Category Archives: Events

Budget and Strategic Meetings

Good morning everyone.  I hope the cold weather hasn’t affected anyone negatively.   We have a few more months of this cold weather and then spring will come to our fair city.  We have been lucky in that we have some snow but the quantities have been limited and easy to deal with so far.  Let’s hope this continues.

On January 20th of next week, council is meeting to view the draft budget for our city.  It will begin at 5:30 pm in council chambers. This draft budget is the beginning process to establish a budget for the year 2015.  It will give us an idea of the suggested taxes that will be paid by all of us in the city.  The initial documents for this budget are on line at the city website.  It is important to remember that it is the initial look at the budget and what will be introduced on Tuesday will be the beginning of a process to strike a tax rate for our citizens.

It is an open meeting and everyone from the public is welcomed to attend.  I invite anyone that wants to understand the process and the realities of our finances to come and hear what we are discussing.  If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.  There is a process involved that will place your comments and ideas on record for all to see.  There were many important ideas shared during the past election, in October, that will help us in our discussions.

The next important meeting will be Saturday, January 24th.  This day will start at 9:00 am and will deal with this city developing a Strategic Plan for the next 4 years.  This means we will be discussing the direction our city should take over the next few years.  Many discussions will be had and we also need the citizens to take part.  What you have to say is important to us.  The process is open to the public.  All citizens can view the discussions of this important document.  It is essentially what the city will be concentrating on over the next 4 years.  We will be discussing the important projects that council  will develop  and accomplish on behalf of our citizens.  Please come and participate in this important meeting.

Hoping to see everyone at these 2 very important meetings.  It is our city and the direction it takes is important to all citizens.

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Santa Claus is coming to Town!

He’s almost here!  Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Christmas is on its way to Port Colborne beginning TODAY!  Don’t miss all the fun and excitement downtown this weekend!

It all begins with the Lionesses hosting “Breakfast with Santa” at the Lion’s Hall on Chippewa Road just north of Main Street East.  There are two seatings – 9am and 10:30am.

Santa then leaves and returns by TUGBOAT!  At 1pm, watch him come down the Welland Canal in the JW Cooper tugboat and disembark on West Street near Charlotte.  He will be welcomed by Music and Performance Niagara!  Then Santa will walk across Charlotte Street to the Guild Hall where he will hold an audience with any child that wants to talk to him!  There will be free hot chocolate, candy and kids will be able to participate in making Christmas crafts!  Kids will also be able to have their pictures taken with Santa. (A small fee applies)

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Then the BIG EVENT of the day!  The SANTA CLAUS PARADE!  It begins in front of Port Colborne High School on Elgin Street at 6:30p and head east across Clarence Street to West Street.  From there, the parade will move one block and turn up Charlotte, ending in front of City Hall to greet our new Mayor John Maloney!

Something NEW for the parade this year – the City Council will have its own float!  Yup, I guess I’m part of the festivities so come on downtown and watch for me!  I’m the really tall guy being really nice to Santa so that I don’t find coal in my stocking on Christmas morn!

The Christmas activities don’t end with the parade!

On Sunday is the Grand Old Christmas Festival at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum on King Street.  Some of the buildings and the museum will be open from noon until 4pm.  Come and take in historical Christmas, munch on roasted chestnuts, sip wonderful apple cider, bring the kids to have their photos taken with Santa and then walk over to Arabella’s for tea and their famous Christmas pudding that is only available for this one week every year!  And…speaking of that delicious pudding, did you know you can purchase some to take home?    Call the musuem at 905-834-7604 with your order and then pick it up next week!  But it’s only available next week, so hurry and call in your order today!  Oh, and the tea room will also be open all next week!

There are Christmas shopping events also happening downtown and this is a heads up that on December 31 will be the 2014 edition of the New Year’s Eve Carnival at the Vale Health and Wellness Centre.   It’s a fabulous and FREE family event!

More information about these events are on the special City of Port Colborne Events page!

Have a fantastic weekend and hopefully we will see you all downtown tonight!

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Election Events

Port Colborne voters are invited and encouraged to attend the following public events.  This is the best time to learn more about the candidates for local public office as well as to meet them personally and ask questions.  Constituents that will not be in the area to vote on October 27 can do so during one of the advanced polls or they can request a proxy ballot.  To learn more about proxies, please contact me.

October 14 – 6:30 – Mayoral  Candidates Q&A and Meet & Greet at the Centre Polyvalent des Aines Francophone on Mitchell St.

October 22 –   All Candidates Q&A and Meet & Greet at Port Colborne High School

October 15, 18, 22 – Advanced Polls.

Wednesday,
October 15, 2014

Vale Health and Wellness Centre, 550 Elizabeth Street

10:00 a.m. to
8:00 p.m.

Saturday,
October 18, 2014

Municipal Offices, 66 Charlotte Street

10:00 a.m. to
8:00 p.m.

Wednesday,
October 22, 2014

Port Colborne Mall, 287 West Side Road

10:00 a.m. to
8:00 p.m.

For event details, please see my calendar.  For further information about the election and voter qualification, see Election 2014.

Note to Ward 2 Constituents:  This is a reminder to contact me in advance if you need a ride to your polling station.

Happy Canada Day!

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HAPPY CANADA DAY from the Gatineau Mountains of Quebec!  We’re having a relaxing time and we hope you are, too!

To “borrow” a paragraph from my friend, Mark Robinson’s Happy Canada Day blog post,  “Today we celebrate our cultural and multicultural heritage which is the true fabric of our land and what makes it the great country that it is!  On this Canada Day, stand up and show your patriotism!  Show the world that we Canadians are patriotic and LOVE our country!”

What’s happening in Port Colborne today?

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If you are in Port Colborne today, go over to H.H. Knoll Park between 11am-6pm for Optimist’s Day in the Park.  They are hosting a Canada Day celebration that will include a ceremony at the bandstand at 1:30pm and FREE BIRTHDAY CAKE!

And, don’t forget the fabulous Canada Day fireworks display over the Canal at dusk!

Have fun today, stay safe, catch a lot of big fish and don’t let them escape!  And, HAPPY CANADA DAY!