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BELLEVILLE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Marks 60th Anniversary in Style EXCITING PLANS FOR NEW Belleville Police Station


WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU: Memorial Arena & Legion Project Hillcrest Public School Zoning By-Laws

BELLEVILLE Magazine CITY OF BELLEVILLE 169 Front Street Belleville, Ontario K8N 2Y8 Tel: (613) 968-6481 TTY: (613) 967-3768


MAYOR Mitch Panciuk COUNCIL Paul Carr, Pat Culhane, Sean Kelly, Chris Malette, Kelly McCaw, Bill Sandison, Garnet Thompson and Ryan Williams EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Rod Bovay DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES Stephen Ashton DIRECTOR, FINANCE Carol Hinze ACTING MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES Paula Moore-Insley DIRECTOR, RECREATION, CULTURE & COMMUNITY SERVICES Mark Fluhrer DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SERVICES/CLERK Matt MacDonald DIRECTOR, EMERGENCY SERVICES/ FIRE CHIEF Mark MacDonald MANAGER, ECONOMIC & STRATEGIC INITIATIVES Karen Poste GENERAL MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Perry Decola GENERAL MANAGER, TRANSPORTATION AND OPERATIONS SERVICES Joseph D. Reid BELLEVILLE Magazine is published by the City of Belleville. Magazine Contributors: Cover Photo - Mark Hopper Jenna Leslie, Erin Rivers, Marilyn Warren and Darko Zeljkovic Editor - Marilyn Warren BELLEVILLE Magazine is available online at and an accessible text-only format is available upon request. Printed in Canada All information ©2020, City of Belleville. No use is permitted without written consent.

On behalf of City Council, Executive Management and staff of the City of Belleville, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the January 2020 edition of the BELLEVILLE magazine. As your Council, we believe we make better decisions when you’re involved. Whether it’s determining the future of the Memorial Arena and Legion 99, updating our zoning bylaws or deciding how to develop the newly acquired Hillcrest School property – we want to know what you think. Check the City website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to ensure you don’t miss Public Information Centres and online survey opportunities. We want to hear from you. During the past few months our community proudly paid tribute to some exceptional people – former Mayor Robin Jeffrey and Belleville Sports Hall of Fame inductees 1998-99 Belleville Bulls, Lou Crawford, Kristen MacLaren, Jack Miller and Christine Walt. We were honoured to acknowledge them and their accomplishments. In this edition we introduce you to Truss Beverages Co., Crown Canada, and Park Provisioners – each very different, each a valued member of our business community. The launch of the Belleville Festival of Lights and the ‘Enchanted’ downtown holiday night market each drew thousands of people to help us celebrate – a little winter doesn’t get in our way! Without question 2019 was an amazing year but I assure you - we’ve just begun. Welcome 2020! Sincerely,

Mayor Mitch Panciuk

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2 INTRODUCING new leadership at City Hall



CITY COUNCIL APPRECIATION to community volunteers


THE OPPORTUNITY SHOP in downtown Belleville


CROWN CANADA giving business a lift


ENCHANTED HOLIDAY NIGHT MARKET a magical night in Downtown Belleville


DOORS OPEN IN BELLEVILLE behind the scene stories

24 -25 NEW BELLEVILLE POLICE STATION to facilitate broader services

SPECIAL TRIBUTE PAID to former Mayor Robin Jeffrey


BELLEVILLE SPORTS HALL OF FAME 24th annual induction ceremony


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ACTION UPDATES FROM housing summit in March 2019 REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY lest we forget TRANSIT APP real-time, leading-edge technology DR. SCOTT CURRAN city welcomes new cardiologist PARK PROVISIONERS barbershop & haberdashery

REGION’S TOP BUSINESS LEADERS recognized at awards night SANTA CLAUS PARADE positive response to new route

10 -11 MEMORIAL ARENA AND LEGION 99 engaging in future of downtown landmark


FABULOUS FALL FESTIVALS enjoyed by community



QUINTE ARTS COUNCIL hosts recognition awards luncheon

TRUSS BEVERAGE CO. investing in Belleville

13 -15 VALUE OF COLLABORATION with Hastings County

30 -31 ZONING BY-LAW REVIEW and affordable housing downtown CIP

16 -17 BELLEVILLE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS anniversary marked in grand style


CITY SEEKS INPUT in community projects



BELL BOULEVARD project updates

GRACE INN SHELTER doors are open






Chief Administrative Officer, City of Belleville Rod Bovay is the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Belleville. Rod has over 30 years of municipal experience including his role as the Director of Engineering and Development Services for the City of Belleville which he held from 2012 to 2019 prior to becoming CAO. Rod has an Honours Degree in Geography from Carleton University with urban and regional planning, public administration and economics as his concentration of study. He furthered his education through the Municipal Administration Program at Loyalist College, affiliated with the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario, and the Economic Development Program at the University of Waterloo. Rod’s professional memberships include: Canadian Institute of Planners, Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Economic Developers Association of Canada and Economic Developers Council of Ontario.


Director of Engineering and Development Services, City of Belleville Stephen Ashton was appointed Director of Engineering and Development Services in November 2019. He has been the Manager of Policy Planning for the City of Belleville since June of 2018. Previously, Stephen was Manager of Planning, Building and Community Development for the Municipality of Brighton and prior to that, worked as a Planner for the Town of Whitby, the Town of Cobourg and the Town of Oakville. Stephen has an Honours Degree in Environmental Studies (Land-Use Planning) from the University of Waterloo. Stephen’s professional memberships include Canadian Institute of Planners, Ontario and Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, Ontario.


Director of Finance/City Treasurer, City of Belleville Carol Hinze was appointed Director of Finance/City Treasurer for the City of Belleville in June 2019. An 18-year employee of the City’s Finance Department, Carol brings a wealth of experience and skill to her new role. She holds a CPA-CGA Designation and has been the Manager of Finance/Deputy Treasurer since 2004. Prior to employment in the City’s Finance department, Carol started her career in the municipal sector in 1991 as the General Accounting Supervisor for the former Belleville Utilities Commission. She holds a diploma in Business Administration and is an active member of the Municipal Finance Officers Association (MFOA) and Eastern Ontario Treasurer’s Association (EOTA).




thank you! operation red nose

Belleville City Council would like to take this opportunity to thank the many individuals and organizations within our community who give so generously of their time and resources to help others.Your kindness and outreach strengthen our city and enrich our quality of life.



Gleaners Food Bank


meals on wheels

Belleville Professional Firefighters Christmas Toy Drive Three Oaks Foundation VOLUNTEER & INFORMATION QUINTE CHRISTMAS TREE DRIVE EASTMINSTER UNITED CHURCH:Open Door Cafe



Adopt a Child/Keep Kids Warm Program Belleville Police

Christmas Sharing Program

FOOD FOR LEARNING QUINTE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER HOSTED BY SALVATION ARMY Belleville General Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers BRIDGE STREET UNITED CHURCH Children’s Safety Village FOOD PROGRAMS: Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Programs

Thank God It’s Friday End-of-the-Month Inn From the Cold

graceNOT-FOR-PROFITS inn shelter The Children’s Foundation 3

Hospice Quinte




THE OPPORTUNITY SHOP in downtown Belleville

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of proceeds

Belleville General Hospital Auxiliary: Doreen Cook Convenor and Lois Garrison Co-Convenor

It has been over 70 years since the Hospital Auxiliary, looking to find ways to raise money to help support the Belleville Hospital, opened the Opportunity Shop. Each Auxiliary volunteer was given a bag and asked to fill it with items to sell in the store. The group had no way of knowing their initiative would continue for decades, raising thousands of dollars. Within the little shop they created an atmosphere that bonded the community - the volunteers working together, those donating their gently used items, and shoppers in search of interesting and affordable finds.

