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

Statement from Mayor Goldring

Statement from Mayor Rick Goldring and Ward 1 City and Regional Councillor Rick Craven regarding Forterra Brick East Quarry

“The City of Burlington understands the concerns of residents residing near the Forterra Brick east quarry in Aldershot. The quarry is regulated under the Aggregate Resources Act of Ontario. Under the Act, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry oversees the rules governing aggregate management and issues licences, permits and changes to existing approvals. The Ministry also inspects aggregate operations and responds to complaints, enforces compliance and ensures rehabilitation is carried out on site. We continue to have regular dialogue with Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon about the Forterra Brick east quarry. After extensive review by staff in several City and Regional departments, we have come to understand that Forterra Brick is within its legal rights and that the Province of Ontario, not the City of Burlington, has jurisdiction over this matter.”

Michael Landsberg talks mental health at free community event

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Media release from the Office of the Mayor and Burlington Foundation

Burlington, Ont., Aug. 24, 2016 –Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Series and Burlington Foundation is partnering to present #SickNotWeak: Michael Landsberg Talks Mental Health on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St.

Michael Landsberg is a Canadian media personality known for his work on TSN’s Off the Record and Naylor & Landsberg. His experience with depression led to the creation of #SickNotWeak, a not-for-profit organization that provides mental health education and support.

“We know from reports like Burlington Foundation’s Vital Signs and feedback from residents that mental health is an important issue in our community,” said Mayor Goldring. “Michael is someone living with depression who has an inspiring story to share. I invite residents of all ages to come to this evening of discussion, awareness and support.” Continue reading

Mayor Goldring Re-Elected to AMO Board of Directors

Media release from the Office of the Mayor

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Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring.

Burlington, Ont., Aug. 23, 2016 – Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring has been re-elected to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Board of Directors, Large Urban Caucus. The election was held at AMO’s 2016 Conference in Windsor last week.

Mayor Goldring has served as chair of the Large Urban Caucus for the past two years. His new term will run from 2016-2018. As a member of the board, Mayor Goldring will help set policy for AMO and serve as a key municipal leader in the province.

“I am pleased to be able to continue to promote Burlington’s interests and work with other Ontario municipalities to create the best possible communities for our citizens,” said Mayor Goldring. “An ongoing priority on the AMO agenda I will be focused on is sustained, predictable infrastructure investment for municipalities. Addressing this minimizes the impact on property taxpayers.” Continue reading

Why The City is Piloting Bicycle Lanes on New Street from Guelph Line to Walker’s Line

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New Street (left) will transform to its one-year pilot project configuration (right) to test bike lanes from Guelph Line to Walker’s Line.

This summer, Burlington City Council supported a staff recommendation for a one-year pilot for bicycle lanes on New Street between Walker’s Line and Guelph Line.

As you are likely aware, the majority of council (6-1) supported this decision. It was our team of transportation experts that recommended what is being called a ‘road diet’. Simply put, that means taking New Street from four lanes to three lanes (two travel lanes and a centre left turn lane), with bike lanes separated by painted buffered lines on each side. Continue reading