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>Santa rolls into Smithville, see Pages 8-9 for coverage > Wise Guys give giant boost to GAMRU Pg. 2 > Grimsby Fire says thanks Pg. 3 > GPAG hosts series of seminars Pg. 6 Thursday, November 30, 2017 Vol. 6 Issue 30

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Up Front Santa to roll into Grimsby

The big man in red will roll into Grimsby for the parade in his honour this Saturday, Dec. 2 starting at 5:15 p.m. on Livingston Avenue in front of town hall. The parade will proceed east through downtown and turn north on Ontario Street. Be sure to bring your non-perishable food items to be picked up by Grimsby firefighters for GBF’s Hamper program.

Dofasco choir lights up St. Joe’s

The Dofasco Male Choir and Ladies Ensemble will be showcased at a Monday, Dec. 4 performance at St. Joseph’s Church in Grimsby starting at 7:30 p.m. Free will offering with proceeds to St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Joseph’s.

Women’s League host party

The St. Helen Catholic Women’s League invites all seniors to the 50th annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party, Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m. at the Lincoln Community Centre, 4361 Central Ave., Beamsville. This milestone marks the final year for the party and the end of an era in Lincoln. No cost. All are welcome.

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Unkindest cut of all

Neighbours of 228 Main St. E. were not happy to see three beech trees estimated to be 200 years old each being cut down. Checking with Town of Grimsby, planning director Michael Seaman said there is no recourse as the trees are on private property and no development approval process in the works for the site. He said some trees in town have been designated as historically significant, but not these trees. Seaman added a report is expected in the new year which could lead to some protection of heritage trees. Williscraft - Photo

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow That seismic shift residents may have felt on Monday originated with the region’s print media as 41 newspapers - in all - changed hands. Torstar Corporation and Postmedia Network Canada Corp. fashioned a deal which saw 22 papers for from Torstar to Postmedia, while 15 went the other way. What many of them had in common was they were immediately shuttered. Popular community papers in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie were closed by Metroland, Torstar’s subsidiary, while they will continue to operate the St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune. The only other paper acquired by Torstar which will survive is the Peterborough Examiner. The deal is, essentially a swap of markets with Torstar’s acquisitions focused on Niagara and Bar-

rie with Postmedia cleaning house in the London and Ottawa/ Kingston markets. Of the 21 papers it acquired, Postmedia has closed all but two publications in Exeter. For NIagara, the deal means NewsNow is now the only non-Torstar newspaper in Niagara Region. The federal Competition Bureau has stated it will step in to review the deal even though the assets involved in the transaction are valued under the $88 mIllion threshold for an automatic review. Under the Competition Act, transactions of all sizes in all industries can be subject to review by the Commissioner of Competition to determine whether they will likely result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition in any market in Canada. Bob Cox, president of News Media Canada, called the closure of 30-plus newspapers “a disappointment”.


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Wise Guys come through for GAMRU

30 teams raised money through pledges and sponsorship and participated in this year’s event, it was our best ever. The event ran Sat. and Sun. Nov. 4th and 5th. Over $20,000 was raised. Thank you to the members of the Grimsby Curling Club for providing us with their facility for the 28th year. So many kids in our community have been helped because of the generosity of our great partner, the Grimsby Curling Club. The many Sponsors that provided us with donations and prizes that we auctioned and raffled over the weekend.

The Grimsby Firefighters Charlie Bee Honey DJB Grimsby Manulife Financial Our Centre Fostering Zwart Systems Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Acushnet Canada Invesco Doug and Janice Nielsen Dr. Joes Judge and Jester CI Investments

Jordan Engineering Handling Specialty Meridian Southcott Davoli NRB Grimsby Legion Twenty Valley Golf Club GBF Mountain Automotive Winona Men’s Club Joanne Johnston BMO Global Assets SEI Investments Canadian Tire Grimsby

Grimsby Rotary Grimsby Ford Wreck Master Kinsmen Paul and Darlene Stinger Our Center Danny Whitley Erion Insurance Wills Chevrolet Buick GMC Grand Niagara Golf & CG Beamsville Lions Cla-val

The raffle Winners were: 1st prize Bag of Booze - Erion Insurance, Sunday Draw 1 2nd Prize Sabre Tickets - Dr Joe, Sunday Draw 1 3rd Prize Blue Jay Family - Phil Jones Sunday Draw 11 Best Dressed Team - Erion Largest fundraising team - DJB Thank you to the Volunteers, Bruce Bond our Auctioneer, The Pipers from Grimsby 62nd Phantom Air Cadets.

