Reminding drivers, students to be safe this fall

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Fall is an exciting time of year for Burlington residents – especially for the young people who call our great city home.

For those attending elementary or secondary school, the arrival of September marks a return to the classroom and reconnecting with friends. There are also students experiencing the excitement of attending school for the first time.

For parents and commuters, fall means getting back into the old routine, or establishing a new one.

I would like to remind everyone in our community to be safe during this busy time.

Many children in our community walk, cycle, skateboard or ride their scooter to school.

Please use the marked intersections when you cross the street, wear your helmet and walk your bicycle across a roadway.

If there is a signaled intersection, push the pedestrian button; stop, look and listen for traffic; watch for turning vehicles and only cross when the road is clear.

I am also asking drivers to pay close attention and give themselves extra time to get to their destination. There are more children on the sidewalks and at crossings during this time, many of whom are excited and new to the experience of travelling to and from school.

I encourage motorists to reduce their speed in school zones, stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard, be patient and wait for students to complete their crossing before proceeding, and to be ready to stop at all times.

The City of Burlington employs approximately 120 school crossing guards from September to June each year. I want to thank these dedicated individuals for playing a very important role in our community, ensuring children travel safely to and from school each weekday.

Please respect the crossing guards in our community.

A little extra precaution by everyone will mean a great back-to-school season.

I also encourage all students and parents to consider alternative forms of transportation when travelling to and from school. Park the car and give walking, cycling, public transit or other alternative transportation a try. You will be doing the environment, your health and your city a favour. Everyone benefits when we think outside the car.

I wish everyone in Burlington a safe and happy fall season.

Connect with Mayor Rick Goldring by phone at 905-335-7607, by email at mayor@burlington.ca, on Twitter @RickGoldring and on Facebook at Rick Goldring. Subscribe to his monthly digital newsletter by emailing mayor@burlington.ca.

State of the City Address 2015

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How do we define Burlington?

What words can we use to describe the place where we live, the place where we work, and the place where we raise our children?

As Canadians, we often define ourselves by what we are not.

In our case, we are not Toronto. We are not Hamilton. We are not Oakville.

What and who is Burlington? Continue reading

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.

I believe there are five issues that are vital to inspiring progress and change. Continue reading

Are You Ready to Vote in the June 12 Provincial Election?

June 7, 2014

Ontario is at a critical juncture: our economic and job growth have been challenged. Because of our size and location, the reality is Ontario can be the “difference maker” in making the Canadian, if not the North American economy strong and vibrant, or merely a follower.

The June 12th election ofOntario Election 2014fers an opportunity for renewed discussion, ideas, and, far more importantly, action. We need a true leader to bring together the Federal Government, other provinces, and municipalities to resolve issues that matter to and affect real Ontarians every day. Continue reading

#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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