Spring Cleaning with BurlingtonGreen

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April 23, 2014

Burlington Clean UpBurlington Spring clean up

Spring clean up has begun and there is much activity taking place around Burlington with street sweeping, sod repairs, and litter clean up. Halton Region is continuing to pick up brush and debris from this winter’s ice storm through the end of May.

Coming this weekend is the BurlingtonGreen annual Clean Up Green Up. Please join in with your friends, family, school and neighbours to help break last year’s record of 13,500 participants.

Green Up

Burlington Clean Up

Planting trees at Beachway Park at last year’s Clean Up Green Up

In addition to the city wide clean ups taking place April 21 to April 26, BurlingtonGreen will also have 100 volunteers over at Beachway Park picking up litter along the shoreline and “Greening Up” by removing invasive non-native plants and planting native grasses, shrubs and trees in an effort to continue to work to restore the fragile ecosystem there.

New this year, a second Green Up event again at Beachway on May 31 to continue the work. Both of these Green Up projects are thanks to the Province of Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.

Join in and sign up for this year’s city-wide clean up.

Thank you to BurlingtonGreen for this annual initiative and encourage residents to join in.

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Helping Build a Stronger Community – Habitat Halton

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April 16, 2014

Appeared in the Burlington Post, April 16, 2014

Habitat Halton

You may have read the front Habitat Halton April 2014page story of a recent Burlington Post edition entitled “Habitat Halton hands over keys to 19th, 20th homeowners”.  That article covered an event I attended that was deeply moving and humbling as I watched the longtime dreams of two families become fulfilled, thanks to the efforts of this organization and countless volunteers.

Unfortunately, too many families find this dream elusive. Continue reading

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Burlington Day at Queen’s Park

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April 9, 2014

Burlington Day at Queen’s ParkBurlington Queen's Park

On Tuesday, April 8, a delegation from Burlington held its first Queen’s Park day with members of the Ontario Legislature. The delegation included most of our City Councilors, senior staff, and we were also joined at the end of the day by members of Team Burlington, Burlington Hydro, Joseph Brant Hospital, McMaster University as well as  Chair Gary Carr and Jane MacCaskill from Halton Region.

The purpose of this initiative was to have a deeper conversation with many of our colleagues at the Province of Ontario about how we can work together strategically for a sustainable, economically prosperous future for Burlington and a stronger Ontario. It has always been my belief and practice that working collectively we can achieve more with all levels and members of government. As a result we were truly pleased with the reception we received by members of all parties in the Legislature.
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World Autism Awareness Day in Burlington

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April 3, 2014

Burlington, Autism AwarenessAutism Awareness in Burlington

This week we recognized World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. In Burlington we held a special ceremony at City Hall to raise the Autism Awareness Flag and bring awareness to the impacts of this disorder to members of our community.

 

 

Along with over 300 structures and landmarks around the world including Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House, Burlington City Hall will be lit up blue for Autism Awareness Month this April. Continue reading

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Burlington Sunshine List Reduced from 2013

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April 3, 2014

Every year in Ontario, government employees and public sector agencies provide a list of all employees earning more than $100,000 per year in salary and taxable benefits through the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act.

In Burlington, the so-called “Sunshine List” for 2013 includes 105 past and present city employees and one elected official, being myself as the Mayor. This is a reduction of 11  compared to 2012 which had 116 employees on the list.

For 2013 as Mayor, I was paid $168,156 + $2,152 in taxable benefits.

In the interest of transparency, I will also note that the role of Mayor of Burlington is also compensated for service on the Board for Burlington Hydro. In 2013 this was $11,500. However, last year a citizen’s committee reviewed Council compensation, expenses and staffing and made a recommendation that the Mayor should not receive compensation to sit on the Burlington Hydro Board, starting with the next term of Council. Council has ratified this recommendation.

Here is a link to the full list: Disclosure for 2013 under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996

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