Marianne Meed Ward

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:

Guest Blogger Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick, our summer intern, reflects on her time in the Mayor’s office: As my time in the Mayor’s office comes to an end, I would like to share some of the opportunities I was given over the course of this internship.  I have spent the past 5 weeks learning all about the …

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Nelson Quarry in Burlington has announced proposed plans to expand their operations to adjacent properties they own. On a new website, Nelson briefly mentions their plans, and talks about their desire to turn the quarry over to the public once quarrying operations cease. “Over the next 25 years, we intend to expand the quarry operations …

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I am pleased to announce the new office staff that will be joining the mayor’s office. Victoria Hughes-Al Samadi is assuming the role of Mayor’s Chief Communications and Strategic Advisor, beginning Jan. 7. A South-East Burlington resident, Victoria brings a wealth of experience in communications and strategy, having worked with senior executives at companies like …

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward announces her new staff Read More »

On Dec. 6, 2018, the Provincial Government tabled legislation referred to as Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act 2018, which, if passed would allow municipalities to, with the Minister’s consent, pass “Open for Business’” zoning by-laws. These bylaws would not be bound by existing legislation, such as the Clean Water Act, 2006 or the Greenbelt Act, …

We stand firm in our commitment to protecting our greenbelt Read More »

The new city council will participate in a full day budget orientation and briefing meeting Dec. 13. The agenda is as follows: Corporate priorities overview. This item to be discussed 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. and will be followed by a recess. Budget 101. This item to be discussed 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., after the …

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Burlington’s new city council will be discussing opting in or out of cannabis retail stores, deciding on establishing waterfront and transit citizen advisory committees, hearing an update on 2100 Brant St development, and more at Committee of the Whole next week. Highlights, links to agendas and reports and how you can participate are below: Committee of the …

Cannabis retail stores, update on 2100 Brant St, establishing Waterfront and Transit citizen advisory committees, speed on New St, and more on Committee of the Whole agenda Dec. 10 Read More »

Imperial Oil is replacing 63km of pipe that carries oil, jet fuel, gasoline and diesel from Hamilton to North York. Sections of the pipe run through north Burlington. A community information session is being held: DATE:  Tues. Nov. 6 TIME:  3:30-4:30pm and 5:30pm-7pm PLACE:  Brant Hills Community Centre For information on the project visit: Waterdown …

Public open house for replacement of pipeline through Burlington, Nov. 6 Read More »

You are invited to a public open house to review and comment on proposed plans for an 11-storey, 132 unit development on assembled land from 401-417 Martha St. in downtown Burlington: DATE:     Mon. Nov. 19 TIME:     6:30-8:30 pm PLACE:   Burlington Lions Club, 471 Pearl St. This is a first step in the development application process. …

Public open house Nov. 19 for proposed development 401-417 Martha St Read More »

Burlington, Ont.—Oct. 29, 2018— The City of Burlington’s loose-leaf collection program starts on Monday, Nov. 5. Residents are encouraged check the leaf collection schedule and rake leaves to the curb as close as possible to their pickup date. To ensure the safety of collection crews and avoid damaging equipment, please keep the loose-leaf piles free …

Loose-leaf collection starts Mon. Nov. 5 Read More »

The biggest issue in this election is overdevelopment across our city: from Aldershot to Alton, Dynes Road to downtown, Brant Street to BlueWater Place, Orchard to Lakeside Plaza. Ask every candidate: what’s your platform on development? For incumbents, is their platform matched by their voting record? Everything in our platform, brochure and online forums are …

Are up to 30 more highrises planned for downtown? Yes. Get the facts here. Read More »