Media Shines Spotlight on Burlington
CBC’s “The Current”
A lot of the planning that takes place at Burlington City Hall is driven by great city building.
It is important to note an important part of city building is community building.
One of the things people are most proud of about Burlington is its strong sense of community.
Neighbours look out for one another. Parents help other children walk safely to school. Volunteers spend their time making life better for others.
As Burlington continues to grow, this sense of community remains a priority. Burlington has a small-town feel and we want to maintain that, especially as we grow in a responsible and planned way. Continue reading
The next meeting of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is set for Thursday, Jan. 12 from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Aldershot Arena, 494 Townsend Ave.
The guest speaker is Ward 1 City and Regional Councillor Rick Craven, who will speak about the Aldershot Mobility Hub and the redevelopment of Plains Road.
Planning staff will also engage with the committee on their ideas on what would draw them to live and work at our mobility hubs.
Read my recent column on mobility hubs to learn more about why these are ideal sites for responsible, planned growth.
Committee members and the public are welcome. Continue reading
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.
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:
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.