Message from Mayor Rick Goldring on Fort McMurray Wildfires

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta, as they leave their homes and city for safety during the wildfires and prepare to face rebuilding their lives and community.

One of Burlington’s strengths is our ability to come together to help others in need. We have witnessed this during the flood of August 2014 and, more recently, during the Syrian refugee initiative.

Elected officials in Alberta are asking anyone wishing to help to donate to the Alberta Fires Appeal made through the Canadian Red Cross at www.redcross.ca. Burlington’s City Manager has reached out to the CAO of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta, to ask how we can help during this difficult time.

On behalf of my colleagues on City Council, thank you to all the people in Burlington who are already doing your part to help the people of Fort McMurray.

Ontario’s Big City Mayors Encouraged by Meeting with Prime Minister

Prime Minister Trudeau meets with the Large Urban Mayor's Caucus of Ontario in Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Mayor Goldring and members of the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario meet with Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and key members of his cabinet last week to discuss the issues facing the majority of cities in Ontario and across Canada, including infrastructure funding, job creation and affordable housing.

LUMCO represents 67 per cent of Ontario’s population with mayors of 27 communities with more than 100,000 residents. It advocates for issues and policies important to Ontario’s largest cities.

During LUMCO’s meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau, discussions focused on forging a new and different relationship between the two levels of government. The federal government made a commitment to tackle infrastructure funding and other major issues by working in partnership with cities at a four-sided table that would include the federal government, provincial government, cities and Indigenous People. Continue reading

Mayor Goldring announces his Millennial Advisory Committee

Media release from the Office of the Mayor

Burlington, Ont., April 7, 2016 – The members of Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee have been selected.

The committee will develop initiatives focused on how to keep and attract residents aged 18 to 35 in Burlington. It will also concentrate on creating opportunities to engage millennials with their community. Continue reading