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> Stage 1A now achieved, HHS moves on with WLMH rebuild process Pg. 3 > Lincoln vets GO Secondary Plan details Pg. 4 > New service club for West Lincoln Pg. 5 > Grimsby 40 host potential candidate seminar Pg. 9 Thursday, March 8, 2018 Vol. 6 Issue 44 100% Niagara owned & operated.

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An overflow crowd packed the Carnegie Building last Thursday to hear details on a proposed eight-storey condo in downtown Grimsby. Williscraft - Photo

Raucous crowd greets DeSantis proposal Developer, eight-storey condo proposal hammered by Grimsby residents By Mike Williscraft NewsNow The meeting to roll out a proposed eight-storey condo complex in downtown Grimsby never had a chance - it was doomed from the start. The meeting, hosted by developer Homes By DeSantis, which has proposed the building for the former site of the Roxy Theatre, was set for the Carnegie Building with doors opening at 6:30 p.m., a presentation to start at 7 p.m. By 6:15 p.m. the 40 chairs

set out were occupied with about 20 people standing around the room. By 6:40 p.m., members of the DeSantis team gathered up easels which were showcasing various aspects of the project to make room for more people. Scott Arbuckle, a senior planner with consultant with consultant IBI Group, started the program early by telling the crowd he was throwing Town under the bus for recommending the small hall which had about 120 people sardined in and

streaming down the stairs and out the door. In his opening comments, Arbuckle invited those in attendance to interject with any questions as the presentation unfolded and, with that, the struggle to get through it started with the very first anecdote which praised the redevelopment of Burlington. “We moved from Burlington to get away from all that,” shouted one man in the crowd. “if we wanted high rises in our neighbourhoods we would have just

stayed there.” From that point on there were anywhere between one and four questions offered up every 2-3 sentences for the remainder of the contentious affair. PARKING Parking was the first core issue brought up by Arbuckle as he noted there would be 125 parking spots, “with the majority in two floors of underground parking.” Many in the crowd shouted that was not near enough, while neighbouring property owner Irene

Broms said she has an existing problem with people parking in her lot and adding a major, underserviced building a few doors down would only magnify the problem. “My parking is being used now,” said Broms, who owns 6 Ontario Street, home to Brooke’s Barber Den and Sun Chasers with residential above. “If you’re planning for the future, you have to do it right and this is not the way. There must be a lot more thought See CONDO, Page 2

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Designing a modern heritage building

Reg Freake, third from left, was one of the outspoken attendees at last Thursday’s packed open house, hosted by Homes By DeSantis. Williscraft - Photo on the night. edly if he was listening, CONDO Ald. Joanne Johnston would he come back From Page 1 and Ald. Dave Kadwell with a project reduced given to this. in scope. As IBI’s Jared Marcus were in attendance. As the traffic aspect While this question attempted to speak to traffic related issues, continued, Marcus men- was asked many times, Matt Shipton, who owns tioned there would be DeSantis would not give 1 Doran Ave., inter- no Main Street traffic to an inch of concession. jected with a series of or from the proposed In fact, he dug in his comments and ques- building, adding that heels saying several tions relating to traffic access to a 10-foot al- times that he will go on Doran, parking and ley running behind Main through the “rigorous student safety at St. Jo- Street businesses would process” to get the seph Catholic Elementa- be connected to the project completed. ry School as that street main outdoor parking Tempers reached is in a school zone. area. their peak when Ald. “The spot right in After one lady shout- Johnston read aloud front of my house is the ed out the current plan one of many emails she only on-street parking should be scrapped and said she had received on the street and not a a new plan for a four- on the issue. day goes by now that storey unit should be As she noted, lack I cannot look up and brought back, Michael of sidewalks on Doran down the street and Grosman, a lawyer who were a major issue since see it full of cars. This owns 7 Doran Avenue that would be the only proposal is underserwent a step further. access to the condo, viced, so it will only get “They should bring DeSantis shouted out worse,” said Shipton. back a plan that is worth that the Town would Marcus cited a traffic the paper it is written correct that issue by study done for DeSantis putting sidewalks in. by consultant C.F. Cro- on,” said Grosman. “No, you’ll put those At that point, Gabe zier, “The traffic study sidewalks in, Mr. DeDeSantis, president of showed there was no Santis,” said Johnston, Homes By DeSantis innecessary upgrades to pointing her finger terjected. He noted the Ontario Street or Doran.” across the room. meeting was the begin“That’s just not right,” DeSantis walked shouted resident Reg ning of the public proacross the room to cess for a project 1.5 Freake, who asked confront Johnston at years in the making to aloud how many memthat point. Their condate. bers of Grimsby council “We’re listening and versation was inaudiwere on hand to take in if we can finish our pre- ble in the room. the meeting. While the meeting “Now how many fu- sentation we’ll answer from ture members of Grims- all your questions af- disintegrated there, it was noted by council are here,” ter,” said DeSantis. added resident Dave However the crowd several times the matSharpe, to loud ap- did not believe this ter will come up at plause and really the comment with one lady the March 27 Planning only moment of levity asking DeSantis repeat- Committee meeting.