Belleville General Hospital

Set on the corner of Pinnacle Street and Market Street across from City Hall, the Opportunity Shop serves a wide range of customers. Shoppers having experienced a household fire have come to replace items lost, family members of those living in nursing homes have stopped by, others looking for unique treasures - then there are those who love the thrill of searching through the merchandise for interesting, surprising deals. Environmentally it’s a win as items can be put to good use rather than adding to landfill. Co-Convenor Lois Garrison became involved at a neighbour’s suggestion and in addition to her role at the Opportunity Shop she volunteers for Community Care Meals on Wheels.

Throughout this time, the volunteers have gathered a treasure chest of memories. A favourite they love to share is about an anxious gentleman, scheduled for an appointment in Kingston, arriving at the Opportunity Shop in search of appropriate pants to wear. They found him a pair, hemmed and ironed them, then sent him proudly on to his appointment.

Throughout the years Convenor Doreen Cook has been a dialysis unit volunteer, assisted with Meals on Wheels and helped at Hastings Manor.

At present there are 49 volunteers working a minimum weekly three-hour shift to provide this 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. service six days per week. There are typically four people on each shift. The responsibilities assigned depend upon each volunteer’s confidence and experience as they roll up their sleeves and become sorters, cashiers and retail display magicians.

Doreen sums up her philosophy for being an active community volunteer in her closing comment.

“If I can do it I am blessed and I enjoy it very much.”

New shopper and volunteer faces are always welcome ! Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to call 613-962-5115. BELLEVILLE.CA

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giving business a lift Industrial businesses in the Quinte community work to critical deadlines, production and distribution. Equipment issues must be dealt with as promptly as possible as delays can result in the loss of clients and thousands of dollars. That’s where Crown steps in. When things go awry with lift equipment, they can save their clients hours, if not days or weeks in waiting for parts and repairs. They respond within four hours, enabling businesses to be up and running as quickly as possible. Crown expanded its footprint in North America by purchasing Ryder Material Handling and its network of sales and service locations four years ago but is a global company in its own right. It has grown from a one-room operation in rural Ohio to one of the top five largest lift truck manufacturers in the world. Crown’s history began when two brothers founded the company in New Bremen, Ohio, in 1945. Today, the fourth generation of the Dicke family continues to lead Crown.

“I’ve watched this branch grow significantly over the last four years, making us the largest service provider in this area,” Brian stated. “I’ve lived and worked in other regions and we are very fortunate. Our employees are of exceptional quality. Many of our technicians are skilled automotive technicians - some are Loyalist College graduates. All of our lift truck technicians take our mandatory Demonstrated Performance training and they must demonstrate they have mastered each level prior to advancing. They do not go into the field until they are certified.”

Production of a line of high-quality lift trucks began in 1960. Crown lift trucks have earned a reputation as safe, reliable and productive by customers throughout the world, and the innovative spark that fueled Crown’s past success is still alive today. Crown products continue to receive recognition for design excellence, having earned more than 100 prominent design awards. Crown has an extensive global production, sales and service network to meet customer needs anytime, anywhere. Their strategic locations worldwide offer reliable, flexible and responsive support including sales, service, regional training centers and much more. They have 19 manufacturing facilities, 500+ retail outlets and are located in 84 countries.

Crown was selected 2019 Top Green Provider by Food Logistics for the 3rd consecutive year, recognizing Crown’s efforts to promote sustainability through its own operations & those of its food & beverage industry customers.

Business is flourishing at the Belleville site. Crown has made a significant investment here and all of the employees working for the previous Ryder company remained when the company was bought. Servicing makes up the highest percentage of their Belleville business, followed by selling new and used equipment and thirdly, equipment rental.

Redpath Sugar Ltd. is one of Crown’s clients and Gary Derochie, MRP Controller praised their Crown technician. “Crown technician Bernie McKenny is very knowledgeable and experienced and provides us with service that is second to none. He understands how our lift equipment impacts production, consistently returning equipment to service as quickly as possible.”

Branch Manager, Brian Tipping started with Ryder eight years ago and has nothing but praise for Crown’s leadership.




ENCHANTED HOLIDAY NIGHT MARKET “thanks downtown Belleville

for this magical december evening”


behind the scene stories The Ontario Heritage Trust works with communities across the province to open the doors, gates and courtyards of their unique and most fascinating cultural sites so people can explore the stories inside. In September Heritage Belleville provided the community with a wide range of options for this year’s Doors Open event. From our historic City Hall to Loyalist College’s state-of-the-art Media Wing, residents enjoyed a behindthe-scenes look at some of Belleville’s greatest landmarks during Doors Open Belleville.


This free community event is a great way for residents and visitors alike to explore the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural landscapes that shape and define our city. This year’s theme was communication and participants learned how language, technological innovation, communications systems and cross-cultural exchange have influenced our heritage. The event ran at various locations throughout the city with guided or self-guided tours. Participating locations included:

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Belleville and District Shrine Club Children’s Safety Village City Hall Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County Corby Park Rose Garden Dinkel’s Restaurant and Paulo’s Italian Trattoria Ekort Realty Ltd. and Mortgage Architects Glanmore National Historic Site Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Museum Islamic Society of Belleville Loyalist College Media Wing The Parrott Centre Parrott Riverfront Trail Henry’s Place She Thrives St. Thomas Anglican Church YourTV Belleville


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This is a yearly event and residents are encouraged to watch for the 2020 lineup and discover the stories behind the scenes in our beautiful city.




special tribute paid to

FORMER MAYOR ROBIN JEFFREY The City of Belleville was pleased to invite residents to join Mayor Mitch Panciuk and members of Belleville City Council as they honoured former City of Belleville Mayor and Alderman, Robin Jeffrey. As a tribute to Robin, City Council dedicated a tree to her in the Robin Jeffrey Park during a special celebration in August. Robin Jeffrey served two terms as an Alderman from 1968-1972. She then became Mayor from 1973-1975. Mayor Panciuk was pleased former Mayor Jeffrey was able to attend the ceremony with members of her family. “It was an honour to pay tribute to Robin Jeffrey, in the park that bears her name, for her service to the City and residents of Belleville,� said Mayor Mitch Panciuk.


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24th annual induction ceremony

The 24th Induction Ceremony for the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame was held in September. The accomplishments and contributions of five new inductees were recognized and the Sports Hall of Fame now includes inductees: Lou Crawford, Kristen MacLaren, Jack Miller, Christine Walt and the 1998 1999 Belleville Bulls.

in 1998. While attending the University of Texas El Paso on a four-year golf scholarship she won three individual NCAA, Division 1 Championships, played in two NCAA National Championships, was selected to the All Conference Team twice and was a Four Year Letter recipient and inducted into the El Paso Golf Hall of Fame in 2000. Kristen joined the PGA of Canada following graduation and in 2004 won the PGA of Ontario Playability Tournament. She continues to give back to the game through a wide range of programs and coaching.

1998-99 Belleville Bulls The Bulls won the Ontario Hockey League Championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup. During that year, the team and individual players won the Bobby Orr Trophy (Eastern Conference), the J. Ross Robertson Trophy (OHL), the Leo Lalonde Trophy (Overage Player of the Year-Ryan Ready) and the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award (MVP of the Playoffs - Justin Papineau).Belleville lost to Ottawa at the Memorial Cup but goalie Cory Campbell won the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as top goalie, with Campbell and Glenn Crawford being selected to the Tournament All Star Team.

Jack Miller Jack has been a fixture in Belleville sports and public life for over 45 years. Arriving in Belleville in 1974 he worked with Quinte Broadcasting - CJBQ Radio - with an afternoon show. He became the voice of the Tier ll Belleville Bulls in 1979 and took over as the Sports Director for Quinte Broadcasting in 1982. He was the playby-play announcer of the Bulls until their 2015 departure and took the same role with the American Hockey League Belleville Senators in 2017. In 1988 he assumed the role as Studio Host for the Ontario Hockey League Game of the Week and from 1991 to 2002 handled the play-by-play for the game. He worked with the Ottawa Senators - play-by-play and color analyst - from 1998 to 2002 and was the color analyst for the World Junior Hockey Championships from 2004 to 2011, then again in 2014. He served his community as a member of City Council from 2006 - 2018 and over the years been recognized for his contributions - Paul Harris Rotary Award, 1996 Belleville Volunteer of the Year, recipient of the Howard Caine Provincial Award and has served on a wide range of charitable projects.

Lou Crawford As a hockey player, coach and scout, Lou Crawford has made his mark in the hockey industry - a key player for the Trenton Bobcats when they won the All Ontario Junior B Championship in 1980, then with the Kitchener Rangers when they won the Memorial Cup Championship in 1982. As a professional, Lou played 12 seasons which included 26 games in the NHL with the Boston Bruins, 661 games in the American Hockey League and on American Hockey League Calder Cup Champions twice. When he retired, Lou coached the Toronto Maple Leafs American Hockey League Team - the St. John’s Maple Leafs and the Belleville Bulls. He’s now a scout for the Vancouver Canucks.

Christine Walt Christine’s name is synonymous in Belleville with Olympic Weightlifting and the Apollo Barbell Club. Her list of accomplishments, over a career that began in 1968 and continues today, includes: eight-time Canadian Masters Champion, five-time Pan American Masters Champion, two-time Ontario Masters Champion and 12 Masters Records at the Canadian, Pan American and World Levels. Christine is also a Level Four Olympic Weightlifting Official, coaches’ member of the Apollo Barbell Club and helped produce the Masters Weightlifting Magazine for seven years. She was inducted into the Canadian Masters Hall of Fame in 2019.

Kristen MacLaren Between 1993 and 1999 Kristen dominated Women’s Golf in the Belleville and Kingston area. She won each of the Bay of Quinte Junior Girl’s and Women’s Club Championship on three occasions, the St. Lawrence Junior Tour twice, the Kingston District Junior Championship twice and the Kingston Women’s Championship three times. In 1998 she was the best in Ontario, winning the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship, and leading the Ontario Team to the National Team Championship. She competed on three occasions in National Championships, finishing 10th as a Junior in 1995 and 13th as an Amateur

Left to Right: Eric Harvey, Adam Collins, Christine Walt, Mike Renzi, Tyler Longo, Kristen MacLaren, Kris Newbury, Bernie Hyderman, Brad Vaughan, Jack Miller and Lou Crawford





engaging in the future of a downtown landmark The process of determining the future of the Memorial Arena and Legion 99 properties has been deliberate and planned. In the summer of 2019, a request for proposals to rejuvenate the Memorial as a skating facility received no submissions. The next step was to issue a request for property development proposals. Four finalists were selected and presented their proposals to City Council and the community at a Special Council meeting on Nov. 26. These four proposals were:

(Gary) Gurcharn Cheema Proposal (Gary) Gurcharn Cheema proposed a motel on the Legion 99 property with a contemporary design and upscale boutique guest rooms for individuals looking for short or long term accommodations.

RMS Holdings Proposal RMS Holding Inc. proposed the St. Lawrence Market of Belleville and Residences – complete with a courtyard, rooftop gardens, shops, restaurants, kids' play area, meeting and event rooms, an arena gallery and two apartment buildings.


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Memorial Village Ltd. Proposal Sean McKinney and Peter Knudsen proposed a mix of commercial and residential units – preserving the Memorial Arena building, adding retail spaces within, and creating a 5-storey residential tower on the Legion 99 property.

Taskforce Engineering Inc. Proposal Taskforce Engineering, Osprey/Real Capital Partners and Pace Design proposed the Memorial Marketplace – complete with commercial spaces for a food market, retail shops and a Belleville McFarlands display – with affordable housing units at the Legion property.

On Dec. 9, residents were then invited to the podium to provide their feedback during the regular Council meeting. Those who could not attend were able to submit their thoughts by emailing the City Clerk or completing the online survey. All feedback received will be considered by Council prior to determining which proposal to accept and announcing their decision in January.

Those interested in learning more are encouraged to view the full proposals under News on the City’s website. More information will be made available to residents online as the project continues. 11

“As a Council we understand the importance of these two properties to the City of Belleville – not only historically, but also what they can be in the future,” said Mayor Mitch Panciuk. “We believed this decision should be shared with our residents.”


investing in Belleville people, community & future Truss Beverage Co. (“Truss”) is a joint venture between subsidiaries of Molson Coors Canada (“Molson Coors”) and HEXO Corp. (“HEXO”), a licensed producer of cannabis products in Canada. Formed to lead innovation in the development of cannabis-infused beverages, Truss draws on more than 150 years of beverage experience from its partner Molson Coors.

consumers and the prioritization of local community growth and partnerships, Truss’ status as a market leader will be made possible through the support of Belleville’s local community and businesses. Through a shared vision in the community, Truss intends to establish national and global brands from Belleville. Committed to elevating the world of cannabis beverages by turning each consumption moment into an experience, Truss will deliver on its promise to provide consumers with consistent products and marketing that reinforces its commitment to responsible adult use.

Truss Beverage Co. intends to lead innovation in cannabis beverages from the newly established HEXO Belleville Centre of Excellence facility, where its products and brands are currently licensed to HEXO. Focused on the needs of

Pat Walsh, Plant Manager

has the exciting challenge of overseeing the startup and operation of Truss Beverage Co. in Belleville.

“We are making history here. Cannabis has been used for centuries but its use has been very traditional. As cannabis beverages emerge and become available, this opens a whole new medium for people to try and discover the benefits of cannabis, without having to experience it in traditional ways (ie. smoking). The more I am involved in this industry, the more I learn about the benefits cannabis products have brought to so many people’s lives.

