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Casablanca Inn sold “Iconic” condo towers coming By Mike Williscraft NewsNow The Casablanca Winery Inn has been sold. The inn will soon have twin towers as its neighbours when plans for two condominium towers are finalized, said John Mehlenbacher, partner at The Rosseau Group, the site’s new owners. “We plan to have the two tallest towers in Grimsby. The Town has said they would like to see an iconic building. What we think we have designed is what the Town wants,” said Mehlenbacher. See CONDO, Page 2

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An early morning fire on Sunday did about $100,000 damage to a home at 5137 Acres Trace in the northwest corner of Beamsville off Lincoln Avenue. No injuries were reported. The call came into Lincoln fire just after 7:30 a.m. and took firefighters about an hour to get it under contol. Photo courtesy Ally Hendriks.

Up Front BT hosts concert Friday Blessed Trinity will host its annual Christmas concert Friday night. The theme for this year’s event is, “Christmas Memories”. Admission to the concert is $7 or $5 with a canned good. Children under 12 are by donation only. The concert gets underway at BT, located at 145 Livingston Ave., starting at 7 p.m.

Closed session recording issue goes deeper By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Grimsby Mayor Bob Bentley says the issue of recording devices being confiscated and a reporter being expelled from Niagara Region headquarters goes even deeper than that serious matter. Addressing the issue which arose at last Thursday’s regional council meeting, Bentley said after Monday night’s Grimsby Finance and Administration meeting

that regional council has dire issue with its own confidentiality and adherence to regional procedures. Regarding the confiscation of electronic devices and ouster of St. Catharines Standard reporter Bill Sawchuk, Bentley said he agreed with the actions taken by regional staff. “From our side, I think they acted responsibly at the time,” said Bentley, who noted the matter was dealt with by staff

as regional council considered it closed session matter. Grimsby Reg. Coun. Tony Quirk said he also agreed with staff’s decisions, but drew the line at expelling Sawchuk. “I agree with the decision of staff to secure all electronic equipment to ensure nothing in closed session was recorded. I agree that person responsible for attempting to leave a recorder on while See REGION, Page 3


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From Page 1 The Rosseau Group is well-known in Toronto as a major player in the city’s condo market. While the initial strategy of the company was to focus on sales, Mehlenbacher said the firm’s success has ushered in an era of exploring development as a logical advance to next-level growth. “We’ve been in real estate for 25 years with The Condo Store selling for other developers,” said Mehlenbacher. “Over the last 4-5 years we have turned our focus to the west end, Oakville and Burlington. We are looking for nice pieces of dirt to turn into iconic buildings with longterm potential.” While the Casablanca Inn site qualifies, Mehlenbacher was quick to point out not

only will the inn survive, he hopes to see it enhanced and further developed to serve the community. The 78-room inn will eventually see more rooms added and its banquet facilities expanded to the west. “It’s very exciting,” said Mehlenbacher, noting the inn’s longstanding position in the community and where his organization hopes to take it. “We believe, and the Town believes, the inn needs to be protected. We see it as a major asset to add to our portfolio. We think we have the jewel of the area.” The two condo towers will be built to the east side, where the current parking lot is located. The new buildings will include in-ground parking and Mehlenbacher pointed out the plans will

overcompensate for parking. “The Inn has an overcapacity now. We are planning to exceed parking requirements for the hotel, the condos and the new downtown,” said Mehlenbacher, noting the construction has been planned so the ongoing business of the hotel will not be negatively impacted. With 300,000 sq ft of development on the menu - with groundfloor commercial on both Windward Drive and Winston Road this project will be a massive undertaking. “It’s not every day we have the opportunity to acquire a firstclass business and a wonderful development opportunity. We look forward to the exciting years ahead,” said Mehlenbacher.

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From Page 1 going (into) closed session should be sanctioned and charged if it was a deliberate attempt to circumvent the Municipal Act,” stated Quirk in an email to NewsNow. “I agree that The Standard owed council assurances that Bill Sawchuk had not recorded (deliberately or otherwise) the closed session matter even if the computer was inadvertently left on. I agree that the equipment should have been confiscated until these assurances were provided. I don’t agree that Bill Sawchuk should have been removed from the building.” While the Thursday incident drew national attention, Bentley said the overriding issue goes to the core of regional council’s processes. “We have had a number of leaks of confidential information in the past term-and-ahalf,” said Bentley. Last Thursday, at 2:37 p.m. a confidential email went out to council. By 4 p.m. it was in the press and people were getting calls for comments.”

