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>Thousands greet Santa Claus at Smithville parade, Pgs 12-13 > Fantasy of Trees kicks off Pg. 5 > Lincoln Garden Club hosts AGM Pg. 8 > Grimsby Chamber presents awards Pg. 15 Thursday, December 1, 2016 Vol. 5 Issue 30

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Up Front Grimsby parade this Saturday Grimsby’s Santa Claus Parade will roll through downtown this Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 5:15 p.m. The parade starts on Livingston Avenue at town hall, moving east to Ontario Street, where it makes a lefthand turn.

Seniors choir concert set The Grimsby Seniors’ Choir will present its annual concert, “Christmas Wishes”, on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7 pm, at Trinity United Church, Grimsby.  Minimum donation of $5 will aid The Brandee Elliott Education Projects.

Barbershoppers get into season Niagara Gateway Harmony Chorus will “Go Tell It On The Mountain” on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm. The group’s annual concert is set for St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 135 Livingston Ave., Grimsby. A host of performers will be included. Admission is by food or monetary donation for the Grimsby Benevolent Fund’s Hamper Program or West Niagara Second Stage Housing.

Bring your bag!

This week’s edition of NewsNow - for Grimsby residents - will include a special grocery bag as displayed by Grimsby firefighters Jim Bergshoeff, left, and Jeff Dancer. At this Saturday’s Grimsby Santa Claus Parade, bring your bag, filled with non-perishable food

items and firefighters walking the parade route will be happy to add your contribution to their float. All donations will be handed over to Grimsby Benevolent Fund’s Christmas Hamper program. Donations can also be dropped directly at GBF. Williscraft - Photo

Holland foray nets prospects By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Any business transaction has several components, not the least of which are initial contact, striking an agreement and closing. The Town of Lincoln has done a good portion of the first part when it sent a contingent to Holland last month as part of a trade mission. “Now we need to close some those deals,” said CAO Mike Kirkopoulos. Kirkopoulos said Lincoln’s trade

mission was well-timed with several major trade shows set to coincide with the trip. As well, assitance from Senator Peter Harder in arranging key appointments also helped. With an eye to expanding greenhouse and manufacturing sectors on vacant properties as well as retaining and growing existing businesses, the venture was to create new relationships. “And we did that. We have two strong leads, which could close in an 18-month window, with another po-

tentially imminent,” said Kirkopoulos. Among those in the Lincoln group was Mayor Sandra Easton, Coun. Rob Foster and Coun. Dave Thompson as well as other local business operators and officials. “We need to not be afraid to look outside our Lincoln borders. Niagara, as a whole has a lot to offer,” said Kirkopoulos said in comparing his municipality to the structure Holland uses to foster growth in innovation and business.


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Hmm, this looks good

Trish Gunn, along with her children Aimee and Ryan checked out everything the St. Helen’s Church Bazaar had to offer on Saturday.

St. Helen’s bingo each Thursday St. Helen’s Parish’s weekly bingo is underway each Thursday at Beamsville Legion. With a couple of weeks under its belt, the event has been drawing steady crowds.

There is $1,000 in cash prizes every week. Admission is free. it’s $10 for a three-strip book; special games, baller games, other cards available. Daubers available. Licensed, light refreshments on hand.


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Jordan Station 4 turkey roll Friday Lincoln firefighters will host their annual turkey roll at Jordan Station 4 tomorrow (Friday night). The event, which starts at 8

p.m., includes door prizes, a share the wealth draw, food and refreshments and lots of turkeys will be up for grabs. The station is at 3763 19th St.

Attention all First-time Home Buyers! On November 14th, the Provincial Government announced an increase to the first-time homebuyer rebate against the provincial Land Transfer Tax (LTT), from $2,000.00 to $4,000.00, effective January 1, 2017. This means that first-time home buyers will not be charged any LTT on the first $368,000 of their home’s purchase price. Previously, no LTT was charged on the first $227,000 of the purchase price. So, this increased rebate will benefit those first-time home buyers who are purchasing a home for more than 227K. If your purchase price is more than $227,000, and your closing date is before year-end, I encourage you to explore whether your closing date can be extended to the first week in January 2017, so that you qualify for the larger rebate. For more information, please contact me. I welcome this opportunity to assist you with your home-purchase plan.

