goal to work toward. Painting can be very solitary and the opportunity to share their work is invaluable to the artists and to us as a community.”


Lisa and Peter are strong advocates of the Belleville arts community in its entirety and they are actively engaged in pursuing ways for artists to gain strength by working together. This positive energy fuels the momentum of their exciting new business venture as gallery owners. 13 13


of Canada

The Quinte Dance Centre opened in 1972 as the Belleville branch of the National Ballet Guild, a fundraising and public awareness arm of the National Ballet of Canada. In 2000 the school was renamed as the Quinte Ballet School of Canada to better reflect its contribution to the arts on a national level. As well as local students, the school has welcomed dancers from across Canada and countries as far away as Japan, Scotland and Australia. Students move to Belleville to study with exceptionally skilled and experienced dance professionals who have studied and performed around the world. In addition to the full-time professional program and recreational dance classes throughout the year, the summer dance program continues to be viewed by students, parents and the school as an ideal opportunity. Parents check out the school and community, students test the waters with the facilities and instructors, and teachers gauge the student’s suitability for the full-time professional program. It’s a mini audition for everyone, providing each invested party with actual experience and information upon which to make their decision. Graduates continue to represent the school on the world stage performing on Broadway, the National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Ballet Company, Ballet Classique de Paris, and the Portuguese National Ballet to name but a few. The Quinte Ballet School of Canada is committed to providing an inspiring, challenging and supportive environment which nurtures talented young people to become world-class professional dancers.

“We have so much capacity and strength within us we never use. I try to empower my students with the knowledge to draw on this for themselves. We are committed to creating a nurturing atmosphere, one where our students are happy and encouraged to build upon their passion for dance.” Catherine Taylor Artistic Director Quinte Ballet School of Canada


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What began with a small group of friends sitting on a porch reading plays has evolved into our well-known and respected Belleville Theatre Guild. Now in their 64th season, the Guild has a permanent home at the Pinnacle Street Playhouse, provided by the City of Belleville, designated specifically for community theatre. Each year the Theatre Guild does five productions, with a balance of styles to engage all those in the community – side-splitting comedies, heart-warming holiday seasonals, edgy contemporaries, suspenseful mysteries and toe-tapping musicals. In addition to this series, once a year the Guild encourages individuals to submit one-act plays they have written. From these submissions, four are selected to be produced. These one-act productions are an ideal opportunity for writers and actors to sample theatre life and decide if it’s the place for them.







The community inclusiveness of each production extends far beyond the spectators in the audience and the actors on stage. A bank of hard-working individuals are behind the scenes, writing, directing, designing and building sets, sewing costumes, locating props, handling promotions and providing technical support. As described by Executive Board President Moira Nikander-Forrester, “It’s like a giant sandbox, everyone is in there together making pretend.” DON’T MISS: FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN by Michel Tremblay, Apr. 7 - 23 THE MUSIC MAN by Meredith Wilson, June 2 - 18 The Belleville Theatre Guild will be performing Later Life, by A.R. Gurney at the Eastern Ontario Drama League FullLength Festival in Peterborough in April and if successful will advance to the provincials. 15

BUILD BELLEVILLE PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS Bay Bridge Road/CP Rail Overhead Replacement and Dundas Street West Rehabilitation

Delays Expected as Construction on Dundas Street West Moves Ahead Work on Bay Bridge Road and the CP Rail Overhead Replacement has progressed over the winter months, with work on the bridge abutments and construction of the crash wall nearing completion. The work on Bay Bridge Road includes replacement of the existing four lane structure which crosses over the CP Railway with a five lane structure on a new alignment located immediately east of the current structure. This wider structure will provide dual northbound left turn lanes to improve traffic operations and reduce delay at the intersection. Bay Bridge Road is a major artery into the City of Belleville with approximately 17,500 vehicles using the Norris Whitney Bridge daily.

will remain open to traffic, it will be reduced to two lanes beginning in the early spring until the road construction is completed in the late fall.” With approximately 25,000 vehicles travelling on Dundas Street daily, it is important people provide themselves extra time if they plan on commuting through the construction area. The patience and cooperation from commuters is appreciated as the City undertakes this important infrastructure project. To enhance this City gateway, new features will include decorative street lighting, landscaping, parkette development, patterned concrete, public viewing areas and a multi-use path to connect the trails on East and West Zwick’s Park.