Editor’s Note: The following is an opinion piece submitted at the editor’s request to facilitate an unedited version of espoused merits of an eight-storey condo to be located in downtown Grimsby. to the empty nester/ cally units per hectThanks Mike for the opportunity to further are). Density does not early retiree market and as such these impact the design so discuss the Century folks generally have Condominium project. much as it deals with only 1 car per housethe contents of the Let me begin by hold and do not con“box” rather than the apologizing to those tribute significantly to size or height of the that were not able to the peak travel times. “box”. find seating. The roads have In other words—if Unfortunately, there this building were all 2 enough capacity to are limited public accommodate this halls in the Downtown and 3 bedroom units project and no direct area and a larger than the density would be access on to Main expected turnout was less but the size and Street is provided. height would be the received—which is a The overall look of good thing as this is a same. the building and parThe density prolandmark project. ticularly the podium posed is in line with I also regret that I received a lot of coma downtown location was not able to atand the infrastructure ments. tend as I am recovMr. DeSantis is comis there to support the ering from surgery, mitted to making this 86 units. nevertheless I have a “Made in Grimsby” The height of the spoken to our team project. building is proposed that was there and at 8 stories with a have a solid underWe have reached standing of the issues 5 storey step back out to the Heritage design sitting on a 3 and concerns. Society, the Heritage storey podium with a These types of Advisory Committee 2 storey colonnade. meetings are not of Council and the Anything less than mandatory, Mr. Downtown Improve10 stories is considDeSantis decided ment Area to desigered to be a midrise to host this event in nate 2 of their respecbuilding. We use the hopes of better tive members to sit angular plane projecinforming the comwith our design team tions and shadow/ munity on what was and help us adjust or proposed and to seek wind studies to influmodify the look of ence height and all of public input and conthe building to better these factors support structive ideas. reflect the Downtown this height. We appreciate that Core. It may be the first this is an important Through this posting “tall” building in project and we heard I would also welcome Downtown but its a lot of passionate 2 members of the height was carefully and engaged feedcommunity at large to based on compatibilback both in support also volunteer (905and in opposition and ity testing. 546-1010 Ext 63109). Traffic is always we are committed Our Open House a concern as most to working with the was the first step of people drive and are community. a much longer public The main issues that therefore traffic “explanning process and perts”. Traffic engiwe came away with we are committed to neers however focus included the density, creating a wonderful on the morning and height, traffic and the new landmark buildafternoon peak travel overall look of the ing in YOUR Downtimes as these are building. town Core. the busiest (the “rush Density is a number Respectfully Submitted: and it represents a ra- hour”). John Ariens, RPP, MCIP This project is pritio of persons or units Planning Practice Lead per area of land (typi- marily being targeted IBI Group

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LHIN approval of Stage 1A key step for WLMH By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Moving on. That is the attitude of Hamilton Health Sciences officials after receiving Stage 1A - a plan for overall vision and programs for West Lincoln Memorial Hospital’s future - approval from the Local Health Integration Network last week. “It’s an important milestone,” said HHS president Rob MacIsaac, adding there is still a lot of work to do in achieving the dream of many - a new WLMH. “We are grateful the LHIN board endorsed the vision, but until we have a shovel in the ground...” While the 1A was submitted in June 2016

it took nearly two years and five appearances by HHS officials at the LHIN board to get this step completed. Now achieved, MacIsaac and his team turn their attention to Stage 1B - a detailed facilities plan. “We didn’t stop working on our 1B while the LHIN was considering 1A,” noted MacIsaac. As a result, the 1B has already been submitted to the Ministry of Health. “The LHIN endorsement of 1A is necessary but not sufficient,” said MacIsaac in explaining that his people are keeping their eye on the ball, getting a shovel in the ground. “The Province will consider 1A and 1B to-

gether. There will be some back and forth in the coming months. We will clarify and fill in certain points depending on the questions we get.” At this point, there is

no timeline for the 1B approval step. “No set timelines from the Ministry. I just hope it will be a priority for them,” said MacIsaac. While there is still much work to put in,

MacIsaac said this first concrete step in the procress is now achieved. “This is good cause for optimism,” said MacIsaac, adding he understands the frustra-

tion residents have felt over the years. “The community ought to be encouraged. We’re going to keep working until we get that shovel in the ground.”

Artist’s concept of possible WLMH look.

Timeline for current WLMH rebuild three years to date Planning Process

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) began a planning process in early 2015 to develop a long-range clinical vision and plan for redevelopment of its hospitals over the next 20 years. Like all hospitals in Ontario seeking provincial support for redevelopment, HHS is following a five-step process required by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Developing an overall vision for programs and services (formally named the Stage 1A) is the first step in the process. HHS submitted its Stage 1A document to the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) in June 2016. This is the document that was endorsed by the HNHB LHIN Board on Feb. 28, 2018. In the spring 2017 provincial budget, Hamilton Health Sciences received a commitment that its proposed redevelopment projects are in the queue for capital funding. This doesn’t mean that all plans are approved, but is considered a vote of confidence in the direction we’re heading. After submitting the Stage 1A to

the LHIN, HHS began work on the next planning stage (Stage 1B), which is a detailed facilities plan. This plan was submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in January 2018. Highlights of the Stage 1B plan include the recommendation that the rebuilding of WLMH be an early priority for redevelopment, along with redevelopment of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre in Hamilton. If the Ministry agrees with our recommended project sequence, the estimated timeline is approximately five years to begin construction, pending the necessary approvals and funding. An artist’s rendering, based on input from staff and physicians, of what the future WLMH could look like has been developed. It depicts the building set further back from Hwy. 8 than the current hospital, with a parking lot in front of the new building. Community Engagement Helped Develop the Vision: The HHS planning process, known as Our Healthy Future, began with 10 community engagement sessions in spring 2015, including two in West Niagara, in April and May 2015.

The focus of these sessions was to determine what people value most in their healthcare experience. The main themes arising from community engagement in West Niagara were: • build a new WLMH • receiving care closer to home • maintain a connection to the community • greater focus on seniors’ care The data collected formed the vision for the future West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Follow up sessions were held in February (a community workshop), March (town hall meeting), and April 2016 (community information session) where a draft vision for the future West Lincoln Memorial Hospital was presented and discussed, prior to its submission to the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN in June 2016 Other communications/engagement activities: • Presentations to Town of Lincoln, Town of West Lincoln and Town of Grimsby have taken place at least once annually from 2015 ongoing. • Household mailers with planning updates are distributed to approximately 30,000 households in

West Niagara twice annually from December 2015 onwards (the most recent was Fall 2017 and another is planned for Spring 2018). • Regular articles and ads in local papers (ongoing). Timeline Summary Spring 2015 – Planning process begins with community engagement sessions. Winter 2016 – The vision for future WLMH begins to emerge and is shared with West Niagara community. June 2016 – HHS submits its 20year vision for programs and services to the HNHB LHIN. Spring 2017 – HHS receives commitment to future capital funding in provincial budget, although not for any specific project. Winter 2018 – HHS receives endorsement from the HNHB LHIN on its 20-year vision. HHS submits its facilities plan to the MOHLTC with the recommendation that WLMH be one of the first projects to move forward (with an anticipated construction start of approximately five years). Artist’s rendering of what future WLMH could look like is available for viewing.