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Page 4 • News Now • Thursday, December 1, 2016 UPCOMING EVENTS Evening Story Time - Fri., Dec. 2nd at 6:30 PM - Come to Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library and enjoy an evening snack while listening to winter stories. Be sure to come in your PJs and bring a stuffed toy to cuddle. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Grimsby Seniors Club Christmas dinner & dance with all the fix’ins including wine, music by the popular “Now & Then”December 2nd, 6:00 - 11:00 pm. Get your tickets early! at the Livingston Activity Centre,18 Livingston Ave. Tickets $25.00 members, $27.00 non-members Phone 905-309-2075. St. Helen’s Senior Christmas Party Sat. Dec 3rd from 2 pm to 4 pm Lincoln Centre (Central Ave, Beamsville) Coffe, tea goodies and entertainment. All seniors welcome. Baroque Concert, Jordan: Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. in St.John’s Anglican Church. Two soloists, including Niagara native Meaghan Zantingh accompanied by a harpsichord and two violins. A tea and cookie reception will follow as well as a Christmas Bake Sale. Proceeds to the St. John’s refugee initiative. $20pp call Brenda 905933-6832. The Friends of Lincoln’s History. Annual General Meeting Sunday, December 4th, 2016 in the Sanderson Room at the Beacon Ramada Jordan Harbourside - 6:15pm - Administrative Session: - 7pm - Audio-Visual Presentation on historic Grimsby Beach: “Then & Now” - Guest Speaker John Allan. Prominent Grimsby

follow service. Held at at 6432 Elcho Rd in Wellandport (near the intersection of Elcho & Port Davidson Roads). West Niagara service clubs, organizations and non-profit groups are welcome to submit meeting dates, fundraising information and invitations to the public in News Now’s Around Town feature. This service is provided free of charge and is done on a space availability basis.

Historian. John will share with us the rich historical tapestry of Grimsby Beach as chronicled in his extensive personal collection of memorabilia and photographs, Admission- $10; Members Free:- Membership* - $15 (Single) $25 (Family) -*Includes Admission to this and subsequent 2017 events. Grimsby Seniors’ Choir presents Christmas Wishes on Sunday, December 4th at 7 pm, at Trinity United Church, Grimsby.  Your minimum donation of $5 will aid The Brandee Elliott Education Projects. Go Tell It On The Mountain – On Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 PM presented by the Niagara Gateway Harmony Chorus and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 135 Livingston Ave., Grimsby. Featuring Niagara Gateway Harmony, Great Lakes Christian High School a Capella Ensemble, Quarter After Two – Jazz combo, Classic Blend Women, Barbershop Chorus, Karl Herdman (piano, guitar). Admission by food donation or monetary donation for the Grimsby Benevolent Food Drive or West Niagara Second Stage Housing Grimsby Toastmasters welcomes you as our guest to our next meeting.    We meet at Grimsby Secondary School, 5 Boulton Ave. on Monday December 5th from 7pm – 8:45 pm.  Come and

learn about developing your communication and leadership skills. www.grimsbytoastmasters.org Library Pen Pals - Tues., Dec. 6, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Put away the electronics for an hour and practice your writing skills at Wellandport branch of West Lincoln Public Library! Kids will connect with other young library users to create lasting friendships and have an old fashioned educational experience. Stamps and writing supplies will be provided. $2.00 per person at time of registration. Pre-registration is required. Celebrate Addiction Recovery. Wed. 7th Dec. at 7pm. Private, confidential and anonymous. 132 Lake St. Grimsby. All are welcome. CR@forestviewcommunitychurch.ca Prime Time: 55+ Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 2016, 11:301:30 p.m. All are welcome.  St. Ann’s Community Church, 5425 Regional Road # 69, St. Anns. Program: “Celebrating Christmas” . a $5.00 gift exchange. Free Will Offering. BINGO – Thurs. Dec 8th at 11 a.m., $1,000 in cash prizes every week at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 612, Beamsville, 5545 Reg. Rd. 81. Sponsored by St. Helen Parish.  Admission free. $10 for a three-strip book; special games, baller games, other cards available. Daubers available. Licensed, light re-

