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Mayor’s Report – April 1, 2019.

Mayor’s Report – April 1, 2019.

It’s Council Monday which means a new edition of the Mayor’s Report.

Thanks for all the fun comments and gifs today as Team STC had some fun this morning with a little April Fools joke!

We have some businesses that have opened up here in St. Catharines – Bodhi Yoga and Wellness – congratulations to Vanessa Groeneveld and Catherine Beler.  Today one of the first cannabis retail stores in Ontario opened up in St. Catharines – The Niagara Herbalist.  Congratulations to owners – Jessica Bonilla, Kevin Trethowan and Max Bonilla on this new venture.  Also a shout out to two residents who are coming back home – Elysia French and Graham Thompson winners of the Win this Space competition.  They will be opening an independent book store downtown called ‘The Nook’, opening this summer.

Congratulations to Tom Rankin who received the ‘Person of the Year’ Award at the Canadian Construction Association National Awards that took place last week – he is such a well deserved recipient for that award.

The Autism flag will be flying at St. Catharines City Hall in recognition of Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd.

The City of St. Catharines and the City’s Green Advisory Committee have teamed up once again for the flower pot program.  This program is a great way to grow community pride, liven up our streets and make them more beautiful and friendly.  Businesses can sponsor professionally designed and plated 24-inch pots filled with colourful flowers and plants for out front of offices and businesses.  Learn more about the program and click here.

Spring is in the air which means hockey playoffs! Congratulations to the Niagara IceDogs on a successful round 1, and good luck as you tackle the Oshawa Generals for round two kicking off this Friday downtown St. Catharines – Go Dogs Go!

The St. Catharines Falcons are in a tight series with the Niagara Falls Cannucks in round 3 – St. Catharines is cheering you on! Let’s Go Falcons!

April is Volunteer Recognition Month so thank you to all the volunteers in our city for all the work you do  – without you there would be so many organizations and events that would not function without your support.

We might have had a dusting of snow over the weekend but Spring is around the corner, and I look forward to seeing many members of our community.