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Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to trailblazing long-distance runner Mohammed Ahmed

Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to trailblazing long-distance runner Mohammed Ahmed

Canada’s most successful long-distance runner, Mohammed Ahmed, has been presented the Key to the City by St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik. A highly accomplished track star, Ahmed has broke several Canadian records, and won countless medals while representing Canada on the world stage, including a gold medal at the Pan American Games in 2015. In […]

Sandie Bellows recognized for contributions to Canada Games at Walker Sports and Abilities Centre

Sandie Bellows recognized for contributions to Canada Games at Walker Sports and Abilities Centre

In a private ceremony held Aug. 24, a plaque honouring Sandie Bellows was unveiled at the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre at Canada Games Park. The event, attended by Sandie’s sons Spencer and Colton, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik, Regional Chair Jim Bradley, along with other City and Niagara Region officials, saw the unveiling of […]

Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to Doug Hamilton

Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to Doug Hamilton

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik presented the Key to the City to Doug Hamilton, Chair of the 2022 Niagara Canada Summer Games. “The Key to the City of St. Catharines is bestowed upon those whose significant contributions have reflected positively on our community. Doug Hamilton has been a key catalyst for the Canada Summer Games, […]

Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to Olympic gold-medalist Kristen Kit

Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to Olympic gold-medalist Kristen Kit

Kristen Kit, a decorated Canadian rower who helped Canada’s women’s eight capture Olympic gold last summer in Tokyo, has been presented the Key to the City by St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik. A highly accomplished coxswain, Kit’s passion for the sport began in 2003 while rowing for her Sir Winston Churchill school team. Since those […]

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik on the sale of the Niagara IceDogs

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik on the sale of the Niagara IceDogs

Following today’s announcement of the sale of the Niagara IceDogs – pending the approval of the Ontario Hockey League board of governors – I would like to thank Bill and Denise Burke for helping bring the OHL back to St. Catharines. The OHL has a deep history in our community, and the Burkes renewed that […]

Working Group established to develop marketing campaign to address youth substance use and abuse

Working Group established to develop marketing campaign to address youth substance use and abuse

As a grieving parent who had just lost his 21-year-old son to an accidental overdose, Steve Borisenko felt lost when he tried to find information and assistance available for both youth using drugs and for parents who were looking for help for their children who were showing signs of using drugs. An emotional conversation with […]

Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to award-winning musician Tim Hicks

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik presented the Key to the City to country music star Tim Hicks. The St. Catharines resident, an award-winning singer and songwriter, was recognized on April 27, prior to Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games’ Rise with Glowing Hearts concert at Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines. Hicks has earned many prestigious […]

Mayor’s Poetry Challenge shines light on sport, Canada Summer Games

Mayor’s Poetry Challenge shines light on sport, Canada Summer Games

The Mayor’s Poetry Challenge is returning this April with a theme to help celebrate the upcoming Canada Summer Games. Thousands of young athletes from across the nation will converge on Niagara Region August 6 to 21, for the Canada Summer Games. For this year’s poetry challenge, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik invites St. Catharines residents […]

Mayor Sendzik’s state of the city highlights push to regain pre-pandemic momentum, recovery efforts

Mayor Sendzik’s state of the city highlights push to regain pre-pandemic momentum, recovery efforts

It’s been just over two years since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the community, but St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik says the City is ready to forge ahead with recovery in 2022. The mayor, during his annual State of the City address at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday night, said while few generations before us […]

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik as Niagara marks two-year anniversary of COVID-19 pandemic

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik as Niagara marks two-year anniversary of COVID-19 pandemic

Today the City of St. Catharines marks the National Day of Observance for the second year, commemorating the people who have lost their lives, and the significant impacts our community has felt, because of COVID-19. As we mark this anniversary, flags at City facilities will be lowered through the weekend in honour of those who […]

Statement from Mayor Sendzik regarding Russian invasion and attack on Ukraine

Statement from Mayor Sendzik regarding Russian invasion and attack on Ukraine

Today, I am joining leaders across the globe in strongly condemning Russia’s violent attack on Ukraine. As a community, we stand with the brave people of Ukraine and the many Ukrainian Canadians who call St. Catharines home. This unprovoked military aggression against an independent and peaceful country is a violation of international law, including the […]

Statement from Ontario’s Big City Mayors urging all orders of government to work together to end the convoy protests

Statement from Ontario’s Big City Mayors urging all orders of government to work together to end the convoy protests

As a member of the Ontario Big City Mayors, I join my fellow mayors in condemning the damaging actions by the convoy protestors and call on all orders of government to work together to end the convoy protests and defend peace, order and good government. Thank you to Premier Doug Ford for taking action by […]