freshments. Thursday at Ten at the Grimsby Activity Centre (18 Livingston Ave, Grimsby) Dec. 8th at 10 am: Share Holiday “JOY” with Thursday At Ten - Christmas Program. Everyone Welcome. Winona Elementary School Holiday Bazaar, Thurs. Dec. 8th from 11am to 8 pm at the Winona Elementary at 301 Lewis Rd, Stoney Creek, The Holiday Bazaar will feature holiday shopping, delicious baked sale & our fabulous silent auction! Facebook: Search for the Winona Elementary School Holiday Bazaar for more info. Library Cookie Exchange, Thurs., Dec. 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM at Caistorville Branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Bring 1 or more dozen of your favourite cookies or squares & the recipe to share. Take home a variety of different cookies to enjoy throughout the holiday season. Bring a few extra to sample. Tea, coffee & containers will be provided. RSVP no later than Tues., Dec. 6th. If you want to participate, but can’t attend the swap, drop your cookies off at the library on the 7th & pick up your variety of cookies on the 9th! The Andante Celtic Singers present: Joy has Dawned 2016 Christmas Concert Series. A Christmas celebration in songs. Fri. Dec 9th at 7pm and Sat. Dec 10th at 2pm. At St-Alban’s Anglican Church

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GROUPS & CLUBS Self Awareness & Higher Consciousness Meeting, every other Sun. starting Nov. 20th, 2016. Held at Conversations Cafe in Beamsville, downstairs, from 10:00 am. 1:00 pm.  Cost: $10.00 to cover room rental & donation to Convos Youth Group. higherconsciousness2@gmail.com. The Heritage Gift Shop of Jordan Village (3836 Main St., Jordan) www.heritagegiftshop.org/volunteering-withus is recruiting volunteers.  The store is open 7 days a week 10;00 am to 5:00 pm. & shifts are 3.5 hrs. each.  10:00 am - 1:30 pm & 1:30pm -5PM.  Full training is provided & volunteers work in pairs.  Please contact 50janet@ telus.net for further info. Sweat Equity — The Grimsby Homebuilding Cooperative Aug. 13 - Nov. 6. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of this unique housing development in Grimsby, telling the story of the 80 families who built one of the largest cooperative housing neighbourhoods in Ontario. Grimsby Museum 6 Murray St., Grimsby P (905) 945-5292 Grimsby Mens Hockey. Looking for players Sun. non contact league. For more info. please call Jim @ 289921-8256 St. Andrew’s Church School. Caring for the Spiritual Life of your child, every Sunday. Phone: 905-9458894 Email: info@standrewsgrimsby.com Fun & Free. Shaping strong and happy lives!

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It was all about the Harry Potter tree for Sarah Fawcett and 15-month-old son Kobi at Fantasy of Trees opening weekend.

Busy weekend greets Rotary’s Fantasy of Trees opening Grimsby Museum, home to Grimsby Rotary Club’s Fantasy of Trees, was a busy place last weekend. “We had an excellent kickoff weekend for the Fantasy of Trees. Visitors of all ages streamed to the museum in record numbers to view the start of our 17th annual fundraiser,� said event chair Roger Bradley. Working in tandem with other events - the town/DIA Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday night and the museum’s

two-day craft show - helped boost numbers, Bradley added. The event opens daily at noon, Closing is 5 pm daily, except on Wednesday and Thursday when it’s 7 p.m. This coming weekend, Dec. 3-4, Santa will visit from 1-3 pm.  Kids’ activities are planned for the same times. Sunday Dec. 11, raffle sales will stop at 4:00 PM in preparation for the lottery draws. The event runs until Dec. 11 when all raffle draws will be done.

