News and Information
- Media Release - City Thanks Minister of the Environment, Jim Bradley, for Cleanup Contributions
- March 2013 Progress Report
- Media Release - Ontario's Big City Mayors Call for Action to end Gridlock
- LUMCO Welcomes Serious Discussion of Interest Arbitration System
- February 2013 Progress Report
- January 2013 Progress Report
- December 2012 Progress Report
- November Progress Report 2012
- July 2012 Progress Report
- March 2012 Progress Report
- January - February 2012 Progress Report
- 2011 - The Year in Review
- State of the City, 2012
- November/December 2011 Progress Report
- Letter to the Editor re Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Dec 19 2011 Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Letter to the Editor
- October 2011 Progress Report Strategic Plan, Ward Tours, City Business
- August/September 2011 Progress Report
- Halton Region Media Release regarding Niagara to GTA Corridor July 26, 2011 Niagara to GTA Corridor
- June/July 2011 Progress Report Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Brant Street Pier, Budget, Employment Lands, Strategic Plan, Cyclovia
- May 2011 Progress Report Strategic Plan, Development Projects, Alton, National Cycling
- Brant Street Pier Update-July 5, 2011 Brant Street Pier
- City Talk city newsletter online, in delivery to homes
- April 2011 Progress Report The Pier, The Budget, Strategic Plan Public Input, Randle Reef
- March 2011 Progress Report Budget, Strategic Plan, Pier, Policy Items
- February 2011 Progress Report Pier, Niagara to GTA Highway, Budget, Policy Items, Freeman Stations and LUMCO
- Brant Street Pier Update: Decision of Council, February 9, 2011 New contractor for Brant Street Pier
- Escarpment Highway Update Escarpment highway removed from official plan
- January 2011 Progress Report
- My Comments on the PanAm Stadium
- Mayor Rick Goldring's Progress Report: December 2010
Pier: As has been reported in the press Council made a decision to move forward with a new contractor on the Pier and get the Pier finished. I am very pleased with how Council addressed this issue. Staff is moving forward and additional information and timelines will be available over the coming months.
Niagara to GTA Highway: Chair Carr and I had a very positive meeting with Minister Rick Bartolucci regarding the provinces requested modifications to the Region's official Plan with the inclusion of an Arrow showing a possible highway location. The province has withdrawn this request and all related modifications to the official plan. Councillor's Taylor and Lancaster deserve recognition for their efforts on this issue and I would also like to acknowledge the commitment and efforts made by the coalition Stop the Escarpment Highway. This matter is not over and work continues to be done with a focus on the Environmental Assessment currently underway.
Budget: Council continued work on both the Capital Budget and the Operating Budget. Public meetings are March 2 at 7PM at Tansley Woods and March 5 at 9AM at the Burlington Arts centre. A number of Councillors are having local Ward budget meetings as well.
Policy Items: We are looking at ways to address the Downtown development status including the Old Lakeshore precinct. The Waterfront Citizen Advisory Committee has been meeting and has formed several sub-committees. There are also some policy issues being considered for research related to zoning for Places of Worship.
Freeman Station: A Citizen committee has now been formed and will be working to find alternatives for the station. The Committee is forming a legal entity with charitable status for fundraising purposes. If you have any ideas in this regard please contact Councillor Lancaster or Meed-Ward.
LUMCO: I had the opportunity to attend my first LUMCO (Large Urban Mayor's Caucus of Ontario) meeting in February. The focus of conversation and concern from mayors across Ontario was Staff costs and the current arbitration process that does not consider the ability of the taxpayer to pay. All mayor's are concerned about the sustainability of wage agreements. LUMCO issued a request to Premier McGuinty to consider changes in the Interest Arbitration rules to ensure that "ability to pay" was truly recognized.