Tim Lynch, Project Manager is working his magic to

design, source and build one of the world’s first cannabis beverage facilities. “I am employee #12 - how often can someone say that? When Truss reached out to me regarding this position I have to be honest - I was intrigued. I love building and designing and to know I was going to be able to start this from scratch and build it from the ground up was exciting. The nature of what we are doing here demands adaptability, innovation and an extremely fast pace. It’s all fresh and new, which enabled us to start with a fresh slate - a real adrenalin rush! The scope of what is happening here is amazing. There are between 120 - 130 tradespeople on site every day and 90 - 95% of them are local. Being the specialized facility this is, the equipment suppliers are from around the world and when in Belleville, are warmly welcomed by our local restaurants and hotels. I had no idea my decision to return to the Belleville area to be closer to family would lead to such an unprecedented career opportunity in this innovative, ground-breaking industry.” BELLEVILLE.CA

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We have hired a team of very talented people, all from the Belleville/Quinte region - some of the best I have ever worked with. I am very excited about the people we are hiring as our Operations Technicians and Skilled Trades, all local people who bring a lot of experience and talent to the team. Our operators have attended technical training at Loyalist College or have worked in many of our great manufacturing companies in Belleville. It’s this blend of skills, experience, education and sheer enthusiasm for being a part of this unique opportunity that gives us a real competitive advantage. As I walk around the building, I see the legacy that Sears built here in Belleville and I want to help create a new legacy that is Truss Beverages. They are in this for the long haul and their investment in this facility and in this community is truly remarkable.”


the value of the city’s collaboration with HASTINGS COUNTY

Rather than separating a number of social services for our community into separate silos the Ciy of Belleville chooses to work with Hastings County to address these needs. This collaboration improves the information flow and increases productivity by pooling these resources to deliver these services. In 2019 the City of Belleville contracted Hastings County for shared services in the amount of $13,148,200. These services include Social Services - General Assistance, Social Services - Social Housing, Long Term Care, Emergency Medical Services and 911. HASTINGS COUNTY •

Hastings County is one of 47 Consolidated Service Managers that manages and delivers a core suite of programs, including Employment and Financial Assistance, Housing and Children Services on behalf of the Province of Ontario for the County, and the Cities of Belleville and Quinte West.

They provide service to 135,000 people, and have four offices located throughout Hastings County (Belleville, Quinte West, Madoc and Bancroft). Their total operating budget for 2018 was $78,800,584 with a net cost of $16,720,813. The net cost for core critical social services is shared between the County of Hastings, Quinte West and Belleville based on weighted assessment.

Affordable & Community Housing Hastings County helps to address and meet the unique and complex housing needs of our local communities. Housing is a priority and they are always looking for opportunities to expand affordability and prevent, manage and resolve housing instability and homelessness at the local level. • Provide housing options across the continuum of housing needs from transitional and supportive housing to rent-geared-to-income and affordable rental opportunities • Manage federal and provincial funding to improve access to affordable housing. Invest in Rent Supplement and Housing Allowance Programs through private landlords. Support new construction of affordable units, Home Ownership Down Payment Assistance Program, Ontario Renovates Program. Since 2009, 207 new affordable units have been created throughout Hastings County.

Core Critical Services: Employment & Income Supports • County delivers the Ontario Works Program (OW) also known as social assistance or income security • Mission of the program is to assist persons in need to realize their goal of financial independence from social assistance through a connection to employment. The program is needs tested, and the rates and benefits are legislated which includes a basic allowance and shelter component as well as access to benefits like prescription drugs, emergency dental coverage,assistance with cost of medical travel and assistance with funeral and burial costs to name a few. • Program encourages independence, self-reliance, community participation and social inclusion.

In August 2019 – The OW Caseload across Hastings was 2468, representing 4426 people. The main office in Belleville serves the largest number of OW participants (1140 or 46% of total caseload) In August 2019- Their Employment Connection program filled 125 jobs with OW participants with an average wage of $15.06 per hour. Their employment assistance program offers job specific skills training, employment supports, life stabilization activities, employment placement, job information centres, job retention services and supports.




City of Belleville working with HASTINGS COUNTY to serve community better Affordable & Community Housing (continued) • Manage wait lists and access to community social housing- Hastings directly owns and manages 1,481 housing units. Units are located in Belleville, Quinte West, Frankford, Bancroft, Coe Hill, Deseronto, Madoc, Marmora, Tweed, and Stirling- 60% of their portfolio is seniors housing • Administer funding, oversee standards and provide capacity building to non-profit and cooperative housing providers. 734 non-profit/cooperative housing units owned by 14 different corporations • Successful in securing funding under the Home For Good Project- new 40 unit supportive housing building located in the City of Belleville will be open in early 2020 • Also administer community relations programming Home Visitor Program- provides precariously housed individuals and families support based on specific needs that will encourage their ability to maintain permanent housing Backyard Bonanza Program- a free summer day camp for children ages 4-12 residing in social housing in the City of Belleville Food To Go Program- provides daily nutritious snacks to children during the summer months Homelessness Services and Prevention Hastings County receives annualized 100% provincial funding from the Ministry of Housing to administer the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI). Funding helps to address local priorities and meet the needs of individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless. • Assistance is available for utility arrears, rent arrears, housing deposits, home repair, food security, moving costs, counselling services •

Community Support services currently funded through CHPI Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)- After-Hours emergency homelessness program: 1-877-528-9514 ( 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday including weekends and holidays) Hastings Housing Resource Centre


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Community Advocacy & Legal Centre- Housing advocacy services provided to assist in prevention of eviction Community Development Council of Quinte- Community based food security program Salvation Army- lunch program Belleville Community Trust- provides emergency financial assistance to low income individuals and families in Belleville

They also flow funding to a number of community partner agencies that help to reduce child poverty by providing much needed access to programs and services for children, youth and families Some of the programs that are funded in Belleville include Abigail’s Centre, Community Partners for Success, Komputers for Kids and the Quinte Children’s Foundation. Child Care, Children’s and Early Years Services The County plays a central role in the planning, funding, administration and operation of licensed child care and children services. Services include: • Fee subsidy for licensed Childcare and Recreation Programs ( Currently have 28 Purchase of Service Agreements supporting 61 child care sites throughout Hastings County) • Special Needs Resourcing • Directly operate Before and After- School Programs – (198 spaces in 4 schools located in Belleville, Quinte West and Frankford) • Delivery of Ontario’s EarlyON Child and Family Centres- In 2018 Hastings assumed responsibility for the direct management of local EarlyON Child and Family Centres. The Centres offer a range of core quality drop in programs and services that are free and open to parents, caregivers and their children aged 0-6 years where they can learn, grow and connect together. One of our EarlyON lead agencies is located in Belleville at Family Space with mobile outreach sites in North & South, East & West Belleville as well as Thurlow and Foxboro. • Provide capacity building support to local early years and child care service providers (governance, finance, operations and service planning) • Oversight (ensuring that providers meet a high standard of quality and safety)

City of Belleville working with HASTINGS COUNTY to serve community better Emergency Preparedness & Response Hastings County provides support services for municipalities and the cities of Belleville and Quinte West during an emergency Services include registration and inquiry, family reunification and emergency financial assistance to affected residents if needed. Their Intake Access Centre is their primary access point for all programs and is an excellent resource that you may refer residents to. It’s a number where individuals are able

to speak with a live person, staff are able to pre-screen applications for the programs and services and provide information and referrals to other community resourcesLocal 613-771-9630, Toll free 1-866-414-0300 They also have a robust internet full of information regarding their programs and services at and every year they publish and distribute a Community Services Booklets available at:

City of Belleville 2019 Budget for Hastings County - Shared Services Social Services - General Assistance Social Services - Social Housing Long Term Care Emergency Medical Services 911

$ $ $ $ $

2,265,700 4,806,200 2,686,700 3,527,900 63,500

Total Shared Service Program Costs Provincial Offences Revenue Shared

$ 13,350,000 $ (201,800)

