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Teachers strike BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff Until now the negotiations between the teachers’ unions and the province of Ontario have had little effect on Pelham residents. This week, however, those negotiations touched not only school students and their parents but the community as well. Elementary teachers in Niagara were in a legal strike position as of December 1, and began job action at the DSBN on Monday, Dec. 3.

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For most students at the elementary level it meant simply a move of their Christmas concerts from evening performances to afternoon performances. For students of A.K. Wigg in Pelham, that job action meant a cancellation of the choir’s performance during Christmas in Pelham activities. Eliane Check said the students were disappointed in not being able to sing for the community. Her children are both in the See STUDENTS/page 8

Capital budget BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff The Town of Pelham will be spending $12.5 million on capital improvements in 2013. Approved at the Dec. 3 meeting of Pelham Town Council the municipality’s capital budget outlines spending for the coming year and includes a “significant investment” in capital infrastructure. “There are a lot of good things happening,” said CAO Darren Ottaway, noting 2013 will be an exciting year. ”It will be a very interesting year,” said Mayor Dave Augustyn. “I’m really looking forward to it.” The largest expenditure in

the 2013 capital budget is for Community and Infrastructure Services, which includes a $6.5 million roads budget and a $2.2 million parks and recreation budget. The roads budget includes reconstruction of several rural and urban roads and the resurfacing of several more as well as engineering for Merritt and Port Robinson Roads, at $100,000 each, in preparation of reconstruction in 2014. The revitalization of the downtown core of Fenwick is included in this budget at a cost of See PARKS/page2

NATURE’S Corner employees Alicia Bedesky, baker, Rachel Carson and Kara Bartley, are hoping to donate 300 loaves of fresh-baked bread to families in need, with the help of their customers. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo Thanks to a local business store to give back and they knew loaves of bread, or donations recipients of Hope Centre Hope their customers and community from 150 customers, to meet the Baskets at Christmas will receive would help out. demand at the Hope Centre. all the makings for Christmas “It’s a small business and we The bread, said Carson, is going dinner, including a fresh-baked knew our customers would into Hope Centre Christmas loaf of bread. support this type of event,” said baskets to provide families in Until Dec. 18 Nature’s Corner Kara Bartley, head barista at need everything they need to in Ridgeville is accepting $5 Nature’s Corner. “We knew they have Christmas dinner. donations to purchase one loaf would step up and they have.” “We think everyone should of bread for the Hope Centre “Our customers are awesome,” have Christmas,” said Carson. and matching each donation, says Carson, adding in just the Nature’s Corner is accepting doubling the number of loaves first few days of the program donations to Dec. 18, but won’t they give. more than 55 customers had turn away donations after that Rachel Carson, who is managing donated bread, making a total date, when the bread will be the bread project at Nature donation of more than 110 baked and delivered fresh to the Corner, explained it is simply a loaves. Hope Centre. way for the new owners of the The goal, said Bartley, is 300

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Parks and roads big ticket items on yearly budget Continued from page 1

just over $2 million. The parks budget includes upgrades to Centennial Park, minor upgrades to the baseball diamonds at Marlene Stewart Streit

Park, a Peace Park master plan, and upgrades and repairs to Old Pelham Town Hall. The Peace Park master plan, said Augustyn, is to re-landscape the park and improve community use

of the park, building on events such as bandshell concerts and Summerfest. Included in the parks and recreation amount is $398,000 for the design and construction of a

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in the Aviva contest and council has committed to matching any dollars donated by Aviva. The bulk of the capital budget items will be paid for through existing reserve funds, grant funding or other funding contributions. Of the other funding, $3.5 million is through debenture.

The capital budget report also includes a five-year proposed budget of more than $48 million. It also includes, as a planning tool and not an approved certainty, a new library branch in Fenwick in 2014 and construction of a community centre in 2015.

