Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee Is Back

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Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee Meeting at Haber Recreation Centre

Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee met for their September meeting which was the first of their second mandate, at Haber Recreation Centre. The Mayor welcomed those who attended and led the discussion about where Burlington should be heading in the future.

Year 2 Begins

This meeting was far different than the first meeting ever held on April 14th, 2016. The first Millennial Advisory Committee meeting occurred following a call from the Mayor of Burlington, Rick Goldring. The committee was given full control over what to focus on, and the plan to execute. The committee embarked on a path to find how they would share their voice while working with city staff, elected officials and members of the community to attract millennials and retain them.

The members were excited at this first meeting back after the pre-summer break workshops. With clear goals, a plan to reach them, and an invigorated spirit toward improving the city they love, they began discussing the future of the committee as well as their various ideas toward the city’s growth. No time was wasted delving quickly into a conversation with the Mayor regarding various topics including the waterfront hotel and downtown development, mobility hub plans, and asking about the city’s plan to combat future damage from flooding.

Mobility Hubs

The Mayor began the discussion by asking the committee members on their opinions regarding the mobility hubs in Burlington. These hubs are meant to focus intensification away from the traditional and quiet streets so many Burlington residents love. They are also meant to be hubs of transportation-oriented development, encouraging walking, bicycling, and transit. In Burlington, the downtown and all three Go Stations are deemed mobility hubs. The Mayor and the committee were quick to agree that the downtown should be developed with care to respect the walkable and beautiful downtown that has existed for nearly a century. Some of the key comments from the discussion are that the committee values:

  • Walkability;
  • Concern for Traffic and how Intensification will affect the current situation;
  • Bike Lane connectivity to Mobility Hubs;
  • Meaningful Transit as a priority.

Growing with Density

The committee members stated that they were concerned about the plans for density, what the space in those buildings would be used for, the demographics the city was hoping to receive, the affordability of the residential units, and the whether the transit would be properly designed to take advantage of these denser neighbourhoods around the transit hubs. The millennials were excited to voice their opinions and concerns about these areas, as they will become increasingly important to the city’s growth and ensuring it does so in a sustainable way.

The Committee wanted to know that the city is committed to making the mobility hubs a more affordable option for young people looking for a place to call home in Burlington. Members made it clear that this would be the place to fight for affordability since it is probably the best area in the city to forego car ownership. The committee reached a consensus that transit improvements were a necessity if this plan is to be successful.

The Waterfront Hotel Redevelopment

 Finally, the discussion moved toward the waterfront hotel. An issue that nearly every involved Burlington resident has heard of and likely has an opinion about. The committee discussed their diverse perspectives about the height, public space, and respect for the waterfront, as well as how space would be used inside and out at the ground level. Some of the key comments from the discussion are that the committee values:

  • A maximum height of 20 storeys;
  • A need for public space;
  • A need for conference or banquet halls along the waterfront;
  • Keeping Burlington’s waterfront as a destination.

The committee hopes to build a consensus on this issue so that the millennials of Burlington can shape the future of a city they hope to live in for the years to come while preserving the landmark features of the waterfront.

Millennials and Democracy

 As term one of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory comes to a close, a decision was made to continue the 1-year terms of two peer-elected Co-Chairs. The outgoing Co-Chairs Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma will be seeking reelection as Co-Chairs at the October meeting. Kim Calderbank and Karl Wulf, members of the Committee since April 2016, are also seeking election as Co-Chairs. Other interested voters or candidates seeking to participate in the election of the two Co-Chairs are invited to attend the October meeting.

Our Next Meeting

The October meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive. This meeting will be focused on development in the city, and the developers who are already changing areas important for the future of Burlington. If you are a millennial trying to get involved! This is a chance for millennials to speak out on the things they think would attract more millennials to Burlington.

Want to get involved?

To apply to be a member of the committee, please email mayor@burlington.ca with the following information.

  • Name
  • Age
  • Primary email address
  • City of current residence
  • Social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  • Profession/Student status
  • A 500-word (max.) response to the following question: What ideas do you have for Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee that would help meet its mandate of helping Burlington foster and retain millennial-age residents.

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee was created to develop initiatives and provide input on how to keep and attract residents aged 19 to 36 in Burlington. The Millennial Advisory Committee identifies millennials as people born from 1981 to 1998.

Why get involved?

The City of Burlington has the best reasons to get involved with any Committee or Board:

  • meet new people
  • share your talents
  • develop skills
  • address a common interest
  • make a difference in your community

Want more information?

Read the Summer Update from co-chair Mark McGuire. You can keep up to date on the news from the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee by visiting Burlington.ca/millennials.

For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at  mayor@burlington.ca.

 

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Mayor’s Inspire Burlington Presents “New Vision of Aging” with Moses Znaimer

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I am very excited to announce that Moses Znaimer, a media visionary and the
President of CARP will be the keynote presenter for my next Inspire
Burlington series on November 7th at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Many of you will know his name as the co-founder of City Tv, CablePulse24, Much Music, Bravo!, Space and Fashion Television. His newest role is
being the voice for Canada’s 15.8 million people, aged 45plus.

