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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:

Hello Burlington, March is now here, and with it comes the roll-out of our local vaccine programs for the general public, starting with those over age 80. Throughout this week you will see more good news being released by our public health department at the Region of Halton that will help clarify the timing of …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: March 1-7, 2021 Read More »

As a result of the situation our city faces with COVID-19, many local organizations and businesses have inspired us by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways. From retooling their manufacturing process to create personal protective equipment, to donating food or supplies to our local hospital, to finding new ways to …

Burlington COVID-19 Wall of Inspiration Read More »

Earlier today we held the 18th meeting of the Burlington COVID-19 Task Force. Throughout the hour we got updates from the CEO of our hospital, our food support organizations, and talked about vaccines and ways City and Regional Council are advocating for our local businesses. I continue to be both impressed and grateful for the …

Burlington COVID-19 Task Force Meeting 18 Read More »

Hello Burlington, I am hearing feedback from many in our community that people are slowly starting to return to some of their favourite places and activities now that they have safely re-opened as part of our move into the Control-Red zone. I know this added layer of engagement in our community is providing many people …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: Feb 22-28, 2021 Read More »

As the Province of Ontario prepares its 2021-2022 budget, I sent a letter on behalf the City of Burlington to the Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance, outlining some considerations that would support our City as we continue working through the pandemic. To read a digital copy of the full letter, click here: 2021 Provincial …

City of Burlington’s Asks as Province Prepares its 2021-22 Budget Read More »

Hello Burlington, I hope you were able to enjoy some time outdoors yesterday on Family Day in the fresh air and sunshine, maybe hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or tobogganing with your loved ones. Or if the cold was too much for you, maybe a good book or puzzle by the fire with a hot …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: Feb 15-21, 2021 Read More »

Building off Premier Ford’s announcement on Monday that Ontario will be gradually moving back into the COVID-19 Response Framework, today the Province announced that Halton – including Burlington – will be placed into the RED-CONTROL zone of that framework effective Tuesday (Feb. 16) at 12:01 a.m. After returning to the Framework, public health regions will …

Halton Enters Red-Control Zone on Feb. 16 — What That Means for Burlington Read More »

NOTE: The below is an expanded version of my guest column submitted to the Burlington Post/InsideHalton.com. Black History Month is a time to reflect on our local Black history, continue to talk about the historical injustices that people of colour in Canada have endured and that continue to be pervasive today, and continue working to …

Working Towards a Diverse and Wholly Inclusive City of Burlington Read More »

The City of Burlington will be hosting a Statutory Public Meeting on March 2, 2021 at 1 p.m. to discuss the staff recommendation report regarding the Millcroft Greens application, and gain feedback from the community. If necessary, the meeting will continue at 6:30-10 p.m. As not all technical comments have been received, and given the …

Public Meeting for Millcroft Greens Application set for March 2nd Read More »

Today, Premier Ford announced the Province’s plan to safely and gradually reopen Ontario after the provincewide shutdown that came into effect on December 26th. They explained their priority is to protect our most vulnerable, keep kids in school, and keep small businesses open. As our new case numbers have continued to trend downward throughout the …

Premier Announces Plan to Gradually Return to COVID-19 Response Framework Read More »

Hello Burlington, Another busy week of meetings and community engagement ahead. I know many of you have children who made their way back to school this morning and I hope they come back home this afternoon with huge smiles on their faces after spending time with their friends in person once again. I have to …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: Feb 8-14, 2021 Read More »

*NOTE: The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) released its decision regarding an appeal on the Clearview development application. Please see below a joint statement by me and Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith. The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has approved the application for a 7-storey building at 1085 Clearview Ave. with reduced parking rates. Though …

LPAT Approves Clearview Application and Reduced Parking in Burlington Read More »

Hello Burlington, Monday morning – also the first day of February – kicks off with the annual Mayor’s State of the City address, put on by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event will be virtual, and if you’d like to join and hear my recap on the past year and a look ahead …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: Feb 1-7, 2021 Read More »

Earlier this week we held the 17th meeting of the Burlington COVID-19 Task Force and our first of 2021. Throughout the hour we got updates from the CEO of our hospital, our local MP and MPP, discussed the issue of food scarcity which is growing again in scope, and talked about vaccines and the ongoing …

Burlington COVID-19 Task Force Meeting 17 Read More »