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> Employment Help Centre gets new ED later this month Pg. 5 > Incident at GSS had no safety threat Pg. 3 > World Day of Prayer event March 2 Pg. 7 > Grimsby core next for density push: reader Pg. 11 Thursday, March 1, 2018 Vol. 6 Issue 43 100% Niagara owned & operated.

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McNally trivia night March 8

Grimsby’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 127 will be the scene of McNally House Hospice’s annual trivia night next Thursday, March 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a light meal, snacks and prizes included in the $20pp admission with up to eight people allowed on teams. For info, call 905-309-4013.

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Smithville Garden Club president Loretta Sheilds will lead a DIY seminar on building bird suet feeders tomorrow, March 2, Smithville library. The cost is $2pp for the 6:30 p.m. event.

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Coldest Night of the Year volunteer and Niagara West Affordable Housing board member John Van Wely, right, tells volunteer Jim Howden where to go...his post to direct parking traffic at Grimsby Secondary School as participants flowed in Saturday. For more information on the successful event, please turn to Page 9. Williscraft - Photo

Design issues arise with MURS project By Mike Williscraft NewsNow What was expected to be a 10-minute review of colour choices turned into a 90-minute debate on MURS design issues at West Lincoln council on Monday night. While Paul Delean of contractor Ball Construction was on hand to review colour choices and simple design matters, several members of council outlined a series of con-

cerns they had with the project. Much of the debate centred around a room designated as seniors meeting space and rooms which overlook the ice pad and gymnasium. The fact those who carried the conversation noting the series of issues were those who not only pushed the $23.4 million project through but also served on or regularly attended the project’s

sub-committee was not lost on Coun. Dave Bylsma. Bylsma was one of the councillors who opposed the scope and cost of the MURS project from the outset. “This was just supposed to be a simple update with architectural drawings and colour schemes. It was a non-issue,” said Bylsma on Tuesday. “Councillor (Terry) Bell was upset at the layout of the seniors

club room and suggested changing the layout,” adding Councillors Joann Chechalk and Cheryl Ganann as well as Mayor Doug Joyner also voiced concerns with a variety of problems. Bylsma’s concern is that a contingency of only 1-2 per cent was set aside for the project as opposed to a “more standard” 10 per cent, he said. Joyner was the only other member of council to respond to email

inquiries. “I have spoken to staff regarding the issues raised by Councillors and they have been addressed by staff and we do not anticipate any significant changes that will impact costs. Staff in conjunction with the construction team, have reviewed and investigated many items and best practices with the goal of efficiently addressing the needs and requests identified See MURS, Page 3

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From Page 1 by user groups and stakeholder. Staff continue to work diligently to bring the project to completion on budget and on time,” wrote Joyner. Coun. Mike Rehner was not in attendance Monday night, opting to boycott the MURSoriented discussion entirely. “I don’t want to be part of that. I don’t want to be forced to sit there and listen to

that,” said Rehner of the MURS update. Rehner’s problem with the project is the same as it was through the tumultuous project, cost and long-term impact on the municipality’s finances. “The action of the mayor and other councillors have tied the hands for future councils for 30 years,” said Rehner. “I don’t think the taxpayers knew the mandate of this coun-

“No threat” at GSS Niagara Regional Police were called to Grimsby Secondary School last Friday after a “potential threat” was reported. The school was fully locked down for about 30 minutes while an investigation was conducted. “I can confirm there was no weapon of any kind found at the school on Friday,” said District School Board of Niagara acting chief communications officer Brett Sweeney. “The school called police and entered into a lockdown as a precaution. Officers investigated and were able to determine that the threat was not real and that students were not in danger at any time.”

