Cultural Action Plan: Building a Creative Community

The Burlington Community Foundation recently released the second edition of Burlington’s Vital Signs – an annual check-up that evaluates Burlington as a place to live, work, and play by identifying trends that are critical to our quality of life. Included in that report are survey results that indicate 76% of residents said culture is “essential” or “highly important” in their daily lives.

Culture means many things – painting, writing, music, museums, public art, landscapes, streetscapes, memorials, sport. Culture can build our identity and community pride, improve the quality of life for all, engage people of all ages in our environment, and help us to embrace our diversity.

I have read a number of books and articles in recent months, particularly as we work through the process of creating our own Cultural Action Plan. Universally, they state that progressive communities need to integrate social, cultural, environmental and economic policies into the long-term plans for the city.

Gord Hume , in his book Cultural Planning for Creative Communities states that Cultural planning and “becoming a creative community means protecting our unique heritage properties, having a throbbing downtown core, being appealing to entrepreneurs, and generating new wealth. It means being a ‘Smart Community’. It means respecting the environment. It means being innovative and progressive as a community. It means having ‘buzz’.” Continue reading

Burlington Airport, Beachway Park, Speaking to the Province: September 2013 Progress Report

 

September 6, 2013

September Progress Report

September is a time of renewal and new beginnings. We have enjoyed a beautiful two months of summer weather in Burlington with lots of activities happening all over the city. I hope you have had many opportunities to get out and explore the community

Next week we start back with committee meetings, with our first Council meeting for the fall taking place on September 23. We can expect a very busy few months as we tackle some challenging items including the Burlington Airpark and the Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Master Plan. We will also be focussing on the Community Energy Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Cultural Action Plan and continuing our Official Plan Review.Imagine Burlington

Through the Mayor’s office, I am also re-launching the communication initiative: I imagine Burlington. I invite you to read more below.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Speaking up for Burlington at the AMO Conference

Mayor Goldring and Councillor Lancaster Meeting with Minister Bradley

Meeting with the Minister of Environment, Jim Bradley at AMO, 2013

Last month I, along with Councillor Blair Lancaster, attended the annual AMO (Association of Municipalities in Ontario) Conference in Ottawa with more than 1,600 other municipal leaders.

During that conference, I met with several of our provincial ministers to discuss important Burlington issues. Meetings took place with Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation; Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment; Jim Bradley, Minister of Environment and Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs; Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy; and, Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors.
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March 2013 Progress Report

April 15, 2013

Upcoming Committee Agendas
Committee of the Whole: April 18, 2013

 

MoneySense Magazine Rankings
As I am sure you know by now, our city was recently named the #1 mid-sized city in which to live in Canada by MoneySense magazine in the 8th annual list of  Best Places to Live in Canada ranking.

This year MoneySense refined their ranking criteria to define the best overall quality of life for large cities, mid-sized cities like ours and small cities across the country. The new evaluation criteria, which better compares apples to apples, include employment, housing costs, healthcare, weather, crime rates, amenities, culture and property taxes. Visit MoneySense Magazine for more details about the list and methodology.

In Halton Region, Oakville was ranked as the 2nd best mid-Size City to live in Canada, and Milton and Halton Hills also ranked in the top ten Small Cities to live. We are very fortunate to live in a safe and prosperous region.

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