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A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

Good morning Burlington, Our first full committee and Council cycle of the 2022-2026 term begins today (Monday, Dec. 5) with the Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability (CSSRA) Committee at 9:30 a.m. Later this week will be the Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility (CPRM) Committee (on Tuesday, Dec. 6) and the Environment, Infrastructure and Community …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: Dec. 5-11, 2022 Read More »

“Bill 23 will devastate municipal finances and our ability to fund things such as parks, community centres, transit — all the amenities a growing community needs. Those costs will be shifted from for-profit developers to taxpayers. We’ll show that as a line item on your next tax bill. There is no guarantee that savings will …

City of Burlington Responds to Severe Impacts of Bill 23 Read More »

Good morning Burlington, Santa Claus is coming back to Burlington’s Downtown with the return of our annual Santa Claus Parade this Sunday (Dec. 4)! The parade will run from 2-4 p.m., starting at Guelph Line from Prospect Street to New Street and make its way to Brant Street at Elgin Street. Non-perishable food donations and letters to …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2022 Read More »

*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington. Burlington, Ont. — Nov. 25, 2022 — The City of Burlington is looking for community members to volunteer on a city committee or board. These volunteers play a key role in providing advice and feedback to City Council and staff on a variety of …

Volunteer to Join a City of Burlington Advisory Committee Read More »

*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington. Burlington, Ont. — Nov. 25, 2022 — The City of Burlington is ready for snow and cold and is sharing helpful information for residents to know for this winter season. Residents wanting to stay informed on snow event declarations, facility closures due to …

City of Burlington Ready for Winter Weather Read More »

Welcome to the Mayor’s Monday Mailbag, an initiative Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and the Mayor’s Office launched to share weekly answers to questions from the public we’ve received through our main email inbox at mayor@burlington.ca or the Mayor’s social media platforms. At the end of the month, we publish a roundup of those most pressing questions …

Mayor’s Monday Mailbag – Nov. 21, 2022 – What is Happening with the Plains Road Protected Bikeway & Resurfacing Project? Read More »

Good morning Burlington, Our annual Festival of Lights at Spencer Smith Park is set to begin this Friday (Nov. 25) and will run until Jan. 8, 2023 from 4 p.m. to midnight (12 a.m.) daily — sure to help get our community in the holiday spirit. There’s also been quite a bit in terms of …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: Nov. 21-27, 2022 Read More »

*Please see below a statement issued by the Ontario’s Big City Mayors caucus + the remarks from OBCM Chair, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie during his presentation yesterday to the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy to discuss Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022. November 16, 2022 Today, the Chair of Ontario’s …

Ontario’s Big City Mayors Statement on Presenting to the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy on Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 Read More »

A statutory public meeting and a recommendation report to discuss the City of Burlington’s response to the Province’s Bill 109 – More Homes for Everyone Act will take place at the hybrid Community Planning, Regulation & Mobility (CPRM) Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Click here for the public mailout The meeting will …

Statutory Public Meeting & Recommendation Report to Discuss Burlington’s Response to Province’s Bill 109 – More Homes for Everyone Act on Dec. 6 Read More »

We held our inaugural Burlington City Council meeting for the 2022-2026 term last night at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, with special guest speakers, some entertainment and a light reception following. Council members took our oaths of office publicly and in the presence of a judge in the celebration event of local democracy. I am honoured …

Burlington City Council Ushers In 2022-2026 Term Read More »

MY TAKE: I have significant concerns about Bill 23. The potential consequences will be devastating to the environment, to coordinated planning and to taxpayers — downloading the costs of growth from for-profit developers to you, the taxpayer. It is chaotic and the wrong kind of disruption. I have little doubt that this will lead to …

Burlington Council Unanimously Passes Bill 23 Resolution Asking for Extended Commenting Periods for Legislative Changes & More Fulsome Municipal Consultations Read More »