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Small crowd attend Beamsville GO meeting Beamsville being the best it can be is a strong part of the motivation behind the ongoing GO development in Lincoln and last week Secondary Plan meeting was one step in that process. About 50 residents were on hand at Lincoln town hall for the session with only a few making comments. Among the speakers was Beamsville resident Paul Labate, who noted the location of a proposed GO station should be shifted further east. “Ontario Street is congested enough and bike lanes don’t improve the situation . I spoke to the mayor, councillors and even the police and no one seems to care regarding the traffic, speeding and noise,” said Labate. “Further this station does nothing for Ontario Street The station should be in Vineland, centrally located, within the Town.” The Secondary Plan is a comprehensive step which, in large part, established guidelines for

how the area around any GO station may develop. The plan provides long-range policy guidance for: • Land use • Transportation, including walking, cycling, transit and road networks • Urban design and public realm improvements • implementation The main objectives of the plan are: • Plan for redevelopment along Greenlane Road in proximity to the future GO Transit Station • Improve the streetscape and pedestrian realm along Ontario Street and Greenland Road • Protect employment lands and attract new investment • Support connectivity and integration of the GO Transit Station • Protect stable residential neighbourhoods, and; • Promote active transportation and make efficient use of existing infrastructure. “There was surprisingly little input from the public, with a

few exceptions of directly affected people, most who own property in the area,” noted Coun. Rob Foster. “What this Secondary Plan is suggesting is a pretty significant change to our municipality, changes that we are already seeing. There have been questions raised about where the station should go. Is the location on Ontario the right place? It is so important for us as a community to get this right -- we want to make Lincoln and, in particular, Beasmsville the best it can be.” Lincoln CAO Mike Kirkopoulos said changes are coming and the community needs to be ready for GO, residential and commercial expansion as well as having transportation plans to move people and goods in place. “Creating varied housing options and making them affordable for all, along with making it safer to walk, drive and cycle are all key goals of the Secondary Plan for this “GO Precinct’,” said Kirkopoulos.

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New service club rolls out for West Lincoln

After a long absence, West Lincoln is seeing the development of a new service club. The Kiwanis Club was chosen by some serviceminded citizens after six different clubs made presentations to the group. “Currently we are building a base foundation of operations for our club to operate on when we are chartered,” said inaugural president Dave Willis, who noted anyone who joins by Spring will be considered a charter member. Presently there are 16 paid members, with the Kiwanis Club of St. Catharines sponsoring. “We are seeking men and women with creative minds, people with positive attitudes to expand our membership. Members can expect to serve West Lincoln, as well as enjoying fun and fellowship in the club and on projects,” said Willis, adding meetings are every Tuesday at 7 p.m., at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 393 in Smithville. For more information, call Willis 905-957-7577.

Ganann clarifies debate West Lincoln’s MURS project is on time and on budget, says Coun. Cheryl Ganann. Ganann was contacted last week regarding a lengthy debate at the Monday, March 5 meeting of council mainly centred around design aspects of the $23.4 million MURS project. “The discussion centred more around making certain, while we can, that all “user group” needs would be met in the finished project with a great deal of discussion around making certain that there is sufficient storage in all areas,” noted Ganann in an email received after deadline. “My personal concern revolved around the community rooms so as to be certain that seniors’ groups have the ability to store their equipment, materials, etc.” Councillors Jason Trombetta and Joann Chechalk also responded but did not offer comment.

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Catch the Ace Lottery from Royal Canadian Legion branch 127 Grimsby. Starts March 8th. and the new jackpot amount is $710.00 Everyonewelcome. Legion Br. 393 Smithville - March 2018. Events. Tues - Fri Free Pool 2-5 pm. Tues. Cribbage 2-4 pm. Wed. Fun Dart Night 7 pm. Thurs. Euchre 2-4 pm. Thurs. 8th and 22nd BINGO 6 pm. Sat. 24Th . March 9th Movie night 6:30pm to 8:30pm. March 10 Chilli Cook Off 5pm Soundwave 8pm $10/ pers. Candy bar Bingo (Kids and adults 10am-11am. Sun. 25th Monthly Breakfast (8-Noon) Ice available $2.00 ea. Hall rental available $20./hour. You do not have to be a legion member to participate everybody welcome. Thursday At Ten - Mar 8, “Grimsby Then and Now. Speaker John Allan St. Patrick’s Day Community Luncheon Mar. 9 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM at the Lincoln Centre, Beamsville. $8 per person at the door. Everyone welcome. Contact Barb for more info 905-562-4015. Meditation with Caroline Watters. Mar 8 from 6:30 - 7:30PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Go from where you are, to where you are truly meant to be in your life, career or business. Join Caroline Watters, Intuitive Healer, Coach, Speaker & Magic Maker for a group guided meditation. $5 each. Registration is required. Save the Bees with Small Scale Farms. Mar 9th from 6:30 - 7:30PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. We all know that bees are important to our ecosystem. But do you know why? Learn more about what you can do now to help save them. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for Community Care. Registration is required. Lego @ the Library. Mar 10th from 10 AM to 4 PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library and March 13th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Wellandport branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Drop in and

