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MAYOR DELIVERS HIS STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS FOR 2009 On Friday, January 30th, Mayor Brian McMullan delivered his third State of the City address in which he reviewed his expectations for 2009. While recognizing the severe economic challenges faced by the City and the country, Mayor McMullan was particularly upbeat and positive about 2009. He emphasized that this is not the time to retrench and go into a cocoon but rather to move forward with initiatives that will build for the future and restore economic growth. The Mayor outlined a number of such initiatives and the corresponding economic benefits. In particular, he emphasized the importance of proceeding with the Performing Arts Centre and School and other projects to revitalize our downtown.


Black History Month 5

Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation OMB dismisses the developer's lawsuit 2

Excerpts - Presentation to Council by PALZ Leash-Free Dog Park 5

Poet's Place Thoughts of Valentines 2

The Climate in Niagara 6

A Community's Extraordinary Struggle 3

Trivia Answers 6

Valentine's Recipes 3

What's Up? 7

Trivia Night-another Outstanding Event Jan. 31st brought people together from all across the City 4

Trivia Questions Trivia Night Sample Questions to encourage you to attend a Trivia Night 4

50 Winters Later The Day the Music Died 8 Holly, Valens, the Big Bopper 8 Conclusion -PALZ presentation 8 ACO Fundraising Pledge Form 8

PROUD members joined others from across the city in responding positively to Mayor McMullan's State of the City Address at Club Roma and enthusiastically supporting his"YES WE CAN" call to the audience. Kids Define Love ... "When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love." Rebecca- age 8

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PUBLIC PARTICIPATION Excerpts from Article in Built Heritage News Globe and Mail:

OMB Dismisses SLAPP suit


John Barber Win whets appetite of green warriors

You'd think that Rick Smith and David Donnelly would be happier. The two green warriors - Dr. Smith as head of Environmental Defence Canada, Mr. Donnelly as scrappy lawyer in the same cause - won the provincial policy lottery last week when the Ontario Municipal Board dismissed a developer's demand that they and their allies pay more than $3million to cover the alleged cost of their opposition to a huge resort development on Lake Simcoe. It turned out that the board agreed with everything the two had always said: that they hadn't acted unreasonably in opposing the marina at Big Bay Point, that the developer had no right to recover costs and that its extravagant claim was meant to have a "chilling effect" on other individuals and groups opposing development. "Our hope now is that the province moves to introduce an anti-SLAPP statute," Dr. Smith said. The victory at the OMB came despite "the indifference of the provincial government," according to Mr. Donnelly, "which was a party throughout this matter, had two lawyers taking notes the whole time but did not have one thing to say about it." Just as disturbing to the two environmentalists is the spectre of history repeating itself just down Highway 400 near the towns of Bradford and Bond Head, where the province is once again vacillating in the face of a major development proposal that appears to contradict its much-lauded new planning laws and policies. "It's very clear the government is chickening out," Dr. Smith said, adding that the Big Bay Point development "is only a symptom of a larger problem" in southern Simcoe County involving "some of the largest, most destructive development projects in Ontario history."............................ Editor's Note (Built Heritage News): SLAPP suits or not, it is very expensive for citizens to participate at the OMB, wins are almost unheard of. The next big one for heritage advocates is the upcoming decision on the proposed tower in Port Dalhousie, in a Heritage Conservation District. Editor's Note (Port Reporter). While the Big Bay Point development eventually received OMB approval, the developer there did make some very significant changes and reductions in the face of community opposition -unlike the Port Dalhousie developer who stated early on "it is not negotiable" and refused to make changes. Also, the Big Bay Point development was NOT in a designated heritage district.

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FEBRUARY 2009 Already, the days grow noticeably longer. If you don’t believe it ask any blackbird - here in Freiburg, at least, they are always among the first to remember that winter didn’t come to stay. At dawn and at dusk, when their yellowing beaks are poised to the sky to sing, you may be lucky and hear an answer. I never think of blackbirds without thinking of Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), American poet, whose body of work includes THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACKBIRD. Wallace Stevens studied law and actually enjoyed a long and successful professional life in the employ of an insurance company while pursuing as well a career in poetry. I like that improbable juxtaposition and find it a good fit to the central theme of Stevens’ writing, that of imagination and its place in reality. Whimsical, impressionistic poems took form in Stevens’ mind on his way to and from the office. Essays in prose were written which discussed his topic and instigated dialogue with other artists. Throughout his life as a poet Stevens concerned himself with the question of how to regard the world now that the old notions of religion no longer seem to suffice. The transformative power of imagination infused his quiet, uneventful life. Let’s see if it can do the same for us - who can see the blackbird as Wallace Stevens saw it? We’ll never really know for sure, but here are seven out of thirteen ways to try:: I Among twenty snowy mountains, The only moving thing Was the eye of a blackbird.

II I was of three minds, Like a tree In which there are three blackbirds.

IV A man and a woman Are one. A man and a woman and a blackbird Are one.

V I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling Or just after.

VIII I know noble accents And lucid, inescapable rhythms; But I know, too, That the blackbird is involved In what I know.

XII The river is moving. The blackbird must be flying.

