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Ontario aims to assist labour shortages through programs for workers with criminal records

The Ontario government is investing $12 million to support nine innovative projects designed to help up to 2,000 people leaving the justice system or with prior criminal records find meaningful jobs with local businesses. More than one million people in Ontario live with a criminal record, which can decrease the chances of a second interview by 50 per cent and drastically increases the likelihood of long-term poverty.

Led by various organizations across multiple sectors, the programs announced today will prepare jobseekers for well-paying careers in construction, manufacturing, hospitality, food and beverage processing, and other industries.

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Media Release


Welland artists invited to submit preliminary designs and plans for Rec Rentals @ the Docks mural


April 21, 2023

Welland, ON – The City of Welland’s Recreation, Sport, and Culture Division is seeking artists and artist collectives with exterior mural experience to submit preliminary designs and plans of execution for the outdoor painting of the Rec Rentals @ The Docks buildings. Applications are due May 26, 2023.

This project aims to artistically paint the two sea container buildings that house the Rec Rentals program in a theme that all visitors, park, and trail users can enjoy.

“This project is one that we can open up to the talented artistic community we know we have here in Welland,” said Erin Carl, supervisor of festivals and events. “Creating a vibrant canvas on these buildings generates a sense of pride and appreciation in public art and enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors to the area.”

The building’s exterior is corrugated metal with multiple access doors and roll-up garage-style doors.

The project would include an artistic painting on all surfaces of the buildings except for the metal roll-up garage doors. We are looking for a creative theme that celebrates the City of Welland and the connection of the trails, parks and waterway.

In addition, artists and artist collectives should provide pictures of previous outdoor works. One single commission will be awarded for the project.

The budget for the project is $8,000. In their submissions, artists must include costs associated with artist(s) fees, concept plan and expenses, materials (minus final protective coating), and any special materials or tools required to complete the project.

City of Welland Staff within the Community Services Department, with input from Advisory Committees, will review all submissions. The chosen artist(s) will be notified by June 12, 2023.

For more information, including full details on the project, artist expectations, selection criteria, and more, visit www.welland.ca/LicAppPermits.asp.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Erin Carl

Supervisor of Festivals and Events

905-735-1700 x4009


Media Release


Ongoing Fire Department enforcement at 69 Southworth Street nets $12,500 in conviction


April 25, 2023

Welland, ON – Welland Fire and Emergency Services (WFES) has continued dealing with ongoing fire safety issues at 69 Southworth Street, City of Welland.

In January 2022, Fire Prevention Officers (FPOs) discovered that a retail/commercial building had unlawfully converted the commercial spaces into residential apartments. This occurred without obtaining building permits and completing the necessary compensating construction to make the units fire-safe. The units were also discovered without the proper working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Accordingly, the FPOs issued an inspection order pursuant to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA), ordering the property owner to cease using these units as apartments and obtain the necessary permits to lawfully and safely create these apartments. The inspection order provided a compliance date for the property owner to complete these instructions.

Following the compliance date on the order, the FPOs attended the property in September 2022 to inspect to verify compliance with the order. During the inspection, it was discovered the order needed to be complied with. As a result, the FPOs initiated a prosecution pursuant to the FPPA for failing to comply with an inspection order. On April 13, 2023, the property owner was convicted and fined $12,500, including court costs and fine victim surcharge in Provincial Offences Court. This fine is in addition to a conviction and fine of $5,000 registered against the property owner in August 2022 related to the Fire Code offences of missing or disabled smoke and carbon monoxide alarms discovered at the property during the initial inspection.

WFES is in consultation with the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal (OFM) regarding the next steps to be taken at this property.

WFES would like to remind residents that compliance with the Fire Code is always mandatory. If a property owner or occupant receives an inspection order, it is mandatory to comply with the order before the compliance date. WFES wants to remind residents, particularly landlords, that Fire Code deficiencies will not be tolerated.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Adam Eckhart

Fire Chief/CEMC

905-735-1700 x2400


New permanent Niagara Region Medical Officer of Health appointed

Niagara Regional Council, as Niagara’s Board of Health, has announced the appointment of Dr. Azim Kasmani as permanent Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner of Public Health and Emergency Services for Niagara Region.

Dr. Kasmani joined the Region as Associate Medical Officer of Health in August of 2021.

Regional Council has conveyed its sincere gratitude to Dr. M. Mustafa Hirji, recognizing and thanking him for the many contributions he’s made throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Hirji has led Public Health and Emergency Services as Acting Medical Officer of Health since 2018, and upon the appointment of the permanent Medical Officer of Health, will resume his permanent role as Associate Medical Officer of Health.

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Canada Post introduces carbon-neutral shipping at no additional fee

Canadians are now using carbon-neutral shipping when they send parcels by Canada Post’s ground services within Canada. All Domestic Regular Parcel and Expedited Parcel ground shipments, as well as Canada Post’s flat rate boxes, are now shipped as carbon-neutral.

For every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions generated by these domestic ground delivery services, Canada Post makes them carbon-neutral by removing one tonne from the atmosphere through the purchase of high-quality, accredited carbon offsets.

Using Canada Post’s “Find a rate” tool, small businesses and consumers can also see the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their deliveries and choose shipping options that best meet their needs and preferences. There is no additional fee for carbon-neutral shipping.

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