Seniors Campuses…. Why didn’t we do this before?

With improvements in health and life expectancy, more of us are living into old age, and for longer than ever before. This will take on even greater significance over the next two decades as the number of Canadians aged 65 years and older is expected nearly to double. Indeed, 2015 is the first year Canadians aged 65 and over outnumbered those who are younger than 15 years of age. And by 2035 there will be more than 10 million older adults living in Canada, who will also account for roughly one-quarter of Canada’s population, up from 16 percent in 2015.

What are the consequences for how we organize our communities and local services to allow individuals to remain engaged and active members in our communities for as long as possible? (Institute for research on public policy, "Designing a National Seniors Strategy for Canada).

Good Question. At this year’s Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference I attended a seminar on "Building a Seniors Campus – A sustainable model to support positive aging and strengthen our communities". The County of Simcoe held this seminar and provided examples of two Senior Campus’s within their Municipalities: SimcoeVillage and Georgian Village

It piqued my interest because I am aware that The Region of Niagara is in the process of planning to redevelop two of its long term care facilities "Linhaven" in St. Catharines, and Gilmore Lodge in Fort Erie into Seniors Campus. The goal is to create mini communities if you will that will support people right from the downsizing stage of life right through to the end of life.

These campuses are very much in the planning stage now but some of the potential facilities on the sites could be: Palliative Care facilities, Alzheimer Care, Long Term Care, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Affordable Housing etc. ..Great idea. The goal is also to design spaces that attract private investment in the form of value added commercial uses. Coffee shops, hair salons, clothing shops, medical offices, drug stores… In other words the Region is proposing to develop complete communities for seniors.

The following services are services that could be available to seniors living independently within the campus: nursing and personal care, medication management, attendant care, meals, housecleaning, laundry, and transportation, physiotherapy, occupational and recreational therapy, dental, pharmacy, audiology.

These communities make sense not only because they support the Region’s ability to coordinate and customize care on an individual basis according to changing needs but also because the comprehensive nature of the campuses allows for seamless transitions as people’s needs change.

I was fortunate to be able to keep my mother close by after my father passed away – But it was tough at times. Finding appropriate support, and appropriate housing. That’s another blog post for another time.

Keep your eye out for more on this. Innovative thinking and change that can’t come fast enough.

Dianne Rintjema


Lincoln Action Park

I went to the Design Workshop that Town of Lincoln Community Services staff put on today led by the consultant, Canada Ramp Company.

I was impressed with not only the number of Action Parks (skateboards, bike pump tracks etc) that they have designed throughout North America but also the variety of layouts, design features, and materials, the number of activities that people use these parks for, and the large range of ages enjoying them. These parks are great for getting people out exercising!

After the presentation the attendees broke out into four groups and cut out symbols representing components and design features from images that the consultants provided and pasted them on to a site plan grid. Afterward each group got to present their idea of what they would like to see in the Action Park.

Have a look at their website or Facebook page. or and keep your eye on the newspaper and website and social media for further information and some preliminary designs.

Very exciting!

Dianne Rintjema

Town of Lincoln Budget Process

As you may be aware, at Lincoln we discuss budget year-round.

We start the budget process at the end of May (The first meeting to discuss the 2019 Budget will be May 16th 2018) and in regular years we have the budget ratified by early December. This allows us to plan comprehensively and keep top of mind all objectives and priorities that we are considering throughout the year thereby ensuring that they are in the budget planning process.

(Note that during an election year certain decision making powers are restricted under The Municipal Act changing the budget schedule – We still have the budget finalized by mid-February – see below)

By ensuring that our budget is finalized in December of the prior year (as opposed to some Municipalities that wait until the new year to start the budget process for that year) – we get our project tenders out right off the hop in January and typically we get very good pricing as a result.

These are all public meetings. Council has been focusing on trying to enhance public participation in the budget process by holding more frequent public information sessions, posting on-line surveys, and focus groups.