Statement regarding act of vandalism against Councillor Porter

Statement regarding act of vandalism against Councillor Porter

On behalf of City Council, staff and our community, I want to state that acts of violence against anyone – including elected officials – will never be tolerated in our community. Last night, while Councillor Karrie Porter and her family slept, a person threw a rock at their front window. This was a deliberate act […]

City partnering with community groups to build labyrinth, offering public space for self-healing and reflection

City partnering with community groups to build labyrinth, offering public space for self-healing and reflection

Visitors enjoying the green space and trails at Fairview Park and John Page Park will soon be able to enjoy a quiet space to reflect and meditate. Signage has recently been erected to note an outdoor walking labyrinth will be constructed in the coming months at Fairview Park, formerly home to the Fairview Golf Course […]

Sendzik says community ‘healing’ and ‘recovery’ focus of 2022

Sendzik says community ‘healing’ and ‘recovery’ focus of 2022

‘This pandemic has created some cracks in our community as a whole’ By Karena Walter, St. Catharines Standard Reporter January 7, 2022. The past two years have been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic but St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik is hoping 2022 is the year for healing. With health experts saying the pandemic could reach […]

Q-and-A: St. Catharines mayor talks city’s strengths throughout 2021

Q-and-A: St. Catharines mayor talks city’s strengths throughout 2021

Walter Sendzik discussed housing, redevelopment, and the pandemic By Abby Green, Niagara this Week  Thu., Dec. 30, 2021 The year 2021 is almost over, so Niagara This Week spoke with St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik to find out what he thinks the city did well over the year, and what he’s looking forward to. What do […]

Statement regarding Mat Siscoe being appointed to Niagara Regional Council

Statement regarding Mat Siscoe being appointed to Niagara Regional Council

Last night at a special meeting of Regional Council, Council ratified the decision made by St. Catharines City Council to appoint Mat Siscoe to fill the St. Catharines Regional Council seat vacated by the late Sandie Bellows. Immediately following the vote of Council, Mat Siscoe was sworn in as a Regional Councillor. He had provided […]

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik condemning acts of harassment, vandalism at homes of public officials

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik condemning acts of harassment, vandalism at homes of public officials

It is disturbing to see the continued harassment, and criminal acts, directed towards public officials at their private places of residence. The recent vandalism committed at the home of Coun. Karrie Porter represents not only a hateful and unacceptable act, but one that is illegal. This, along with a small group targeting the private home […]

Civic Christmas Carol to be broadcast on YourTV Niagara

Civic Christmas Carol to be broadcast on YourTV Niagara

While an in-person event was still not possible this year, the long-standing holiday tradition of the Civic Christmas Carol Concert continues. The 31st Annual Civic Christmas Carol Concert will return this week through a broadcast on YourTV Niagara, prerecorded for the second year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While residents were once again unable […]

Statement on St. Catharines City Council’s support for regionalized transit in Niagara

Statement on St. Catharines City Council’s support for regionalized transit in Niagara

Dec. 8, 2020 – Tonight was a great night for the City St. Catharines and our Council, as we made a historic decision to pledge our support to one single, integrated transit commission to serve all of Niagara. Thank you to the St. Catharines Councillors who supported this progressive decision to enhance transit across our […]

Property sale to drive affordable housing development

Property sale to drive affordable housing development

With an aim of increasing affordable housing stock in the City, Council has approved the sale of City-owned land at 320 Geneva Street. On Monday, Council approved the sale of roughly 3.8 acres previously occupied by the City’s Community, Recreation and Culture Services administration building, provided it is used in part for affordable and social […]

St. Catharines joins campaign focusing on youth overdose for International Overdose Awareness Day

St. Catharines joins campaign focusing on youth overdose for International Overdose Awareness Day

The City of St. Catharines is joining a local campaign for International Overdose Awareness Day to raise awareness, break the stigma, and taking action to help young people struggling with addiction and overdose. The flags at City Hall have been lowered to remember community members who have tragically lost their lives to overdose and purple […]

Mayor Sendzik and Team STC highlight local priorities at AMO conference

Mayor Sendzik and Team STC highlight local priorities at AMO conference

The St. Catharines delegation at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference has concluded a record number of meetings with provincial ministers and officials to help move the City’s priorities forward. The AMO conference was held virtually for the second year in a row with a focus on the impacts and opportunities from […]

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is National Indigenous People’s Day, a day to honour and celebrate the contributions of Indigenous People to Canada. The City of St. Catharines and Niagara region is the traditional home to many First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples. The land is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue […]

City unveils first Pride Crosswalk as commitment to inclusivity and diversity continues