Net Shared Services Costs Payable to Hastings County




anniversary marked in grand style

The first Christmas Lighting Display was created in memory of Billy Foster and Art ‘Sonny’ Culloden and this year marked the display’s 60th anniversary. From a senseless car accident tragedy in 1958, has come a testament to family love and the true spirit of Christmas. Originally developed as a tribute to their son Billy, Don and Rita Foster poured the grief over the loss of their son, into building a Christmas display that would delight the young and young at heart. The car accident also took the life of Billy’s friend Art “Sonny” Culloden and the Culloden family has generously donated to the refurbishment of this historic display in Sonny’s memory. Over the years, this “Foster Family” display has grown and evolved and as Mr. and Mrs. Foster aged, was lovingly assumed by Bruce and Marjorie Nickle. The display was maintained by them for 10 years on Marsh Drive. It then moved to the Tom Gavey Alemite Park under the care of the Belleville Professional Firefighters Association. The display now rests with the City of Belleville and has been skillfully restored in an effort to keep the history and spirit of the original display alive. To acknowledge this special milestone the Lighting Display and Gateway Signage Committee planned an amazing launch to start this festive season at the waterfront. The evening was celebrated with live entertainment, carriage rides, greetings from Santa & Mrs. Claus, shuttle buses and a grand finale with fireworks lighting up the sky. The Committee arranged to have the 60-year history of the Foster and Culloden light display captured in a documentary film they hope to proudly submit to Docfest 2020. BELLEVILLE.CA

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special thanks to the generous 2019 sponsors who made this festival possible Santa Level $20,000+ City of Belleville Elf Level $10,000+ Fitzgibbon Construction Limited Reindeer Level $5,000+ Battlefield Equipment Rentals John M. & Bernice Parrott Foundation Stocking Stuffer Level $1,000+ Gordon Barr Ltd Horwood Electric Mackay Insurance Brokers Magna International Inc. The Boathouse Seafood Restaurant The Culloden Family in Memory of Art “Sonny” Culloden Ornament Level $500+ Berry Global Inc. Black Canvas Fireworks Elexicon Go-Evo Advantage Data Collection Greenwood Paving Len Corcoran Excavating Limited Montgomery Fleet Services Owtlaw Management Inc. Ramada by Wyndham, Belleville Reid’s Dairy Rollins Investments Tipper Financial Services Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. Holly Level $100+ Burr Insurance Brokers Clearview Training & Consulting Guthrie Engineering Hamilton Smith Ltd. Jenny’s Country Lane Red Ball Radio Ltd. Rentx Realties Corporation Tim Hortons 48 Dundas St W




doors are open at

GRACE INN SHELTER The Grace Inn Shelter has officially opened its doors. The 21-bed emergency shelter located at 315 Church St. features single-bed pods, a kitchen, showers and laundry facilities. Designed to meet a service gap in our community, the shelter provides basic necessity services to support those individuals in need of safe, emergency shelter. Upon intake, staff provides those in need with a warm bed to sleep in, access to showers, personal hygiene supplies and breakfast in the morning to start their day. Their hope is that by giving people the basic necessities they need to succeed, they will be able to better navigate the services and resources that will help them transition from their current situation. Grace Inn is a registered charitable organization. They are always in need of new pillows, white bed sheets and pillow cases, socks, underwear (both genders, all sizes) and white towels. More information on donating is available online at Those interested in learning more or looking for shelter are encouraged to call Grace Inn at 613-966-2898.


purpose & parameters

In February 2019, Belleville City Council approved $50,000 for an overnight warming centre which could be accessed during harsh winter conditions for the remainder of the season. This was the first time City Council activated a warming centre. City staff proceeded to define the location and operations following parameters set by current municipal standard practices. The target temperatures to be met before activation are -15C before wind chill or -20C with wind chill, or during significant weather events such as a severe snowstorm. The decision to activate the warming centre is to be made 24 hours in advance and on Fridays for the weekend ahead to permit time to arrange security and for staff preparations. Although not an ideal solution, the action was taken in an effort to address the need within our community for the remainder of that season ending

April, 2019. With this winter’s arrival, the City committed an additional $25,000 to operate a warming centre. Initially it was located in the downtown Belleville Public Library, then the downtown Belleville Transit facility and this winter at the Victoria Avenue Baptist Church, from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. Fire Chief Mark MacDonald, as head of the City’s Emergency Management Team, determines when the warming centre opens based upon the specified criteria. When activated the information is shared through the media, the City website, social media channels and supporting organizations throughout the community.


The City recognizes the need to have a warm, safe location available.

action updates from HOUSING SUMMIT IN MARCH 2019 Since the Housing Summit in March 2019, City staff have consolidated seven overall “action items” from Council’s resolutions and amendments from the summit. Four of these seven items have been completed by staff to date and three are currently in progress. Action Item #1 – Council directed staff to develop a Terms of Reference for the undertaking of a Housing Community Improvement Plan that would provide incentives for affordable rental units in addition to leveraging the opportunities of the existing Brownfields Community Improvement Plan and Downtown Community Improvement Plan. Completed. Dillon Consulting was tasked with developing a new Affordable Rental Housing Community Improvement Plan (CIP). Staff held stakeholder meetings with various community partners and a public information session in December to receive feedback and address any questions or concerns. The final project is expected to be completed in early 2020.

Action Item #5 – Council directed staff to expand the Terms of Reference for the current Official Plan update to include the modernizing of housing policies, intensification policies and mixed use policies in order to increase the amount of land available for medium and high-density residential development, and mixed-use development (ground floor commercial with residential above) which will increase the supply of rental units in the City. Completed. Staff expects that Dillion Consulting, who is preparing the new Official Plan Policies, will have the document completed in mid-tolate-September and submitted to the City and the Ministry of Affairs as part of their one-window review process. Action Item #6 – That all recommendations be referred to the 2019 budget process. Completed. Council has approved budget items for the undertaking of a Housing Community Improvement Plan.

Action Item #2 - Council directed staff to report back on next steps from Housing Summit. This report should include the requirement for a Housing Strategy for affordable and attainable housing, a goal of having approval of 1,000 rental units by 2025, policies allowing for the doubling of the City’s current yearly housing production from 200 units by 2025 and recommendations to prioritize and fast-track affordable and attainable housing to achieve the 1,000 unit target. In progress.

Action Item #6 – Council directed staff to prepare policy which would provide an annual property allotment of four to six properties from the City to Habitat for Humanity and like organizations for their use/purposes. In progress. Action Item #7 – Council directed staff bring back an updated policy on Secondary Units to allow for the process to bring illegal units to legal units and look at ways to encourage new secondary units (e.g. loans or grants). In progress.

Actions Item #4 – Until a Housing Community Improvement Plan is developed and approved, staff was directed to update the Development Charges Bylaw to reduce charges by 50 per cent for all apartment units being built that will charge rent at or below market rate. Completed. Council approved the undertaking of an addendum to the Development Charge Update and required bylaws were approved.

Residents can find more information on the status of these action items on the City of Belleville’s website at:





lest we forget

On Remembrance Day we show our respect and gratitude to the serving and previous members of our armed forces who have sacrificed for our country. On Nov. 11 the Belleville community paid tribute by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony at Memorial Park.

Thank you

for your service for your courage for your sacrifice for our freedom

On Nov. 10 Mayor Mitch Panciuk was joined by City Councillor Bill Sandison and City Councillor Paul Carr at Elmwood Cemetery on River Road, to lay a wreath at the Corbyville community’s Remembrance Ceremony.


cutting-edge, real-time, bus-tracking technology

This November, Belleville Transit introduced the TRANSIT APP, allowing users to track their bus in real-time using automated technology.

“With this application, our riders can receive up-todate information on any detours and delays, nearby stops and the exact time their next bus will arrive, right from their smartphone.”