Construction on Dundas Street West from Coleman Street to Sidney Street includes replacement of the existing 1930’s watermain, widening the intersection at Bay Bridge Road to provide dual westbound left turn lanes and an eastbound right turn lane, and widening Dundas Street West to James Street to provide a centre left turn lane.

“Upon completion of this project, residents and visitors will have a safer, more efficient route to travel as they enter our beautiful gateway into the City of Belleville,” says Mayor Christopher.

“Significant traffic delays can be expected when work begins on Dundas Street West in early April 2016,” says Stan Czyczyro, Senior Project Manager. “While Dundas Street


Bay Bridge Road/CP Rail Overhead Replacement and Dundas Street West Rehabilitation PROJECT TIMELINE Contract awarded September 14, 2015 to


Toronto Zenith Contracting Ltd. in the amount of $15,521,316.00 + HST

New bridge foundation completed with installation of the H piles for the north and south abutments of the bridge.

Bay Bridge Road Mar. – Apr. 2016: Work on bridge abutments. Construct crash wall. Jul. – Oct. 2016: Install girders. Construct bridge deck. Oct. – Nov. 2016:

Remove existing bridge structure.

Dundas Street West April – December, 2016

Commencing in April 2016, Dundas Street West will be restricted to two lanes and traffic will be impacted resulting in significant delays.



North East Industrial Park Road & Sidewalk Upgrades Planning for Active Transportation – North East Industrial Park A detailed review has been completed to assess the deteriorated road conditions and concerns about the safety of pedestrians in the North East Industrial Park. The review identified essential improvements needed to ensure continued trans-shipment of goods and provided active transportation recommendations accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

Building on the recommendations of the City’s 2014 Transportation Master Plan, cycling will be accommodated within the North East Industrial Park through the addition of on-road bike lanes on College Street East and Adam Street, and a multi-use trail on University Avenue. “In addition to sidewalks, the City has reviewed the use of multi-use paths and on-road cycling lanes throughout the park to accommodate commuter cyclists,” says Project Manager Denis Pianarosa. “This review is a result of recommendations made in the City’s Transportation Master Plan that includes a network of on- and off-road bicycle paths.”

New concrete sidewalks are currently envisioned to establish a pedestrian network within the industrial park. These new sidewalks are being considered for Adam Street, Jamieson Bone Road and College Street East.

STREET Adam Street

PEDESTRIAN FACILITY Single sidewalk on south side

University Avenue

CYCLING FACILITY Bike lanes on paved shoulders (both sides)

3.0 m multi-use trail on north and west sides

Jamieson Bone Road

Single sidewalk on east side


College Street East

Single sidewalk on north side

Bike lanes paved shoulders (both sides)

In addition to the planned Active Transportation improvements, the roads throughout the North East Industrial Park will be rehabilitated with a new asphalt driving surface. Consultation with key stakeholders is critical to inform the businesses within the North East Industrial Park, and the public including the municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee, of the Active Transportation infrastructure improvement plans for the industrial park. A Public Information Centre (PIC) will be scheduled later this spring to present the details of the project design to the stakeholders and the public.


Sidney Street Watermain Replacement and Extension Construction of the New 200mm Diameter Sidney Street Watermain Ready to Begin Replacement of the existing watermain on Sidney Street from approximately 70 m north of College Street West to north of Maple Drive (approximately 750 m) is ready to commence in April 2016. This new 200 mm diameter watermain will replace an existing aging 150 mm diameter cast iron watermain which

is shallow and has experienced many breaks and failures over its life as can be seen from the many asphalt patches in the road. New water services will also be installed to the property line to address problematic freezing of water services in the area.

