Teachers walk out front of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School Tuesday March 21 2017. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network

School lockout 'dividing' Niagara: Gates

As the provincial government is being asked to intervene in the lockout of Niagara’s Catholic elementary teachers, the union representing those teachers is continuing to pressure the school board to accept its offer of voluntary arbitration.

St. Catharines Standard reporter Karena Walter talks with mayor Walter Sendzik in the monthly Chat with the Mayor Thursday March 23 2017 . Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network

#AskSendzik: Youth have ideas for city's future

The first St. Catharines Youth Forum generated many worthwhile ideas for the city to consider, from creating mental wellness spaces to communicating more through Instagram and Snapchat, Mayor Walter Sendzik says.

Scott Reid, lawyer for Justin Kuijer, speaks outside of the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines Thursday following Kuijer's court appearance. Kuijer faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Nathan Dumas, as well as attempted murder in an attack on a bank employee. (Aaron Lynett/The Canadian Press)

Kuijer appears in court

With his head down and his eyes locked on the floor, Justin Kuijer made his first appearance in a St. Catharines court room Thursday morning.