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Residents still complain about parking on Pelham St. BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff Parking on Pelham Street, or more specifically accessible parking on Pelham Street, continues to be a concern for many residents now that beautification efforts in the downtown core are complete. In response to several letters received by the Town, Pelham

Town Councillors agreed at the Dec. 3 meeting to refer the letters to CAO Darren Ottaway so they can be part of his considerations when creating a patio policy for the town. Mayor Dave Augustyn pointed out some of the letters make reference to a specific business which indicates a concern that business’ parking is not accessible. Augustyn suggested council also forward the letters to them

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noted the bank has been surveying their customers about the parking issue and they are aware of the problem, adding she agreed the letters should be forwarded to the bank. Councillor Larry Clark said he thought the issue was dealt with months ago, when council discussed it and directed staff to add another handicapped parking spot in the area. The Mayor acknowledged council did direct staff to add a parking spot, and one has been added in front of Beamer’s Hardware, further down the

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From The Heart of Niagara 209 Highway 20 East at Rice Road (inside Birchley Place) Office: Mon-Fri - 9am-3pm Fonthill, ON, L0S 1E6 phone: 905-892-8690 fax: 905-892-0823 editor@thevoiceofpelham.ca advertising@thevoiceofpelham.ca office@thevoiceofpelham.ca www.thevoiceofpelham.ca Sarah Murrell, Editor Warren Mason, Advertising Liz Hayden, Graphics Leslie Chiappetta, Office Manager The Voice is independant, locally owned and operated. The Voice is a member of:

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Changes to ward boundaries possible in 2014 BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff Town of Pelham councillors are already looking to the 2014 election, but they’re not worrying about re-election just yet. They’re wondering who they’ll be representing. In anticipation of growth in the municipality and to address current inequalities in ward size, councillors voted, narrowly, to undertake a ward review now so possible ward changes would be in place for the 2014 election. “I have some misgivings,” said

Councillor Richard Rybiak, noting that he understood the need for ward boundary changes was in response to approval for the East Fonthill Secondary Plan, noting growth in that area won’t be happening before the next election. A study now, before the end of this term, would reflect population as it currently exists, said Rybiak, adding the growth that occurs after that study and boundary changes would need to be done a second time. Clerk Nancy Bozzato pointed out the information she provided

council in her report indicates any ward review would include evaluating the existing ward structure as well as representation by population as far ahead as 2022. “It does propose to look to the future,” she said, adding that’s the reason for bringing the issue forward at this time. Bozzato also pointed out the 2014 term may be harder on ward three councillors who currently represent a larger number of the population and that’s where growth is expected to occur. Geographically the largest ward,

Ward 1 includes Fenwick and North Pelham and represents 3,600 voters. Ward 2 councillors represent 45,000 voters and Ward 3, the downtown core and south-east corner of the town, has 54,000 voters. There has not been a review of ward boundaries in Pelham since 1978, pointed out Mayor Dave Augustyn. Saying he agreed with Rybiak’s comments, Councillor Larry Clark stated there are also developments slated for Fenwick and there could be substantial increase in population in all the

wards. He also noted that just because council approves an area for development doesn’t mean it will fill up right away. “I don’t think it’s going to change that dramatically,” said Clark. Councillors voted in a tie, with Rybiak and Clark against and King and Councillor John Durley voting in favour. Councillors Gary Accursi and Peter Papp were absent from the meeting. The tie vote carried the motion, which will have staff undertake the study in time for the 2014 election.

Giving change for Christmas gifts The United Way South Niagara and Seaway Mall have designed a way to give a gift that helps the community. By supporting the United Way South Niagara (UWSN) Campaign with a donation in the name of someone on your holiday shopping list you will receive a holiday card to give and make a lasting gift to your community.

“Everyone benefits when we share the spirit of the season through a donation to United Way”, says Seaway Mall’s President Michael Belcastro. “It’s what the holiday’s are all about.” A donation to the United Way, honouring a teacher or caregiver, co-worker or colleague, or someone who supports the community,

is a great gift for someone who is difficult to buy for. With a donation you will receive a holiday gift card with the greeting of your choice, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or Joyeux Noel, that you can give to let that special someone know you’ve made a donation in their name.

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LETTERS to the editor Some questions for Mayor Questions for the Mayor Yes, Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn, I do have questions. Questions were asked for by the mayor at a WellandPelham Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Tuesday as an absolutely gleeful-sounding mayor gave his upbeat speech extolling the glory of 5,000 new homes on 450 acres destined for the Rice and Merritt Roads area, as well as more acreage slated for business growth. Question 1: Why do most mayors believe the solution to the economy is build more cookie-cutter houses merrily ploughing over lands that for years are quietly building health-nurturing eco-systems that assist human beings because love it or hate it we are a part of nature. Do trees not help the air we breathe? Question 2: As a young father, do you ever consider the heritage of beautiful natural open spaces and lands that could feed future generations as well (farmers do know how to make soil workable even if it has been deemed incapable) you are eliminating for your children and their children?