Commencing in April, Sidney Street will be reduced to two lanes within the project area.

“With approximately 20,000 vehicles using this road every day, delays can be expected when work begins and lanes are reduced in April 2016,” says Barry Simpson, Senior Project Manager. “The patience and cooperation of residents and commuters is appreciated as the City undertakes this important watermain project. The project will carry on until the end of summer 2016 and project schedule updates will be provided on the City’s web page as work progresses.”

As part of the project, repairs will also be completed on the existing sanitary and storm sewers and sidewalk and curb repairs will be completed to address accessibility. This section of Sidney Street was last resurfaced in 1992 so upon completion of the underground construction work, all of Sidney Street within the project limits will be resurfaced with new asphalt pavement providing a good road surface for another 20 years. The estimated project cost including design and construction for this project is $3.6M.


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years The initials in A & E Ceramic Tile & Marble Ltd. represent Armando and Elvis Leonarduzzi, father and son team – founders of the company. Operations began in the basement of their home in 1986 and two years later they relocated to Wallbridge Crescent. Within six years their growth necessitated another move. The land was purchased, the building built and A & E moved to its current location at 101 College St. W.

of memories at

A & E Ceramic Tile & Marble Ltd.

Elvis recalls his father’s words when they were putting their business plans in place. “You need to find a niche, create a specialty spot and make sure you do that one thing right – we work very hard to do exactly that.” Tina and Elvis were high school sweethearts, graduates of Centennial and married in ‘86, the same year the business began. Tina worked in the banking industry for eight years and when Armando passed away, she brought her finance skills with her to join Elvis in the family business. Now, 30 years in, A & E Ceramic Tile & Marble Ltd. is a well-established family business with ten employees, most have been with the company for many years. “If you’re treated well you feel comfortable,” said Elvis. “That’s why we always do our best to treat our staff and customers in the best way we possibly can. We want them to be relaxed and enjoy being here. It’s a family business and it’s that closeness we want to convey.” An intrinsic part of A & E’s commitment to their customers is the time they spend listening to their clients – gaining a clear understanding of their likes, dislikes, and comfort levels in design, style and colours. Interior design shows in Toronto, trade shows, and online research enable staff to discover new and 20


exciting design and product trends. When the store opened in ‘86, customers were looking for 4 1/4 inch tiles - that was it. Now, massive tiles are appearing and being used in bold, striking ways. You’ll find tiles with the look of reclaimed, painted or crossgrain wood, smooth cement surfaces, or painted, rustic brick - not to mention the high end look of classic marble tile.


“These ongoing changes make this an exciting field to work in,” says Tina. “Tile has come a long way and we are happy to be a part of such a fabulous industry, working with skilled trades people to create the most beautiful spaces.” Sometimes working together in a family business can present challenges, but Tina and Elvis have found a balance that works well for the two of them. “We make a point of coming home every night, making dinner and sitting down to eat together,” Tina explained. “Sunday is ‘our’ day. It’s very important to us as a family and we’ve always held to that. We’re very close and I credit our success to this. We work things out together.” SUE & SONIA, valued members of the company team.

“The people of Belleville have been very good to us,” added Elvis. “We’ve had years of repeat customers and now, we’re so pleased to greet their kids, all grown up and coming here to shop. I love this business and I love the people. It’s a wonderful community to live in and raise a family. I live and breathe our business and I’m a firm believer that if you enjoy what you do, you can be successful.” A & E CERAMIC TILE & MARBLE LTD. GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH: Hockey and Soccer team Sponsorships Buy Locally and Quinte Homebuilders Support Ethnic Festival and Canada Day Celebration Sponsorships 21

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“During university I worked at Doug’s Bicycle Shop with Neil Ellis (his brother Doug owned the store) and also ran the local Dickie Dee franchise, which Neil and I owned together. This taught us the value and rewards of hard work. “The best part of growing up in Belleville was the people. Interacting with people from all walks of life and being part of a smaller community has served me well in my life and career.” Dan McGrath Chief Operating Officer Cineplex Entertainment LP

After graduating from Centennial Secondary School in 1981, Dan McGrath went to Western University for a year in computer science and then continued on to Brock University and graduated in 1985 with his Bachelor of Business Administration. He obtained his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 1987. Once Dan obtained his CA, he accepted a position with Cineplex Odeon Corporation as an assistant controller. Within the organization he held various financial roles until 1994 when he moved into operations as Vice President Operations for North America. In 2000 Dan left Cineplex to join Galaxy Cinemas as Executive Vice President. Galaxy and Cineplex Canada merged in 2003 (and went public) and he became Executive Vice President for Cineplex Galaxy Inc. Dan was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Cineplex Entertainment in 2011.

- Media (media sales for theatre properties & digital networks) - Digital Media (signage networks for external clients such as Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s, Scotiabank & RBC) - Cineplex Starburst (largest amusement gaming company in Canada with operations in the US as well) - Digital Commerce (online sales & rentals of digital movies) - The Rec Room (new concept being developed which includes a restaurant, bar, amusement gaming & live entertainment. First location to open June 2016 in Edmonton.)

In addition to managing all aspects of various functional areas, Dan oversees the following business units:

“The best part of the job – the diversity of my responsibilities; working with a great team of people; constantly growing the business by innovating, adding amenities and services to our existing business, acquiring companies and developing new concepts such as The Rec Room. I also have the opportunity to travel across North America and love visiting our theatres as I do so.”

- Theatre Exhibition - Food Service

Dan also serves on the Boards of Covenant House and Canada’s Walk of Fame.

“Each time I return to visit family and friends, I am impressed with the growth and DAN development which has taken place in the Belleville community.”

HOT E L investment

The City of Belleville has become quite the ‘hotbed” of hotel development. With the addition of three new hotels in two years, hotel construction is at an all-time high in the City. In 2014 Belleville boasted 633 hotel rooms - with the addition of the new Towne Place Suites (Bell Blvd.), the Country Inn Suites (North Front Street) and the new Hampton Inn and Suites (Bell Blvd.), the City’s hotel room count has climbed to more than 875 rooms. This is a substantial number of hotel rooms for a community our size and indicates Belleville must be doing something right!

Towne Place Suites, Bell Blvd.

The work being done cooperatively to promote the City and region as a tourist destination has also played a part in encouraging this new investment. Putting Belleville and the Quinte region on the map for tourists has helped fill rooms and the development of stay and play packages with local attractions has helped ensure those who come to play here will also stay here. Whether people are coming to golf, fish, cycle, ride the trails, boat, participate in an event or just get away from it all, local hotels are benefiting from visitors enjoying the City and the surrounding region.

Why such interest in new hotel development? The interest can be seen coming from a number of different directions. The backbone of work week stays continues to come from our business sector. Overnight business stays continue to be the consistent and predictable foundation of the hotel sector in the entire region. As businesses locate, grow and expand here, an increased demand for overnight accommodations is generated. This strong and stable work week demand makes these large hotel investments financially viable for hotel investors. Business stays can be more reliable as tourism stays can be impacted by weather, exchange rates or local activities.

New hotel investment comes with all kinds of positive spin-off effects for a community. The more than $25 million in construction activity related to development of these large buildings is just the beginning. In excess of 100 permanent jobs will be created and the hotel guests will continue to bring new money into the City which will be spent at local restaurants, at shops and services, as well as gas stations and other venues. Spin-offs also include the money the hotels themselves spend in the community – from buying supplies to using local services and caterers.

With more than $25 million being spent in new hotel development, it’s no coincidence these new hotels have been built since the development of the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre. The expanded facilities in this building allow the City to attract more tournaments and events than ever and this translates into the need for more hotel rooms – mostly on weekends but also during the week. Hotel stays have also been positively impacted by the events being held in the region – from the Waterfront Festival to Empire Theatre events, Rib Fest, Kiwanis Fishing Tournament, the Sports and RV show, and many others. These all bring people to the City to stay at least one night but often for multiple evenings.

