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>Armed robbery at Pioneer, police seeking assailant, Pg 3 > Changing homes to be discussed Pg. 2 > Bird count event very successful Pg. 7 > Winter car care tips Pgs. 10-11 Thursday, January 12, 2017 Vol. 5 Issue 36 100% Niagara owned & operated.

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Lincoln rings in the New Year

The Town of Lincoln hosted its annual levee Saturday afternoon at the Fleming Centre. Among a host of activities and hospitality were representatives from the town’s newest micro-brewery Bench Brewing Co. (L to R) Levee visitor Joan Romagnoli samples the wares with Anthony D’Aprile and Matt Giffen.

Up Front Progressive game added The new year brings even more chances to win big at bingo with a progressive jackpot featured every Thursday, 11 a.m., at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 612 Beamsville. The St. Helen Parish-sponsored bingo will feature a progressive game. The lucky player with a full card could be cashing in a $2,000 jackpot.

Planning considers 18-storey proposal Grimsby may have its new Empire State Building equivalent if town council approves a staff-recommended 18-storey condominium proposed for the Winston Road area. The proposal, which went before Grimsby Planning Committee on Tuesday night, was a revised version of an initial plan to build two 16-storey condos on the old Planet Nite Club property adjacent to the Casablanca Inn. The revised proposal

boosts the easterly building to 18 storeys, while the westerly building would be reduced to 14 storeys. As well, nine townhouses have been proposed on the north side of the building along Windward Drive. The adjustments would grow the total number of units from 179 up to 189, while parking would go up six spots from 296 to 302 in total. In December, council flipped a Planning Committee recommendation to re-

ject a separate development proposal to have the other project go from a nine storey building up to 15 storeys, the highest currently planned in the area. In recommending to the committee that the proposal be recommended to council for approval, staff noted in their report, “Staff is satisfied that substantial evidence has been presented which justifies the proposed increase in height on the subject lands. The pro-

posed amendment represents good planning.” “...Planning staff is satisfied that the proposed development will assist in achieving the density target of the Major Intensification Area and satisfies the objective of achieving higher density, transit supportive and mixed use development/redevelopment in a location where it is intended.” The decision of the committee will go to council next Monday, Jan. 16.

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on CBC Radio’s program, Fresh Air on weekend mornings. She will introduce the group to the history and changes in housing styles from Confederation to the present. Architecture is the art of designing spaces that reflect our personalities, our needs, our comfort and how we live our lives. Today there are other considerations: Do those buildings fit into the streetscape where they are built? How do they fit into the character of the location? All are welcome. There is no charge for non-members although donations will be accepted and membership can be taken out/renewed at the meeting.

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balaclava covering his face, black pants, grey zip up jacket and black shoes with white soles. In an effort to identify the male, investigators released images of the suspect captured by surveillance cameras. Anyone with information concerning the identity of the male in the attached photos is encouraged to contact the Niagara Regional Police Service 8 District at 905-688-4111 extension 5400. Please reference incident number 172301.

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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.

Lincoln Garden Club Jan. 21 meeting 9:30 am, Rittenhouse Hall, Vindeland Reasearch Centre, 4890 Victoria Ave. N, Vineland Station. Guest Speaker will be Lester Fretz, with some “Horticultural Hints”.  Spring may be 3 months away but the Goldfinches  have started  turning from olive green to gold.  It won’t be too long before the bulbs start poking up in the gardens. We can start dreaming of this year’s garden ideas! Genealogy 101” at the Erland Lee Museum (552 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek) on Sunday, January 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 presented by the Grimsby Historical Society Archives group. Learn how to get started on tracking your ancestors! You may be in for some surprises! Cost is $10.00. Refreshments will be provided. Please pre-register at 905-6622691 or erlandleemuseum@fwio. Grimsby Toastmasters welcomes you as our guest to our next meeting Monday, January 23rd.   We meet at Grimsby Secondary School, 5 Boulton Ave.  from 7pm – 8:45pm.  Come and learn about developing your communication and leadership skills. Empty Bowls Soup Supper: Saturday January 28, 6.30pm. at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, 156, Main St. West, Grimsby.You receive a handmade Bowl, all the gourmet Soup and artisanal Bread you can eat, desserts, tea and coffee for only $40. Cash Bar, Wine, Beer and Pop. Tickets 905-9453556. Call soon, before we sell out! All proceeds support Education in Nicaragua. Create a “Button Heart” Valentine craft at the Erland Lee Museum (552 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek) on Saturday, February 11th from 10 am to noon! A perfect parent or grandparent & child quality time opportunity! Cost is $20.00 per twosome. Limited space so please pre-register at 905-662-2691 or erlandl- “Tunisian Crochet” also known as Afghan Stitch will be presented on Saturday, March 11th from 10 am to noon at the Erland Lee Museum (552 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek). Cost of $20.00 includes all supplies. Please pre-register at 905-662-2691 or Smithville Legion Br. 393, Super Bowl Party, Pot Luck. Join us on Sunday Feb. 5th. Kick off at 6 PM. 172 St. Catharines St., P – 905-957-3935 Trivia Night, Reserve a whole table or we can put you on a team. $15 per person. Saturday Feb 11th. Door open at 6:30 PM, Trivia starts at 7:00 PM. Wine, Beer and pop available for purchase.Trinity United Churchm 100 Main St. W., Grimsby. Call 905-945-2249 for tickets GROUPS & CLUBS BINGO, BINGO, at the Grimsby Seniors Club, 18 Livingston Ave. Grimsby, Livingston Activity Centre, every Wednesday 7:009:00pm. 905-309-2075. Bingo - every Thursday, 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 612 Beamsville, 5545 Regional Rd. 81. Win big with the progressive jackpot as well as $1,000 in prizes every week. Admission is free. The cost is $10 for a three-strip book and there will be special games, baller games and other cards available. Daubers can be purchased on site. The Legion is licensed and light refreshments on hand. Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers is looking for some Ambassador Volunteers in office type work in fields like Marketing, Public Relations, Web Mastering, Social Media, Office Clerk, Branding, Promotions, Event Planning etc…If you wish to help (no minimum) please contact 905-309-5071 or info.rcvv@ The Fort Teens to Youth Assistance Program reaches out to youth that desires any assis-

tance with social and academic struggles, problem or questions. Call for Schedules 905-3093678 PROBUS Club of Grimsby is a men’s club which meets every third Tuesday of each month at 9:30am in the auditorium of the Peach Kings. Probus is a national and international association of retired business, professional, tradesmen and semi-retired individuals to make and maintain friendships, connect to their local community and world community through programs of speakers and special events. New Members Welcome. For further information please contact John at 905-945-1646 or email grimsbyprobus@gmail. com. The Grimsby Auxiliary Marine Rescue Unit is looking for people who are interested in becoming Search and Rescue volunteers. If interested please email us at Give a gift to yourself this new year – develop your public speaking and leadership skills. Grimsby Toastmasters meets the 1st and 3rd Monday at 7 pm.  Guests are free to visit us at Grimsby Secondary School, Room 104. Self Awareness and Higher Consciousness Meeting, every other Sunday starting Jan 8th, 2017.  Held at Conversations Cafe in Beamsville, downstairs, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Cost: $10.00 to cover room rental and donation to Convos Youth Group. higherconsciousness2@ Winona Seniors Centre, Activities six days a week. Snooker Line dancing, shuffle board, bid-euchre, zumba, cribbage & bridge. 1239 Hwy. 8, Stoney Creek. 905-643-4565. Drivers & servers needed to help deliver meals to elderly and/or disabled clients. Two hours once a week at noon, 905-522-0053.

