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Mayor’s Report – May 7

Mayor’s Report – May 7

The latest Mayor’s Report on community events, news and business in #OurHomeSTC

May 7, 2018
Clean up continues from Friday’s wind storm. It was a major event with many downed trees and hydro lines. Thank you to St. Catharines crews and the Fire Department who responded to calls for clean up and downed hydro lines. Thank you to Alectra crews who worked through the weekend to get power restored. There are lessons for all, including customer service for Alectra, which I will follow up on.
It’s a busy time with lots of community events. Congratulations to:
  • In the Soil Festival – the 10th anniversary arts and cultural festival was a great success!
  • YWCA Niagara Region is celebrating 90 years in Niagara and getting ready for their annual fundraiser: No Fixed Address. This year it’s on June 8-9 at General Motors in St. Catharines.
  • Niagara Folk Arts Festival kicked off it’s 50th annual heritage festival this weekend. See you at the open houses!
  • Hats and Horses – the first annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser was a great event in honour of Jan Cook. The event raised $36,000 for local charities. Congratulations to all the organizers.
  • There’s another derby coming up for youth: The Youth Literary Derby for grades 5-8. Visit www.youthliteraryderby.ca to sign up.

May 1 was First Responders Day in Canada. A big thank you to all of our First Responders: fire, police, medical services and volunteers who serve our communities with bravery, honour and dedication every day. Congratulations to two Niagara Regional Police Officers who were recently awarded with new honours: Superintendent Cindy White and Constable Glen Hamilton.

Congratulations to Grant LaFleche, reporter for the St. Catharines Standard on receiving a National Newspaper Award – a top honour in Canadian journalism

It was a beautiful weekend to enjoy the spring weather and support community:

  • Walk for Muscular Dystrophy at Lakeside Park
  • Cover the Kids motorcycle ride for charity and motorcycle safety
  • Hike for Hospice

May 7-13 is Children’s Mental Health Week – so that no one suffers in silence. Thanks to Pathstone Mental Health for services provided to young people.

Flower pot program – local businesses can get a professionally-designed flower pot from the Green Committee. Sign up by May 25 – they’re sure to sell out.

The Lakeside Park Carousel will open on May 19 – still just a nickel!

The 2nd annual St. Catharines Youth Forum will take place on Tuesday, May 29 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. It’s a free event for high school students with lunch and transportation included. Sign up by emailing youth@stcatharines.ca

Enjoy the spring weather!