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Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial to be unveiled on Sunday, Nov. 12

Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial to be unveiled on Sunday, Nov. 12

After years of research, planning and fundraising, a memorial to honour 137 workers who lost their lives during construction of the Welland Canal will finally be unveiled on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. The Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force invites family members and descendants of the fallen workers and the entire Niagara community to […]

St. Catharines set for strong economic growth with new strategy

St. Catharines set for strong economic growth with new strategy

St. Catharines set for strong economic growth with new strategy Sept. 27, 2017 As the St. Catharines economy continues to evolve,  Council has approved a new six year economic development strategy to help retain, grow and attract investment and employment to the community. The 2017-2022 economic development strategy was approved by City Council on Sept. […]

JCI St. Catharines Annual Mayors’ Invitational Grape Stomp

This year marks the 66th annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival and the 44th annual Mayors’ Invitational Grape Stomp and St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik has challenged Niagara’s Mayors to support local charities and help “stomp out poverty” at the Grape Stomp. Partnering with Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, Grape Growers of Ontario, JCI St. […]

Celebrating Indigenous Arts and Culture this weekend – the Celebration of Nations

Celebrating Indigenous Arts and Culture this weekend – the Celebration of Nations

Celebrating Indigenous Arts and Culture this weekend – the Celebration of Nations This weekend, we’re proud to welcome distinguished guests, several Chiefs, Clan Mothers and Veterans from communities across Ontario to our hometown and to welcome the Honourable LG Elizabeth Dowdeswell to the Celebration of Nations. The festival is about celebrating the rich and diverse cultures of […]

Protecting our water resources in Niagara

Protecting our water resources in Niagara

On Thursday, August 31st, I hosted John Dickert, President and CEO of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative to meet with Niagara mayors. We had a great conversation about issues impacting our communities in Niagara and throughout the Great Lakes: protecting our drinking water,  addressing climate change and restoring the lakes. The flooding we’ve […]

Our Home with Mayor Sendzik – Team Niagara

For many years, Niagara was known as a manufacturing city. With GM, John Deere, many auto parts manufacturers, it’s no secret that the economic downturn hit our economy hard.  Now things are changing.  The real estate market is booming, GO trains are coming and we are attracting new investment through economic growth, retention and expansion. […]

St. Catharines moving forward with housing action plan

St. Catharines moving forward with housing action plan

St. Catharines moving forward with housing action plan June 13, 2017 – The City of St. Catharines is moving forward with a housing action plan to address affordable housing needs in the city. On June 12 Council received a detailed report with 41 potential policy tools and actions the City can use to support affordable […]

150 – Poem by Mikko Kivisto – Winner of the Mayor’s Poetry Contest

Congratulations to Mikko Kivisto, winner of the Mayor’s Poetry Contest to celebrate Poetry Month in April and promote literacy, arts, culture and reading in our community. The first Mayor’s Poetry Challenge in Canada was started by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi in collaboration with The League of Canadian Poetsand the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. I want […]

St. Catharines listed 7th among top 35 cities to buy real estate

St. Catharines listed 7th among top 35 cities to buy real estate

St. Catharines listed 7th among top 35 cities to buy real estate April 19, 2017 MoneySense Magazine has placed St. Catharines as one of the top 35 cities in Canada to invest in real estate. According to the 2017 Where To Buy Now rankings which looks at the healthiest real estate markets across Canada, MoneySense […]

Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament presents $50,000 to Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Foundation

Apr. 13, 2017 – Mayor Walter Sendzik and members of the Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament organizing committee have made a $50,000 donation to the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Foundation. The donation of proceeds of the 2015 and 2016 golf tournaments will go towards a new virtual fitness centre for physical rehabilitation assessment and […]

Be Bold for Change – International Women’s Day 2017

Be Bold for Change – International Women’s Day 2017

March 8, 2017 Be Bold for Change – International Women’s Day 2017  Today is International Women’s Day – a day recognized around the world to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It’s also a day to call for action to help build a more inclusive, gender-equal world. Last week local women and […]

Inter-municipal transit speeds up Wednesday

Inter-municipal transit speeds up Wednesday

Inter-municipal transit speeds up Wednesday By Karena Walter Originally appeared in the St. Catharines Standard, Feb. 17, 2017 http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/02/17/inter-municipal-transit-speeds-up-wednesday The push for inter-municipal transit is hitting a critical point on Wednesday, says St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik. That’s when city council will be asked to endorse in principle the creation of a consolidated transit system […]

