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

United Nations Day

October 16, 2012

October 24, 2012 is United Nations Day – a day to recognize the goals, achievements and ideas of the United Nations to promote peace, tolerance and understanding.

Burlington is a UN City. Through our Mundialization Committee, the City of Burlington is committed to world citizenship and awareness of global issues, rights and responsibilities and dedicated to the UN principles of peaceful cooperation.

This year to recognize UN Day, the City of Burlington’s Mundialization Committee in partnership with Burlington Rotary Clubs are presenting a United Nations Day Speaker Session

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Burlington Art Centre, Shoreline Room
1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Free Admission

This is a free public event and all are welcome to attend. Please register by contacting Lisa Palermo, Committee Clerk at palermol@burlington.ca or at 905-335-7600 ext. 7492.

The theme of this year’s event is “The UN: Successes and Failures” and we are privileged to welcome two world class speakers to discuss local efforts and international challenges related to the UN.

Dr. Arne Kislenko, Associate Professor of History at Ryerson University, and Adjunct Professor in International Relations at Trinity College / Munk School for International Studies at the University of Toronto




Dr. Atif Kubursi, Professor of Economics at McMaster  University and former Senior Development Officer at UNIDO and Consultant to UCTAD, UNESCO, ILO, UNDP and UNEP.


I encourage everyone to attend this free community event to recognize UN Day in Burlington and to share your feedback about the event here. Let’s continue the conversation. Leave your comment or send me an email to mayor@burlington.ca