October 2015 Progress Report

 

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

Tune in to Burlington Matters with Mayor Rick Goldring

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 mayor@burlington.ca 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.

Mayor Rick Goldring disucsses public involvement with Michelle Dwyer, Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives at City of Burlington; Marianne Meed Ward, Ward 2 City and Regional Councillor; and Gloria Reid, citizen member of the Charter Action Team.

Mayor Rick Goldring disucsses public involvement with Michelle Dwyer, Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives at City of Burlington; Marianne Meed Ward, Ward 2 City and Regional Councillor; and Gloria Reid, citizen member of the Charter Action Team.

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.

Air dates:

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.

Mayor Goldring films Episode 2 of Burlington Matters on the topic of environmental sustainability with the City's Senior Sustainability Coordinator Lynn Robichaud, Burlington Hydro CEO and President Gerry Smallegange and W5 Councillor Paul Sharman.

Mayor Goldring films Episode 2 of Burlington Matters on the topic of environmental sustainability with the City’s Senior Sustainability Coordinator Lynn Robichaud, Burlington Hydro CEO and President Gerry Smallegange and W5 Councillor Paul Sharman.

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.

Air dates:

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

September 2015 Progress Report

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

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Mayor Rick Goldring, MPP Eleanor McMahon, Councillors Jack Dennison and Blair Lancaster, and students and staff at the launch of Think Outside the Car at M.M. Robinson H.S.

I am challenging Burlington residents to leave the car at home and choose active and alternative transportation during the Think Outside the Car Challenge between September 15 and October 30.
 
Many of the trips by Burlingtonians are within a very short distance, in fact, 50 per cent of them are less than 5 km. These are the ideal distances to cycle, walk or hop on a Burlington Transit bus. These alternative modes of transportation not only promote a healthy lifestyle but also save money on the cost of gas, parking and have very little impact on our air quality.

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July/August 2015 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings in July, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

Upcoming Meetings

No meetings are scheduled for the month of August.

Summer in Burlington

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Mayor Rick Goldring on Canada Day 2015 in Burlington.

Summer in Canada flies by quickly and never seems to last long enough for most people.

Here in Burlington, however, we make the most of our summer with an ambitious agenda of fun events and activities such as Car Free Street Festivals, the Sound of Music, Canada Day, Beerfest and the Burlington Downtown Car Show.

While these events provide entertainment for local residents, they also attract visitors to our city from near and far who spend money on local businesses and support many local jobs. When Canada’s largest Ribfest takes place on this Labour Day weekend at Spencer Smith Park, it will attract 175,000 attendees, roughly equivalent to the entire population of Burlington. During the Ribfest, attendees will inject approximately $800,000 into the local economy, according to Tourism Burlington. 

Special events and festivals in Burlington are both great fun and great business. Enjoy! Continue reading

We asked, you answered: 2015 Community Survey

Photo courtesy the Burlington Economic Development Corporation.

This column is scheduled to appear in the June 19 edition of the Burlington Post.  

The City of Burlington 2015 Community Survey asked residents about various aspects of Burlington, such as quality of life, city services and which priorities council should focus on during the next four years.

A total of 771 residents over the age of 18 were surveyed, with at least 125 interviews completed in each ward.

Quality of life

Residents continue to feel Burlington is a good place to live. Nearly all respondents, 96%, said it was at least good, with the majority of respondents, 86% saying it was either very good or excellent.

One of this year’s new open-ended questions was what residents like best about Burlington.

The top three responses were: access to amenities and services (15%), sense of community/small town feel (13%) and safe/low crime rate (11%).

City services satisfaction

When residents surveyed were asked to rate their overall satisfaction with city services the large majority – 89% – said that they were “somewhat” or “very satisfied”.

The services residents were most satisfied with were: fire protection (95%); parks and open space maintenance (90%); parks, open spaces and sports fields (90%); city arenas (88%); cemetery (88%); arts and culture (87%); and recreation programs (86%).

The survey results also identified city services they felt could be improved.

The services residents surveyed said they were least satisfied with were: winter maintenance (64%), traffic operations management (63%), building code permits and inspection (63%); parking management (60%); surface water drainage (57%); transit service (55%) and transportation network planning (52%).

Priorities for council

The survey also saw respondents rank a list of priorities on which council should focus.

The top five priorities were: community safety (76%); commitment to infrastructure (76%); healthy community (73%); sound financial practices (69%); and parks and community open, green spaces (69%).

Food for thought

We consistently hear from people they choose to live in Burlington because it is a great city with wonderful amenities and great people.

However, there is always room for improvement.

We are carefully reviewing the results with our staff and will be looking for ways to build on the valuable feedback from our residents.

I welcome your feedback on what you love about our city, and how we could do better.

The survey results are on the city’s website at www.burlington.ca/strategicplan.