Scotties Tournament of Hearts have arrived in #OurHomeSTC

Scotties Tournament of Hearts have arrived in #OurHomeSTC

We’re ready to rock! The 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts are here. Starting Saturday at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines, we’re hosting the best women curlers in this national championship. St. Catharines is very proud to host this national tournament and welcome you to our hometown. Earlier this week I had a chat […]

Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament presents $50,000 to Pathstone Foundation

Feb. 16, 2017 – Mayor Walter Sendzik and members of the Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament organizing committee presented proceeds from the annual fundraiser to the Pathstone Foundation today at a special cheque presentation.   The funds raised through the 2015 and 2016 tournament will go towards the Mending Children’s Minds Campaign for the family counselling […]

St. Catharines Residential Infill & Intensification Development Review – February 16, 2017.

St. Catharines is growing and we want to get it right. Come out to a public meeting about intensification and infill this Thursday night to learn more. If you are unable to make the public meeting but would like a say – please submit your comments online at:  www.stcatharines.ca/InfillReview.  The online survey will be available […]

Mayor’s Report – February 13, 2017.

The Mayor’s Report from City Council – now coming to you online with community news and events in #ourhomestc Congratulations to Kala’s Home Hardware on celebrating their 60th anniversary in St. Catharines.   February is full of great events taking place in our community – The Curling Canada Scotties Tournament of Hearts begins on February […]

Your City, Your Future: St. Catharines Youth Forum

Your City, Your Future: St. Catharines Youth Forum

Your City, Your Future: St. Catharines Youth Forum The first St. Catharines Youth Forum is coming up this March: Wednesday, March 22 9:30 am to 1:30 pm FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Robertson Theatre Limited spaces available! Sign up by Friday March 17 by emailing mayor@stcatharines.ca  No cost to attend   The youth forum is an event for […]

Mayor’s Report – January 30, 2017.

The Mayor’s Report from City Council – now coming to you online with community news and events in #ourhomestc This weeks highlights include recognizing and creating awareness for important causes – February is Black History Month and Heart and Stroke Month, HonkMobile launched for parking at City Hall and Market Square and CrossFit St. Catharines had their […]

Mayor Sendzik’s putting St. Catharines on the map with state of the city address

Mayor Walter Sendzik delivered his annual state of the city address today to an audience of over 500 at an event hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines. The Mayor’s presentation highlighted many of the accomplishments of local businesses, entrepreneurs and investors over the past year. […]

Mayor’s Report January 16, 2017.

The Mayor’s Report from City Council – now coming to you online with community news and events in #ourhomestc This weeks highlights include recognizing and creating awareness for important causes – January is Alzheimer Awareness Month Alzheimer Society Niagara Region and Alzheimer Society Niagara Foundation, Crime Stoppers of Niagara Month and March Of Dimes Canada […]

Holiday Message

Wishing all the residents of St. Catharines a Happy Holiday Season – Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa. Please join the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, the 10th Battery, RCA and St. Catharines City Councillors at the 2017 New Year’s Day Levee on January 1st 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lake Street Armoury – […]

Governor General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers Presentation

This week on behalf of His Excellency, Governor General David Johnston, I presented three St. Catharines recipients with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.   These awards celebrate individuals who give so much of themselves to others, and to thank them for their contributions.   Congratulations to Robert Burke an educator currently teaching Ridley College. Robert […]

Our Home with Mayor Sendzik – Port Dalhousie Christmas Market & Redevelopment

This episode of Our Home with Mayor Sendzik features Jeff Mackie who is the organizer of the first annaul Port Dalhousie Christmas Market taking place December 9-11, 2016.  Admission is free and will feature unique and local handcrafted products, Santa’s house, live entertainment, choirs, food, warming lounge and the 2nd Annual Lantern Stroll at 6 p.m. […]

Niagara/Hamilton a Destination for Investment and Business Collaboration

The Economic Development Departments of Hamilton, Niagara Region, St. Catharines and Welland have united with the intent to develop an economic legacy from the 2015 PanAm Games for the benefit of the Hamilton/Niagara corridor as a “Destination for Investment and Business Collaboration.” This Partnership promotes and supports the Information and Communication Technology and Digital Media […]

