Celebrating our Burlington Best

 

March 26, 2014

Burlington’s Best

Burlington Best Medium Sized City

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For the second year in a row, Burlington has been named the best mid-sized city in Canada to live by MoneySense Magazine

Burlington has so much to offer to so many people. We are a physically beautiful city and enjoy great weather, lots of amenities, great programs and services, and we have a very engaged and enthusiastic community. All of those ingredients create a recipe for success. We can all be very proud of this accomplishment.

However, as I’ve said before, there are many more intangibles that make a “Best City” - things like compassion, caring and a sense of community. These are the attributes that make a great city a great place to live.

Burlington Eagles Gift of Giving Back

Congratulations to the AA Atom Team who raised the most for the Burlington Eagles Gift of Giving Back food drive this past year.

It’s always an honour to be measured and recognized as a city, but what is continually inspiring to me is the dedicated efforts of so many Burlington residents who are committed to community service, volunteering, and helping their neighbours.
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Ice Storm Update #8: Relief from the province

Feb. 26, 2014

Ice Storm Relief

I’m pleased that the provincial government has responded to the GTHA Mayors request for assistance to deal with ice storm recovery and costs.

We await further details of the one-time provincial Ice Storm Assistance Program to understand what costs will be covered. Together the GTHA Mayors presented as much as $275 million in damages to the province. We need to know what costs the province will deem eligible for the $190 million available.

And now, we need the federal government to step up to help municipalities cover the extensive costs of this storm. The ice storm was a catastrophic event for municipalities and we are still cleaning up.

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Ice Storm Update #7: Mayors and Chairs meet to discuss relief

January 17, 2014

Ice Storm Meeting of GTHA Mayors

Today I met with 18 other Mayors and 3 Regional Chairs from across the Greater Hamilton-Toronto Area to discuss financial support from the provincial and federal governments to clean up from the ice storm. Many of the municipalities affected by the storm will be requesting financial assistance to help with clean up. The purpose of today’s meeting was to coordinate the request and approach to both the province and the federal government for assistance.

GTHA Mayors and Chairs Ice Storm Meeting

Meeting with GTHA Mayors & Chairs to discuss ice storm relief in Mississauga, Jan. 17, 2014

The meeting was chaired by Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga, and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Linda Jeffrey was in attendance.

Together the GTHA Mayors and Chairs unanimously supported a resolution to request that the provincial and federal governments fund 1/3 of the full cost of response and ongoing recovery from the ice storm.  We requested a response by March 1, 2014.
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Snow Control in Burlington

 

January 9, 2013

Snow Control in BurlingtonBurlington Snow Winter Control

It’s early January and so far, we have been experiencing a real Canadian winter – unlike some winters of recent memory in Burlington.

The weather conditions have presented some real challenges for travel around the GTA and much of Ontario.  Our Roads and Parks Maintenance crews have been working very hard to ensure that our roads and sidewalks are cleared, safe, and up to service standard. This has not been easy due to the extreme cold temperatures we have experienced along with the consistent snow we have received.

During a winter weather event, check the Snow Control website for regular updates here.
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Burlington Ice Storm Update #6: Next Steps

 

January 3, 2013

Burlington Ice Storm UpdateBurlington Ice Storm damage

It’s been nearly two weeks since the ice storm that caused severe damage to trees and property hit our community, causing an extended power outage for many, and damage our tree canopy. Now that power has been restored we have shifted our focus to the clean up operation and post-storm debrief.

Brush and Branch Collection ProgramBurlington Ice Storm

Our staff have surveyed the entire city and have mapped the locations where there are fallen trees and branches. City and contract staff will be going out for the next few weeks removing any hanging limbs and chipping the trees and branches that have come down as a result of the storm. Almost every street in the city has a broken limb or a brush pile to be removed.

Over the coming weeks, the City of Burlington and Halton Region will be collecting brush and branches.

Residents are asked to help by:

  • Pile smaller branches curb side with a maximum of 7.5 centimeters (3 inches) in diameter and 2 meters (6.5 feet) in length. Regional collection will be on the same day as garbage collection, from January 6 – 31, 2014 in designated urban areas.
  • Place larger brush, stacked with cut ends piled together curb side by January 12, 2014. Please keep branches and brush off sidewalks and roads. Brush will be picked up once on all city streets over the next few weeks, beginning in areas hardest hit by the storm.
  • Drop off branches and brush at Lowville Park (6207 Guelph Line) daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until January 31, 2014.
  • Drop of brush debris at the Halton Waste Management site, free of charge, until January 31, 2014.

The city has also set up two drop-off stations where residents can drop off brush and wood:

  • Lowville Park (6207 Guelph Line) parking lot. This station will remain open until January 31.
  • Ella Foote Hall (2175 Blessington St.) until this Sunday, January 5 2014 at 5 p.m.

The drop-off sites are staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be either a loader or a backhoe at each location to assist with debris.

For more information, please call the City of Burlington at 905-333-6166 or visit www.burlington.ca

Garbage Collection

Halton Region is lifting the three-bag limit for garbage pick-up, allowing households to place as much as six bags of garbage for collection on their scheduled collection day until January 31, 2014. Brush debris will also be picked up on the same day as garbage from January 6-31, 2014 in designated urban areas.

For rural areas, Halton Region is coordinating additional resources for this service with more details to come. Please check the Halton Region website.

Until January 31 2014, residents and contractors can also drop off brush debris at the Halton Waste Management site free of charge. For questions related to waste and/or brush debris collection, please contact the Region by dialing 311 or through email at accesshalton@halton.ca

Ice Storm Debrief

Along with the clean up operations, staff and senior management from the Region, the City, Burlington Hydro and City Council will be meeting in the next two weeks for an ice storm debrief.

We acknowledge that the ice storm brought to light some gaps in our communications infrastructure that need to be addressed. Staff will be looking closely at this and preparing a report for Council with recommendations on what we need to do to improve our ability to deal with emergency situations in the future.

We will also be looking at the necessity for tree trimming in North Burlington. We will work on this as we review the operating budget in the coming weeks and months to ensure we have the appropriate resources

A Word of Thanks

I want to take this opportunity to once again thank the residents who were affected by the storm for their patience and resilience in coping with a very difficult situation.

And I also would like to acknowledge and recognize publicly the City, Regional and Hydro staff, management and crews, the staff and volunteer fire fighters from Kilbride, the other municipal hydro crews from Oakville, Waterloo North and Cambridge, and the resident volunteers for your tremendous efforts, unwavering cooperation, and deep commitment in response to the ice storm.

This group of people worked under Burlington Ice Stormdifficult circumstances to re-energize residents, clear fallen trees to provide hydro crew access and keep roads and sidewalks accessible and safe, maintain warming centres, going ‘door to door’ to inform people of impromptu meetings, assist the elderly, deliver generators, and answer numerous service calls.

 

During this difficult situation I witnessed firsthand the true heart and spirit of our community as neighbours reached out to neighbours. While I am not surprised, I am always inspired and impressed as this selfless community spirit is what makes Burlington such a great community to share.

So to all of you, on behalf of your City Council, sincere thanks and appreciation.

Rick Goldring, Mayor