A $50,000 commitment from the Wise Guys Charity Fund has accelerated the GAMRU South Shore Search And Rescue fundraising drive for a new rescue vessel. The commitment — $25,000 in each of 2017 and 2018 — announced Nov. 20, propels the rescue crew’s fundraising total to $70,000 since the campaign started in September. The volunteers

are attempting to raise as much as $300,000 for the purchase of a new, purpose-built fast-response vessel to replace the aging Zodiac Hurricane 630 inflatable boat that has been the workhorse of their fleet. The fundraising campaign was launched in the fall, concentrating on corporate, institutional and government donors.

Baked treats bring shoppers to St. John’s

Linda Richardson picked out a treat at St. John’s Presbyterian Church’s bake sale on Saturday. Vendor Lee Anne Scott helps her out. Wiliscraft Photo

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We are excited to announce the start of a new Telemedicine walk-in clinic located at 128 St. Catharines Street, Unit 102 in Smithville. This is the first walk-in clinic in the town of Smithville. Our aim is to serve the people of Smithville and surrounding areas with a walk-in clinic which can serve the DR. VANEET RAI, MD community for years to come. We have a dedicated team of physicians and staff with a wealth of experience in telemedicine working from their main clinic in Mississauga, Ontario. We are able to see, assess and treat almost any medical issue in a timely manner. Our telemedicine technician is able to see and assess patients in Smithville and present their case to a physician in real-time in Mississauga. Any prescriptions, imaging and blood work can be given to the patient inhand during the visit! We have had a great response from other communities we have worked in thus far, including Sarnia, Ontario. Telemedicine allows us to see patients remotely and treat them accurately. We can avoid having to send most cases to the emergency room and provide access for patients. Eventually we will be able to monitor and treat chronic diseases remotely and get better outcomes. The walk-in clinic hours are Monday to Thursday 3-8 pm & Saturday 11 am- 5 pm. This is subject to change depending on patient volumes. Free parking is available in the back and front of the pharmacy. It is a privilege to bring telemedicine to this community. We welcome all patients, young and old, to utilize our services. Please call us anytime at 905-957-9000 if you have any questions or want to book an appointment!


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A final reminder about the new Government mortgage rule, coming into effect January 1st, 2018! As of January 1st, 2018, all new “uninsured” mortgage applications will be qualified at the greater of a) the mortgage contract rate + 2%, and b) the Bank of Canada Benchmark rate in effect at time of application.

On hand for the appreciation ceremony were: Front (L to R) Cam Reynolds and Chris Scarff of Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd.; Deputy Chief Bill Thomson; Gerry Bartlett & K9 (Cinder), kneeling, Alecia Moneta of Sunrise Spas, and; Dineen Kucharuk and Joshua Hein of BMO Grimsby. Back: Simon Saulnier, Bill McManus, president Dan Moore and Tom Cassidy of Grimsby Legion Branch 127; Reg Crego and Mike Bell of RONA.

Grimsby Fire shows appreciation Grimsby Fire Department hosted an appreciation ceremony last week to thank those who went above and beyond with contributions to the new Fire Station 2. Deputy Chief Bill Thomson said their efforts will help ensure Grimsby is able to maintin a volunteer department. Donations came from: Grimsby Le-

gion Branch 127, $5,000, for a fire safety kitchen model; Sunrise Spa’s illuminated messages along the QEW, Gerry Bartlett and K-9 Cinder who donated their time to this year’s open house and other events, BMO Grimsby for its Fire Safety Day partnership, and; RONA, for its ongoing donation of construction materials for burn cell training.

