#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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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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Speaking up for Burlington

 

August 23, 2013AMO Conference 2013

This past week I was in Ottawa for the annual AMO Conference with more than 1,600 other municipal leaders from across Ontario to discuss topics of mutual interest, meet with provincial ministers and opposition leaders, and to hear from some very inspiring speakers.

Last week I talked about the importance of municipal – provincial relations and that our relationship with the province is critical to deal with issues that affect our community.

Speaking up for Burlington

At the conference I met with several provincial Cabinet Ministers and leaders of the Opposition parties to discuss important issues to our community:

  • Minister of Transportation, Glen Murray to discuss transportation issues and traffic congestion in Burlington and the Greater
    Mayor Goldring and Councillor Lancaster Meeting with Minister Bradley

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

    Toronto-Hamilton Area. The challenges of gridlock and congestion are critical to our economic prosperity and quality of life across the GTHA and traffic congestion is a major impediment to economic development in Burlington.There is no magic bullet to solve these problems.

 

  • Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, Eric Hoskins to bring the Minister up to date on our economic development plans for Burlington and the Prosperity Corridor. The Minister was supportive of our plans and applauds our efforts for being proactive.

    Mayor Goldring and Councillor Lancaster Meeting with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Linda Jeffrey

    Meeting with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Linda Jeffrey at AMO, 2013

  • Minister of Environment, Jim Bradleyand Minister of Municipal Affairs,Linda Jeffrey to discuss issues of jurisdiction of airparks in local communities. The Ministers were empathetic to the city and residents’ situation, but reiterated the issues of jurisdiction of airparks by the federal government…

Continued reading for a clip of Commander Chris Hadfield’s speech at AMO…

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June 2013 Progress Report: Burlington Airpark, Beachway Master Plan, The Pier, Downtown Parking Changes and more…

July 5, 2013

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Burlington Airpark

During several meetings with both Council and the Regional Council, the Burlington Airpark has been a topic of great discussion and contention. We have heard from many residents who live near the airpark regarding the impacts of the Airport’s expansion program currently underway – impacts to both the neighbouring properties and the local environment.

Over the last 5-6 years, tens of thousands of truck loads of fill have been transported onto the airpark site for the apparent purpose of enhancing and expanding aviation activity. The negative impact to residents in the area has been significant. There are many unanswered questions including: what are the airport’s long term plans, are there any issues with the quality of the fill, is there any impact on the wells in the area, how long will the fill operations continue? There has been much media attention on this issue:

Photo by Riziero Vertolli - Burlington Post

Photo by Riziero Vertolli – Burlington Post

This is a challenging situation as there are complications with jurisdiction that remain unresolved.
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April / May 2013 Progress Report

May 31, 2013

Development and Infrastructure Committee: June 17, 2013
Budget and Corporate Services Committee: June 18, 2013
Community Services Committee: June 19, 2013
Committee of the Whole: June 20, 2013
City Committee Highlights

Council Decisions
The Big Move and the City of Burlington’s Transportation Master Plan
We have a close relationship with our neighbours – we share an economy, we share a work force, and we share our transportation corridors – the challenges of congestion and gridlock effect us all. Gridlock is one of the most important issues facing us today. This is not just a Greater Toronto Hamilton Area issue, gridlock effects all of Ontario.  Traffic congestion effects our quality of life, increases the cost of moving people, goods and services, and has a significant impact on public safety, our health and the environment.

We have seen and heard metro-bannermuch in the past several weeks about this topic in conjunction with The Big Move and I have been involved in several recent events with this focus in mind. I have posted a recent blog with more information and video links. Metrolinx has just released their Investment Strategy with their recommendations on funding tools for The Big Move.

As we discuss The Big Move, we are also discussing local transportation. The City is in the process of reviewing Burlington’s Transportation Master Plan. More information is available online. Please see the article further down about a special Encore Inspire Burlington presented in conjunction with the Transportation Master Plan Review.TMP_Header
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