Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – April meeting

Mayor Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

The next meeting of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is set for Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Community Room 2 at Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive.

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HDSB Program and Accommodation Review

The Halton District School Board’s Program and Accommodation Review of Burlington secondary schools and the possibility of closures are understandably difficult for our community.

In a perfect world with unlimited financial resources, we would not have to see any schools closed in Burlington.

Every school in Burlington matters to its neighbourhood, its students and their families, its staff and its alumni.

As Mayor, I represent the interests of all the people of Burlington. As such, I will not choose to promote one school over another during this review process. This is a decision of the Halton District School Board, and because of that, it is important that Burlington City Council not use its influence to favour specific schools. Burlington City Council purposely chose City Manager James Ridge to serve as an objective representative of the City of Burlington on the Halton District School Board’s Program and Accommodation Review Committee.

There are residents asking me to support their school over another. I respectfully ask, just as I respect your positions on each of your schools, that you understand that my position as Mayor means I represent all of Burlington. All of our schools matter just as all of our people matter.

Mayor Goldring and Lieutenant Governor talk about seniors’ housing in Burlington

Mayor Goldring and Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell

Media release from the City of Burlington

Mayor Rick Goldring welcomed the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB) on Feb. 24 for a roundtable discussion on seniors’ housing needs in Burlington.

Mayor Goldring hosted the roundtable with the Lieutenant Governor at Her Honour’s request to learn more about issues, ideas and initiatives of importance to the people of Burlington.

Over the next 20 years, the percentage of seniors within Burlington is expected to grow to about one in every four residents and the number of seniors over the age of 80 is expected to more than double.

Following the roundtable discussion, Mayor Goldring announced a one-year task force to address the issue of seniors’ housing in Burlington. Continue reading

Mayor Goldring welcomes the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell to Burlington on Feb. 24

Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Media advisory from the City of Burlington:

Mayor Rick Goldring is pleased to welcome the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB) for a roundtable discussion on seniors’ housing needs in Burlington. An update for media will follow the roundtable discussion.

Who: Mayor Rick Goldring; the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; Burlington’s Town Crier; and the Burlington Teen Tour Band.

What: Welcome the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell to Burlington. Update from the roundtable discussion.

When: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
9:15 a.m.: Burlington’s Town Crier leads the welcome at the Lakeshore Road entrance of the AGB.
11:15 a.m.: The Burlington Teen Tour Band provides a musical welcome in the Shoreline Room. Mayor Goldring and the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell provide an update following the roundtable discussion.

Where: Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Rd.
Front entrance and Shoreline Room

Why: The update following the roundtable will provide highlights of the discussion. The roundtable is held at the request of the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell to learn more about issues, ideas and initiatives of importance to the people of Burlington.

Opening Soon: Burlington’s Innovation Centre

Economic development is critically important for Burlington.

In 2016, Canadian Business and PROFIT listed Burlington in the top 10 on its annual list of Canada’s Best Places for Business.

It cited the fact we have a low unemployment rate, strong connectivity to major markets and a well-educated population as driving economic factors.

This independent recognition reminds us that we already have a thriving economy. The Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is leveraging these assets every day.

To foster economic development, it is important to adapt to a changing market.

In a 2016 report, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce identified a critical gap in Canada’s business growth strategy. Here in Canada we are starting many businesses, but they are not growing into large organizations.

We also know from Industry Canada that more than 40 per cent of new jobs in Canada come from companies less than five years old.

Aligned with the City of Burlington’s strategic vision of A City That Grows, the BEDC developed an innovation and entrepreneurship strategy in 2016. It is focused on strengthening local support for entrepreneurs across the region. Continue reading