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Investing in Lincoln: Operating Budget Update Breakdown of taxes: Update Staff and Council are currently in Budget the process of Capital Overview: • Lincoln’s portion 33.4% reviewing the operating budget for 2017. In the

• Niagara Region’s portion 51.4% (Region & development of this budget, the Town has tried to ThisCouncil’s past Monday, staff provided Council anthe update Region the coming weeks. waste) address approved priorities, while at on the budget process and specifically a look at the One of the principles of long-term capital planning • Education 15.3% same time demonstrating regard for taxpayer afcapital budget. is to optimize the investment in existing municipal fordability. While aligning with Council’s priorities, How are property tax rates calculated? this budget looks to: infrastructure to ensure that all assets are in a Assessed value yourthem property + tax rate set for •So Invest and soft infrastructure whatinishard the capital condition thatof allows to meet intended your property = propertyexpectations. tax •budget? Meet our legislative obligations service levels class and community A balMunicipal tax rates set based on the Town and • sorb inflationary pressures • It is those items like roads, parks, and buildings ance between growth and renewal should ensure Region budget each year • A desire to invest in “the basics” – services that are “hard” infrastructure that municipalities that investments in infrastructure assets maximize School board rates - set by the province benefits, lower risk, and–provide satisfactory levels of Property assessments set by the Municipal Didmust youreplace know?and build. service to Assessment the public. Corporation (MPAC) Property • Lincoln is the 3rd fastest growing municipality in Niagara, starting in 2011 and will continue Why is this important? With both an aging and growing community, three rates provide the foundation on which through 2022 The Town of Lincoln is responsible for providing These balancing investment choices between renewal and municipalities base property taxes. In other words: •and Interestingly, while the 3rd fastest growing, maintaining capital assets and infrastructure growth is a significant challenge. As infrastructure • Each municipality determines how much it Lincoln is the 3rd lowest in property taxes per to serve our residents and businesses. This can only ages, more maintenance and rehabilitation is costs to provide all the services in a community household occur if we are sustainable in maintaining our capital to ensure infrastructure performing -required such as parks, firethat protection, roads isand side• Lincoln’s population currently sits at 22, 487 infrastructure assets and our financial assets over the well and continuing to meet the needs of citizens. At walks and is increasing by approximately 50% to over long-term. same time, demands arise for newtakes infrastructure •the Once that’s done, the municipality all of 32,000 in the next 15 years property values and determines tax rates for • The largest portion ofisLincoln’s is and the Public infrastructure essential population to all residents to support growth. different property types to secure enough funds between theinages 20-64 (56%), followed byto the businesses the of Town of Lincoln and critical toThis provide services 0-19 (25%), and then 65 plus (19%) competitiveness of our local and regional economy. yearthese you will see us look at projects in the • This tax rate is then used to calculate how much • Lincoln ranks in the high category of building The ability to build and properly maintain following ways: property tax residents will pay to the municipalconstruction, along with Grimsby and Niagarainfrastructure assets is essential to ensure we can Basic renewal projects usually ity.1.In addition to the municipal taxyour rate,roads the and on-the-Lake provide services and remain an attractive and cost parks; Province of Ontario sets the education tax rate, • Hydro rates have risen over 15.7% in the past effective place to live, work and play. 2. Niagara Preparing for growth related projects which are and Region sets the regional municipalyear ity rate, which determines their portions of and the not Over the last 9 years our capital expenditures year funded through development charges property taxback bill. of the levy; Why is this over year important? have increased and decreased. Our goal is on the •to Asensure Lincoln to grow, and so do the service we continues invest as necessary maintain a level 3. And those transformational projects, that are demands of the Town investment that isand affordable. The on taxes critical for the future of our community. •of Utilities, supplies materials areimpact costing has also ranged - from a - 1.2% decrease in capital more across Ontario to a 0.4 % increase in spending. This year some additional items will also be •spending These factors have a direct impact on the operations the Town our obligation to invest Thisofyear, and as and of today, we are looking at in recommended to ensure investment in basic services our community future years something in thefor 0.3% range, plus examining other and infrastructure as well as items that Council ways to address our roads infrastructure deficit. At identified throughout the year. These items specifi2017 budget theOperating end of the day, Council will be reviewing the bud- cally focus on the Sport, Culture and Recreation On your Town property tax bill, you see a blended and providing budgetsets guidance in Department (Facilities, Cemeteries and Parks). taxget rate. This means direction that whileand Lincoln a certain tax rate increase, it is only on the Town’s For more information about the 2017 budget portion of your tax bill. 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St. Alban’s set for the season

