November/December 2016 Progress Report

mayorchristmas1Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 

The holiday season is here, allowing us to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and look forward to 2017.

It has been a productive year at the City of Burlington, with important progress made on many of our goals for the community. We are working on a new Official Plan, starting engagement on a Transit Plan, finalizing an Innovation and Entrepreneurship strategy, and continuing community building through initiatives like the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund.

The next year will see further progress on these important projects for our city’s future. I am asking everyone to get involved and help us shape the future of Burlington. There will be many public engagement opportunities throughout the next 12 months, and I hope you will provide your input.

During this holiday season, please remember those who are less fortunate in our community. If you are able, take a moment to donate food, clothing, gift cards or toys to a local charity of your choice. Together, we can make the holiday season brighter for others in our city.

I also encourage everyone to enjoy the many outdoor amenities our city offers during the holiday season. Go for a skate on Rotary Centennial Pond. Take your family tobogganing at Lowville Park. Enjoy a walk along your street and say hello to your neighbours. Take this opportunity to celebrate our city with your loved ones. We have so many reasons to be thankful here in Burlington.

On behalf of Burlington City Council and the Goldring family, I wish you a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season. I look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017.

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, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole Workshop – Thursday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Budget – Monday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Public Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading

Watch Inspire Burlington: New Directions in Transportation

Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington series presents a discussion about the future of transportation in Burlington, featuring noted urban planner Brent Toderian and public transit expert Jarrett Walker. Filmed on Nov. 14, 2016 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – November Update

City Manager James Ridge speaks with the Mayor's Millennial Advisory Committee at its November meeting.

City Manager James Ridge speaks with the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee at its November meeting.

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 on Thursday, Nov. 10  at Burlington City Hall in Council Chambers. The committee welcomed two guest speakers: City Manager James Ridge and Manager of Committee Services and Election Services Danielle Pitoscia. Both James Ridge and Danielle Pitoscia presented key insight into the responsibilities of Burlington’s municipal government and services and identified areas that millennial input would be beneficial. Continue reading

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – October Update

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The new logo for the Burlington Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee, designed by member Roxanne Chami.

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 on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Burlington City Hall. The October meeting was an action-oriented meeting, prioritizing and executing the Millennial Advisory Committee’s work plan short-term goals. The remainder of the meeting featured a discussion of upcoming meetings and initiatives for the committee.

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee discussed upcoming events of importance to their objective of engaging millennials within Burlington. An example of an upcoming outreach initiative will be at Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Series, presenting New Directions in Transportation with Brent Toderian and Jarrett Walker on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St. The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory will have an interactive display and table to engage with attendees under the theme of “What would encourage you to bus/bike/walk more in Burlington?” with a focus on active transportation. Continue reading

September/October 2016 Progress Report

Mayor Rick Goldring, Burlington Foundation President and CEO Colleen Mulholland, Burlington Foundation Board Chair Ron Foxcroft and TSN's Michael Landsberg at Inspire Burlington on Oct. 5. The next Inspire Burlington event is set for Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. Register today: burlington.ca/mayor.

Mayor Rick Goldring, Burlington Foundation President and CEO Colleen Mulholland, Burlington Foundation Board Chair Ron Foxcroft and TSN’s Michael Landsberg at Inspire Burlington on Oct. 5. The next Inspire Burlington event is set for Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m.

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.

Burlington City Council – Monday, Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Thursday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.

Community and Corporate Services Committee – Monday, Nov. 7

Development and Infrastructure Committee – Tuesday, Nov. 8

Burlington City Council – Monday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Applicable Learning from Sweden and Denmark

Västra Hamnen – the Western Harbour – is one of Malmö’s largest residential construction projects. When complete, it will have 20,000 residents and a roughly equivalent number of workspaces. Once a declining post-industrial area, the Western Harbour has been transformed into an attractive and sustainable modern dockland development.

Västra Hamnen – the Western Harbour – is one of Malmö’s largest residential construction projects. When complete, it will have 20,000 residents and a roughly equivalent number of workspaces. Once a declining post-industrial area, the Western Harbour has been transformed into an attractive and sustainable modern development.

Last month, I travelled to Växjö, Sweden with a delegation from the City of Burlington. The purpose of the trip was to work with municipal and industry representatives to discuss a potential strategic partnership and share knowledge related to community energy, sustainable development and economic development opportunities.

The city delegation was in Växjö, Sweden on Sept. 26 and 27, 2016. The delegation also met with other municipal jurisdictions, including Malmö, Sweden (Sept. 28), and Copenhagen, Denmark (Sept. 29).

Delegation members included James Ridge, City Manager; Frank McKeown, Executive Director of Burlington Economic Development Corporation and Paul Sharman, Ward 5 City and Region Councillor. Staff from the City of Burlington, Burlington Hydro and McMaster University also accompanied us.

Burlington is working towards the long-term goal of becoming carbon neutral, as stated in the city’s Strategic Plan 2015-40. Växjö, Sweden has the same goal. That city is a world environmental leader with a growing economy. In 1996, the city adopted a target for the community to be fossil fuel free by 2030. Greenhouse gas emissions have been cut by 48 per cent between 1998 and 2014 on a per capita basis.

Here at home, the Province of Ontario is expected to release its climate change strategy with ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This will likely significantly impact city operations, such as transportation and the use of thermal energy.

Among the noteworthy topics discussed were:

  • District energy: One of the main reasons we went to Sweden and Denmark was to learn more about district energy, as the City of Burlington is undertaking a feasibility study to investigate a potential district energy facility in our community. This direction is part of the Community Energy Plan. Sweden and Denmark have used district energy for many decades, and in some cases, for more than a hundred years. District energy plants have the potential to provide predictable and potentially cleaner energy. The focus of the feasibility work in Burlington focuses on downtown, as well as areas around the Aldershot and Burlington GO stations. We had many presentations on district energy and visited district energy facilities, including the Sysav facility in Malmö, Sweden, which uses waste-to-energy technology as a source for both electricity and heat for tens of thousands of homes. Continue reading