XIII It was evening all afternoon. It was snowing And it was going to snow. The blackbird sat In the cedar limbs. Not only does the light which motivates the blackbird brighten up the month of February, so does the cele! bration of love known as Valentine"s Day. Of all the legends that surround the saint for whom this day was named I best like the one that has him, under threat of death, secretly uniting young couples in marriage. Claudius II had ordered young men to remain unmarried, believing that lovers make poor soldiers. Found out by the emperor, the saint!to!be was jailed and subsequently executed for the crime of encouraging young men to make love rather than war. Legend, further, finds in the cell where he had been imprisoned a note, addressed to a young woman and signed, #from your Valentine$. Widely observed in the world %and not just with commerce&, Valentine"s Day now celebrates not only romantic love, but also the bond of friendship. Think of it: On February 14th, all around our globe, heart!shaped cards, red roses and choco! lates, acts of appreciation, anonymous gifts and dinner invitations will take over for a moment or an hour from the latest negative news. Now, if it were me you"d want to please, you could best do it like American writer Gertrude Stein %1874!1946&, with a poem. Gertrude Stein spent most of her adult life in Paris. She collected art of the new century %impressionistic and cubist& and attracted a large circle of artists and writ! ers, including Picasso and Hemingway, to the hospitable table and cultural salon kept by herself and Alice B. Toklas. Stein wrote in a new way which later came to be called #stream of consciousness$, and only in English. She once said that she needed to be outside the circle of her own language in order really to write it, and was heard to pose the question #If it can be done, why do it?$ Here"s Gertrude Stein"s own valentine, a poem which could well pay honour to anybody"s sweetheart or best friend. Remembering that words are more than meaning alone %sounds! born of breath! travelling on waves!& do read this aloud, or at very least whispered, to yourself, to your nearest and dearest, or to your favourite blackbird, to get ! and to give ' a taste of poetry"s full flavour: A Very Valentine Very fine is my valentine. Very fine and very mine. Very mine is my valentine very mine and very fine. Very fine is my valentine and mine, very fine very mine and mine is my valentine

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Kate Egetmeyer Kate Egetmeyer. grew up in St. Catharines and has lived near Freiburg in the southwest of Germany for twenty-plus years. Her sister, Judith Frugier, lives on Canal Street.

Baking Soda is Good for Your Hair Posting by Lori Deschene There are a couple ways you could introduce baking soda to your hair care routine: 1. Clean your brushes and combs: “Hairbrushes and combs pick up not only loose hair, but they also get oily. Clean yours once a month by soaking them in a solution of warm water and a teaspoon or two of baking soda. Scrub them with a soft brush, if needed, then rinse them with clean water and let them air dry.” 2. Rinse product build-up out of your hair: “Is your hair dull and dingy? Maybe you have a build-up of shampoo, spray, mousse, and other products in your hair. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in with your shampoo the next time you wash your hair. The soda will remove any build up and leave your hair soft.





Will Port retain its village charm????

As most of you know, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Hearing on the future of historic Port Dalhousie got underway on February 20, 2008 and November 19th was the final and 71st day of the Hearing. We now await the Board's decision which was expected in late January or early February. For the past 4 years, and particularly during the 21 weeks of the Hearing, many of our residents have volunteered hundreds of hours of their time to battle a developer who wants to convert the downtown core of Port Dalhousie, our 19th century, historic canal village and public beach, into a massive modern development including a condo tower the height of a 20-storey building. This condo tower, initially 326 feet and now 207 feet – ("currently the tallest building in the downtown core of the Heritage District is 3 storeys, about 39 feet") will forever change the historic village we all love and, if approved, could be just the first tower. At the OMB, the developers' witnesses, including their architects, have claimed that this project is exactly what is required to revitalize our village and that no other alternatives could possibly work. The voters of St. Catharines think otherwise and have previously spoken loudly and clearly. At the last election, six out of the seven Councillors that initially favoured the project were not returned to office (and of those that were opposed to the project, all were returned). The new Council passed several key measures expressing their disapproval of the project, rejected their Heritage Permit and Site Plan Applications and, the City Solicitor was at the Hearing fighting the project alongside the appellants from the community. However, despite Council's stand and widespread public opposition, the developer has always refused to make changes and forged ahead with this extremely expensive OMB Hearing.

Everyone should be “proud” of the case Jane Pepino, one of Ontario’s foremost municipal lawyers has presented on behalf of our community organization. She did an outstanding job cross-examining the developers’ expert witnesses who claimed the tower fits in with a low-rise heritage district. Jane's colleague Patrick Harrington led off our case with his skillful examination-in-chief of leading theatre expert Janis Barlow. Jane brought out the best from the rest of our expert witnesses who included: Wayne Morgan, one of the Province’s most experienced heritage planners; David Cuming, also a highly-experienced heritage planner and the expert who drafted the heritage guidelines for Port; Phil Goldsmith, one of the top heritage architects in Canada; Herb Stovel, an internationally-renowned expert on heritage policies and processes and; Corwin Cambray, the former Commissioner of Planning for the Niagara Region.

It has been an extraordinary group effort by a community that lawyer Jane Pepino recognized early on is A VERY EXTRAORDINARY COMMUNITY. From what we know, it is unprecedented in Ontario for a volunteer community organization to be able to professionally stand up to a developer with deep pockets throughout a very lengthy OMB Hearing. We thank the many volunteers who made it happen by helping with fundraisers, attending the hearing and sending us so many expressions of support. We particularly thank those volunteers who gave their time to be at the Hearing most days. including: Hank Beekhuis, Eleanor Lancaster, Pat Waters, Jeff Loucks, Phil Baranowski, Dorothy and Ken Mackenzie and Deborah Kehler. Deborah deserves special recognition as she took time off work to take detailed notes of the full Hearing and assist Jane Pepino - an effort which saved the community considerable money.

We also express deep appreciation to Mayor Brian McMullan and our City Council for standing up for appropriate development consistent with the approved policies in the city's Official Plan, Secondary Plan and Heritage Guidelines. These policies were very aptly and professionally defended by City Solicitor Annette Poulin in her case against the tower proposal. While it is impossible to guarantee what the final ruling will be, we feel confident that we have collectively presented a cogent and compelling case and have an excellent chance of success at the OMB. We are quite hopeful for a ruling upholding the existing Heritage Guidelines for all time and this will be very timely given the recent discovery of Lock 1 of the first Welland Canal in Lakeside Park. Such a ruling will also help protect the other 91 heritage districts in the Province. As you will surmise, putting forth this case has been very costly –particularly given the longer than expected hearing. We now know the total cost of the full defence of Port heritage at the OMB will exceed $400,000 -significantly over our origiTHE PORT REPORTER nal estimate of $300,000. We have already raised over 80% of the funds required and are now in the process of raising the Publisher: Ted Gould remainder. Many of you (hundreds) have already made very generous contributions and we really appreciate your support. We still need your help and ask that you please consider a 2009 contribution to ACO-St. Catharines’ Port Dalhousie Heritage Fund. Please donate only to your own ability and donate from the heart. Donations are made to ACO-St. Catharines Staff Writers (The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, a registered charity established in 1933), and will receive a tax receipt. Please Editorial Board Carlos Garcia fill out and mail the Pledge Card on page 8 with your donation or phone 905-935-9407 if you have questions. NOTE: You Carlos Garcia Deborah Kehler can also donate on-line at Deborah Kehler Lorraine Cordner Like the vast majority of Niagara residents, our 600 members from throughout he Region strongly support development Frank Caplan Bruce Cordner in the commercial core of Port Dalhousie's Heritage Conservation District. We support appropriate development that is consistent with applicable regulations and will not unduly restrict access by all residents or negatively impact traffic and parking. A development that preserves the 'village feel' and historic character will truly revitalize Port Dalhousie and generate Advertising - Distribution Environmentmajor economic benefits for our City and Region. Jane Hanlon JimVanderburgh David Bergen and Carlos Garcia Bruce Cordner PROUD Port Dalhousie Graphic Support


Baked Brie with Raspberry Coulis for Two

Serves 6

1 small wheel brie, cut in half horizontally 2 sheets phyllo dough, cut in half 1/4 cup clarified butter 1/4 cup sweetened raspberry puree (seedless)

Lime and subtly spiced Peach Chutney are a perfect accent to colourful sweet potatoes. Serve this accompaniment with roasted chicken, pork or beef. • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled & diced into 1-inch pieces • 3 Tbsp olive oil • juice of 1 lime • 1/2 c Peach Chutney • salt & pepper Preheat oven to 350 F. Toss diced sweet potatoes with olive oil, lime juice, Peach Chutney and season with salt and pepper. Pour into a baking dish and roast uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately.


Place a half sheet of the phyllo on a flat surface. Brush with butter, and place the 2nd sheet over the first, at a right angle to it. Place half the brie in the center and pull up the sides of the dough, then twist the ends gently. Repeat for second brie. Place these phyllo "purses" on a nonstick baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees F for about 5 minutes, until golden brown. Present on a plate with drizzled raspberry puree, and drizzle more over the purses. Garnish with fresh berries and mint leaf


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community spirit" Hello volunteers and Friends of Port Dalhousie everywhere, The January 31st, 2009 TRIVIA NIGHT at the Black Sea Hall was yet another outstanding event. The community spirit our city is known for was at its best. Trivia players started arriving right as the doors opened at 6 pm and, thanks to so many of you having prepaid, there was no huge line-up at the front door. Table numbers were already pre-assigned and check-in proceeded very smoothly. By the time the game started at approximately 7:15 (our apologies for being a few minutes late) we had approximately 250 friends from throughout the Region there. These friends included City Councillors Bruce Williamson, Andrew Gill and Heather Foss. Former City Councillor Carol Disher was also there. We thank them for their ongoing support. There were six rounds of tough questions including a music round. Trivia Master Len Dieleman and his team did a great job and we really appreciate their work and help. In between each round, door prizes were awarded and there was a break for pizza at around 9 pm. Everyone had a great time in this friendly competition but, as you know, these events don't just happen -it took the work and organization skills of many volunteers. These included Marianne Kond and Ed and Gord Szaszi, Bruce and Lorrie Cordner, Colin and Ruth Johnston, Rick and Kristine Broughton, Marion and Kelly Hepworth, Nancy Beckon, Ruth Barclay, Carol Brittan-Jones, Sheridan Alder, Pat Waters, Esther Chadwick, Barb McLeod, Atty Anker, Jackie Szymansky, Carolanne McIntyre and perhaps others we might have missed. We thank you all. Our thanks also to the young people who helped as Runners collecting the answer sheets including: Tory and Teddy Lancaster, Joey and Laura DeLuca and India and Sierra Fowler. A very special thanks to Irene Newton and the Black Sea Hall which is just a great venue. As someone remarked: "It is just amazing the way people come out to these events and the great community spirit"