Beulah Penner, right, peruses just a few of the items available at St. Alban’s Anglican Church’s Christmas Tea and Bazaar. Volunteer Sylvia House was ready to help her out when she made her selections. Williscraft Photo

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Hors d’oeuvres from Nancy’s Kitchen ANTIPASTO INGREDIENTS • 1 cup olive oil • 1 lge cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces • 2 large green peppers, chopped • 2-10-1/2 oz cans sliced ripe black olives, drained & chopped • 16 oz jar green olives with pimento, chopped • 2-13 oz jars pickled onions, chopped • 2-10 oz cans mush-

room stems & pieces • 4 oz jar pimento, chopped • 48 oz jar mixed pickles, chopped • 2-48 oz bottles ketchup • 15 oz bottle Hot ketchup (can use Tabasco to taste if you can’t find this here) • 2-2 oz cans anchovies, drained and chopped (optional) •3 cans solid white

tuna, drained and flaked •3 cans small shrimp, drained or 1 pkg frozen baby shrimp, defrosted DIRECTIONS Put all ingredients, except the fish and shrimp, into a large dutch oven. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Pour boiler water over all the fish to rinse. Drain and add

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Santa doesn’t disappoint

Taylor Frid has her bag ready for a Christmas treat!

The Jolly Old Elf himself did not disappoint paradegoers in Smithville on Saturday as he rolled into town to the delight of thousands. Nearly 90 floats preceded Santa as perfect parade-type weather greeted all. “It really could not have gone any better,” said parade chairman Dave Willis. “I’d like to thank all the volunteers who made it happen.”

The Posts - Nathan and Wyatt - take in the Smithville Santa Claus Parade.

Ashley Campbell gets a candy cane from a College Street School’s Allison Reece.

Kelsey Poirier hands out cookies - supplied by Niagra Pallets to Charlie (in pink) and Ronin Daciuk.

Michelle Pitts makes her toonie contribution to Chamber volunteer Madison Sly.

West Lincoln Minor Hockey’s tyke hockey school teammates were ready to do their part at the parade.


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(Above) Colin Short, Roy Mackey and Allan Dykstra were ready to represent the Royal Canadian Legion. This 1912 Buick was a colourful addition to the proceedings, too. (Right) Ernie Harkin hands off his food donation to West Lincoln Fire volunteer Elaine Bos who helped gathering contributions along the parade route. Parade onlookers had a dog’s-eye-view of the proceedings while Teagan Theodorou and Hoss Ricker rolled by with Ruffins The Dog

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Grimsby Chamber hands out hardware

Community Living of Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln director Chris Smith and president Christine Hahn receive their award from Chamber president Marion Thorp, who presented to all winners.

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Freeze urban boundaries: reader Dear Editor, Now is the time to protect at-risk farmland in Ontario for good. Collectively, we in the agricultural sector call on the province to freeze all urban expansion and introduce firm, permanent municipal growth boundaries in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to prevent the region’s remaining farmland from being paved over and additional farming communities from being displaced. It’s clear that more land for urban development in the region is not needed, with an excess of 25 years’ worth of farmland already designated by municipalities to accommodate growth in both urban and rural settlement areas (Neptis Foundation, 2015). An area of prime farmland 1.5 times the size of the City of Toronto is in the process of being rapidly converted to housing subdivisions, warehouses and strip malls. The proposed changes to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Greenbelt Plan fail

to protect the majority of our farmers and farmlands from ongoing and poorly-planned urban sprawl. Maintaining policy that enables status quo sprawl makes it difficult to see a future for local food and farming in the region, despite the great economic contributions of the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s food and farming sector. Not just home to the best farmland in Canada, the Greater Golden Horseshoe is home to one of North America’s largest agricultural and agri-food industry clusters, with a unique diversity of primary farm production, food processing, food service, food distribution and retail that represents the fastest growing employment sector in Ontario and generates $12.3 billion in annual economic activity. The Greenbelt protects some of Ontario’s countryside, but there are hundreds of thousands of acres that continue to be at-risk and need protection now. We are at a unique moment in history

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where there is an opportunity to enact meaningful limits on urban expansion, plan for healthier urban and rural communities, protect our irreplaceable agricultural land resources, and sustain a vibrant and prosperous agri-food economy in the Greater Golden Horseshoe for generations to come. With an outpouring of public support for a larger provincial role in establishing firm urban boundaries and protecting agricultural land during the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review, now is the time for the province to demonstrate bold leadership to protect agricultural land and farming communities by implementing fixed, permanent urban boundaries on all urban and rural settlement areas in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Let’s work together to stop urban sprawl, protect farmland forever, support our farmers and create a secure future for farming in Ontario. Matt Setzkorn (On behalf of 15 members of the Ontario Farmland Trust)

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(d) to ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of council (d.1) to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality (e) to maintain the financial integrity of

the municipality and (f) to carry out the duties of council under this or any other act.” Was the meeting transparent to the public? No. End of story. Council can take all of the bad advice it wants, but in the end they are reasonable.  Please keep up the good work, it is noticed and appreciated. Anthony Kaluzny Grimsby

Fire alarm story noticed Dear Editor, We would like to commend you and Grimsby Fire for your recent Article regarding Talking Smoke Alarm Recalls. We live in WesLee Gardens in Smithville. We are made up of mostly Seniors and several Widows. Many of our residents do not read the local papers; however, thanks to your article, we have made it a point to go door-to-

door and explain the situation to our neighbours. As it turns out, most of our units have the recalled detectors. Upon calling Kidde we found them very responsive and offered  some sort of reimbursement. Thanks again Mike, see you at our parade!!!!!! Gord Philip Smithville

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We are coming up to one of the most joyous times of the year – Christmas! For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one it can be, and likely will be, a very difficult time for you and your family to enter into the celebrations without your loved one. We invite you to our annual “Celebration of Hope and Light” a service of singing, readings, reflection memorial tree lighting and candle lighting – all with the purpose of helping us remember that the light of life of our loved one never goes out.

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Council’s antics same over time: reader Windmill Construction Dear Editor, It always amazes me how much money Grimsby town council blows away each year without seeming to care. You seem to be the only newspaper that cares enough about Grimsby to bring it to the attention of the citizens of Grimsby. The honesty and transparency promise from our mayor was just idle words. The town council hasn’t changed much in all the years

I have lived in Grimsby. The names sometimes change but the frittering away of the taxpayers money with abandonment is seemingly a pattern that is rooted in each council. As you may know, I  have been trying for years to convince the town council to install the chimes and music feature to the Town Clock in the downtown for a sum of around $15,000 in today’s dollars. Alas, to no avail. The Town and DIA have ignored

what is a perfect way to substantially bolster tourism town. It is no ordinary music feature. It would add a lot of value by having music in the downtown area to suit every occasion.....but perhaps you need to be elected mayor first to put some common sense onto the council and show them how to successfully run the citizens of Grimsby’s business that is the Town of Grimsby. Peter Kelly Grimsby

