Mayor’s Report – January 15, 2018
Mayor’s Report – January 15, 2018
Good evening St. Catharines and Happy New Year!
Tonight is our first Council meeting of 2018. In lieu of my regular video update, please tune in to City Council tonight for “the Mayor’s Report” at 6:30 pm as part of our City Council meeting. As always, Council meetings are livestreamed at www.stcatharines.ca or on YourTV Niagara (formerly TV Cogeco).
Here are some community updates about events and congratulations to local residents:
Happy Orthodox New Year to those who celebrated this weekend on Sunday, January. 14.
Winter weather has created some challenges at the start of the year. Please be safe and remember you can always report slippery roads, downed trees, frozen water lines and sidewalks to Citizen’s First: 905-688-5600
- St. Catharines also has an app for that. Download Ping Street for real time updates on winter control operations and weather events. You can also use the app to report potholes, uncleared sidewalks or slippery roads.
- Please remember – when there is a S’No Parking notice in effect, pull your cars off the street so that the plows can get through and clear the roads.
- During extremely cold weather, extra hours at Market Square and community centres are open as warming centres.
#GoCanadaGo Congratulations Team Canada!
- Gold medal winners at the World Juniors hockey championships in Buffalo over Christmas. Fun fact: the gold medal game between Canada and Sweden was made in St. Catharines. With Team Canada world junior selection camp held at the Meridian Centre and Team Sweden’s practice at Seymour Hannah, clearly, hockey lives here. Winners train here. Congratulations Team Canada!
- Team Canada won bronze at the U-18 women’s world hockey championship in Russia this weekend. Congratulations to St. Catharines own Madelyn McArthur of Dennis Morris High School who was goalie for the team. We’re proud of you!
Congratulations Kristen Moore-Towers – heading to the Olympics! St. Catharines local Kristen Moore Towers is heading to the olympics after qualifying for Team Canada at the Canadian figure skating championships this weekend with partner Michael Marinaro. Congratulations Kristen! We will be cheering for you here at home.
Order of Canada A very special message of congratulations to Niagara resident Dr. Fuad Sahin on his appointment to the Order of Canada.
- Dr. Sahin founded the first Niagara Mosque and is the Imam of the Islamic Society of Niagara and founder of the International Development and Relief Foundation.
- Established in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
- Congratulations Dr. Sahin.
Happy retirement and best wishes to Dr. Valerie Jaeger as the Niagara Region Medical Officer of Health. Dr. Jaeger has been part of Niagara’s medical community for more than 30 years in leadership at Brock University, Niagara College, the Niagara Health System and at Public Health. We wish you all the best in your retirement.
Local businesses celebrating openings and anniversaries:
- Happy 3rd Birthday to Beechwood Doughnuts!
- Glitzy Jools and Antiques – Congratulations Paula on your grand opening in Port Dalhousie. Stop in for vintage jewelry, pottery, antiques and more. Wishing you great success!
- Homestead Donuts and Bakery – opened their 2nd location in Port Dalhousie – next to Glitzy Jools Congratulations to Darek Falkowski and family.
BME Church Fundraiser
- As Black History month comes up in February, Harriet Tubman’s church in St. Catharines, Salem Chapel, is in need of major repairs. The BME Church has set up a Go Fund Me page and is hosting a dinner to help raise money: Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Port Dalhousie Legion.
- We’ve seen this story in national and international media and heard that the church is receiving donations from all around the world. I’ve met with the church leadership to talk about ways the city can help. I know that MP Chris Bittle has also reached out to the church. I’d like to encourage the whole community to get involved and help preserve this national historic site.
- I’m looking forward to my fourth State of the City address on Tuesday, January 30 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and it is open to the entire community. You can get tickets from the GNCC or tune into the livestream or broadcast on YourTV Niagara (formerly Cogeco). I’m very excited about the year ahead for St. Catharines and I’m looking forward to the event. We’ll also present awards to four new businesses who are investing in the city and part of “Team STC.” I hope to see you then.
As always, you can reach me here, on social media, or email me at email@example.com to connect about events or happenings in your neighbourhood.
Wishing you a positive, prosperous and peaceful 2018.
Mayor Walter Sendzik