Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – November Update

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City Manager James Ridge speaks with the Mayor's Millennial Advisory Committee at its November meeting.

City Manager James Ridge speaks with the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee at its November meeting.

Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee met on Thursday, Nov. 10  at Burlington City Hall in Council Chambers. The committee welcomed two guest speakers: City Manager James Ridge and Manager of Committee Services and Election Services Danielle Pitoscia. Both James Ridge and Danielle Pitoscia presented key insight into the responsibilities of Burlington’s municipal government and services and identified areas that millennial input would be beneficial. Continue reading

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Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – October Update

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The new logo for the Burlington Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee, designed by member Roxanne Chami.

Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee met on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Burlington City Hall. The October meeting was an action-oriented meeting, prioritizing and executing the Millennial Advisory Committee’s work plan short-term goals. The remainder of the meeting featured a discussion of upcoming meetings and initiatives for the committee.

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee discussed upcoming events of importance to their objective of engaging millennials within Burlington. An example of an upcoming outreach initiative will be at Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Series, presenting New Directions in Transportation with Brent Toderian and Jarrett Walker on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St. The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory will have an interactive display and table to engage with attendees under the theme of “What would encourage you to bus/bike/walk more in Burlington?” with a focus on active transportation. Continue reading

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September/October 2016 Progress Report

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Mayor Rick Goldring, Burlington Foundation President and CEO Colleen Mulholland, Burlington Foundation Board Chair Ron Foxcroft and TSN's Michael Landsberg at Inspire Burlington on Oct. 5. The next Inspire Burlington event is set for Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. Register today: burlington.ca/mayor.

Mayor Rick Goldring, Burlington Foundation President and CEO Colleen Mulholland, Burlington Foundation Board Chair Ron Foxcroft and TSN’s Michael Landsberg at Inspire Burlington on Oct. 5. The next Inspire Burlington event is set for Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

Burlington City Council – Monday, Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Thursday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.

Community and Corporate Services Committee – Monday, Nov. 7

Development and Infrastructure Committee – Tuesday, Nov. 8

Burlington City Council – Monday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Applicable Learning from Sweden and Denmark

Västra Hamnen – the Western Harbour – is one of Malmö’s largest residential construction projects. When complete, it will have 20,000 residents and a roughly equivalent number of workspaces. Once a declining post-industrial area, the Western Harbour has been transformed into an attractive and sustainable modern dockland development.

Västra Hamnen – the Western Harbour – is one of Malmö’s largest residential construction projects. When complete, it will have 20,000 residents and a roughly equivalent number of workspaces. Once a declining post-industrial area, the Western Harbour has been transformed into an attractive and sustainable modern development.

Last month, I travelled to Växjö, Sweden with a delegation from the City of Burlington. The purpose of the trip was to work with municipal and industry representatives to discuss a potential strategic partnership and share knowledge related to community energy, sustainable development and economic development opportunities.

The city delegation was in Växjö, Sweden on Sept. 26 and 27, 2016. The delegation also met with other municipal jurisdictions, including Malmö, Sweden (Sept. 28), and Copenhagen, Denmark (Sept. 29).

Delegation members included James Ridge, City Manager; Frank McKeown, Executive Director of Burlington Economic Development Corporation and Paul Sharman, Ward 5 City and Region Councillor. Staff from the City of Burlington, Burlington Hydro and McMaster University also accompanied us.

Burlington is working towards the long-term goal of becoming carbon neutral, as stated in the city’s Strategic Plan 2015-40. Växjö, Sweden has the same goal. That city is a world environmental leader with a growing economy. In 1996, the city adopted a target for the community to be fossil fuel free by 2030. Greenhouse gas emissions have been cut by 48 per cent between 1998 and 2014 on a per capita basis.

Here at home, the Province of Ontario is expected to release its climate change strategy with ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This will likely significantly impact city operations, such as transportation and the use of thermal energy.

Among the noteworthy topics discussed were:

  • District energy: One of the main reasons we went to Sweden and Denmark was to learn more about district energy, as the City of Burlington is undertaking a feasibility study to investigate a potential district energy facility in our community. This direction is part of the Community Energy Plan. Sweden and Denmark have used district energy for many decades, and in some cases, for more than a hundred years. District energy plants have the potential to provide predictable and potentially cleaner energy. The focus of the feasibility work in Burlington focuses on downtown, as well as areas around the Aldershot and Burlington GO stations. We had many presentations on district energy and visited district energy facilities, including the Sysav facility in Malmö, Sweden, which uses waste-to-energy technology as a source for both electricity and heat for tens of thousands of homes. Continue reading
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Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – November meeting

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City Manager James Ridge will be one of two guest speakers at the next meeting of the Mayor's Millennial Advisory Committee. Burlington millennials and members of the public are welcome to join us.

City Manager James Ridge will be one of two guest speakers at the next meeting of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee. Burlington millennials and members of the public are welcome to join us.

The next meeting of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is set for Thursday, Nov. 10 from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Burlington City Hall, 426 Brant St.

The focus is City Hall 101, with guest speakers James Ridge, City Manager, and Danielle Pitoscia, Manager of Committee Services and Election Services. Residents of all ages, including millennials in particular, are welcome to learn more about how city hall operates and engagement opportunities for millennial-aged residents in our community.

Please RSVP by emailing mayor@burlington.ca. Continue reading

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Transit expert and noted urban planner giving free talk in Burlington

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Media release from the Office of the Mayor

Burlington, Ont., Oct. 17, 2016 – Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Series and the City of Burlington present New Directions in Transportation with Brent Toderian and Jarrett Walker on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St.

A key direction of Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040 is A City That Moves. This is where a variety of convenient, affordable and green transportation choices are available for moving people and goods within the city.

“During the Strategic Plan process, we heard from citizens they want to have choices, whether by car, public transit, bicycle or by foot, to get to and from their destinations,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “Smart transportation planning is critical as Burlington and the Greater Toronto Area grows.”

Back by popular demand, noted urban planner Brent Toderian returns to the Inspire

Brent ToderianBurlington series with a new presentation focused on transportation and smart city building. Brent, who calls Vancouver, B.C. home, is a city planner and urbanist with

TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, and is Vancouver’s former chief city planner. His clients are cities of all sizes around the world.

“A city growing up is an engaged city, a city where people frequently choose to walk, cycle and ride public transit,” said Toderian. “People only make these healthier, more sustainable and more cost-effective choices when they are delightful; and they can only be delightful when they are prioritized.”

Jarrett Walker hails from Portland, Oregon, U.S. and is the author of the book Human Transit. For the past 25 years, Jarrett has been involved with the design and redesign of transit networks in cities across North America, as well as in Australia and New Jarrett WalkerZealand.

“Buses can be as liberating and efficient as your city wants them to be,” said Walker. “These days, most great transit improvements arise from partnerships, where transit agencies, city governments, unions, and key constituent groups are cooperating to put all the pieces in place.”

The free community event will feature presentations by Toderian and Walker, as well as an engaging question and answer session with both speakers hosted by Mayor Goldring. The evening also includes interactive displays focused on transportation starting at 6 p.m.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Reserve a seat online at burlington.ca/mayor or call the Office of the Mayor at 905-335-7607. Continue reading

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