As Pride Month celebrations get underway the City of St. Catharines is celebrating the installation of its first Pride Crosswalk, recognizing the community’s diversity and the importance of continued efforts toward inclusion. The crosswalk was installed last week at the St. Paul Street pedestrian crossover located in front of the FirstOntario PAC, with a design […]

Niagara mayors call on province for clearly defined re-opening plan

Niagara mayors call on province for clearly defined re-opening plan

A statement from the mayors of Niagara’s 12 municipalities: On Thursday Premier Doug Ford announced an extension to the Stay-at-Home order until at least June 2. The extension is needed to provide additional time to control the spread of COVID-19, bring down case counts, take pressure off already overburdened hospitals and put more vaccines in […]

Mayor’s Poetry Challenge celebrates ‘Our Community Heroes’

Mayor’s Poetry Challenge celebrates ‘Our Community Heroes’

The Mayor’s Poetry Challenge is returning this April with a theme to celebrate the everyday heroes that have made a difference over the last year. Mayor Sendzik invites St. Catharines residents to submit an original poem, based on the theme “Our Community Heroes”, for the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge. All types of poetry will be accepted – […]

Statement of support for Niagara’s small businesses from Regional Chair and Niagara Mayors

Statement of support for Niagara’s small businesses from Regional Chair and Niagara Mayors

April 9, 2021 – COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on our community. Lives have been lost and our most trusted systems have been challenged. This third wave and the Province’s stay-at-home order is having a massive impact on residents and businesses. Our small business community has suffered the brunt, losing billions of dollars per […]

Open Letter from Niagara’s Mayors and Regional Chair on the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 pandemic

Open Letter from Niagara’s Mayors and Regional Chair on the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 pandemic

As we reflect on the anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 in Niagara, we acknowledge both our community’s journey, and what still lies ahead.   We recognize those who have lost their lives as a result of this pandemic. At present, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of  369 residents, leaving a lasting impact on their […]

Mayor Sendzik’s state of the city celebrates ‘everyday heroes’ throughout ongoing COVID-19 pandemic recovery

Mayor Sendzik’s state of the city celebrates ‘everyday heroes’ throughout ongoing COVID-19 pandemic recovery

We live in a community of heroes. That was the message from Mayor Walter Sendzik as he delivered his seventh annual state of the city address today. So much of the community has played a key role in supporting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic recovery: nurses, physicians and medical support staff; emergency responders; those thrust into […]

Niagara mayors thank residents and businesses for efforts to contain COVID-19

Niagara mayors thank residents and businesses for efforts to contain COVID-19

With the Ontario government in a position to move Niagara into the red level of its provincial framework that guides regions through the reopening of the economy on Monday, March 1, 11 of Niagara’s 12 mayors are supportive of the move to red – control measures. Niagara Health and Niagara Region Public Health have done […]

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik on push for provincial supports for Ontario’s wine industry

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik on push for provincial supports for Ontario’s wine industry

February 18, 2021 – As we mark National Drink Wine Day across Canada, I am calling on the province to heed the call of Ontario wineries to implement a series of reforms that will allow our well-rooted Ontario wine and grape industry to become even more competitive and flourish. I introduced a motion at Niagara Region’s Planning […]

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik in support of Dr. Hirji

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik in support of Dr. Hirji

It is disturbing to see the threatening behaviour towards Niagara’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Mustafa Hirji over the last 24 hours since the provincial government announced Niagara would be in a grey – lockdown stage of reopening on Feb. 16. Working with the rest of the Niagara Region Public Health team, Dr. Hirji, the […]

Remembering Neil Peart a year later: City’s work on memorial at Lakeside Park pushing forward

Remembering Neil Peart a year later: City’s work on memorial at Lakeside Park pushing forward

One year after Neil Peart’s passing on Jan. 7, 2020, momentum continues to build in the establishment of a commemorative work of art that will honour the legendary Rush drummer from Port Dalhousie. This past year, St. Catharines City Council, with the support of the community, voted to name the newly rebuilt pavilion at Lakeside […]

Statement from Mayor Sendzik on Ministry of Environment’s air and water testing results for 282-285 Ontario St.

Statement from Mayor Sendzik on Ministry of Environment’s air and water testing results for 282-285 Ontario St.

