Transit expert and noted urban planner giving free talk in Burlington


Media release from the Office of the Mayor

Burlington, Ont., Oct. 17, 2016 – Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Series and the City of Burlington present New Directions in Transportation with Brent Toderian and Jarrett Walker on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St.

A key direction of Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040 is A City That Moves. This is where a variety of convenient, affordable and green transportation choices are available for moving people and goods within the city.

“During the Strategic Plan process, we heard from citizens they want to have choices, whether by car, public transit, bicycle or by foot, to get to and from their destinations,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “Smart transportation planning is critical as Burlington and the Greater Toronto Area grows.”

Back by popular demand, noted urban planner Brent Toderian returns to the Inspire

Brent ToderianBurlington series with a new presentation focused on transportation and smart city building. Brent, who calls Vancouver, B.C. home, is a city planner and urbanist with

TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, and is Vancouver’s former chief city planner. His clients are cities of all sizes around the world.

“A city growing up is an engaged city, a city where people frequently choose to walk, cycle and ride public transit,” said Toderian. “People only make these healthier, more sustainable and more cost-effective choices when they are delightful; and they can only be delightful when they are prioritized.”

Jarrett Walker hails from Portland, Oregon, U.S. and is the author of the book Human Transit. For the past 25 years, Jarrett has been involved with the design and redesign of transit networks in cities across North America, as well as in Australia and New Jarrett WalkerZealand.

“Buses can be as liberating and efficient as your city wants them to be,” said Walker. “These days, most great transit improvements arise from partnerships, where transit agencies, city governments, unions, and key constituent groups are cooperating to put all the pieces in place.”

The free community event will feature presentations by Toderian and Walker, as well as an engaging question and answer session with both speakers hosted by Mayor Goldring. The evening also includes interactive displays focused on transportation starting at 6 p.m.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Reserve a seat online at or call the Office of the Mayor at 905-335-7607. Continue reading

Air dates for Inspire Burlington with Michael Landsberg

Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, Burlington Foundation President and CEO Colleen Mulholland, Burlington Foundation Board Chair Ron Foxcroft and Michael Landsberg at Inspire Burlington on Oct. 5, 2016.

Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, Burlington Foundation President and CEO Colleen Mulholland, Burlington Foundation Board Chair Ron Foxcroft and Michael Landsberg at Inspire Burlington on Oct. 5, 2016.

Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington series and the Burlington Foundation presented SickNotWeak: Michael Landsberg Talks Mental Health on Oct. 5, 2016.

Promotional partner CogecoTV Burlington was at the event recording the presentation.

The air dates on CogecoTV Burlington, Channel 700, are:

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.


Vive la revolution: Working together on mental illness

Michael Landsberg speaks to a large crowd at the Inspire Burlington event on Oct. 5.

Michael Landsberg speaks to a large crowd at the Inspire Burlington event on Oct. 5.

We are all impacted by mental illness.

Whether it is firsthand, a family member, a friend or a coworker – we all have our own story.

Through the work of community groups, like the Burlington Foundation Mental Wellness Alliance, awareness and support for mental illness is improving.16-610-MO-SickNotWeak-Social-1080x1080

However, there is always more that can be done.

Michael Landsberg is one of those leading the charge for change.

Many Canadians know Michael from his work on former TSN program Off the Record, and on his current show, Naylor and Landsberg. A smaller, but not insignificant group also knows him for his advocacy with his not-for-profit organization, #SickNotWeak.

Michael struggles daily with depression. At an event I attended this spring, he talked about the good days, the bad days and the grey days in between. I was inspired by his candour and sincerity.

In a column by Michael in 2012, he wrote: “We are fighting a war — for the minds of the people. This revolution can’t be stopped. We are destined to win and have the world see depression as an illness – not a weakness. Vive la revolution.” Continue reading

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – October meeting

Mayor Goldring's Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee meets on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Burlington City Hall, 426 Brant Street, in room 305.

The October meeting will be an action-oriented meeting, prioritizing and executing the Millennial Advisory Committee’s work plan short-term goals. The remainder of the meeting will feature ongoing discussion on upcoming meetings and initiatives for the committee. Continue reading

Nominations open for Mayor’s awards

Media release from Office of the Mayor

Burlington, Ont. Sept. 7, 2016 – Nominations are open for the Mayor’s Community Service Awards and the Mayor’s Sustainable Green Business Award.

The Mayor’s Community Service Awards recognize social responsibility demonstrated by for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

The Mayor’s Sustainable Green Business Award honours sustainable business practices.

“These awards provide a meaningful opportunity to recognize outstanding organizations and businesses that make our city a great place to live and work,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring. “Submit your nomination and help us celebrate the people who go above and beyond every day in our community.” Continue reading