Mayor Goldring requests input on Burlington waterfront redevelopment

Next week, the City of Burlington is starting a study that affects the future of our waterfront and I am asking everyone in Burlington to get involved.

The Brant and Lakeshore planning study commences on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. It will consider what should be located on the property at the foot of Brant Street that is currently home to the Waterfront Hotel.

The owner of the property ­­– Burlington 2020 Lakeshore Inc. — is interested in redeveloping the site. As such, the City’s Official Plan, which is the guiding planning document for Burlington, requires the City to complete a master plan for this area.

This master plan is critically important, as this site is prime waterfront land surpassing anything found in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area in natural beauty and access.

As Mayor, I am very concerned about the impact any redevelopment could have on our waterfront. Continue reading

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee presents entrepreneur-focused Inspire Burlington event

Media release from Office of the Mayor

Burlington, Ont. — April 5, 2017 — Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Speakers’ Series and the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee present Inspire Burlington: Millennial Entrepreneurial Success on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Botanical Gardens David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, 1185 York Blvd. Continue reading

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