2 July 2015
July 2015 - Volume 1, Edition 10 BScene is a free monthly publication showcasing the great people, events, and ideas of Brantford, Brant and Six Nations. BScene is distributed free to you through key community partners including local advertisers, retail outlets, dining establishments, and selected community centres. Views expressed by contributors are not necessarily held by the staff, editor, publisher or ownership of BScene.
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What it Means to be a Canadian As June comes to a close, everyone is getting ready for summertime! The kids are out of school and everyone is ready for summer vacation. And lucky for us, our first holiday weekend is Canada Day! This year our grand country is celebrating its 1 48th Birthday! With parties and fireworks across the nation, everyone is sure to enjoy this holiday.
Being born and raised in Brantford, for me, it represents a celebration of home. It feels safe and nurturing and is a reminder of the place that has raised me and helped shape the person I am. From our laws and freedoms, our beautiful environment, and to our wonderfully diverse culture, Canada is a great country with amazing people.
Canada Day means something different to everyone. To some people it’s a celebration, and time with friends and family. To others it represents the celebration of their home and freedom. But no matter what, Canada Day is big day for all Canadians!
Having lived in Brantford for a large portion of my life, for me, Canada Day is very rooted in our local region as well. I've always remembered going to see fireworks in either Brantford or St. George. Each year, our family would go out
You may have seen a couple 'ads' in the paper for the stations, or seen them online, in social media, or even on posters at events such as the
Moonstone Rising Music Festival last month. Now these are not 'traditional radio stations' so to speak. You can't pick them up with an antenna, but you can listen to them digitally through your computer, phone, or bluetooth. Why I mention this is not to boast or advertise, but reach out. Part of why I do what I do is I want to get the word out on the great talent that exists in Brantford and area. Great local artists
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and spend some time at the festivities. We’ve always enjoyed going out to experience Canada Day in our community. We are truly lucky to be able to celebrate in so many local ways. Every year our local Canada Day committees provide great local entertainment and exhibits that not only showcases our country, but our community as well. Whether it’s local vendors, historical pieces or local talent, we know how to put on a great birthday party! Another big reason why Canada Day is so important to me is that it brings people together. On this day, we're able to come together, no
Seeking Local Musicians! As some of you already know, BScene isn't the only media project I have going. In fact, this paper came to being partly due to a chance conversation Jason and I had at an event at the Brantford Arts Block, where I was discussing my love for Brantford, music, and a passion for radio.
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matter our backgrounds, to share our differences and what we have in common, our country. Everyone is able and encouraged to share their culture and background in this country. Canada was built by many people of various cultures and it’s continuing to be shaped by our cultural heritage. As we all know, Canada is a great place to live, work and play. We can be at home in this country and grow in the sharing of our backgrounds. So on this July 1st, let’s all celebrate together!
such as the Ascot Royals, Sons of Revelry, Innersha, Chris Strei, Andrea Godin, NMEdj, Harbour, and Step Echo all are on one or several of the radio stations currently, and I'm looking for more grat local artists to put on the air. Are you an artist that has radio ready recordings? By that I mean studio mastered and ready to go. Are you interested in getting on air for one of our formats? (Pop, Rock/Hard Rock/Metal, Alternative,
Dance/Club/EDM, Hip Hop, Country) I would love to hear from you, and get you played alongside the top artists in each genre on the radio. By the way, there's no industry fee, no catches, no jumping through hoops. It's all about getting you the airplay and exposure and willing ears. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let's get started! Can't wait to hear more great local music.
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Powerfest More Than Just Motors Doug Wright Fun for the whole family comes to Downtown Brantford July 18th.
“Head out on the highway, looking for adventure and whatever comes our way” are lyrics from Steppenwolf’s iconic hit “Born to Be Wild”, which we think would be a fitting theme song to this year’s Brantford Powerfest Car Show and Street Festival being held July 18th. Young or old, there will be an adventure or two available for all ages at the show this year. “It is a show so large, we have to shut down the entire downtown for it”, exclaimed RPM Magazine Editor, and President of RPM KIDS First Foundation, Chris Biro. The show was formerly known as the Telephone City Car Show until it was taken over by RPM KIDs First Foundation, an off shoot of Brantford’s own RPM Magazine. With the show just weeks away, and months of rumors surrounding the show, we wanted to get the final word on what was new for this year. “Jim Hardie and Dwight Rose have built such a great base to work from” explained Biro, “We didn’t want to change anything, but rather add several children and family activities to the show”. From the list we were given, they certainly seemed to
accomplished that. First up is one of the coolest challenges we have heard of, it is the first ever “Creative Minds Print My Ride Challenge” being held in conjunction with the Brantford Public Library. Open to 10-16 year olds, it involves downloading a free program called TinkerCAD, designing their own car/truck/motorcycle and then taking the design to the library by July 10th. Where library staff will print the project off on their 3D printer for free. On July 18th, the public will be asked to vote on their favourite vehicles, and prizes and medals will be awarded to all entrants. Complete instructions can be found on the “Creative minds Print My Ride” Facebook page. The library will also be hosting other activities for younger children. Starting at 11:45am there will be a free Mad Science Show happening in the Sanderson Centre. Rumor has it that the Mad Scientist’s last experiment might go a little wrong, and they may conjure up Brantford’s favourite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow. Captain Jack will be joined by several Disney characters, and adult models walking throughout the show.