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ing Open Auditions for their 2017 Spring Production of JENNY’S HOUSE OF JOY a comedy by Norm Foster. Directed by Ray Hunt. On January 9 & 12 - 7.00 to 9.00 pm. At the Livingston Activity Centre, 18 Livingston Ave. Grimsby. Required: 5 Females - Ages 20 - 60. For Information Call: 905-945-4403 Fit Living. January 12th from 6:30PM to 7:30PM at Caistorville Branch of West Lincoln Public Library. January’s Fit Living meeting will feature holistic nutritionist Janice Keca, who will speak about cleanses and healthy eating for the new year. Please bring a food donation for West Lincoln Community Care. A New Year, A New Financial You. January 14th from 2PM to 3PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library.   Learn how to avoid common money mistakes with Elaine Saunders-Boothman, Financial Advisor. Please bring a food donation to West Lincoln Community Care. Chili Supper, Sat Jan 14, 2017 at 5PM, $10. per person at St John’s Anglican Church, 2878 St. John’s Dr., Jordan. Tickets – call Doug at 905-562-5789 Grimsby Men’s PROBUS Club’s, next meeting at the Peach King Auditorium is Tuesday, January 17, at 9:30 AM. John Allen , will make a special slide presentation “Grimsby, Then and Now”. New members are welcomed. call: Ron at 905-945-3331 or John at 905-945-1646. Hour of Code. January 18th from 6:30PM to 7:30PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Come learn about all the things you can do with computer code at the library and demystify computer coding. Adult Colouring Club. January 18th from 1:30PM to 2:30Pm at Smithville  branch of West Lincoln Public Library. De-stress with Adult Colouring on the third Wednesday of each month. Colouring sheets, coloured pencils and markers will be provided.


EVENTS Smithville Legion Br. 393 Happy New Year to All. January 2017 Events. Mon – Friday, Free Pool 2 – 5 PM, Monday, Cribbage 2 – 4 PM, Tuesday, Free Pool 12 – 10 PM, Tuesday, Dart League 7 PM, Thursday, Euchre 2 – 4 PM, Thursday 12th & 26th, Bingo 6 PM, Friday 20th, Progressive Euchre 7 PM, Saturday 21st, Elvis Super Star Tributes, Doors open 6:30 PM, Sunday 29th, Breakfast, 8 AM – 12 PM. Sunday Feb 5th, Super Bowl Pot Luck Party, 6 PM. . Hall rental available. You do not have to be a legion member to participate, 172 St. Catharines St. P – 905-957-3935 Beamsville euchre party Monday January 2 at 7:30 pm at Lincoln Center. There are 1st and 2nd prizes and also a chance for the door prize. Refreshments are also provided.  Winter Button Maker Workshop. January 5th from 1PM to 2PM at Smithville Branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Drop in with a photo, or draw a picture you’d like displayed on a button and get one made for free. Junior Book Club. January 9th from 4PM to 5PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Star Wars fans unite! This session of Junior Book Club will feature books, activites and crafts related to Star Wars. May the force be with you! Ages 8-12. Registration is required. $2 per person. This program runs January 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Stitch-It Club. January 11th from 1:30PM to 2:30PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch and more. Bring your project to work on at the library. Chat, discuss and get new ideas. Mobile Maker Space - Makey Makey and littleBits. January 11th from 6:30PM to 7:30PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Come experiment with Makey Makey and LittleBits. Ages 6+. Star Maker Productions is hold-


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Support for GSS hoped Dear Editor, Kudos to David Sharpe (Jan. 5, 2017) for drawing attention to the upcoming Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) meeting called by the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) to address the Board’s recommended closure of Grimsby High School in 2019. Just as the densities of flourishing towns like Grimsby are intensifying and sustainable new urbanism approaches to planning and development are becoming mainstream, this latest DSBN proposal to close three local high schools flies in the face of community priorities. The new urbanism principles for city and town development are intended to promote the sustainability of neighbourhoods and communities by ensuring that local amenities, like schools, continue to be the heart and soul of healthy

