April 23, 2014
Burlington Clean Up
Spring clean up has begun and there is much activity taking place around Burlington with street sweeping, sod repairs, and litter clean up. Halton Region is continuing to pick up brush and debris from this winter’s ice storm through the end of May.
Coming this weekend is the BurlingtonGreen annual Clean Up Green Up. Please join in with your friends, family, school and neighbours to help break last year’s record of 13,500 participants.
Planting trees at Beachway Park at last year’s Clean Up Green Up
In addition to the city wide clean ups taking place April 21 to April 26, BurlingtonGreen will also have 100 volunteers over at Beachway Park picking up litter along the shoreline and “Greening Up” by removing invasive non-native plants and planting native grasses, shrubs and trees in an effort to continue to work to restore the fragile ecosystem there.
New this year, a second Green Up event again at Beachway on May 31 to continue the work. Both of these Green Up projects are thanks to the Province of Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.
Join in and sign up for this year’s city-wide clean up.
Thank you to BurlingtonGreen for this annual initiative and encourage residents to join in.
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.