Mayor’s Report – June 10, 2019.
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As the Raptors attempt to make history tonight in game 5 of the NBA Finals against Golden State we have officially joined the Jurassic Park hype and the Meridian Centre will be hosting a viewing party tonight. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Congrats Mark Green!
Last week I was in Sheboygan, WI – and no, not for the polka music and bratwurst but to attend the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Conference. Mayor’s from across Canada and the U.S. cities discussed issues impacting the lakes, pressed for action on invasive species and proposed solutions for pollution and microplastics. Also shout out to St. Catharines employee Mark Green who received the 2019 Barb Hodgins Award for his leadership in water-related issues.
Today we have the Mayor’s Older Adults Forum and the Seniors Day Trade Show in recognition of Seniors Month. It was great to meet with active, interested members of our older adults committee and here the issues/concerns they are facing.
Congratulations to Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea for organizing an exciting lineup for the TD Niagara Jazz Festival coming to St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake this summer – I can’t wait.
Pathstone had two great events last week – the opening of the new Naturalized Playground, thank you to Mountainview for your sponsorship. Also congrats to the organizers on a great Hope Gala this past weekend.
Pride Week wrapped up here in St. Catharines – lots of great activities in celebration of Pride Month. There were flag raisings all across our region, the Unity awards and of course a favourite Pride in the Park. St. Catharines is an inclusive community and we celebrate our diversity!
I was proud to attend Silver Spire Church service this Sunday – the first affirming church in Niagara – a place of worship and equality for all.
Congrats to Annie, Deanna, Joe and the whole team at In the Soil. It keeps getting bigger and better each year and highlights the amazing, artistic talent here in Niagara.
Also – thank you to Michael Pasco, YWCA Niagara and Laura Secord Jazz Choir for a great launch of YW Faces – an interesting streetscape installation on the true faces of homelessness.
Thank you the organizers, volunteers and participants in the ALS Walk this weekend – important to raise funds so one day we can find a cure.
Phillipine flag raising at St. Catharines City Hall on June 12th at 2 p.m. in recognition of Phillipine Independence Day.
YWCA Niagara – No Fixed Address taking place at GM St. Catharines June 14-15. You can still sign up or sponsor a participant. YW shelter is a critical lifeline for women and families experiencing poverty and homelessness
The Niagara Roller Derby League – Community Better Challenge on June 15th 1-3 p.m. at Haig Arena. Featuring a skating-a-thon and community/family skate.
June is Parks and Recreation Month and I am encouraging everyone to download the ParticipACTION app or register online for the Community Better Challenge. Track your physical activity minutes until June 16th and help STC become Canada’s Most Active Community.