Trivia Night Questions - to encourage you to attend a Trivia Night Remember, it is a team effort with up to eight people working together to get correct answers The following questions were posed in Round 5 of the Jan. 31 event. 1. What is the diameter in inches of an official NHL hockey puck? 2. What is the longest river in the United States? 3. In the world of transportation, what do the initials NS&T stand for? 4.What game show host replaced Bob Barker on the Price is Right? 5. What movie starred Mel Gibson as William Wallace? 6. What creature has the world's largest eyes by diameter? -be specific. 7. What age is dawning in the musical Hair? 8. What author wrote the Rainmaker and a Painted House? 9. What does PDA stand for in computer terminology? 10. What country did the Romans call Hibernia? 11. What was the name of Colonel Potter's wife on MASH? 12. What date were Pierre Elliot Trudeau's first two sons born on? 13. Who was the second man to set foot on the moon? 14. What Saturday Night Live star is the voice of Shrek? 15. What European country was the site for the Battle of Waterloo? (Answers-page 7)




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History gathered from the internet February is Black History Month, an annual remembrance of the struggle and the achievements of black Canadians, who have played a vital role in Canada's history. The St. Catharines BME Church (better known as Salem Chapel) has strong associations with the famous Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman. The growing city of St. Catharines was close to the border, it was on the train lines, and it offered employment opportunities. Not surprisingly, a large refugee population developed here. In 1855, the community was able to replace their first small log church with this larger and more finished building. It is an open hall plan with a three-sided balcony, providing seating capacity for the large numbers of people who regularly attended services. The congregation often included newly arrived refugees who had been led to freedom by the renowned conductor Harriet Tubman. Her passengers sheltered initially in a house just behind the church where Tubman lived during the 1850s. Thanks to her fame, the church has become a frequent stopping point on the travels of many of the leading abolitionists from around the world. The "Underground Railroad" (UGR) serves as an apt description for a real HIDING network of people, places, and secret routes that spirited southern slaves from captivity to freedom, and as a metaphor for a people forced to live underground, in the shadows, and on the margins. The dangers involved in fleeing, in exodus, were real; the consequences of capture, cruel and immediate. But unjust imprisonment as chattel slaves necessitated a belief in a better world, in a world of deliverance from evil. And so they ran.

Excerpts from PALZ (People Advocating Leash-Free Zones) presentation to St. Catharines city council Jan. 19, 2008

Burgoyne Woods Park I will start with a brief report on the Burgoyne Woods park which officially opened in December, 2006. The leash-free park is a happy place for owners and their dogs! One couple even held their wedding at the park to celebrate the place where they met and there was a costume party for pugs last Halloween. Attendance has continued to grow and some dog owners, including seniors and disabled people, visit the park on a daily basis. PALZ has a Facebook site to share news about the park and the membership now stands at over 200.

The PALZ committee schedules maintenance days to spread bark mulch around the high-traffic areas when they become muddy. We held our first annual genRe: request for a new leash-free dog park and report eral meeting in October 2007 at the pavilion near the leash-free park. Over 75 people attended and new on the success of the Burgoyne Woods Park positions on the committee were filled – large and Mayor McMullan.........It’s been almost three years small dog park representatives, accessibility coordisince PALZ first came to council to ask you to consider nator and an expansion subcommittee to look into helping us establish the city’s first leash-free dog park potential locations for a new park. At our last AGM, at Burgoyne Woods. I am back tonight to report on the in September 2008, we held a barbecue and a silent success of this park and request your support for a new auction and raised over $1,000!(cont'd on page 8)

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St. Catharines was a common destination for the former fugitives, including Harriet Tubman, who lived there from 1851 to 1857. Many of the people she rescued were relatives of those already in St. Catharines including her own parents, brothers and sisters and their families. Canada Post is issuing two stamps in 2009 to recognize Canada's black history. One of them honours Rosemary Brown, the first Black woman to be elected to public office. She was also the first woman to run for the leadership of a Canadian federal political party. On Sunday, February 1, the National Congress of Black Women Foundation hosted the stamp launch, as well as presenting a short play on slavery and two films on Abraham Doras Shadd and Rosemary Brown. Abraham Doras Shadd played a major role in the Underground Railroad. He’s reported to be the first Black person to hold a political office in Canada. A stamp has also been issued in his honour.



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Planning For the Future 2008 was a year to sit up and take notice. It was only a couple of years ago that Europe had that sweltering heat wave that killed 35,000 people. Last year BC experienced unprecedented winds that brought new construction toppling. A cyclone hit Burma that killed tens of thousands. Flooding on the St Lawrence River cost dearly and China continues to be riddled with earthquakes. Two years ago, much of central Britain was under water and the fish didn’t spawn around Greece, the water was just too warm. Australia is even now, enduring its worst heat wave ever with temperatures remaining above 43 degrees for over a week. It’s encouraging that Ontario has offered Niagara the structure and possible funding to ensure water quality and arable land takes precedence to urban expansion. As federal funds become available, we trust that Niagara will benefit as so many forward-thinking regions have. Concern deepened January 29th at the Committee of the Whole as municipalities continued to present for urban expansion, and developers were awarded multiple presenters, each given 10 minutes for the same project. Those concerned for the welfare and benefit of the entire region waited until late in the day. Some even used historical data for low density demand to presume the need for future growth.

TRANSIT/AIR QUALITY Members of Climate Action Now have great awareness of the urgency for inner and inter-city transit requirements within a 2 year time frame to ensure that Niagara’s population can get to their employment areas. We also have serious concerns whereby the Region considers placing industry in one locale, business in another while the growth centre and administrative is in a 3rd, making transportation more costly, less fuel efficient, and increases our carbon output. Niagara’s air quality requires better planning than 'growing south’. Employment centres alongside big box stores aren’t much better. We require walkable neighbourhoods that are vibrant with public capacity. Regional roads throughout municipalities are notorious for reduced urban tree canopy, overly widened heat-sinking roadways, and commercial needs first. Dr Homer-Dixon and Clive Rock, Transit Greater Vancouver addressed the Smarter Niagara Climate discussions in Welland last year. Homer-Dixon updated us to the imperative to prepare for fuel shortages and the urgency needed to reduce our carbon footprint and consumption. Clive Rock followed with practical transit strategies that can be quickly implemented, using a scenario from the Greater Vancouver area which aligns with Niagara, in that it consist of 3 cities, and multiple municipalities that employ through 1/3 agriculture and 1/3 manufacturing. Public transit between cities is a continuous loop provided in both directions with hubs at existing city bus terminals and linkages feeding into the main circle. This is eminently do-able for Niagara while waiting for light rail to replace it. It would provide a northsouth line that also ties into Niagara Falls. Port Colborne and Wainfleet can tie into Welland’s terminal and Grimsby can link into St Catharines. Students of Brock and Niagara College may have a shelter at roadside. Major employers can be provided with incentives that can increase ridership. At only 2%, our public ridership levels are appalling. Consensus at the Transportation segment of the Niagara Economic Forum this past year, stated that the days of super-highways are over and that by the time any east west link was constructed, peak oil will be well upon us, rendering it a colossal waste of public funds. It’s time to separate the transportation of people from moving goods. It’s time to get Port status for St Catharines, to improve our shipping capacity, to re-link our rail, to provide light rail and to assist municipalities to better transit.

FOOD SECURITY/WATER QUALITY Forty-one countries declared to the United Nations, an inability to provide sufficient food to their residents, up from twenty-three the previous year. As potable water supply dwindles the world over, the irrigation of food crops is now illegal in several countries (many of which export food to Canada). The Colorado River, which feeds much of the Californian food production land, is down to 25% of its 1950’s levels. It takes one thousand years to create 1” of arable soil. The soil and temperate clime of Niagara have historically been revered however, the past fifty years has seen much damage to the quality of our soil. Still considered the best in Canada, pesticides and continual chemical fertilization and over-tilling have stripped our capacity to maintain current production. Soil structure breaks down and nutrient deficiencies become more common. Climate Action Now members believe that we owe it to the generations yet to come, to leave the planet better than we found it and that land use planning is of prime importance. Currently, Canada is the only G8 country without food security policy. The loss of CanGro was a serious blow to the perception of individual security and of concern to all who call Niagara home. Since 1960, I have witnessed 34 profitable food related industries leave Niagara, either through foreign ownership then closure, or through foreign ownership and interference in suppliers or shelf space. It’s also time to discuss the true loss of capacity to soil health and healthy tree cover through the leveling of land for subdivisions and culverts. Land formation loss leads to water quality deterioration. Where in all this do two new golf courses fit? They don’t. The current ones are not filled to capacity and it’s a terrible pesticide ridden waste of land. How can we put a stop to yet another golf course surrounded by detached housing and an 18,000 square foot recreational centre? How could this land be better used? Climate Action Now members and friends oppose agriculturally downgraded lands in the northwest of Niagara Falls that would enable further degradation of arable land. This area is susceptible to groundwater contamination as is the surrounding area of Smithville. Toronto’s water and waste water infrastructure was unable to handle the increased flows two summers ago, saddling the city with massive repairs and contaminating rivers and shorelines. With increasing storm surges expected in our near and distant future, Niagara will be providing increasingly expensive infrastructure. Let’s ensure that it’s not wasted on low density areas. An increase in seniors and youth and the move to fewer residents per unit have left us with a glut of costly infrastructure with low density and very few upscale urban condo complexes of medium density or high. 5 storey units with commercial on the 1st is popular in Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto, Stoney Creek, Waterloo, Guelph, etc.