cil was ‘give me your wallet’. They’re talking about our taxes going up five per cent this year. That’s not true at all.” Rehner said some members of council and staff are conveniently forgetting the impact of past decisions. “I confirmed with the finance director our taxes would have gone down if not for the 5.1 per cent for the MURS. With that increase, last year’s MURS increase and money for the Grimsby YMCA our increase is really 15 per cent in reality,” said Rehner. “We’ve got to be honest with people. They’re trying to hide it. We’ve got a $48 million roads needs study for roads, bridges and sidewalks and we cannot do anything on those because we’re blow-

News Now • Thursday, March 1, 2018 • Page 3 ing $31 million on the MURS.” “When taxpayers try to figure out the tax increase, they need to compare it to 2016 before all this other stuff was added.” Rehner said another update is expected in March and he was unsure if he would attend. For Bylsma, he said the problems go back to his original worries with the project as the scope expanded beyond what was initially planned. “They’re trying to be all things to all people and that got them in this issue,” said Bylsma. “I was gobsmacked to hear all the problems, especially from those who were around the council table the committee table making all the decisions.”

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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.

Catch the Ace Lottery from Royal Canadian Legion branch 127 grimsby. Starts March 1st. and the new jackpot amount is $699.00 Everyonewelcome. Let’s Make Stuff - Yarn Tapestry. March 1st from 6:30PM to 7:30PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Let’s see what original art pieces we can create with at this fun evening of crafting. $5 per person. Registration is required. Therapy Tales. Mar. 2nd from 3PM to 4PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Stressed? Need a snuggle? Want to practice your reading skills? Pups from Therapy Dogs Niagara are here to help! DIY Friday - Bird Suet Bird Feeders. March 2nd from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Join Smithville Garden Club President Loretta Shields for an informative and fun DIY suet bird feeder workshop. $2 per person. Registration is required.

Euchre Party--Mar 5, 2018. Don’t miss it! Beamsville WI invites expert and beginner card players for an evening of fun and challenge at The Lincoln Centre, 4361 Central Ave. Beamsville, 7:30p.m. Prizes and refreshments provided. Knitting Circle. March 6th from 2:30PM to 3:30PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library and March 7th from 1:30PM to 2:30PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Beginners welcome! Drop in every week. Smithville Book Club. March 7th at 3:00 PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Sip a cup of coffee, chat about books, and get ideas for your next read. The March book will be any title by Brad Smith, in preparation for his visit later in the month. 30 Minutes of Flexibility and Mobility. March 7th from 7:30PM to 8:00PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public

Library. $2 for winter session. Registration is required. Rose Cottage Drop In Program Mar 1/18 1:30-3pm - Mountainview Christian Reform Church - 290 Main St. E. Grimsby. The Drop In provides an opportunity for individuals concerned about cognitive change and dementia to learn about brain health and dementia, to ask questions, and to become familiar with community resources and supports. Individuals living with dementia, care partners, family and friends are all welcome to attend. Call (905)309-5071 or visit PRE-TEEN DANCE for Students in Grades 4 to 8 Presented by: Grimsby & District Lions Club. Fri., March 2, from 7-10 pm at Peach King Arena, Livingston Ave, Grimsby. COST: $10. at the door MUSIC: by DJ Maurice of RJM Sounds Door Prize: Donated by Grimsby Canadian Tire $25.00 Gift Certificate Four Dance Prizes: Donated by Wendy Murray Nicholson of

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Employment Help meeting job market needs Employment in Niagara West is an unusual market position these days: there are considerably more employers than people seeking jobs. Gary Bruce, the soon-to-be executive director of the area’s Employment Help Centre offices – when current director Stan Drobnich retires later this month – said his agency is working hard to meet the needs of area employers. “It has become a more common theme, more employers than job seekers,” said Bruce. “Another area which has been very busy is the second career job grants. This has been very well utilized with great results.” With summer approaching, Bruce said the youth assistance programs, for those aged 18-29, will also pick up.

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Gary Bruce, left, will take over as Employment Help Centre’s executive director when Stan Drobnich retires later this month. “Part-time and fulltime and apprenticeships can all help get people experience, and that helps them down the road,” noted Bruce. Having been involved in EHC since

2007 and in Niagara West since 2010, Bruce has seen a lot of changes in the local market. “We are very fortunate right now to have an excellent balance

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Major university hearing study seeks participants. Connect Hearing, with hearing researcher Professor Kathy Pichora-Fuller at the University of Toronto, seeks participants who are over 50 years of age and have never worn hearing aids for a hearing study investigating factors that can influence better hearing. All participants will have a hearing test provided at no charge. Qualifying participants may also receive a demonstration of the latest hearing technology. The data collected from this study will be used to further our understanding of hearing loss and improve lifechanging hearing healthcare across Canada.

Why participate in the hearing study?

Hearing problems typically result from damage to the ear and researchers have spent decades trying to understand the biology behind hearing loss. More importantly, researchers now realize the

need to better understand how hearing loss affects your everyday life*. In this new hearing study, Professor Pichora-Fuller and her team are trying to find out how people learn to live with hearing loss and how new solutions could help these people take action sooner and live life more fully.

It is estimated that 46% of people aged 45 to 87 have some degree of hearing loss1, but most do not seek treatment right away. In fact, the average person with hearing loss will wait ten years before seeking help2. This is because at the beginning stages of hearing loss people often find they can “get by” without help, however as the problem worsens this becomes increasingly harder to do. For some people this loss of clarity is only a problem at noisy restaurants or in the car, but for others it makes listening a struggle throughout the entire day. By studying people who have difficulty hearing in noise or with television, we hope to identify key factors impacting these difficulties and further understand their influence on the treatment process.

If you are over 50 years of age and have never worn hearing aids, you can register to be a part of this major new hearing study† by calling: 1.888.242.4892 or visiting * Pichora-Fuller, M. K. (2016). How social psychological factors may modulate auditory and cognitive functioning during listening. Ear and Hearing, 37, 92S-100S. † Study participants must be over 50 years of age and have never worn hearing aids. No fees and no purchase necessary. Registered under the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC. VAC, WCB accepted. 1. Cruickshanks, K. L., Wiley, T. L., Tweed, T. S., Klein, B. E. K., Klein, R, Mares-Perlman, J. A., & Nondahl, D. M. (1998). Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Older Adults in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin: The Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study. Am. J. Epidemiol. 148 (9), 879-886. 2. National Institutes of Health. (2010).

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Members of the Grimsby Seniors Craft Guild turned over proceeds from their events of the last year to three local charities last week. On hand were: Back (L to R) Alice Klepka, Brenda Sims, Dave Vandersteen of FORT, Helen Klassen, Monika Patterson of West Niagara Second Stage Housing, Karen Thompson of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Carol Della Valle, Jessie Cavers and Ria Laskarin. Front: Flo Osborne, Nancy McGuire, Joan Perelli, Silvia Passalent and Iolla Scott. Williscraft - Photo

Grimsby crafters helping out community Representatives from three major, local charities turned out at last week’s gathering of the Grimsby Seniors Craft Guild. The matter at hand was the dispensing of proceeds from the guild’s fundraising endeavours

over the last year, said group member Carol Della Valle. FORT, Second Stage Housing and Big Brothers Big Sisters all received cheques for $600 apiece. “Those are the proceeds from

our events like the Christmas Bazaar and such,” said Della Valle. “We appreciate all they do and this was a thank you for their generous work in our community.”



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Each year the Christian churches in Grimsby prepare and participate in a World Day of Prayer service. All are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. This year’s service will be held: March 2 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 135 Livingston Ave. in Grimsby. The keynote speak will be Father Ronald Angervil.

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Grimsby’s World Day of Prayer set for March 2 Since 1887 on or near the first Friday of March each year, millions of Christians have gathered worldwide to pray for the issues of family violence, child abuse, human trafficking and other forms of injustice. In 2018, that prayerful support will be directed at 540,000 inhabitants of the Republic of Suriname on the northeastern coast of South America.