Thursday’s events centred around controversial Reg. Coun. Andy Petrowski. The matter to be dealt with in that meeting’s closed session was connected to him. “The council was about to deal with a matter from the Integrity Commissioner regarding a complaint against Coun. Petrowski. Prior to making any decision, it was advised by staff that we get legal opinion regarding any action we might take,” noted Quirk. “At that point, the council chose to go into closed session. While the gallery was being cleared to go into the closed portion, I excused myself to take a phone call and returned after the closed session had begun and after a recording device had been found to be in operation on the media desk, (allegedly) hidden from view under a hat, or otherwise concealed from view. The person who it belongs to has a personal relationship with Andy Petrowski,” said Quirk. “The meeting was suspended while staff informed security and the equipment was secured. Subsequent to that, it was pointed out that a computer left on the media desk was also left open

and on. Staff could not confirm that it wasn’t being used to record anything. So, staff again contacted security to secure the equipment to ensure that nothing in closed session was recorded.” The issue of security of information is critical, said Bentley, noting regional councillors have found themselves in compromising situations as a result of the leaks. “It’s a serious offence. The public should not be seeing things before members of council have even had a chance to read them,” said Bentley. While he thought having staff and security deal with the issue was appropriate, he said calling in Niagara Regional Police was a “tough call”.

Bentley did note that Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati informed regional council that there was precedent in his municipality that such an action is a criminal offence. Because of that, Bentley said the extreme measures were necessary. “Better safe than sorry,” said Bentley, adding an immediate review of a policy to deal with such issues is underway. “It was better to err on the safe side.”

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Legion Br. 393 Smithville - Dec. Events. Mon. - Fri.Free Pool 2-5 pm. Mon. Cribbage 2-4 pm. Tues. Fun Dart Night 7 pm. Thurs. Euchre 2-4 pm. Thurs. 14th. BINGO 6 pm. Fri. 15th Progressive Euchre 7 pm. Sun. Shuffleboard 2 pm. Fri. Movie Night (Kids & Adults). Dec. 8, 15, 22 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Dinner avail. Closed 6 pm Dec.24 Open Dec. 27. Ice available $2.00 ea. Hall rental avail. $20./hour. You do not have to be a legion member to participate everybody welcome. Makerspace - Coding Christmas. Dec. 13 from 6:30PM to 7:30PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Learn the tricks behind using code to make your Christmas décor even more awesome! Registration is required. $2/person for the Winter Session. Christmas at the Noon Hour – Dec 13 & 20 at noon, with Ernie Termorshuizen and Peter Ravensbergen. Mountainview CRC, 290 Main St. E., Grimsby. 30 Minutes of Flexibility & Mobility – Dec. 13 from 7:30PM to 8:00PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Focusing on joint mobility and simple movements to build functional strength. $2 for the Winter session. Every Wednesday. Stitch-It Club – Dec. 13 at 1:30PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Do you knit or crochet? Join us for an afternoon of knitting, crochet or needlework in the library. Beginners welcome! Interactive Art Experience with Bruno Capolongo - Dec 13 & 14 from 1 – 4 PM.Talk with the artist as he works with the Kintsugi technique of golden joinery, at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Free. Grimsby Secondary School Concert – Dec. 14 at 7pm. $7 for Adults, $5 for Children and Seniors (Tickets at Door) Movie themes from Hans Zimmer’s musical scores to classics from Hairspray to jazz standards like The Way You Look Tonight. 5 Boulton Ave, Grimsby. Country Christmas Night – Dec 16 at 7 PM. David Wilton & Friends.Tickets at the door $15/$7 for children 12 and under. Presale $10/$5 for children under 12. Smithville Presbyterian Church, 143 St. Catharines St., Smithville. Kids Gingerbread Christmas Program – Dec. 16, 17, 12:30 – 2 PM. Children ages 3-9 are invit-