Transit Operations Manager Paul Buck

The application is supported by the new CONSAT CAD/ AVL (Computer Aided Dispatch/Automated Vehicle Location) system installed this summer. This cutting-edge technology not only allows for real-time bus monitoring for riders, it also provides Transit with passenger counts, on-time reporting, detailed route information, better communications with drivers and in-depth KPI information for performance reporting.

Passengers not using mobile phones can use an online version on any computer by searching for in their preferred browser. On the homepage, they can select their stop either by the stop’s specific name or number, or by searching their route and stop, using the drop-down menu. Once the specific stop has been selected, information on the next bus will appear including arrival time, the next departure and even a live map of the bus on route.

The system works with Transit’s existing fare boxes and destination signs, and will even allow for the addition of onboard cameras, collision avoidance technology and transit signal priority service in the future.

“We are really pleased with the results of the application so far,” says Manager Buck. “We aim to provide our residents with the most efficient transit service we can and this system will allow us to continue to do just that going forward.”

Users can download the mobile version of the app in Google Play or the App Store. The app uses the phone’s location services to display nearby stops and routes. When the user selects a route, it will display route information including an up-to-date schedule, stop locations and a real-time look at where that bus is along the route.




city welcomes new internist & cardiologist DR. SCOTT CURRAN

“At the risk of sounding cliché, my favourite part of practising is the patient interaction. Belleville people are genuine, friendly and hard-working. They remind me of the community where I grew up in P.E.I. Sometimes I run a little late because I enjoy talking with them. It’s hard work but extremely rewarding.” Dr. Scott Curran

Dr. Curran grew up on a dairy farm in the community of Cardigan in Prince Edward Island, 25 minutes east of Charlottetown. He met his partner Danielle from Woodbridge, Ontario in med school. Danielle is currently doing a fellowship at Toronto General Hospital in Adult Congenital Cardiology. They currently reside in Newcastle as a mid-point between their work environments.

The City of Belleville Doctor Recruitment program was created to encourage family physicians to provide medical services in the City of Belleville. The program provides financial assistance to medical students to help with their education in return for a commitment to provide service to residents in the City of Belleville. During the past few years, the City has attracted 39 new doctors under the program. Although typically it is family physicians recruited in to the program, the opportunity to have Dr. Curran, Cardiologist and Internist join our City’s health care team was too good to miss. He joined the Cardiology Services Group Cardiology and Internal Medicine on Newberry Street in July 2019. Here he works with Dr. M. Courtland, Dr. H. Kafka, Dr. P. Hollett, Dr. C. Link and Dr. J. Campbell with approximately ten employees in addition to the Cardiologists.

A typical day begins with Dr. Curran in the Belleville office at 7:30 a.m., with Clinic at 8 a.m. Then in mid afternoon he reads test results at the office and approximately 15-20 echocardiograms at the hospital. He is on call (12 hour shifts) at the hospital three to four times each month. In addition to being a part of the Cardiology Services Group he also works doing call shifts with the Internal Medicine Group. Over the next year, Dr. Curran will continue to work a total of eight to ten weeks at Kingston General Hospital. Maintaining this schedule requires extremely long days and he is seldom home before eight in the evening. Although there never seems to be enough time to enjoy outside interests, when time allows, Dr. Curran is a huge hockey fan. A long-time Toronto Maple Leafs fan, he looks forward to being able to head in to Toronto to catch some games and enjoy some Belleville Senators action here in our community. He and Danielle share a love of traveling, internationally and across Canada, and hope to do more as time allows. They love trails and hiking and are pleased the Bay of Quinte region has so many wonderful options for this pastime. We are so pleased that Dr. Curran has chosen Belleville please join us in welcoming him to our community.

If you are in need of a family physician, please ensure you have registered with Health Care Connect at 1-800-445-1822 or search online ‘health care connect’. If you know of a family medicine student who might be interested in participating in our family physician recruitment program, please have them contact the Economic Development Office at 613-967-3238 or email:


a touch of nostalgia with a modern edge

If you’ve never pampered yourself by relaxing in a barber’s chair for the full deal, haircut, the blade gliding across your face, the warm towel treatment - then it’s time. But now expand that thought. You’ve been asked to be your long-time buddy’s best man. You want to plan something unique for either the ‘stag’ or the morning of the wedding. The bride and bridesmaids can head to the salon while you book the groom’s gang in at Park Provisioners for some bonding at its best.

yet missed some of the shopping options they had grown to enjoy in the larger centres. He decided he was ready to return and create this character men’s wear oasis, complimented by hats, boots, accessories, hygiene products, intriguing gift items and of course, the barber services. The plan is to continue to build upon their current shop by adding a patio when the warm weather returns and hosting live entertainment to enhance the shoppers’ experience. Kyle wants to continue to evolve with the customers interests, never becoming stagnant but instead, being fluid and responsive to the interests and wishes of his clientele.

The barber services at 273 Front St. are quickly gaining a reputation amongst those wanting to enjoy a relaxed personalized service and those wanting to share it with others. Sons are booking quality time with their dads for birthday and Father’s Day presents. There’s nothing like a barber chair and hot espresso to bring out those natural, uninhibited conversations.

So if a warm, welcoming atmosphere filled with specialty services and products sounds appealing, stop in. Nostalgia with a modern edge right here in downtown Belleville.

“Retail used to be social & then it became less about the customers’ needs & wants & more about just keeping the cash register ringing. We decided to step back - return to the ‘experience’ of shopping. We’ve created a relaxing atmosphere that offers unique quality services & items. We want you to leave on a positive note, looking forward to coming back & to sharing what you’ve found here.” Kyle Thomson grew up in Belleville and then moved on to pursue a career in retail and sales. His experience encompasses mom and pop operations through to big box chains in addition to owning his own sales agency. While building on his skills, he found himself drawn to menswear stores that were different than the cookie-cutter chains - stores like Cabin in Toronto and Providence in Peterborough. Still connected to Belleville by family he watched Belleville evolve, growing in size and diversity. He listened to people who had relocated to the area and loved being here



Downtown Belleville is known for its unique shops and services and Park Provisioners is another great addition to the lineup. JANUARY 2020



to facilitate broader, positive services to community Recognizing the necessity of relocating Belleville Police Service from their constricted current location on Dundas Street, City Council worked with Belleville Police Service to find a location which would provide the space to serve the community in a safe, proactive manner. The new Police Station is currently under construction at the corner of College Street East and Sidney Street with an anticipated opening in the early summer of 2020. The station will be 67,000 square feet as opposed to its current 35,000 square feet. The additional space will enable Belleville Police to provide valuable services to the community that space constrictions have prevented them from being able to offer to date. The dynamics of policing have changed and Belleville Police Service is excited about the positive initiatives they will be able to implement in their new location and here are just a few of these anticipated changes. Canine Program - One officer and one canine will be trained for tracking and crosstrained to search for drugs. Unable to create


this space at the old station, it has been necessary for Belleville Police Service to contact the OPP when canine assistance was required, sometimes learning none were available or several hours away, resulting in lost evidence. ‘Sally Port’ - Officer safety, in relationship to custody and detention, has been a challenge in the current location and the new facility, with a specially designed Sally Port will be a pivotal point in improving these conditions. The arrested person will be brought in through a secure pass through into a secure detention area. Decontamination resources will be accessible to the area for the officers, those arrested and the vehicles involved. Cell Electronic Monitors and Videos - Safety and security for the officer and detainee were paramount in the designing process for the new detention area. Now all cells will be monitored with electronic monitors and videos except for personal hygiene areas. This will provide another layer of safety for detainees. Struggling individuals can be closely monitored and the officers’ ability to talk to the detainee through the monitoring system enables them