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Passed away peacefully with all the love of her family at McNally House Hospice, on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in her 80th year. Believing that they could not be apart for long, Pat is now with her partner and love of her life, Ged (September 28, 2017). Loved mother of Neil (Tracey) and Janet Warner (Brad) and devoted grandmother of Chelsea, Chloe, Brynne and Ian, who meant the world to her. She will also be missed by her sister Renee Speake (late Roy, January 24, 2018), many nieces and nephews as well as all of her friends. Pat left her life and all of her family in England and moved to Canada with Ged in 1966 and was a dedicated wife and mother and gradually grandmother. She was a true testament of what ‘putting family first’ meant. She was the driver, the teacher and overall supporter through two generations, even being surrogate Grandma to many. She was selfless through life - always putting others first and teaching us the values that we carry with us today. She was the most thoughtful and caring person to those who were fortunate enough to have known her. She will be missed more than words can say. Special thanks to Dr. O’Dea and McNally House staff for their exceptional support and care. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Hall, 7 St. Andrews Avenue, Grimsby on Friday, March 2, 2018 between 2-5 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions to McNally House Hospice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to STONEHOUSE-WHITCOMB FUNERAL HOME, GRIMSBY, 905-945-2755.

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The Grimsby Garden Club installed its new executive early this year for 2018. On hand were (L to R) Betty Repa, Susan Lusted, Donna McGlone, Joanne Johnston, Joe Fisher, Sharon Fisher, Stephen Hargrave, Karen Gough, Mary McLaren, Roberta Blackie and Beth Sommers.

Coldest Night of the Year generates $45K-plus The Coldest Night of the Year West Niagara fundraising walk in support of YWCA’s Affordable Housing program had an excellent year. “We saw incredible support for this year’s Coldest Night of the Year West Niagara and are extremely thankful. We had the best turnout we’ve seen this year with 219

participants and volunteers coming out to show they care about the homelessness and poverty in our area,” said event organizer Arienne Good. “Donations are still coming in and are welcome until March 31, but as of now we’ve raised $45,000.” One aspect of the event, which is al-


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GPAG set for major event Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s major fundraiser of the year – Art Feast – is set for Saturday March 24 at the Adelaide Street facility. With live music, silent and live auctions - featuring original artworks, collectibles and goods and services - as well as gourmet treats, door prizes and more, buying your $35 tickets early is recommended. Call GPAG at 905-945-3246 for more information, or email:

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While volunteers Christine Maresan and Steve Green work out some details, Coldest Night of the Year participant Sue Foster signs in for Saturday’s event hosted at Grimsby Secondary School. Williscraft - Photo

Grimsby planning needs jets cooled There is no simple solution when a cake has been half-baked and the lightbulb goes on to let one know an crucial ingredient was left out of the recipe. Such is the situation with planning in Grimsby. People in town are looking at the municipality trying to figure out not only what is happening, but why. So, too, are others in varying Niagara municipalities. Grimsby’s reputation preceeds it, and not in a warm, fuzzy way. A suggestion was made to me that Grimsby needs to implement a moratorium on development until jets can be cooled and more coherent plan can be established which would provide a direction consistent with the values and goals of the community as a whole. These wants are supposed to be shepherded by town council, but that has not happened in years. It’s part of the reason wholesale change on council is now vital. But a moratorium would be a last-ditch approach. All that was every needed was common sense and a willingness by council to push back with developers almost as much as they have chosen to push back on citizens who have voiced varying concerns. M.W.

