September 2017 Progress Report

Media Shines Spotlight on Burlington

CBC’s “The Current”

CBC’s “The Current” host Anna Maria Tremonti and producer Kristin Nelson, spent the day in Burlington to talk about how our city is adapting to climate change after being hammered by the flood of 2014.
The show features residents of Burlington and Blair Feltmate from Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.  The episode came together exceptionally well. You can listen to it here.

Metro Morning

The producer of Metro Morning with Matt Galloway contacted my office because they were so intrigued by our Official Plan“Grow Bold”.
Especially the idea that the City of Burlington won’t build another single family home again. We’re building up, not out.  Listen to the full interview here.

 Reality on Transit

At the last Committee of the Whole Workshop, city council received news that our Transit department is operating at a level that will not meet future growth. Simply put, we haven’t made the investment needed to keep up.
Our service lacked reliability. Our maintenance team was unable to keep up with demands. Our transit staff and drivers continue to go above and beyond despite the lack of funding.
The message is loud and clear. We need significant investments in our Transit department to support a key pillar of our Strategic Plan. A City that Moves.
A report will be coming out ahead of budget schedule on how we can stabilize our system, and we’re taking this opportunity to review our entire Transit operations to make sure it meets the needs of current and future residents.

Mobility Hubs

We continue to collect public opinion on the four Mobility Hubs planned across Burlington. DowntownAldershot GOBurlington GO and Appleby GO.
I’ve attended many public meetings to listen to what residents have to say.
What do they think of the proposed concepts? Likes? Dislikes? There are a range of opinions dependent on a number of factors. Our younger residents are very supportive of more urban development while older residents prefer more traditional suburban development.
The next step on Downtown Mobility Hub is the Committee of the Whole workshop with the city council that will feature a presentation by our staff. That meeting is Thursday, September 28th at 1 pm.
I also encourage you to attend the Appleby Go Mobility Hub Concepts Public Open House on Wednesday October 11th at the Appleby Ice Centre.
No matter where you stand on the issue, your opinion is being heard and considered.

Waterfront Hotel Planning Study

On Thursday, September 14th, two community workshops were held at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
The public had the chance to study the preferred concepts for the site followed by small group discussions.
At these meetings, an emerging preferred concept was introduced along with the three original concepts used for the public survey. You can view the presentation here.
We are asking Burlington residents to continue engaging with us through this process. This is your city, your waterfront and your opinions matter. Staff will be delivering their recommendations in November. Stay tuned!

We Are An Engaging City

This is a proud moment for the City of Burlington. We have been named the Organization of the Year for being An Engaging City!
The award was handed out this month byInternational Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and it recognizes our mandate to consult and engage with residents in all matters. As one judge put it “Employees now ask how to engage — not whether”
Congratulations to the city staff, my colleagues on council and to the residents of Burlington!

Milton Logistics Hub Consultation

Canadian National Railway(CN) has chosen Milton as their preferred location to build a new logistics hub.
Currently, they are undergoing an environmental assessment to assess the project’s potential environmental and socio-economic effects.
From September 18 to October 31, CN will be consulting with Halton Region residents about the proposed mitigation measures to reduce the effects of the Milton Logistics Hub on communities and the environment. Further information about the proposed Project and the fall consultation period is available at cnmilton.ca.

Love My Hood Block Party

Have you hosted your Love My Hood event this summer?
My neighbourhood had ours this month, and it was fantastic! Our organizer Mary managed to pull out all the stops.
We collected over 3800 canned goods for the Burlington Food Bank. Our goal was 2500. They estimated that our donation was worth over $10,000!  Thank you Fortinos for giving us a head start on donations.
I also wan to thank Dairy Queen, The Coop Wicked Chicken, Turtle Jacks and Frat’s Cucina who donate their time and food for the event.

What’s Happening Burlington?

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.
The next found of committee meetings begin on Monday September 25th.

First day of fall arrived Sept. 22! As we welcome fall, another round of great festivals and events are in the works! Take a look at our calendar for all the events in your area.

Watch Inspire Burlington: New Directions in Transportation

Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington series presents a discussion about the future of transportation in Burlington, featuring noted urban planner Brent Toderian and public transit expert Jarrett Walker. Filmed on Nov. 14, 2016 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Toronto 2015: A Message from Mayor Rick Goldring

I would like to wish all of Team Canada, including the athletes who train in Burlington or call our city home, the performance of their lifetime at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

Thank you for making our city, province and country proud and for serving as role models for residents of all ages across the nation.

Information about competing athletes who have ties to our city can be found on the City of Burlington’s website at: http://www.burlington.ca/…/services…/Burlington-Athletes.asp.

Celebrating Canada Day in Burlington

July 1, 2015 marks the 148th anniversary of Canada’s birth as a nation.

On Canada Day, we honour the shared history, symbols and values that define us as Canadians.

As a seventh-generation Canadian, I firmly believe this is the greatest country in the world.

We are a country of vast and diverse landscapes from coast to coast to coast.

We have a health care system, a Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a strong democratic tradition.

We are an inclusive nation that embraces diversity. Regardless of your nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender or age, you are welcome in Canada.

We can make a stronger Canada by sharing and celebrating our differences.

The ideals that make our country stand out in the world are reflected here in our city.

I would like to invite everyone to join us on July 1 at Spencer Smith Park for Canada Day celebrations. For a full schedule of events, please visit www.burlington.ca/canadaday.

Happy Birthday Canada. Bonne Fête du Canada.

Bike to Work Day – May 25, 2015

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Bike to Work Day is celebrated across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area each year to encourage people to try cycling to work instead of driving.

It is a campaign that is geared at bringing awareness to the benefits of cycling, as many of the trips we take are within an easy distance.

Travelling by bike saves you the cost of gas and parking all while having zero impact on air quality and bringing a positive impact to your overall health.

This year, Bike to Work Day is May 25, where thousands of riders all over the GTHA will take part in cycling to work. This kicks off the start of Bike Month, which runs from May 25th- June 25th.

The City of Burlington will be hosting their 4th Annual  Bike to Work Day Breakfast in partnership with Smart Commute Halton on May 25 from 7:30 a.m-9 a.m. in Civic Square. I look forward to seeing you there.