to request medical assistance immediately should it be required, saving reaction time in providing detainees with assistance. Community Board Room - Will offer easy access to the public while focusing on providing meeting space for non-profit charitable organizations - free of charge. Joint Forces Operations Room - Belleville Police Service has daily, multiple jurisdiction investigations in progress. Without a Joint Forces Operations Room they have been compelled to reach out to other organizations for meeting space. Now the Joint Forces Operation Room will provide them the opportunity to facilitate significant projects and take downs in a secure facility. Forensic Identification Section - This state-of-the-art facility will meet and exceed the forthcoming legislative requirements. With ever increasing court challenges of cross contamination, this facility will eliminate future issues. The facility has negative and positive pressurized rooms to ensure any airborne evidence is contained within the secure setting. Interoperability and Collaboration with Emergency Service Partners - This collaboration was paramount in the development of the new station. The 60 metre tower will provide enhanced abilities for Belleville Police Service and Belleville Fire Services when they do their radio refresh. With the purchase of the K-Core comes the ability to house multiple radio frequencies, enabling Police and Fire Services to talk directly during emergencies and potentially with City departments. Cables are being installed in the tower which will enable Fire Services, if compromised, to work off the tower and dispatch from the Police Station. The installation of next-generation 911 will allow officers to receive live social media posts before arriving on the scene - heightening their awareness of the situation prior to their arrival. Vestibule - A safe and secure facility at the Police Station for someone pursued by an aggressor. They can enter the vestibule and activate the alarm which locks the door and notifies officers immediately.

“This is a building I want not only the Police Department to be proud of - but also our community. The community plays a crucial role in our crime solving abilities and without their support we cannot achieve the significant decreases in crime severity index or reach the goal of being the safest community in Ontario.�

Deputy Chief Mike Callaghan and Belleville Police Building Coordinator





recognize region’s top business leaders

The Quinte Business Achievement Awards (QBAA) are presented annually as a celebration of business excellence across the Bay of Quinte region. These awards recognize outstanding businesses, not-for-profit organizations and business leaders in areas such as entrepreneurship, business growth, company practices, product innovations, customer service, stewardship, marketing success and community service. The Quinte Business Achievement Awards is a completely independent program, open to any business, entrepreneur and not-for-profit organization based in Quinte West, Belleville, Brighton, or Prince Edward County. Representatives from economic development offices and local Chambers of Commerce collaborate throughout the year to plan, organize and implement this prestigious event.

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE - Finkle Electric - Belleville Left to right: Amber Darling, Executive Director at Trenval Business Development Corporation, Paula and Chris Finkle of Finkle Electric and Todd Smith - MPP Bay of Quinte

This fall, the judges reviewed 137 worthy nominees in 15 categories to find the very best, most innovative, sustainable and community-minded businesses and notfor-profit organizations to celebrate. Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners - especially Belleville’s own Finkle Electric, who won the BUSINESS EXCELLENCE award, the highest award for top overall business regardless of category.

Nominations will open for the 2020 Quinte Business Achievement Awards in the summer, so when the time arrives, please take a few moments to nominate a local business that is working hard and being successful here in the Quinte region. QBAA.CA

2019 award winners BUSINESS EXCELLENCE





Mark Phillips - Mystical Distributing

Quinte Animal Hospital










Finkle Electric

Jackie Jarrell Gold Performance Training Diamond Physiotherapy

Off the Hook Boutique and Gallery


January 2020

The June Motel

Runway Bridal

Duvanco Homes Inc.

Autosystems - Division of Magna


Children’s Safety Village Dahlia May Flower Farm Polish Salon and Day Spa

Tri-County Plastics


Rillea Technologies


‘thumbs up’ for new route

This year the Santa Claus Parade took a new route. The increased size of the parade and the reconstruction on Front Street has made it difficult for large floats to navigate the turns in the past. The community responded to the change with enthusiasm and turned this year’s parade into a festive event that extended the length of its new Bridge Street course. Downtown Belleville hosted a pre-parade market, the Armouries opened as a warming station, and East Hill Robin Jeffrey Park became the Rotary Reindeer Park, with refreshments, music and reindeer. Bridge Street United Church offered hot chocolate and treats while Glanmore National Historic Site provided bleachers for the viewers to watch the parade.These are just a few examples of the holiday spirit extended. With the Bay View Mall as the parade’s ending point, parents were able to wait in a warm, indoor space for their children to get off the floats in a brightly lit area. Special thanks to all those who worked so hard to to make this happen - Belleville Chamber of Commerce, the numerous volunteers and all the parade participants!





fabulous fall festivities

On Sept. 28 residents stepped on to a festive treadmill that lasted from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Flavours of Fall organized by the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Porchfest and the Downtown After Party provided fall fun for everyone!

flavours of fall


downtown after party


January 2020



hosts arts recognition awards luncheon This year, the Quinte Arts Council celebrated 25 years of hosting their Luncheon for the Arts/Arts Recognition Awards to recognize those who have made a difference in our community. Without exception, these individuals are making Quinte a destination for those craving a vibrant arts and culture scene.

The 2019 Quinte Arts Council awards were presented to: Catherine Taylor of the Quinte Ballet School, Holly Dewar of Belleville DocFest, Andrea Kerr of Hastings Prince Edward District School Board, Dave Bush of Front Porch Shenanigans and Mayor Mitch Panciuk.

Catherine Taylor, Artistic Director Quinte Ballet School of Canada - a passionate and exceptional teacher who inspires the very best in her students. Nominator Christina Taylor writes, “(Catherine) realized very early in her career that teaching was her passion and her greatest contribution to the dance world...She is a dynamo.” L - R: Christina Taylor, Catherine Taylor, Janet Jarrell and Jenny Woods

Holly Dewar, Committee Chairperson Belleville DocFest - a member of the organizing committee of Belleville Downtown DocFest for eight years and committee Chair for the past four. Nominator Frank Gielen says, “...she has worked tirelessly... fostering deep engagements within the Quinte community.” L - R: Holly Dewar, Frank Gielen, Janet Jarrell and Jenny Woods

Andrea Kerr, Arts Education Coordinator HPEDSB “ - an avid promoter and supporter of the Arts programs in all 40 of our schools K-12,” says nominator Liane Woodley, Principal, Centennial Secondary School. “This includes the coordination of increased opportunities for learning and performance in all areas of the arts: drama, dance, music and visual arts.” L - R: Liane Woodley, Andrea Kerr, Jenny Woods and Janet Jarrell

Dave Bush, Organizer Front Porch Shenanigans - organizer of Front Porch Shenanigans, an annual must-attend of music that has grown from a three-hour show to a four-day live music event. “Dave and some community volunteers have made this event an incredible success, filling the village of Stirling with music and entertainment for an entire weekend,” says nominator Sam Brady. L - R: Sam Brady, Dave Bush, Janet Jarrell and Jenny Woods

Mayor Mitch Panciuk City of Belleville - a politician who has significantly supported the arts and culture in our area, “demonstrating great leadership in making sure that the City has a thriving arts community,” says nominator Tim McKinney. “He has demonstrated this by helping to make Downtown Belleville more arts friendly as he sees this as an economic driver for the community.” L - R: Jenny Woods, Mayor Panciuk, Tim McKinney and Janet Jarrell




ZONING BYLAW REVIEW AND AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING/DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN The City of Belleville is currently undergoing updates to the Zoning Bylaw and Affordable Rental Housing/Downtown Community Improvement Plan. A public information session was held this December at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre with members of the public to address any questions or concerns they had with either project, and to gather feedback. The session was well-attended with steady participation throughout the night.