Missing meeting not right take in W.L. As always, lots of ground to cover but I wanted to start by outlining what’s happening with our Grimsby office. I would love to tell you we’re doing a big, fancy renovation, putting a hot tub in the back for those much needed breaks and planning a posh reception area, etc, etc. Ummm, no, that is not the case. There is no hesitation on my part, good reader, in telling you if we can survive 2018, we will become a permanent fixture. First and foremost, the initiative of Grimsby Fire Department to improve old buildings downtown from a firefighting standpoint are 100 per cent awesome and should be lauded. The downside, for our office, is we got stuck right in the middle of the process. We were right in the middle of our ClubWest Magazine deadline when our landlord came in with a department-issued work order which outlined what needed to be March 2. I got this information on Feb. 15, right before the holiday weekend and I told the landlord I could do nothing until the following Wednesday after I got the paper for that week and the magazine off to press. Wednesday-Sunday we packed, cleaned and shifted the office to be ready for a Monday start of office demo. That demo is taking place on the other side of a sealed plastic curtain four feet from the back of my chair. You are seeing the immediate result of the impact from this issue with what you are holding, a 12-page edition. I hate 12-page editions. In 33 years in printing, the number of 12s I have done can be counted on one hand.

MIKE WILLISCRAFT I missed important meetings and didn’t have a chance to spend even an hour on sales, so I apologize to those whose stories I had to hold for a week. If I missed your event, feel free to send me a photo and/or write up and I will get it in. I don’t want to dwell on it, not for a second. The work is important. Nobody wants to see a repeat of July 2017 in downtown Grimsby and anything we can do to help, we’ll get it done one way or another. Please bear with us. Our back door is open for business and we’re all set and ready to go as long as is needed. Stop by and say hi! ****** Mike Rehner is not happy. I get that, but he is making a grave error in not attending West Lincoln council meetings as a form of silent protest over the MURS project. He is right when he states it is hard to sit there and listen to all the ramblings involved with the project, but the fact remains that is the circumstance for which he sign up. His points on the mayor supporting items which have added to the township’s expenses – namely supporting the YMCA in 2010, stuffing the MURS through at a $23 million-plus cost and cast-

ing the tie-breaking vote to bring in a new CAO at an expense considerably higher than the municipality’s pay structure has ever seen - are well taken. Mix in a host of serious concerns about the financial heft of the West Lincoln budget and Rehner has major problems with how things are being run. Sitting at home is no way to represent not only his concerns as an elected official, but also those of the folks who elected him. West Lincoln council needs more of Mike Rehner, not less. He cannot leave Dave Bylsma as the only other fiscally responsible character around that table. West Lincoln’s budget sleight of hand with the “increase” for this year - building in last year’s five per increase into the foundation of the budget so it seemingly does not impact this or future years – is not uncommon. Grimsby pulled the same trick with a 10-year debenture on Peach King Centre. That tax hit was supposed to come off when the debenture was paid out but council cashed it in, hired a slew of staff and commenced patting themselves on the back for process a tax decrease that year. It would have made Houdini proud. This form of trickery is common with all levels of government. They depend on people either not paying attention, not having the stamina to stay focused on the issue or simply not caring enough to do anything about it. The people of West Lincoln and Grimsby care, I hear it every day. Both municipalities need every bit of opposition to current regimes until the ballot box can tell the tale this fall.

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Downtown Grimsby may be next for “Let’s Make a Deal” approach Dear Editor, When it comes to growth in the Niagara region, the 2017 Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Provincial Policy Statement set the stage for growth and intensification. But it is the Region as the upper tier municipality that actually sets the target number of units and population density for each municipality. Grimsby has been an all too willing partner when the Region comes calling to squish as many units and density into the few hectares of developable land available and to redevelop existing properties as far into the sky as possible. The GO Train Station Secondary Plan recently approved by Grimsby Council sets a 20-year vision for intensifica-

