With the end of 2022, comes the end of another volume of The Lake Report. As usual, our small staff is taking a holiday break. So for this final issue of the year, we wanted to do something a bit special by wrapping our paper in, well, wrapping paper. The idea is that readers can take the centrespread (or even our special front and back pages) out and use it to wrap some of their Christmas gifts. It’s an eco-friendly way to wrap a present – and hopefully readers enjoy our Christmas design and content. We wish everyone a very happy holiday season, no matter what you’re celebrating, and even if you’re not celebrating anything.
A year of relief
With COVID-19 under control (but not yet vanquished), Niagara-on-the-Lake has welcomed back its cherished annual festivals, shows and other community happenings. Live music is back, live theatre is back, bringing life back. Here’s to good health, things being open, conversations with our friends and neighbours and eventually defeating the nasty virus that kept us all inside and away from family for the last two years. Get out and enjoy yourself, safely.
A year of change
Niagara-on-the-Lake has a new lord mayor and several new councillors. After an election that showed people wanted change, we’re keenly interested to see what the future has in store for the communities of NOTL. We ask council members to please listen to the residents that elected them, to certainly take into account town staff and expert advice, but to carefully weigh the impact of council decisions on the lives of the residents who elected them. And fight like hell against Doug Ford’s new Bill 23, which could lead to significant development changes in historic enclaves like NOTL – while leaving council powerless to fight them.
A year of excellence
This year has been a great one for our wee paper, having been honoured as the most-awarded community newspaper in the whole country. That’s a big accolade — one that lets us know we’re keeping our community informed while providing an important service to readers. It also lets our community and advertisers know where readers are turning to find the important news about NOTL, while giving us all a reason to be proud. We’ll be back on Jan. 5, with more of the quality journalism you have come to expect.