This unprecedented level of new hotel investment is a great vote of confidence in all that is happening in Belleville. Rendering of Country Inn Suites, North Front Street



y o u r TAX D O L L A R S at w o rk “It’s important for residents to understand how our taxes are determined. Our tax rates consist of two parts - both an educational and a municipal component. The Provincial Government sets the education portion, and City Council the municipal segment. Education tax funds are used to operate the education system and municipal rates raise sufficient funds to operate the municipality.”


“The municipal budget is made up of direct and external costs,” explains Director of Finance Brian Cousins. “The Council has direct control of 58% of the annual municipal budget. This includes areas such as: recreation, parks, transit, roads, administration, finance, fire, water and waste water treatment. The external costs account for 42% of the annual budget. Although the City has representation on these boards and committees, they do not determine the budgets. These costs include police and other emergency services, provincially mandated programs, plus other Boards and Commissions.”


Road, sidewalk and bridge construction and maintenance

Snow removal

Recreational facilities including pools and arenas

Local transit

Parks, marinas and other outdoor facilities

Residential and business development

AREA RATING Tax rates can vary throughout the four billing areas within the municipality due to a process called ‘area rating’. This is a mechanism for taxpayers to pay for the direct and indirect services they actually receive. When Council establishes the annual budget, individual areas may be impacted to a greater or lesser degree, depending upon the cost of the services, causing tax rate changes to vary by area.



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“Our organization has a simple goal. We want to support local businesses and create an environment where they can thrive. We take pride in our ability to provide a voice to our 600+ members at the municipal, provincial and federal level. Whether you are a new business with one employee, or a large multi-national corporation with hundreds of local employees, we are here to listen to your concerns and work towards solutions that make you more successful. “Some of our City’s greatest ambassadors are either City staff or our elected officials. They are working every day to try to make our community stronger and position us for success in the future. When we view the decisions being made, and the issues that are being debated, I believe we need to keep this ‘positive intent’ in mind. It doesn’t mean we will always see eye-to-eye, or we will agree on every issue, but I do believe both groups always strive to make our community better. “In my role as President, I want to connect people and create partnerships to help provide the foundation for our City to move forward. We know many of our local organizations have similar goals and objectives. We all want a community with great jobs, parks, schools and health care. We all want to support our existing businesses and attract new investment growth to our area. If, as a community, we work together on these common goals, and focus on what makes Belleville such a wonderful place to live, we will see progress.”




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The building inspection staff have many years of building code compliance and construction experience. They can be a great resource to resolve construction problems – before they occur. In 2015 the City’s building section had 1,640 customers visit the counter, and almost 700 building permits were processed. “It is our responsibility to ensure contractors and building owners follow the Ontario Building Code,” said Ted Marecak, Chief Building Official. “The code establishes minimum construction standards for all of Ontario. The purpose of the building permit process is to protect the interests of both property and building owners, and instill confidence in our community regarding the safety of structures being built.”


In addition to several new residential development areas, the City anticipates a number of large construction projects to begin in 2016, some of which include: the casino on Bell Boulevard, the new Humane Society building, a new LCBO on Dundas Street East and the redevelopment of Century Place. The construction industry is key in this economy and the Building Inspection team is eager to work with builders and property owners to help our City grow and develop.


On Belleville Business Belleville can efficiently service the world. Staff can effectively build a business case for any business opportunity that would show Belleville has an advantage but none of that will matter if an investor comes into town and is treated poorly or encounters negativity. Strong ambassadors for Belleville can make all the difference when it comes to creating a lasting impression of our City. Business decisions are often made on the basis of how a community makes them feel, not solely on the financial advantages one community has over another. Just as consumers may be swayed by the customer service and reputation of a retailer, so will an investor be swayed by those same things when choosing a community to invest in. Karen Poste Manager, Economic and Strategic Initiatives

Many years ago I participated in a First Impressions Community Exchange project which involved having representatives from another area visit our City unannounced. They were encouraged to tour around, talk to residents and businesses, and provide us with feedback on the first impression they had of our community. What still sticks with me about this initiative is how positive the visitors were about Belleville - about our downtown, our heritage buildings, our floral arrangements, trails, parks system, the variety of commerce downtown - so many things we stop noticing or take for granted once we live here.

Philip Kotler once said, “The sales department isn’t the whole company, but the whole company better be the sales department.” This is my favourite quote as it relates to business and certainly economic development. Although City Hall is responsible for marketing the community for new investment, it’s a job that will fall short of its objective if done by the City alone. Every resident, employee and business owner has a role to play in selling this community as a great place to live, visit and invest. We could spend millions advertising all over the world about the business advantages of Belleville but one unwelcoming visit can undo all the good will and positivity we have built in the marketplace.

Those of us living in this community have a vested interest in seeing it grow and develop. There is certainly a time, place and responsibility for all of us to voice what we wish we could change about our community, but there is also a time and a place for all of us to celebrate this beautiful City we live in. Everyone can be an ambassador for Belleville and wouldn’t it be wonderful if the coffee shop discussions revolved around the good things happening instead of the things we don’t agree with or understand?

No endorsement comes with as much credibility as when a customer declares they love the place they live, work or operate a business. We know our community isn’t perfect, no community is, but Belleville has done so many things right. Whether it’s the preservation and enhancement of our waterfront, the investment in infrastructure that will allow us to grow and develop in the future, the completion and expansion of our industrial base, our marketing partnership with surrounding communities, the development of world-class recreation facilities and the general beautification of the City - our parks, bridges and even downtown – Belleville really is beautiful. Our business advantages are many. From the local marketplace to our global position in North America –

Now is the time for all of us to start talking about how great Belleville is. It is so important to be proud of where you live. We can all be incredibly effective salespeople for our own community and we can pass that positive attitude down to our children who might just decide Belleville is where they want to raise their own families. A small shift in attitude can support the positive change we all want to continue in Belleville. 27

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i s e ver yone’s r esp o nsib ilit y role is to be a resource – to provide guidance “andMyinformation regarding workplace health and

safety, but it is everyone’s responsibility to help create and support a positive work culture. “Our City work environments are very diverse – from office positions to our transit workers, police officers, fire fighters, to parks and recreation staff. The physical and mental health of all City of Belleville employees is a primary consideration and it’s important to me to do everything I possibly can to ensure managers and staff are provided with the training and resources to support this commitment.” Paula Moore-Insley, CHRL Safety, Wellness, Labour Relations Administrator, Human Resources In addition to the mandatory legislated Violence in the Workplace and Harrassment Policies, the City has developed through its own initiative, a Respectful Workplace Policy. On the first day of employment, employees are provided with instruction and discussion on these policies, including their importance and relevance to the Occupational Health & Safety (H&S) Act. Other parts ofthe corporate H&S orientation include: employee rights and responsibilities; an overview of the Occupational H&S Act; reporting workplace injuries; identifying workplace hazards; and, the internal responsibility system as it pertains to H&S. In her role, Paula provides the corporate H&S orientation which is followed by the supervisor’s workplace specific H&S orientation.

Each City employee, in every department, is expected to work in compliance with the Occupational H&S Act and its regulations, as well as City safe work practices and guidelines. Workers play a valuable role in the H&S Program by participating on one of the nine Joint Health and Safety Committees, reporting hazards, and using proper safety equipment when required. The City’s low injury statistics would indicate employees and supervisors support and value these necessary precautions. Through her role, Paula organizes wellness initiatives which have included clinics, and lunch and learn events. Education is key in developing a supportive culture for physical and mental health. Creating awareness through training opportunities for managers and workers is an important way of achieving this. Paula’s post-secondary training gives her a strong foundation in these areas. She holds the Human Resource Professional Designation of Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), has a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, and a diploma in Human Resource Management.

All management and supervisory staff are responsible for ensuring employees are given the necessary information, instruction and supervision to enable them to perform their work safely, and in compliance with the Occupational H&S Act and Regulations, the building and fire codes, and other applicable legislation. Senior Management promote safe work practices by example – and by their participation in the development and implementation of the H&S program. Management must be continually aware of their duty to take every reasonable precaution for the protection of City of Belleville workers, visitors and contractors.

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Employee health and safety is crucial and meeting legislative requirements in these areas is mandatory. The Mayor and Members of Council are committed to supporting the City’s Health and Safety Program, and believe the health and safety of the employee must always be the primary consideration.

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COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE FUND The arts and culture community in the City of Belleville is wonderfully rich – laden with creative, well-established, groups and individuals - fresh with inspiring new talent and enthusiasm. The City of Belleville Community Arts & Culture Fund (BCACF) was developed to provide grants to local art groups and organizations to foster creativity at all levels - enriching how Belleville residents experience and engage with the arts. Introduced as part of the 2015 operating budget, City Council directed City staff to prepare the ‘Terms of Reference’ and the administrative protocols. Each year the BCACF will be contingent on Council budget decisions. The City’s Grant Committee ensures the BCACF is properly administered and makes recommendations to the Council each year regarding grant recipients and the value of each grant. The Committee also discusses the make-up of the seven-member Belleville Community Arts & Culture Fund Review Team. Applications are accepted from eligible arts project groups which are located in the City of Belleville and meet the defined criteria. Each eligible organization or

collective may apply for support for one project each year. Some individual artist grants are available also and will be judged on merit and the discretion of the Review Team, Grant Committee and ultimately City Council. This fund has been created to strengthen the local arts and culture community by fostering innovation, collaboration and excellence among emerging and established professional practices across a spectrum of artistic disciplines and modes of expression. The grants process will seek to ensure that projects, programming and operations foster inclusion, diversity and access within the arts while emphasizing partnership building with other sectors and orders of government to encourage diversity in terms of access and funding. The arts and culture sectors are valued contributors to Belleville’s uniqueness and by supporting these areas the City helps to strengthen Belleville’s distinctiveness. General inquiries should be directed to: Krista Keller, Project and more detailed inquiries: Mark Fluhrer,

EXTENDED DROP-OFF HOURS FOR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS & ELECTRONIC WASTE Effective April 2 until November 5, 2016, Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days and Hours will be as follows: Tuesdays 2:00 - 7:00 PM Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 4 PM Thursdays 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM First Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

75 Wallbridge Crescent

Just a few great things you don’t want to miss!


May 4-8

U19 WOMEN’S FLOORBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre


STUDENT ART SHOW Opening Reception, artwork will be featured in downtown windows for the remainder of May.


WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES begins at Empire Square, downtown Belleville.


FAMILY ARTFEST W. Zwick’s Pk. painting, chalk art, clay sculpting, balloons, facepainting, music & more.


CANADA DAY W. Zwick’s Pk.


WATERFRONT & ETHNIC FESTIVAL W. Zwick’s Pk., full midway, Ethnic Food Village, children’s attractions including meet & greets with TV & movie characters, main stage music, vendor expo, Canine Water Sports, parasailing & paddle boarding



15-17 HOLLYWOOD NORTH FILM FESTIVAL 20-23 EMPIRE ROCKFEST Empire Square downtown Belleville 23


GREEK OPA FESTIVAL Greek Banquet Hall parking lot




TOY CON Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre


SAVOUR THE HEAT downtown Belleville



OUTDOOR MOVIE downtown Belleville


23-24 FIREFIT CHAMPIONSHIPS Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre 28

OUTDOOR MOVIE downtown Belleville

August 10-11 RCMP MUSICAL RIDE Belleville Fairgrounds 12-14 QUINTE RIBFEST W. Zwick’s Pk. 19

BRIDGE BASH 2016 downtown Belleville


OUTDOOR MOVIE downtown Belleville

2016 Concerts on the Bay at the Lions Pavilion Zwick’s Park Sundays - June & July 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and August 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays - June & July 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and August 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy great evening entertainment on the waterfront. (there will be no Concerts on the Bay July 6th & 10th due to the annual Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival)

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