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GROUPS & CLUBS The Canadian Federation of University Women’s Grimsby Club. $1500.00 University scholarship. The scholarship is open to female students who have graduated from a publicly funded high school in Grimsby or Beamsville and are currently enrolled at a Canadian university in second year or higher. Interested students should check online at https://sites. google.com/site/cfuwgrimsby and follow the Scholarship link to view the application form. Application submissions should be directed to: scholarshipsgrimsby@gmail.com. The deadline for application is March 1, 2018. Applicants will receive confirmation of their submission Bingo, Bingo - starting at the Grimsby Seniors Club 18 Livingston Avenue, Wed. evenings at 7 pm. All are welcome. For more info. please call 905-309-2075. Grimsby Quilters’ Guild - No matter what your quilting skill level is, from beginner to expert, or the type of quilting you are interested in, the Grimsby Quilters’ Guild is for you. Meetings include a guest speaker, members sharing quilt treasures, community outreach projects, raffles, and much more. The Grimsby Quilters’ Guild meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at the Livingston Activity Centre from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. West Lincoln Community Care – Donations Needed. WLCC helps serve the community through our Food Bank, Furniture Store and Thrift Shop. Food Bank and Furniture Store is located at 2660 Industrial Park Road, Smithville and our Thrift Shop is located at 135 Griffin Street, Smithville. We turn donations into dollars to support those in need. Give us a call for more info @ 905 957 5882. Beamsville Women’s Institute (WI) is non-discriminatory and invites women of the Niagara Region to learn with us, & share with us. The WI has a history of supporting women in the development of their goals. We encourage creativity, talent, and being part of community efforts. Come and enjoy the company of like-minded women. We meet at the Fleming Centre, Beamsville, the third Tuesday of every month at 1:30, Sept. through June. There’s a welcome there for you! For further details, contact: 905 563 7274.

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On hand for the Lions presentation were: (L to R) Al Beamer, Lions district co-chair for diabetes; Rob Falconer; Bob Franks, president Grimsby Lions; Alana Young Macquire, Diabetes Branch co-ordinator Niagara Region; Debby Costa, pharmacist/owner; Grimsby Shoppers Drug Marts; Bruce Mackenzie, co-ordinator Grimsby Lions Diabetes Day, and Doug Ritchie. Photo courtesy Laurie Mackenzie

Grimsby Lions’ efforts generate $1,000 for diabetes research The Grimsby and District Lions Club was pleased to present a cheque to Diabetes Canada Niagara representative Alana Young MacQuarrie for $1,000. With November being Diabetes Month Lions members of the Grimsby District Lions Club canvased customers at the two Shopper Drug Marts in Grimsby for donations to Diabetes Research. “The club wishes to recognize the generosity of the public who made this fundraising effort so successful. Thank you,” said Diabetes Day coordinator Bruce MacKenzie. “We would also like to recognize the welcome provided Shoppers owner Debby Costa. She allowed us - for the third year in a row - to canvas customers at her two Grimsby stores.” Diabetes is a disease that can effect anyone and 3.4 million Canadians suffer from the disease and the percentage of people with diabetes is increasing alarmingly with an estimated five million Canadians being diabetic in 2025.


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March 18, 1900 - December 19, 1974 Great-Grandmother

Forty years haveabout comeyou and gone Nothing It seems like yesterday could ever be copied Although I prayed to keep you here A person like you is very you quietly slipped awayrare, You left in memy treasured You’re thoughtsmemories so often It feels likeyou’re you’realways still here In my heart there. I keep you with me in my heart I know always near. I missyou’re you Grandma You’ll always be remembered I miss you, Grandma - I always will with Love, love, Cathy With Cathy

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce Kevin’s peaceful passing at home in Beamsville, on Sunday December 10, 2017 in his 54th year. In the loving care of his soul mate Anne Marie and beloved sons. Kevin was an Aerospace Engineer, dog breeder and Animal lover. Kevin was a loving, kind, strong, generous and humble soul. Wonderful and devoted husband of Anne Marie Phillips-Baker. Loving and proud father of Marshall Baker (Laura), Saegan Baker, Kaleb Baker (Anna), Keegan Baker, Andrew Zmenak-Baker, Ty PhillipsMalone and the late Khristopher Baker. Kevin was also like a father to Austin, Aidan, Erin, Matt and Leah. Cherished grandfather of Julian, Scotty, Gwen and Anthony. Much loved son of Jan Baker and the late Paul Baker and loved son in-law to Donna and Don Lord and Pete and Sara Phillips. Dear brother of Mike (Karin), Shawn, Melissa Cramer (Mark) and the late Patrick Baker (survived by Candice). Kevin will be missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and countless friends. Special thanks to Dr. T. DePetrillo for his sincere care, kindness and compassion, the St.Elizabeth nurses Sydney, Barb, and Tracy. Also the kindness and care of Dr. L. Lee and all at the Walker Cancer Clinic. As well as Dr. R. Billica in Colorado and Dr. C. Fetters in Indiana. Cremation will have taken place. Visitation at STONEHOUSEWHITCOMB FUNERAL HOME, 11 Mountain Street, GRIMSBY (905-945-2755) on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 2-5 p.m. with tributes at 4:30 p.m. for anyone wishing to share a few words. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Canadian Red Cross, Niagara Region Branch or to Saint Elizabeth Healthcare of Niagara would be sincerely appreciated by the family. www.smithsfh.com