Keep your eye out for notices in the local paper, on-line, and through social media through our communications department and feel free to send comments/questions directly to me and/or Councillor Rob Foster at:


  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (CBP-COW) Budget Overview
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Launch of Public Outreach Survey , Public outreach ongoing throughout year – focus groups, Board/Agency outreach
  • Wednesday July 18, 2018 (CBP-COW) Budget Engagement Update 2017 Year in Review
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018 Introduction of the Budget Process
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10 Year Capital Plan Friday
  • December 7, 2018 Budget distributed to Council
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 First Council Business Planning COW meeting to review Capital Budget
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Second Council Business Planning COW meeting to review Capital Budget
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 First Council Business Planning COW meeting to review Operating Budget
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Second Council Business Planning COW meeting to review Operating Budget
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Council Business Planning COW meeting final review of 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets, including formal public meeting Monday, February 18, 2019 : Regular Council meeting for final adoption of 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets

Konkle Creek Public Information Session Summary

See the following link for a sum-up of the Public Information Session that staff held in September:

Dianne Rintjema
Ward 1 Councillor, Town of Lincoln
Tel: (905) 246-5335


Successful Grant Application for Konkle Creek

The Town of Lincoln has been successful in our CWWF application for the Konkle Creek Project. We will be receiving funding of approximately $600k.

The exact amounts are $397,306 from the federal government and $198,653 from the provincial government.

This is fantastic news that will enable us to get moving on Phase#1 of the Konkle Creek rehabilitation (the area lying between Lincoln Square and Greenlane). Think: walking trails.

Dianne Rintjema

Ward One Meeting…. January 24/17

Good Afternoon Everyone;

Thank You for your attendance at our last Ward Meeting……

Please join Councillors Rob Foster and Dianne Rintjema:


This gathering will have a casual atmosphere…….We want to hear your concerns and opinions regarding issues in Ward One, and your opinions regarding priorities for Ward One.

***If you are not able to attend… Please feel free to email us at drintjema and rfoster with topics of interest.

***Please share this information with anyone you feel may be interested.

Konkle Creek Reconstruction Update

Many of you have read about the on going plans to reconstruct the section of Konkle Creek that lies between Meadowood Park and Greenlane Road- The area has been fenced off for about six years now as the erosion and flooding that occurs there was determined to be a hazard for pedestrians.

The required Environmental Assessment process has been completed, the preferred design option chosen, land purchased along the West side of the creek, the detailed design completed (proposing to complete the work in two phases)… but the project has been pushed back several times for lack of external funding.  The estimated cost is over two million dollars. In the meantime staff monitors the erosion and is prepared to do spot fixes as necessary.

The Creek is important for several reasons – It provides storm water control and drainage for a significant portion of Beamsville lying to the south of Lincoln Square – but is also included in the vision for The Town’s Active Transportation initiative and the Trail and Bikeway Master Plan with a walking trail planned to run through either on the East side, or a combination of the East and West side with a small bridge.

This is an update with significant enthusiasm attached as The Town has applied for the following funding and is very hopeful that it will be successful so that Phase One of the project can commence in 2017:

  • Clean Water and Wasterwater Fund (CCWF) Phase 1
    to support all municipal governments and their respective water, wastewater or storm
    water projects. Federal ($570 million) and provincial ($270 million) funding is a total of
    $840 million with municipal contributions of $1.1 billion reflecting a 50-25-25
    contribution.  Funding will be provided on a formula based system with a base
    component of $50,000 federal and $25,000 provincial. In other words, a minimum of
    $75,000 is guaranteed. Deadline for submission is October 31, 2016. 
    The subject funding is supposed to give municipalities the ability
    to move ahead with a project that they “otherwise would not have done without the
    funding help” and something that is beyond the next budget year (i.e. 2017). Based on
    this criteria and the conversations with Federal representatives, Konkle Creek (Phase 1) which is
    planned for 2018 and has a preliminary cost estimate is $1.4 million has been submitted.

Re-Imagining Prudhommes

This morning I attended the session that marks the beginning of the public processes in the update of the Town of Lincoln Secondary Plan for the very impressive Prudhommes Waterfront Property that recently changed hands and is slated for development.