The Brantford Powerfest Car Show and Street Festival will be held July 18th.
and a BBQ located in the Laurier Courtyard off George St. Mandela Day is more than just a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and works, it is a day were people are encouraged to spend 67 minutes taking or joining an action that will help make the world a better place, even in a small way. There will be many children’s games, a demolition derby car for them to paint, a display of several monster machines for them to safely get close to, and a live performance by BarCode and other featured
Latter in the afternoon the Sanderson will be screening the Disney movie “Cars”. All long with several real life race cars displayed in Harmony Square, everyone’s favourite character Tow Mater will be found on our city streets. There will be a charge of a Loonie per person for the movie screening, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity. Sarah Wilson with 'Elsa' and 'Anna'
The City will also be celebrating Nelson Mandela Day on July 18th. With speeches, information sessions,
Pam Stoutenburg poses with Captain Jack Sparrow
performers in Harmony Square. Many local restaurants are creating one day super specials for spectators, and there will be an event program available free of charge the day of the show outlining all the shows, displays, and special areas of interest. Many vendors will be mingled throughout the streets as well. The Telephone City Car Show was the area’s largest car show for the last ten years, featuring a huge variety of vehicles from antique farm tractors to modern super cars, old school gasser race cars to top fuel dragsters. Now as the Brantford Powerfest Car Show and Street Festival and with the additional family activities, we expect to this event grow to one of the area’s largest one day community events. All proceeds from the 100% volunteer run show will be used to support Help a Child Smile, Canadian Diabetes Association’s Camp Huronda, and Salvation Army Thrift’s Store’s Send a Kid to Camp Program. Several other local charities will also be present during the show.
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Walk A Mile In My Cape Captain Kindness invites you to be a superhero on July 25th.
July 25th I’m inviting you to “Walk a Mile in my Cape.” As Captain Kindness, walking around in a cape has become a bit of a habit. I’ve come to learn that wearing a kindness-cape around town is an fascinating adventure. I can hardly wait for you to experience it. Let me tell you about one of the most moving encounters I’ve had while “superheroing.” Starting in July, the City of Brantford will once again show movies on a big screen every Thursday Night at dusk in Harmony Square. It’s one of the longest standing square events and since the beginning, Freedom House (with Captain Kindness leading the way), has run the Family Fun Pre-Show entertainment. Once the movie starts, I make my way past a number of bars to “Decaptify.” I’ve become somewhat accustomed to the lighthearted barbs and cat-calls from those on the patios enjoying an evening libation.
But one night last summer, a somewhat disheveled gentleman started yelling, “Captain Kindness…. Captain Kindness…. Captain Kindness” and came running towards me. I was prepared to hear … nearly anything. He continued by telling me this story, “I wanted to let you know that this morning I met a homeless man downtown and I thought to myself, ‘what would Captain Kindness do?’ So I took him out for breakfast and talked with him for an hour. I wanted to say thank you for letting me have this experience.” I was floored. What a transformational moment to hear concepts you’ve been espousing and even attempting to personify in an admittedly outlandish fashion, come out of the mouth, life and actions of a truly unlikely local hero. I want to remind you that small acts of kindness can turn lives, families and cities upside down. July 25th, we’re going to start at Freedom House in the
Market Square, don capes together, and dispatch teams 1 mile in every direction. We’re going to clean streets. We’re going serve businesses. We’re going to create kindnessexplosion-experiences for you to take part in. We hope this gives you a taste of the true superpower that active kindness is. I started off as a skeptic truthfully, but I’ve seen day after day the holistically transformative community treasures that are unlocked by simply being actively kind. And sometimes wearing a cape. This specific event is also a fundraiser for Freedom House. 12 years ago, my wife and I were a part of starting, what we call a Ministry Centre… where church happens too. We were a part of a team with dreams of finding new ways to engage and unite the community while playing a role in the renewal of the city we love. Last week someone asked me how many people our community outreach impacts annually. I didn’t know the
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answer so I did some math. I could barely believe it, but the number was an average of 35,500 purposeful interactions annually. That is 36% of the city on average in a calendar year. Freedom House is growing this summer to make more space for more people, but if you look at the number of folks that attend services throughout the year… we serve 70x the number of people OUTSIDE of the church as we do INSIDE the church. Not every interaction is poignant. Not every outing makes a great story. Most times you serve others… it isn’t glamorous at all. But a united city of us, moving humbly in the same direction for the benefit of others truly can earmark Brantford for extended excellence. And July 25th, together I think we can get a taste of this. Register to “Walk a mile in my Cape” at www.freedomhouse.ca.
A 14 Year Journey to Canadian Citizenship
Venezuelan Born Man Embraces Brantford as Home
What is the tower in the center of the Parliament buildings called? That’s one of 20 such prospective questions candidates might be asked on a Canadian citizenship test. 15 of the questions must be answered correctly. Candidates must also demonstrate a level of language proficiency. Becoming a Canadian citizen is tougher than it used to be. Some say it’s a process many who have grown up here would have a tough time with. Venezuelan born Rodolfo Flores got all 20 test questions correct without any problem. He had 14 years to study but insists the long difficult path he had to travel to get to Brantford, Ontario, Canada was worth it. Flores was born and raised in the huge metropolis of Caracas, Venezuela. Many of his peers had touted Miami as their mecca. Flores had visited the Florida city several times but says he knew, “that was not my real place.” However, with the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the process of turning the South American country into a communist dictatorship, conditions were worsening and he held on to dreams of setting up life somewhere else. Flores describes the scene there today as desperate, economically disastrous and dangerous with wide spread police corruption and residents unsafe in their own homes. The 43 -year old, who had earned a Bachelor in Administration and a Master’s degree back home, was working in his mother’s photography business when he lived in Caracas. He says today, the paper to print the photos on is in short supply, as is sugar, milk, eggs and other everyday items most Canadians take for granted. One day, an invitation came from a friend in Brantford who offered to help if Flores could make his way to the Telephone city. He managed to get to the U.S. with intentions of crossing the border from New York into Canada, but he got lost for an incredible eight days. No one he met spoke Spanish and he was forced to sleep
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residents with grooming and other needs. The part- time position has since turned into full-time work and Rodolfo Flores is now a Brantford homeowner. He was also able to buy a new car. One of the darkest periods in the 14 year saga of becoming a Canadian citizen came in 2009 was when Flores was ordered back to Venezuela to wait for his official permanent residency papers. That lasted more than a year and he says he became paranoid and suicidal during that time. However, permanent residency was finally granted in 2010. Left to right: Rodolfo Flores, YMCA Immigration Settlement Services Community Connections Coordinator Azra Chaudry, and the organization's General Manager of Settlement Services Arsim Aliu. in the bus station during the ordeal.