show off your creativity with LEGO. Bring back the ‘70’s with a ‘Macrame Revival’ workshop. March 10 from 10am to 2pm! Create a plant hanger for your patio or sunroom & then craft a miniature wall hanging! $25 per person. limited space. Call 905-662-2691 or erlandleehome@fwio. to pre-register. All workshops help support the day-to-day expenses of keeping the Erland Lee Museum, a National Historic Site, open to the public.” The Grimsby Kinsmen & NewsNow presents the 23rd annual Greater Grimsby MiniPutt Tour Join us on Mar 11, 2018 as we Mini-Putt through Grimsby’s finest establishments in support of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation. To register a team call Bruce Bond at (905) 945-3948. Registrations available as of Feb 15th. For further information, or sponsor a golf hole visit: Emoji Party. Mar 12 from 3:30 PM to 4:30PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Join us for some E-moji themed fun at the library, with lots of crafts and activities. $2 each. Registration is required. Tech Petting Zoo. Mar 13th from 2 to 4 PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library, March 14th 1:00PM to 3:00PM at Wellandport branch of West Lincoln Public Library and 6:00PM to 9:00PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Come get your hands on all our new tech toys! Try out our USB turntable, tablets, keychain maker, LEGO robotics, and much, much more! See what we have and what you can do with it! Peter Pan and Tinkerbell Party. Mar 13th from 2:30 to 3:30PM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. $2 each. Registration is required. Join us in Neverland for a day to celebrate Peter Pan and all the fairies of Pixie Hollow Stupendous String Art. Mar 14th from 2 to 3 PM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Use your decorative skills to

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contributed positively to the Grimsby community; • Citizens who have achieved a special milestone through community service efforts. (eg. 50th anniversary of a volunteer organization serving local purposes), and; • Those who in the view of the Recreation, Facilities and Culture Committee, have contributed significantly to the quality of life in the community through their volunteer efforts. Applicants must be Grimsby residents, and cannot have previously received an award. Applications will be received until 4:30 pm, March 20. Nominations will be reviewed in late March and the awards presentation for the approved applicants is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 23. Direct any questions to Grimsby Recreation department, 905-945-1288.



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Grimsby 40, Better Niagara team for candidate seminar A West Niagara group interested in fostering a new political direction in Grimsby – if not beyond – has joined forces with a Niagara-wide organization with similar goals. “While better managing growth is a major concern in West Niagara, the over-arching issue here is lack of accountability. This is really about getting good candidates and residents in Grimsby, West Lincoln and Lincoln are welcome to attend. It won’t be community specific,” said Rob Hattin, director, Grimsby 40. “We need politicians who keep in mind that their prime job is public service and that they have to be transparent and accountable with their decision-making.” The Grimsby 40 is a group which has been meeting regularly for about one year and has seen their numbers grow steadily. Across Niagara interest in significant change at regional and municipal council tables in the Oct. 22 municipal elections is also high “While each Niagara community has had its own unique, concerning issues over the past term, the commonality is a demand for better governance,” said Sean Polden, executive director, A Better Niagara, a grassroots-citizens’ coalition formed to increase civic engagement. “People have had enough of controversies and infighting. They want to see regional and local govern-

ments listening to, and working for, the people.” After holding three sold-out candidate training sessions in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland earlier this year, the A Better Niagara has planned three more in Grimsby, Fort Erie and Port Colborne. The free, 90-minute program titled, “How You Can Build A Better Niagara: Running For Municipal Office”, gives potential candidates, and campaign support volunteers, insight into what it takes to run a campaign and provides them with the opportunity to hear what political life is like from former and current politicians. A Better Niagara is partnering with the Grimsby 40 for a Niagara West session which will be held on Wednesday, March 21, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Beamsville Legion, 5545 King St. Debbie Zimmerman, a former chair of Niagara Region (1997-2003) Grimsby alderman and regional councillor, who 36 years of experience, will be one of the speakers. Space is limited so those interested are encouraged to reserve their spot early. For more information, and to register for the candidate training sessions, email: info@abetterniagara. For more information on The Grimsby 40 contact Rob Hattin: 905-517-4448.

