I Imagine Burlington…


September 6, 2013

I Imagine Burlington


During my holidays this summer, I re-read a favourite book of mine – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Two of Covey’s ‘habits’ really resonated for me at this time.

The first relates to communication. Covey reminds us that only by truly listening to understand can we have an open-minded approach to understanding the issues and then create an atmosphere of caring and positive problem solving.

The second is about synergy – the habit of creative cooperation – teamwork, open-mindedness and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. This is a process where people bring all their personal experience and expertise to the table to produce far better results than could be found individually.

As I review Stephen Covey’s teachings I wanted Imagine Burlingtonto take the opportunity to connect with residents and once again ask for your assistance in shaping the future of our City together. I have done this during my term through Inspire Burlington and early on, in the I imagine initiative.

I started a conversation through my website, inviting residents to imagine Burlington their way. I received many interesting responses. Here are what some of you were Imagining in 2011:
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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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