Eventually he was able to find his way to the border and cross over on foot. When the female Canadian border official asked him the purpose of his visit, he blurted out “refugee.” She responded with “Welcome to Canada. Welcome home,” he said. A French speaking Chinese Canadian official then took all of his papers, a Spanish interpreter was called and the long process of becoming a Canadian began. Flores was allowed to board a Brantford bound train and headed to his friend’s home where he slept on the floor for two weeks. He found help in the city and admits he’s not ashamed to say he was on social assistance for a time. He signed up for English as a second language and it was suggested he volunteer to help himself find a job. He landed a volunteer position at The Home of Learning Development in Brantford, working with mentally challenged adults. “Oh my gosh. it was the best ever!” he said. That volunteer position turned into a part-time job after about four years where Flores handled meals, medication and helped
Flores credits YMCA Immigration Settlement Services in Brantford, in particular settlement specialist Mike Simon as a major source of help in navigating the process. The organizations three settlement specialists help refugees with language barriers, filling out forms for things like social insurance cards and they provide homework labs. General Manager Asrim Aliu oversees the operation, which covers Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford. Government downsizing means the organization’s multi-cultural festivals are a thing of the past, but Community Connections Coordinator Azra Chaudhry says they continue to provide help for nearly 200 newcomers a year. Flores’ sister is also now living and working in Brantford in hopes of attaining citizenship like her brother. Flores is confident Canada won’t let her down. “The truth from the bottom of my heart, I trust Canada and I know Canada won’t let a single mom with two kids down,” he said. Both children age 19 and 14, speak French, English, Spanish and Italian and the 19 -year-old is studying to become a doctor. “I know my sister won’t be any problem to Canada,” he said. On May 14th of this year, 14 years after coming to what he refers to as “the most beautiful country in the world,” Rodolfo
Rodolfo and Citizenship Judge Donna Summerhayes
Flores took the oath of citizenship in Stoney Creek, with Brantford’s Donna Summerhayes officiating as Citizenship Judge. Flores related strongly to her inspirational words, which he paraphrased. “My heart is as red as the maple leaf. My blood is maple sugar and my soul is white like a diamond in the Antarctic.” As an added bonus, his passport arrived June 11th and to celebrate he did something he thought he’d never do. He had a maple leaf tattooed on his ankle. “Canada gave me peace,” says the grateful Flores. Meantime, in case you’re still wondering what the answer is to that citizenship test question at the beginning of this article, it’s The Peace Tower.
Rudolfo's tattoo, celebrating Canada and Venezuela.
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Getting Involved It is required by every high school student in Ontario that they obtain 40 hours of community service hours in order to graduate. Now that’s an average of 10 hours per year for four years at high school. To any high school student that sounds easy, but it is really one of the hardest tasks to complete in order to graduate. Volunteering at a community event such as the Canada Day festival at Lion’s Park, or an event that only happens every few years like the Pan Am Torch run that happened on June 19th, or even volunteering through a school event are all events that any high school student can volunteer at, but choose to make it difficult for themselves to find something they would enjoying volunteering for, because they are trying to find the “easy” 40 hours of community service. To most students those 40 hours are just an extra task on top of the compulsory credits and electives that also must be taken throughout the four years of high school. 40 hours of community service shouldn’t just be 40 hours of community service, it should feel like a difference is being made in the community, and that the organization is benefiting from the help they are getting from the young and keen high school student. That is why staying involved in your community is so important, to make the positive changes in your community to make it better.
When a director or volunteer coordinator in an organization sees that a high school student is interested in volunteering for their organization they become ecstatic, and the director really can’t wait for the student to get started with their organization. When in reality, most high school students are just signing up for the “easiest” volunteer opportunity they can find so they can get their 40 hours of community service hours out of the way. This is starting to become more frequent trend among high students because working at a part-time job, and trying to save money for a postsecondary is already hard enough along with school, and then when 40 hours of community service gets thrown into the mix, it becomes very hard for a student to try and balance. That’s why trying to find an “easy” organization to volunteer for is so common now, because of the amount of effort that they want to put in to the volunteering. The director or volunteer coordinator of an organization may really enjoy the high school student’s work and might ask them to volunteer again, but once that high school student obtains their 40 hours, they are done with volunteering. If all high school students think of 40 hours of community service as just that then nothing will be changed in the community. But if they were to think of 40 hours of community service as community service, and making a
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difference in the community, then there would be more volunteers in our community. I was able to speak with Marc Laferriere, the New Democratic candidate for Brant in this year’s federal election, about his thoughts on community involvement and why it’s so important. “It (volunteering) is the best way to make sure things get better, not worse” Laferriere said with enthusiasm, and he is right. Once students from the elementary grades, and high school students start to take a real interest in changing our community in anyway, then the community will improve. Laferierre also mentioned that his grandmother, Isabel, instilled a family value of volunteerism, “that volunteers make things happen in this community. “ Volunteers do make things happen in this community, volunteers are reasons why some organizations are still up and running today such as Rogers Television where co-op students and volunteers come in every day and help produce all of the television shows produced there. Volunteers can change this community by just getting involved and showing interest in being a part of the changes in Brant-Brant County, they just need to look past the “40 hours of community service” part. Volunteering isn’t supposed to be all business, or all formal, volunteers are allowed to have fun! Volunteers tend to volunteer for organizations and causes that they are interested in and want to help make a change in our community
Sacred Fire Presents: Kiss and Tell Jason and I were delighted to share a meal with Sacred Fire founder Heidi and executive director Jenny to learn all about their new service Kiss and Tell. Allow me now to kiss and tell you all about it. Over a candlelit dinner at the fabulous Olde School House, Heidi and Jenny explained that this concept was put into the universe over a brainstorming session. They thought about how to inspire a blend of old and new fashion that would give men and women the ability to feel elegant and live in the moment. This new service will allow you to rent your wardrobe, get your hair, nails, and makeup done, and
find a new you within yourself- with the help of others. The shop offers donated clothing, handmade body creams, soaps, and perfumes. The concept of Kiss and Tell is to get dressed up with your rented items and have a night out on the town; to enjoy and experience love and life and infuse the items with your positive spirit. After your experience has ended, you're encouraged to tell your personalized story of your night out. Each item in the shop will have a journal transcribing its prior activities and will allow the wearer to add their own. The shop is located at 25 William Street in beautiful downtown Paris,
and is available for its Kiss and Tell service by appointment only. You can help make this idea soar by donating items from your wardrobe that are no longer needed to help make another's day. Take
with. Those volunteers can make their volunteer experience enjoyable not only for the folks from the organization, but also for themselves. If there is a common goal to help better our community, between the volunteers and volunteer coordinators, then don’t make it a chore to be there, make it fun. 40 hours of community service shouldn’t feel like a chore, it should feel like an experience that anyone would be proud to say that they were a part of. Don’t make it work, make it hanging out with a group of people who have a common interest, and wants to make the same strides in the community. High school students are the future of Brant-Brant County, they are the generation of people who can really make a difference in this community, and it all starts with volunteering in the community because they want to, not because they have to. Making a difference should be an experience to enjoy being a part of, not feel like a routine. Nothing in this community can be changed if high school students don’t take an interest in trying to be a part of that change, outside of those 40 hours of community service. Marc Laferierre has been helping this community since he was a high school student, and look at the changes he has been a part of. Be that change. Get involved!
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Save Up A Bigger Down Payment? I know we all love math! NOTOO. But here is some Real Estate Math worth taking note of and I think you’ll find this math could save you a ton of money, or I should say, GAIN you a ton of money. So here’s what I mean. I have had people tell me from time to time that they are not ready to purchase yet because they would really like to wait a year to save up a few more bucks for a larger down payment so their mortgage payment won’t be as high. A valid concern, but this is why this is so self defeating if you understand the Real Estate Math on this. So, lets take a look at this. Lets say you’re looking at a home for $200,000 Payment on a $200,000 home @ 3% Interest is $946.49 (5 year fixed, 25 year amortization) At a nominal 4% increase in home prices, that same home a year later is now worth $208,000, so lets say you saved up another $5,000, ($208,000 subtract the $5,000 you saved up so the purchase price is now $203,000) Now the payment on that same home with the extra $5,000 put down on it, at the same 3% Interest is now $960.69 The payment actually increases $1 4.20 BUT, it gets better, understand that the $8,000 that the house went up in that year is $8,000 in lost equity that you’d have realized so essentially, you LOST $8,000 Now, it todays market it’s very reasonable to say you’re paying at least $1 ,000 a month for rent so there is another $1 2,000 in rent that you lost and you’ll never get back. Then, factor in the amount that you would have paid down the mortgage on the house in that first year. That amount is $5,454 based on the same $200,000 purchase price @ 3% interest So, between the Lost Equity = $8,000 + Rent paid you never get back $1 2,000 and the $5,454 that you would have paid down on your home had you bought it a year ago, that all = $25,454!! GONE! Now if all that’s not bad enough, it will take you 1 year longer to pay off your home because you started a year later! And again, all that just to actually pay $1 4.20 MORE a month when your goal was to save a bigger down payment to bring your payments down. Still want to wait and save up for a bigger down payment?
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BUYING LOCAL: What does that really mean? Today’s vehicles are becoming more technologically advanced: hands free calling, hands free music, proximity sensors, reverse cameras, and Wi-Fi. With all of these advances, however, people tend to forget that there are still fundamental systems We hear the phrase “buy local” often, yet do we ever really think about what it means? with their vehicles that need to be looked after. Buying local is so much more than shopping at a local business, it is about keeping jobs in our communities, providing for our youth (the next generation), supporting the Something as simple as checking your oil level can give you the assurance that elderly (the generation that provided for us), and living a healthier lifestyle while your engine is running in tip top shape. A hint that it’ll need maintenance is the oil building a strong, vibrant, community. being extremely dark and hard to see through or the oil is below the recommended First, let’s look at the definition of buying local. It is buying products and/or services level on your dip stick. If your vehicle isn’t equipped with sensors to let you know from a business in your area that is owned by a member of the community who has when your oil change is due, keep in mind oil change intervals vary between decision making control over the business and business operations. These manufacturer and vehicle age. Check your manual to find out your manufacturer businesses are owned and/or managed by people who live and work in our recommended oil type and oil change interval. community, raising their families and investing in Brantford and Brant County’s future. They support our churches, schools, organizations, and increase our quality of life; thus improving the health of our community overall. You should also regularly check your tires – tread depth, rubber condition, and wear. If you notice that your tires are low, check for foreign objects stuck in the tire. often, we equate buying local with paying higher prices. In some instances that If you notice that your tread is wearing more on one side than another, chances are Quite may be the case but not always. If we change our attitude to think about the bigger your vehicle needs an alignment and will need to be serviced. Tires also have a picture and the impact that we all have as consumers, shopping local can increase wear bar within the tread that will help warn you when the tire is worn out and variety, create more competition and over time stimulate a more diverse marketplace. needs replacing. We, at The Colour Shoppe, are an independent store that is locally owned and operated and have been so for 40 years. We strive to provide expert advice, products Whether your vehicle is 2 years or 50 years old, there are still basic components superior quality, and unrivaled services that larger, box stores or franchise stores that require regular maintenance and servicing. By keeping your vehicle’s service of cannot provide. Our prices are competitive if not better. We work hard to support our schedule up to date, you’ll ensure that you and your vehicle will have a long, economy by carrying many products from Canadian companies. Come in and talk to healthy relationship together. us to see the difference shopping locally can make. Running to a store that has “everything under one roof” can often hurt you more than it can help you. Shopping at Don’t forget to check out our charity car show: Saturday July 4th from 11 am to 3 locally-owned businesses in your community helps to circulate and keep more dollars pm on Henry Street between West Street and Harris Ave. All proceeds going to the locally. Let’s work at supporting and strengthening our own communityOBrantford and Brant County. Boys & Girls Club of Brantford.
