October Update

Budget Telephone Town Hall

On Wednesday, October 18th, I hosted our first ever Budget Telephone Town Hall.  We had a great turn out and received many thoughtful questions regarding Burlington. I want to thank all the residents who participated in this discussion.

Questions ranged from investing in our transit, bike lanes to managing traffic flow on our city streets. We gained a tremendous amount of feedback that we will use to create our 2018 Budget.

This video is a snapshot of the topics raised on Wednesday night.

Inspire Burlington With Moses Znaimer

The Mayor’s Inspire Burlington Series, with the President of CARP, Moses Znaimer is SOLD OUT!  We announced the event earlier this month and we’re thrilled to see that this event is one not to be missed.

Moses will share his perspective on a “New Vision of Aging for Canada”.  How baby boomers have changed in the way they age.

Our experience has shown us that even when people register to attend, they miss the event due to conflicts.  We will initiate a stand-by line for walk-ins and try our best to accommodate everyone.

Downtown Mobility Hub Draft Plan

Last month, our city staff unveiled the Downtown Mobility Hub draft New Precinct Plan and Policy Framework to members of the council.

The new Draft Precinct Plan was produced after extensive consultation with the community.  It proposes dedicating 49% of our downtown for public use and establishes where mid-rise and tall buildings should be located.

I encourage you to take a look and let me know what you think.  You can watch the entire presentation HERE or read about it HERE.

Burlington Matters Back For Another Season

 

Another season of Burlington Matters is back on Your TV (Formally TV Cogeco).

I was in the studio last week taping the season premiere.

Our first episode focuses on the Draft New Precinct Plan for Downtown Mobility Hub. Mary Lou Tanner, Director of Planning and Building and Rosa Bustamante, Manager of Mobility Hubs joined me on the show and we had a great discussion on the future of our beautiful Downtown.
Burlington Matters repeats throughout the week and you can find the full
schedule here.Tune in on Cable 23 or HD Cable 700. To suggest an episode topic, please email mayor@burlington.ca 

Live with Kelly from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

I had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with Kelly Childs, the owner of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe on Brant Street, to discuss something more personal.
I was invited to go LIVE on Kelly’s Facebook page to discuss the importance of mindfulness and the benefits of meditation. Not many of you know that I meditate on a regular basis. It allows me to pause from my very busy schedule to regroup and focus.
Thank you to Kelly and the team for a great start to my morning last week. You can watch the interview here.

Travel To Apeldoorn Netherlands!

This is a rare opportunity! Travel to Burlington’s twin city Apeldoorn Netherlands and stay with local families while you explore Amsterdam with Burlington’s Mundialization Citizen Committee! This is the best way to experience Dutch hospitality and culture.

You can learn more about the trip at upcoming information sessions or call 905-335-7600 ext. 7855 or email mundialization@burlington.ca

January/February 2017 Progress Report

Mayor Rick Goldring speaks with Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault, Minister and Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon and Burlington Hydro President & CEO Gerry Smallegange during a recent visit at Burlington Hydro about initiatives like Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations that support smart community energy planning.

Committee and Council Meetings

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

Committee of the Whole – Monday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Workshop – Thursday, March 2 at 1 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Public Meeting – Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

State of the City 2017

I was pleased to share my seventh State of the City Address in January with a crowd of more than 400 people at the Burlington Convention Centre. In my address, I spoke about how the city is supporting businesses and local jobs, planning for new development in key areas while ensuring the movement of people and goods across the city, and fostering a sense of community through neighbourhood initiatives. Our city has prospered, but we have more work to do. With continued leadership and vision, combined with the ongoing input and support of the community, we can make further progress on building a great city. Continue reading

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – January Update

Members of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee shared their ideas of desirable features at mobility hubs with staff.

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

Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee met for their first meeting of the New Year at the Aldershot Arena Community room on Thursday, Jan. 12. The committee welcomed Councillor Rick Craven, as well as Jenna Puletto and Sam Romlewski of the City of Burlington’s planning department. The theme of the January 2017 meeting was Mobility Hubs and Redevelopment, with Aldershot’s Plains Road as a case study. Continue reading

State of the City Address 2017

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Good morning. I would like to offer a warm welcome to the annual Mayor’s State of the City Address.

Thank you all very much for joining me this morning. It means a lot to have so many people here. I appreciate your ongoing support.

I would like to recognize the Burlington Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event, as they have done for many decades.

In particular, thank you to Keith Hoey and his team, Marty Staz and the board of directors, along with the volunteers and membership. Together, you facilitate many different programs and events throughout the year that help bring the community together and build relationships that are essential to the prosperity of business in Burlington.

And thank you to today’s sponsors: Bell, Scotiabank, CN Rail, the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington, Union Gas and CogecoTV.

Today marks my seventh State of the City Address. Since the first time I stood before you, we have made significant progress, which I will share with you.

My colleagues from Burlington City Council are with us today. I am proud to work alongside these men and women who are deeply committed to our city.

Please welcome councillors Rick Craven, Marianne Meed Ward, John Taylor, Jack Dennison, Paul Sharman and Blair Lancaster.

Our City Manager James Ridge is also here today. James is a key part of the leadership at the city along with the Burlington Leadership Team and our staff. I am proud of the dedicated staff working hard every day to make this city the best it can be.

We continue to work closely with all orders of government. Joining us this morning is Oakville North-Burlington Member of Parliament Pam Damoff, as well as Burlington Member of Provincial Parliament Eleanor McMahon, who last year was also named Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

I want to recognize Burlington Member of Parliament Karina Gould, who was not able to join us today, on her appointment as Minister of Democratic Institutions.

I am pleased to see Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette and Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. It is great working with you as we build strong communities and a prosperous region at Halton Regional Council.

It is a privilege and an honour to serve as Mayor of Burlington. This community means everything to me. Continue reading

Vive la revolution: Working together on mental illness

Michael Landsberg speaks to a large crowd at the Inspire Burlington event on Oct. 5.

Michael Landsberg speaks to a large crowd at the Inspire Burlington event on Oct. 5.

We are all impacted by mental illness.

Whether it is firsthand, a family member, a friend or a coworker – we all have our own story.

Through the work of community groups, like the Burlington Foundation Mental Wellness Alliance, awareness and support for mental illness is improving.16-610-MO-SickNotWeak-Social-1080x1080

However, there is always more that can be done.

Michael Landsberg is one of those leading the charge for change.

Many Canadians know Michael from his work on former TSN program Off the Record, and on his current show, Naylor and Landsberg. A smaller, but not insignificant group also knows him for his advocacy with his not-for-profit organization, #SickNotWeak.

Michael struggles daily with depression. At an event I attended this spring, he talked about the good days, the bad days and the grey days in between. I was inspired by his candour and sincerity.

In a column by Michael in 2012, he wrote: “We are fighting a war — for the minds of the people. This revolution can’t be stopped. We are destined to win and have the world see depression as an illness – not a weakness. Vive la revolution.” Continue reading