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There a ton of great events going on in Niagara West this time of year, no doubt. But if you’re interested in checking out some topnotch local talent, NewsNow is owned & operated by 1602207 Ontario Ltd. next Monday’s Go Tell It On The Mountain at St. Office Locations Joseph’s Catholic Church Grimsby Office Beamsville Office in Grimsby will be a sea49 Main St. W., P.O Box 614 Grimsby, ON, L3M 1R3 Beamsville, ON, L0R 1B0 sonal highlight. The NiPh: 289-235-9500 Ph: 289-235-7848 agara Gateway Harmony Chorus will be strutting NewsNow is published EVERY Thursday their stuff. delivered to homes in West Niagara & Winona, 26,111. Anyone who has been around for a few years will likely know this group by its former and commonly referred to name, the Grimsby Barbershoppers. These folks put in a lot of time and effort to do what they do. When I was at St. John’s shooting pictures on Saturday, I had lunch with a fellow who has started up with the group. He noted his surprise at how much effort it took to keep up with them. Spirits not dampened It may sound like a bit Despite steady rain Nov. 19 Christ Our Saviour Church Lu- of an odd statement, but theran Church’s Miracles On Main Street, Christmas Baif you know anyone in zaar drew solid attendance. Exhibitor Sandra Horvath, left, the group you’ll know shows Linda Tuddenham her wares. Williscraft - Photo there is no dust on a one of them. Monday night is a big show, not just the barLincoln CAO Mike Kirkopoulos - in this week’s frontpage story - is quite right, closing is the hardest part of bershop group will be any business deal. performing. The line-up, There are talkers and there are dreamers and getting and it is a formidable people to focus on a business matter at hand can be a one, includes: challenge. One thing just about every business is focused on, if not • Great Lakes Christian High School a Capella every home owner as well, is electricity rates. Ensemble Today, Thursday, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce • Quarter After Two – plays host to a regional symposium at the Beacon Harbourside as industry experts try to help our local business Jazz Combo community make sense, and hopefully save a few cents, • Classic Blend Women’s regarding the current electricity shmozzle. Barbershop Chorus, and; There is a ton of concern and no simple answers. The • Karl Herdman (piano, Town of Lincoln has taken some solid steps to invest in its guitar) business community’s future, it would be a shame to see When you consider adelectricity costs negatively impact that effort. M.W.

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MIKE WILLISCRAFT mission is a food donation – going to Grimsby Benevolent Fund’s Christmas Hamper Program or West Niagara Second Stage Housing - how can you do any better than that for local entertainment? Answer: you can’t. The show starts at 7 p.m. Best of luck to all involved, break a leg and collect lots of donations! ****** Sorry Hat Trick Hockey folks, we’ll have to hold off another week to tee up Week 1 standings. My stats guy returned from an overseas mission helping to build homes for those in need and he has been seriously ill since he got back. He tried hard, but just could not get it done. He is a Bay Street investment guy, so if he’s missed 10 days of work due to illness, you know it is serious. I have wished him well, of course. ******* Funny point from the Smithville Santa Claus Parade: Coun. Dave Bylsma is passing by handing out candy canes. I’m in behind a row about people along the

street about five people deep shooting photos. He spots me, takes a step away, but then steps back and fires a candy cane at me. Camera in hand, I cradle it and convert the catch. Now tossing one of those little candy canes isn’t easy and this was about 20 feet, so it was smokin’. “Ahh, was that too hard?” he grinned, ear to ear style. It was definitely my laugh of the day and not a moment too soon after shooting the parade for two hours. ****** Don’t forget to mark the Beamsville District Secondary School accommodations review committee meeting (ARC) set for Thursday, Dec. 15. The meeting is set to start at 6 p.m., but if it is like the one at South Lincoln, the public input portion won’t start until 8 p.m., which is too bad. It would be really silly if they start with a tour of the school again, and leave all those who know the place inside and out sitting on their hands at the outset, too. This does not mean one should show up at 8 p.m. It is highly recommended anyone interested show up to hear all the information available. This process should be streamlined to allow every bit of public input and at the convenience of those who turn out. The crowd should not be relegated to an accessory.


Developers win again: reader Dear Editor, The purpose of this letter is to make Grimsby residents aware of the efforts made by a resident Appellant Group’s appeal to the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) of multiple bylaw zoning variances approved for the vacant Nelles Estates properties at 50 & 52 Dorchester Drive in March 2016 by the Town of Grimsby’s COA (Committee of Adjustment). Hopefully this experience will at least have rendered some “lessons learned” to the broader community. This Appellant Group, along with many other concerned taxpayers, attended a full-day hearing at town hall on July 28 to contest the 14 variances granted to the lots at 50 & 52 Dorchester Drive. At that meeting, a second independent group also presented a petition of 90 neighbouring residents opposed to the variances, asking for their overturn. Unsurprisingly, the London, ON origined developers presented their case to the OMB chair using Toronto-based legal counsel and professional planner on why the variances granted by Grimsby’s COA should be upheld. Oct. 31 the OMB upheld the Town of Grimsby’s appointed COA’s granting of 14 variances of Grimsby’s Zoning Bylaw #14-45. This decision now allows the development

