HDSB Program and Accommodation Review

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The Halton District School Board’s Program and Accommodation Review of Burlington secondary schools and the possibility of closures are understandably difficult for our community.

In a perfect world with unlimited financial resources, we would not have to see any schools closed in Burlington.

Every school in Burlington matters to its neighbourhood, its students and their families, its staff and its alumni.

As Mayor, I represent the interests of all the people of Burlington. As such, I will not choose to promote one school over another during this review process. This is a decision of the Halton District School Board, and because of that, it is important that Burlington City Council not use its influence to favour specific schools. Burlington City Council purposely chose City Manager James Ridge to serve as an objective representative of the City of Burlington on the Halton District School Board’s Program and Accommodation Review Committee.

There are residents asking me to support their school over another. I respectfully ask, just as I respect your positions on each of your schools, that you understand that my position as Mayor means I represent all of Burlington. All of our schools matter just as all of our people matter.

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Mayor Goldring and Lieutenant Governor talk about seniors’ housing in Burlington

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Mayor Goldring and Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell

Media release from the City of Burlington

Mayor Rick Goldring welcomed the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB) on Feb. 24 for a roundtable discussion on seniors’ housing needs in Burlington.

Mayor Goldring hosted the roundtable with the Lieutenant Governor at Her Honour’s request to learn more about issues, ideas and initiatives of importance to the people of Burlington.

Over the next 20 years, the percentage of seniors within Burlington is expected to grow to about one in every four residents and the number of seniors over the age of 80 is expected to more than double.

Following the roundtable discussion, Mayor Goldring announced a one-year task force to address the issue of seniors’ housing in Burlington. Continue reading

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Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – February Update

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Mayor Rick Goldring thanks Superintendent Al Albano for speaking with the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee at the February 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 for their second meeting of the New Year on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Tansley Woods Community Centre. The Committee welcomed Halton Regional Police Service Burlington (3 District) Superintendent Al Albano to discuss Community Mobilization and Engagement within Burlington. Continue reading

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Mayor Goldring welcomes the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell to Burlington on Feb. 24

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Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Media advisory from the City of Burlington:

Mayor Rick Goldring is pleased to welcome the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB) for a roundtable discussion on seniors’ housing needs in Burlington. An update for media will follow the roundtable discussion.

Who: Mayor Rick Goldring; the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; Burlington’s Town Crier; and the Burlington Teen Tour Band.

What: Welcome the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell to Burlington. Update from the roundtable discussion.

When: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
9:15 a.m.: Burlington’s Town Crier leads the welcome at the Lakeshore Road entrance of the AGB.
11:15 a.m.: The Burlington Teen Tour Band provides a musical welcome in the Shoreline Room. Mayor Goldring and the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell provide an update following the roundtable discussion.

Where: Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Rd.
Front entrance and Shoreline Room

Why: The update following the roundtable will provide highlights of the discussion. The roundtable is held at the request of the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell to learn more about issues, ideas and initiatives of importance to the people of Burlington.

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January/February 2017 Progress Report

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Mayor Rick Goldring speaks with Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault, Minister and Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon and Burlington Hydro President & CEO Gerry Smallegange during a recent visit at Burlington Hydro about initiatives like Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations that support smart community energy planning.

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, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Workshop – Thursday, March 2 at 1 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Public Meeting – Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

State of the City 2017

I was pleased to share my seventh State of the City Address in January with a crowd of more than 400 people at the Burlington Convention Centre. In my address, I spoke about how the city is supporting businesses and local jobs, planning for new development in key areas while ensuring the movement of people and goods across the city, and fostering a sense of community through neighbourhood initiatives. Our city has prospered, but we have more work to do. With continued leadership and vision, combined with the ongoing input and support of the community, we can make further progress on building a great city. Continue reading

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