Lakeshore Road Bike Lanes – Council Decision

January 30, 2013

I’ve heard from many Burlington residents and cyclists regarding the proposed bike lanes on Lakeshore Road and wanted to take an opportunity to share some of my own thoughts with you.

At the January 28 Council meeting, City Council did not support a recommendation to add bike lanes on Lakeshore Road. After long and careful consideration on this issue, I decided not to support this pilot project proposal.

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Building a Better Burlington

January 30, 2013

Appeared in the Burlington Post, January 30, 2013 and is available online

Last week, I delivered my third State of the City Address.

I would like to thank the Burlington Chamber of Commerce for not only hosting this event, but for its ongoing effort in advocating for business and increased prosperity in Burlington.

We enjoyed a very successful 2012 and I encourage you to visit to view a new segment of our website dedicated to information about our city — the facts and figures and some interesting information about the community that we enjoy.

In an independent survey conducted by Environics this past fall, 95 per cent of the Burlington residents surveyed responded they have an excellent or good quality of life.

Our 2012 efforts and results will go a long way toward Burlington continuing to be a destination and home for families and businesses as we build for the future. Our challenge going forward will be to maintain this positive progress and energy, and build on this foundation and drive.

Burlington is in good shape.

Council is committed to keeping Burlington a thriving, prosperous, inclusive community through strong fiscal management, innovation and partnerships. We have a meaningful Strategic Plan in place with a focused council and staff that understands Burlington’s priorities. We will continue to look at how we engage the community as we work through the change that is taking place.

We will overcome challenges and continue to position ourselves as the community of choice for residents and business because of our strengths, amenities and quality of life. We will not take anything for granted.

What makes me optimistic for our future?

Burlington is not just a city. We are a community. A community of partnerships and generosity, of people who strengthen this city giving it its character and charm, who balance pride with humility, where neighbours work together and people from different walks of life selflessly and quietly helping others.

What excites me, what inspires me, is the enduring spirit of our community and people. So let’s join together because we are in this together and together we will continue to build a wonderful city.

You can watch a video and read the State of the City Address here

State of the City Address, 2013

Delivered January 24, 2013 at the Burlington Convention Centre

  • The speech will be broadcast on TVCogeco on:
    Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 pm
    Monday, Jan. 28 at 1 pm
    Sunday, Feb. 3, at 3 pm
    Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 1 pm

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen and thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to attend this year’s State of the City Address. This is my third address and it is something I look forward to every year.

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Invitation to the State of the City Address: January 24, 2013

Jpg GraphicThe Burlington Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2013 State of the City Address at the Burlington Convention Centre on Thursday, January 24

This year’s speech will be very important as we look back at the successes and highlights of the past year, and start an adult conversation with the city about our future.

Breakfast and Networking begins at 7:30 a.m. and I will give my speech at approximately 8:30 a.m.

The event is open to all and tickets are available through the Burlington Chamber of Commerce website or office.

For those not able to attend, the State of the City will be available to be seen on TV Cogeco at a later date. We will be releasing a copy of the speech on the blog and social media on the same day.