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Minister asks legislative committee to review Niagara government

A review of Niagara’s government structure could be headed to an Ontario legislative committee instead of placed in a facilitator’s hands.

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Paul Calandra announced Wednesday he has requested the standing committee on heritage, infrastructure and cultural policy take over the work originally proposed for facilitators.

The request comes two days after Calandra said he would pause the facilitator process being rolled out by the province to assess it.

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Apple users warned to update their devices after University of Toronto researchers expose spyware

Last week, University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab discovered a vulnerability in iPhone devices being “actively exploited” to deliver NSO Group’s Pegasus mercenary spyware, without any interaction from the victim.

Citizen Lab said it made the discovery while checking the device of an individual employed by a Washington DC-based civil society organization with international offices. 

The “zero-click” exploit chain, which Citizen Lab refers to as BLASTPASS, was capable of compromising iPhones running the latest version of iOS (16.6) and involved PassKit attachments containing malicious images sent from an attacker iMessage account to the victim.

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The following fixtures will remain dark on Bridge 13 until the replacements are installed: 

– Wheel house – upper lighting fixtures on the east side

– West tower – all lighting

– East tower – south pully fixture

Federal government will remove GST on new rental housing builds, senior source says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will announce Thursday that Ottawa is removing the GST on construction of new rental apartment buildings, according to a senior government source.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss matters that were not yet public.

The change would lower the cost of labour and materials for homebuilders, and is one of the components of an affordability announcement Trudeau was set to make in the afternoon, the source said.

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Femmes du Feu Creations is hosting fresh & inventive new contemporary circus works for our fall 2023 season in Welland, ON. All shows will be hosted at The Bank (Art House) on 22 King Street. Please join us for some spectacular works of aerial arts and circus. Show Title: Air Heart⁠ September 29th & 30th, 2023⁠ Time: 7PM⁠ Featuring Artist: Mara Neimanis⁠ of In Flight Theater Synopsis: ⁠ Daring aerial acrobatics are performed atop a 13 foot spinning airplane sculpture by aerial-actor Mara Neimanis as she brings to life the legendary aviatrix, Amelia Earhart, who disappeared trying to fly around the world. Through original script, historical fact, and poetic aerialism, Neimanis invokes Earhart’s mystery and final flight. ⁠ ⁠⁠ OCTOBER: SHOW: Show Title: Twist of Fate⁠ October 20th at 7:30PM October 21st at 2PM Featuring Artists: Angola Murdoch – Performer from Look Up Theatre Mathew Reid – Musician⁠ Synopsis: ⁠ Twist of Fate explores the universal experience of overcoming life’s obstacles presented in a profoundly personal way. It is the true story of our Artistic Director, Angola Murdoch. This performance depicts her diagnosis, surgery, and recovery from scoliosis and how she lives now with a 10-inch metal spine and has been an international professional circus artist for the last 20 years. ⁠ 🎟️ All tickets for all three shows will be purchased at the door, with a suggested donation of $10-$20⁠.

Focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Supporting Indigenous businesses is an essential pathway to healing Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples

In 1867, through the Indian Act, Indigenous inherent economic rights were systematically and expressly stripped. Many Canadians do not know that from 1881 until recently as 2014; the Indian Act contained a permit system to control First Nations’ ability to sell products off the reserves. Nor that until 1951, Indigenous peoples were not considered Indians under the Indian Act if they obtained a post-secondary school degree, which then meant if you were a lawyer or an engineer or a doctor, your Indian status was stripped away. We lost mentors and role models for our youth and the opportunity for intergenerational wealth, which made way to generations of financial struggle and trauma. Therefore, it is important to support an Indigenous economy and why we must work together to ensure all Canadians are dedicated to building respectful economic partnerships.

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The annual WZW is happening on Saturday, October 7th at 6 pm. This family-friendly event is open to all ages, and, we will be encouraging donations of non-perishable food items for The Hope Centre and pet food items for Pets Alive Niagara . Remember, everyone, this isn’t just a fun and creepy event, but all for a good cause: helping out our neighbours!
Everyone participating is asked to dress in their best zombie costume and meet in Downtown Welland. This is a family-friendly event and people of all ages are encouraged to participate or just come out to watch!
Meet at the Welland Farmers Market at 6pm.
The WZW starts after 7, making our way through downtown, and returning to the starting point. We will then be selecting some of the best zombie costumes, and awarding prizes for the best ones, with help from the audience. Prizes generously donated by many local businesses and individuals, in a number of categories.
Our route this year will take us from the Welland Farmers Market to Division Street, crossing at and going up Cross Street, turning onto East Main Street, across Bridge 13, looping back around on to Division Street bridge, following Division Street and retuning to the Welland Farmers Market.
We ask all zombies attending to please follow these guidelines for your safety and everyone’s enjoyment:
*Remain on sidewalks during the walk.
*Please obey all traffic signals and cross at crosswalks.
*No fake weapons.
*No touching spectators or property or vehicles.
And, most of all, have fun!
Let’s make this WZW a fun one for everyone like we all do together every year! Let’s show Welland we care, so please share, and be there! 

Focus on Small Business

How to perform a root cause analysis and corrective action

When running day-to-day operations and having pressure of hitting sales targets, it’s easy to be reactionary rather than proactive when following up on problems with processes. When this happens, often only symptoms are addressed, and shortcuts are taken. Unfortunately, this leads to implemented measures being wrong, or only a temporary fix and a very expensive solution.

The instinctive reaction is to use “brain storming” and a heavy reliance on using job skill and experience, which seldomly identifies potential root causes. Reactionary problem solvers seldomly seek to identify potential changes and distinctions. Rather than addressing the root cause of the problem, they treat the symptoms. As a result, they fall into a detrimental, cyclical pattern where the problem recurs.

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Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
L3B 3X4
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