Great Places in Canada Contest

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The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is hosting a contest to recognize Canada’s special places. Called Great Places in Canada – it is designed to recognize the work of our country’s professional planners and to celebrate the amazing spaces and places that we have in our communities.

Waterfront small pictureBurlington has two nominations in the public space category: Spencer Smith Park and the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System which straddles both Burlington and Hamilton.

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Burlington Flood Update #6

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flood-relief-bannerFinancial Assistance through the Flood Disaster Relief Committee

On September 3, the Burlington Community Foundation announced two types of financial assistance that will be provided for flood victims through the Flood Disaster Relief Committee with details available on their website.

The BCF Flood Disaster Relief Committee is organizing a community-driven 100-day flood relief fundraising campaign to help residents who have immediate needs as a result of the flood but whose needs are not covered by traditional resources with a goal of raising $2 million.

Donations can be made to the relief fund through the Burlington Community Foundation.

The amount of assistance available will depend very much on the money raised in the community and on the city’s application to the province for Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program funding. I am very hopeful that we will have an answer regarding that application sometime this fall and I continue to speak regularly with our MPP Eleanor McMahon and Minister McMeekin’s office on the progress of our application. Continue reading

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Burlington Flood Update: Burlington Community Foundation Flood Disaster Relief Committee

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Financial Assistance through the Flood Disaster Relief Committee

Earlier this week, the Burlington Community Foundation held a press conference regarding the Flood Relief efforts. The BCF Flood Disaster Relief Committee is organizing a community-driven 100-day flood relief fundraising campaign to help residents who have immediate needs as a result of the flood but whose needs are not covered by traditional resources.

The flood relief effort has a goal of raising $2 million, and to-date has raised over $350,000 in cash with an additional $100,000 of in-kind services.

Ron Foxcroft, chair of the Flood Disaster Relief Committee and Colleen Mulholland, President and CEO of the Burlington Community Foundation outlined the two types of financial assistance that will be provided for flood victims. Continue reading

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Burlington Flood Update #4

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Halton Region now has officially recorded 3,097 Burlington homes that have experienced flooding and all of the flooded sites have been visited. Staff from the Region are in the process of arranging one-on-one follow up appointments with over 300 of those homes.

Over 80 home owners that had more than one flood in the last number of years, including August 4, have been contacted by the Region to set up appointments to install flood mitigation measures. Those mitigation measures potentially include installation of backflow valves and sump pumps. In addition the Region has distributed almost 2,000 ex-gratia $1,000 grants for those who experienced sanitary sewer backup and will continue to process other applications.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates there are over $80 million of insured losses for homeowners in Burlington. Based on our calculated estimates, we believe the uninsured losses are in the range of 10 to 20% of that number.

Many of our residents have found that they were not insured or were severely underinsured to cover the damages sustained from the flooding. For many, this means that the costs to rebuild are almost unbearable. It is a hard lesson and a reminder to all of us to check our home owners’ insurance policy and ensure that we are very well versed on the specifics of what is covered and what is not.

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Burlington Flood Update #3

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Council passes resolution to seek support from the province of Ontario

Burlington City Council held a special council meeting yesterday morning to pass three resolutions:

  • To approve a request to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to declare the City of Burlington a “disaster area” for purposes of the public and private components of the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program;
  • To approve a request to the Region of Halton to give immediate priority to sanitary sewage issues for residents who experienced flooding on multiple occasions, including but not limited to May 13, 2014 and August 4, 2014; and
  • To direct staff to investigate the implications of establishing a program to assist homeowners with the cost of building permit fees directly related to flood remediation.

The full text of these resolutions will be available online through the Agendas and Minutes portal next week. All resolutions were passed unanimously and I encourage you to watch the meeting online as there was great information shared by City management and by several resident delegates, as well as questions and comments from all members of council. A press release regarding this special council meeting is also available online.

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