My Summer in a Nutshell

Our family on the beach at Hilton Head Island waiting for the eclipse.

I hope everybody had a great summer! Although the weather wasn’t as hot as I was expecting it to be, it was still fantastic nonetheless.

The highlight of this summer was celebrating my 60th birthday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina with thirteen other family members. I read books, watched the eclipse with my family and even hit a few golf balls. The uniqueness of Hilton Head that attracts me is that they have the most stunning tree canopy I have seen anywhere.  The island has a tree ordinance that states that one cannot remove any tree unless you have permission from the city.  It truly is gorgeous.

I also had a daughter get married this summer.  It was a beautiful ceremony.  And my wife Cheryl and I took in a Nascar Race in Watkins Glen, New York.  It’s my favourite sport to watch.

For my personal growth, I took courses to keep my accreditation for my financial planning and life insurance designations. Although I’ve stepped away from that career for the last seven years, I think it’s important to continue to build on your skills no matter where you are in life.

When I wasn’t with my family, I was back at the office where I had a packed schedule.

My council colleague Paul Sharman and I took a drive to Detroit and met with the leadership of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan.  We wanted to learn about their not for profit Seniors Living Communities that we believe could take place here. I will be sharing our findings with the Mayor’s Seniors Housing Task Force at our next meeting.  You may not know that Burlington identifies itself as an Age-Friendly City, so I’m always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for all citizens.

I was in Ottawa for the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference. We discussed the long term financial sustainability of municipalities, the effects of the legalization of marijuana and new changes proposed for the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

Community events are in full swing during the summer.  I participated in a Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Forum, the first Halton Freedom Festival, Joseph Brant Day and the Rotary Club of Burlington Central golf tournament just to name a few.

As we transition into September, there is much to look forward to on Council’s agenda, particularly with regards to development.  I hope you’ll be engaged as we move forward with the city’s strategic plan. A City that Grows.  A City that Moves. A Healthy and Greener city. An Engaging City.

I hope to see you out there on our beautiful streets.

Sincerely,

Rick

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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State of the City Address 2015

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How do we define Burlington?

What words can we use to describe the place where we live, the place where we work, and the place where we raise our children?

As Canadians, we often define ourselves by what we are not.

In our case, we are not Toronto. We are not Hamilton. We are not Oakville.

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Burlington Flood Update: October 1, 2014

Flood Disaster Relief Committee Update

Yesterday, the Burlington Community Foundation launched the application form for flood losses and damages on their website. The form includes a list of what expenses are considered eligible and those that aren’t. The link to form can be found at the top the page under the heading “Assistance for Losses and Damages Package”, http://www.burlingtonfoundation.org/Burlington-Flood-Relief-Make-A-Claim. This is the second phase of the claims and disbursement process and is designed to assist victims in greatest need with more extensive losses and damages, and who were either uninsured or underinsured for their building and/or contents.

Fundraising and donations continue

Fundraisers continue to take place in our community. This weekend Crosswinds Golf and Country Club are hosting the Burlington Flood Relief Nine and Dine on Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm. 100% of the proceeds are supporting the Burlington Community Foundation Flood Relief Campaign. For more information and to register contact floodrelief@burlingtonfoundation.org or call 905-639-0744 ext. 226. Continue reading

Great Places in Canada Contest

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is hosting a contest to recognize Canada’s special places. Called Great Places in Canada – it is designed to recognize the work of our country’s professional planners and to celebrate the amazing spaces and places that we have in our communities.

Waterfront small pictureBurlington has two nominations in the public space category: Spencer Smith Park and the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System which straddles both Burlington and Hamilton.

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