A very interesting discussion…. A very interesting presentation.
Let me see if I can capture some of the messages from the consulting group:

  • Think Big – How do you develop a gem waterfront property? You connect the dots… Take what you already have and bring it all together. Find ways to Connect the development to nearby Jordan Village, Balls Falls, Vineland, The Beacon Property, Charles Daley Park and you retain the authenticity of your community.
  • Make the necessary investments now to create the big, connected vision – Bigger vision creates business and employment.
  • Not just condos…. The possibilities are endless… residential, commercial, recreational, educational… There are three kilometres of waterfront in that 55 acre parcel..Think of places like Collingwood, Muskoka, Port Credit….
  • We have everything we need to make this “A centrepiece of a remarkable tourism and recreation experience” that is so “much more than the sum of it’s parts”
  • Walking and cycling trails, connecting the harbour to the Lake, renovation of the beautiful old stone trestle…
  • Toronto is talking about Ferry Service connecting places like Toronto Island, Mississauga, Ontario Place… Why not Niagara?

At this point all ideas only…

Will there be challenges? Yes… But the interest is strong. There were people in attendance today from The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, The Chamber of Commerce, The Twenty Valley Tourism Association, FBH Group (The developers) other Local Developers and Business People, Niagara Connects, The Niagara Region, The Town of Lincoln Council, Mayor and Staff, The Media, and abutting land owners and more….

Mayor Sandra Easton and Council and our CAO Mike Kirkopoulos recognize the incredible potential for this property and are aware that public involvement is key in the implementation of the complex planning and building process. We will therefore be continuing to create opportunities for public involvement and input.

Please consider attending the open house tomorrow night (Thursday the 8th) at The Fleming Centre from 4:00-7:00 where which you can review the results of today’s session, talk with the consultants, review information, ask questions, and most importantly – submit comments.

Dianne Rintjema,

What’s Happening with Prudhomme’s?

We’ve all heard that Prudhomme’s has changed hands and that the new owner plans to develop. All true…

What is the Town doing?
Council fully recognizes and appreciates the value and potential for this property and wants to ensure that it’s potential is maximized for all stakeholders. It has therefore undertaken to review and update the Prudhomme’s Secondary Plan (the site specific plans within the Town of Lincoln Official Planning Document which lay the vision for the development of that property).

Will there be public consultation through this review?
Yes. Mayor Easton and Council have made Public Input and Communication a priority in this process.
Keep your eye on the local paper, Town Website, Social Media, or call (905) 563-8205 to find out when any of the multiple public sessions/open houses/input opportunities will take place.

When is this going to start happening?
Very soon… Please attend the following if you can:

………*Sept 7th at 7pm The Fleming Centre
A Public Presentation and Question and Answer Session

………*Sept 8th from 4-7pm at The Fleming Centre
A Drop In Session to Review Work in Progress.


***The Regional Municipality of Niagara (Niagara Region) has completed a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the section of Regional Road 81 (King Street) from Vinehaven Trail to 23rd Street, in the Town of Lincoln.
Public Comment Invited
***A Project File containing details of the study recommendations, as well as a description of the planning and public consultation process undertaken has been placed in the public record for a 30-day rev…iew period in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class EA. The project file is available for review at the following locations beginning August 19, 2016:

Lincoln Public Library
Moses Rittenhouse Branch
4080 John Charles Boulevard, Vineland, ON

Hours: Monday to Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Clerk’s Department
Town of Lincoln
Clerk’s Department
4800 South Service Road,
Beamsville, ON

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Clerk’s Department
Niagara Region
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way
Thorold, ON

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Interested persons should provide written comments or questions to the Region through one of the following project team members:

John Rizzo, C.E.T.
Project Manager Transportation Engineering
Niagara Region
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way
P.O. Box 1042
Thorold, Ontario L2V 4T7
905-980-6000, Ext. 3646
Fax: 905-685-0013
Andrew McGregor, MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner, EA & Approvals
Parsons Inc.
4342 Queen Street, Unit 407
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 7J7
905-356-7003, Ext. 6409
Fax: 905-356-7008
Simon Ip, P.Eng.
V&S Engineering Group
53 Scott Street West
St. Catharines, ON L2R 1E2