FOREST COVER According to the work of Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Forestry Association and the Urban Forestry Association, the leading work of Dan McKenna and team is the prime indicator of the heat and drought tolerances of trees and along with their natural migration and reproductive rates, we in Niagara should see a 25% reduction in the health of our current urban street trees. Intervention is required in short order to ensure the health of residents during periods of drought, to ensure at least our current air quality remains stable, to ensure at least stable rates of melanoma, and to provide heat relief. Energy conservation is enabled with adequate tree coverage. We can no longer simply rely on our current selection of species or even sexes of species. Trees that normally live for one hundred to one hundred and fifty years are struggling, especially along the lakes where the soil is sandier with less capacity to retain water. Pests and disease are rampant among our current street trees, an indicator of reaching their upper limits of heat and drought tolerance. Rather than attempt to be all things to all people, we suggest that the Region increases the capacity of Land Care Niagara and the Niagara Restoration Council and other non profit organizations to educate and infill urban areas using smaller, more affordable, and hardier trees.

While none can prepare for all emergencies, our generation is ill equipped for natural disasters or even extreme storms or power outs. Television and entertainments beckon to us to forget that we’re dependant upon the natural order. The sooner we look at climate change, the sooner we can mitigate, accommodate and develop a plan B.


* CAN members recognize that diversification is imperative in changing climes and believe that attracting tourists or youth hinges on the same requirements as does providing the best possible quality of life. That is, a healthier Niagara. When we focus on what’s best for the land that we’ve been entrusted with, the beauty, the temperature, the bounty, and the recreation fall into place. Add to that the supporting industries, such as a few CanGro replacements, following examples from the Holland Marsh for agricultural innovations, the health industry, the arts, and agriculture, and we’re almost there. Niagara is still famous for our energy. Let’s capitalize on that with renewable energies instead of reinventing the wheel with restrictions that hamper innovators. I’m referencing here the undue restrictions on wind energy road setback requirements. Let’s not hamstring the innovators. The public is seeking to support greener businesses with their purchasing power, and it’s not a Niagara phenomena. Currently, some municipalities are ‘using up’ remaining greenfields with the presumption that within 5 years, we’ll all be at the table again. The province, wisely, is sending a very clear signal that further expansions are exceedingly unlikely, even for municipalities that use their current greenfields to support anything less than high density. It cannot be overstated that the problem is not the ‘amount of land’ but the ‘use of land’. Climate Action Now advocates a moratorium on single story commercial and recognizes our glut of low density residential. We encourage expropriation where necessary for inner city health to be replaced with high density, with reduced set-backs, which include commercial on the main floors. Current planning practices presume that our generation has every right to build right up to existing boundaries without concern for future generations. Clearly, these are times where ‘business as usual’ cannot support our future residents and impacts our current cancers and respiratory ailment rates. Niagara requires your leadership to refuse boundary expansions. Although our original preference was for Plan C with Smithville Greenbelt expansion, we recognize that West Lincoln is unlikely to protect its own backyard. Therefore, Climate Action Now supports Plan D for the protection and growth of Niagara.

The 2008 United Nations Food Summit declaration states, “We firmly resolve to use all means to alleviate the suffering caused by the current crisis, to stimulate food production, and to increase investment in agriculture, to address obsolete obstacles to food access, and to use the planet’s resources sustainably for present and future generations”. With the wealth and health of Niagara at stake, we can do no less

In these economic times, support Jane Hanlontough is an environmental writer please and the Chair of Stour advertisers. Next month we will bea listing busiCatharines CLIMATE ACTION NOW, group ofthose Niagara nesses who have supported all-volunteer commuresidents committed to furtheringour sustainable practices. For more information,with to become a member or Those to support their nity newspaper their advertising. businesses work, be contacted at 905-938-8882 by email at need she andcan deserve our support throughorthese difficult economic times Look for the list in the March edition. Jane Hanlon is an environmental writer and the Chair of St Catharines CLIMATE ACTION NOW, a group of Niagara residents committed to furthering sustainable practices. For more information, to become a member or to support their work, she can be contacted at 905-938-8882 or by email at

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for the Arts Compadres - Oscar Lopez and James Keelaghan Sean O'Sullivan Theatre2008 Juno Nominee for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group) James Keelahgan is one of Canada's best known songwriters with deep roots in Canadian and Celtic traditions. Oscar Lopez is one of Canada's most acclaimed Latin guitar players. Two worlds. Two cultures. One voice. Music without boundaries - two brilliant performers at their best. • Platinum $28 • Gold $32 • Regular $38 Thursday, February 19, 2009 7:30p.m.

Dhoad Gypsies from Rajasthan Sean O'Sullivan Theatre In the past six years, these global cultural ambassadors have played over 500 concerts in over 40 different countries. The Thar Desert in India's northwest Rajasthan state is home to the Dhoad Gypsies who deliver an authentic cultural feast for the senses. Led by artistic director, Rahis Bharti, the troupe makes full use of Indian instruments and embraces the ancient and colourful folk traditions of fakirs (dancers, performers), langas (bard poets), manganyars (troubadours) and snake charmers from different communities, religions and artistic tastes. Bharti's vision to bring to life the spiritual and mystical heritage of Rajasthan is evident as this religiously and musically diverse group delivers haunting vocals, heart-stirring rhythms, vibrant dancers and snake charmers in the whirlwind shimmer of Dhoad celebration and performance. The Dhoad Gypsies bring to life the passion and epic heroism of their forefathers and transform the monotony of everyday life with the enchanting sounds of mystical desert lands. An authentic and magical experience, these artists create an atmosphere of enchantment and an extravaganza of sound expressed through a whirlwind of glittering colours, sounds and dance. • Platinum $31 • Gold $35 • Regular $39 Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7:30 p.m.

Endless Summer: Music of The Beach Boys & Brian Wilson Sean O'Sullivan Theatre The Jeans ‘n Classics Band and the Niagara Symphony will bring good vibrations to this evening devoted to the smooth sounds of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys featuring such hits as “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Good Vibrations” and many more. Peter Brennan’s concept of combining rock musicians and headlining vocalists with worldclass symphony orchestras has drawn record-setting capacity crowds.

Programme: California Girls Sail on Sailor Please Let Me Wonder In My Room Do it Again The Warmth of the Sun Darlin' Neck 'n Neck Medley Wouldn't it be Nice Dance, Dance, Dance The Girls of the Beach Surfer Girl Good Vibrations • Platinum $42 • Gold $46 • Regular $49 Saturday, February 28, 2009 7:30p.m.

Help me Rhonda Don't Worry Baby (20 Minute Intermission) Sloop John B God Only Knows Kokomo

Downtown Chili Cook Off

Niagara Artistic Exhibition Center) The River`s Passion features the works of photographer Joe Calleja. See the Whirlpool Rapids on the Niagara River as you`ve never seen them before. Joe`s keen eye and camera have captured an astounding collection of images that you won`t believe are photographs. Come share his passion for the river as he celebrates the opening of this new exhibition. Opening reception is Friday, February 13, 2009 at 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Niagara Gallery is located at 4323 Queen St. Niagara Falls, Ontario. 289 296 6251 Website: Email: Phone: 289-296-6351

St. Catharines Public Library

Feb. 20, 2009

Friday February 20, 2009 The aroma of chili will be filling the air over lunch hour, in downtown St. Catharines on Friday February 20, as the third annual Downtown Chili Cook-off gets under way. This event is open from 11am – 2pm, at Market Square in Downtown St. Catharines. Tasting kits will be sold for $10.00 each at the door, with all proceeds going to Community Care. Tasting kits will contain a ballot to enable the holder to vote for his or her favorite Peoples' Choice chili, along with 10 tickets to sample competitor’s entries, and a bottle of water. Niagara's Best Beer has joined in the fun, and will be onsite this year with their Niagara's Best Blonde Ale for people to cool their taste buds down with. All proceeds going to Community Care. A panel of judges, including St. Catharines dignitaries and community personalities, will judge the competition chili. In the spirit of fair competition, the judges do not know which team's chili they are rating. The winners for the judged and people’s choice awards will be announced at the end of the event. The cook-off will benefit Community Care programs in St. Catharines, and Community Care will be on hand at the event selling pop & water, toques, and taking donations. # 905-685-8424

PORT DALHOUSIE FEBRUARY Fridays – Fish Fry Royal Canadian Legion BR.350 4-7 pm Jessie Allen is celebrating her 90th birthday!! In honour of Jessie's birthday, her family is hosting an Open House at the Port Dalhousie Legion on Sunday , March 8th from 2 pm to 4pm. Best Wishes Only, please

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE Stephen Lewis to Speak at the Shaw Festival Theatre Stephen Lewis, whose passionate, articulate vision has galvanized tremendous change speak about Gender Equality: The Single Most Important Struggle on the Planet, on Saturday, March 7 at 3:00pm at the Shaw Festival Theatre. For tickets and information, please call the box office at 1-800-511-7429.

WILLOWBANK LECTURE SERIES Join us as 8 prominent Canadians share their insights on weaving together .past, present and future February 21 . 10 am . William German A Craftsman's view of history March 7 . 10 am . Jill Taylor . Toronto An Architect’s view of history March 21 . 10 am . Christina Cameron . Montreal UNESCO’s perspective on cultural history and identity

Thursday, February 19th 7:00pm - 8:30pm DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS

This program provides a basic overview of the many genealogical resources and how to access and use them. Call 905-688-6103, ext. 220 to register. Space is limited. • FREE Location: CENTRAL LIBRARY

February 24, 2009 ( Tuesday )


CHARITABLE FRAUD AND EFFECTIVE DONATING Lance Wiebe of Investors Group, Niagara Falls will provide a presentation on researching charities' track records, and how to effectively donate using the new federal tax changes with lawyer Steve Nagy addressing issues of fraud. For more information please call, 905-688-6103, ext. 227. • FREE Location: CENTRAL LIBRARY

Native Drum Workshop - Sun, Feb. 22, 2009

Families, groups, and individuals interested in learning how to make a Cree-style hand drum are invited to the Centre for Conservation at Ball's Falls for a one day workshop. Native teachings will also be explored. For ages 10 and up. Location: Balls Falls Conservation Area - Centre for Conservation 3292 Sixth Ave Jordan Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm Admission: Fee applies 905.562.5235 ext. 26

