Honouring our Korean War Veterans

Korean naval monumentEarlier this week I attended a dedication of the Royal Canadian Naval Ships in Korea Memorial Monument.

Many residents are very familiar with the Naval Memorial Monument in Spencer Smith Park which was unveiled in May of 1995 with thousands of veterans and supporters in attendance. This significant monument is a cenotaph that honors the memory of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Merchant Marine seamen and their ships that were lost during World War II. This monument is a special addition to Spencer Smith Park that attracts residents and visitors, a place to stop and reflect on our naval history and to those who fought for freedom. Continue reading

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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