I want to thank the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for sharing the results of the surface water and air monitoring related to the former automotive manufacturing site located at 282-285 Ontario St. with City Council. The presentation from Ministry officials provides assurance to the community, showing typical – or less than typical […]

Statement from Mayor Sendzik on approval of City’s 2021 budget

Statement from Mayor Sendzik on approval of City’s 2021 budget

December 15, 2020 – After more than almost four months of work, I am proud that City Council reached a historic moment during these challenging times. On Monday night, Council approved both the 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets, the first time in modern history that the City has approved both budgets on the same night. […]

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik regarding tentative agreement with Unifor and GM Canada

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik regarding tentative agreement with Unifor and GM Canada

The announcement of the tentative agreement between Unifor and GM Canada is great news for St. Catharines, and Ontario’s automotive manufacturing industry. Clearly both sides worked hard to reach a deal that is both fair to the employees of GM in our community, and in strengthening GM Canada’s position within a highly competitive global environment. […]

Statement from Mayor Sendzik: Be safe and responsible this Halloween

Statement from Mayor Sendzik: Be safe and responsible this Halloween

First, I want to thank St. Catharines residents and businesses for stepping up their efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our community has done an outstanding job following the guidelines from health officials throughout this pandemic. Now, Halloween is on Saturday. It will look and feel different, and it should because the COVID19 […]

Statement from Mayor Sendzik regarding property at 282-285 Ontario St.

Statement from Mayor Sendzik regarding property at 282-285 Ontario St.

Oct. 16, 2020 – Regarding the recent reports about possible asbestos at the former automotive manufacturing site located at 282-285 Ontario St., city staff received communications from Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP) staff indicating monitoring of the site is ongoing. They also confirmed licensed contractors undertook an asbestos removal program prior to any […]

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik regarding Safe Restart Agreement funding

August 12, 2020 – Mayor Walter Sendzik is extending thank you to the federal and provincial governments in the wake of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement. The Ontario government, in partnership with the Government of Canada, announced municipalities in Ontario will receive up to $1.6 billion as this part […]

Emancipation Day STC

Matter of Black and Blackowned905 – a group of young community members presented Emancipation Day STC an important day in our history. Emancipation Day is a day to celebrate the Slavery Absolution Act of 1834, marking the end of those enslaved throughout the British empire.  It’s a day for celebration, reflection, education and to recognize the history and […]

St. Catharines City Council Update

St. Catharines City Council Update

St. Catharines City Council had a productive zoom council meeting last night and wanted to share some highlights with our community. Beaches: ⛱☀️ Hot topic here in St. Catharines and Niagara. Last night council made the decision to restrict access to city owned beaches to Niagara residents only. Since we opened our beaches earlier this summer […]

Statement from Mayor Sendzik condemning racism and discrimination

Statement from Mayor Sendzik condemning racism and discrimination

equalityAs we watch the justified unrest and protests in the United States after the brutal death of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police Department, it has reignited the need for communities across Canada to take demonstrable actions to combat racism. We are not immune to racism, to the rise of white supremacy organizations, […]

Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik declaring state of emergency in St. Catharines

April 3, 2020 – Today I am joining my fellow Niagara Mayors by declaring a state of emergency in the City of St. Catharines due to COVID-19.  This decision was made in consultation with the City’s chief administrative officer Shelley Chemnitz. COVID-19 is in our community, it is affecting our families and our health care […]

Niagara Mayors and Regional Chair join together to form Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team

Niagara Mayors and Regional Chair join together to form Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team

Niagara’s Mayors and Regional Chair have announced a joint effort to support local businesses impacted by COVID-19 with a region-wide Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team. As we go through this unprecedented and quickly-changing situation, it is critical to work together to support local businesses and employers both now and into the future. Building on a […]

Mayor’s state of the city celebrates pride and momentum in St. Catharines

Mayor’s state of the city celebrates pride and momentum in St. Catharines

Mayor’s state of the city celebrates pride and momentum in St. Catharines Feb. 6, 2020 –  Community pride and accomplishments were at the forefront as Mayor Walter Sendzik delivered his sixth annual state of the city address today. Mayor Sendzik highlighted the successes of the businesses, community leaders and residents that are building excitement and […]

Black History Month

Black History Month

February is Black History month and I encourage all members of our community to learn more and celebrate St. Catharines rich black history. Many are familiar with Harriet Tubman and that historically St. Catharines was a stop along the Undergound Railway which served as a sanctuary for those who fled for freedom and from persecution. […]

The Surprisingly Cool City Hiding in the Middle of Canadian Wine Country

The Surprisingly Cool City Hiding in the Middle of Canadian Wine Country

As industrial St. Catharines is rejuvenated with a modern edge, you’ve got another reason to visit this part of Ontario. Condé Nast Traveller – by NOAH KAUFMAN – January 24, 2020 The signs of life show early Saturday morning on an icy St. Catharines Street, in Ontario’s Niagara region. A couple of college students from nearby Brock […]

