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Monday, January 30, 2023

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Heavily armed police arrest and then release suspect after report of gun at NOTL home

Editor's note: An earlier online version of this story said the police activity centred around a newly constructed home at 540 Simcoe St. However, that was incorrect. The police...

What’s under the hood? A look at NOTL’s new ‘net zero’ property

Listed at $4.6 million, the house on 28 Cottage St. in Niagara-on-the-Lake is not exactly a candidate for the pageant of Canada’s most affordable...

PHOTO GALLERY: A fresh snowfall blankets NOTL

While Wednesday's snowstorm didn't live up to the forecast some weather watchers had predicted, a few Niagara-on-the-Lake residents still got outside to make the...

Niagara-on-the-Lake ranks second in Canada as Tripadvisor destination

And the people have spoken.  Niagara-on-the-Lake has been honoured with Tripadvisor's 2023 Travelers’ Choice "Best of the Best" Popular Destination in Canada award.  This award doesn’t...

The Monuments Men: Part 32: James Rennie was killed in Battle of Amiens

It’s been a century since Niagara-on-the-Lake’s iconic clock tower cenotaph was erected. Then, in 1926, the Township of Niagara unveiled its own memorial in Queenston. In recognition of those who fought and died in two world wars and beyond, NOTL historian Ron Dale has been researching the stories of the people – all men – whose names are engraved on the two cenotaphs. This is one in a series of stories documenting and remembering the sacrifices of those commemorated on the municipal memorial in Queenston. Ron Dale Special to The Lake Report It is of interest to note that the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First...

Native centre’s former manager says he was silenced by board boss

Turbulence and unrest continues to plague the Niagara Regional Native Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake after multiple resignations turned its board of directors into a skeleton crew.  Karl Dockstader, who resigned as...

News

‘Free February’ is back at NOTL Museum

Barbara Worthy Special to The Lake Report While February can sometimes be the coldest month of the year, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum is offering the warmest of welcomes with "Free February" – no admission the entire month for all Niagara residents. This is the perfect opportunity to experience not only the beautiful heritage building at 43 Castlereagh St., but also to learn about Niagara’s unique history.  Check out the current exhibit "All Along the Waterfront," which highlights the massive noisy, smelly and lucrative industries that dominated this town for more than 150 years. Or find some hidden gems of local lore, Indigenous artifacts that...

News

Neighbours unhappy with revised plan for 41-unit apartment building

Height, character and traffic are among residents' concerns   Residents of a Niagara-on-the-Lake neighbourhood say they are alarmed to see a development proposal being reconsidered after it was last rejected by town council in 2016. The owners of the lots at 223 and 227 Mary St. have submitted an application to rezone the properties and allow for a 41-unit, 18-metre tall apartment building. Residents are worried about increased traffic, environmental impact and changes to the existing character of the neighbourhood.  “This is an enormous building for such a small piece of land and it will indeed tower over absolutely everything,” said Alan Gordon, a...

Local

Thousands of seasonal agricultural workers arrive in Ontario

Migrant workers hired under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program have started to arrive from the Caribbean and Mexico to help Niagara farmers. About 3,000 seasonal...

Residents get a glimpse of Glendale’s future

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day. And Glendale won’t be either. Residents of Glendale are still a long way from seeing a fully...

Rooftop tower at Niagara College helps track at-risk wild birds

Tracking wildlife just got a whole lot easier at Niagara College. The Motus Tower Project at Niagara College's Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake is...

A happy birthday and a chance to help farmworkers

Advocate Kit Andres hosts mutual aid event to welcome seasonal staff   For farmworker advocate Kit Andres, birthday #37 was the perfect opportunity to help out...

Entertainment

Week 2 of Battle of the Bands competition rocks Irish Harp

The Battle of the Bands at the Irish Harp Pub returned for a second night on Monday with performances from New Rising Sun and Barrel Down. Admiral took last week’s...

Horoscope: Venue enters Pisces and love is on the way

Thursday, Jan. 26: Today, Venus enters the sign of her exaltation, Pisces. In the following weeks, we will be more receptive and intuitive than usual and will relate deeply...

Opinion

Arch-i-text: Council must expand heritage district to protect town’s history

I have always found it odd that the boundaries of Old Town’s national historic district are substantially different than those of the provincially registered...

Letter: Just ‘ask why,’ when debating property rights in NOTL

Dear editor: This letter is in response to the Jan. 12 letter to the editor from Michael Eagen, "Development needs to respect NOTL’s history and...

Letter: Sculpture at new downtown plaza has a calming energy

Dear editor: After reading Christopher Allen's Jan. 12 letter ("Sculpture seems out of place at new retail plaza,") about the sculpture at the new retail...
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Entertainment

Entertainment: Rod Stewart brings worldwide tour to Niagara

On the heels of booking Billy Joel to christen the new OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino, the venue is bringing Rod Stewart to Niagara Falls this September. The British rocker,...

