Voting in the 2018 Municipal Election

On July 1st, citizens across Canada celebrated the 151st anniversary of Confederation. There is so much that makes us each different, and on Canada Day we are reminded of what unites us – a common bond as citizens in a democracy. Part of this bond means that we each have the right to exercise our vote for who we want making decisions at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government.

This fall, on October 22, 2018, residents of Niagara will be able to cast their vote for the next municipal government.

The Voter Turnout Indicator in the Community Belonging Sector of the triennial Living in Niagara quality of life report indicates that during the last municipal election in 2014, an average of 41.3% of eligible voters across the region cast their vote. This is slightly lower than the average voter turnout in 2010 (41.9%) (Living in Niagara report-2017).

Municipal governments directly impact the vitality and vibrancy of local communities by overseeing policies, programs and services in areas such as libraries, parks, community water systems, local police, and transportation. Information about these activities is shared by municipalities in many formats, including through Open Data. People are empowered to participate more fully in the community, economy, and political process when they engage with this data and information. These and other Open Data concepts will be explored at the Canadian Open Data Summit being hosted in Niagara on November 7 to 9, 2018 (www.opendatasummit.ca).

By voting in a municipal election you are having a direct impact on the day-to-day life of your community.

As you reflect this week on Canada Day celebrations and what it means to be a citizen in this country, we encourage you to look forward and consider how you can help shape your community by casting your vote on October 22nd. To find out if you are on the voter list, visit https://www.voterlookup.ca/home.aspx

The Niagara Connects Team
ed@niagaraconnects.ca

Note to reader: This blog was originally posted on July 5th and has been updated to reflect changes to the Municipal Election that were projected as of July 27th.

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Sep
19
Wed
United Way Inaugural Campaign Kickoff @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
Sep 19 @ 7:30 am

United Way Niagara invites you to attend their Inaugural Campaign Kickoff event presented by Enbridge.

Tables of 8 (or 10 by request) are available. Buffet breakfast is $20.

The three United Ways in Niagara are set to amalgamate in August 2018 and are currently operating as one entity. In the interim, United Way of St. Catharines & District is overseeing registration of this special event. Please RSVP by phone or email (contact information above).

This event is hosted by United Way Niagara.

Suicide Risk Assessment and Addiction @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by Holly Raymond, MSW, RSW, Clinical Director, Addiction and Mental Health Service

This presentation will review addiction specific risk factors and a focus on specific clinical modalities that can be used in working with clients who are suicidal.

Attend one of the following sessions in-person or remotely:

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Business of Ageing Niagara Network September Event @ Niagara College
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Business of Ageing Niagara Network (BANN), launched by AGEWORKS™ in conjunction with Niagara College, is a membership-based networking group for individuals who are interested in learning more about issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and targeting older adults.

Speaker: Dr. Amy D’Aprix, MSW, PhD, CPCA and International Life Transition Expert

Topic: Helping your clients manage difficult life transitions

What practical guidance and tools can we use to help clients in times of change? How do we help clients become proactive planners to better stay in control of their lives? How do we enhance our relationships with clients and their families at these times?

Meetings will be held quarterly at Niagara College, Welland Campus on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 -7:30pm. Each meeting will have a relevant speaker/presentation topic for 30-45 minute, then 1.5-hour networking session. Refreshments will be served at each meeting.

BANN will connect businesses, industry leaders and subject matter experts by providing a platform for collaboration, professional development and resource sharing relating to issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and the longevity economy. The network offers a forum to come together to discuss business opportunities and to share information and ideas about diversifying their markets and expanding focus to benefit older consumers and leverage age inclusiveness.

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.

Fall Mental Health Workshops: Coping Skills for Caregivers @ St. Catharines & Niagara Falls
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location to be announced at time of registration.

St. Catharines 12 weeks beginning September 19th from 7 – 9 PM.

Niagara Falls 8 weeks beginning September 11th from 7 – 9 PM.

This workshop is hosted by Family Support Niagara.

The Grimsby House That Paint Built @ St. Andrew's Parish Hall
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm

Grimsby Historical Society Talk and Pie Social

The Grimsby House That Paint Built Wayne Mullins – Grimsby Historical Archives

69 Main Street East in Grimsby is a house with a history. Commissioned by American owners, the house was built in a California design in the early 1920’s. In the 1930’s the second family to own the house, who were also American, became the owners of the Grimsby Brick and Tile Works. The house, designed by an eminent architect, appears to have other mysteries. Why was it built in Grimsby? Why the design? And what was the source of the American money?

This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.

Sep
20
Thu
Grantham Lioness Alzheimer Coffee Break @ Grantham Lions Club
Sep 20 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Join the Grantham Lioness Club for homemade assorted coffee cakes and desserts.

Funds raised will stay in Niagara to help with programs and services of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

This event is hosted by the Grantham Lioness Club.

Addressing the Pull of the Gang: Engaging Hard to Reach Youth @ Online
Sep 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In the first of his two part Youth Justice Mini-Series, Nick Brown will provide practical program examples of how to engage with youth who are currently involved in, or nearly involved with, gang activity, speaking from personal and professional experience.

Based on his recent experience with programs targeting youth involved with gangs in a Southwestern Ontario city, Mr. Brown will discuss the importance of asset mapping, establishing boundaries, ‘meeting people where they are at’, and being able to identify and act on the ‘recipe for the birth of a gang’. This webinar sets the groundwork for the next in the series “Mediation and Conflict Resolution”.

This webinar is hosted by Umind.

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