A whole lot of St. Catharines news in a few days

Wow – a reminder that with school coming back into session, time starts to run out a little easier.

Lots of good news over the last few days:

Seven projects that will remake St. Catharines – a rundown of all the amazing things happening in St. Catharines over the next year – buildings opening, ground-breaking happening – it’s an important time in the city’s history.

Free parking for January as Carlisle St. garage opens – one of those big project, the Carlisle St. parking garage, opened on Monday to pretty positive reviews.  It’s a few months behind schedule, and it’s still not completely finished yet, but it’s there and it’s operational for downtown venturers.  Take a chance to check it out and have a wander down St. Paul St.

Council votes to retain recorded votes – near and dear to my heart (although Marlene Bergsma DID call me the St. Andrew’s Councillor in the article), Council voted to keep recorded votes on deferral motions.  While some may regard this as pretty trifling, I’m glad we kept it in there.  As I said at Council – taking away a recorded vote reduces transparency, and takes away a tool for residents to judge their Councillors by.  I can’t think of any case where that’s a good idea.

Downtown to be wired with surveillance cameras – a good initiative by the NRP, and part of the recommendations from the original Downtown Licensed Establishment Committee.  No one thinks this is the be-all end-all of the situation downtown, but it’s a tool that can be used by police to help prosecute crime.  I haven’t heard any good reason why it shouldn’t be done, but a lot of good reasons why it should.  The best reason, as far as I’m concerned, is that it might help residents fight the impression that downtown is dangerous.  It’s not, and I have plenty of recent experience to back that statement up.

Up to $18.9 million in funding for manufacturers – just a plain old good news story for small and medium businesses in the Region.  Any help is good help when it comes to our manufacturing base.

Lots of news, all of it positive for the city and downtown.  It’s not always like that – so I’ll take it where I can get it.