The Welland Budget Review Committee (BRC) kicked off the 2019 budget deliberations on Dec. 10, 2018, and introduced a new approach to gaining public participation and opinion. The committee looks forward to receiving public feedback on Your 2019 Budget Talks—the city’s public engagement platform—to gain a better understanding on community needs and help build a 2019 city budget that benefits everyone. The BRC is committed to preparing a sustainable budget that will support the city’s continued growth and development, and build on smart city initiatives while maintaining essential programs and services to taxpayers. 

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 600 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in November. This represents a 2.7% increase in sales compared to November of last year.

In Pelham and Welland, unit sales for the month were down 5.2% and 27.7% respectively.

In the residential freehold market, the average days on market were even to last year at 40. There was however an increase of 8.3% from 36 to 39 days in the condominium market from this time last year.

There’s a cutting-edge new lecture series that will be sure to brighten the smiles of healthcare practitioners in Niagara and beyond. Niagara College and periodontist / international speaker Dr. Peter Fritz, are unveiling Base Camp – a 12-part evening lecture series poised to advance dental healthcare in Niagara by bringing the latest research and information to the region’s practitioners.

Thinking about getting your home ready to go on the Market in the SPRING?

Team Berkhout Bosse provides a "Pre-Listing Check Up" service to help you compile a list of repairs and upgrades that will bring you the best return on your investment.

Our Pre-Listing process can significantly increase your home’s market value by following a few simple steps to uncover your home’s full potential.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) has again certified Niagara Health as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) for the next two years.  “Our commitment to extraordinary care includes more opportunities for our nursing staff to learn and implement new practices for patient care,” said Niagara Health President Suzanne Johnston. “Equipped with this knowledge and commitment, we are building a healthier Niagara.”

The Niagara Health Foundation Elimination Draw & Dinner is back! 

Hallelujah! Chorus Niagara kicks off the festive season with Handel's Messiah in St.Catharines' own Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Experience Chorus Niagara's stirring Hallelujah Chorus as heard by over 51 million people on YouTube, and delight in brilliant soloists who thrill with dazzling arias in this holiday classic.  Artistic Director and Conductor Robert Cooper notes, 'No matter how many times Chorus Niagara sings Handel's jubilant Messiah we never tire of finding new discoveries of hidden joy behind the notes in this perennially popular Christmastime concert experience and sharing this with our Niagara audience.'

Looking forward to the holiday hoopla, or not? It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends, though the extra demands can be challenging. To stay positive and enjoy yourself more, put your health at the top of your gift list. 

The City of Welland is asking residents for their opinion on whether or not cannabis retail outlets should be allowed to operate in Welland. Residents will be able to provide their input through an online survey on the city’s public engagement platform, YourChannel, located at  The survey will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2019.

Don’t know what to get someone for Christmas? Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore has the answer! Throughout December you pay $40 and get a $50 ReStore gift certificate or pay $80 and get a $100 ReStore gift certificate!


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