Question 3: Does it not bother you at all where the wildlife is supposed to go? Remember, we are nature. Look around at the acres lost in such a short span of time. South Pelham area both sides, Webber Road, etc. The beasts don’t pay taxes so let us not tolerate them. Forget that it is not just our planet. Plough them under and for the small ones that can’t get out of the way definitely plough them under. Five thousand houses - that is a huge number which can quite easily take a negative toll on people already here emotionally and mentally. Question 4: What about the present taxpayers who moved here years ago drawn to the peace and tranquility? Ramming 5,000 houses in, destroying forever ecosystems and wildlife all for the sake of dollars. Sad, truly sad. God-given artwork spat upon. Faye Suthons Wainfleet

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The Town of Pelham should consider using already Townowned property in North Pelham for a new Firehall. North Pelham Park is an area that should be looked at as an option. There is ample room at this park to house a new firehall. The use of the park is limited for sports due to lack of lighting, distance to travel, and proper washroom facilities. The allpurpose court is rarely used. Maybe if the park was used for a new firehall the all-purpose court could be flooded by the fire department for ice skating and rec hockey for the area citizens, weather permitting. I’m sure an outdoor ice rink there would be more safe for the residents than a local pond.

Lighting could be an added feature in the future if deemed feasible. There is plenty of room to support both groups at no land purchase cost to the town taxpayers. I’m sure the Town will have to look into the liability aspect with their insurance company first. Maybe some North Pelham residents have some other ideas to add to help utilize the park more. Feel free to respond. I’m sure the farmers in North Pelham would appreciate the thought that a water tower was also included for structure fires in the new plans. R. Winnicki Fenwick


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Stop health care bickering BY DAVE AUGUSTYN Mayor of Pelham On November 27, I spoke to the Chamber of Commerce about the recent progress we’ve made in the Town and about the exciting improvements that will occur in Pelham over the next couple of years. I also discussed health care in Niagara – especially in Southern Niagara. Those that oppose the construction of a new hospital for the Southern part of Niagara say that their community needs to maintain their local health care services. I agreed that communities need more local health care options and services; that’s why Pelham Town Council recently petitioned the Province to designate one of the future Urgent Care Centres The Town of Pelham Informational Column • Women’s Learn to Play Hockey / Shinny Session 2 - Thursdays, Jan 10, 2013 thru March 28 2013 Learn to Play 9:30 – 10:30 am Shinny 10:30 – 11:30 am Full equipment is required. Session rate LTP/Shinny - $100.00/$66.00, Drop in rate $10.00/$5.50 For more information contact Julie Cook at 905-892-2607, ext. 329 • Men’s Shinny Hockey $5.50 per drop in Tuesday Dec 18 8 – 9 am Friday Dec 14 8:30 – 10 am • Public Skating Friday Dec 14 8 – 9:30 pm Sunday Dec 16 1- 2:20 pm Tuesday Dec 18 7:30 - 8:30 pm •Parent/ Preschool Skate Friday Dec 14 10 - 11 am Tuesday Dec 18 1 - 2 pm. • Adult Skate Thursday Dec 13 1 - 2 pm GENERAL INFORMATION

(UCCs) in Pelham. And that’s why Council also directed staff to work with a couple of doctors who are assembling new family health teams and facilities in both Fonthill and Fenwick. But, providing local health care options and services in 2012 shouldn’t mean we continue to follow a 1950s model of “a hospital for every community.” That now-outdated-model lead to the construction and relocation of hospitals across Southern Niagara in the 1930s and the 1950s. (Douglas Memorial was constructed in 1931; Port Colborne was constructed in 1951; GNGH was relocated in 1958; and Welland was relocated in 1960.) You can have day surgery for something today that would have kept you in the hospital for weeks in the 1950s. And, the hundreds of procedures that are routine • Overnight ParkingPlease be reminded By-Law No. 892000 as amended by By-Law #2654(2005) prohibits parking on all roads and streets in the Town of Pelham, except Church Hill from 2 am to 6 am from November 1 to March 31. • Town of Pelham – SNOW ANGEL PROGRAM The Town of Pelham in partnership with Pelham Cares Inc. offers a volunteer snow/ice removal service for persons within the Town of Pelham urban areas living with physical disabilities who are incapable of carrying out sidewalk snow/ice removal at their place of residence. Application forms for residents and volunteers are available on the Town’s website at www.pelham.ca or at Town Hall. Please call 905-892-2607 extension 332 for additional information. Town of Pelham e-mail address: clerks@pelham.ca Visit our Web site at www.pelham.ca

