Managing Burlington’s growth through intensification

This column appears in the February 13, 2015 edition of the Burlington Post.

Intensification is a word we use at city hall and around the community, but I’ve heard questions about what it means, especially as it applies to Burlington.

One of my priorities is engaging with residents on the topic of intensification.

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May 2014 Progress Report

June 2, 2014

Burlington Progress Report: May 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: May 26, 2014
  • Community and Corporate Services Committee: May 27, 2014
  • Audit Committee: May 28, 2014

Our next Council meeting is on June 9.

Council Update


I have continued to report on the transition of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation as this continues is one of my key areas of focus. As mentioned last month, we established a plan for a new business corporation – BEDC Inc. – with an expanded mandate and purpose.

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Inspire Burlington – #ChatWithRick

May 14, 2014

Inspire Burlington

Young Adults of Burlington – Let’s start #ChatWithRick

What is important to you?

Since I became Mayor, I’ve #ChatWithRick Inspire Burlingtonhosted an engagement and speaker series called “Inspire Burlington” to explore ideas, solutions and investigate ways to shift perspectives on issues effecting our community. New this June, I’m excited to be hosting a new-format Inspire event – Inspire Burlington: Millennial Voices.

I am often inspired by the creativity, innovation, energy and entrepreneurship of young adults who are starting businesses, launching their careers and inspiring younger generations. You are an integral part of our community.

I want to hear more from you – the young adults of Burlington – who live here, work here, study here, and contribute to our community. We are laying the foundation for future generations to build upon and we need your input.

Step 1 ) Join me in an online dialogue on Facebook and Twitter by using #ChatWithRick

Share your ideas. Have your say. Let’s talk about what’s important online.

Step 2) Come out on June 25

Your tweets and comments #ChatWithRick will help us to generate a conversation for a very special Inspire Burlington event at the Burlington Hive where we will get together for an interactive, collaborative conversation.

All are welcome but space will be limited so please register now for the focus group on June 25.

So let’s start the conversation online and understand what we need to be talking about in #BurlON.

#ChatWithRick so that your diverse and informed points of view can help me and Council make decisions that are right for the future of our community, our city and you.

“When it comes to cities, it’s your ideas that will drive change, your talent that will make it happen. Your creativity will generate economic growth and enable the development of cities.” ~ Dennis Walsh & Glen Hiemstra, Millennial City – How a New Generation Can Save the Future.

Inspire Burlington: Millennial Voices
June 25 | The Burlington Hive | 6:30 to 9:00 pm
(429 Elizabeth Street)

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

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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