Statement from Mayor Goldring on provincial transit funding

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Statement from Mayor Rick Goldring regarding today’s provincial announcement of additional funding for local transit:

“I am pleased with today’s announcement about an increase in gas tax funding for transit. This is something Ontario municipalities have been calling for and we welcome the investment. The timing of the increase is good for Burlington as we are currently working with the community on a new transit strategy and making key decisions where to focus our resources. It is important for Burlington to have sustainable funding from the province that will help support a better transit system in our city.”

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Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – February meeting

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The next meeting of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is set for Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Tansley Woods Community Centre, Community Room 3, 1996 Itabashi Way.

The guest speaker is Halton Regional Police Service Burlington (3 District) Superintendent Al Albano.

Committee members and the public are welcome.

Please RSVP by emailing mayor@burlington.ca.

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee was created to develop initiatives and provide input on how to keep and attract residents aged 18 to 35 in Burlington. It will also concentrate on creating opportunities to engage millennials with their community.

For more information about the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee, visit Burlington.ca/millennials.

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State of the City Address 2017

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[Check Against Delivery]

Good morning. I would like to offer a warm welcome to the annual Mayor’s State of the City Address.

Thank you all very much for joining me this morning. It means a lot to have so many people here. I appreciate your ongoing support.

I would like to recognize the Burlington Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event, as they have done for many decades.

In particular, thank you to Keith Hoey and his team, Marty Staz and the board of directors, along with the volunteers and membership. Together, you facilitate many different programs and events throughout the year that help bring the community together and build relationships that are essential to the prosperity of business in Burlington.

And thank you to today’s sponsors: Bell, Scotiabank, CN Rail, the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington, Union Gas and CogecoTV.

Today marks my seventh State of the City Address. Since the first time I stood before you, we have made significant progress, which I will share with you.

My colleagues from Burlington City Council are with us today. I am proud to work alongside these men and women who are deeply committed to our city.

Please welcome councillors Rick Craven, Marianne Meed Ward, John Taylor, Jack Dennison, Paul Sharman and Blair Lancaster.

Our City Manager James Ridge is also here today. James is a key part of the leadership at the city along with the Burlington Leadership Team and our staff. I am proud of the dedicated staff working hard every day to make this city the best it can be.

We continue to work closely with all orders of government. Joining us this morning is Oakville North-Burlington Member of Parliament Pam Damoff, as well as Burlington Member of Provincial Parliament Eleanor McMahon, who last year was also named Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

I want to recognize Burlington Member of Parliament Karina Gould, who was not able to join us today, on her appointment as Minister of Democratic Institutions.

I am pleased to see Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette and Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. It is great working with you as we build strong communities and a prosperous region at Halton Regional Council.

It is a privilege and an honour to serve as Mayor of Burlington. This community means everything to me. Continue reading

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November/December 2016 Progress Report

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mayorchristmas1Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 

The holiday season is here, allowing us to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and look forward to 2017.

It has been a productive year at the City of Burlington, with important progress made on many of our goals for the community. We are working on a new Official Plan, starting engagement on a Transit Plan, finalizing an Innovation and Entrepreneurship strategy, and continuing community building through initiatives like the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund.

The next year will see further progress on these important projects for our city’s future. I am asking everyone to get involved and help us shape the future of Burlington. There will be many public engagement opportunities throughout the next 12 months, and I hope you will provide your input.

During this holiday season, please remember those who are less fortunate in our community. If you are able, take a moment to donate food, clothing, gift cards or toys to a local charity of your choice. Together, we can make the holiday season brighter for others in our city.

I also encourage everyone to enjoy the many outdoor amenities our city offers during the holiday season. Go for a skate on Rotary Centennial Pond. Take your family tobogganing at Lowville Park. Enjoy a walk along your street and say hello to your neighbours. Take this opportunity to celebrate our city with your loved ones. We have so many reasons to be thankful here in Burlington.

On behalf of Burlington City Council and the Goldring family, I wish you a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season. I look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017.

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.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole Workshop – Thursday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Budget – Monday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Public Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Statement from Mayor Goldring

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Statement from Mayor Rick Goldring regarding graffiti in Tansley Woods Park:

“This hateful messaging has no place in Burlington. It is offensive and unacceptable. This graffiti does not represent the inclusivity our community works so hard to foster. City staff will co-operate with the Halton Regional Police Service in any way needed during its investigation. I ask anyone who has information about this incident to please contact Halton police.”

 

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