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