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:

In recent days my office has received inquiries from local residents and businesses related to U.S. residents spending time in Burlington, and expressed their feelings of confusion and surprise as they thought the border was fully closed. This is understandably concerning as we see our friends and neighbours to the south deal with increasingly high …

Clarifying Canada-U.S. Border Travel & the Need to Remain Vigilant Read More »

With our move to biweekly meetings and next week’s Canada Day holiday, we held our 11th meeting yesterday afternoon. Our next meeting will take place on July 16th. Our group discussed the feedback we have seen in the community from Burlington’s move into Stage 2 of the provincial reopening, with many residents and businesses happy …

COVID-19 Task Force Meeting 11 Highlights Read More »

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this year’s Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards! Last night I was thrilled to attend this beloved annual event in its creative and innovative new virtual format. We still dressed up (everyone looked fantastic), we still had ‘tables’ (through Zoom rooms) and we still had delicious …

Burlington Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Business Excellence Awards Go Virtual Read More »

Earlier this month, I received a letter from the Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing outlining proposed changes from the provincial government to the More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan. The update is to three major pieces of legislation: growth targets to 2051; mineral aggregate operations; and land-use needs/assessment. …

Province Releases New Proposed Growth Numbers for Halton to 2051 Read More »

This week marked our tenth meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force. We have seen some great successes thus far and this was a good opportunity to take stock as we continue to move forward together. Last weekend’s Gift of Giving Back drive-through food drive at Burlington Centre saw over 280 vehicles drop off thousands of …

COVID-19 Task Force Meeting #10 Highlights Read More »

This week, I launched a new specialized newsletter to keep residents up to date as the Millcroft Greens golf course development proposal moves through the planning process and in response to all those who recently emailed me with their requests, comments and/or questions regarding the proposed development. If you would like to subscribe to the …

Burlington Mayor Launches New Specialized Newsletter for Millcroft Read More »

Yesterday, the Province announced that Halton Region will be entering Stage 2 this Friday (June 19) in Ontario’s phased reopening. As City staff work on the safety procedures and protocols that need to be put into place for City services and facilities, more details will be shared with the public. In the meantime, here is …

What Does Stage 2 Mean for Burlington? Read More »

As Burlington moves into Stage 2 of the provincial reopening strategy, our beloved restaurants will finally be able to welcome customers again to dine on-site – just in time for summer! While indoor dining is not yet permitted, outdoor patios will be permitted to open for businesses as of this Friday, June 19th for those …

Restaurant Re-openings & Patio Permissions Read More »

Last weekend marked the 76th anniversary of the D-Day landing on Juno Beach by Canadian Forces and the beginning of the end of WWII. As many of you know, I was lucky enough to be in Normandy this time last year and share in the 75th anniversary commemoration ceremonies with local D-Day veteran Jim Warford, …

Supporting our Veterans through COVID-19 Read More »

Yesterday’s task force meeting took place with over 30 participants making time in their increasingly busy scheduled to connect and collaborate. I began by briefing the group on the City of Burlington’s ongoing redesign of services including the reopening of Burlington beach once grooming and water quality testing is complete next week, as well as …

COVID-19 Task Force Meeting #9 Highlights Read More »

**Updated June 5** I want to thank all those who have reached out to all of Burlington City Council, City planning staff, the Halton Regional Chair and Conservation Halton to share your concerns about the proposed Millcroft Greens development and upcoming virtual public meeting. Hundreds of residents have sent us the email petition or other …

Millcroft Virtual Public Meeting Rescheduled to Sept. 21 Read More »

At our Regional Council meeting on May 20, we approved a staff report outlining preliminary growth scenarios for Halton’s municipalities. Council’s recommendation: THAT Report No. LPS41-19 re: “Regional Official Plan Review – Progress Update on the Integrated Growth Management Strategy and Preliminary Growth Scenarios” be received for information THAT staff be directed to advance the …

Regional Council Approves Preliminary Growth Scenarios for Halton’s Municipalities Read More »

UPDATE (June 5, 2020): Yesterday’s Solidarity March was part of a global movement to support members of our black community and add our voices to protest death based simply of the colour of someone’s skin. It’s an important message to send, even during a pandemic. I stand with the Halton Regional Police and my fellow …

Ending Racism is All our Responsibility Read More »