January 2015 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings in December, as well as agendas and reports for January’s meetings, are available online.

Upcoming Meetings

Development & Infrastructure Committee: Monday, January 19 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Community & Corporate Services Committee: Tuesday, January 20 at 1 p.m.

Committee of the Whole: Thursday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m.

Burlington City Council: Monday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m.

City Updates
Budget 2015

Service based budgeting is now in place for the 2015 budget.

This is budgeting by service delivered, not by organizational department. The overall goal is to ensure citizens are getting good value for their tax dollar.

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Showing solidarity with our friends in France

photoThe flag of France has been raised at Burlington City Hall to honour the lives lost and families affected as a result of the recent terror attack.

Last week, a small group of terrorists led a deadly rampage at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. More lives were lost when the same group held shoppers hostage at a supermarket.

The City of Burlington is flying the flag to show solidarity with our friends in France that we will not allow our lives to be ruled by those with violent thoughts and actions.


Holiday Greetings

Christmas Card smallerFor many people in our community, the holidays are a time when they are especially motivated by a desire to make their community a better place to live and to make a difference to the lives of others.

I have always been aware of the wonderful community spirit here in the City of Burlington.

In what has been a very challenging year for our community, I have to acknowledge the incredible kindness and support that our residents have shown one another.

I have truly witnessed the incredible heart and soul of our community this year and am very grateful to call Burlington home.

Every single Burlington resident plays a role in making our City even more special.

Over the holiday season, I hope you have the opportunity to gather with your family and friends and enjoy a little of what Burlington has to offer.

Enjoy a stroll downtown to take in the Lakeside Festival of Lights and to see the retailers dressed for the holidays, skate on any of our indoor or outdoor rinks, enjoy the seasonally-inspired events at the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, or gather to watch thousands of ‘Santas’ running through our streets .

On behalf of my family, Council and staff, I wish you and your family the best for a happy, healthy holiday season and a very merry Christmas.

Mayor Rick Goldring, Inaugural Address 2014

Inaugural Meeting 2014-2Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre for the inaugural meeting of the 2014-2018 Burlington City Council.

At this time, I would like to acknowledge some of the special guests that are with us this evening.

  • Burlington MPP – Eleanor McMahon
  • Halton Region CAO – Jane MacCaskill
  • Interim City Manager – Pat Moyle
  • General Manager of Development and Infrastructure – Scott Stewart
  • The Senior Management Team of the City of Burlington

I also want to acknowledge and thank:

  • Hayley Verrall for her great rendition of O Canada
  • The Venerable Dr. Steve Hopkins from St. Christopher’s Church for doing the invocation
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Dale Fitzpatrick for commissioning the declarations of office
  • The Burlington Concert Band’s Saxophone Ensemble – Sax’nSyn
  • Rob Bennett and the World Renowned Burlington Teen Tour Band
  • Special Keynote Speaker – “Dr.” Ron Foxcroft
  • Staff of the Clerk’s Office and Mayor’s Office for organizing the inaugural meeting tonight.

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November 2014 Progress Report

First of all, I want to take this opportunity to thank the people of Burlington for “extending my contract” for another 4 years. Each and every day, it is an honour and privilege to serve as mayor. I do not take this job lightly and I continue to work hard at improving my performance. I am very pleased to re-connect with you and provide this post-election update. I look forward to continuing to send out regular progress reports for the next term as one way of updating you on what Council and staff are working on at the City. I want to continue the dialogue with Burlington residents and encourage you to reach out to me and the Mayor’s office on any issues that may arise. You can reach me via email at mayor@burlington.ca, phone at 905-335-7607, or through my social media channels. Continue reading