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Google searches. Everyone knows Google is a great place to start building your business profile and anything that can be done to help build that profile is going to help your business reach more people. The second part of my business, Webfire Designs, works with local businesses to design from the ground up websites that are both modern and interconnected with social media platforms and optimized for Google searches. I can also work with existing infrastructure to modernize a client's website and assist with providing hosting, email and/or any web promotion they wish to do.
B: When did you start the business and how did you get into it? John: I started business in October of 201 4. I had seen some virtual tours online in the past and thought that it would be a great way to promote some of my existing customers. The integration occurred naturally as it fit perfectly with my web design business that I opened in 2009. As a photographer myself, I already had the equipment and experience, so I was excited to start offering this great new service.
B: You offer some very exciting services designed to boost a business public profile. When doing the business view photography what's the process?
John from Webfire 360 Photography shared with me how he connects businesses in new and interesting ways. B: What exactly do you do? John: I reach out to local businesses and explain the importance of creating an online virtual tour of their location. It helps to boost a business's profile on
John: To start, I contact the owner or management of the business and express that this is an opportunity to enhance their exposure not only within their community but on a global scale. When someone searches for a business the information that appears in the Google search result is in part pulled from the business’s Google Business page. The more you can build that up, the richer your online presence is. A virtual tour is something that is interactive and immersive and allows people from the comfort of their
B: There’s a history here at the Station House. What’s the story and how did you come to open up here? Mike: The history behind the building is fascinating. It was built in 1 905 and this September the building will be celebrating its 11 0th anniversary. The building was originally used for baggage storage and was called the express office. It remained so until the 1 960’s when the Toronto Star began to use it as a drop off/pick up point for its newspaper. It then was taken over by CN Rail as their office and this continued up until about ten years ago. When the space was put up for lease, I approached the realtor and within fortyeight hours I had worked out a deal to renovate and change this into an art gallery/coffee shop. That was in 2008 and we opened for business in 2009.
B: You’ve created a mecca of arts and culture here at the Station House, what's the inspiration for it?
Mike from the Station Coffee House & Gallery treated me to a coffee and told me about the environment they have created to encourage a different type of small business.
Mike: I have always had an interest in visual arts and I hosted my first art show at the Brantford Public Library in the late 70’s. I’ve always enjoyed promoting the arts and expanding on that I studied art at the Ontario College of Art and graduated in 1 988. In the last thirty years I’ve hosted many shows all over Southern Ontario and once owned another art gallery on George St. here in Brantford. Art has always been a part of my life and since we opened here in 2009 we’ve held over eighty different art exhibits. In the same vein as the art, right away when we opened we started hosting local bands and musicians and regularly host weekly live music events and shows. As of two years ago we started having a comedy show every Thursday night and they just recently had a large show celebrating their two year anniversary.
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home, work, or mobile device to view and visit your business. When we enter the location we take a series of photographs using Google Street View technology. Then we create a series of linked 360 degree, panoramic images that allow the viewer to walk from one image to the next and tour through the entire business online. The images and tour are then published to their Google Business page and will show up in Google searches, Google Maps and can even be embedded on the business’s website. Aside from a one-time cost for the photography, Google offers hosting of this content at no cost to the business.
B: How does what you do affect the community? John: Anything we can do to promote local business is good for the community as a whole. I focus strongly on that when I’m out in the field. For an example; when people search for a restaurant they are presented with images, reviews, contact information, etcetera and in conjunction with our service they can be presented with an immersive, interactive, 360 degree, virtual tour. They are able to discover if the restaurant meets their needs, and see the inside of the business to get a sense of the atmosphere and the décor. It is a very exciting way to explore your community. I take great pride and pleasure working with local business, promoting them, and bringing their business to the attention of more people through our virtual tours. Every business should have this service.
B: How did the name Webfire 360 come to be? John: My web design business is Webfire Designs and the virtual tours we offer are 360 degree, immersive, panoramic images. It just seemed natural to go from Webfire Designs to Webfire 360 Photography. Catchy isn’t it?
B: Take us through an average week at the Station. Mike: In an average week you’ll have a not for profit group meeting, a local artist hosting a meet and greet showcasing their art. There is of course the comedy show which always brings in a different crowd of people to enjoy the show. A live band will perform in a standing room only setting bringing in people from all over the region and to top it all off we get our regular daily visitors for lunch and coffee from the ten of so passenger trains that run through the station.
B: In what ways do you impact the community? Mike: The biggest impact I think we have in the community is exposing artists and their art to all ages of visitors not only from the community but from visitors abroad via the train station. We provide a perfectly located venue for artists to hold shows and we enjoy promoting them to arrange for as many people as possible to visit.