Moses will present his “New Vision of Aging for Canada” a discussion on how
baby boomers are changing in the way they age, and what lies ahead.

His presentation will be followed by an opportunity for questions from
members of the audience. As with all Inspire Burlington events, admission is free, and all are welcome.

To register, CLICK HERE

 

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September 2017 Progress Report

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Media Shines Spotlight on Burlington

CBC’s “The Current”

CBC’s “The Current” host Anna Maria Tremonti and producer Kristin Nelson, spent the day in Burlington to talk about how our city is adapting to climate change after being hammered by the flood of 2014.
The show features residents of Burlington and Blair Feltmate from Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.  The episode came together exceptionally well. You can listen to it here.

Metro Morning

The producer of Metro Morning with Matt Galloway contacted my office because they were so intrigued by our Official Plan“Grow Bold”.
Especially the idea that the City of Burlington won’t build another single family home again. We’re building up, not out.  Listen to the full interview here.

 Reality on Transit

At the last Committee of the Whole Workshop, city council received news that our Transit department is operating at a level that will not meet future growth. Simply put, we haven’t made the investment needed to keep up.
Our service lacked reliability. Our maintenance team was unable to keep up with demands. Our transit staff and drivers continue to go above and beyond despite the lack of funding.
The message is loud and clear. We need significant investments in our Transit department to support a key pillar of our Strategic Plan. A City that Moves.
A report will be coming out ahead of budget schedule on how we can stabilize our system, and we’re taking this opportunity to review our entire Transit operations to make sure it meets the needs of current and future residents.

Mobility Hubs

We continue to collect public opinion on the four Mobility Hubs planned across Burlington. DowntownAldershot GOBurlington GO and Appleby GO.
I’ve attended many public meetings to listen to what residents have to say.
What do they think of the proposed concepts? Likes? Dislikes? There are a range of opinions dependent on a number of factors. Our younger residents are very supportive of more urban development while older residents prefer more traditional suburban development.
The next step on Downtown Mobility Hub is the Committee of the Whole workshop with the city council that will feature a presentation by our staff. That meeting is Thursday, September 28th at 1 pm.
I also encourage you to attend the Appleby Go Mobility Hub Concepts Public Open House on Wednesday October 11th at the Appleby Ice Centre.
No matter where you stand on the issue, your opinion is being heard and considered.

Waterfront Hotel Planning Study

On Thursday, September 14th, two community workshops were held at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
The public had the chance to study the preferred concepts for the site followed by small group discussions.
At these meetings, an emerging preferred concept was introduced along with the three original concepts used for the public survey. You can view the presentation here.
We are asking Burlington residents to continue engaging with us through this process. This is your city, your waterfront and your opinions matter. Staff will be delivering their recommendations in November. Stay tuned!

We Are An Engaging City

This is a proud moment for the City of Burlington. We have been named the Organization of the Year for being An Engaging City!
The award was handed out this month byInternational Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and it recognizes our mandate to consult and engage with residents in all matters. As one judge put it “Employees now ask how to engage — not whether”
Congratulations to the city staff, my colleagues on council and to the residents of Burlington!

Milton Logistics Hub Consultation

Canadian National Railway(CN) has chosen Milton as their preferred location to build a new logistics hub.
Currently, they are undergoing an environmental assessment to assess the project’s potential environmental and socio-economic effects.
From September 18 to October 31, CN will be consulting with Halton Region residents about the proposed mitigation measures to reduce the effects of the Milton Logistics Hub on communities and the environment. Further information about the proposed Project and the fall consultation period is available at cnmilton.ca.

Love My Hood Block Party

Have you hosted your Love My Hood event this summer?
My neighbourhood had ours this month, and it was fantastic! Our organizer Mary managed to pull out all the stops.
We collected over 3800 canned goods for the Burlington Food Bank. Our goal was 2500. They estimated that our donation was worth over $10,000!  Thank you Fortinos for giving us a head start on donations.
I also wan to thank Dairy Queen, The Coop Wicked Chicken, Turtle Jacks and Frat’s Cucina who donate their time and food for the event.

What’s Happening Burlington?

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.
The next found of committee meetings begin on Monday September 25th.

First day of fall arrived Sept. 22! As we welcome fall, another round of great festivals and events are in the works! Take a look at our calendar for all the events in your area.
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My Summer in a Nutshell

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Our family on the beach at Hilton Head Island waiting for the eclipse.

I hope everybody had a great summer! Although the weather wasn’t as hot as I was expecting it to be, it was still fantastic nonetheless.

The highlight of this summer was celebrating my 60th birthday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina with thirteen other family members. I read books, watched the eclipse with my family and even hit a few golf balls. The uniqueness of Hilton Head that attracts me is that they have the most stunning tree canopy I have seen anywhere.  The island has a tree ordinance that states that one cannot remove any tree unless you have permission from the city.  It truly is gorgeous.

