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Thorold council notebook: Pathstone, Pride crosswalk, Beaverdams expansion

PATHSTONE NIAGARA SEES INCREASE IN DEMAND

Kim Rossi, director of philanthropy and PR at Pathstone Foundation, gave a presentation to council about Pathstone Niagara and their response to youth mental health during the pandemic.

Rossi stated that Pathstone saw program usage increase over 200 per cent in its one-on-one and family programs. The brief services wait-list, which was created after the start of the pandemic, also saw a dramatic increase. Of the 241 children on the list, 12 are from Thorold.

Though Rossi did not ask council for any specific action, she did urge council to continue to support Pathstone in the future in whatever way possible. Pathstone offices have been reopened around the Niagara region for in-person visits since July 5th.

PRIDE CROSSWALK

Thorold resident Anthony Feor attended the meeting as well, to present council with possible locations for a Pride-themed crosswalk in the city. His two suggestions were Paul De Divitiis Sr. Way and Sullivan Avenue or Paul De Divitiis Sr. Way and Clairmont Street, near the Moose and Goose bar.

“The Moose and Goose has been a gracious host for many events for Pride Niagara,” Feor said, citing this as one of his many reasons for choosing the area, as he told council about the importance of “visibility” both of the sidewalk in the area and of the city’s support of the LGBTQ+ community.

All councillors in attendance at the meeting expressed their support to Feor. Council then voted unanimously in favour of having a report brought back to consider other possible locations and funding options with the consultation of Feor.

BEAVERDAMS PARK EXPANSION

Coun. Fred Neale brought forth a motion to have council accept a plot of land, approximately 877 square metres in size, as partial payment for a parkland dedication for the expansion of the Battle of Beaverdams Park at Old Thorold Stone Road and Davis Road. The motion also included the expansion into the capital budget deliberations for the 2022 budget.

The plot is one of the locations of the Battle of Beaver Dams and contains plaques and diagrams explaining what happened during the battle. According to Neale, members of the Indigenous community would be brought in to help with the creation of a new plaque and provide context on the history of Indigenous soldiers who fought in the battle as well.

Council voted in unanimous favour of the motion.

CAA “SLOW DOWN” LAWN SIGNS

After a presentation from Desirée Swance, public relations specialist for CAA Niagara, regarding the association’s road-safety lawn-sign initiative at the last council meeting, councillors showed support but voted for Swance to attend the city’s active transportation meeting for further input before making a final decision.

As a result, at the July 20 meeting, Thorold council reviewed a recommendation from the Thorold Active Transportation Advisory to participate in the CAA’s initiative and voted in unanimous favour of doing so.

“I look forward to seeing that initiative and the signs out around our community,” said Mayor Terry Ugulini, after council’s vote.
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