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Peacefully at McNally House, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, after a brief but determined fight against glioblastoma. We rejoice that Phil is now with his Lord. Devoted husband of Linda (nee Tindall). Loved father of Jonathan Polowick (Heather) and Jared Polowick (Michelle). Cherished grandfather of John Edward, Samuel and Elisabeth. Dear son of John and the late Wilma Polowick and brother of Eloise Williscroft (Dave), Sharon Pfaff (Harold) and Mary Anne Patterson (Jim). Brother-inlaw of Janet Tindall, Jim Tindall (Tracey) and Bert Tindall. Fun loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. Phil taught at Grimsby Secondary School and South Lincoln High School for over 30 years. He loved his students and teaching business classes. He coached Jonathan and Jared’s soccer teams and volunteered with kids groups at Centennial Park Baptist Church. He loved entertaining at family gatherings, visits from friends and opened our home to many people. Special thanks to everyone at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and McNally House for all of your loving care. Visitation took place at STONEHOUSEWHITCOMB FUNERAL HOME, 11 Mountain Street, GRIMSBY (905-945-2755) on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service was held at Centennial Park Baptist, 11 Kennedy Road, Grimsby, on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 11 a.m. Private interment at Goodwood Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to McNally House or Centennial Park Baptist Church would be sincerely appreciated by the family. www.smithsfh.com

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As I sit in heaven and watch you every day I try to let you know with signs I never went away.

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I know things have happened Things have changed That never should have been. Never feel alone I am there with you. I hear you when you’re laughing I watch when you sleep I put my arms around you

I see you wish the days away I want you to remember The love I gave you All the memories you have are yours to keep No one can take them away.

I will always be there with you You will never be alone As you were always there for me and gave me a home.

Love now and forever, Granddaughter Kay

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Last Chance

Blessed Trinity hosted its Last Chance Bazaar Nov. 25-26. (Above) Barb Gresko, left, and Jacquie Johnston, peruse the wares of vendor Brenda Wierzbicki. (Below) Bernadette Price and Onalee Seabrook check out the silent auction table.


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100% Niagara owned & operated Our Team: Publisher - Mike Williscraft mike@wn3.ca 289-442-4244 General Manager - Catherine Bratton Inside Sales Manager - Sheryl Hutton Sales Consultant - Erica Huisman, Rose Bayer Graphics - Donna Wisnoski, Dorothy Deak NewsNow is owned & operated by 1602207 Ontario Ltd. Office Locations Grimsby Office Beamsville Office 49 Main St. W., P.O Box 614 Grimsby, ON, L3M 1R3 Beamsville, ON, L0R 1B0 Ph: 289-235-9500 Ph: 289-235-7848 NewsNow is published EVERY Thursday delivered to homes in West Niagara & Winona, 26,111.

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Grimsby Downtown Improvement Area Board ran a Ladies Night Out promotion last month to give downtown businesses a boosst with holiday shopping. NewsNow supported the event offering a $100 gift certificate at the winner’s choice of participating businesses. NewsNow general manager Catherine Bratton presents winner Pauline Wilts who chose Wicked Things. Williscraft - Photo

Wrong does not cover it Something is rotten at Niagara Region. That is not a revelation or a new sentiment, but the depth and breadth of just what is going on has not yet likely materialized. Anyone paying even a little attention to local issues will have heard about reporter, Bill Sawchuk of St. Catharines Standard, having some of his gear confiscated before he was unceremoniously escorted out of regional HQ last Thursday. This action is defenceless and nothing more needs to be said on that issue. Comments made Monday night after Grimsby’s Finance and Administration meeting about the affair point to a much deeper rooted issue. Bentley noted that earlier that day, 2:37 p.m. to be exact, a confidential email was sent to regional council members. The contents related to a matter that was to be dealt with in closed session that same evening, yet contents of the email were in media reports by 4 p.m. That’s not a leak, that’s a gusher and an indicator that bad staff decisions are not the only issues at Region. M.W.

We had our own Black Friday There are absolutely weeks when this space is filled with information I really don’t want to be writing about. This is one of those weeks. I have written this week’s column 20 times in my head, at least a half dozen starts where I got one-third and even halfway through and deleted it all as the tone was not what I wanted to express. I am supposed to be a man of words. This week I have no words except THANK YOU to our beloved carrier force. I could go on, and did in my first drafts let me tell you, about what I thought was a written notice safeguard in my sales contract which would protect the company. I still believe it is valid but, when dealing with corporate entities, one knows the short end of the stick is always a possibility. Time will tell if I get that short end, but time is not a luxury I have right now. That is why, on precious short notice and right before Christmas no less, we were forced to cut all our carriers and delivery drivers in a move to cut cost to offset the loss of a major chunk of revenue we had been receiving from Postmedia for retail ads and flyer distribution since 2012. As you likely know from last week’s edition, good reader, when the meganewspaper shift went down Monday, Nov. 27, I was told Metroland’s management no ads were booked for us. Now, this proved odd since we not only received bookings but we also received our usual roster of ads and flyers for the Nov. 30 edition. We even got flyers for our Dec. 7 edition. There is lots to all that and it will be a while until the dust settles,

MIKE WILLISCRAFT but I cannot wait until others figure out who is actually responsible for what. That is part of the corporate game, outwaiting small fish who don’t have pockets as deep so, with that, a horrible decision had to be made and executed with immediacy. I really cannot thank all those dedicated people enough for getting us to where we are today. We still have many carriers with us from Week 1. The only upside in the whole thing was that I had a heads up the deal was coming down the pipe so I was able to put groundwork for possible changes in motion two months ago. After a weekend of crunching numbers it was apparent the carrier change was absolutely necessary and things were finalized in the middle of last week. I say all this because I have always believed in absolute transparency. I have had the privilege of serving all you good folks for over two decades and I don’t take that lightly. I call them the way I see them, right or wrong. If I make a mistake, I am the first to admit it. In trade, I think being open and honest is the only way to go. If I demand it of others, it is only fair I play by the same rules.

You should see very little change in the delivery of NewsNow, except all our copies arriving in the clear bag each week brought to your door by Deliveries Unlimited. I am very glad to be working with a strong, local company. I recall the early years of publishing Grimsby News when we were located where Donna’s Fashions is now. Peter Wischartz would stick his head in the door as he passed by and yell, “Hey Mike, move your paper to Tuesday and we’ll deliver for you.” Peter has since passed, but the company is still run by the Wischartz family and I am glad to be part of their clientele. If anyone has delivery issues, you can still call our office directly, or stop in and we will work to get things right! This major change for us will allow us to stay in the game and give us time to do the proper planning we need to have implemented for long-term sustainability. There is nothing fun about it and, frankly, it hurts like hell (sorry for the harsh word, but you have no idea what I would really like to say!) I have had a lot of bad days in my life. I have had bad things happen to me in my professional life. I have had to terminate good employees. However, I have never had to do anything so painful as laying off kids, differently abled adults and friends. If people can look through the thin veneer the corporate entities are putting up with these community newspapers their support would instantly dwindle, but cheap ads and cheap products are like a shiny lure sometimes and for us small guys there is a price to pay for not having deep pockets. Just ask our carriers.


Regional council has a lot for which to answer Dear Editor, In light of what occurred at the last regional council meeting with the confiscation of a reporter’s computer and the ejection of the same reporter from the building, could either of our two representatives on this council explain these actions more clearly than what we have heard so far which is gobblygook. As taxpayers to this body we are entitled to an explanation as to why this was so badly handled. Council is entitled to go

“in camera”, that is not being questioned. Council’s actions in dealing with the press certainly are. I did not realize that the Region of Niagara had become an authoritarian regime where freedom of the press is trampled on. What could possibly excuse this behavior? Had they simply, politely asked the reporter to remove his equipment then I am sure this would not have blown up in their faces. What happened to common sense at this body?

Are they so paranoid that they need to resort to Nixonian tactics? On another note, why is the regional council sticking its nose in the affairs of a member municipality by questioning its auditor and their report? The internal affairs of any municipality are the responsibility of the local council not a regional body. Stick to what we sent you there for. P. Besseling Grimsby

Publisher encouraged to “keep the faith” Dear Editor, I just happened to be in your office last Friday to pay a bill, that cannot have been easy. I just want to echo some of the sentiments both carriers and people who came in offered, we’re worried about you. This community needs this paper to survive. People don’t and won’t realize what the ramifications will be if this independent paper is not in our com-

munity but I am hopeful enough figure it out quickly enough to support your efforts. You have shown your support for the com-

munity time and time again. No doubt it is time for the community to come through for you. The corporate paper

can have the rest of Niagara. We want NewsNow at our door each week. Keep the faith! Stephen Owen

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