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April 27, 2020


Massive Exoskeletons Hold Up History

Among the first steps in preserving the heritage properties is enveloping the buildings or their facades with a sturdy structure so they don’t topple or collapse into the construction pit. Read more here:


October 8, 2019


St. Catharines Council Denies CIP Tax Incentives to Luxury Condo

The Community Improvement Program was denied because the majority of councillors felt the funds could be put to better use rather than subsidizing luxury condos.  There has been some controversy around the awarding of grants through this program.  Read more here:

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March 22, 2019

City of St. Catharines CIP (Community Improvement Plan) Under Fire 

The CIP offers four municipal financial incentive programs to the private sector to stimulate new investment in community renewal. The financial incentive programs are intended to offset a portion of costs incurred by property owners in undertaking redevelopment projects, brownfield remediation projects, facade improvement projects, and residential/office conversion projects. There has been some controversy around the awarding of grants through this program. Read about it here:


April 4, 2019

Historic Rodman Hall Under Threat?

Rodman Hall, one of the prime architectural heritage buildings in Niagara could be sold by Brock University. In 2003 a community group transferred Rodman Hall and its art collection to the university for $2, with the agreement that they could not sell it for 20 years. But that could all change. More info here:


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April 8, 2019

Rapacious Development is Erasing Toronto’s History

"This isn’t about pining for a distance past. Cities change over the decades, adapt, continue to thrive. But we’re bludgeoning our collective history." More info here:


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April 15, 2019

City Needs Your Input on Tree Bylaw

The City of St Catharines is holding three public meetings to get input on a proposed tree bylaw that would protect trees on private property. Many cities in Ontario have instituted such bylaws and St Catharines is in need of one. More info here:

June 15, 2019

Giving the Wealthy a Better View

New York City's skyline is changing dramatically. There is a similar concern here in Port Dalhousie, albeit on a much smaller scale. Read the article here:

May 2, 2019

City Council Approves Controversial Condo Development

The City of St Catharines gave the go ahead for the six-story condo despite a 600 signature petition and a 2-1/2 hour meeting. More info here:

October 1st, 2019

DFO Says Piers High Enough

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans notified the St Catharines City Council that the new piers configuration is high enough. The engineers have designed it for both future high and low water levels:

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