Latest Past Events

Food and Wine Lab

Stratus Vineyards 2059 Niagara Stone Road, NOTL

Take a one-hour journey with Stratus Vineyards and learn about how to enhance your glass of wine.  

New year’s Eve at Riverbend Inn & Vineyard

Riverbend Inn 16104 Niagara Pkwy, NOTL

New Year’s getaway at Niagara’s Riverbend Inn, surrounded yourself by vineyards, and celebrate the end of the year. The cost of the evening will include a two-night stay  Four-course prix […]

Paint Nite: Winter visitors

The Exchange 7 Queen St,, NOTL

The Exchange brewery is hosting a painting nite on Dec. 20, where drinks will be served and no experience is needed.  

$45

News

Future St. Davids subdivision prompts worries from Dyck Lane residents

Some St. Davids residents are at odds with plans for a new subdivision on Tanbark Road which they fear could affect their access to public services. Planner Aimee Alderman presented...

Local

100-year-old veteran honoured with quilt at Legion

John Wickabrod is a 100-year-old veteran with a passion for potatoes, gardening and a love of animals.  In honour of his service, NOTLer Leslie Moulson and her husband Bud presented...

Initial icewine weekend is a wintry wonderland

Whether you come to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival for the drinks, the food, the history or the sights, the festival’s first weekend had it all. Guests had the opportunity to...

Geological oddities a hit at Kids Rock Club

Christmas came again for the Kids Rock Club. For their first meeting of 2023, the club led by Francesca (Ms Fran) and Nicholas Sorrenti, was greeted with a generous community...
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News

Fireworks, wine and food celebrate return of Icewine Festival

Sparkling, ice and everything nice. Friday night's Sparkle & Ice Gala at the old Court House in Niagara-on-the-Lake kicked off the Icewine Festival in true NOTL fashion – some good food, delicious wine, dancing and fireworks. After two years of pandemic restrictions, the Icewine Festival has returned for two weekends in January to celebrate all things icewine. The party continues this weekend. “It’s our first time in the old Court House and it’s an absolutely beautiful building to come to,” said Peter Chapman, who was at the gala with Raelene Stockmans from London, Ont. In two separate rooms, tables were stacked with a variety...

Region holds info session Wednesday evening on Niagara Stone Road construction plan

Niagara Stone Road in Virgil is getting a facelift and residents can learn more about the work being done before the shovels hit the ground. The Region of Niagara is holding an information session from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Simpson Room at the NOTL Community Centre. “It's a long time coming,” Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa said of the planned improvements. The...

Niagara advocate pushing region to declare emergency on mental health, homelessness

After four years of trying in vain, an advocate from Niagara is hoping to convince regional council to declare homelessness, mental health and addiction public emergencies. “I think I’m gonna see a lot of changed hearts and a lot of changed minds,” Steven Soos told The Lake Report. Before the proposal can make it to council, it will first be reviewed by the region’s public health committee...

A busy week as NOTL Youth Collective’s winter program begins

Air hockey, pool and basketball … what more could a kid want? About 13 young people showed up at Cornerstone Community Church for the NOTL Youth Collective’s first after-school drop-in session on Monday, and they all couldn’t keep the smiles off their faces.  This is the first week of the organization's eight-week winter program. The collective is a place for youth in grades 7 to 12 to...

NOTL critical of new housing law; Bill 23 could cost town $1M, staff warns ministry

Council finally agrees on response, but administrators sent their own letter to province in November   After discussions at three separate meetings – and two months...

A pilgrimage back to the stage: NOTL musician to perform for first time in years

After suffering injuries and not being able to play his instrument, professional pianist Paul Tobey is making his comeback performance at the TD Niagara...

Drop-in event Saturday collects items to welcome seasonal farmworkers to NOTL

This year, seasonal farmworker advocate Kit Andres is celebrating their birthday in a different way — by holding a drive-up mutual aid event.  From 3...

Discovery Pass gives NOTL a taste of Icewine Festival

From end-to-end, NOTL is overflowing with wineries offering delicious icewines. On any given day it would be impossible to drink your way through them all,...

Wine guru Andrea Kaiser to speak about icewine and its history at NOTL festival

Andrea Kaiser was born into the wine industry. The daughter of Inniskillin co-founder Karl Kaiser, she definitely knows her way around a grape.  And this year she'll be sharing her expertise, and a bit of history, with guests who attend the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival. Her wine journey began here in NOTL, just down the road on Line 3. “(The winery) was where my dad worked, so obviously we spent a lot of time over harvest hearing about...

Arch-i-text: Repeating past mistakes for the benefit of a few

To say that I am not a fan of the Ford government’s More Homes Built Faster Act (Bill 23) is akin to suggesting that Mount Everest is a tall hill. In fact, I believe this legislation is a trainwreck that will fundamentally alter the face of Ontario’s lands and communities for the worse. Once a farmer’s fields are stripped of their top soil then buried under pavement and houses, those fields are lost forever. When...
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