Sendzik sees ‘bright horizon’ for St. Catharines in 2020

Sendzik sees ‘bright horizon’ for St. Catharines in 2020

by Melinda Cheevers  Niagara This Week – St. Catharines As the calendar changes to a new year — and a new decade — there’s plenty on the horizon for the Garden City says Mayor Walter Sendzik. The City of St. Catharines had plenty of positive highlights in 2019, he said, including the surprise announcement and moving up […]

Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to Dan Patterson

Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to Dan Patterson

Mayor Walter Sendzik presented Dr. Dan Patterson, President of Niagara College with a key to the city at a special retirement celebration this weekend. “The key to the city is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions and I can think of no leader more deserving than Dan Patterson,” stated Mayor Sendzik. “Dan has […]

National Housing Day: Downtown City property to become affordable housing

National Housing Day: Downtown City property to become affordable housing

Downtown City property to become affordable housing Nov. 22, 2019 This week, for National Housing Day, St. Catharines City Council has voted to transform an under-utilized downtown City property into affordable housing to help tackle the affordable housing crisis. At its Council meeting on Monday night, City Council voted unanimously to surplus a city-owned property […]

St. Catharines Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament donates $25,000 to CMHA Niagara

St. Catharines Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament donates $25,000 to CMHA Niagara

Canadian Mental Health Association, Niagara Branch is pleased to accept a $12,500 donation from Mayor Walter Sendzik and the 2019 St. Catharines Mayor Invitational Golf Tournament The donation, which is part of a $25,000 commitment to CMHA Niagara, will support the region-wide provision of CMHA Niagara’s immediate and brief services at the 264 Welland Avenue, […]

Niagara creating new early mental health intervention positions

Niagara creating new early mental health intervention positions

Funding for psychosis intervention will provide full-time nurse, support worker  Bill Sawchuk The St. Catharines Standard A funding boost to create two new positions at Early Psychosis Intervention is a move St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik is calling a good news story. The region’s health and social services committee voted to create positions for a […]

Spotlight on St. Catharines Residents

Spotlight on St. Catharines Residents

During the month of June prior to St. Catharines City Council we have put a spotlight on some individuals here in St. Catharines to recognize their great achievements in sport, education and leadership. Congratulations to Matthew Ryan, Kevin Strooband and Dheiksha Jayasankar for your accomplishments. Matthew Ryan We congratulate Matthew on winning the gold medal […]

National Indigenous People’s Day

Today is National Indigenous People’s Day, a day to honour and celebrate the contributions of Indigenous People to Canada. The City of St. Catharines and Niagara region is the traditional home to many First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples. The land is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue […]

Sendzik hopes to move homelessness needle to zero

Sendzik hopes to move homelessness needle to zero

Public health to consider homelessness initiative Jun 10, 2019 by Allan Benner  The St. Catharines Standard St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik hopes to significant reduction in homelessness in Niagara within six months, if Niagara Region implements an initiative being considered this week.”I believe that by October or November of this year, based on the implementation […]

Mayor Sendzik and the City of St. Catharines leading at Great Lakes Conference

Mayor Sendzik and the City of St. Catharines leading at Great Lakes Conference

June 7, 2019 Mayor Sendzik and the City of St. Catharines leading at Great Lakes Conference With rising water levels and climate change on the minds of many, an international gathering of mayors and cities was held this week at the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. St. Catharines […]

Regional Government Review

I had a chat with a familiar voice on Niagara airwaves – Tom McConnell from 610 CKTB about the Province’s Regional Government review.   The Province is reviewing the governance, decision-making, and service delivery functions for regional governments and member municipalities. The Mayors of Niagara have given our input and met with advisors from the Province.  […]

Shelter and Housing in Niagara- call for action

Shelter and Housing in Niagara- call for action

March 2019 Shelter and Housing in Niagara- call for action This week at Regional Council the Community Services Committee received an update on the Niagara homelessness strategy. This includes work that Niagara Region has been doing with community partners to respond to the growing need for shelter and housing. You can read more about the […]

Black History Month – Harriet Tubman and her connection to St. Catharines

Black History Month – Harriet Tubman and her connection to St. Catharines

As we are in the middle of Black History Month – I wanted to share this TVO piece on Harriet Tubman and her connection to St. Catharines. Harriet was a woman of strength, dignity and honour. She had extraordinary courage while leading hundreds of slaves to freedom. We celebrate Harriet and her connection to St. […]

Mayor Sendzik delivers optimistic state of the city address

Mayor Sendzik delivers optimistic state of the city address

Feb. 13, 2019 Mayor Sendzik delivers optimistic state of the city address Compassion, optimism and momentum are the defining words for St. Catharines according to Mayor Walter Sendzik’s state of the city address. The Mayor delivered his annual speech to an audience of more than 500 business and community leaders this afternoon at Club Roma. […]

Walter Sendzik: 2019 is about reaching out and building up

Walter Sendzik: 2019 is about reaching out and building up

St. Catharines mayor looks ahead to first year of new council term by Luke Edwards  Niagara This Week – St. Catharines As St. Catharines grows and welcomes new residents, its mayor says the city must also continue looking after its own. Fresh off a successful run for a second term as mayor, Walter Sendzik is looking […]

St. Catharines, Ont., builds bridges to commercial development

St. Catharines, Ont., builds bridges to commercial development

ADAM BISBY – ST. CATHARINES, ONT. SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL Decades after Teenage Head played its last punk-rock show there, 201 St. Paul St. will soon be vacant no more. The corner lot on downtown St. Catharines’s main thoroughfare still sits empty, as it has done since the 1996 demolition of the infamously […]

City Council approves 2019 capital budget

City Council approves 2019 capital budget

More than $31 million will be invested in the City’s infrastructure following City Council’s approval of the 2019 Capital Budget.  St. Catharines City Council passed the $31.3 million capital budget at its Jan. 28 meeting. The capital budget funds improvements and upgrades to important infrastructure assets in neighbourhoods across the City, such as roads, bridges, […]

Weekend update – featuring Mayor Walter Sendzik

Weekend update – featuring Mayor Walter Sendzik

It’s been a busy week with City Council meeting on Monday Regional Council last night, where we approved funding for safety barriers and mental health support. Thank you to Niagara United for speaking powerfully about the importance of taking action on this issue. You are doing important work to advocate for mental health and addictions […]

CBC Ideas: Paul and Ed’s Excellent Adventure in #OurHomeSTC

CBC Ideas: Paul and Ed’s Excellent Adventure in #OurHomeSTC

January 2019 Earlier this year, world-famous environmental photographer Edward Burtynsky and Ideas on CBC Radio host Paul Kennedy – both born and raised in St. Catharines, made the trip down the QEW to visit their hometown. The trip was planned around a visit to the old GM plant on Ontario Street and also includes stops to places from their childhood […]

Council opts in to permitting cannabis retail stores to  locate in  the City of St.Catharines

Council opts in to permitting cannabis retail stores to locate in the City of St.Catharines

St. Catharines Council has opted in to permitting private retail cannabis stores to locate in the city. The decision came with unanimous support by Council at its Jan. 14 meeting. In addition to notifying the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) of its decision, Council is also requesting the province provide greater regulatory input […]

Steelcon announces $40 million manufacturing facility for St. Catharines

Steelcon announces $40 million manufacturing facility for St. Catharines

Steelcon Fabrication Inc. has announced a new $40 million manufacturing facility will open in St. Catharines to produce its leading SIN-beam product for the North American market. A family-owned company based in Brampton, Steelcon uses advanced technologies to produce construction beams that are lighter, use less steel, and have less of an impact on the […]

Mayor’s Report – December 11, 2017

Mayor’s Report – December 11, 2017 Greetings, St. Catharines. Here’s the latest Mayor’s Report, highlighting community events and congratulations in #OurHomeSTC   First, we share our condolences with the family of Karl Kaiser, grandfather of the Canadian wine industry and co-founder of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture program at Brock University. Congratulations to local businesses opening […]

Council meeting update: mental health and community support

Council meeting update: mental health and community support

Mental Health and Community Support Nov. 14, 2018 This Council term continued with two more meetings before the Inauguration of the new Council in December. On Monday we discussed a number of issues: developments, community consultation on recreational cannabis stores and we heard from community members about mental health issues affecting our city. Mental health […]

Treaties Recognition Week

Treaties Recognition Week

Treaties Recognition Week Nov. 6, 2018 This week is Treaties Week, an opportunity to honour the importance of treaties with First Nations and learn more of our shared history.  Treaties are legally binding agreements between First Nations and the federal and provincial governments. Treaties set out rights, responsibilities and relationships. Although cities did not sign […]

Mayor has priority list for next four years

Mayor has priority list for next four years

October 30, 2018 –  by Karena Walter  The St. Catharines Standard There isn’t a lot of time for St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik to bask in his overwhelming re-election win. The current city council has more work to finish in November and new councillors will be inaugurated the first week of December, when they’ll hit the ground […]

‘St. Catharines is going in a great direction’

‘St. Catharines is going in a great direction’

Oct 22, 2018 by Karena Walter  The St. Catharines Standard Mayor Walter Sendzik says he received a clear mandate from St. Catharines residents after winning almost 72 per cent of the vote in Monday night’s election. “Very, very excited,” Sendzik said, after the majority of results came in. “It’s a feeling of relief and, also, I’m humbled […]