Grimsby Downtown Improvement Area

What does this mean for you? For those homeowners with substantial credit-card or other high-interest-rate debt, the urgency is real. One can expect that all refinance options will be severely limited by this “Plus 2% Stress Test”. If you are planning to apply for a mortgage after January 1st, 2018, for the purpose of buying a home, or refinancing your current home, I strongly encourage you to consult with me now, to determine how this “Plus 2% Stress Test” qualification may affect your future borrowing ability. If you have above-average debt-ratios, you will definitely be affected. More importantly, if you expect your household income to substantially decrease in the coming years, due to retirement or some other change in your employment, then it may be advisable to set up any new mortgage and/or home equity line of credit now - before your income level drops. If you’d like more information, please call me. I’d be happy to provide you with a quick assessment to determine how you will be affected by this latest effort of the Federal Government to control consumer debt levels. Talk to Us. You’ll be Impressed.

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Open until December 10th

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Grimsby Museum, 6 Murray Street Open on Tues., Wed. and Thurs. from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm Open on Fri., and Sun. from 12:00 to 5:00 pm Sat. Dec. 2 - Open 10:00 to 5 p.m.

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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.

Friday December 1st, 8 p.m.

Legion Br. 393 Smithville - Dec. Events. Mon. - Fri. Free Pool 2-5 pm. Mon. Cribbage 2-4 pm. Tues. Fun Dart Night 7 pm. Thurs. Euchre 2-4 pm. Thurs. 14th BINGO 6 pm. Fri. 15th Progressive Euchre 7 pm. Sun. Shuffleboard 2 pm. Fri. Movie Night (Kids & Adults). Dec. 8, 15, 22 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Dinner available. Closed 6pm Dec.24 Open Dec. 27. Ice available $2.00 ea. Hall rental available $20./hour. You do not have to be a legion member to participate everybody welcome West Lincoln Community Care - Christmas Program.We need your help to provide a Merry Christmas to those in need. Please call us today if you would like to sponsor a family or individual, donate hamper items, or make a monetary donation. Our number is 905 957 5882. Kids Gingerbread Christmas Program – Dec. 3, 16, 17, 12:30 – 2 PM. Children ages 3-9 are invited to the Erland Lee Museum (552 Ridge Road, Stoney Creek) for a day of Christmas fun! Activities including stories, games, crafts, and treats all relating to that tasty Christmas treat—Gingerbread! Admission is $5 per child (accompanying adults are

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free). For more info. call 905-662-2691. Christmas Dinner & Dance – Dec 1. Grimsby Seniors Club will be holding their Turkey dinner and all the fixing’s, including wine. Entertainment and dancing with the 5th Avenue Band playing 40’s, 50’s, 60’s Rock & Roll. Members $25.00 Non-Members $27.00. Tickets available at the Livingston Activity Centre or call 905-3092075 for more info. West Lincoln Community Care - Thrift Shop Moving Sale – 50% Off Everything, Dec. 1-11! We will soon be under one roof on Industrial Park Road, but we can’t take everything with us. So help us make room, get a great deal, and support your local charity. The Cabin Thrift Store is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:30pm. Located at 135 Griffin St., Smithville. “Catch The Ace” - Royal Canadian Legion Beamsville Br 612, every Friday. Ace draw tickets sold 6-8 p.m. Draw @ 8:30 p.m. Everyone welcome! Food available. For info, call 905563-4612. Next jackpot starts @ $4788.00 Dec. 1. Christmas Tea & Bazaar – Dec 2 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM. St. Alban’s Church, Beamsville. Baking, Trea-

sures, Gift Baskets. Light lunch $10/plate. All are welcome. St. Helen Catholic Women’s League - invites all seniors to the 50th annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party, Sat., Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m. at Lincoln Community Centre, 4361 Central Ave., Beamsville. This milestone marks the final year for the party & the end of an era in Lincoln. No cost. All are welcome. Come out to enjoy an afternoon of food, entertainment & a visit from Santa. Supp N’ Sing – Dec. 3. 5pm Potluck, 6:30pm Laurie Atkins presents the musical drama “The Messenger and The Message”. Centennial Park Baptist Church, 11 Kennedy Rd., Grimsby. Ph 905-945-8932, www.grimsbybaptist.org Andante Celtic Singers – Dec. 3 at 7 PM. A Celebration of Christmas at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 205 Linwell Rd, St. Catharines. Dec. 8 at 7PM and Dec. 9 at 2 PM both at St. Alban’s Anglican Church 4341 Ontario St., Beamsville. Tickets $15 available from choir members or by e-mail at andantecelticsingers@gmail.com or 905-562-7503 Euchre Party - Dec. 4. Experienced and new card players are invited to set aside

this date, for an evening of fun and challenge at The Lincoln Centre, Beamsville, 7:30 p.m. Prizes & refreshments are provided. Christmas Concert - Dec. 4 at 7:30 pm the Dofasco Male chorus and Ladies ensemble will be singing in St. Joseph’s Church,Grimsby. There will be a free will offering, the proceeds going to the St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Joseph’s. Fiddlin’ Around - Start the holiday season off with great music and a fun evening. Fiddlin’ Around, 3rd annual Celtic Christmas Concert @ Elizabeth Street Pumphouse Fri.Dec.8 @ 7pm. Tickets $10. Email natthefiddler@gmail.com or call 289-808-5571. Breakfast With Santa – Dec. 9, 8 AM to 12 PM. West Lincoln Memorial Auxiliary’s annual Breakfast with Santa is at the Peach King Centre. Tickets are $5 each and $20 for a family of 5. All funds go to the purchase of medical equipment for West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Annual Christmas Concert – December 9 at 7:30 PM. With the Hosanna Choir, organist Andra Knevel and Soprano Suzanne Schaafsma. Mountainview CRC, 290 Main St. E., Grimsby.

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A workshop series with local artist Bruno Capolongo has been planned for Grimsby Public Art Gallery in December. An interactive workshop is planned for Wed. Dec. 13 and Thurs., Dec. 14 both from 1-4 pm. Capolongo will be working on a new piece of Kintsugi art (golden joinery) in the gallery. Saturday Dec. 16 from 1-4 pm a workshop is set. The fee is $50, $45 for members. Materials Fee: $14. Learn the Kintsugi technique and explore the related Japanese philosophy of WabiSabi while personalizing a custom glazed 6” x 6”. Pre-registration required. Contact the gallery at 905-9453246. On Sunday, Dec.

10, Colour Me Winter! will run from 2-4 pm. GPAG’s open house includes festive art making, refreshments, music and fun. For more information, call, 905-945-3246/ gpag@grimsby.ca The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and McNally House Hospice invite the community to recognize the 10th Anniversary of McNally House Hospice and fill a frame in response to the theme of “Death: Something to Talk About”; supporting the creative expression and encouragement of public conversation on this theme. Empty frames are available at the gallery with registration. Submission due by March 1, 2018. Call the gallery for details, 905-9453246.


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Mother Nature, Santa smile on Smithville Rain held off to allow participants and parade-goers alike to enjoy the Smithville Santa Claus Parade on Saturday. “The day started with breakfast with Santa, at the Smithville United Church. One hundred and fifty folks enjoyed breakfast, donating $324 to Community Care. About 60 children sat on Santa’s lap and told him of their wishes. The craft, bake and Christmas pudding sale at St. Luke’s Church went well,” said parade chair Dave Willis. “The theme for the 2017

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Students from Caistor Public enjoyed the ride on their float.

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PUBLIC NOTICE classifieds 289-235-9500 CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT takin’ care of business PET SITTING Reconstruction of Regional Road 81 (King Street) From Vinehaven Trail to 23rd Street In the Town of Lincoln sports PET SITTING NOTICE OF STUDY COMPLETION Specialized small dogs The Regional Municipality of Niagara (Niagara Region) has completed a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the business Daycare, walking, section of Regional Road 81 (King Street) from Vinehaven Trail to 23rd Street, in the Town of Lincoln, as shown in the map below. Please call News Now to place your Classified Ad

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The purpose for undertaking this study was to confirm the need/justification for roadway improvements and infrastructure enhancements required along the subject portion of the roadway. Through the EA planning and design process, a recommended design was developed for the roadway that includes: • Reconstruction of Regional Road 81 (King Street to two (2) lanes with modifications at the Victoria Avenue intersection • Improved cyclist and pedestrian accommodation • Delineated on-street parking areas and provision for enhanced streetscape and decorative elements • Improved roadway drainage via storm sewers, curbs/gutters and catchbasins. In accordance with the EA Act, the Niagara Region has planned this project under Schedule “B” of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment,October 2000, as Amended in 2007 and 2011. Subject to any comments received as a result of this Notice, and the receipt of necessary approvals, the Niagara Region intends to proceed with the design and construction of this project. PUBLIC COMMENT INVITED A Project File containing details of the study recommendations, as well as a description of the planning and public consultation process undertaken, has been placed in the public record for a 30-day review period in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class EA. The project file is available for review at the following locations beginning November 30, 2017: Lincoln Public Library Moses Rittenhouse Branch 4080 John Charles Boulevard Vineland, ON Monday to Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Interested persons should provide written comments or questions to the Region through one of the following project team members: John Rizzo, C.E.T. Andrew McGregor, MCIP, RPP Simon Ip, P.Eng. Project ManagerTransportation Engineering Senior Planner, EA & Approvals V&S Engineering Group Niagara Region Parsons Inc. 53 Scott Street West 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way 4342 Queen Street, Unit 407 St. Catharines, ON L2R 1E2 P.O. Box 1042 Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 7J7 905-687-9010 Thorold, Ontario L2V 4T7 905-356-7003, Ext. 6409 simonip@cogeco.ca 905-980-6000, Ext. 3646 Fax: 905-356-7008 Fax: 905-685-0013 andrew.mcgregor@parsons.com john.rizzo@niagararegion.ca PART II ORDER If concerns cannot be resolved in discussion with the Niagara Region, interested persons or parties may request that the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change order a change to the project status and require a higher level of assessment under an individual Environmental Assessment process (known as a Part II Order). Reasons must be provided for the request. Requests must be received by the Minister by December 29, 2017. Requests should be sent to the Minister, with a copy forwarded to the Environmental Approvals Branch and Niagara Region, at the following contacts below: John Rizzo, C.E.T. Director, Environmental Minister Project Manager Transportation Approvals Branch Ministry of the Environment Engineering Niagara Region Ministry of the Environment and and Climate Change 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way Climate Change 77 Wellesley Street W, 11F P.O. Box 1042,Thorold ON L2V 4T7 135 St. Clair Avenue W, 1F Toronto ON M7A 2T5 905-980-6000, Ext. 3646 Fax: 905-685-0013 Toronto ON M4V 1P5 Fax: 416-314-8452 john.rizzo@niagararegion.ca EAASIBgen@ontario.ca Personal information submitted in writing is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and will be used by members of Regional Council and Regional staff. Any written submissions including names and contact information will be made available to the public. Questions should be referred to the Regional Clerk at 905-980-6000, ext. 3222. A previous Notice of Study Completion was issued on August 18, 2016. This Notice is being re-issued following the completion of additional studies related to the undertaking.

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Lincoln has a plan: Foster Dear Editor, I want to thank the Town of Grimsby for discussing recently at their Council meeting the Transit pilot that is being undertaken in the Town of Lincoln. Rationale for their delay is for them to decide and for me (as a Councillor in another Town), it would not be appropriate to add comment one way or the other. However, some background in case there is interest. When we came in as a new council three years ago, Lincoln developed a “Future Focus” plan that included, amongst other things, the need for “deliberate and purposeful planning resulting in improved road conditions, travel options, safety and convenience.” Last year, as part of our budget process and meeting our goals, we chose to do a pilot to make intra-municipal transit a reality. Our new service, uLinc, was and is the result of a year of detailed preparation. The public, whom we as a Council answer to, provided solid feedback and guidance to us throughout the process. The pilot aims to: 1. Provide mobility to members of the community 2. Contribute to a higher quality of life, including improved health and community participation rates 3. Facilitate economic development and support labour workforce development/accessibility 4. Support future plans for sus-

Letter tainable development and intensification, as outlined in the Town’s Official Plan 5. Support the introduction of the future GO train service in Lincoln The pilot is a year-long program that will see an accessible bus for 16 riders service the Town of Lincoln. Features of the bus include space for two wheelchairs, a bike rack on the front (for two bicycles), and storage space for portable grocery carts and walkers. Three bus routes were chosen to start, with the system having been designed so that changes to routes can and will be easily made if deemed appropriate. Route information is available on our website at “http://www. lincoln.ca/content/ulinc-routesschedules”. The rationale for not charging fees was and is really quite simple -- we did our homework reviewing how other communities started into transit and it was clear that it was and is best to keep as many barriers away from usage as possible. Will it be successful? We hope so and, from early feedback, the pilot is being well received within our community. Anyway, thank you again for your interest. ROBERT FOSTER Councillor, Ward 1 Town of Lincoln

Now is the time to show support Before I get into the affairs of the day, I wanted to note a correction tidbit from last week’s column: Grimsby Ald. Nick DiFlavio called to note a comment attributed to him about Lincoln’s no-fee transit pilot could create false expectations was, in fact, not him. And he is correct, it was Ald. Steve Berry who made that comment. ****** I’ve been kicked in the face a few times in my newspapering industry. This week it happened again. I’m still here. We’ll dust ourselves off, put our heads down and fine tune a plan to keep on truckin’. The sale of a boat load of newspapers which was announced Monday shocked many. For close to, or in the middle of the fray, it was only a matter of time and which way the dice would fall. The settling of territories was a simple and logical conclusion clearly set out years ago when it became apparent the interweb was a common, and more forbidding foe, than print publishers across the street. What is hard for most people to get their collective minds around is about three dozen papers changed hands and only a half-dozen survived. For me, having been around the block more than a few times, a couple of killed off titles is hard to take. The St. Mary Journal Argus, once the flagship of Eedy newspaper empire, is toast. Not so long ago, that paper was a perennial newspaper award winner at the provincial and national level, a classic, great news vehicle. The other has Niagara flavour, the Niagara Advance in Niagara-on-the-Lake. In my

MIKE WILLISCRAFT former life working for the dark side, I invested more than two years trying to crack the nut that is NOTL. Nary a dent was made, let me tell you. Those people circle the wagons and protect their own. So what is a corporate to do? Can’t beat ‘em? Buy ‘em. And that’s how the industry has gone the last 20 years. That’s not a complaint, just an observation. For me, and this is unusual, I really don’t care about others today. Today I am worried about me, my staff, my readers who love this little rag we put out each week. For those playing along, you may or may not remember, NewsNow started out as a monthly publication in May 2012. The plan was to operate that way for up to two years and work up the frequency to weekly as it could be afforded. Little did I know this thing took off in popularity, growing quickly to the point where I got a call from what was Sun Media at the time letting me know they were folding their publication in Niagara West and it was asked of me if I would entertain a contract to publish ads and deliver flyers for that corporation. I had two weeks to gear up and gear up we did. Growth was slow and steady - only really slowed by progres-

sively higher discounted ad rates by my Metroland competitor - allowing us to develop a solid roster of vertical publications along the way. And here we are. So here’s the rub. At this point, it seems the opt out clause which included written notice and an appropriate term to allow for adjustments of such a major change, is not going to be honoured. I don’t mean to speak to soon on that, as I have not heard from anyone at Metroland although I was told I would get a call Tuesday. None came. So something may work out, but regardless, good reader, you will see changes. Now, I knew the deal was going to happen three months ago and heard two weeks ago it was imminent, so it is not a surprise, but I didn’t think a five year agreement would be disregarded. Such is life in the dog eat dog world of corporate giants. It really isn’t even a David and Goliath story. I’m no David. I might be David’s dog, who tags along while he attempts to slay the giant. Sure, the Competition Bureau is going to investigate the transaction, but it is unlikely anything will come of that, despite the impact on so many lives NewsNow is it, people. We are the last source of printed news in Niagara other than Torstar’s voice. I have and will do all I can but make no mistake, I need readers and advertisers alike to recognize what we do, where we put our support and what invest back in the community and get behind us. We’ve done all we can. The results will be easy to see. If you want us here, now is the time to show it.


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