Lincoln Garden Club - February 21, 2009 The Lincoln Garden Club meets Saturday February 21st, at Rittenhouse Hall, Vineland Research Station, Victoria Ave N., Vineland. Coffee hour is 9.30 am (please bring a mug). Meeting starts at 10 am, and features a demonstration on the construction of Hypertufa Garden Ornaments, conducted by the Grimsby Garden Club. Everyone welcome-gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Time: Coffee: 9:30am / Meeting 10am More Info: 905-563-7108

St. Andrews United Church 92 Main Street Port Dalhousie 935-7231

Lecture Series generously sponsored by: McLean Foundation and Dr. E. Oliver-Malone and Dr. R. Malone To register contact Helena Copeland: 905.262.1239 x 21 or

The Niagara Symphony 2008-2009 Season POPS: February 21-22,2009 A World Premiere - Louise DiTullio, flute Louise Di Tullio is one of the most widely heard flutists today, having performed on over a thousand motion picture and television scores in a career that spans four decades. Though her name may not be immediately recognizable, years of recordings have brought her artistry to a vast, if unwitting, audience. Tickets: Please call 905-688-5550 ext 3257

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SERVICE 10:30 a.m. ALL WILL BE WARMLY WELCOMED Meet our new Minister Rev. Dr. Philip Gardner

TRIViA ANSWERS FROM PAGE 5 1. 3 inches 2. Missouri 3. Niagara, St. Catharines & Toronto Railway 4. Drew Carey 5. Braveheart 6. Giant Squid 7. Aquarius 8. John Grisham 9. Personal Digital Assistant 10. Ireland 11. Mildred 12. Christmas Day or December 25 13. Edward (Buzz) Aldrin 14. Mike Myers 15. Belgium




The Surf Ballroom and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Winter Dance Party during a weeklong celebration at the Surf Ballroom on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 honoring the lives, music, and influence of rock and roll pioneers Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens, concluding on Monday February 2nd, with a special landmark tribute concert 50 Winters the day. For nearly six decades, The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa has hosted an amazing array of legendary national artists, from the big band and country swing greats, to the popular rock and rollers of the day. Today, restored to the original vintage design, the Surf Ballroom stands proudly as one of the few remaining venues of its kind in the nation. Throughout it’s colorful history there is no association with The Surf that is stronger than the fateful last performance of rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens on February 2, 1959. The annual Winter Dance Party commemoration planned for 2009 marks the calendar of rock and roll history, reflecting on the special nature of this moment, paying tribute to music and artists of the past and present, and, the obvious fact that the music did not die February 3rd, 1959. The Surf Ballroom and Museum, Inc is a non for profit organization dedicated to the preservation and accurate representation of this historic event Musical royalty turned out at the Surf Ballroom Monday night to honor the memories of three young musicians who died in a plane crash 50 years ago. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson were killed when their plane crashed just north of the Mason City Municipal Airport on Feb. 3, 1959.

Excerpts from PALZ presentation to St. Catharines city council Jan. 19, 2008 (continued from page 5) PALZ met its commitment to the city to pay for 20 per cent of the fencing costs through fundraisers and donations. In March 2007, Kaz’s Pub invited us to do a fundraiser at the club and we used the proceeds to bring water lines into the parks for use in the warm weather. Challenges The most challenging issue our committee has faced is making the park more accessible to elderly and disabled users. The location and terrain at Burgoyne Woods has made it difficult for these users to access the park, especially during the winter.......Another problematic issue has been the swampy areas in the two parks. Future leash-free dog park Informal surveys by PALZ members at the park have shown that a large proportion of users live in the north and central areas of the city. We visited over a dozen parks in these areas and ranked them based on various criteria, the most important one being accessibility. Checklists were submitted to the recreation and community services department and we met with Stuart Green to discuss our findings. We agreed with his suggestion that a one-acre portion of St. Patrick’s Park on Catherine Street containing a ball diamond no longer used by the city is a good choice because of its accessibility, on-site parking and under-utilization. We’ve also noted that it is partially fenced, has good drainage and a hard-packed gravel trail leading to the ball diamond. Families would be able to use the splash pad across the street as well as visit the dog park. Since the neighbourhood is largely residential, we expect that many users would walk to the park via the Terry Fox Trail. Even neighbourhood residents without dogs could enjoy watching the dogs play if benches were put outside the fencing for the park. Costs for a new park We contacted Sheppard Fencing, the company that installed the fencing at Burgoyne Woods. Gary Sheppard estimated the cost for enclosing the one-acre site at St. Patrick’s Park including a double-gated entrance and a maintenance gate for city vehicles would be $17,900 plus GST. He said the company would also donate two benches as they did for the first park. PALZ is willing to contribute 20 per cent of the capital costs again and continue fundraising to pay for any future improvements to the park. And of course, we would provide stewardship and maintenance for the new park. Submitted by Suzanne Mason, on behalf of the PALZ committee - Heather Fyfe, Doug and Carol Disher, Jim Steel, Cathy Steel-Ewert, Sheryl Stewart, Andrew Niznik, Marilyn Leczczynski, Crystal Dracz, Kevin DeGruchy, Eugene Tendean and Martin Howe (full presentation on the PROUD




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