Zoning By-Law Consolidation and Update

Due to the amalgamation with the Townships of Sidney and Thurlow, the City currently has three zoning bylaws: The City of Belleville Zoning By-Law no. 10245, The Corporation Of The Township of Thurlow Comprehensive Zoning by-law no. 3014 and The Township of Sidney Zoning By-Law no. 2076-80. This update will see the consolidation of these three bylaws and creation of a single city-wide zoning bylaw. In September 2019, Dillon Consulting was selected for the undertaking of the review and consolidation of the City of Belleville’s three comprehensive zoning bylaws. The City identified some preliminary issues in the bylaws that needed to be addressed which were grouped into the following six categories: •

Commercial Zones – There are a number of redundancies in the current bylaws, and areas where uses require updates to reflect contemporary commercial land use trends.

Parking – There is variation in parking requirements across the three existing zoning bylaws that will need to be resolved, and requirements that will need to be revised to meet current best practices.

Loyalist College – Due to the growing demand for accommodation, it is important that the zoning bylaw includes provisions which allow for development of housing to support both students and residents near the college.

Home-Based Businesses – The update will need to consolidate existing variation around the types of dwellings that allow for home-based businesses in the City’s current bylaws, and review areas where these businesses can be supported more broadly.

Accessory Uses – The update should allow for more flexibility and clarity when it comes to new accessory uses. Variation between provisions of accessory use will also need to be resolved.

Legal Non-Conforming Uses – The updated zoning bylaw must address existing legal non-conforming uses in the city of Belleville and account for new legal non-conforming uses upon updating the current bylaws.


January 2020

The project is estimated to be completed in early 2020. More information is available at: BELLEVILLE.CA/NEWZONINGBYLAW. 30

Affordable Rental Housing/Downtown Community Improvement Plan Update A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a tool that allows a municipality to direct funds and implement policy initiatives toward a specifically defined project area. They are intended to encourage rehabilitation initiatives and/or stimulate development by providing tax assistance, grants or loans to assist in the rehabilitation of lands and/or buildings within the defined Community Improvement Project Area, subject to the requirements of the respective Community Improvement Plan.

In December, City staff and Dillon Consulting held stakeholder meetings with various community groups to review the project and receive their input on existing concerns. These meetings included members of the Belleville Downtown Improvement Area, Facade Committee, Planning Advisory Committee as well as builders and landlords from the community – groups that have experience with the City’s existing CIP programs and would be directly impacted by the update.

Dillon Consulting has been selected to create a new Affordable Rental Housing CIP, update the existing Downtown CIP and undertake the coordination of the City’s three CIP programs, resulting in one consolidated Master CIP document that will prioritize affordable rental housing in the city of Belleville. The document will provide incentives for affordable rental units in addition to leveraging the opportunities of the existing Brownfield’s and Downtown CIPs.

The project is on an expedited work schedule and is expected to be completed in January 2020. This completion date will provide the opportunity for Council to consider budgetary requirements to implement the CIP as part of the 2020 budget process.

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Stanley Park

“We feel that Stanley Park has the potential to become a destination location for our east-side residents,” said Mayor Mitch Panciuk. “And we are so happy we can move forward with this exciting project with the help and input from our residents.”

Playground Project

The City of Belleville first began a public input process on the design of the park in June, urging residents to submit their feedback in the form of an online survey. Part two of the process was a public open house held on Dec. 12 at Parkdale Community Centre, in which residents had the opportunity to ask questions and provide their input to staff directly. All of the information collected is now being considered by the project team. A final decision is to be made and brought to Council during the Jan. 13 regular Council meeting. From there a contract will be awarded and construction will begin when the weather warms up. Updates on the park will be posted to the City’s website.

Good News for Eastside Residents

Thank you for your input!

The wait for a community park for residents living east of Herchimer Avenue is coming to an end. The Stanley Park Playground Project is moving ahead with construction set for spring/summer of 2020.


A Community Project…

In October of this year, the City of Belleville purchased the former Hillcrest Public School property from Hastings Prince Edward Public School Board. This approximately 6.29-acre property located at 88 West St. will be a prime location for a community-based project in 2020. A joint effort between the City’s Transportation & Operations and Recreation departments, the project will give residents the opportunity to have their say in how they would like to see this important piece of land developed. Come the New Year, residents will be encouraged to participate in this exciting development through surveys, public information sessions and more.


January 2020



project updates

L - R: CAO Rod Bovay, Councillor Pat Culhane, Mayor Mitch Panciuk, Manager of Engineering Ray Ford, Councillor Bill Sandison Background - media interviews Hon. MPP Todd Smith and MPP Daryl Kramp.

In October, The Hon. MPP Todd Smith brought positive news to the City of Belleville. The City had requested an exemption from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. The announcement confirmed the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks approved the City of Belleville’s request to exempt the road widening of Bell Boulevard from the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act.

“An EA typically takes twelve or more months to complete so by waiving the requirement to complete an EA process, the Provincial Government has enabled us to proceed immediately with the design, apply for permits, and then issue tenders so construction can begin in early 2020,” Mayor Panciuk added. “If we had been required to complete another EA process we could easily have been forced to defer construction until 2021 with thousands of dollars in additional costs.”

Design work is currently nearing completion and construction of the new road is planned for spring 2020. Bell Boulevard will be widened from two to four lanes with turning lanes to accommodate traffic growth as development in the area proceeds. New traffic signals will be installed as part of this project at the Shorelines Casino entrance and Hanna Court intersection. Roadside ditches will be eliminated and a new storm sewer will be installed. A sidewalk on the north side and an active transportation path on the south side of Bell Boulevard are also planned. Construction is anticipated to first begin on the western section of the project limits (from Shorelines Casino westerly approximately one kilometre) in early spring 2020 to be ready for new businesses looking to open on Bell Boulevard. By summer 2020, the focus will be the reconstruction of the Bell Boulevard and Sidney Street intersection. The widening of Sidney Street between Tracey Street and Bell Boulevard will also be included in the project. The Sidney Street work will begin in 2020 with some work expected to be carried over into 2021.


now in effect

A reminder to residents that winter parking restrictions are in effect. Now through Apr. 14, overnight parking from 1 to 6 a.m. on all city streets is strictly prohibited. Vehicles left on the street pose as an obstacle to snow-clearing activities, making it dangerous for both maintenance crews and the public. Motorists parking on City streets or in a City-owned parking lot overnight run a high risk of having their vehicle ticketed and possibly towed. Parking Control would like to thank motorists for their co-operation.

Mark your calendars!




COPS & KIDS ICE FISHING DERBY January 18, 2020, 9 AM - 12 PM Herchimer Boat Launch Bay of Quinte

SAVOUR THE CHILL & STAY AWHILE February 22, 2020 Downtown Belleville

DOCFEST March 6-8, 2020 Downtown Belleville

QUINTE REGION CAREER FAIR January 28, 2020, 5 - 8 PM Quinte West City Hall (Career Fair is organized by City of Belleville & Quinte West)

HERITAGE WEEK AND AWARDS February 17 - 23, 2020

QUNITE SPORTSMAN BOAT & RV SHOW March 13 - 15, 2020 Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre

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