About Mayor Goldring

Mayor of Burlington, Ontario

Burlington Municipal Election – Please Get out and Vote!

Elections 2014 MastheadOn Monday, Ontario residents will go to the polls to elect their local municipal government representation. In Burlington, the polls open at 10 am and will be open until 8 pm Monday night. A list of polls is available online.

I encourage everyone to vote. It is both a democratic right and responsibility.

Municipal and Regional government is the level of government that most intimately connects and interacts with residents of a community. It is responsible for so many of the services and amenities that are essential to our daily lives: transit, waste management, community planning and building, emergency services and community policing.

Local government is about shaping the community and improving the community not only for today’s residents, but for future residents and generations to come.

The list of registered candidates is available through the City of Burlington’s Election webpages; many of the candidates have listed individual links to their own websites. If you have not had a chance to meet the candidates in person, this is a great way to find out more information.

The Burlington Post has also been covering the municipal election through their print and online platforms and much is available online.

For more information about the election, please visit the City’s election website.

Burlington Flood Update: October 1, 2014

Flood Disaster Relief Committee Update

Yesterday, the Burlington Community Foundation launched the application form for flood losses and damages on their website. The form includes a list of what expenses are considered eligible and those that aren’t. The link to form can be found at the top the page under the heading “Assistance for Losses and Damages Package”, http://www.burlingtonfoundation.org/Burlington-Flood-Relief-Make-A-Claim. This is the second phase of the claims and disbursement process and is designed to assist victims in greatest need with more extensive losses and damages, and who were either uninsured or underinsured for their building and/or contents.

Fundraising and donations continue

Fundraisers continue to take place in our community. This weekend Crosswinds Golf and Country Club are hosting the Burlington Flood Relief Nine and Dine on Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm. 100% of the proceeds are supporting the Burlington Community Foundation Flood Relief Campaign. For more information and to register contact floodrelief@burlingtonfoundation.org or call 905-639-0744 ext. 226. Continue reading

A Weekend Full of Cultural Activities

There will be lots to do in Burlington this weekend as we enjoy Culture Days and Doors Open Burlington.

Burlington Culture DaysCulture Days takes place from September 26 to September 28 with lots of free activities planned across the city. This national initiative is designed to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of residents in the arts and cultural life. The cultural community in Burlington has come together to present over 60 free events this weekend with over 100 artists.

City Hall’s Civic Square will become Culture Square on Friday with dancers, contemporary artists, musicians, photographers, painters, movie makers, poets, actors, heritage information, and woodcarvers. There will be opportunities for hands-on participation as well. Visit the city’s Culture Days webpage for more information and a full schedule of the events taking place across the city from Friday to Sunday.

Doors Open_Doors Open is a province wide event that runs from April to October, providing residents and visitors the opportunity to discover the historical, heritage, natural and cultural resources in communities across the province. Saturday, September 27 is Doors Open Burlington. Residents and visitors to the City of Burlington will have a chance to celebrate our community’s heritage through learning and exploring spaces that normally are not open to the general public or which usually have an admission fee. Admission is free to all residents. Continue reading

Great Places in Canada Contest

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is hosting a contest to recognize Canada’s special places. Called Great Places in Canada – it is designed to recognize the work of our country’s professional planners and to celebrate the amazing spaces and places that we have in our communities.

Waterfront small pictureBurlington has two nominations in the public space category: Spencer Smith Park and the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System which straddles both Burlington and Hamilton.

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Burlington Flood Update #6

flood-relief-bannerFinancial Assistance through the Flood Disaster Relief Committee

On September 3, the Burlington Community Foundation announced two types of financial assistance that will be provided for flood victims through the Flood Disaster Relief Committee with details available on their website.

The BCF Flood Disaster Relief Committee is organizing a community-driven 100-day flood relief fundraising campaign to help residents who have immediate needs as a result of the flood but whose needs are not covered by traditional resources with a goal of raising $2 million.

Donations can be made to the relief fund through the Burlington Community Foundation.

The amount of assistance available will depend very much on the money raised in the community and on the city’s application to the province for Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program funding. I am very hopeful that we will have an answer regarding that application sometime this fall and I continue to speak regularly with our MPP Eleanor McMahon and Minister McMeekin’s office on the progress of our application. Continue reading