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).

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“Dog and pony show” an insult to meeting attendees, community Dear Editor, I am writing in reaction to the “dog and pony show” at the old Carnegie library building, last Thursday evening. I am angered to have been subjected to a slick “lecture” about what we “should want dropped, like a gift from heaven,” into the midst of our little town by DeSantis builders. Being told what has been good for Burlington and the core of that city by developers as an idea whose time has


come to Grimsby was nonsense, as was the message that an 8-storey, concrete modernist monster was just what Grimsby’s downtown needs. The issue of access (via Doran Avenue) with traffic entering and exiting the DeSantis property right into the face of an Elementary School and daycare was sluffed off as of no consequence.

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This should have been enough to raise red flags of warning in the Planning Department at Grimsby town hall. This development is over twice the permitted height permitted in the Official Plan for the core of the town. Why has this, Official Plan, been ignored? There is an information meeting at the Planning Department of the Town of Grimsby on the 27th of March, 7 p.m. Another dog and pony show? There, I hope to learn who it was that accepted the cubist concrete creation of architecture which is in drastic contrast to the character of the core, ignoring the of investment in by the Downtown Improvement Area (DIA) to retain the character of the core on an ongoing basis. Were we consulted about the intention by the “powers that be” – including Hizzoner and his minions at Town Hall – about throwing out the height restriction out? Not that I know of and, if past practices are anything to go by, we won’t have an opportunity to have a

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meaningful say in the final decision. It is difficult to see how those who designed and propose this are representing the tastes of Grimsby townies, and the needs of this community. This – above all the rest of the insults we ratepayers have had to endure over the last decade-and-a-half – demands another level of participation in the process unfolding on our Main Street. Yes, the Town needs to have more people living in, or near to, the core to make it a viable “neighbourhood” and a strong residential core for businesses to draw on. There are many ways this could have been achieved. This isn’t the one. May I suggest that everyone who likes living in a town like that which is the current Grimsby invest a few hours of their time and go down to the meeting at town hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. I wonder how the proponents would like someone dropping this in their town core. Bud Hightower Grimsby

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Peacefully in his 93rd year on March 2, 2018. Predeceased by his wife June (Jan. 1/18) and son Jim. Loving father of Karen (Ernest) Widmer, Douglas, Nancy (Geoffrey) Gould and Barry, and sister-in-law Leah Turner. He will be greatly missed by his 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Visitation and funeral gathering to take place at the Vineland Chapel of the Tallman Funeral Homes, 3277 King St. on Friday, March 9, at 10:00 a.m. Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Mount Osborne Cemetery, Beamsville. A reception will follow at the First Baptist Church, Beamsville. If desired, donations to the Albright Manor Foundation or West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at www.



