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.

New Street Bike Lanes Study

I would like to take this opportunity to discuss with you the rationale for the initiation of the New Street Bike Lanes’ Study that was recently supported by Council.

Why should we consider designated bike lanes on New Street?

Since the City of Burlington declared itself as a Sustainable Development Community in 1990, we have invested in creating vibrant neighborhoods. To be truly vibrant, neighbourhoods should be designed to encourage active lifestyles, including walking and cycling. These areas are often favoured places to live because of lower pollution levels, less traffic congestion, more parks and public spaces, improved opportunities for social interaction, and an abundance of healthy lifestyle choices. Continue reading

Brant Street Pier Legal Update

I am very pleased to provide an update on the litigation surrounding the Brant Street Pier. Today Council unanimously approved a settlement with a net result of $2 million for the City of Burlington.

The settlement consists of $1.5 million in cash, along with a $500,000 net gain resulting from a holdback that we will no longer be obligated to pay.

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Celebrating our 25th Anniversary with Itabashi

This past weekend it was my honour and a great pleasure to welcome a delegation from Itabashi, Japan, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our twinning relationship. The delegation included Mayor Takeshi Sakamoto, Chairman Yoshiyuki Shigeno and several government officials, and a cultural delegation.

Itabashi Delegation at City HallThis visit was the second part of our 25th anniversary celebration. In May, Councillor Blair Lancaster led a Burlington delegation to Itabashi. They have shared wonderful stories about their Itabashi visit, having experienced the vibrancy of the Japanese culture, history, heritage and traditions. A number of local citizens also attended and developed their own friendships with Itabashi residents.

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