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> Smithville kicks off Christmas season in fine style / Pgs 12-13 > Grimsby considers site alteration prohibition Pg 2 > New tourism post in Lincoln budget considerations Pg 3 > DIA Festive Fridays kicks off Pg 6 Thursday, December 5, 2019 Vol. 8 Issue 31 100% Niagara owned & operated.

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The man in red has had a very busy schedule so far this holiday season and this weekend is no different. Not only will Santa be downtown Grimsby as part of the DIA’s Festive Fridays but he will rest up and be ready for the 61st annual Grimsby Santa Claus Parade on Saturday. The event starts at 5:15 p.m. on Livingston Avenue in front of town hall and will proceed into the heart of downtown until making a left down Ontario Street. Grimsby Firefighter Association members will be out in force to collect food and toy donations along the route. Today’s edition of NewsNow will have come with a special food drive bag to help all bring goods.

Senior choir resets concert

Grimsby Seniors Choir has reset their 25th anniversary Christmas Concert for this Sunday, Dec. 8 at Trinity United Church. The event was set for this past Sunday but was cancelled due to weather. Tickets for the show are $10 or more donation at the door. The recipient charity, 62 Phantom Air Cadets. Refreshments and door prizes.

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Emmett Gervason was one of the kids lucky enough to have an early face-to-face with Santa Claus at Smithville United Church’s Breakfast with Santa event on

Saturday. The event was one of many hosted in locations throughout Smithville as the Christmas season was officially kicked off. Marks - Photo

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Grimsby considers prohibition on site alterations By Mike Williscraft NewsNow While ongoing site alteration issues within the Town of Grimsby have proven difficult to resolve, so too has been arriving at a consensus among councillors on a possible solution. A detailed report came to council Monday calling for a full prohibition of site alterations. While Coun. Dave Kadwell said he “didn’t want a dictatorship” - with

Coun. Dorothy Bothwell and Coun. Lianne Vardy agreeing prohibition goes too far, Coun. Randy Vaine said he is prepared to draw a clear line. “I disagree. A lot of people in this town have alternative motives. Developers do what they want and say, ‘catch us if you can’. I say we adopt this now, and revisit some of the points Dorothy has made,” said Vaine speaking in favour of prohibition.

On that measure, Mayor Jeff Jordan noted there are exceptions for agriculture uses. Bothwell said Grimsby should take a page from the Twp. of West Lincoln’s playbook. “West Lincoln is a model for the province. Their bylaw is similar to our original bylaw. We have good bones for our bylaw and I am hoping we can take ours, look for our gaps and strengthen our policy,” said Bothwell.

Key to any bylaw is follow-up and enforcement, council was told. It was noted the previous council implemented a permit system as a control measure. The Town has approved three permits generating $2,100, while the cost to manage the files is over $21,000 - not including any staff time. Council voted to extend the current moratorium to March 31, 2020 and refer the site alteration matter back to the CAO for consideration.

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Lincoln considers tourism coordinator hire A new tourism and economic development coordinator is part of Town of Lincoln’s consideration as part of its tourism strategy budgeting. This item was included as part of a $115,000 budget increase as part of the strategy’s first year. It was included in the draft tourism strategy proposal council received at their General Business & Finance Committee meeting on Monday. The tourism coordinator would be tasked with working with the Town and its private sector partners to implement different aspects of the final tourism strategy.

The report states the goal is to develop a “town-led” tourism strategy. The coordinator will take the lead in working with private stakeholders to develop new tourism marketing, community engagement and agreements with neighbouring municipalities. Lincoln economic development officer Paul Di Ianni stressed that, while taking an active lead, the Town will work in partnership with stakeholders. “This is not something we want to do in isolation from our public and private partners,” he said.

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Christmas Dinner & Dance Fri., Dec. 6 at 6pm. Hosted by the Grimsby Seniors Club at the Livingston Activity Centre. Entertainment and dancing with the “5th Avenue” band. Tickets $25 for members, $27 non-members available at Activity Centre. Sounds of the Season – Dec. 6th at 7PM at Vineland United Church (4402 Victoria ave. Noth). Special guests, MelissaMarie Shriner, Soloist and Christina Travers, violinist. Offering proceeds will be in support of Upper Deck. Refreshments following. Fiddlin’ Around  Celtic  Christmas  Concert Tickets are only $15 at St.Andrew’s Anglican Church (Parish Hall), 7 Andrews Ave, Grimsby, Friday, Dec 6th @ 7pm. Refreshments & Baked goods served!  Visit  Call Natalie  @  289-808-5571 or email natthefiddler@gmail. com for tickets.