today, weren’t even imagined then – two-and-a-half generations ago. Our health care facilities and system needs to adapt to the new reality of health care, and so does our thinking. Other parts of Ontario have caught on. They realize that funding for new hospital facilities from the Province is scarce. Dr. Smith, Niagara Health System Supervisor, and Minister Matthews, Minister of Health & Long-Term Care, have said this repeatedly in Niagara this fall. At the same time, changes to health care are not stopping. A new Northern-Niagara health care facility will be opening on March 24, 2013. The movement of services across the NHS has meant that the new Northernhospital is much more than a local St. Catharines / Thorold / Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospital

as was first anticipated. This “clinical reconfiguration” and trends to “community-based health services” continue to occur regardless of South Niagara’s location debate. So how should we react? Should we curse the change, or embrace the opportunity? During my speech, I encouraged the Chamber and individuals to embrace Dr. Smith’s plan and work toward “…a new era focused on creating a sustainable, high quality health system” for all of Niagara. I believe that we owe it to future generations to stop the healthcare bickering in the South, to embrace the opportunities, and to move forward. You may contact Mayor Dave at mayordave@pelham.ca or read past columns at www. pelhammayordave.blogspot.com.

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Pedlar continues legacy of giving This holiday season the tree at the James L. Pedlar Funeral Home has been lit in memory of those served by the home throughout the year. The tree is a symbol of the James L. Pedlar Lifetime Memories Program, created by James and Maureen Pedlar, which provided a donation to the Welland Hospital Foundation in the name of every

family served by the Pedlars. After purchasing the business a year ago, new owner Tina Moesner has continued the Lifetime Memories Program and now offers families the option of having a memorial donation made to either the Welland Hospital Foundation or Pelham Cares. With the lighting of the memorial Christmas tree at the

funeral home, Moesner made her first donation to Pelham Cares. “It is an honour and privilege to serve the families we do and it is wonderful to be able to give back to the community,” she said, explaining she and the staff feel both organizations are important to the health and well-being of the community and that every little bit helps.

Moesner says she will likely make donations to the organizations once or twice a year, recognizing the choices of families they work with throughout the entire year. DEVIN King (left) and Tina Moessner of Pedlar Funeral Home present a $500 cheque to Keith Moore, board member of Pelham Cares.

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looking forward to performing. “I wanted to sing because it will be my last year in the choir,” said Marie Check, adding at least she got to take part in the Christmas in Pelham activities. Last week the Elementary Teachers Federation (ETFO) announced its members hold a one-day strike at the DSBN to protest Bill 115 on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The school board, in the interest of student safety, closed all elementary schools on Tuesday. While the strike does not affect secondary school students, the job action has and on Dec. 10,

E.L. Crossley students walked out of class. “We’re striking in support of the teachers,” said Grade 12 student Marissa Peacock, explaining the teachers don’t have a choice in their job action and the students want to express the union and government negotiations affect them too. Grade 9 student Kyle McIntosh said the students want extracurricular activities back. “Some people tried so hard to make a team and now they can’t play,” said Rample Chera, Grade 10. “I feel bad for them.” “It’s everything,” said Tanner Montana, Grade 9, explaining

he has been getting extra help from his French teacher but that stopped with the job action. “Our teachers are really caring, they’re going to help you and they can’t” because of job action, he added. “We’re doing it for the teachers,” said Grade 10 student Emily Mitchell, adding the government needs to realize their dealings with the union and teachers affects students. Brian Pulger, Grade 12, said the students are simply making the government more aware of what they’re doing. “We’re mad too,” said Pulfer. “Look what it does to us.”

