Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee Update

Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Karl Wulf, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Rick Goldring continues to provide a series of updates relevant to the vision of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee set out by Co-Chairs Mark McGuire and Karl Wulf in November 2017. This allowed committee members with an opportunity to ask questions to better understand how they can contribute to shaping their city.

Mayor Goldring identified the recent delegation by the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee requesting Holiday Transit service as an example of a ‘win’.

Burlington was one of the few municipalities in Ontario that did not offer transit service on the holidays. The Millennial Advisory Committee delegated through a written policy brief to formally identify the gap in transit service.

Effective transit service is a key area that the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee strives to influence, as greater intensification and limited space will mean more cars on Burlington’s streets and roads.

 The Millennial Perspective

Mayor Goldring explained the process of influencing council. For the Burlington Millennial perspective to carry weight, it needs to be given early in the process by engaging with relevant stakeholders before community events and workshops that precede the relevant committee and council meetings.

 A Vision Greater than Themselves

Mayor Goldring also discussed the importance of civic engagement, especially at early stages of projects within the City of Burlington. This led to a presentation by Co-Chairs Mark and Karl reiterating the three pathways for engagement the Millennial Advisory Committee is taking:

(1) Passive Engagement – Community presence and participation in Workshops;

(2) Reactionary Engagement – Delegating on contemporary topics at City Hall; and

(3) Proactive Engagement – Working with city staff to offer insightful policy critiques.

To increase the effect of the perspective of our generation in Burlington, it is increasingly more important to continue engaging at committee meetings and city workshops, but also to draft thoughtful policy proposals and send them to the proper stakeholders at City Hall.

The strategy is to lead a sustainable and influential committee of millennials in Burlington to build community engagement and provide advice and insights into policy impacting our city. This ties in with the mandate established by Mayor Goldring for the committee, “to lead projects focused on how to keep and attract residents 18-35 in Burlington.”

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee aims to be pivotal and to be perceived as the “Go To” committee for the City of Burlington to gain valuable insights into what our generation needs to continue to make Burlington the best place to live and work.

Civic Engagement

After discussing what is critical to millennials in Burlington through a collaborative approach with surveys from the Co-Chairs and workshops facilitated by Stephanie Venimore, Business Performance Advisor for the City of Burlington, the Millennial Advisory Committee has identified three key areas of engagement:

  1. Commercial and Residential Development
  2. Transportation
  3. Burlington Culture

The Millennial Advisory Committee has delegated on mixed-use developments and transportation initiatives within the City of Burlington.

On multiple occasions, the Millennial Advisory Committee has provided key insights for important cultural projects, the Museums of Burlington Joseph Brant Museum project being especially important as it represents the cultural heritage of Burlington’s founder, Joseph Brant of the Mohawk.

Our Next Meeting

Our March meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 7:30 PM in Room # 305, Burlington City Hall – located at 426 Brant Street. Mayor Goldring will be discussing the gaps in Burlington’s public amenities.

If you are a millennial trying to get involved, then this is a chance for you to speak out on the things you think would attract more millennials to Burlington.

Want to get involved?

To apply to be a member of the committee, please email mayor@burlington.ca with the following information.

  • Name
  • Age
  • Primary email address
  • City of current residence
  • Social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  • Profession/Student status
  • A 500-word (max.) response to the following question: What ideas do you have for Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee that would help meet its mandate of helping Burlington foster and retain millennial-age residents.

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee was created to develop initiatives and provide input on how to keep and attract residents aged 19 to 36 in Burlington. The Millennial Advisory Committee identifies millennials as people born from 1981 to 1998.

Why get involved?

The City of Burlington has the best reasons to get involved with any Committee or Board:

  • meet new people
  • share your talents
  • develop skills
  • address a common interest
  • make a difference in your community

Want more information?

Read the October Update from Term 2 Co-chairs Mark McGuire and Karl Wulf. You can keep up to date on the news from the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee by visiting Burlington.ca/millennials.

