Two memos for Community Services Committee February 27: Recognizing Burl-Oak Naval Veterans and Furthering Transparency

February 25, 2013

I have submitted two memos to Community Services Committee this week. Both are important, for different reasons:

1. It is my honour to support a request from the Burl-Oak Naval Veterans to Name the Promenade in Spencer Smith Park Naval Veterans Walkway. The Naval Ships Memorial monument in Spencer Smith Park is regarded as one of the 12 best war memorials in Canada, attracting visitors from across the globe. Please have a look at the memo and letter.

2. In the spirit of openness and transparency, I have brought forward a memo listing the Activities Involving the Office of the Mayor during my current term of office. Following some questions from other members of Council regarding these activities, I am providing information regarding my level of participation, the funds raised and their intended purpose.

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“Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policies and Urban Sprawl”

Feb. 21, 2013

Many of us feel, and indeed know, that Burlington is a great place to live, work and play. In a recent Environics poll, 95% of those polled ranked their quality of life as either good or excellent. That is something that I believe we should all be proud of and is certainly something we should all strive to maintain in the future.

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It’s your City Budget. What are your priorities for 2013?

February 15, 2013

2013 Budget Highlights Slide 2

Burlington is only a Portion of the Property Tax Bill
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February and March are budget months at the City of Burlington. Staff and Council are working on the budget for this year. There are 2 pieces of the City Budget:

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Niagara-GTA Highway: Considering the Options

February 8, 2013

We are very fortunate to live in Burlington for a number of reasons including access to major highways. The QEW, 403 and 407 all dissect Burlington.

Each day, $480 million of goods are transported over the Burlington Skyway and $476 million of goods travel on the QEW through Burlington and Oakville. Each year over $58 billion of goods cross the Niagara Border.

We all know that the congestion on these roads continues to be an issue for the movement of people and goods.

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January 2013 Progress Report

February 1, 2013

Upcoming committee agendas:
Development and Infrastructure Committee: February 4, 2013
Budget and Corporate Services Committee: February 5, 2013
City Committee Highlights

Council Decisions

Bike Lanes on Lakeshore Road

Over the past couple of months I have heard from many residents and cyclists regarding the proposed bike lanes on Lakeshore Road. At the January 28 Council meeting, City Council did not support the 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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