No staff turkeys this year The Town of Pelham has created a program to ensure Town Staff Christmas bonuses are spent in the local economy. This year’s town employee gift will consist of a $30 voucher to be used at any participating businesses

within the Town of Pelham only. In past years the Town has provided a turkey for each member of the staff at Christmas, explained CAO Darren Ottaway, who had heard from several staffers they don’t need the turkey so he came

up with the Pelham Bucks idea. “It’s a shop local thing,” said Ottaway, adding most people will spend more than the $30 and it’s a great way to encourage staff to shop in Pelham.

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Winter artisans market at ITO BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff Unique, interesting, beautiful and personal gifts for loved ones is the focus of almost everyone’s shopping in December. At In The Orchard those unique and beautiful gifts are also socially responsible, environmentally friendly and educational. This year, as part of it’s Art2 program, In The Orchard (ITO) is offering a Winter Artisan’s Market featuring the work of some local artisans as well as the work of

students in the Art2 program. Artists with ITO have been working with students in Grades 7 to 12, teaching them how to create works of art from items donated by the Salvation Army. Angie Giess, Executive Director of ITO, said the students often worked in groups, designing a product and business name, then went before a “Dragon’s Den� type evaluation, where students as a group discussed their classmates’ ideas. The Artisan Market, where the studentmade artwork is available for sale, is part of the second phase of Art2 - marketing. Items include origami made from

discarded books, Christmas wreaths and decorations made from old vinyl albums, wallets and bags made from donated strips of leather, and other items. Giess said a lot of the work shows great promise for the student designers, adding the right tools would help the program go so much farther. The Artisan Market also features a raffle of many new items and Giess says everyone is welcome to drop by the studio and check out the raffle and art. The show runs through Dec. 24. at The Happy Place on Pelham Street.

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Community Events ONGOING • Thursdays, 6-8pm Free Art2 Workshops, Teens and Adults welcome to drop in. The Happy Place Studio, 1433 Pelham St. Fonthill. • Fridays 1:00-3:00pm. Knit Wits - Knitting Club. Work on your present project while spending time with other knitters. All levels are welcome. Crocheters welcome. Knitting tips will be shared at each session. Begins Jan. 4. $2.00 includes refreshments.

Fonthill. Admission—a food bank item & $10.00 for adults; children 12 & under are free. For details—Derek—9382777, Bob—892-2336. •8:00pm First Annual Chili Cook Off Challenge-Bring your best recipe or buy a tasting spoon and bowl to judge them for yourself! Pub Night. Turkey Raffle. The Mighty Fonthill Lions Hall, Fonthill. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

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KLAGER’S MEATS Drop in at the Fonthill Library. • Saturdays, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Bingo at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613 Fonthill, 141 Regional Road 20. Saturdays - 10am. - 1 pm. Computer Tutor & Gadget Clinic-One on one help and training. $5.00 per 1/2 hour. Please register ahead in person to reserve your space. UPCOMING Friday, December 14 • 11:30 - 1:00pm Legion Lunch is Roast Beef this week. Saturday, December 15 • 11:00 - 4:00pm Christmas Portrait, Drop in. No registration required. $5.00. Proceeds to Pelham Public Library, Fonthill Library. • 2:30 pm The Wonder Of Christmas -A Cappella Niagara presents a Christmas Concert with special guests the Salvation Army Meadowlands Brass Band with the Chapter Chorus and Quartets at Fonthill United Church in

visit our website at www.klagers.com 1507 Pelham Street 905-892-2616

December 17, 18, 19 • Mon(5-8pm) Tues (14pm) Wed(5-8pm). Help the library out and save yourself time! For a small donation to the library you can get your gifts wrapped and ready to go! Held in our Festival Room. Tuesday December 18 • 6:30pm Abracadabra! Join Pelham’s local magicians as they perform their holiday magic at the Pelham Public Library. Free with donation to Pelham Cares. No registration required. Friday, December 21 • 11:30am - 1:00pm and 4:30 - 7:00pm Legion Lunch is Fish and Chips this week. Ladies Auxillary Bake Sale for homemade cookies and squares. Thursday, January 3 • 7:00-9:00pm Want Help keeping your 2013 New Year’s Resolution? Register for the FREE empowering ‘Resolution Solution’ workshop at the Pelham Library. Call 905-714-0701 or email: davejoannegray@ gmail.com.

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