An open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne

Appeared in the Burlington Post, June 18, 2014 and is available online.

Congratulations on your election win. While your victory was hard fought, the real work lies ahead.

Ontario is at a critical juncture: our economy and prosperity continues to be challenged by globalization and automation resulting in job loss in many sectors. Given our size, location and historic position as Canada’s economic engine, Ontario must be a catalyst for a strong and vibrant Canadian economy. With your new majority mandate, you now have the opportunity to bring all orders of government together to address the issues that affect all of us.

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Working Towards a 22nd Century City

March 19, 2013

On March 18, City Council approved the City’s 2013 operating budget. We approved a 3.46 % tax rate increase plus a further 1% increase in the levy for the redevelopment of Joseph Brant Hospital.

Combined with the Regional portion and the education portion of the property tax bill, the overall property tax rate increase is 2.07 %.

This year’s budget includes:

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February 2013 Progress Report

March 7, 2013

Council and Staff have been hard at work on the City Budget for 2013. The proposed budget was approved by Budget and Corporate Services on February 28 with a tax rate increase of 4.46%  The budget will go to City Council for final approval on March 18.

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“Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policies and Urban Sprawl”

Feb. 21, 2013

Many of us feel, and indeed know, that Burlington is a great place to live, work and play. In a recent Environics poll, 95% of those polled ranked their quality of life as either good or excellent. That is something that I believe we should all be proud of and is certainly something we should all strive to maintain in the future.

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