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:

Earlier this week our city lost the patriarch of one of Burlington’s most treasured family businesses: Joe Pepetone. Many of you know that he and his family ran the Holland Park Garden Gallery on Fairview Street where it stood from 1981 until it closed last year. Joe was still active this year, even in his …

Saying Farewell to Joe Pepetone Read More »

I have heard from numerous citizens recently who live in apartment buildings and condominiums and want to ensure they continue to have access to The Burlington Post print edition. We have spoken with Metroland Media, who owns & distributes this local newspaper, to get clarity on what is happening. Due to the financial pressures of …

Burlington Post Delivery to Condos and Apartments Read More »

City council recently approved a new concept for the downtown that significantly controls the over-development that was in the adopted official plan from the previous council.
It’s actually better in some cases than our current official plan – with one significant exception. Learn what I’ve asked staff to look into.

Time flies when you’re having fun and a year has never flown by so fast! 365 days ago, on December 3rd, 2018, your new city council was inaugurated and held our first official council meeting along with a sold-out crowd of local citizens at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The energy and optimism in the …

The Year in Review Read More »

This year, I have attended many events in support of the amazing organizations in Burlington and Halton that are helping the women in our community who are facing challenges in their lives. Their experiences range from homelessness and poverty, to physical and emotional abuse, to finding gainful employment and even just having a hard time …

The Shoebox Project this holiday season Read More »

Last night Burlington City Council unanimously approved a set of 22 recommendations brought forth as a result of the Red Tape Red Carpet Task Force initiative that I announced on January 30th of this year. The input and insights from Burlington’s business community helped shape these recommendations over the past 7 months through a town …

Red Tape Red Carpet Recommendations Approved Read More »

Last week, I was delighted to attend the ground-breaking event for Endress+Hauser’s expanded business site in Burlington along with many of their employees, leadership team, and fellow local dignitaries. Endress+Hauser has been a part of our city for almost three decades, creating 80 jobs in our community as a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services …

New Endress+Hauser Build in Burlington will be Net-Zero Carbon/Energy Read More »

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 …

Guest Blog Post: My Summer Internship Read More »

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 …

Council budget orientation planned for Dec. 13 Read More »