Council approves redevelopment of iconic Lincoln Fabrics in Port Dalhousie

Council approves redevelopment of iconic Lincoln Fabrics in Port Dalhousie

Council approves redevelopment of iconic Lincoln Fabrics in Port Dalhousie Aug. 28, 2018 Last night City Council approved a new development for Port Dalhousie: the redevelopment of the iconic Lincoln Fabrics building. The plans will see this heritage building converted into apartments with ground floor commercial space, patios, enhance the public space along the waterfront and […]

Council Highlights – August 2018

Council Highlights – August 2018

Council Highlights – August 2018 Aug. 15, 2018 City Council had a productive meeting this week. Here are some of the highlights of the discussion and decisions: Council approved a new development for Woodburn and Herrick Ave. neighbourhood for new housing – including apartments and townhouses. Council received information about more upcoming developments: 201 St. […]

Council Update – July 2018: Piers, bottled water ban, affordable housing and more

Council Update – July 2018: Piers, bottled water ban, affordable housing and more

Council Update – July 2018 July 2018 This week’s Council meeting was productive. Council continues meeting all summer and we are making progress on our strategic priorities. Here are some of the highlights. Port Dalhousie Piers to be fixed and remain in public domain A very good news story from this week’s council meeting (and maybe […]

Mayor’s Report – June 25, 2018

Mayor’s Report – June 25, 2018 It was a busy night at Council, with 6 public meetings, a new partnership with the Niagara Regional Native Centre and updates on community events. Here is the Mayor’s Report. Congrats to the teams and organizers Meridian Centre on a great FIBA tournament. Next up is the Canada Games in Summer 2021 and we’re excited […]

Canadian and US Mayors reject rhetoric, stand united for shared economic prosperity

Canadian and US Mayors reject rhetoric, stand united for shared economic prosperity

Canadian and US Mayors reject rhetoric, stand united for shared economic prosperity Mayors pledge to protect urban natural spaces, contribute to national target Ajax, ON, June 14, 2018 – At the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference in Ajax, Canadian and US mayors celebrated the strong, integrated relationship on environment and economy […]

An Ode to the Garden City – Poem by Caroline Moffatt – Winner of the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge

An Ode to the Garden City – Poem by Caroline Moffatt – Winner of the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge

Congratulations to Caroline Moffatt, 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 to thank everyone […]

Mayor’s Poetry Challenge

Mayor’s Poetry Challenge

The Mayor’s Poetry Challenge is returning this April to celebrate a city where everyone can play.   Mayor Sendzik invites St. Catharines residents to submit an original poem about parks in St. Catharines for the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge. All types of poetry will be accepted – from Shakespearean sonnets to fantastical Dr. Seuss-inspired pieces.   Poems […]

Free Wi-Fi access, smart kiosks coming to Downtown St. Catharines

The City of St. Catharines is partnering with Bell Canada on a pilot project to install touch-screen smart kiosks offering free Wi-Fi access, free charging stations, 9-1-1 emergency call buttons, interactive wayfinding signage, St. Catharines information and more in Downtown St. Catharines. City Council authorized an agreement last week allowing the smart kiosks to be […]

Our Home with Mayor Sendzik – Chris Bittle, MP St. Catharines

Thank you to MP Chris Bittle – St. Catharines for being a guest on YourTV Niagara – Our Home with Mayor Sendzik to provide an update to the residents of St. Catharines as our elected MP. Tune into this episode as Chris and I chat about the funding announced to rehabilitate the Port Dalhousie Piers, […]

Mayor’s Report – March 19, 2018.

Tune into the latest Mayor’s Report for an update on local community news and events happening in #ourhomestc. Last week was a big week for transit in our community. MPs Chris Bittle and Vance Badawey along with MPP Jim Bradley announced the largest single investment in Niagara transit history. We are also another step closer to […]

Niagara gets $149 million for transit

Niagara gets $149 million for transit

NEWS  by Allan Benner –  St. Catharines Standard With an investment of $149 million from upper-tier governments, Niagara’s long-awaited intermunicipal transit service could be much closer to reality. Calling it “the single largest investment in transit in Niagara’s history,” Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey said the eight Niagara municipalities receiving funding are free to use it […]

Unprecedented public transit investment commitments for Niagara

Largest commitment in funds in region’s history crucial for integrated transit with GO Transit commuter rail coming, officials say NEWS by Paul Forsyth – Niagara This Week – St. Catharines Massive federal and provincial investments announced for public transit for Niagara on Thursday could be the final push necessary to create a truly consolidated transit […]

GO Train sign unveiled at St. Catharines GO Train/VIA Station

GO Train sign unveiled at St. Catharines GO Train/VIA Station

We are another step closer to daily GO Transit in St. Catharines and Niagara.  The sign was unveiled today at the VIA Station which will now be the new station for both GO Transit and VIA Rail Canada. Thank you to St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley for your leadership and push for daily GO service and […]

GM St. Catharines visit

GM St. Catharines visit

Had a great visit with Carolyne Watts, Plant Manager and Gemma Copland, GM’s new Personnel Director Global Propulsion Systems. General Motors Canada continues to invest in the St. Catharines plant, stimulating growth, innovation and good, high-paying jobs. St. Catharines has a long and proud history as an auto city. As a member of the Auto Mayors […]

Sendzik revisits plastic water bottle ban in city facilities

Sendzik revisits plastic water bottle ban in city facilities

Feb 07, 2018 by Melinda Cheevers  – Niagara this Week – St. Catharines Despite multiple motions passed by previous councils in St. Catharines looking to ban plastic bottled water in all municipally owned and operated facilities, an actual ban has yet to be implemented. Mayor Walter Sendzik is hoping to finally change that with a motion […]

St. Catharines mayor reaffirms commitment to Compassionate City in state of the city address Sendzik talks about expected and unexpected outcomes during fourth state of the city address

St. Catharines mayor reaffirms commitment to Compassionate City in state of the city address Sendzik talks about expected and unexpected outcomes during fourth state of the city address

Feb 01, 2018 by Melinda Cheevers Niagara This Week – St. Catharines ST. CATHARINES — Walter Sendzik gave fair warning at the start of his state of the city address that the audience, comprising the business community in St. Catharines, should expect something a little out of ordinary. “We live in a world of expectations and tonight […]

‘No one is left behind’ – Compassionate City Charter launched during mayor’s state of the city

‘No one is left behind’ – Compassionate City Charter launched during mayor’s state of the city

St. Catharines Standard – Karena Walter January 30, 2018. Hundreds of people signed their names to a new Compassionate St. Catharines Charter Tuesday evening following Mayor Walter Sendzik’s state of the city address. The charter, launched by Sendzik during the event, is a commitment by those who sign it to work towards the shared goal […]

The Compassionate City Charter: a commitment for our future

The Compassionate City Charter: a commitment for our future

Feb. 1, 2018 This year at my State of the City address we inducted 4 more local businesses into the Team St. Catharines “hall of fame” with special awards. Congratulations to Kully’s, Henry of Pelham, Heart of Niagara Hotels and Beatties. (Read more about these great local businesses in this post and watch the livestream. The most exciting […]

Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament presents $10,000 to Hospice Niagara

Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament presents $10,000 to Hospice Niagara

Mayor Walter Sendzik and the Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament committee made a $10,000 donation to Hospice Niagara from the proceeds of the summer tournament. The donation will assist Hospice Niagara in delivering quality hospice palliative care services to terminally ill residents. “I have seen the excellent care and compassionate services that patients and families receive […]

Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament donates $10,000 to Gillian’s Place

Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament donates $10,000 to Gillian’s Place

Mayor Walter Sendzik and the Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament committee have made a $10,000 donation to Gillian’s Place from the proceeds of the summer tournament. The donation will assist Gillian’s Place in providing necessary items and programs for women and children seeking safety and support at the St. Catharines shelter. “For 40 years, Gillian’s Place […]

New project expeditor will make it easier to invest in St. Catharines

There’s a new role at City Hall to help guide large investments and major developments all the way from blueprints to ribbon cuttings. The City hired Margaret Josipovic as project expeditor to support businesses and investors with expansions, new developments and other investments in St. Catharines. “We’ve made great strides to improve our processes to […]

Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament donates $25,000  to YWCA Niagara Region campaign for affordable housing

Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament donates $25,000 to YWCA Niagara Region campaign for affordable housing

Mayor Walter Sendzik and the Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament committee are helping YWCA Niagara Region launch a capital campaign to build new affordable housing in St. Catharines. Mayor Sendzik and committee members presented a $25,000 donation from the Mayor’s annual golf tournament at a campaign kick-off on Thursday where the YW announced a new building […]

Congratulations to new City of St. Catharines CAO – Shelley Chemnitz

Welcome to our new Chief Administrative Officer, Shelley Chemnitz. Shelley a lifelong resident and Brock University graduate is familiar with the corporation and the community – I firmly believe she has the skills, experience and vision to take us where we want to go as we work towards our vision of being the most dynamic, […]

St. Catharines older adults invited to community forum

St. Catharines older adults invited to community forum

St. Catharines older adults are invited to the third annual Older Adults Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 9:30 a.m. at the Dunlop Drive Older Adults Centre. The forum is an interactive session for older adults to ask questions and share feedback about City programs and services. Mayor Walter Sendzik will provide an update about […]

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 […]