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
Delivered January 23, 2014 at the Burlington Convention Centre
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January 21, 2014
Each year the Burlington Chamber of Commerce hosts the Mayor’s State of the City Address – an opportunity to share the highlights, accomplishments and future opportunities for Burlington with the community.
I am grateful for this opportunity to share with you, all that we accomplished in 2013, and a look ahead at 2014.
This will be my fourth State of the City Address to Burlington on innovation, transition, and moving forward.
Mayor Goldring speaks at State of the City, 2013
The event is open to all and tickets are available through the Burlington Chamber of Commerce website.
Breakfast and Networking begins at 7:30 am and I will give my speech at approximately 8:30 am.
For those not able to attend, the State of the City will be broadcast on TVCogeco at a later date. We’ll post those air dates here when they are available.
My office will also be releasing a copy of the speech here, on my blog and on social media on the same day. We will have video coverage on my Youtube channel as soon as its available.
I’m looking forward to this opportunity to share some of the highlights, successes and future opportunities for our great city.
December 11, 2013
Best wishes for the holiday season
The holiday season is a great time for all of us to gather in celebration with our loved ones, to reflect on the past, and to look forward to the upcoming year with hope and enthusiasm. It also gives us an opportunity to be thankful for our many blessings, and reminds us to lend a hand to those who are less fortunate.
Burlington is very lucky to be home to a great number of caring people who show true community spirit by devoting themselves to help others, it one of things that makes our city great. I would like to recognize and thank our active and committed volunteers, community groups, and faith organizations. Not only for their tireless efforts throughout the year, but especially during this busy time of the year as they reach out to those in need. Without their compassion, generosity, and hard work, Burlington would not be such a wonderful place to call home.
Published in City Talk, July 2013
This issue of City Talk is focussing on vibrant neighbourhoods – one of the three strategic directions outlined in our city’s strategic plan Burlington – Our Future.
So how do you define a vibrant neighbourhood?
There are many opinions on this and certainly each neighbourhood has its own unique characteristics, both geographic and social, that must be preserved.
I believe vibrant healthy neighborhoods are the places where the everyday practice of life occurs. They are not just geographical locations that are essential to people’s lives. People connect these places to their identity and, thus, neighborhoods become personally meaningful.
Neighbourhoods form communities