Media Shines Spotlight on Burlington
CBC’s “The Current”
I hope everybody had a great summer! Although the weather wasn’t as hot as I was expecting it to be, it was still fantastic nonetheless.
The highlight of this summer was celebrating my 60th birthday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina with thirteen other family members. I read books, watched the eclipse with my family and even hit a few golf balls. The uniqueness of Hilton Head that attracts me is that they have the most stunning tree canopy I have seen anywhere. The island has a tree ordinance that states that one cannot remove any tree unless you have permission from the city. It truly is gorgeous.
I also had a daughter get married this summer. It was a beautiful ceremony. And my wife Cheryl and I took in a Nascar Race in Watkins Glen, New York. It’s my favourite sport to watch.
For my personal growth, I took courses to keep my accreditation for my financial planning and life insurance designations. Although I’ve stepped away from that career for the last seven years, I think it’s important to continue to build on your skills no matter where you are in life.
When I wasn’t with my family, I was back at the office where I had a packed schedule.
My council colleague Paul Sharman and I took a drive to Detroit and met with the leadership of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan. We wanted to learn about their not for profit Seniors Living Communities that we believe could take place here. I will be sharing our findings with the Mayor’s Seniors Housing Task Force at our next meeting. You may not know that Burlington identifies itself as an Age-Friendly City, so I’m always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for all citizens.
I was in Ottawa for the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference. We discussed the long term financial sustainability of municipalities, the effects of the legalization of marijuana and new changes proposed for the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
Community events are in full swing during the summer. I participated in a Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Forum, the first Halton Freedom Festival, Joseph Brant Day and the Rotary Club of Burlington Central golf tournament just to name a few.
As we transition into September, there is much to look forward to on Council’s agenda, particularly with regards to development. I hope you’ll be engaged as we move forward with the city’s strategic plan. A City that Grows. A City that Moves. A Healthy and Greener city. An Engaging City.
I hope to see you out there on our beautiful streets.
Committee and Council Meetings
Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings in October, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.
New Players in Burlington Following the Federal Election
Like most of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, Burlington was swept up in the Liberal red tide that dominated voting in Ontario in the federal election on October 19th.
Following redistribution of electoral boundaries, Burlington now occupies all or part of three federal ridings.
I want to offer my congratulations to Karina Gould, the Liberal candidate and next MP for the riding of Burlington and also to the successful Liberal candidate in the new riding of Oakville North-Burlington, Pam Damoff. Congratulations are also in order for Lisa Raitt, who has been re-elected in the riding of Milton (which now includes rural North Burlington.)
I hope to meet with all of the MPs soon. I look forward to ongoing dialogue with all three of them on how we can work together to foster a vibrant and even more prosperous Burlington. Continue reading
Please tune in as I lead a discussion with a panel of community leaders about current news and events in the city of Burlington on my new community television program, Burlington Matters with Mayor Rick Goldring. The show airs on TVCogeco Cable 23/HD Cable 700. For more information or to suggest an episode topic, please email email@example.com or call 905-335-7607.
Episode One: Get Engaged with the City of Burlington
How citizens can become engaged with City Hall and their community through the different opportunities offered by the City of Burlington.
Featuring host Mayor Rick Goldring and guest panel: Michelle Dwyer, Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives at City of Burlington; Marianne Meed Ward, Ward 2 City and Regional Councillor; Gloria Reid, citizen member of the Charter Action Team.
Sept. 27, 2015 @ 11:30
Sept. 28, 2015 @ 14:30
Sept. 29, 2015 @ 21:30
Oct. 4, 2015 @ 11:30
Episode Two: Environmental Sustainability in Burlington
A discussion about the City of Burlington’s strides in environmental sustainability through current and upcoming initiatives.
Featuring host Mayor Rick Goldring and guest panel: Gerry Smallegange, President and Chief Executive Officer of Burlington Hydro; Lynn Robichaud, Senior Sustainability Coordinator with the City of Burlington; Paul Sharman, Ward 5 City and Regional Councillor.
Oct. 6, 2015 @ 21:30
Oct .11, 2015 @ 11:30
Oct. 13, 2015 @ 21:30
Oct. 18, 2015 @ 11:30
Oct. 20, 2015 @ 21:30
Oct. 25, 2015 @ 11:30
Committee and Council Meetings
Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings in September, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.
Challenging Residents to Think Outside the Car