LUMCO invitation to Party Leaders

The Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO), of which I am a member, invited Premier Kathleen Wynne, Leader of the Official Opposition Tim Hudak, and Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario Andrea Horwath to meet individually with the LUMCO membership, requesting that they, or their representatives, present their party’s Provincial Platform on the issues facing Ontario’s Big Cities.Large Urban Mayors' Caucus of Ontario

LUMCO’s key priorities for 2014 include gridlock and transit issues, the rising cost of emergency services, and job creation in Ontario. LUMCO Chair Mayor Jeff Lehman spoke for all Mayors’ when he indicated that the organization is working to advance the issues facing the majority of Ontarians in our large Cities. This Provincial election campaign provides us the perfect opportunity to find out where the leaders stand on our key priorities. We remain cautiously optimistic and hopeful that the important issues of infrastructure, transit and job creation will remain on the Provincial agenda, regardless of the election outcome.

A press release resulting from last Friday’s meeting is posted on my blog indicating where the parties have or have not addressed the issue put forward at the LUMCO meeting.

The Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) represents 67% of Ontario’s population with Mayors of 26 communities over 100,000 residents. LUMCO advocates for issues and policies important to Ontario’s largest cities.

#AskRick

 

December 13, 2013#AskRick Google Hangout

Thank you to everyone who logged in to chat for my very first #AskRick Google Hangout this week.

It was great experience to chat with some of our city’s young people about some of the bigger issues and challenges that we face in Burlington.

This helps me frame current issues and provide input into my decision-making about the future of our community.

For those who were not able to join us, here’s a recap of our chat.

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Prosperity, Affordable Housing, Railway Safety, Culture, Airpark and more: Burlington Progress Report: November 2013

 

November 27, 2013

Burlington Progress Report, November 2013

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Burlington Airpark

On November 13th, Milton Superior Court ruled in City of Burlington’s favour against the Burlington Executive Airpark. They ruled that the City’s site alteration by-law applies to the Burlington Airpark.

This is a significant decision for Burlington and for municipalities throughout Ontario.

I would like to thank the residents for their perseverance with this initiative, and our staff for working hard with all parties for this outcome.

Read the specific rulings and information on the decision posted online.

IKEA

I am very pleased to let you know that IKEA’s move to the North Service Road is moving ahead with the approval of two staff reports by Burlington City Council, at its meeting on November 13, 2013.

This is an important step that not only accommodates the transportation needs of the IKEA project, but also provides a long term transportation solution for the city’s Prosperity Corridor. With the transportation issues addressed we can attract other employment land growth to this area.

Further details are available in the press release from November 14.

QEW Prosperity Corridor: Transportation and Improvements

Employment lands are critical to the economic and social viability of the city and its neighbourhoods. Last year, Council endorsed aggressive industrial/commerical growth targets that require us to focus on creating short and long-term development opportunities.
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Beachway Park, Waterfront, Affordable Housing, Inspire Burlington and more: October 2013 Progress Report

 

October 18, 2013

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park Master Plan

At the September 23 council meeting City Burlington BeachwayCouncil approved several recommendations for the Burlington Beachway related to the 30 homes on the Beachway and Regional plans for a waterfront park. There were several recommendations approved by Council regarding the Beachway. I encourage you to read my blog where I have detailed the specific direction from City Council and include links to the staff report. There is also a brief outline available in the press release online.

The next step will be made at Regional Council on October 23. The outcome of that meeting will be sent as a separate update after that time.

Section 37 Community Benefits / Carriage Gate Development

I have heard from several residents who have expressed concern about the reduction in affordable housing as part of the community benefits of the development by Carriage Gate in downtown Burlington.

This is a complex subject. I believe it is necessary to provide some perspective and information about Section 37 Community Benefits.
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Burlington Airport, Beachway Park, Speaking to the Province: September 2013 Progress Report

 

September 6, 2013

September Progress Report

September is a time of renewal and new beginnings. We have enjoyed a beautiful two months of summer weather in Burlington with lots of activities happening all over the city. I hope you have had many opportunities to get out and explore the community

Next week we start back with committee meetings, with our first Council meeting for the fall taking place on September 23. We can expect a very busy few months as we tackle some challenging items including the Burlington Airpark and the Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Master Plan. We will also be focussing on the Community Energy Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Cultural Action Plan and continuing our Official Plan Review.Imagine Burlington

Through the Mayor’s office, I am also re-launching the communication initiative: I imagine Burlington. I invite you to read more below.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Speaking up for Burlington at the AMO Conference

Mayor Goldring and Councillor Lancaster Meeting with Minister Bradley

Meeting with the Minister of Environment, Jim Bradley at AMO, 2013

Last month I, along with Councillor Blair Lancaster, attended the annual AMO (Association of Municipalities in Ontario) Conference in Ottawa with more than 1,600 other municipal leaders.

During that conference, I met with several of our provincial ministers to discuss important Burlington issues. Meetings took place with Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation; Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment; Jim Bradley, Minister of Environment and Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs; Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy; and, Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors.
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