Letter community living, especially in towns like Grimsby that have a growing population that includes young families. Newcomers to Grimsby may be unaware that the GHS has served Grimsby students and been a respected resource for the town for over 90 years. The ARC process is largely a pro forma obligation by Ontario school boards to communicate with the public before heavyhandedly closing schools. School boards are “a law unto themselves” in Ontario and are seldom effectively thwarted by citizens. Boards are unaccountable to municipal or regional governments and have a free hand to make decisions without regard for municipal policy plans. Boards can and do regularly run rough-shod over

municipal interests. Our Council protects local commercial, business and service amenities and interests; councilors are similarly obliged to support the GHS and all that it represents for residents in this growing town. Handing a respected high school and the land it occupies to developers may add a little to the local tax base but will damage the quality and viability of town life. Busing students from a thriving town to a large composite high school somewhere on the fringe of the wider district ignores the integrity of the school that is to be replaced and would have a negative impact on the education and lives of the children that the DSBN is mandated to protect. To date, there is no credible research to demonstrate that larger new district schools offer a better educational experience for

News Now • Thursday, January 12, 2017 • Page 5 students, nor that they produce better outcomes. Ontario school boards have been getting away with retrograde decisions related to school closures for more than a decade. In fact, school days are longer for students who are bused, students are less likely to participate in schoolbased extracurricular activities, links with the towns served by the district school are diminished, and the community loses a

valuable educational and community resource. Parents are distanced from the district schools their children attend. Costing figures projected by boards for renewing the aging infrastructure of the local schools are usually inflated way beyond actual costs and certainly do not consider the social or economic costs to municipalities and their residents. When the DSBN threatened the closure of Thorold High

School a few years ago, that community rallied, throngs attended the ARC, citizens, students and graduates protested, and the venerable THS was saved from the fate that awaits GHS. I do hope that Grimsby citizens of all ages rally to this challenge, protest at the Jan. 26 ARC meeting and manage to save their respected high school and this distinguished component of Grimsby’s heritage. Dale Shipley Grimsby

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Housing starts grow in 2016 Housing starts in the Ontario region - which includes Grimsby - were trending at 71,096 units in December, down from 72,427 units in November, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a sixmonth moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted

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Town introduces Keep It Clear Capital Budget Overview: Update during winter season

This past Monday, staff provided Council an update on the budget process and specifically a look at the capital budget.

the coming weeks. One of the principles of long-term capital planning is to optimize the investment in existing municipal infrastructure to ensure that all assets are in a So what is the capital condition that allows them to meet intended budget? service levels and community expectations. A bal• It is those items like roads, parks, and buildings ance between growth and renewal should ensure that are “hard” infrastructure that municipalities that investments in infrastructure assets maximize must replace and build. benefits, lower risk, and provide satisfactory levels of service to the public. Why is this important? With both an aging and growing community, The Town of Lincoln is responsible for providing balancing investment choices between renewal and and maintaining capital assets and infrastructure growth is a significant challenge. As infrastructure to serve our residents and businesses. This can only ages, more maintenance and rehabilitation is occur if we are sustainable in maintaining our capital required to ensure that infrastructure is performing The Town is committed to improving safe determine if the 72-hour duration can be infrastructure assets and our financial assets over the well and continuing to meet the needs of citizens. At passage for residents, visitors and busishortened long-term. Town introduces Keep It Clear during the same time, demands arise for new infrastructure winter season nesses and ensuring roadways passableand The requesting cooperation from Public infrastructure is essential toare all residents to Town supportis growth. Town is committed to improving safe passage for residents, visitors and inThe the Town of Lincoln and critical to the our residents not to park their vehicles on forbusinesses emergency response vehicles. businesses and ensuring roadways are passable for emergency response competitiveness of our local and regional economy. the This yearduring you willand see us look at projectsfollowin the This winter season, street immediately vehicles. the Town is impleThe ability to build and properly maintain following ways: menting theThis Keep ItisClear notification ing 1.a Basic significant snowfall event. winter season, Townwe is can implementing the Keep It Clear notification infrastructure assets essential tothe ensure renewal projects usually your roads and tosnow assist with snow removalby efforts Town. Parking on the street to assist efforts providewith services and removal remain an attractive and costby the Stay inparks; the know, not in the snow, during a winter storm can make it difficult or near impossible to theeffective Parking the to live,on work andstreet play. during 2. Preparing for growth related projects which are #beagoodneighbour plow a road. Over the last 9 can years make our capital expenditures through development charges and not a winter storm it difficult or year To findfunded out when Keep It Clear is in effect: A Keep Clear is: goal is overimpossible year have increased andnotification on the back of the levy; near toItplow adecreased. road. Our • Residents can subscribe to news items to ensure we invest as parking necessary 3. And those transformational projects, that are  No onand themaintain street a level A Keep It Clear notification is: impact on taxes of investment that is affordable. The for the future of our community. oncritical our In place when the weather forecast is predicting a minimum of 10 cm has also ranged- from a - 1.2% decrease in capital • No parking on the street • Follow @TownofLincoln of snowfall within the next 24 hours spending to a 0.4 % increase in spending. This year some additional items will also be • In place when the weather forecast is • Like the Town’s Facebook page This year, andas In of today, recommended to ensure investment in basic services effect we for are 72 looking hours at predicting a minimum of 10 cm of something in the 0.3% range, plus examining other and infrastructure as well as items that Council During Keep it Clear staff will be actively monitoring the progress of snow snowfall within the next 24 hours Have a comment or the concern about thespecifiways to address our roads infrastructure deficit. At throughout year. These items clearing operations and weather conditionsidentified to determine if the 72-hour the end of the day, Council will be reviewing the budcally focus on the Sport, Culture and Recreation • In effect for 72 hours Town’s winter operations? duration can be shortened get andKeep providing direction budget guidance in 905-563-8205 Department (Facilities, Cemeteries and Parks). During it Clear staffand will be actively ext. 234 or The Town is requesting cooperation from our residents not to park their

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eased last year from exceptionally strong levels in 2015. Stronger growth in the Ontario economy, low vacancy rates and less choice in the resale market, particularly for single family homes, pushed starts higher in 2016,” said Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC’s Ontario regional economist. CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of

the state of the housing market. In some situations, analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading in some markets, as they are largely driven by the multiples segment of the markets which can be quite variable from one month to the next. The SAAR of total urban housing starts was 76,890 units in December, up from 55,960 units in November. For the year 2016, Ontario urban home starts grew by five per cent with single detached units leading the way.

CFUW seeks donations CFUW Grimsby (Canadian Federation of University Women) will be holding its annual book sale at the Grimsby Activity Centre on Saturday, April 8. Proceeds of this sale will support scholarships for local students. Area residents can help us by starting now to save the books which have been read or by culling book shelves. Books can be donated all day Friday, April 7 at the centre. CFUW cannot accept textbooks or encyclopaedias as that information is dated and will not sell. The group has raised an average of $1,500 per year which we have handed on to worthy candidates. For further information, call 905-9458785.

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50K-plus birds counted at CBC Was it the weather, 40 enthusiastic bird watchers or just the birds that made for a fantastic Peach Tree Christmas Bird Count, CBC, in West Niagara on Sunday, Jan. 2? Certainly a combination of all the above with mild temperatures allowed the counters in the CBC to find 73 species and count an amazing total of 52,669 birds. CBC’s have been on going in North America since 1900. They were started by ornithologist Frank Chapman of the Audubon Society when he proposed a new holiday tradition— a “Christmas Bird Census” rather than what was known as the Christmas Side Hunt. Today there are over 2,000 CBC’s in the Americas. Jan. 2, the 40 counters

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WINTER CAR CARE How to dig out your car after a storm A snow-covered landscape can make for an appealing image, but heavy snowfall also makes for extra work, especially for drivers who must dig their vehicles out of the snow after each storm. Some people live in suburban areas where they can park their cars in driveways or garages, while others live in cities and have to park on the street, where snow plows can do a wonderful job of burying vehicles underneath mounds of snow. Rescuing a car or truck from a pile of snow can be tricky and time-consuming, but there is a process that can make the job easier. • Begin by clearing out the tail pipe of the car. This is a vital first step because failure to do so can back harmful carbon monoxide gas and other fumes into the car. Take the time to clear out the rear of the car, including the taillights, so you will have improved visibility. • When the exhaust pipe is clear, turn on the car. Some people prefer to put the defroster on right away.