For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at  mayor@burlington.ca

What I heard at my Reverse Town Hall

I want to thank the residents of Burlington who joined me at my Reverse Town Hall last Thursday evening at the Art Gallery of Burlington.  We had a great turnout and I heard many insightful and legitimate concerns over the future of our downtown Burlington.

If you missed the meeting, I’ve summarized the topics discussed in this video.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 23rd, is the committee meeting where we’ll be able to listen to a presentation from the Planning and Building Staff about the downtown precinct and an opportunity to hear from delegations.

Please take a look at the information about tomorrow’s meeting here.

February 2016 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

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

Council News in Brief

As a way to further engage the community in our conversation about great city-building and keep you informed of the latest news at City Hall, I am posting highlights from committee and council meetings on my blog at www.burlingtonmayor.com. Highlights will be posted within a day or two of committee and council meetings on my blog. Please check back regularly to stay up to date. Here are the latest committee and council news items in brief for February:  Continue reading

Queen’s Park Day; Community Report; No. 1 Again: April 2014 Progress Report

April 23, 2014

Burlington Progress Report: April 2014

Committee and Council Meetings

Information on the most recent standing Committee meetings is available online, including agendas, minutes and videos.

  • Development and Infrastructure Committee: April 14, 2014
  • Community and Corporate Services Committee: April 15, 2013
  • City Committee Highlights: April 7, 2014

Our next Council meeting is on April 28.

Burlington Again Voted Best Mid-sized City in Canada by MoneySense Magazine

Last month we received news that Burlington was again ranked the No. 1 mid-sized city in Canada according to MoneySense Magazine’s Canada’s Best Places to Live 2014.  MoneySense ranked Burlington the fifth-best city overall in Canada, including the third-best place to raise children, the second-best place for new immigrants and the third-best place to retire. The top five cities on the list are St. Albert, Calgary and Strathcona in Alberta and Ottawa and Burlington in Ontario.

We are all extremely proud to have achieved this designation again this year and to remain on the top of this list of great Canadian cities. Interestingly, based on the MoneySense rankings, small towns and mid-sized cities top the list of best places to live in Canada.

For more details about the MoneySense ranking, please visit www.moneysense.ca.

Burlington Delegation to Queen’s ParkBurlington Queen's Park

Earlier this month I led a delegation from Burlington to Queen’s Park on the GO for the day to engage with members of the Provincial government. The delegation included most of City Council, 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 and Chair Gary Carr and Jane MacCaskill from Halton Region.

Read more about it in my blog, “Burlington Day at Queen’s Park”.
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Community Connections: Engaging with your local government

 

Oct. 17, 2013

Inspire Burlington Angus ReidCommunity Engagement

Municipal government is the level of government that most intimately connects and interacts with the residents of any community.

We want Burlington residents to be proud of their local government and be confident that the city is well-managed, forward-looking and responsible. We want to forge strong community relationships, with open dialogue and citizen involvement in municipal issues.

We continue to strive to improve the services we provide and the level of engagement opportunities that we make available. We must also continue to find ways to make that easier for residents.

Recognizing that our residents expect more from us today, we have acknowledged the need to broaden our reach to the citizens of Burlington using methods beyond standard newspaper ads, public information meetings, workshops and surveys.

Vision Critical

Angus Reid in Burlington

Angus Reid comes to Burlington on Oct. 24 for Inspire Burlington

Angus Reid, a well known, long-time pollster, and Chair of Vision Critical, recently wrote an editorial on polling and said; “Online community forums can expand the public square along dimensions never before possible. All citizens can be invited to participate in discussions on issues they care about.”

With our desire to develop a robust engagement program that includes a variety of elements, tools and newer technologies, we have engaged Vision Critical to build an online platform that will facilitate two-way communications with our residents.We are calling that platform “Insight Burlington.”

Vision Critical is a Canadian global technology company that specializes in tools and services for marketing research and polling. Burlington will be the first Ontario municipality to launch a Vision Critical initiative. Continue reading