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May 19, 2017

No Allen keys were required Thursday as Ikea employees set to work on building a greener future for Niagara. About 10 employees from the St. Catharines Pick Up and Order Point store gathered in Burgoyne Woods, along with staff from the City of St. Catharines and representatives from Trees Canada, to plant 65 white pine trees.

“What (Ikea’s) doing is not just giving back to the community today, but for generations to come,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik, who was on hand to thank the volunteers, along with councillors Mike Britton and Sal Sorrento.

March 23, 2017

The resolution was proposed by local councilor Mike Britton and asks the Ontario casino regulator to terminate the existing procedure to select the future operator of the Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort before re-issuing its request for pre-qualification proposals with input from local stakeholders.

“It’s unfortunate the local stakeholders weren’t consulted but that probably would have slid if the plan turned out to be good,” Britton told the newspaper. “The problem was it was not. I don’t believe that’s right, that the only goal for this new modernization is to get revenues to the province. Frankly, they should be worried about job creation in Niagara as we all are.”

March 22, 2017

Councillors unanimously backed a motion by St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton calling on the province to halt its current process for selecting the next operator of the two Niagara Falls casinos.

Local politicians, chambers of commerce and unions are concerned if the process goes ahead as is, the casinos could lose up to 1,400 jobs.

March 12, 2017

The first St. Catharines Youth Forum is being held this month for 150 high school and post-secondary students and young people under age 25.

Key speakers are students and young professionals and entrepreneurs who will touch on four themes of mental wellness, entrepreneurship, social justice and volunteerism.

Councillor Mike Britton - the youngest Councillor elected in St Catharines' history - will be speaking on the importance of Civic Engagement.

February 13, 2017

Unused garden beds behind the historic city-owned Buchanan House will bloom again as teaching gardens. City council voted unanimously Monday to allow Links for Greener Learning to use the beds at 360 Niagara St. during this year’s growing season.

 

“This is an example of a community organization stepping up to do well for our city,” said St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton, who made the motion. Britton added it won’t cost taxpayers of St. Catharines and yet it will benefit them greatly.

December 20, 2016

While Christmas was right around the corner, all thoughts were on Victoria Day long weekend in Lakeside Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Enhancements to Lakeside Park, totalling $2.47 million, include improved accessibility, a new pavilion, band shell and playground, as well as renovations to the washrooms and concession stand, and upgrades to electrical and lighting systems.

September 13, 2016

There are a number of groups within the city who own community centres and “do great work with them,” providing meeting spaces and cultural services, said St. George’s ward Coun. Mike Britton, who proposed the rebate alongside St. Patrick’s ward Coun. Mat Siscoe.

But with ownership of those properties often comes heavy tax burdens, which not all groups are able to sustain. As a result, many of the local ethno-cultural organizations are “now struggling in sustaining those good works and programs they do to keep their heritage alive in our city,” he said.

June 14, 2016

The motion, passed unanimously on Monday, directs letters to be sent to key provincial officials and others asking that all children on the waiting lists receive IBI based on need not age. Britton’s motion also seeks this be done in a “direct funding offering” model where parents receive funding directly in order to purchase services.

“We are proud councillors unanimously passed the resolution,” Masonovich commented to The Standard afterward. “Recognizing the crisis local families face due to a child’s age, is admirable and no small gesture.”

June 02, 2016

The motion by St. George's Coun. Mike Britton said it’s estimated more than 2,000 people die every year from diseases caused by asbestos exposure, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Britton said he learned Canada hasn’t banned the importation of asbestos during the National Day of Mourning ceremony under the Garden City Skyway where Guay was telling her story. “I thought at that point it was just a given. I was shocked to learn it wasn’t,” he said.

October 16, 2015

Coun. Mike Britton was the first to be booked; his crime was conspiring to run the city.

This firmly tongue-in-cheek scenario played out in several locations through St. Catharines, Thorold and Niagara-on-the-Lake and all for a good cause – raising money to help match children waiting for a caring mentor through the agency's in-school mentoring program.

August 26, 2015

Coun. Mike Britton says council’s efforts, starting with the flag raising just before council, to its commitment to review the code of conduct, sets an example.

“It sends a strong message to the community that we not only support inclusivity in this community, but we also promote diversity,” Britton said.

Inspired by a speech by Ted Mouradian and a statement by Regional Chair Alan Caslin delivered July 23 about treating all individuals equally, Britton said he felt it would be proactive to do the same at city council.

August 24, 2015

City council also reaffirmed the principle that all people are entitled to be treated equally with dignity and respect Monday. And it voted to review its own city council code of conduct to ensure it has enforcement tools.

 

“It really shows unanimous support for the LGBTQ community and diversity in our community,” said St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton, who brought forward the code of conduct motions. “We’re not just supporting, we’re embracing diversity.”

June 12, 2015

On Friday, Mayor Walter Sendzik, joined by staff and Councillor Mike Britton, were at the Habitat for Humanity Niagara build site on Tasker Street, where the organization is constructing a semi-detached home for two deserving families.

For Britton, the opportunity was not a new one. The St. George's ward councillor first volunteered with the organization while on spring break from his studies at Western University when he took a bus to New Orleans to build homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

May 07, 2015

St. Catharines City Councillor Mike Britton was on hand to celebrate the kickoff, but he will also be volunteering on a couple of the build days for the new home. He’s no stranger to the work Habitat does – he’s volunteered for the organization in New Orleans — but he’s looking forward to his first Niagara build.

“The work they do is fantastic, and it’s great to be able to contribute in our community,” said Britton. “The work Habitat has done, along with projects like the Stokes building, has really helped change this neighbourhood for the better.”

April 14, 2015

City council unanimously voted against relocating gaggles of geese Monday night as was planned by staff in the parks, recreation and culture services department. Instead, money that was to be used for relocation efforts will be spent on more habitat modifications, after a motion by Coun. Mike Britton.

"We did, as a council, get a flurry of emails against relocation from a humanity point of view," Britton said after the meeting.

He said he also looked at it from the point of view of effectiveness and read on the Environment Canada site, which runs Canada Wildlife Service, that relocation is not as successful as habitat modificaiton. "We need a long-term solution," Britton said. "We need to be more proactive."

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