March 6, 2014
City Budget, 2014
After many meetings and much deliberation, Council has finished the budget process for 2014 with a unanimous vote at both Committee and Council to support the city’s operating budget for 2014.
February 5, 2014
For Council and staff, it is often challenging to gather feedback from a large segment of the population using the standard engagement tools such as telephone surveys.
Last year we approved our Engagement Charter that describes many commitments including openness and access to information and says “The City of Burlington will provide a variety of ways for citizens, city staff and members of City Council to access and share information and discuss ideas and options.”
Feb. 26, 2014
I’m pleased that the provincial government has responded to the GTHA Mayors request for assistance to deal with ice storm recovery and costs.
We await further details of the one-time provincial Ice Storm Assistance Program to understand what costs will be covered. Together the GTHA Mayors presented as much as $275 million in damages to the province. We need to know what costs the province will deem eligible for the $190 million available.
And now, we need the federal government to step up to help municipalities cover the extensive costs of this storm. The ice storm was a catastrophic event for municipalities and we are still cleaning up.
February 21, 2014
Thanks for joining me this week for another Inspire Burlington event. We were fortunate to welcome Dr. David Galbraith of the Royal Botanical Gardens to talk about the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark system, which is a collection of existing parks and natural lands in the Burlington-Hamilton region.
Beginning in 2008 the City of Burlington, along with the Royal Botanical Gardens and other partner organizations developed the Cootes to Escarpment Park System Conservation and Land Management Strategy.
This project focused on the conservation and management of approximately 1,560 hectares of publicly owned natural lands in the Aldershot and West Hamilton area. The central natural features of the area include a portion of the Niagara Escarpment and the lands and waters associated with the Cootes Paradise Marsh and Grindstone Creek.
Dr. Galbraith talks about the project at Inspire Burlington event on Feb. 19, 2014
February 13, 2014
Appeared in the Burlington Post, Feb. 12, 2014
It is that time of the year: winter stubbornly takes its firm, but final grip before giving rise to spring; we begin to collect and organize documents for our personal tax returns; and budget season is here. February may be short on days, but it is a landmark month each year.
Essentially, budgets are road maps. Whether for government, companies, non-profit organizations, or even families, budgets allow us to evaluate prior assumptions, projections and decisions – after “life happened”. Budgets are also opportunities to look ahead and make adjustments and decisions based on new information and priorities.
Embedded in the city’s budget are our hopes and aspirations for Burlington, balanced with fiscal pressures that originate from within our boundaries and beyond. This is especially true as the federal and provincial governments continue to make cuts and shift responsibilities to municipalities. Continue reading
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