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1. To ensure everyone’s voice is heard, there will be a Speakers List to sign for those wishing to present at the meeting. 2. This session is for public input so there is a time limit of three minutes per speaker. It is important to establish a sense of decorum so that all voices can be respected and heard. 3. Members of the public are asked to have their thoughts in written form to be recorded and attached to the minutes of the meeting as part of the Accommodation Review records. (Municipal Freedom of Information/Privacy of Protection Act, 1990) 4. If making a comment on behalf of a group of people, please advise of the approximate number represented.

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Hiring season in Grimsby It is going to be very interesting to see what the Town of Grimsby does with its budget this year. Two years ago they went on a spending spree when they opted to blow most of the Peach King Arena debenture value, which had been paid off, instead of rolling back taxes as the community was told would happen when it was put in place. Now, just a couple of years later, Parks and Rec wants two more staff, with two more as a chaser next year, too. Planning wants one FT and one PT. Admin wants to add as well. Hmm, maybe its time to build another grossly over budget town hall to accommodate all these folks? Seriously, did members of council really think through the wonder-plan of putting a multi-use park in the boonies which staff say will require TWO full-time employees? Think about the long-term impact of that decision alone! Brutal. M.W.

Sky’s the limit, apparently When I heard another condo planned for the Winston Road area has been repackaged to add units and more storeys I thought of two things: council rolling over without a fight last month, and; a jewel of a story I heard on a trip to New York when I was in high school. On a tour of the Empire State building, our group heard an anecdote harkening back to construction time in the early 1930s. There was an ongoing battle to build the highest building between the Chrysler building, which was started in 1928 and the ESB. The sneaks who built the ESB made their plans public which showed the Chrysler building would be higher when completed. Indeed it was higher than the ESB but after the Chrysler building was done an “addition” was unveiled which added more storeys and the spire to the top of the ESB which made it the tallest building. The design was created all along with the idea of adding to the height midconstruction. When I was parked at the Dec. 19 planning meeting and representatives of LJM Developments were rolling their way through a height expansion for one of their projects from nine to 15 storeys, this anecdote popped into my head as I noted Gabe DeSantis seated in the gallery. I could see the wheels turning...”Hmm, he’s going 15....maybe I can up the ante somewhere.” One never knows. Presto change-o, Tuesday’s planning session has a previously planned 16-storey building rejigged to make it 18 storeys - not Mr. DeSantis’s doing. Now, it is not all that simple to change. There is a host of planning principles to ad-

MIKE WILLISCRAFT here to but since the boneheads at Queen’s Park have set the bar at downtown Toronto standards, Grimsby soon will be little more than Stoney Creek east. The transition, stylistically speaking, will give Lincoln every opportunity to be the true gateway to Niagara since the transition from Hamilton to Niagara will be non-discernible in a few years. It is a pretty good indicator of serious issues to come when an alderman is asked, “Has Pandora’s box been opened?” And, “Worse”, is the reply. Stay tuned. ****** When I heard South Lincoln, BDSS and GSS had been ensnared in the District School Board of Niagara’s net, targeted for closure thanks to a staff report. A super school would appear imminent. My money is on the property on the northwest quadrant of Hwy. 8 and Durham Road, but first things first. It is true, the DSBN has followed a tried and true path to get this process where it is today: schools in disrepair, and; extra-curricular and in-class programming following the downward spiral of enrollment. It was almost comical to hear at the BDSS ARC discussion that schools were

