April 16, 2014
Appeared in the Burlington Post, April 16, 2014
You may have read the front page story of a recent Burlington Post edition entitled “Habitat Halton hands over keys to 19th, 20th homeowners”. That article covered an event I attended that was deeply moving and humbling as I watched the longtime dreams of two families become fulfilled, thanks to the efforts of this organization and countless volunteers.
Unfortunately, too many families find this dream elusive. Continue reading
April 3, 2014
Autism Awareness in Burlington
This week we recognized World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. In Burlington we held a special ceremony at City Hall to raise the Autism Awareness Flag and bring awareness to the impacts of this disorder to members of our community.
Along with over 300 structures and landmarks around the world including Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House, Burlington City Hall will be lit up blue for Autism Awareness Month this April. Continue reading
March 26, 2014
Read the MoneySense Rankings
For the second year in a row, Burlington has been named the best mid-sized city in Canada to live by MoneySense Magazine.
Burlington has so much to offer to so many people. We are a physically beautiful city and enjoy great weather, lots of amenities, great programs and services, and we have a very engaged and enthusiastic community. All of those ingredients create a recipe for success. We can all be very proud of this accomplishment.
However, as I’ve said before, there are many more intangibles that make a “Best City” - things like compassion, caring and a sense of community. These are the attributes that make a great city a great place to live.
Congratulations to the AA Atom Team who raised the most for the Burlington Eagles Gift of Giving Back food drive this past year.
It’s always an honour to be measured and recognized as a city, but what is continually inspiring to me is the dedicated efforts of so many Burlington residents who are committed to community service, volunteering, and helping their neighbours.
New Street and Maranatha Gardens
6 storey proposal approved. Click the image to read the staff report
This week City Council approved a staff recommendation to permit a 6 storey retirement residents on New Street known as Maranatha Gardens.
This included an amendment to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit the development.
A number of residents have expressed concerns about the potential traffic impact, changing the Official Plan, and about the public engagement process.
Let me address some of these concerns.
The traffic impacts and resulting noise have been reviewed by our staff and a study by the applicant’s consultant, concluding that the increase in traffic and noise is very minimal compared to the current traffic flow on New Street. New Street has more than enough capacity to handle any increase in traffic that results from additional residents.
March 10, 2014
March Break in Burlington
There is much to do this March Break in Burlington.
Parks and Recreation facilities have drop in family programs, swimming, skating and day camps.
Visit Tourism Burlington and their blog “March Break fun in Burlington” for more great ideas of ways to enjoy March Break right here in Burlington including Mounstberg Conservation Area,
the Royal Botanical Gardens,
Burlington’s museums and much more.
Have a great week!