I also had a daughter get married this summer.  It was a beautiful ceremony.  And my wife Cheryl and I took in a Nascar Race in Watkins Glen, New York.  It’s my favourite sport to watch.

For my personal growth, I took courses to keep my accreditation for my financial planning and life insurance designations. Although I’ve stepped away from that career for the last seven years, I think it’s important to continue to build on your skills no matter where you are in life.

When I wasn’t with my family, I was back at the office where I had a packed schedule.

My council colleague Paul Sharman and I took a drive to Detroit and met with the leadership of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan.  We wanted to learn about their not for profit Seniors Living Communities that we believe could take place here. I will be sharing our findings with the Mayor’s Seniors Housing Task Force at our next meeting.  You may not know that Burlington identifies itself as an Age-Friendly City, so I’m always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for all citizens.

I was in Ottawa for the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference. We discussed the long term financial sustainability of municipalities, the effects of the legalization of marijuana and new changes proposed for the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

Community events are in full swing during the summer.  I participated in a Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Forum, the first Halton Freedom Festival, Joseph Brant Day and the Rotary Club of Burlington Central golf tournament just to name a few.

As we transition into September, there is much to look forward to on Council’s agenda, particularly with regards to development.  I hope you’ll be engaged as we move forward with the city’s strategic plan. A City that Grows.  A City that Moves. A Healthy and Greener city. An Engaging City.

I hope to see you out there on our beautiful streets.

Sincerely,

Rick

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Impressive Achievements by The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee: Year One

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Guest blog by Mark McGuire, Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

After operating for 12 months, Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory met in April and June to take part in a two-part workshop series at the Haber Recreation Centre.

Stephanie Venimore facilitated a two-part workshop aimed at helping the committee brainstorm ideas that could be explored to rough out a strategy for when the committee met again in September 2017.

The workshop meetings discussed the vision of the Millennial Advisory Committee, what we set out to accomplish to date, and to brainstorm concepts for our organization and operations to be enacted.

 

 

Our Record:

  • Elected by a majority. Two Co-Chairs, Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma.
  • Hosted the Inspire Burlington: Millennial Entrepreneurial Success in April 2017.
  • Delegated to Development and Infrastructure Committee on the New Street redevelopment, focusing on cycling infrastructure in July 2016.
  • Held monthly meetings with a focus on providing relevant policy insight to Millennials to engage with the City of Burlington.
  • Began planning a Resident Survey to determine what Millennial Burlington residents are looking for in terms of Housing and Accommodations.
  • Met with Burlington’s Members of Provincial and Federal Parliament.
  • Discussed pertinent concerns for Millennials with Ontario’s Premier.
  • Represented the Millennial Advisory Committee at a City of Burlington Transit Strategy Workshop.
  • Represented the Millennial Advisory Committee at a City of Burlington Climate Change Adaptation Workshop.
  • Represented our diverse demographic of Burlington’s Millennials, residents born from 1981 to 1998.

Our Mandate:

Conduct outreach and make recommendations to help Burlington foster and retain millennial-age residents.  Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Delegating or submitting written documentation on behalf of the Millennial Advisory Committee to Burlington City Council and other Committees and Boards,
  2. Participating in engagement opportunities at the City of Burlington and creating new engagement opportunities,
  3. Organizing and participating in events that help to shape policy, and
  4. Other initiatives, as determined by the group.

Why Millennials?

According to Statistics Canada, there are more than 30,000 residents in Burlington born between 1981 to 1998, representing approximately 17 per cent of Burlington’s population. Mayor Goldring heard from a number of millennials that they want to be more engaged with their city in a meaningful way, which led to the formation of a Millennials committee.

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is a collective created for and run by millennials. There are 18 members on the committee, and they are inspired, passionate and enthusiastic. The committee concentrates on creating opportunities to engage millennials within their community.

Where do we go from here?                                                                           

The next meeting of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee will be on Thursday, September 21st, 2017. The meeting will run from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive. All meetings are open to the public, especially millennial-aged residents. Meeting attendees are encouraged to bike, bus or walk.

Want to get involved?

To apply to be a member of the committee, please email mayor@burlington.ca with the following information.

  • Name
  • Age
  • Primary email address
  • City of current residence
  • Social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  • Profession/Student status
  • A 500-word (max.) response to the following question: What ideas do you have for Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee that would help meet its mandate of helping Burlington foster and retain millennial-age residents?

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee was created to develop initiatives and provide input on how to keep and attract residents aged 19 to 36 in Burlington. The Millennial Advisory Committee identifies millennials as people born from 1981 to 1998.

Why get involved?

The City of Burlington has the best reasons to get involved with any Committee or Board:

  • meet new people
  • share your talents
  • develop skills
  • address a common interest
  • make a difference in your community

Want more information?

Read the March Update from co-chairs, Chris Ritsma and Mark McGuire. You can keep up to date on the news from the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee by visiting Burlington.ca/millennials.

For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at mayor@burlington.ca.

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