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The Danforth East Community Association is helping build community spirit during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Danforth East Community Association is trying to spread a little bit of happiness and build community spirit with a campaign featuring art in the windows of neighbourhood homes and businesses today (Tuesday, March 24).

The art theme for today’s event is trees, and residents and businesses that are able are asked to display pictures, photos or other images of trees in their windows.

The campaign plans to continue each Tuesday with a different theme as the community deals with the COVID-19 crisis.

The Danforth East Community Association covers an area bounded by Main Street to the east; Monarch Park Avenue to the west; Mortimer/Lumsden to the north; and the railway tracks to the south.

For more information on the window-display campaign, please visit https://www.facebook.com/DanforthEastCommunityAssociation/


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Barrie bylaw has change of heart over girl's Canadian flag chalk art – CTV News

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BARRIE, ONT. —
A Barrie family is thankful for the community support after the City of Barrie apologized for issuing a bylaw warning demanding the removal of a Canadian flag painted on the end of their driveway on city property.

The city issued a statement on Friday. It reads in part, “The city issued a warning to the property owner (not the child), but after further investigation, it was determined that given the nature of the infraction, City Enforcement Services staff will revoke the warning.”

City staff said a complaint was called in about the chalk art painting, prompting a bylaw officer to investigate the claim.

The city’s change of heart has left 10-year-old Kayla van Kessel smiling.

The Barrie girl painted the Canadian flag on a chunk of grass at the end of their property to celebrate Canada Day.

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Erin van Kessel said she was sitting outside her north-end Barrie home Thursday morning when a bylaw officer handed her a warning.

The Barrie resident was told she would have to remove chalk art of a Canadian flag drawn by her 10-year-old daughter to celebrate Canada Day.

“2004-142-2,” recited van Kessel, while looking over the document citing her infraction. The city’s bylaw for that particular code refers to the use of public property.

“No person shall throw, drop, place, or otherwise deposit garbage, paper, paper or plastic products, cans, rubbish, or other debris on any city property unless authorized by the city,” she read.

Van Kessel said large green plastic objects, which may have been children’s items left at the curb near the end of her driveway, did not belong to her.

The issue with the chalk art, however, has left her disappointed.

Van Kessel was told by the bylaw officer someone had complained about the chalk art spray painted on the lawn at the end of her driveway.

The chunk of grass, painted red and white, is city property.

“They couldn’t really say why. I mean, mostly because it is on city property, but really?” said van Kessel in response to the bylaw violation.

Van Kessel was told she had 24 hours to remove her daughter’s chalk painting from the lawn or face a potential fine.

Van Kessel said her daughter is distraught and doesn’t understand why it needs to be removed.

“Not too happy,” said van Kessel. “Because she did put a lot of work into it, and now we have to remove it. It’s a child doing something exciting when she’s been stuck in the house for four months, and no school, no friends, so what more is there to do?”

The City of Barrie confirmed a complaint was made, and a bylaw officer visited the home, providing the following statement to CTV News:

“The city’s enforcement services received and responded to a complaint about individuals painting on city property.

Bylaw officers are obligated to investigate and respond to all complaints received. While the homeowner advised that the paint was washable, the officer was unable to confirm if it was or not, which was why the property owner was warned that they had 24 hours to remove it from the city’s boulevard.

A warning was issued to the property owner, not the child.”

Van Kessel said she does intend to remove the artwork.

“I guess other people don’t appreciate it or look at it the same way we do,” she said.

“What can you do? I guess it’s the way of the world these days.”

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Passionate about art and how to frame it – paNOW

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Zelensky recently purchased Christina Thoen’s framing business and the building its situated in.

“The art school is busy and she [Thoen] was looking for help and it just seemed to be a good fit. I love the framing end of it, and I saw a vision of offering space for other artist to sell their art and it just progressed from there. After spending the past seven years as an art student of Christina’s, I definitely feel a connection…it’s comfortable.” Zelensky said.

Various local artists are featured on the walls. At least four of them are students from Thoen’s art school and Zelensky predicts more local artisans will be looking to find good and safe options to display their work in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, when art shows or trade shows can’t take place.

“Taking possession of the business in mid-April allowed me to ease into the business and determine what would be best for the artists and my customers. I am always looking at the precautions and making sure customers and artists feel safe coming in,” she said.

She invites any artists wanting to display and sell their work to visit her in store for available gallery space. Supporting local artisans and what she calls ‘phenomenal talent’ in and around Prince Albert is a win-win for Zelensky. Artists benefit from her customers and she can add life and visual interest to the pieces through her frame work. But, it is not just the local artwork Zelensky helps to enhance….

The right frame, mount and mat forms can add life and visual interest to pictures as well. Zelensky said now is the perfect time to sort out those special moments you have always meant to get framed. Whether it’s beautiful art from your kids or family photos, she can help showcase the treasured pieces through the framing process.

Born and raised in and around Prince Albert, Zelensky believes in supporting local. She and her husband farm northeast of the city where they raised their four children.

“I love this town and the diversity it offers.”

The shop is equipped with proper barriers for safe in-person consultations or customers can leave their prints with Zelensky and choose to do a consult by video call.

Currently, custom frame orders for grad photos are being discounted by 20 per cent.

Sandra’s Framing, Gallery and Gifts is located 625 Brandon Drive. Visit the Facebook page or give Sandra a call at (639) 739-7599.

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Barrie bylaw demands 10-year-old's Canadian flag art be removed from city property – CTV News

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BARRIE, ONT. —
Erin van Kessel said she was sitting outside her north-end Barrie home Thursday morning when a bylaw officer handed her a warning.

The Barrie resident was told she would have to remove chalk art of a Canadian flag drawn by her 10-year-old daughter to celebrate Canada Day.

“2004-142-2,” recited van Kessel, while looking over the document citing her infraction. The city’s bylaw for that particular code refers to the use of public property.

“No person shall throw, drop, place, or otherwise deposit garbage, paper, paper or plastic products, cans, rubbish, or other debris on any city property unless authorized by the city,” she read.

Van Kessel said large green plastic objects, which may have been children’s items left at the curb near the end of her driveway, did not belong to her.

The issue with the chalk art, however, has left her disappointed.

Van Kessel was told by the bylaw officer someone had complained about the chalk art spray painted on the lawn at the end of her driveway.

The chunk of grass, painted red and white, is city property.

“They couldn’t really say why. I mean, mostly because it is on city property, but really?” said van Kessel in response to the bylaw violation.

Van Kessel was told she had 24 hours to remove her daughter’s chalk painting from the lawn or face a potential fine.

Van Kessel said her daughter is distraught and doesn’t understand why it needs to be removed.

“Not too happy,” said van Kessel. “Because she did put a lot of work into it, and now we have to remove it. It’s a child doing something exciting when she’s been stuck in the house for four months, and no school, no friends, so what more is there to do?”

The City of Barrie confirmed a complaint was made, and a bylaw officer visited the home, providing the following statement to CTV News:

“The city’s enforcement services received and responded to a complaint about individuals painting on city property.

Bylaw officers are obligated to investigate and respond to all complaints received. While the homeowner advised that the paint was washable, the officer was unable to confirm if it was or not, which was why the property owner was warned that they had 24 hours to remove it from the city’s boulevard.

A warning was issued to the property owner, not the child.”

Van Kessel said she does intend to remove the artwork.

“I guess other people don’t appreciate it or look at it the same way we do,” she said.

“What can you do? I guess it’s the way of the world these days.”

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