Summer is nearly over (impossible to believe), and Council in Niagara-on-the-Lake is back in full swing. Advisory Committees are also gradually starting to meet again online, which is great news for all of our volunteer members and for Members of Council who will benefit from this additional input from the community.

Council and Committee Business

In August, Committee of the Whole addressed reports and information items related to the following:

August 10 - Planning

  • Glendale District Plan update from Niagara Region

  • Queenston Mile Vineyard Site Plan Agreement

  • Virgil Skate Park project

  • New Tourism Management Advisory Committee for Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Chamber of Commerce regarding Tourism

  • Proposal to permit A-frame signage temporarily in the Queen-Picton Heritage District

August 17 - General

  • Replacement of volleyball courts at Memorial Park with two additional tennis courts

  • Updates from Councillors Cheropita and Burroughs on their work to coordinate a COVID-19 Ambassador program

  • Presentation from staff on the Town's new "eRigation" app to assist users of the local irrigation system, including active pump volumes

  • Proposal for the Town to offer new pay parking options through the Honk mobile app

  • Reduction of speed on Concession 6 section

On August 24, Council heard delegations, discussed reports, by-laws and Notices of Motion regarding:

  • Official appointment of Sandra O'Connor as Municipal Councillor

  • Initiating a long-term Tourism Strategy

  • New route for the Pedal Pub in the remainder of 2020

  • Presentation on the future restoration of 240 Centre Street

  • Receipt of the 2019 Integrity Commissioner's report

The CAO Selection Committee met on September 2 and will reconvene on September 9 for further discussion. The competition for this position closed on July 31 and the Committee is now reviewing a long list of applicants provided by the recruitment firm.

The agenda for September 14 Committee of the Whole - Planning will be posted on Thursday, September 10 and can be found at the following link:

Masks and Face Coverings

In response to COVID-19 Council approved a temporary mask and face covering by-law for indoor public spaces in Niagara-on-the-Lake. I had the opportunity to speak with Matt Holmes at CKTB in advance of this decision and you can listen to the full interview here:

Helping Local Businesses

I have received a lot of feedback this month from local businesses in the Queen-Picton Heritage District who want more signage to draw visitors in to their shops, which are easy to miss if located off of the main Queen Street route. These are requests for creative solutions and temporary relief from the Sign By-law, which is very restrictive in the District.

On August 10, Committee of the Whole moved the creation of a temporary signage permit process to assist local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lord Mayor and CAO are now working on this process, and the CAO indicated on August 24 that it should be in place soon.

Thank You to the Joyners

I've had the pleasure of getting to know Geoffrey Joyner through the Riverbrink Art Museum Board, and he is an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience on art and material culture. His wife Lorraine is equally engaged in the community and an absolutely lovely person. It was so wonderful to see recent coverage of the Joyner's gift to the Pumphouse Art Gallery, and read about their accomplishments and contributions in print.

Find the full article below, and thank you to the Joyners for being such an engaged and active part of our arts and culture community.

Announcing Crossroads Radio

I'm very happy to announce the launch of Crossroads Radio, a new podcast for conversations on local issues and topics related to life in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Episode One is about Leadership Under Pressure, and features perspectives from Gary Zalepa, Donald Ziraldo and Cindy Grant.

Episode Two will focus on Tourism through interviews with Lezlie Harper, Tim Bala and Wendy Cheropita.

Listen to Crossroads Radio on Stitcher and through

Stay well, Niagara-on-the-Lake!

Happy birthday to our Confederation once again!

Wishing you all the best for a pleasant holiday.

There are no Committee or Council meetings this week.

Committee of the Whole meets next on Monday, July 6.

Long Term Rentals and Noise By-law Open House Meetings

The Town will host two online open house events on July 7 and 9 to collect feedback and answer questions related to Long Term Rental and Noise by-law consultations and proposed revisions to municipal legislation.

View all the latest details at and join each open house through Microsoft Teams, where it will be possible to ask questions of staff.

Latest Updates from the Town

Visit Join the Conversation to stay connected with a wide range of local issues including all the latest details on the temporary closure of Queen Street, COVID-19 response and supports for local business. View topic pages and register for more features at

View all the latest livestream videos from recent public meetings at

Municipal Heritage Committee Returns Online

The Municipal Heritage Committee met for the first time since March on June 23, and will return to a normal committee schedule on July 14.

Topics on the June 23 agenda included Heritage Permit Applications for:

  • Installation of Lighting and Minor Alterations to Storefront at 89-91 Queen Street (Bank of Montreal)

  • Installation of Exterior Mechanical Equipment at 4-8 Queen Street and 217 King Street

  • Addition of Glass Atrium and Glass Skylight to Hotel Design at 118, 122 and 126 Queen Street (Q124 Hotel)

  • Demolition, Lifting and New Additions to Early Dwelling c.1820 at 240 Gate Street

  • Conservation Plan for Paxton House in St. Davids

Watch the complete livestream and discussion at

View the MHC agenda and associated reports at

The Committee of Adjustment, Irrigation Committee, CAO Selection Committee and Audit Committee have also met in the last 30 days and are gradually returning to a normal meeting schedule online.


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