Niagara on the Lake News - March 5, 2013 - Volume 3

Niagara-On-The-Lake News
VOLUME 3, March 5, 2013
red flag clipartNEW TOWN FLAG ON HORIZON
Council has approved the creation of a new Town Flag for official and ceremonial purposes.  The impetus for a new flag came from discussions between the Lord Mayor and the Town’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee members.  It was suggested that a new flag could be flown following the “Burning of the Town” event on December 10, 2013 as a gesture of the re-birth and renewal of the Town.  The Lord Mayor and Town staff will work with The Canadian Heraldic Authority, an arm of the Office of the Governor-General, to develop a new flag.
 
tractor moving sandBUILDING PERMITS ISSUED FOR NEW OUTLET CENTRE
The first building permit has been issued for the Outlet Collection of Niagara, located across from White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Glendale.  The development is currently at the foundation stage, with other permits to be issued for the actual construction of the retail stores and overall structure.  The centre, which will be the largest open air retail outlet in Canada, is slated to open in Spring 2014.
 
lillies on the waterMORE WETLANDS DESIGNATED BY PROVINCE
Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has increased the number of areas across Niagara-on-the-Lake designated as “Provincially Significant Wetlands.”  This means that some property owners could face restrictions if they have wetlands on their property. The Town’s Agricultural Advisory Committee and staff have been working with MNR officials to identify which areas are affected and what recourse owners have.  A map link, as well as wetlands background information, will soon be posted on the Town’s website and a public information session will be scheduled at the Community Centre. Watch for further notice.
 
neon open signINTERNALLY LIT SIGNS STILL A NO IN HERITAGE DISTRICT
Council has approved recommendations from the Town’s Illuminated Sign Committee to continue a ban on internally illuminated signs, including “Open” and neon signs, in the Queen-Picton Heritage Conservation District. This decision follows an extensive review by the Committee, including 2 public meetings and was based on a request from an Old Town hospitality business to place an illuminated “Open” sign in its window.  Other Committee recommendations for those businesses which stay open at night include ensuring interior store lights are on and entranceways are better lit to indicate the premise is open.
 
sewage illustrationREGION HELPS FUND SEWAGE FLOW STUDY
Niagara Region will provide approximately $52,000 to help cover the costs of a sanitary inflow and infiltration study for the Lakeshore Road Pumping Station drainage area.  The study, which is focused on the Virgil community, will identify sources of unwanted storm water flow into the sanitary sewage collection system. This will lead to remedial works to stem the flow and provide additional capacity at the existing Niagara-on-the-Lake Sewage Treatment Plant.
 
For more information on these and other issues, please visit www.notl.org
 
COUNCIL MOTIONS
 
peach on a treeCouncillor Dick put forward a motion seeking to protect existing food processing and agricultural businesses in the wake of federal government proposals to repeal current regulations and allow for American sizing and packaging. 
 
speed limited maximum 60Councillor Kaiser introduced a motion calling for a staff report from Public Works detailing options and funding models to set appropriate speed limits for all rural Town roads.
 
For more information on these and other issues, please visit www.notl.org

1812 BICENTENNIAL NEWS & EVENTS

NIAGARA ON FIRE - Be sure to view this exciting, new teaser video about the Burning of the Town.  www.1812niagaraonthelake.ca
 
BATTLEFIELD NIAGARA - February 1 – December 31, 2013.  Visit this informative exhibit on local events which occurred during 1813, including the Battle of Fort George, the occupation of Niagara by American forces and the burning of Niagara.  Contact 905-468-3912 or visit www.niagarahistorical.museum for more information.
 
1812 BICENTENNIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT – Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course.  $175 for 18 holes of golf, cart, dinner and prizes. $65 for dinner only. Registration at 12:00 Noon, Shotgun Tee-Off at 1:00 p.m.  All net proceeds go toward future 1812 Commemoration events.
 
Please visit www.1812niagaraonthelake.ca or contact Audrey LeGoff at 905-468-3061 x 307 or alegoff@notl.org for more information on these and other events.
 
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
 
NOTL FIRMS NAMED TOP ENTREPRENEURS – Three Niagara-on-the-Lake companies garnered Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year awards at the Scotiabank Convention Centre earlier this month.  Grant Koppers of Koppers Fishing and Tackle Corp was bestowed the Niagara Original Award, while David and Matthew Mole of Niagara Classic Transport (NCT) took honours in Tourism Enterprise and Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier of Southbrook Estate Winery won in the Environmental Enterprise category.    Each of the winners were among a huge slate of nominees from our town, including Robert and Melissa Achal, Neob Lavender; Perry Johnson and Heidi Timm-Johnson, Stone Road Grille; Marisa Pavan and Nathan Peterson, Niagara Pet Resort Inc.; Fred and Laura Sentineal, Sentineal Carriages Inc.; and Pete Swanson, Dagmar Customer Guitars.  Congratulations to all!
 
NIAGARA PUMPHOUSE ARTS CENTRE – Open House & Exhibition – Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Free admission.  247 Ricardo Street.  www.niagarapumphouse.ca.
 
EPILEPSY AWARENESS – PURPLE DAY, MARCH 26, 2013. March is Epilepsy Awareness Month.  Be sure to take part in this special day on March 26 to help raise awareness about epilepsy in Niagara.  Visit epilepsyniagara.org for more information. 
 
NIAGARA REGION ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS -  Honouring those individuals, businesses, community groups, families and youth who have made significant contributions to protecting, conserving and enhancing Niagara’s natural environment.  Nomination deadline is April 4, 2013.  For further information, visit www.niagararegion.ca
 
PARKS CANADA ANNOUNCES SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – Following the success of the Tragically Hip concert last year, Parks Canada and promoter AEG Live Canada will host two summer concerts at the historic Butler’s Barracks this summer.  City and Colour, Metric, and Serena Ryder are among the bands scheduled to play in the Commons on Saturday, June 29, 2013.   On August 3, 2013, some of the bands taking the stage include Phoenix, Girl Talk and Gaslight Anthem. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.  Please contact Laura McGrath at 323-930-7156 or lmcgrath@aeglive.com for further information.
 
WINTER SAFETY REMINDER – Just a reminder to our residents and visitors to please stay off ice formations along the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and all local waterways. Moderate temperatures have made the ice hazardous and unsafe for pedestrian travel.
 
 
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