Message from Mayor Rick Goldring on Fort McMurray Wildfires

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta, as they leave their homes and city for safety during the wildfires and prepare to face rebuilding their lives and community.

One of Burlington’s strengths is our ability to come together to help others in need. We have witnessed this during the flood of August 2014 and, more recently, during the Syrian refugee initiative.

Elected officials in Alberta are asking anyone wishing to help to donate to the Alberta Fires Appeal made through the Canadian Red Cross at www.redcross.ca. Burlington’s City Manager has reached out to the CAO of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta, to ask how we can help during this difficult time.

On behalf of my colleagues on City Council, thank you to all the people in Burlington who are already doing your part to help the people of Fort McMurray.

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Committee News In Brief – April 18 & 19, 2016

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CH3Corporate and Community Services Committee – April 18, 2016

LaSalle Park Marina Wave Break

Committee approved the authorization of a letter of support from the Mayor to assist LaSalle Park Marina Association (LPMA) with securing funding opportunities for the construction of a permanent wave break at LaSalle Park Marina. The proposed funding source for construction is: $4 million from the federal government; $4 million from the provincial government and a $4 million loan from Infrastructure Ontario. At this time, LPMA has indicated to the city that a Joint Venture Loan from the city is not needed. Approval of the letter goes to City Council on May 9, 2016. Read more here.

Finger Docks for LaSalle Park Marina

Committee approved LaSalle Park Marina Association’s (LPMA) application for Joint Venture Financing to an upset limit of $250,000 to be used towards the purchase of finger docks. This is a 10-year non-tax supported debenture to be fully repaid to the City of Burlington by the LPMA. The total project cost is $370,000. The remainder of the funding includes: $109,000 from Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and $11,000 from the LPMA. Goes to City Council on May 9, 2016.

Agenda, reports, minutes and video for this Committee meeting can be found here.

Development and Infrastructure Committee – April 19, 2016

Older Adult Property Tax Deferral Program

The committee approved the Older Adults Property Tax Deferral Program in Burlington governed by the Region of Halton. The program offers low-income adults who own and live in their homes in the City of Burlington a full property tax deferral with interest being paid by Halton Region. The launch date is July 1, pending council approval on May 9, 2016. Read more about the program in the mayor’s column. Continue reading

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Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee Update – April 2016

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Members of the Mayor's Millennial Advisory Committee discuss the group's priorities at its first meeting on April 14, 2016.

Members of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee discuss the group’s priorities at its first meeting on April 14, 2016.

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

Mayor Rick Goldring met for the first time with a selection of 18 Millennials aged 18 to 35 who live or work in Burlington. The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is a new project in Burlington to engage with the demographic that represents 17% of the city’s population. Each month the committee will meet on the second Thursday at a cultural hub in Burlington to concentrate on the creation of opportunities to engage, attract and retain millennials in the city.

The meeting was held to develop topics for a year long work plan for the committee and to allow committee members to meet each other and discuss what they feel is important to Burlington for millennials.

Members spoke briefly about why they had an interest in being a part of the committee, which was fresh in their minds from the application they submitted to Mayor Rick Goldring. Committee members explained their personal relationship with the city of Burlington in regards to work and living. Some had been in Burlington a shorter period, while others had lived here their entire lives, giving insight into what causes certain millennials to stay, and others to come to Burlington. Continue reading

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Ontario’s Big City Mayors Encouraged by Meeting with Prime Minister

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Prime Minister Trudeau meets with the Large Urban Mayor's Caucus of Ontario in Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Mayor Goldring and members of the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario meet with Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and key members of his cabinet last week to discuss the issues facing the majority of cities in Ontario and across Canada, including infrastructure funding, job creation and affordable housing.

LUMCO represents 67 per cent of Ontario’s population with mayors of 27 communities with more than 100,000 residents. It advocates for issues and policies important to Ontario’s largest cities.

During LUMCO’s meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau, discussions focused on forging a new and different relationship between the two levels of government. The federal government made a commitment to tackle infrastructure funding and other major issues by working in partnership with cities at a four-sided table that would include the federal government, provincial government, cities and Indigenous People. Continue reading

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March/April 2016 Progress Report

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Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings in March/April, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online. Continue reading

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