of two grossly oversized homes of 5 - 7000 sq. ft. on the two smallest lots in the immediate neighbourhood and last remaining vacant escarpment lots located at 50 & 52 Dorchester Drive. Although zoned RD 1.15 which mandates a 15% total lot coverage, the proposed homes will occupy 37.5% and 41.3% respectively as well as being an average of three metres above the allowed maximum height. The OMB’s decision was based upon the “context” of the development stating that they had no jurisdiction to overturn the decisions of the town’s COA, an appointed and apparently unaccountable body which followed the exact recommendation of the Town’s Planning Department. Apparently both the OMB and the Town’s Planning Department care nothing for the numbers as specified by Bylaw #14-45 let alone the intent of the Town’s Official Plan. One should ask why the Town spent $225,000 of taxpayers’ money contracting the third party writing of the both its Official Plan and Bylaw #14-45 if the Town’s own planning staff routinely ignore both. And now, Council’s approval of a $50,000 “neighbourhood study” of the north side of Main Street East from Nelles Road to the Hospital

ground’s edge when there is plainly only one property that can be developed. No doubt this study will “justify” another large deviation from our zoning bylaws and Official Plan. Unfortunately, for residents of Nelles Estates, this is a done deal. The developers will undoubtedly waste little time getting their shovels in the ground. The Appellant Group has been advised by the OMB that once a decision has been made, unless there has been an error in the law, no further appeal will be heard. However, the Ontario Ombudsmen’s Office has been contacted and a complaint registered contending both the method of public notice as well as the requirements of the RD 1.15 zoning were either missing or in error in the Town’s Planning Department’s public documents. These flawed documents directly influenced the COA’s acceptance of the 14 “minor” variances. So, what are the “lessons learned” as previously stated? 1. All concerned taxpayers should familiarize themselves with the Town’s Official Plan. http://www.grimsby.ca/ Planning/Official-Plan 2. All concerned taxpayers should familiarize themselves with the Town’s Bylaw #14-45. http://www.grimsby.ca/ Planning/Zoning-By-law 3. Know what is your

News Now • Thursday, December 1, 2016 • Page 23 residential zone and the standards that are in force at present. 4. Pay attention to all public meeting notices particularly Planning and COA Public Meetings, signage posted on potential building sites, newspaper notices etc. Attend the meetings and voice your opinions. Use your knowledge of the Official Plan and Bylaw #14-45 to challenge objectionable planning bylaw amendments and variance applications early so that they don’t gain acceptance. You’ll get no satisfaction in attempting to overturn them from the OMB. 5. Talk to your neighbours. It’s amazing how little information of public meetings becomes commonly known until

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it’s too late to challenge. 6. Know what your current Council Representatives stand for; do they understand the desire of most of us to maintain the character of Grimsby? Are they prepared to challenge over development? 7. Call, write, email your Council representatives and the Mayor to voice your concerns. 8. Push your Council Representatives to amend Bylaw #14-45 to require written notice of pending public COA meetings be mandated from the current inadequate minimum of 60 m (200 ft.) mailing perimeter as required by the Ontario Planning Act to a more realistic figure of 150 m (500 ft.). 9. Push your Council

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Representatives to require that COA members demonstrate their knowledge of the Town’s Official Plan and Bylaw #14-45 with some quantifiable testing so that they will be able to accurately apply the intent and letter of our law to all decisions. They are not supposed to be the Planning Department’s “rubber stamp” of questionable development. 10. Vote! We’re in the middle of our current four-year election cycle. Remember who’s supported or will support your views with their actions and vote them into office at our next opportunity. Voting apathy has hurt us all; just ask Hillary! Ron Schroder Head Appellant

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