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Mayor’s Report – June 24, 2019.

Mayor’s Report – June 24, 2019.

The latest edition of the Mayor’s Report for community updates, business and news here in #OurHomeSTC.

Lac Seul / National Indigenous People’s Day

Last Friday as we recognized National Indigenous People’s Day, Fire Chief McCormick and I were in Northern Ontario, visiting Lac Seul First Nation to commemorate the opening of the Lac Seul Fire Department with a truck donated by the City of St. Catharines. It was a special moment for the Chief and I to attend the dedication ceremony, meet new friends and we look forward to building on this relationship.  Also thank you to Mayor Lawarance, Sioux Lookout for the wonderful hospitality and the invitation to attend the Truth and Reconciliation Committee meeting.


Congratulations to Dave Smith and this team on the 50th Anniversary of Central Auto Repair. We honour the late Larry Smith for his investment in our community and the legacy he established at Central Auto Repair. Thank you to the Smith family for your investment in St. Catharines and thank you to the team at Central Auto Repair for your great service to your clients over the past 50 years.

 Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Business Achievement Awards, presented by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce including those who received the Bestowed awards: Sally McGarr, McGarr Realty, Len Pennachetti, Cave Spring Cellars, Roy Timms, Timbro Design / Build Contractors and the Commisso Family, Commisso’s Fresh Foods.

New Committees:

The City is recruiting for 3 new committees:

  • Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Anti-Racism Advisory Committee
  • LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee

The diversity of our community is one of our greatest strengths and we are hopeful to see more and new volunteers on these new committees. The deadline is July 5th at 4 pm. Apply at stcatharines.ca


The YWCA Niagara Region is receiving $2.2 million from the federal government for a new apartment building and family shelter in St. Catharines.  The City of St. Catharines is proud to be another partner in this project, and also through the Mayor’s Golf Tournament.  With federal funding in place, the project will be getting started – and bringing 24 new affordable apartments to the market.

The Wise Girls held their annual 3 on 3 Basketball tournament in Market Square lot on Friday.  It was a great day of fun downtown St. Catharines all while raising money for our community. Thanks to the organizers, volunteers and sponsors and great job by Team STC!

Bill Wiley Park Dedication.  Bill was known as “Merritton Bill Wiley”  for his dedication to the community of Merritton. He was a principal at Merritton High School, member of the Royal Canadian Legion and Merritton Lions Club, and represented the ward for about a decade in the mid-’80s to 1997.  Sadly, Bill passed away in July 2011 at the age of 76.  Bill was an important part of the Merritton community and this parkette, is a little place of peace and quiet among growth and development for Merritton and St. Catharines.  The parkette is located on Glendale, beside the Sobeys.

Jessica Hendricks held a successful book launch this past weekend – you can purchase her book ‘From Why to Fly’ here.

 Upcoming events:

Multiculturalism Day  – Hosted by the Folk Arts Multicultural Centre – they will have national flag replicas of the many communities of immigrants that have made St. Catharines their new home planted on their front grounds.  Multiculturalism Day Celebration will feature an Indigenous Drumming Circle Teaching, different family activities and a free community barbeque.  The community is invited to join in the program of activities that will take place on June 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Canada Day –  we will be celebrating in Rennie Park in Port Dalhousie with free, family-friendly activities all day. There will be kids crafts, music and entertainment, bouncers and a rock climbing wall.  There is a free shuttle bus operating from the Port Dalhousie Lions’ Club and the Port Pier marina parking lot. You can also park at Jaycee gardens and access the celebrations from the park. Fireworks will be at 10 pm from Henley Island. Thank you to the Port Dalhousie Lions for continuing to host the Fireworks!  You can also visit the St. Catharines Museum for cultural performances, carnival games and activities throughout the day.  There is also free swimming at the City’s pools.

Happy Canada Day!

Port Dalhousie Supper Market kicks off on July 9th and runs every Tuesday until Aug 27 Due to the high water levels – the July market will be at Henley Island and then will move back to Lakeside Park for August.  Check it out- great food vendors, drinks and live entertainment.

Enjoy the summer STC!