Letter tion, land uses and heights. It states, “The Secondary Plan has been prepared to align and implement a wide range of local, Regional and Provincial policies, including the policies of the Regional Official Plan, Regional Transportation Master Plan, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Provincial Policy Statement and the Greenbelt Plan.” With a document so in line with policies, there should be no need for developers to come with one open hand and the other holding cash, asking the Town for additional height under Section 37 bonusing (Section 9.4 of the Town’s Official Plan). However, when asked at the Feb 20 Council meeting to

include a moratorium on this height bonusing, Grimsby aldermen did not question or entertain the idea and voted to approve the Secondary Plan as presented by Planning staff. The Downtown is next. Developers are asking for twice the maximum height on Main Street. There should be no more excuses from the Town that their hands are tied by the Province, this Council has the power to do something about it. If this Council will not close the bonusing loophole and stop “Let’s Make A Deal” planning, tell the Region enough is enough, and enact a moratorium, as of right now no neighbourhood is immune and “the sky is the limit”. Dorothy Bothwell Grimsby

Town of Lincoln Transportation Master Plan Notice of Public Open House #1 The Town of Lincoln is developing a long-range transportation master plan to focus on key areas: roads, goods movement, transit and active transportation (walking and cycling).

THIS IS YOUR CALL TO ACTION… We need your help to shape the future of transportation in Lincoln. The open house will be used to present information about the Transportation Master Plan, provide you with the chance to have your say, speak with the project team and learn more about transportation in Lincoln. We invite you, the people who live, work and play in Lincoln Plan discussion items: • Traffic operations • Corridor and intersection assessments • Truck traffic management • Active transportation (pedestrian, cycling, and trail networks) • Transit opportunities

• Complete streets – safe, convenient, comfortable travel • On-street parking • Road network and travel demands • GO Hub Study integration

Details regarding the time and location for each event are provided below. The same information will be available on each evening. Tuesday March 27, 2018

Wednesday March 28, 2018

Fleming Centre 5020 Serena Drive, Beamsville 6 – 8 p.m.

Jordan Fire Station 3763 19th Street, Jordan 6 – 8 p.m.

If you are unable to attend an event, visit to find additional opportunities to provide your thoughts. This study will be carried out through an open public process in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process (October 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011), which is an approved process under the EA Act.

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Where is the Justice?

Bringing Respect for Life and Justice to Canadian Politics

CHP Canada

The Christian Heritage Party of Canada 1-888-868-3247 Will Motion 103 Muzzle Your Freedoms? What is it about Canada that is most important? It’s our rights and freedoms! These derive from English Common Law and are established on our governing institutions. MOST important are our freedom of expression and freedom of speech. Today, any Canadian can criticize any religion or all religions. However, with the recent passing of Motion 103 in our Parliament in Ottawa, with its inclusion of the undefined term, “Islamophobia,” we at CHP Canada are concerned. Where will this lead? What are the unintended consequences of this motion? Why does Motion 103 specifically name Islam and not all other religions? Why should any religion or any group holding and promoting a specific worldview be sheltered from public scrutiny and, when warranted, public criticism? Should Canadians allow organizations to set up parallel societies in Canada with laws that conflict with Canadian law? Should Canada have two sets of laws? Should such organizations not be open to public scrutiny and fair criticism without fear of reprisal from Canadian law? Living in a nation like Canada with freedom of expression and freedom of speech enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a privilege that must be defended. Should Motion 103 lead to a Bill and then become law, Canadians may lose their vital rights and these very freedoms may be restricted. Concerned? Please contact your Member of Parliament and let them know.

Niagara West

MP Dean Allison


On March 23, 2017 Canadian Parliament, by a vote of 201 to 91, passed Motion 103, which reads as follows: That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) CONDEMN ISLAMOPHOBIA and all forms of systematic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could (i) develop a whole-of- government approach to reducing or eliminating systematic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making, (ii) collect data to contextualize hate crime reports and to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities, and that the Committee should present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of this motion, provided that in its report, the Committee should make recommendations that the government may use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. CHP Canada ‘Bringing Respect for Life and Justice to Canadian Politics’ The Christian Heritage Party of Canada

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