Mayor Rick Goldring, Inaugural Address 2014

Inaugural Meeting 2014-2Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre for the inaugural meeting of the 2014-2018 Burlington City Council.

At this time, I would like to acknowledge some of the special guests that are with us this evening.

  • Burlington MPP – Eleanor McMahon
  • Halton Region CAO – Jane MacCaskill
  • Interim City Manager – Pat Moyle
  • General Manager of Development and Infrastructure – Scott Stewart
  • The Senior Management Team of the City of Burlington

I also want to acknowledge and thank:

  • Hayley Verrall for her great rendition of O Canada
  • The Venerable Dr. Steve Hopkins from St. Christopher’s Church for doing the invocation
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Dale Fitzpatrick for commissioning the declarations of office
  • The Burlington Concert Band’s Saxophone Ensemble – Sax’nSyn
  • Rob Bennett and the World Renowned Burlington Teen Tour Band
  • Special Keynote Speaker – “Dr.” Ron Foxcroft
  • Staff of the Clerk’s Office and Mayor’s Office for organizing the inaugural meeting tonight.

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Helping Build a Stronger Community – Habitat Halton


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

Maintaining Our Best Mid-Size City Status


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

State of the City Address is on January 23


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, State of the City Burlington 2014accomplishments 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.

Rick Goldring, State of the City, 2013

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.