April 2017 Progress Report

Mayor Rick Goldring recently spent a morning learning more about city tree maintenance programs with Barbara Rabicki, Manager of Forestry Operations with the City of Burlington, and a team of forestry staff.

 

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.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, May 1 at 1 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, May 2 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Workshop – Thursday, May 4 at 1 p.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, May 29 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, May 30 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m. Continue reading

March 2017 Progress Report

Mayor Rick Goldring hosted a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and a group of community stakeholders on Feb. 24, 2017 to discuss seniors’ housing in Burlington. The day concluded with Mayor Goldring announcing the creation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors’ Housing.

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, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, April 3 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Workshop – Thursday, April 6 at 1 p.m.

Burlington City Council – Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors’ Housing

I am pleased to share I am creating a one-year task force to help address the issue of seniors’ housing in Burlington. Continue reading

January/February 2017 Progress Report

Mayor Rick Goldring speaks with Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault, Minister and Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon and Burlington Hydro President & CEO Gerry Smallegange during a recent visit at Burlington Hydro about initiatives like Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations that support smart community energy planning.

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.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Workshop – Thursday, March 2 at 1 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Public Meeting – Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

State of the City 2017

I was pleased to share my seventh State of the City Address in January with a crowd of more than 400 people at the Burlington Convention Centre. In my address, I spoke about how the city is supporting businesses and local jobs, planning for new development in key areas while ensuring the movement of people and goods across the city, and fostering a sense of community through neighbourhood initiatives. Our city has prospered, but we have more work to do. With continued leadership and vision, combined with the ongoing input and support of the community, we can make further progress on building a great city. Continue reading

November/December 2016 Progress Report

mayorchristmas1Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 

The holiday season is here, allowing us to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and look forward to 2017.

It has been a productive year at the City of Burlington, with important progress made on many of our goals for the community. We are working on a new Official Plan, starting engagement on a Transit Plan, finalizing an Innovation and Entrepreneurship strategy, and continuing community building through initiatives like the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund.

The next year will see further progress on these important projects for our city’s future. I am asking everyone to get involved and help us shape the future of Burlington. There will be many public engagement opportunities throughout the next 12 months, and I hope you will provide your input.

During this holiday season, please remember those who are less fortunate in our community. If you are able, take a moment to donate food, clothing, gift cards or toys to a local charity of your choice. Together, we can make the holiday season brighter for others in our city.

I also encourage everyone to enjoy the many outdoor amenities our city offers during the holiday season. Go for a skate on Rotary Centennial Pond. Take your family tobogganing at Lowville Park. Enjoy a walk along your street and say hello to your neighbours. Take this opportunity to celebrate our city with your loved ones. We have so many reasons to be thankful here in Burlington.

On behalf of Burlington City Council and the Goldring family, I wish you a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season. I look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017.

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.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole Workshop – Thursday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Budget – Monday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Public Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading

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