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Mayor’s Report- May 27, 2019.

Mayor’s Report- May 27, 2019.

The Mayor’s Report informing the residents of St. Catharines about events, news and business in #OurHomeSTC.

Last week, we had a significant moment in our community as we celebrated the opening of 527 Carlton Street a new affordable housing build by Niagara Regional Housing.  Addressing the need for affordable housing is one of the most critical priorities for Niagara Region, as it is for communities across the country. We have much more work to do to address this growing need and look forward to continued partnerships with the federal and provincial governments to get more projects like this done – on time and on budget.  Welcome home to the new residents and thank you to all involved for your leadership.

The Rankin Run took place over the weekend and this event has raised over 1 million dollars!  Congratulations to Mary Ann Edwards, her team of volunteers, the sponsors, donors, participants for making this event such a huge success for cancer care here in Niagara.  Also a shout out to Mayor Jim Diodati and Jacob Honsinger who were the ambassadors of the run – you are an inspiration to us all!

The Folk Arts Festival wrapped up this weekend after a month long of festivities celebrating diversity that makes up our community.  Thank you to Emily, Pam, your team, the ambassadors and all the organizations for a great festival.

The rising water levels on Lake Ontario have caused concern for cities across the country and here in Port Dalhousie.  The City has taken extra steps to preserve the carousel and Lakeside Park. Safety fencing has also been installed on parts of the east pier around the Dalhousie Yacht Club. This is in addition to the on-going work on the piers and construction fences.  Please be responsible and remember safety is the first priority.

Lots of great businesses to celebrate here in St. Catharines.

Congratulations to:  Mr. Mikes that opened up on Fourth Ave – franchise owners: brothers Don, Mike and Paul as well as Greg and Joe.  Check out their full menu for relaxed dining, and soon live music and trivia nights.  Bike Fit recently celebrated 25 years here in St. Catharines – thank you to owners John and Matt for bringing your passion of cycling to our community.  Links for Greener Learning – Buchanan Teaching Gardens opened up – thank you to Yaneth and your team for creating a space for teaching environmental sustainability, life skills, gardening and healthy lifestyles.  Also thank you to Wise Guys Charity, the Trillium Foundation and St. Catharines staff for their funds and support of this project.  Long & McQuade Musical Instruments moved to a new location, owners Jack, Jeff and Steve continue to be Canada’s largest musical instrument retailer, offering professional services, music lessons and instruments of every type.

The Niagara River Lions have started out a great season with a 3-1 start – basketball is such a great Canadian sport and we look forward to a great season ahead!

June is a busy month here in St. Catharines:

Rain Barrel / tree give-away Saturday, June 1 at Seymour-Hannah Entertainment Centre, June is Pride Month – flag raising at City Hall  on June 3rd.  It’s National Indigenous Month – with a special ceremony taking place on June 1st at 2 pm at the Landscape of Nations. There are activities planned across Niagara. June is also Parks and Recreation Month – celebrated across Canada to showcase our parks, recreation spaces and encourage residents to enjoy the outdoors and get active.  We have the Jaycee flag raising on June 3rd to celebrate Jaycee week and to cap it off June is also Senior’s Month – senior’s day trade show is on June 10th


Enjoy the warmer weather and take advantage of all that St. Catharines has to offer!