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

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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Two memos for Community Services Committee February 27: Recognizing Burl-Oak Naval Veterans and Furthering Transparency

February 25, 2013

I have submitted two memos to Community Services Committee this week. Both are important, for different reasons:

1. It is my honour to support a request from the Burl-Oak Naval Veterans to Name the Promenade in Spencer Smith Park Naval Veterans Walkway. The Naval Ships Memorial monument in Spencer Smith Park is regarded as one of the 12 best war memorials in Canada, attracting visitors from across the globe. Please have a look at the memo and letter.

2. In the spirit of openness and transparency, I have brought forward a memo listing the Activities Involving the Office of the Mayor during my current term of office. Following some questions from other members of Council regarding these activities, I am providing information regarding my level of participation, the funds raised and their intended purpose.

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