Yesterday I spent several hours visiting many neighbourhoods in Burlington and speaking with over 100 residents who have had flooding of their homes and properties. As many know, my wife and I shared a similar experience and we understand personally what these residents have lost.
We have formally been notified that 1,578 homes that have had flooding but I believe the final number will be closer to 2,000.
We have had extensive flooding in many areas of Burlington: from the Headon Forest/Palmer Drive area, to Brant Hills/Mountainside area, with the greatest number of homes affected in neighbourhoods in south and south east Burlington. Although the percentage of homes overall is low, the impact for those that have been affected is severe. Many residents do not have adequate insurance coverage and have suffered tens of thousands of dollars damage, in many cases damage is over $100,000.
I am very pleased to provide an update on the litigation surrounding the Brant Street Pier. Today Council unanimously approved a settlement with a net result of $2 million for the City of Burlington.
The settlement consists of $1.5 million in cash, along with a $500,000 net gain resulting from a holdback that we will no longer be obligated to pay.
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.