April 16, 2014
Appeared in the Burlington Post, April 16, 2014
You may have read the front page 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
April 9, 2014
Burlington Day at 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.
April 3, 2014
Autism 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
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
March 26, 2014
Read the MoneySense Rankings
For the second year in a row, Burlington has been named the best mid-sized city in Canada to live by MoneySense Magazine.
Burlington has so much to offer to so many people. We are a physically beautiful city and enjoy great weather, lots of amenities, great programs and services, and we have a very engaged and enthusiastic community. All of those ingredients create a recipe for success. We can all be very proud of this accomplishment.
However, as I’ve said before, there are many more intangibles that make a “Best City” - things like compassion, caring and a sense of community. These are the attributes that make a great city a great place to live.
Congratulations to the AA Atom Team who raised the most for the Burlington Eagles Gift of Giving Back food drive this past year.
It’s always an honour to be measured and recognized as a city, but what is continually inspiring to me is the dedicated efforts of so many Burlington residents who are committed to community service, volunteering, and helping their neighbours.