St. Catharines developing new economic development strategy

St. Catharines developing new economic development strategy

St. Catharines developing new economic development strategy Nov. 23, 2016 – The City of St. Catharines is working on a new plan to support local businesses and attract new investment. Residents, entrepreneurs and business leaders are invited to offer their ideas on how to continue economic growth for the community. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/EcDevSurvey to offer input […]

Improving transit for Niagara

Public transit is critical for city-building to move people, to access work, school and social services and to attract business, investment and support economic development. Improving inter-municipal transit is one of City Council’s key strategic priorities in our Strategic Plan. Now, a working group of mayors from St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland, with support […]

St. Catharines climbs Canadian entrepreneurial rankings

St. Catharines climbs Canadian entrepreneurial rankings

St. Catharines climbs Canadian entrepreneurial rankings  Oct. 26, 2016 – The Financial Post has identified Canada’s top entrepreneurial cities and St. Catharines has made a significant jump up the rankings as an attractive place to do business. Released last week during small business week, the Financial Post report ranks Canadian cities on 14 indicators for […]

Niagara Regional Labour Council donates $25,000 to honour fallen workers

Niagara Regional Labour Council donates $25,000 to honour fallen workers

Niagara Regional Labour Council makes $25,000 donation to honour fallen workers Oct. 21, 2016 – The Niagara Regional Labour Council, representing workers from across the Niagara region have donated $25,000 to the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force to help honour and remember 137 men who died building the fourth Welland Canal. Task force chair, […]

#BeardForGord raises $5,500 for Walker Family Cancer Centre

Mayor’s #BeardForGord raises $5,500 for Walker Family Cancer Centre Oct. 12, 2016 – After eleven weeks, St. Catharines’ hip-bearded Mayor Walter Sendzik has returned to his clean-shaven self. The Mayor’s #BeardForGord was shaved off at a special ceremony and cheque presentation today at the St. Catharines Walker Family Cancer Centre, the beneficiaries of the Mayor’s […]

Transit Progress Report

Transit Progress Report

Inter-municipal Transit Working Group Progress Report Sept. 12, 2016 – Since January 2016, a working group of Niagara Mayors has been working with a team to develop options for an integrated inter-municipal transit system  for all of Niagara. Over the summer months the team has consulted with the business community and top regional employers, as well […]

Moving Forward with Governance Reform

St. Catharines City Council is looking to change the way it elects regional councillors for the 2018 municipal election. The double-direct model recommended will have 6 city councillors also serve on regional council, filling a dual-councillor role. Watch this video to learn why this change matters and how it will improve communication, transparency and accountability between […]

#Fly2Niagara

#Fly2Niagara

Today Niagara District Airport-CYSN announced that Greater Toronto Airways will introduce scheduled passenger service beginning September 15, 2016. This announcement demonstrates the growing demand for direct connectivity between Niagara and the GTHA and helps make our region an even more attractive place to live, work and invest. Welcome to the business community, Greater Toronto Airways. […]

Our Home Summer Finale

This show features Bryan Rose the new Executive Director of Niagara Community Foundation to discuss the foundation, his new role and the upcoming 13th Annual Mayor’s Au Marche. We also have Lindsay Marcaccio – the Retail, Events and Wine Club Manager at 13th Street Winery who is on the Mayor’s Au Marche planning committee and […]

Ontario Senior of the Year Award to Wynne Nicholson

Ontario Senior of the Year Award to Wynne Nicholson

Last night I had the privilege of presenting the St. Catharines 2016 Ontario Senior of the Year Award to Wynne Nicholson at our Council meeting. Wynne has been an invested volunteer in our city for many years including – 10 years on the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee, Arts Awards Sub Committee and the SCCIP […]

Our Home with Mayor Sendzik – Economic Development and Small Business in #OurHomeSTC

This show features Marco Marino, Economic Development Officer for the City of St. Catharines speaking to the economic development strategy for the City of St. Catharines and Niagara – including steps we are taking to attract private investment. Later we are joined by Lori Elstone, Proprietor of Provisions Food Company to discuss the local food […]

Our Home with Mayor Sendzik – Urban Renewal in Downtown St. Catharines

This show features Samir Husika who is the Downtown Development Officer with the City of St. Catharines to discuss the transformation of downtown St. Catharines. Later we are joined by Lousje from Lousje and Bean who just celebrated their 10 anniversary to discuss her business and the changes she has seen downtown over the past […]