“selling” all the good things that go on within their walls. BDSS I have always had a lot of interaction with. South Lincoln, zero for the first couple of years, but much more in the last two years. I don’t think I have gotten a single event notice, or “this student just won X” email, or any communication from GSS since this paper started in 2012. Last year grads lost the opportunity to have grad section in our pages because of a snit regarding a column I had written. All the examples brought up at the ARC meeting have NOT been done for GSS or its students. Again, a clear pattern of an institution put in shutdown mode. Lukewarm turnouts in Smithville and total crickets necessitates additional action - if residents care about having a school in town - to awake the ratepayers and ensure a strong turnout at the Jan. 26 ARC meeting at GSS. GSS is no more important to Grimsby than BDSS is to Beamsville or South Lincoln is to Smithville. They are all core community institutions. Business people, you better take a look at the jobs and commerce these schools represent. Some of you may grouse a bit when a pack of 25-30 kids rumble by your doors after school, but those kids also buy a lot of snacks, drinks and other goods along their way home. On paper, it looks like a no-brainer to close now, and that has been the set up for years, in my humble opinion. If you don’t care, let it be. If you want to do something about it, get your friends and neighbours and show up at GSS. It’s that simple to start turning the tide.

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Council flip signals open season for developers: reader Dear Editor, The arrogance of Mr. Liaquat Mian of LJM Developments in stating publicly was expectation that Grimsby Council would, upon his simple request, overturn the Planning Committee’s decision to reject his now-third revision to the building plans for 540 North Service Road should awaken every resident to the continuing construction crisis that the town is experiencing. No one begins building such a project and midway declares they now need to build the “missing portion”. It is now evident that Mr. Mian’s promise (or perhaps threat) to resort to the Ontario Municipal Board was

Letter always going to be a part of his arsenal. The very existence of that architectural monstrosity towering above neighbouring residences overshadowing their “ancient light”, is testament to another politically motivated violation of both the Town’s Official Plan and by-baws, championed by the Town’s own planning department. To then have the same Town Council members who sit also on the Planning Committee reverse themselves and vote in favour of granting this second “height variance” to save $30,000

from an “expected loss” at an OMB hearing is extremely shortsighted. This action now sends a clear signal to all developers that you can build anything you like in Grimsby, just threaten to go to the OMB and all opposition will fold. Many recent decisions by the OMB have gone in favour of the developer. However, the demonstrated reluctance of town manager, Mr. Brandt, – and of council as a whole - to challenge a potential OMB hearing, and to announce it so publicly, will do nothing more than increase the frequency of similar actions by future developers. The main require-

ment in an OMB hearing is for the “Applicant” (the developer) to prove the request(s) falls within the intent and context of the various provincial statutes as well as municipal requirements. It can be a very expensive and painfully slow process for the applicant. It is time and money that they do not want to spend. Time delays could potentially cripple a project or at least curtail some of the more objectionable parts. The “Appellant” (Town of Grimsby) needn’t spend anything more than some of their current staff’s time in assembling supporting documents from existing ar-

chives and representing themselves to the OMB hearing. I fail to see how such a challenge would increase the amount of money the Town already has spent in salaries and retainer fees for existing staff. Winning at this level would be the goal but even if the result were to go in favour of the developer, the public message would be that Grimsby is not for sale. As it stands the questionable behaviour of the Planning Department continues unchecked as the resolve of Council to protect the intent of the Town’s Official Plan has been so publicly compromised.

The Town Council’s aversion to an OMB challenge to this decision may not be matched by the citizenry. A some point we, as tax-paying residents and stakeholders, will need to organize and hold our elected representatives to task, i.e. enforce our Official Plan and By-Laws. It’s too bad our next municipal elections are so far away. We need to elect to Council representatives who have the same demonstrated resolve as Ald. Dave Kadwell has shown in making intelligent informed decisions on behalf of their constituents. Ron Schroder Grimsby

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