November/December 2015 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

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

Improved Storm Resilience for Residential Dwellings and Public Infrastructure

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Mayor Rick Goldring’s Nov. 20 workshop on improved storm resilience for residential dwellings and public infrastructure included case studies from other municipalities and their responses to severe storm incidents. The panel featured Allan Magi, Executive Director, Capital Works, City of Burlington; Martin Powell, Comissioner, Transportation & Works Department, City of Mississauga; David Kellershohn, Manager, Water Infrastructure Management, City of Toronto, and moderator Scott Stewart, General Manager of Development and Infrastructure, City of Burlington.

Since August 4th, 2014, when Burlington was subjected to a deluge of 191 millimetres of rain in a single day, the City of Burlington and Halton Region have moved forward on plans to better protect ourselves both as homeowners and managers of the municipal infrastructure.

In previous newsletters, I have reported on measures taken by the City of Burlington and Halton Region to upgrade rainwater drainage and run-off through better maintenance, upgrades and new construction. Meanwhile, we have been engaged in dialogue with the insurance industry and other levels of government on the need for overland flood insurance to protect homeowners against financial losses from such catastrophes. Continue reading

Ontario and Quebec Municipalities Ready to Take on Climate Change

Mayor Rick Goldring in Ottawa for the signing of the Climate Change Action Covenant between the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Union of Municipalities of Quebec.

Mayor Rick Goldring in Ottawa for the signing of the Climate Change Action Covenant between the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Union of Municipalities of Quebec.

As Chair of the Climate Change Task Force of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, it is an honour and privilege to be in Ottawa today for the historic signing of the Climate Change Action Covenant between the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Union of Municipalities of Quebec.

Climate change is a global problem that needs solutions at the local level. As we look for leaders in the charge towards environmental sustainability, I believe this leadership lies in the municipalities of Ontario and Quebec.

Municipalities have long been climate change champions. We support public transit, waste diversion, efficient municipal buildings and renewable energy measures, among other green infrastructure.

The City of Burlington is committed to the environment through initiatives like our Community Energy Plan, sustainable development, and support of responsible intensification to foster walkable, transit-friendly neighbourhoods.

Today’s signing solidifies our willingness to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our provincial and federal counterparts to take action on climate change.

Leading today’s signing are Gary McNamara, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and Suzanne Roy, President of the Union of Quebec Municipalities.

“This historic agreement signals that AMO and UQM are going to combine our efforts as we look for solutions to the climate change problem,” said McNamara. “We want to signal that municipalities in Canada’s most populous provinces are willing partners in the fight against climate change.”

“The UQM is proud to sign a long-term partnership to promote the essential role of municipalities in the fight against climate change. We only have one planet, and as the level of government closest to the people, it is essential that municipalities act locally for the well-being of future generations,” said Roy.

June 2015 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

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

Upcoming Meetings

Development & Infrastructure Committee: Monday, July 6 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Burlington City Council: Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30 pm.

Update on my Five Priorities for Burlington

This January, I set out five priorities I believed we could make traction on in 2015, including: intensification engagement, climate change adaptation, economic development, service based budgeting and the Community Energy Plan. Continue reading