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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of J. Christine Hilton D.V.M., on March 1, 2018 at the age of 48, after a long and brave journey with lung cancer which ended with love, grace and dignity at McNally House Hospice in Grimsby on March 1, 2018. Christine is the devoted wife of Steven and the cherished mother of Benjamin (2001), Nathan and James. She is the daughter of Richard and Judith Harmon of Bridgenorth, ON., and the daughter-in-law of Thomas (Susan 2002) of Grimsby. She is survived by her brother Scott (Luci) of Waterloo. She is the granddaughter of Kathleen Harmon (Kenneth 2006) of Welland, and Agnes (1990) and Vernon (2013) Bridgewood of Hamilton. She is survived by her sisterin-law Karen (Belleville) and Brother-in-law Rodney (Sheri) of Kincardine. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Visitation was held at STONEHOUSEWHITCOMB FUNERAL HOME, GRIMSBY (905945-2755) on Monday, March 5, 2018. Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Grimsby on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Cremation has followed. At Christine’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Paul Van Dongen Fund c/o Niagara Youth Orchestra Association or the Niagara Symphony Orchestra - Summer Music Camp Fund would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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Maintain Grimsby’s charm: reader Dear Editor, It is like a plague that has decended on Grimsby! Property developers think that they can negate the regulations that have been set by the Town’s elected councils. Let us discuss the Homes by DeSantis proposal for Century Codos, an eightstorey, 86 apartment condominium project in the Town centre. This developer must already be aware that there are well established regulations to ensure that no development can be more than four levels in height within the downtown core. In recent years, much effort and money has been spent on Grimsby ‘s downtown to preserve, restore and maintain it’s historic ambience and charm. However, reading the promotional material contrived by DeSantis copy writers, they would have you believe that they are doing Grimsby a favour. Quote: “There is something truly special about downtown Grimsby, both quaint and contemporary it is the perfect blend of past and future. Part of that future will be Homes by DeSantis’ luxury midrise building - Century Condos, designed to blend in with the personality of Main

Letter Street at street level, and a separate distinct personality above. A landmark form destined to enhance the social fabric of charming downtown Grimsby.” Nothing could be more wrong ! This proposed building is way too large for this site and would destroy the very ambience of downtown Grimsby that this developer seeks to promote in their sales pitch. So much for being a community conscious company. Are you promoting the Town or just your bottom line profit? Grimsby has a 250-year, rich, small town history and a

small-town Ontario style which is responsible for drawing people to the enjoyment of living here. Why does the Town have a Town Plan that seeks to preserve what we have if it cannot be maintained, without compromise, as it was accepted by the Towns elected officials ? One has to wonder why any responsible development company, would expose their bottom line by spending funds on planning and promoting - buy erected signage, print and website ads, and host an open house – without knowing if the project would be acceptable by the Town? It begs the question, is there ‘inside track’

knowledge that exceptions will be made to the Town’s planning regulations in this case? Are there forces at work in this Town bringing forward mega exceptions to our Town Official Plan? How many more concessions will be made to developers before the electorate of Grimsby ‘Put Their Foot Down.’ This proposal is under scrutiny at a Town Council meeting on Monday March 27 - BE THERE! Witness your council dealing with a problem that will affect the lifestyle of every one that appreciates our charming downtown and loves living in Grimsby. Sidney Thompson

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St. John School student Kyle Geoghegan, who plays for the U12 Grimsby Grizzlies basketball squad earned a bronze medal at the regional final of the Knights of Columbus free throw competition. Competing against 13 other shooters, Geoghegan sank 18-of-25 shots to earn the prize at the Feb. 24 competition held in Kitchener. Submitted photo

Any step a good step in WLMH process The fact that it was “expected” (after nearly two years of being parked), the passing by the LHIN of Hamilton Health Sciences Stage 1A plan should not diminish the significance of this milestone. Yes, it is one step. Yes, there is still years of work, meetings, positioning, posturing and finagling ahead if West Lincoln Memorial’s rebuild is to ever become reality. So what? Would it not be worth all the years of pain, frustration and angst when it all comes to fruition? Remember the first open house in this study process at Grimsby’s seniors centre? Packed house, a lot of people fully prepared to unload their frustration and unhappiness all over the HHS team. They absorbed it all, took in every word, and proceeded to lay out what they hoped the road ahead may look like. If you’re driving out to Charlottetown, PEI, you’re going to pass through Montreal. We’re in Montreal now, we just gassed up and we starting out on the next leg of the journey. So buckle, grab a sandwich from the cooler, a book to read (or watch Netflix on your phone) and hunker down for a long ride. M.W.

Open house never had a chance As someone who has attended countless public meetings covering every imaginable topic – Official Plan amendments to allow a golf course, contaminated groundwater flowing out of a landfill, school closures and all kind of housing developments – I can tell you, last Thursday’s DeSantis-hosted open house had it all. It had all the stereotypical stuff on both sides of the fence, so let’s deal with some of those things off the top as misunderstandings abound. They need to be corrected so the public knows at what they are truly looking. 1) This meeting was hosted by Homes By DeSantis. It was not an obligatory public meeting or a Town meeting. It was set up out of the goodness of Gabe DeSantis’s heart. You can question that goodness all you want, and many did, but I give him full credit for doing so. This is not his first rodeo. He stated as much when he repeated over and over how he was prepared to work through the “rigorous process” to get to his goal. He mentioned that four times that I counted. He also refused to concede a single inch after he repeatedly noted how he and his team were “listening” to all the community had to say. The logical question to ask, and it was asked many times by multiple people, “If you really are listening and you have heard all the reasons this project needs to be reduced in scope, will you agree you are willing to do so?” Crickets... many times. 2) Other major misconceptions, and this was noted in this space a couple of weeks ago, town council has not seen or approved anything

MIKE WILLISCRAFT on this project. DeSantis noted he has spent 1.5 years developing this already, but it has not come to planning. The concern should be, when he says that amount of time has been invested already, is that his people have been working with the Town’s planning staff to get an idea of possible parameters in which to work. When I hear from one of the Winston Road developers that they had their 11-storey condo proposals sent back because the planning department wanted more height, one can connect the dots as to why DeSantis believes eight-storeys in the downtown core is sellable – and by sellable I mean to the OMB, not the housing market. People would be a garden shed in this town right now. DeSantis bragged at the open house he had 3,500 register in six weeks to get an opportunity to buy at that site. I have no doubt that project would sell out without spending a dime on marketing. The major problem for town officials, judging by the considerable grumbling at the open house is few people trust council to do the right thing. Now, I say it that way because each individual’s version of the right things can vary significantly.

There are those who don’t care a lick and would let any developer do what they want on any property. Others simply want this project to adhere to current Official Plan guidelines, which, as they note were put in place for a reason. 3) That leads to another misconception: the Town has ultimate control over what happens. Not true at all and this point is not lost on any developer. Developers make a career of building stuff to make money, a lot of money, and more power to them! It is not a bad thing to want to make money. The Town has to live, to a large degree, with the sack of doggy do-do handed to them by the provincial government’s density guidelines – again which has been noted many times in this space, are set for downtown Toronto standards. Are you listening Sam Oosterhoff? What the province needs is a two-tier density guidelines, one for large urban centres and one for small communities. It is that simple and would solve a ton of issues. There will be more on this topic as things unfold and there was more from the meeting, but I’ll save that. I have to note, that was the worst possible location choice and inviting interruption with questions at the outset was a fatal flaw. Simply, in the downtown core, that buildling should live to the current Official Plan standard of four storeys, case closed, move along. Yes, you can get into the 2017 Growth Plan stuff, but Grimsby is paying its hefty price on all that on Winston Road. Not every lot, every project, every corner of town needs to be steamrolled by ridiculously scaled projects.

Reader skeptical of LHIN approval of WLMH’s 1A plan Dear Editor, Here we go again. Just throw a crumb to the people and they think they have a banquet to devour. “New Kids’ hospital approved by LHIN”, according to a piece in an area daily. If you look really hard you will see five lines of printing about WLMH in a three-column piece. Let’s refresh our memories. Prior to the last election, our hospital was a go-go project. The election happened and the powers that be decided that it was just not a viable project at the present time. Now guess what it is – election year – and it is on the table AGAIN. In my personal opinion it is nothing but a political grab and everyone will swallow it hook, line and sinker. One board member who shall

Letters remain anonymous told me at the arena that, “oh, it is a solid venture – I feel really good about who WLMH is associated with now, meaning Hamilton Health Sciences, and we are definitely going to get this hospital”. I recommend that each and every taxpayer phone your representative of government as well as your favouritie alderman on council, if you have one, and refresh their memory about the past decisions on the hospital and find out what their answers might be. I am sure they will tell you what you want to hear but, again, it is all POLITICS. Glenda Barry Grimsby


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Dear Editor, Over the past few weeks I have been reading the negative comments about the proposed condo development in downtown Grimsby. What a welcome addition to the downtown core this development will be, regardless of height. Prior to this announcement, the development site was used as a parking lot which had no appeal to anyone. Take a look around to the vacant lot across from the TD Bank or the vacant lot across from Coronation Park.

Have the same local residents who are against the development petitioned the town or the owners of vacant lots in the core to have them developed as soon as possible. I would prefer to look at a building full of residents instead of vacant lots with no activity or life. Times have changed and will continue to change T:5.063” and there is


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