April 9, 2014
Burlington Day at Queen’s Park
On Tuesday, April 8, a delegation from Burlington held its first Queen’s Park day with members of the Ontario Legislature. The delegation included most of our City Councilors, senior staff, and we were also joined at the end of the day by members of Team Burlington, Burlington Hydro, Joseph Brant Hospital, McMaster University as well as Chair Gary Carr and Jane MacCaskill from Halton Region.
The purpose of this initiative was to have a deeper conversation with many of our colleagues at the Province of Ontario about how we can work together strategically for a sustainable, economically prosperous future for Burlington and a stronger Ontario. It has always been my belief and practice that working collectively we can achieve more with all levels and members of government. As a result we were truly pleased with the reception we received by members of all parties in the Legislature.
Delivered January 23, 2014 at the Burlington Convention Centre
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December 11, 2013
Best wishes for the holiday season
The holiday season is a great time for all of us to gather in celebration with our loved ones, to reflect on the past, and to look forward to the upcoming year with hope and enthusiasm. It also gives us an opportunity to be thankful for our many blessings, and reminds us to lend a hand to those who are less fortunate.
Burlington is very lucky to be home to a great number of caring people who show true community spirit by devoting themselves to help others, it one of things that makes our city great. I would like to recognize and thank our active and committed volunteers, community groups, and faith organizations. Not only for their tireless efforts throughout the year, but especially during this busy time of the year as they reach out to those in need. Without their compassion, generosity, and hard work, Burlington would not be such a wonderful place to call home.
November 4, 2013
Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park is one of three of Halton Region’s waterfront parks. Burlington Beachway Park is classified as a regional park, and is jointly governed by Halton Region, Conservation Halton and the City of Burlington.
The City of Burlington is committed to protecting the Beachway, an environmentally significant area of the city, while respecting the rights of the existing residents.
(Read more about the City Council meeting here: “Burlington Beachway Park: Update from City Council”)
As a result of the Halton Regional Council decision on October 23, the city will continue working in partnership with the Region of Halton and Conservation Halton to deliver a detailed park design, master plan and an environmental management plan for the area.
Halton Regional Council Decision
On October 23rd, after much discussion and deliberation, Halton Regional Council supported the motion (Regional Council NO. 09-13):
September 24, 2014
Burlington Beachway Park
This week City Council approved several recommendations for the Burlington Beachway related to the 30 homes on the Beachway and Regional plans for a waterfront park.
This has been one of the most complicated matters to deal with since I have been on City Council. Land on the Beachway is owned by 3 different public agencies and many private property owners. City of Burlington zoning contradicts with the Halton Region Official Plan. There are encroachment issues, wastewater issues and property standards issues that have not been dealt with while the greater plans and vision for the Beachway have been under consideration.
I have met with several of the current beach residents and heard from many others who have expressed concern over the long-standing goal of public ownership along the beach strip. I have also heard from many residents across Burlington who feel passionately about the Beachway.
Over the past few weeks we have heard from many of the Beachway residents and from many delegations over two days of Committee meetings. Emotions have run high, and that is understandable as we are dealing with family homes and residences in this discussion.
I want to thank you all for taking the time to connect with me. This is a very complex and difficult issue and it is not resolved yet.