September/October 2016 Progress Report

Mayor Rick Goldring, Burlington Foundation President and CEO Colleen Mulholland, Burlington Foundation Board Chair Ron Foxcroft and TSN's Michael Landsberg at Inspire Burlington on Oct. 5. The next Inspire Burlington event is set for Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. Register today: burlington.ca/mayor.

Mayor Rick Goldring, Burlington Foundation President and CEO Colleen Mulholland, Burlington Foundation Board Chair Ron Foxcroft and TSN’s Michael Landsberg at Inspire Burlington on Oct. 5. The next Inspire Burlington event is set for Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

Burlington City Council – Monday, Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Thursday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.

Community and Corporate Services Committee – Monday, Nov. 7

Development and Infrastructure Committee – Tuesday, Nov. 8

Burlington City Council – Monday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Applicable Learning from Sweden and Denmark

Västra Hamnen – the Western Harbour – is one of Malmö’s largest residential construction projects. When complete, it will have 20,000 residents and a roughly equivalent number of workspaces. Once a declining post-industrial area, the Western Harbour has been transformed into an attractive and sustainable modern dockland development.

Västra Hamnen – the Western Harbour – is one of Malmö’s largest residential construction projects. When complete, it will have 20,000 residents and a roughly equivalent number of workspaces. Once a declining post-industrial area, the Western Harbour has been transformed into an attractive and sustainable modern development.

Last month, I travelled to Växjö, Sweden with a delegation from the City of Burlington. The purpose of the trip was to work with municipal and industry representatives to discuss a potential strategic partnership and share knowledge related to community energy, sustainable development and economic development opportunities.

The city delegation was in Växjö, Sweden on Sept. 26 and 27, 2016. The delegation also met with other municipal jurisdictions, including Malmö, Sweden (Sept. 28), and Copenhagen, Denmark (Sept. 29).

Delegation members included James Ridge, City Manager; Frank McKeown, Executive Director of Burlington Economic Development Corporation and Paul Sharman, Ward 5 City and Region Councillor. Staff from the City of Burlington, Burlington Hydro and McMaster University also accompanied us.

Burlington is working towards the long-term goal of becoming carbon neutral, as stated in the city’s Strategic Plan 2015-40. Växjö, Sweden has the same goal. That city is a world environmental leader with a growing economy. In 1996, the city adopted a target for the community to be fossil fuel free by 2030. Greenhouse gas emissions have been cut by 48 per cent between 1998 and 2014 on a per capita basis.

Here at home, the Province of Ontario is expected to release its climate change strategy with ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This will likely significantly impact city operations, such as transportation and the use of thermal energy.

Among the noteworthy topics discussed were:

  • District energy: One of the main reasons we went to Sweden and Denmark was to learn more about district energy, as the City of Burlington is undertaking a feasibility study to investigate a potential district energy facility in our community. This direction is part of the Community Energy Plan. Sweden and Denmark have used district energy for many decades, and in some cases, for more than a hundred years. District energy plants have the potential to provide predictable and potentially cleaner energy. The focus of the feasibility work in Burlington focuses on downtown, as well as areas around the Aldershot and Burlington GO stations. We had many presentations on district energy and visited district energy facilities, including the Sysav facility in Malmö, Sweden, which uses waste-to-energy technology as a source for both electricity and heat for tens of thousands of homes. Continue reading

August 2016 Progress Report

Mayor Rick Goldring speaks about the new Home Adaptation Assessment Program at the initiative’s announcement at Burlington City Hall on Aug. 5, 2016.

Mayor Rick Goldring speaks about the new Home Adaptation Assessment Program at the initiative’s announcement at Burlington City Hall on Aug. 5, 2016.

Committee and Council Meetings

 Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.  

Community and Corporate Services Committee – Monday, Sept. 12

Development and Infrastructure Committee – Tuesday, Sept. 13

Burlington City Council – Monday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Goldring Re-Elected to AMO Board of Directors

This August, I was 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 in mid-August, which I attended with Burlington councillors Paul Sharman and Blair Lancaster. I have served as chair of the Large Urban Caucus for the past two years. The new term will run from 2016-2018.

As a member of the board, I 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. 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

July 2016 Progress Report

 Mayor Rick Goldring joined Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, Oakville North-Burlington MP Pam Damoff, Burlington MP Karina Gould, and Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon (not pictured) for Canada Day celebrations in Burlington. Many activities are being planned for next year's special celebration of Canada's 150th birthday in Burlington.


Mayor Rick Goldring joined Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, Oakville North-Burlington MP Pam Damoff, Burlington MP Karina Gould, and Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon (not pictured) for Canada Day celebrations in Burlington. Many activities are being planned by the city for next year’s special celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday in Burlington.

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

Community and Corporate Services Committee – Monday, Sept. 12

Development and Infrastructure Committee – Tuesday, Sept. 13

Burlington City Council – Monday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

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June 2016 Progress Report

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Mayor Rick Goldring joined Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Provincial Environment Minister Glen Murray and Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger to speak at the June 17 update on the Randle Reef sediment remediation project in Burlington Bay. The project will reduce the amount and spread of contaminants through the harbour, significantly improving water quality. Continue reading

May 2016 Progress Report

MayorJanesWalk

Mayor Rick Goldring leads a Jane’s Walk on May 6 with Aldershot High School Grade 9 students and teacher David Willms.The walk is part of an initiative between the Halton Region Health Department and the Grade 9 geography classes at Aldershot High School where students are learning about their “livable communities” curriculum by connecting with their city.

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

Community and Corporate Services Committee – Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Development and Infrastructure Committee – Tuesday, May 17 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading