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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Giving Thanks and Giving Back

 

Oct. 11, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Burlington

We have so much to be thankful for. Burlington is a compassionate, connected community and a great place to live, work, and raise a family and retire.

As we take time to give thanks, we are also reminded that there are many in our community in need. The 2013 Vital Signs report from the Burlington Community Foundation, released last week, reminds us that there are many people struggling in ways that are often unseen. As a community, we are challenged with affordable housing, an aging population, and mental health issues. This is evidenced by the work of our social agencies, faith communities and service clubs that reach out to those in need including the 17,000 people in Burlington who live below the poverty line.

Local area food banks have reported critical shortages of food and supplies and increased need. St. Christopher’s Church recently opened a satellite food bank at 662 Guelph Line to help serve an increased need.

While we have much to be thankful for, we do have much to work on to ensure that Burlington is a great place to live for everyone.

Food Drives

This holiday season there are many ways to contribute and help share in the season of giving.

The 25th Annual City Wide Thanksgiving Food Drive is on until Oct. 17, supporting the Salvation Army Family Services and Partnership West Food Bank. The Burlington Fire Department is collecting donations for the Thanksgiving Food drive at fire stations across the City. Donations can also be dropped off at local area grocery stores.

Thanks to the Burlington Post for distributing donation bags to residences across Burlington.

The Gift of Giving BackThe Gift of Giving Back

I am always proud to share the story of the Burlington Eagles Hockey Club, and their tremendous efforts to support local area food banks.

Along with their partners, the Burlington Cougars Junior A Hockey Club, the Burlington Barracudas Girls’ Hockey Club, and Notre Dame High School, the Eagles have initiated an outstanding community food drive that in just seven years, has collected and donated an astounding 481,410.47 lbs of non-perishable goods during their food drives in mid-November.

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Burlington Moments

#BurlONmoments August 9, 2013.

Civic Square

Enjoy the tunes at Saturdays in the Square! @BurlONmoments @burl_parksrec

We live in a wonderful city with so many amenities, trails,parks and green spaces to enjoy. We are fortunate to share special “moments” each and every day, whether it is out on a walk or bike ride on one of our trails, watching a performance at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, in Civic Square or at Central Park, or enjoying time with friends and family.

In my role as Mayor, I am fortunate to experience some special moments daily when I am meeting with constituents and business owners, celebrating at a community event or taking a walk in my own neighbourhood. It’s a pleasure to share my time and these moments with the community.

Burlington Beach #BurlONmoments

Burlington Beach #BurlONmoments @burl_parksrec

I am excited to share with you the #BurlONMoments campaign and contest because it offers me a way to share in some of your special moments and photos as well.

You can get involved by sharing your moments by posting your photos and short videos with #BurlONMoments on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Parks & Recreation will draw for 2 more summer prize packs from the pictures submitted.

#BurlONmoments @sarasinspringlife

Yoga in the park from @sarainspiringlife

 

For some inspiration, search #BurlONmoments on social media for great photos and memories from your friends and neighbours enjoying our city this summer and watch the “Burlington moments” video below.

For more details on the contest visit www.burlington.ca/moments

I look forward to your #BurlONMoments

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Canada Day Festival in Burlington

June 28, 2013

Canada Day Celebrations BannerThis weekend marks one of my favourite occasions – Canada Day. It is a very special 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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