St. Alban’s annual Christmas Tea & Bazaar, 4341 Ontario Street, Beamsville. Sat., Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Baking, attic treasures and multiple gift baskets raffle. Light lunch, $10 per plate. All welcome, wheelchair accessible, parking in rear. The Grimsby Seniors Choirs’ 25th Anniverary Christmas Concert   RESCHEDULED TO Sunday, December 8th, at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church, Grimsby.  $10 or more donation at the door.  Recipient charity, 62 Phantom Air Cadets; Refreshments and door prizes.  St. Helen Christmas Concert Sun. Dec. 8th @ 3pm. 4106 Mountain St., Beamsville. Free admission/non-perishable food item welcome Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Sun. Dec. 8th at 2pm at St-Andrew’s Anglican Church. 156 Main Street West,

Grimsby. Admission free with a goodwill offering to GBF. Free Christmas Concert featuring the University of Toronto Gospel Choir. Sun December 8 at 6:30pm at Centennial Park Baptist Church, 11 Kennedy Rd, Grimsby. ‘Lunch is on Us!’ – Sat. December 14 at First Baptist Church, Beamsville (corner of Mountain & Beam Sts). Free community lunch 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. All Welcome to this Christmas lunch! The Andante Celtic signers presents: Christmas is Coming Fri. Dec. 13th, 7pm & Sat. Dec. 14th, 2pm. St. Alban’s Anglican Church,4341 Ontario St., Beamsville. $15.00 Call: 905-309-5490 Email: West Lincoln Memorial Auxiliary is holding its annual Breakfast with Santa - Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8 am - 12:00 pm at the Peach King Centre.

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Niagara CAO hiring an “inside job” Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé called on Niagara Region last Friday to improve its practices after his investigation found its hiring of former chief administrative officer Carmen D’Angelo was “compromised” by confidential information leaked by insiders in the former regional chair’s office. “The Regional Municipality of Niagara’s 2016 CAO hiring process was an inside job, tainted by the improper disclosure of confidential information to a candidate – a candidate who was ultimately successful and became the region’s most senior administrator,” Mr. Dubé writes in his report, entitled Inside Job. D’Angelo was provided with confidential documents before and throughout the hiring process, the Ombudsman found. These included a report on the makeup of the recruitment committee, the names and biographies of potential candidates, and questions and suggested answers for his interviews. Several of the documents originated in the office of the then-regional chair, whose staff also helped D’Angelo with his application and played a central role in the hiring

process, despite not being part of the official recruitment committee. Ombudsman Dubé found that Niagara Region’s failure to set clear terms of reference for the municipal ombudsman or to ask the auditors if they had the necessary expertise was unreasonable. His report identifies best practices for such investigations. The Ombudsman’s recommendations include several measures to ensure the municipality preserves the integrity of such processes in future, including that it have: • An employee code of conduct or ethics that provides for the protection of confidential information • Training for staff on the use of personal email and retention of corporate records • A bylaw setting the parameters of the relationship between council and the CAO • A policy setting out the process for hiring a CAO • Clear terms of reference for municipal ombudsman investigations Niagara Region has agreed to report publicly to the Ombudsman’s office every six months on its progress.

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Notice of Open House

Applications have been received by the Town of Grimsby for an Official Plan Amendment, and a Zoning By-law Amendment for the lands known as 133 and 137 Main Street East. THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT consists of: • The restoration and relocation of the existing 2.5 storey brick dwelling on the subject property, which is designated under Part IV Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, for commercial use; and • The construction of a new five storey mixed-use commercial and residential apartment building with 148 dwelling units and 305 sq. m. of ground-floor commercial area. A total of 210 parking spaces are proposed on-site: 187 spaces for the residential apartment units, 11 spaces for the commercial area in the existing building; and 12 spaces (including lay-by parking) for the commercial area in the apartment building. THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE PROPOSED OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT is to modify the existing Neighbourhood Commercial Area designation on the subject lands to add site-specific policies pertaining to land use, building height, density, lot area, and urban design. THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE PROPOSED ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT is to modify the existing Neighbourhood Commercial (NC) zoning on the subject lands to a site specific Neighbourhood Commercial (NC) zoning with modified performance standards for setbacks, landscape strip requirements, gross floor area, building height, and parking. An Open House for these applications is scheduled as follows: Date: December 10, 2019 Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: Town Hall, 160 Livingston Avenue Additional information regarding these applications, including information about appeal rights, is available on the Town’s website at, at Town Hall during normal business hours (8:30 to 4:30), or you may contact: Town of Grimsby, Planning Department P.O. Box 159, 160 Livingston Avenue, Grimsby, Ontario. L3M 4G3. Telephone: (905) 945-9634, Fax: (905) 945-5010, Email:

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Downtown Grimsby will have a little bit of everything this week. Horse and wagon rides, strolling carollers, live music and great shopping deals are part of Grimsby Downtown Improvement Area’s Festive Fridays event, plus town hall’s tree lighting ceremony and Grimsby

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Grimsby DIA Festive Fridays’ strolling carollers, aka Grimsby Seniors Choir members, covered shops throughout the DIA. (L to R) Joan White, Lu Lenz, Loi O’Sullivan, Jack and Toni Birtch sing Christmas carols at Grimsby Square Shopper’s Drugmart on the first of four Festive Fridays. Marks - Photo

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GBF food bank manager Ashley Marr and Giant Tiger Grimsby owner Andy Daniels show off this year’s angel tree. Marks - Photo.

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Calling all angels Everytime a bell rings an angel gets its wings. The Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) and Giant Tiger Grimsby have teamed up in hopes getting a lot of bells rung with the return of the annual angel tree, which will be running until Dec. 6. Customers will find a Christmas tree standing near the rear of the store. Hanging on the tree are angel tags, each containing a wishlist for one of the families registered for GBF’s hamper program this year. Generous angels can help out by fulfilling one or more wishlists and donating the purchased gifts to GBF. Giant Tiger has also opened up another ‘round the dollar’ campaign. Customers can choose to round up their bills to the nearest dollar or more, and the store will donate that remainder to GBF.

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Celebration of Lights kicks off in Grimsby Shed some light on a Grimsby resident’s Christmas light display by nominating them for this year’s Christmas Celebration of Lights. The Town of Grimsby will accept nominations for amazing light until Dec. 12. Judges will examine and select their top three best homes between Dec. 13 and Dec. 15. These winners will be notified on Dec. 16 of their victory and each will receive an $100 gift card prize for one of the event’s three sponsors: Canadian Tire, Century 21 or Rona. To enter a nomination visit and fill out the digital form.

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Smithville Santa Claus Parade delivers new era

Niagara West residents gathered all along the street from the West Lincoln Community Centre to the town hall to watch the colourful floats, bands and marchers of the Smithville Santa Claus Parade on Saturday. Many were dressed in their most festive outfits and sipped hot chocolate to stave off the cold as they waited for the big man himself. However, Santa was not the only man honoured that day. Former parade president Dave Willis, who passed away earlier in the year, was remembered in floats, signs and volunteers passed out stroopwafel cookies with packaging that bore his likeness. Residents also displayed their generosity by giving bags of food and other donations to passing volunteers in support of the West Lincoln firefighters food drive and other charities.

Photos & Story by Tristan Marks (L to R) Kim Barnard, Abigail Chastay and Charlotte Barnard came to the parade prepared, wearing some festive attire.

Reese Turcotte (left) collects a toonie donation from a young donor.

Amy Mous-Hili stays warm with a hand from grandma Cathy Mous (left) and mom. Marianne. Grimsby Kinsman Rick Manners pours some much needed hot chocolate before the parade. Aria MacDougall and her grandma, Sharon, paid tribute to the late Santa Claus Parade president Dave Willis.

Ron Murre and Maleka Dittrick from the West Niagara Agricultural Fair mixed Dickens with West Niagara farm chic for their aesthetic.

News Now • Thursday, December 5, 2019 • Page 13 (Right) Some of the elves on Santa’s Workshop Float look a little big, but they were certainly cheerful.

(Below) Spectators of the parade wave at the floats as they go by. People packed the sidewalks along the parade route from start to finish.

Firefighter Tyler Fisher (left) and and Fire Chief Dennis Fisher carry a bucket of food donated by Smithville United Church.

Air Cadets FSgt. Filip Kapsa (left) and Cpl. Cameron Weber warm up before the parade.

“Elf” Kailey Goulding (right) hands out candy canes to the Vooys family. No word on if the candy canes were imported from the North Pole or locally sourced.

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Breakfast with Santa Dec. 14 Have breakfast with Santa at the Peach King Centre on Saturday, Dec. 14. The WLMH Auxiliary’s annual event runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be good food, Christmas music, Santa’s Closet and, of course, the jolly elf himself. Tickets cost is $5 per person or $20 for families up to five and can be bought at Auxiliary office or at the door. All proceeds raised by the breakfast will go towards supporting the WLMH.

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Cheryl Dell (left) and June Salverda worked together to arrange a knitted goods table at St. Luke’s Anglican Church’s Christmas Craft & Bake Sale on Saturday. Marks - Photo

Decision time Town of Lincoln is looking to expand its staffing complement again this coming year with the proposed hiring of a tourism coordinator who would have some element of economic development added to his/her role. Great. More power to them. However, where does this leave Twenty Valley Tourism Association? TVTA, from the its launch, was largely seen as the tourism/marketing arm of the Town of Lincoln. Logical since the Town kicked in $50,000 to TVTA coffers. Somewhere along the way, that escalated $82,000 last year, according to budget documents at Monday’s budget discussion. If TVTA is not doing what the Town wants, it makes no sense to divide resources and create a new position. Council needs to make a prudent decision there. M.W.

All aboard the politically correct bus...not I don’t want to whine too closely to the Christmas season, so I better get this off my chest now. Never in a million years did I think an ounce of ink would have to be exhausted in defence of Jay Leno, but here it is folks. The long-time comedian and retired talk show host was getting barbecued last week for making a joke about Koreans eating dogs. Aside from the fact such jokes have been bandied about for generations - and the issue is a statement of fact on the face of it - the politically correct police came out in force to defend the dog eaters just on the off-chance they are big Leno fans and would have heard the crack and taken offence. Offending people in one form or another is a huge part of comedy: always has been, always will be. Leno is no Andrew Dice Clay, people (under 40? Google it). There are so many instances where social commentary has gone so far off the rails as to be ridiculous, I thought about making a joke about communicating only in braille so as not to offend anyone by written word but I am concerned I may somehow inadvertently offend someone who communicates in braille, so better not. Yes, it is part of this whole band-wagon-jumping social media express which starts with as a ripple. Then all the horrified people who have nothing better to do than live on facebook unite and - next thing we know - seeming public sentiment is outrage at something which was milquetoast at its origin. North Americans are so insulated from the realities of the world and their false sense of entitlement to inflict their views on others is as-

MIKE WILLISCRAFT tounding. To all the anti-Leno bandwagon, you realize having horse on restaurant menus is common in much of Europe, yes? There is a long history of signs depicting noble steeds hanging outside said establishments which serve such a delicacy. The signs aren’t there because they love a good steeplechase. Is any oddity - by North American standards - now out of bounds for comedy or even simply social commentary? Does every single matter which arises mean the speaker in the sites of do-gooders is a racist? I stopped taking that stuff seriously 10 years ago. It had already gotten silly then and today it is even better comedy than that offered by many of the people who are trying to make a living dishing up these nuggets of wisdom. I love the one about governments considering not putting an M or F on birth certificates anymore because it is an assumption of gender identity. It is this simple - If you don’t like what Leno said, don’t want this show, don’t go see him perform live, don’t listen to his podcast. It is a free country, last time I checked. Just as you are free to dislike what someone says, the

instigator is free to say what they want, too. I have always appreciated this space I get on a weekly basis to espouse my views. Never once in 35 years of writing column - that is getting up around 2,000 total have I ever told anyone what they should think, what they should say, or how to act. I have definitely stated what my view is, but it’s ONLY my view. Everyone gets one life to live and they are entitled to make their mistakes along the way. Just like my recent comments on MPAC’s pending assessment impact, I got comments from others who disagreed...somewhat. Key there was, I was not saying MPAC was at fault. It is not about fault. It is the system we have. Rather, readers noted the other side of the formula is council get to set the mill rate, which is multiplied with the assessed value of properties to arrive at the tax to be paid. Simply, municipalities can lower the impact by dropping the mill rate. True, 100 per cent. While it is an option, it is intensely risky. The whole point is, nobody controlled assessed values and if values drop next time around after a mill rate reduction was introduced, it could be catastrophic to a municipality. My point there, one view is stated. Another was offered. Great. More information for readers to consider. People just need to chill-ax. Go have a dog burger and Coke, if you like. I am just not that adventurous, but many may be. Having worked with race horses for much of my life, I could never eat one, but there are millions who would. To each his own...or can I even say “his”? I give up!

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West Lincoln Memorial Auxiliary Presents

Serve Saturday volunteers sort clothes at Grimsby Benevolent Fund.

Volunteers help on Serve Saturday Mountainview Christian Reformed Church members got in the giving spirit last month for their Serve Saturday. About 50 people gathered in the church gymnasium for breakfast before shifting focus to “serve sites” throughout the community, said participant Shawn Heerema. Those on hand were volunteer veterans to first-timers. “All ages are here, from the older women to the young

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at St. Andrew’s St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Grimsby presents their production of Charles Dickens’ classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’, on Sun. Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Admission is free with a goodwill offering for GBF.


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