Province moves forward on double – direct role for the City of St. Catharines

Province moves forward on double – direct role for the City of St. Catharines

The St. Catharines plan to change the way it elects councillors to serve double-duty as city and regional councillors is moving to the next step in the process after approval by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. On June 2 the ministry filed a provincial regulation to permit the Regional Municipality of Niagara […]

Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to Edward Burtynsky

Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to Edward Burtynsky

On Saturday June 4, Mayor Walter Sendzik presented the Key to the City to St. Catharines born, world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky at a special reception for nominees and sponsors of the St. Catharines Arts Awards. “The Key to the City is bestowed upon individuals whose contributions in their career reflect positively on our hometown,” said […]

Presenting the Key to the City of St. Catharines to Dr. Jack Lightstone

Presenting the Key to the City of St. Catharines to Dr. Jack Lightstone

On Saturday, I presented the Key to the City of St. Catharines to Dr. Jack Lightstone at his farewell celebration. The Key to the City is bestowed upon those whose significant contributions have reflected positively on our hometown. As President of Brock University, Dr. Jack Lightstone has been a key catalyst in transforming our downtown. […]

Royal Canadian Legion Polish Veterans Branch 418 70th Anniversary

This weekend the Royal Canadian Legion Polish Veterans Branch 418 celebrated their 70th anniversary in our community. The Polish army fought alongside Canadian forces during WWI and WWII and today Poles continue to serve alongside Canadians in peacekeeping missions around the world. Thank you to the Polish Legion for supporting returning Polish veterans and their […]

2016 Budget Highlights

2016 Budget Highlights

Budgets are important planning tools for organizations to set the course for future investment and stability. Like our new strategic plan, the city budget helps Council to plan and prioritize to make sure that the City of St. Catharines continues to provide the municipal services and facilities that make our city an attractive city to live, […]

Horizon Utilities Merger is Signed

Today St. Catharines joined with Barrie, Markham, Vaughan, Mississauga and Hamilton to proceed with the merger of Hydro One Brampton with PowerStream Inc., Enersource and Horizon Utilities Corporation. St. Catharines City Council has approved this merger because they care about lowering costs for customers and increasing returns for our city. Today was a historic moment […]

Sharing Shoes at Westdale Public School DSBN

Sharing Shoes at Westdale Public School DSBN

Today I met Mackenzie Lubeck and her friends Angelena Guermain and Michelle Simons who formed a small committee titled Sharing Shoes at Westdale Public School DSBN . Principal Poppy Gilliam was also in attendance and has encouraged and supported her students throughout this initiative. The Sharing Shoes initiative collects gently used footwear and has Community […]

Mayor Sendzik Launches Poetry Contest

Mayor Sendzik Launches Poetry Contest

Sharpen your pencils and bust out the dictionary, Mayor Walter Sendzik is challenging everyone to a poetry contest. Mayor Sendzik invites all St. Catharines residents to submit an original poem about Downtown St.Catharines and what it means to them for his first ever Mayor’s Poetry Challenge. All types of poetry will be accepted, and the […]

Mayor Sendzik welcomes IKEA to “Team St. Catharines” at official opening

St. Catharines is officially home to the newest IKEA Canada location with the opening of a new Pick-Up and Order Point today at the Fairview Mall. Mayor Walter Sendzik and members of St. Catharines City Council joined IKEA Canada president Stefan Sjöstrand to cut the ribbon at the grand opening.  Thirty new employees and an […]

Lakeside Park Picnic Pavillion

There has been a lot of talk in the community about the picnic pavillion in Lakeside Park. Fencing has been installed because the picnic pavillion has been deemed unsafe by the City’s Chief Building Officer. Several weeks ago Council received a report from Planning and Building Services, Planning Services (http://bit.ly/1nBod05) that looked at how as […]

Mayor Sendzik joins Compact of Mayors working together to address climate change

The City of St. Catharines has joined a global initiative to address climate change through the Compact of Mayors. At its meeting on Nov. 30, City Council endorsed a motion for Mayor Sendzik to join the Compact of Mayors and pledged the City’s intent to be a part of the global solution to address climate […]

Pride flag showing our City and Council’s support of the LGBTQ community.

We raised the Pride flag this evening as a symbol of our City and Council’s support of the LGBTQ community. We are continuing to build on previous Council’s leadership role that ensured the inclusion of the LGBTQ community. I am proud to support Councillor Britton’s leadership role in bringing the motion regarding our City’s Code […]