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Mayor Chris Friel is urg­ing res­i­dents to give what they can to sup­port all those whose lives have been torn apart by hur­ri­canes Har­vey and Irma.

“You can’t help but watch and won­der what if that was our city,” Friel said this week. “You don’t have to give a lot be­cause ev­ery bit helps.

“There are a num­ber of or­ga­ni­za­tions who are pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance but I’m sug­gest­ing the Red Cross. There are other or­ga­ni­za­tions but if you want to give this is a good place to start.”

To help, con­tact the Brant­ford branch of the Cana­dian Red Cross at 519-753-4189.

Res­i­dents have an op­por­tu­nity to have their say about the city’s 2018 bud­get.

City of­fi­cials are hold­ing a town hall meet­ing at the civic cen­tre au­di­to­rium at 69 Mar­ket St. on Sept. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The meet­ing is a chance for peo­ple to ask ques­tions about the 2018 bud­get, as well as pro­vide in­put to city of­fi­cials.

City coun­cil­lors have ap­proved plans to spend $15,000 on a noise study in an area of Col­borne Street West, near Oakhill Drive.

Coun­cil­lors voted in favour of the pro­posal at a com­mit­tee meet­ing Tues­day. Fi­nal ap­proval is ex­pected at an up­com­ing meet­ing of coun­cil.

Area res­i­dents have raised con­cerns about noise, pol­lu­tion and pri­vacy.

Coun­cil­lors have voted in favour of re­peal­ing some park­ing pro­hi­bi­tions on a sec­tion of Har­ris Av­enue from West Street to Henry Street.

The de­ci­sion is ex­pected to come be­fore coun­cil for fi­nal ap­proval later this month. Ward 4 Coun. Richard Car­pen­ter asked coun­cil to re­peal a park­ing pro­hi­bi­tion from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. on a sec­tion of the north side of Har­ris.

City coun­cil is call­ing on the fed­eral govern­ment to give up on plans to pri­va­tize Cana­dian air­ports.

In­stead of push­ing for prof­i­to­ri­ented pri­vate air­ports, the govern­ment should clear the way for much needed im­prove­ments to air­port gov­er­nance and fi­nanc­ing, a res­o­lu­tion passed by coun­cil­lors at a Tues­day com­mit­tee meet­ing says.

The res­o­lu­tion was in­tro­duced by Ward 3 Coun. Greg Martin.

Air travel is es­sen­tial to con­nect­ing fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, Martin said Tues­day.

The in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in pri­va­ti­za­tion has of­ten re­sulted in higher fees and re­duced ser­vices for trav­ellers as pri­vate com­pa­nies seek to max­i­mize their re­turn on their in­vest­ment. That, said Martin, would have an im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties of all sizes by mak­ing air travel more ex­pen­sive and re­duced ser­vice.

Martin noted, in his res­o­lu­tion, that the di­vesti­ture of air­ports to lo­cal not-for-profit author­i­ties in 1994 led to mas­sive user-fi­nanced in­vest­ments in air­port in­fra­struc­ture giv­ing Canada a net­work of world-class air­ports.

City coun­cil­lors have agreed to spend up to $430,000 to cre­ate a new habi­tat for the east­ern mead­owlark.

The de­ci­sion al­lows the city to move for­ward with an es­ti­mated $6.5 mil­lion in im­prove­ments to the High­way 403-Oak Park Road in­ter­change.

An area near the in­ter­change is home to the song­bird, a threat­ened species.

Cre­at­ing a new habi­tat for the bird is a re­quire­ment for in­ter­change project.

The new habi­tat will be on two parcels of land – one in Brant Park Con­ser­va­tion Area and one on the north side of Beck­ett Lane, east of Erie Av­enue.

The new habi­tats will be cre­ated and main­tained by the Grand River Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity. Work on the in­ter­change is ex­pected to be­gin next May and be fin­ished by Novem­ber. The body pulled from Long Point Bay this week has been iden­ti­fied as that of a 53-year-old Nor­folk County man. Peter John Jes­sop ap­par­ently went kayak­ing last week­end when he fell from his craft and was un­able to get back in. A boater found Jes­sop’s body near Pottahawk Point Mon­day af­ter­noon. “We’re look­ing for an or­ange kayak,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesper­son for the Nor­folk OPP, said Wed­nes­day. “It looks like he wasn’t wear­ing any life-sav­ing equip­ment at all.” Jes­sop’s death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious. Po­lice said that they sus­pect Jes­sop had been in the wa­ter for three or four days. He was not the sub­ject of a miss­ing per­son’s re­port to author­i­ties at the time he was lo­cated. Sanchuk said that Jes­sop’s death is a re­minder of the im­por­tance of life-jack­ets and other safety equip­ment when on the wa­ter. “Once you are in the wa­ter, it’s too late to put it on,” Sanchuk said. “I like to think that Mr. Jes­sop would still be alive had he been wear­ing a life jacket.” Jes­sop has been seen on the lake on oc­ca­sion in an or­ange kayak, said Sanchuk. If any­one finds a craft match­ing this de­scrip­tion on Long Point Bay, they are asked to bring it to the at­ten­tion of the Nor­folk OPP. The lo­cal de­tach­ment can be reached by call­ing 1-888-310-1122.

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