B: Tell us something we didn't know about the Station Coffee House & Gallery. Mike: We offer, as we’ve been told “some of the best coffee in town”, we also have a liquor licence and serve beers, wines, and spirits. Artists, musicians, and comedians from all over the world visit us to show off their art and if you ever visit and get a chance to look over our guest book you’d be amazed to see how many people from how many different places have visited our gallery. Oh and how could I forget, free parking?
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"On the grow" w/Brantfro Brant Fro is Visiting Great Brant Businesses
pay my dues on my own. I went to work and cut my teeth.
B: What do you do and where can we find your work?
Matt from Fat Panda Studios met me between shoots to discuss all about how his video work helps to promote businesses, community events and organizations. B: When did you start your business and what was the catalyst? Matt: I started the business in April of 201 2. I wrote my last exam at McMaster University, headed back to Brantford and went right to the B.R.C. and set up my business license that day. I had been doing freelance work while I attended university and it was something I wanted to have a formal go at, to make a living. Jobs in my industry are few and far between so I figured I would
Matt: Fat Panda Studios is a video production company and we are based here in Brantford. We produce all sorts of video content for our clients in southern Ontario and Muskoka. We create anything from promotional videos, commercials, training videos, and almost anything you can think of that involves a camera rolling. One thing we love to do is work with not for profit organizations. I have a great ongoing relationship with the Brant Community Healthcare System foundation. I work with them producing videos that aid in raising funds for critical patient equipment. A lot of my work is online and is available at www.fatpandastudios.ca or on Facebook at (facebook.com/fatpandastudiosonline). I’m very active on social media and work with great partners to promote content I produce.
B: What are some of your upcoming projects? Matt: Something we are working on right now is the online messaging for St Leonard's community services. They have a brand new website and we are developing video content to help promote them in the community. helping them ease into the market and letting people know they exist.
B: What are some tips you have for small business owners looking to grow their business? Theresa: A lot of business owners spend all their money and time making sure they have a location and services or products to sell but forget to put the money into marketing it. They may be in a location for a year or more and then find they are no longer getting the same amount of business as when they started. My biggest tip would be that marketing is one of your biggest assets. You need to use it as a tool to grow.
Ivan and Theresa from Metro Interactive Agency joined me for lunch and told me all about how they help to support and promote business and business owners. B: What does Metro Interactive Agency specialize in and when did you get started? Ivan: We started in 2000 and the goal was to provide solutions to companies looking to acquire and retain customers. Every company is either looking to retain existing customers or acquire new ones. We help do that by using proven marketing strategies and compelling designs. Theresa: We specialize in anything that is going to help market small and medium sized businesses. We can help get their website started and produce their other business materials. Things such as business cards, flyers, letterheads and other promotional materials. Our priority is
Ivan: Just to continue on what Theresa said, there is a reason why roughly two thirds of businesses fail in the first five years. When you create a company and have a great idea you figure if you build it they will come, but it doesn't always work that way. You need to protect your investment in the company by investing in marketing.
B: You started a small business networking event here in Brantford, when did this get started and what makes it unique? Ivan: We created the networking group Simply Networking to fill a niche needed in the city. When people go to a networking event they find that they are there with other business representatives. They hand out cards and discuss their services and it is a wonderful and great opportunity. However, because most companies are not just business to business but also business to consumer we created Simply Networking to bring consumers into this arena. We meet every few months in the spring and summer and almost every month in the fall. We decided on
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We want to promote what St Leonard’s is all about, services such as mental health and addictions counseling, justice services and employment assistance.
B: What is your most memorable project so far? Matt: I have a couple. It’s always fun to work with big agencies and companies. One in particular is the work I do with the Brant community Healthcare System Foundation. I’m a big supporter and also a donor and shooting in the hospital is always interesting. I’ve had the opportunity to showcase their great diagnostic imaging equipment, critical care facilities, cancer clinic and other areas of the Brantford General Hospital. They have wonderful care givers there and we get to capture their passion on camera. Another project that stands out to me is a series of product videos for a local company that manufactures equipment to paint the lines on highways and municipal roads. We closed off a section of Upper Paradise Road in Hamilton and had a 25 foot camera crane set up in the middle of the road and a whole crew of people working. It was a very exciting experience. I loved doing the shoot and the chaos of working in traffic.
B: Where does the name Fat Panda come from? Matt: That’s a tough one. It started as an inside joke between a couple of friends and when it came time to start the company I ran with it. I get asked that question a lot and well yeah, the name is unique and memorable. A friend of mine from school who's a talented artist created my logo. I wanted it to be a fat panda sitting down eating some bamboo and he came back the next day with a draft and I loved it. It hasn't changed since that day. Some people look at it and say "Fat Panda what’s that?” other people instantly recognize the logo. They might not know from where but they remember it. That always puts a smile on my face. the Piston Broke in beautiful downtown Brantford. It is a great central location in the city and we even have people who come in from neighboring cities to attend.
B: In what ways does your business reach out and support the community and community events? Theresa: We work with the community on multiple levels. One example would be a community garden project we worked on. We grew food and donated it to the food bank and local participating churches. Another way we give back is through our customers. We will work with a business that is just starting or an existing business that may be suffering from financial struggles. Instead of turning away the project we will give them incentives to work with us. We will lower the price or perhaps work on a budget, we offer payment plans or even in some cases do the initial startup work for free. Each year, we provide free designs and internet marketing services to five local startup businesses who are working with limited resources. We want to help them get their name out there and to help them grow. As a marketing company we want to encourage business success and not failure, we help businesses and organizations when they need us and aim to maintain happy and loyal customers forever. Charity doesn’t always have to be to charity. Sometimes its one business helping another.
B: What’s the story behind the business name? Ivan: We wanted to capture what we do. We know it’s about communication and relationships. Good and successful relationships are interactive. Our purpose is to create the best environment between our customers and the market place. That way our customers can successfully communicate their message to the market, get feedback and tailor their business to it. What we do in Brantford may be different from what we do in another city. Marketing is not just about billboards and websites, it is about being interactive with the market place and getting new and customized information to different groups of people. Hence the name Metro Interactive Agency. Audrey.
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Men In Heels Passes Goal For over 30 years, Nova Vita has offered help, hope, and healing to families in our community who are victims of domestic violence. We strongly believe that everyone deserves a life free from violence. Nova Vita offers a 33 bed emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis line, and counselling for men, women, and children. Due to the success of Men in Heels, Nova Vita receives much needed funding for our programs and services. On Saturday, June 20th, Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services hosted our 5th Annual Men in Heels – Standing Tall Against Domestic Violence event. We are very grateful for the ever growing support from our community – Brantford and the County of Brant. This year, 2015, we had over 100 walkers join us, and we surpassed our goal of $40,
000 – raising over $43, 000 and counting! Each year, we are very appreciative of annual support of our walkers and participants. This year, we are delighted to report that more and more walkers are participating in the event due to the tireless recruitment by our veteran walkers of new participants. In the spirit of camaraderie, competition and a heartfelt desire to make a difference in the lives of the abused and homeless women, our red shoe walkers upped the ante and brought in the Sunrise Rotary Club who raised over $8,000 and our Top Team veterans, the Pirates, who brought in over $12,000! These two fabulous teams raised half our pledges alone! A number of participants brought their
Oyez! Oyez Oyez! Send our Town Crier away!
enthusiasm for the event into their workplaces and initiated challenges and fund raising opportunities including dress down days, golfing in heels, bottle drives, wallpapering business walls with paper shoe pledges, and photo opportunities. Our top Individual fundraiser, Joshua Wall, with the help of Patrick McEachern, raised over $5,000 on his own! We would be remiss if we didn’t mention and thank our local dignitaries – Mayor Chris Friel, Dave Levac, MPP and Phil McColeman, MP for their unfailing support. For the past five years, our community leaders have stood tall against domestic violence and supported Nova Vita… all three dignitaries stated that we all have a responsibility to our sons to teach them about respectful
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This September, Brantford’s very own Town Crier David McKee plans to attend the Central Otago World Town Crier Tournament in New Zealand. However, he needs your help.The round trip will cost nearly $4500 and so far, as of this time of this article, he has raised nearly $3000 with the generous support or local businesses and community members. The Central Otago World Town Crier Tournament is being held in New Zealand, September 24th through 30th. It is a showcase of twenty-five of the worlds best town criers. They are expected to prepare and perform up to three 100 to 125 word cries and are also expected to use humor, enthusiasm and background knowledge of the topics to receive audience participation without physically going into the crowd. The first cry is a hometown cry, a promotion of the crier’s home town. The second is a commercial cry, for which the crier is presented with information about a sponsor and is expected to deliver an interesting advertisement that not only informs, but entertains the crowd and judges. The final cry is related to the location of the event. The region they will be performing in was once a gold mining
relationships…that violence in any relationship is wrong! We are already looking forward to the 6th annual Men in Heels/Standing Tall Against Domestic Violence event in 2016. Many thanks and props to the Brantford Police Services officers in their red dancing shoes and Brantford Fire Department for participating in the event. We would also like to thank all of our participants, sponsors, spectators, and volunteers who helped make this day a wonderful success. A special thank you to Esthetik Fetish for sponsoring this article. For more information about our services, future events, or how to donate, please visit our website: www.novavita.org.
monitored security equipment throughout Southern Ontario. In 1992, he was appointed to the position ofTown Crier for the City. Shortly after becoming town crier, he began entering crier competitions. After twenty-three years in this position, he has been named top five in the world numerous times for his cries. Our town crier, who is regularly seen at charity events, grand openings, Chamber events – almost any event in the city you can imagine – will deliver up to seventy-five cries throughout the year. He honors an age old tradition of town crying, from his regalia to his cries. Brantford is delighted to have him represent us. area and the chosen topic for the cry is “gold”. Anyone who has seen our crier perform is well aware of the enthusiastic and exciting performance he is able to deliver. It would be a great honour for the citizens of Brantford and Brant County to send him to this event. “Brantford has a lot to offer visitors that come here. Over the last twenty-three years as town crier, I have witnessed that my
participation in events abroad has had some positive effects on tourism in Brantford” — Town Crier David McKee In the fall of 1990, the Chamber of Commerce posted an advertisement looking for a town crier for the Chamber’s 125th anniversary year in 1991. David applied on a whim, using experience gained through years of entertaining, public speaking and community involvement as a salesman of
If you would like to support David McKee in his endeavor to travel abroad promoting our fine community you can do so in person, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by donating directly through any TD Canada Trust branch. Deposit to Account # 034026528504. The account name is under David V. McKee. Any contribution of any amount will make this an opportunity to boast about Brantford on the other side of the pond! God Save the Queen.
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Opening the Closet Door for a Cause
Left to right : Jessica, Jody, Austen, Cora, Laura and Jolene. Absent Crystal
My name is Tammy Eechaute owner of The Closet Door. Since opening on May 11, 2014, The Closet Door has gifted to date $6,400.00 to The Cancer Care Clinic at The BGH, and had gifted 24 Cancer Care patients with items totalling $2,600.00, brings the total donation of $10,000.00. The Closet Door has helped with other
Donors to purchase new treatment hospital grade Lazy Boy Chairs, thermometers, family chairs, all new renovated waiting room, a renovated nurses station where a chalkboard inspired by The Closet Door hangs with inspirational messages that can be viewed by the patients receiving treatments, personal viewing TV's, medical storage cabinet and vital sign monitors.
The Closet Door began as a small fundraiser in my basement to honour my mom Diane Hunt, raising $1,605.00, to the growing partnership with the community allowing The Closet Door to continue gifting to the clinic and patients. I have recently added volunteers Jody, Jolene, Austen, Laura, Crystal and employees Cora and Jessica to work along side me for the
Impressions Along My Path
Some years ago, I developed a problem with my feet that changed the avenues available to me for my own working career. Though I have had problems with my feet since birth, they got much worse after years of running. So much so, that I could no longer stand for any prolonged period of time. Some days are worse than others, and I may have pain after just a few minutes. As this is not a visible disability, most people would never know I have it. As a job developer for L. Tara
Hooper and Associates, I go out into the community to meet employers and learn about their hiring needs. Then I check to see if any of our clients' abilities match with those needs. Doing this kind of work is incredibly gratifying. I am opening doors to find new employers who want to be inclusive, and finding job opportunities for people who want to work and need the chance. One of the barriers I face when speaking with employers is the misconception that people with disabilities are all the same, and
"Every individual is uniquely created...like a work of art."
cause. The Closet Door runs on community donations of in style Apparel and Accessories for Teens, Mens and Ladies. The Closet Door showcases a Community Chalkboard where "Everybody knows your name"! Donators and Shoppers are given chalk to sign the board, then is photographed every month and is included with the gift for the patient. The Closet Door can also be found on Facebook where you can find advertisement of thrift sales, pictures of inventory, monthly donations gifted, and DRAW SURPRIZES for the community. If you would like to gift from your closet to ours Teen, Men and Ladies as well as accessories you can drop off to: The Closet Door 111 Sherwood Drive
Karen Bernstein therefore cannot do the work. Where someone may assume that I am completely physically able, they may also assume that someone who is visibly disabled, is completely unable. These misconceptions undermine our desire to be a close knit community, where everyone can have the opportunity to shine for the best of what they have to offer. Every human being has their own strengths and weaknesses. In speaking with me, employers may refer to people with disabilities as "them", but in fact, I am one of "them", and completely capable. Mostly, however, the employers in Brantford have been amazing! For a city that is fairly small in size, we are blessed with open-minded people who genuinely care about others in our community. I see the desire to be inclusive and it makes me feel so grateful to have chosen this beautiful city to be my home.
Tuesday 11-6 Wednesday 11-6 Thursday 11-8 Friday 11-6 Saturday 10-4 I am very thankful to the Brantford Community, my family and friends, for being the Bright Spots to patients and being a huge support to its success.
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LOL Luvern on Laughs
Our monthly focus on the Brantford Comedy Scene.
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They all have a list of jokes to tell, and we all love a room full of laughter and smiles. Next time your faced with answering a direct question, relax and feel free to respond. You'll find that comedian will quickly go into their joke on stage, and leave you alone. I'd love to guarantee this result 100% forever, so I will. LOL. To prove me wrong, you must show up to a show!
Nikki Payne, coming to the Brantford Comedy Festival this September Welcome back comedy fans. This month we'll learn 'how to respond to comics'. I ask random people why they don't go to comedy shows, and the common answer is “What if the comedian asks me a question?” or “What if the comedian picks on me!”
the Brantford comedy scene. In my opinion, the comedians work hard to figure out their audience to find topics you will laugh at. They want you to enjoy their time on stage. Sometimes, you'll be asked a normal question “How are you tonight?” or “Are you married?”
These are long time issues for audience members however, times have changed in
The comedian is trying to figure out which direction to take their performance.
Attending a free show is great for those of us who, well...are broke lol It's wonderful to have so many free shows available to us in this Brantastic city. If you were to pay for a comedy show, say $35.00, I'll assume you would pay attention to every word, turn your cellular phone off or onto vibrate, and keep your voice low during the performances. You might even glare at people speaking loudly around you. You know, that evil eye you give people when their interrupting the show? These same polite considerations are definitely appreciated at a free show too. Please be sure to refer to our events calendar for the list of free shows in town. The Brantford Comedy Festival has announced the talent, and as a lover of comedy, may I suggest you keep the date
Debra Digiovanni Saturday September 26th available. Nikki Payne is in town!! Debra Digiovanni is with her!! Tickets range from $25.00 to $45.00. These two women are hilarious, top notch performers and I'm thrilled they are coming to Brantford! LOL! :)
Brantford Red Sox Teal Night Friday, July 24th, at Cockshutt Park.
Let’s Play Ball! Make plans to join in the fun at Cockshutt Park, on Friday, July 24th at 8pm. This is when the Brantford Red Sox will be hosting the second annual Teal Night in support of the 2015 Brantford Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope. With a 2-for-1 coupon, one member of each family will receive free admission to the game. Coupons are available by going to the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope – Brantford page on Facebook. Last year’s Brantford Red Sox Teal Night was well attended, and the field was awash with teal – the colour representing hope for ovarian cancer patients. Again this year, the Red Sox players will be lacing up with teal to show their support for the women and families affected by a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer. Join the players, wear something teal and join a winning team.
The Teal Night game is a fundraiser for the 2015 Brantford Walk of Hope. Walk committee members will be wearing teal and selling bags of delicious kettle corn, as well as providing information about the Walk of Hope. This year’s walk will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015, at Waterwork Park in Brantford. In Canada today, approximately 17,000 women are living with ovarian cancer. They are our mothers, partners, sisters, daughters and dear friends. We are walking for HER. All proceeds from the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope support the only national charity that is dedicated to overcoming this disease. Every dollar donated to Ovarian Cancer Canada is maximized to its fullest potential. The organization has been recognized for its integrity, and has been accredited by Imagine Canada, based on
OCC’s demonstrated excellence in governance, financial accountability and transparency, and volunteer involvement.
So, get your coupon, put on your teal, and come out to Teal Night on July 24th. Join
the Brantford Red Sox as they support ovarian cancer awareness and the 2015 Brantford Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope. See you at the ball game!