November 2017 Update

 421 – 431 Brant Street Rezoning Approved

Monday night, at the City Council meeting, the members of council voted 5-2 in favour of rezoning 421-431 Brant Street to allow for a proposed 23-storey mixed-use condo building to be built across from City Hall.

The Building would include 169 residential units, office space on the second floor and ground floor retail.  You can read the detailed staff recommendation here.

I was one of the two who voted against the proposal.

I want to thank the residents who took the time out of their busy lives to share their insight and delegated on Monday evening.

Proposed New Official Plan Open House

Burlington’s proposed new Official Plan is out for public review.

It contains additions, deletions and modifications to the draft new Officiall Plan that was released in April. Our staff received feedback from agencies,stakeholders and the public that guided in producing the new proposed OP.

We continue to ask for your input.  Please join city staff at  upcoming public meetings to review and discuss the proposed new Official Plan.  If you can’t make it ou to the public meetings, you can email or call 905-335-7642 with your questions or concerns.

If you haven’t been following, click here for a refresher on the New Official Plan Project.

2018 Budget Overview

The Financial Overview of the 2018 Proposed Capital Budget and Forecast was presented to the Committee of the Whole – Budget Committee on November 9th.

The 2018 Proposed Capital Budget is approximately $68.6 million with a strong focus on infrastructure renewal projects reflective of the city’s commitment to the asset management plan and the Strategic Plan initiative.

Committee will review the Proposed Capital Budget on December 1, 2017, with Council approval scheduled for December 11, 2017.

The  Proposed 2018 Capital Budget Book is available now for public review.

Remembrance Day

I am proud and moved by the number of Burlington residents who joined me on Remembrance Day to show their love and support to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

We had a larger than normal crowd at the Sunrise Ceremony at the Naval Ships Memorial Monument in Spencer Smith Park.  Brant Street was packed with the young and old who came to pay their respects as our veterans made their way to the Cenotaph.

2017 is a special year of commemoration for Canada, including Canada 150, the 100th anniversaries of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele, and the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.

I am proud and honoured to be Canadian and thankful to all our veterans who risked their lives for our freedom.

Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign

I helped kick off The Salvation Army’s  Christmas Kettle Campaign with Major Bob and three-year-old Zoey this week.

Christmas Kettles are found in over 2,000 locations across Canada and funds donated will support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas Season.

Major Bob tells me that he is still looking for up to 100 volunteers to be the Kettle Bell Ringers in various locations across our city.

If you can give the gift of time, it would mean more low-income families will be able to spend Christmas with special meals and presents.

To become a Kettle Bell Ringer, contact Major Bob at 905-630-5212 or sign up online.

What’s Happening Burlington?

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

The next round of committee meetings begin on November 27th.


Community Garden Lottery

The City of Burlington had one community garden in 2012 with 30 plots.  Today, there are five community gardens with 167 plots including thirteen raised accessible plots for those with limited mobility.

If you’d like to claim a plot for 2018, submit an application before November 30th and you will be entered into a lottery draw on December 1st.   Good Luck!

Lest we Forget

For me, Remembrance Day is a very poignant time.

poppiesWe proudly wear the red poppy in remembrance of those who have fallen in the conflicts that have taken place during our country’s history. When we think about those who have served our country in times of conflict, and the many who died in that service, many of us are filled with feelings of melancholy. This year, we are also reminded of the tragic events that took place in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and many of us have shown our support for those in uniform by wearing our poppies early and by leaving flowers and notes at cenotaphs and monuments across the country.

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in World War II.

Here in Burlington, we had a ceremony to dedicate an additional monument to the Naval Ships Memorial Monument at Spencer Smith Park to honour the memory of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Merchant Marine seamen and their ships that were lost during the Korean War.

Many of us connect Remembrance Day with our own personal history – a family member or friend who was lost or fought, often in the major conflicts of World Wars I and II and the Korean War.

But we must also remember there are many Canadians who have served in other conflicts as well as brave men and women who currently serve our country to ensure our freedom and the freedom of people of all nations.

Personally, I associate Remembrance Day with my father, my aunt, several uncles and my father-in-law. I am reminded of their experiences and stories each time I encounter a veteran, attend a function at the Royal Canadian Legion, or participate in any of the special services conducted on Remembrance Day and to commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic. While these are often sad stories, they are also inspirational stories of great courage and fortitude and are told with great pride.

I am also reminded at this time of the significant role of the Royal Canadian Legion who work tirelessly to promote Remembrance through the Annual Poppy Campaign that serves to remind us all of the thousands of men and women who have given their lives in wars and military missions around the world. I wear the poppy with great pride and think about my family and the veterans I have known over my lifetime.

On November 11 there will be two ceremonies held to mark Remembrance Day in Burlington. A Sunrise Remembrance Day Service led by the Burl-Oak Naval Veterans will take place at 9 am at Spencer Smith Park at the Naval Ships Memorial Monument. All are welcome to attend. For additional information, please contact the Burl-Oak Naval Veterans at 905-632-3118.

Following that service, a Remembrance Day Parade begins at Central Public School at 10:30 am and continues along Brant Street to the Cenotaph at Burlington City Hall for the 11:00 am Remembrance Day Service. The Royal Canadian Legion is holding this ceremony and everyone is welcome to attend. For additional information, please contact the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60 at 905-639-6400. Please be aware that Brant Street will be closed for this parade and Ontario Street, between Brant and Locust will also be closed for the Remembrance Day Service.

I believe it is ever more important that we maintain a strong connection with the people that have served and continue to serve our country.

Lest We Forget