A cold walk for the hungry, hurting and homeless



Open Arms Mission will host its second annual Coldest Night of the Year walk at the end of the month.

The walk held across Canada is hosted by and to benefit a local community-based charity.

“Coldest Night of the Year is a wonderful walk that is nationwide and it is to address the hungry, the hurting and the homeless across Canada,” said Jeff Aitken, pastor and mission centre manager.

The walk will feature two-, five- and 10-kilometre-long courses. Aitken said the best part of the walk — on top of raising much needed money — is that people walk alongside the clients of Open Arms Mission.

“It’s also a place where they can actually rub elbows, understand their needs, understand what it’s like,” Aitken said. “It helps people to instead of having sympathy to now have a sense of empathy.

“It goes from a ‘me’ and ‘them’ to a ‘we.’”

The walk takes place Saturday, Feb. 20, and will start and finish at Welland Community Wellness Complex on Lincoln Street. Registration starts at 4 p.m., there will be an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. and the walk will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Aitken said people can register online, at Open Arms Mission or on the day of the event.

“Last year’s numbers just shocked me and this year I think we’re going to have that again,” he said of a high turnout.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.coldestnightoftheyear.org/location/welland.


Source: Welland Tribune


Domenic’s is Back…On 20

He’s on a mission to change his restaurant’s image – from diner to fine-dining.

Domenic Chirico, owner of Domenic’s On 20, said he wants the public to let go of the family’s old restaurants, Domenic’s Diner, which had one location in Fonthill and one in Wainfleet.

“As you can see it’s not a diner and also we want to do dinners, big time,” Chirico said. “You’ve got a beautiful bar, you’ve got a dining area, we have a patio for summer time.”

Chirico purchased the property located on Highway 20 in Fonthill and opened the restaurant about a year and a half ago.

He said his daughter’s restaurant – Domenic’s Diner – which used to be located in the area but was destroyed by fire two and a half years ago had an established customer-base that the new restaurant has been able to attract.

The establishment is packed for breakfast and lunch, but the 77-year-old chef said he hopes they will really start attracting a dinner crowd.

“We want to tell the world, ‘Hey don’t forget, we don’t only cook bacon and eggs.’ We do have nice dinners and they’re very economical. We’re not a high-priced house, we’re pretty moderate that way.”

Chirico has been in the business for 63 years, and as a certified master chef continues to man the kitchen and Domenic’s.

The focus of Domenic’s is that the food is made-to-order, fresh and local.

“We pride ourselves that everything is made fresh – it’s not a boxed food place, or a deep-fryer,” he said. “Any chance we get it’s 100 per cent local if we can, like our eggs, our potatoes, big item things… it’s all from the farm, we don’t buy it from California.”

Chirico said the family is in the process of selling the Wainfleet diner to focus all of their time and energy into the Fonthill restaurant. Both Chirico’s wife and daughter help run Domenic’s On 20.

“We’re just a little family trying to make ends meet.”

Domenic’s On 20 is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. except on Sundays and Mondays when the restaurant closes early at 3 p.m.

Source: BIZ BUZZ: Domenic’s On 20

Welland recognized as a great place to grow

Welland is Open for Business

Profitguide’s search for places in Canada that were business-friendly with fast-moving development processes and little regulatory regime led them to Welland. It’s a recognition for which the cities staff and economic team can be proud of,  as it is a designation that would not have been possible a decade ago.

For many years, news surrounding industry growth in Welland spoke instead to the decline of the manufacturing industry. But a reinvented and aggressive economic strategy, hinged on marketing the city as an attractive place to do business, has moved Welland into a position for growth on a national investment level.


Advantages beyond City Hall

The cities advantages extend well beyond the processes at city hall. As a provincially designated place to grow, business choosing to build in Welland have the ability to receive tax and development charges relief through theNiagara Gateway Economic Zone and Centre Community Improvement Plan. Further incentive programs are offered in strategic locations throughout Welland, including specific industrial parks. Welland’s location, skilled workforce and burgeoning industry opportunities are all additional industry advantages.

Industrial real estate Welland

News of new development and expansion in Welland’s key industries is starting to become a regular occurrence. With businesses including Northern Gold Foods, Bertie and Clinton Mutual Insurance, Atlantic Biodiesel (possible expansion) and Trivium Industries purchasing and developing real estate. Welland’s industrial centres likeEnterprise Industrial Park offer appealing developable land with excellent transportation access and financial incentives.  Click here to view available industrial and commercial real estate within the city. 


Source article here: http://gregchew.hs-sites.com/blog/growing-industry-in-niagara-welland-nationally-recongized

Notre Dame students clean Welland Canal


Notre Dame students participated in a canal cleanup along the Welland Canal on Thursday as part of the EcoSchools club. Grade 11 student Dena Atallah puts a piece of garbage in a garbage bag while Grade 12b student Destiny Lacasse watches on Thursday November 5, 2015 in Welland, Ont. Michelle Allenberg/Welland Tribune

Full article: http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2015/11/05/notre-dame-students-clean-up-the-welland-canal

Welland named Top Business-Friendly Place in Canada

From PROFIT Magazine:

There’s no barrier to doing business more formidable than government. Red tape and high taxes can snarl up your operations, slow down your innovation, and even stop you from getting started in the first place.

So when you’re choosing a location for a new outlet, office or venture, it’s important to find a place with an administration and community that tries to help—not hinder—companies like yours. You want a tax and regulatory regime that enables your growth instead of stifling it, a bureaucracy that won’t stop your planned capital projects in their tracks.

Help is at hand. For the first annual study of Canada’s Best Places for Business, we surveyed 50 of the country’s largest municipalities to find the ones with burgeoning markets, the lowest costs and the most amenable tax and regulatory regimes. Looking for a municipality that’s open for business? Here are the Canada’s Top 10 Most Business-Friendly Places for 2015: