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:

At today’s (Sept. 16) Halton Regional Council meeting, we received a staff report update for the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF) approach to 2021 funding and on 2020 allocations. Staff report: SS-18-20__Halton_Region_Community_Investment_Fund_-_approach_to_2021_funding Overview of 2020 investments: SS-18-20_HRCIF_Overview_of_2020_HRCIF_Investments_to_Date An initial intake for 2021 funding will be open by Sept. 18, 2020 with an application deadline …

Groups can Apply for Halton Region Community Investment Fund 2021 Funding Envelope Starting Sept. 18 Read More »

This morning, I released a statement related to recent news of Cogeco’s operations in Canada and Burlington, Ont. Please see below or click this link: Statement from the Mayor, Cogeco, September 14 2020. Burlington, Ont.—September 14, 2020 — Residents may have recently heard the news about a current offer from Altice USA Inc. that would …

Statement from Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward Regarding Cogeco Read More »

Good morning everyone. Wishing all the students, parents, teachers and school staff a safe and healthy first full week back to school! Please find my weekly update here: Mayors Weekly Public Update Sept 14-20, 2020 You can read about my plans for the week ahead, as well as highlights and links from meetings and media …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: September 14-20, 2020 Read More »

Please Note: Below you will find a fuller version of my most recent guest column submitted to the Burlington Post that had to be edited down to fit the newspaper’s word count for print.

Good morning everyone. I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and are ready for the fall season ahead. Please find my weekly update here: Mayors Weekly Public Update Sept 7 – 13th 2020 You can read about my plans for the week ahead, as well as highlights and links from meetings and media engagements …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: September 7-13, 2020 Read More »

The City of Burlington has received an application from Better Life Retirement Residence Inc. (2669006 Ontario Inc.) to rezone the property located at 4103 Palladium Way as shown on the sketch to the left. The purpose of this application is to permit the use of a Long-Term Care Facility with ancillary uses, including a Daycare …

Public Meeting for 4103 Palladium Way Rezoning Application Read More »

I want to provide an update to the community about safety measures being taken around the Fearmans pork processing plant in an effort to keep everyone safe, including protestors, truck drivers and employees, and those using the streets and sidewalks in this area. There has been some recent changes to legislation that will take effect …

Balancing the Right to Protest and the Need for Safety Read More »

Two more documents were recently released as we continue our work at the City of Burlington with respect to the Official Plan and our downtown. This report will be presented to the Community Planning, Regulation, and Mobility Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Residents can register to delegate to speak at the Committee on the entire …

New Documents Available as Official Plan Work Continues Read More »

The City of Burlington joins the Region of Halton, along with Milton, Halton Hills and Oakville, in strongly supporting the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program applications to improve rural Halton broadband. We have seen through this pandemic how absolutely vital access to internet is for our community. Businesses need it to survive and grow. …

City and Region Support Improved Rural Broadband Internet Access Read More »

As work continues to create an engaging and pedestrian-friendly link between Martha Street and Brant Street, building a walkable and vibrant connection between the multi-use path (Centennial Bikeway) and our downtown core, the vote is in for the concept that will be used between Martha and Pearl Street. Our community took the time to vote …

Elgin Street Promenade Update: Option 2 Selected Read More »

As I mentioned in my post last week, I will be sharing an overview of my week ahead, and highlights from the past week of meetings, media and communications to better facilitate awareness and transparency. This week’s update can be found here and includes upcoming media engagements with CHCH and my first interview on the …

Burlington Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: Aug 31-Sept 6, 2020 Read More »

The City of Burlington has received an application from UrbanSolutions Planning and Land Development Consultants to rezone the subject lands located on 961 & 970 Zelco Drive and 4425 South Service Road as shown on the sketch to the left. The purpose of this application is to amend the Zoning By-law for the subject lands …

Public Meeting Info: Zelco Drive & South Service Road Read More »

This year the Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo will be taking place virtually on October 27-29, 2020. This event aims to provide meaningful content and connect a thoughtful community of decision-makers to empower smart cities at all stages of growth. Organizers look to accelerate the adoption of smart technology solutions, aid in problem-solving, and …

Join me at Smart Cities Connect this October Read More »

Earlier today we held the 13th meeting of the Burlington COVID-19 Task Force as we see only 6 active cases of COVID-19 in Burlington right now. We have come a long way in the past five months and we hope to see these amazing results of low cases and community responsibility continue. Our meeting today …

Burlington COVID-19 Task Force Meeting 13 Read More »

To better facilitate a regular and predictable communication of the Mayor’s high-level meetings, media engagements, events and communications, my office has developed a weekly update that we will look to share each Monday going forward. While we have always shared social media posts and/or blog posts highlighting the bulk of my public activities and communications …

Burlington Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: Aug 24-30, 2020 Read More »

After months of closure due to COVID-19, Burlington Legion Branch 60 held a ribbon cutting to mark their re-opening today. I was thrilled to attend and share in this positive moment for the veterans of our community and their families. Today’s very special guest was highly-decorated veteran and Branch 60 member Douglas Ross Rickard who …

Burlington Legion Grand Re-Opening with Special Dieppe Vet Read More »