New Street Bike Lanes Study

I would like to take this opportunity to discuss with you the rationale for the initiation of the New Street Bike Lanes’ Study that was recently supported by Council.

Why should we consider designated bike lanes on New Street?

Since the City of Burlington declared itself as a Sustainable Development Community in 1990, we have invested in creating vibrant neighborhoods. To be truly vibrant, neighbourhoods should be designed to encourage active lifestyles, including walking and cycling. These areas are often favoured places to live because of lower pollution levels, less traffic congestion, more parks and public spaces, improved opportunities for social interaction, and an abundance of healthy lifestyle choices. Continue reading

Summer in Burlington – time to get outside and have some fun!

“In summer, the song sings itself. “ (William Carlos Williams)

This week marks the end of the season – for students and for many who will be scaling back on the workload and preparing for a summer get-away.

imagesOne of my favourite beginning-of-summer occasions is Canada Day. This is a significant day for all of us and one that we often associate only with fireworks and a day off. But Canada Day is much more than that – it is a day of celebration – but also a day when we should reflect on what it means to be Canadian.

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Brant Street Pier Legal Update

I am very pleased to provide an update on the litigation surrounding the Brant Street Pier. Today Council unanimously approved a settlement with a net result of $2 million for the City of Burlington.

The settlement consists of $1.5 million in cash, along with a $500,000 net gain resulting from a holdback that we will no longer be obligated to pay.

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Celebrating our 25th Anniversary with Itabashi

This past weekend it was my honour and a great pleasure to welcome a delegation from Itabashi, Japan, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our twinning relationship. The delegation included Mayor Takeshi Sakamoto, Chairman Yoshiyuki Shigeno and several government officials, and a cultural delegation.

Itabashi Delegation at City HallThis visit was the second part of our 25th anniversary celebration. In May, Councillor Blair Lancaster led a Burlington delegation to Itabashi. They have shared wonderful stories about their Itabashi visit, having experienced the vibrancy of the Japanese culture, history, heritage and traditions. A number of local citizens also attended and developed their own friendships with Itabashi residents.

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