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:

Good morning Burlington. The week ahead is another busy one, with city and regional council meetings and workshops, along with many other meetings and media engagements to help keep you informed and the business of the city moving. Read the full update here: Mayors Weekly Public Update Nov 23-29. Please continue to stay healthy, make …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: November 23-29, 2020 Read More »

The City of Burlington has now received a submission from Millcroft Greens for redevelopment of lands within the Millcroft golf course. City staff are currently reviewing the application and supporting materials to determine if it is a complete application. This process can take some time, including requests for additional information and re-submissions. The city’s standard …

City receives submission for redevelopment from Millcroft Greens Read More »

On Nov. 17, myself and Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith met virtually with residents of the Clearview/Queen Mary/St. Matthew’s Ave community to discuss the next steps in the proposed 1085 Clearview Ave development, and removing the Major Transit Station Area designation from their neighbourhood. For those who want a record, or weren’t able to join …

Residents receive update on next steps in 1085 Clearview Ave development Read More »

On Friday afternoon, the Premier announced that Halton Region will be moving into the CONTROL (red) level in their new framework to control the spread of COVID-19. I issued a statement on my blog shortly thereafter to help clarify what this means for our residents and businesses as we implement additional safeguards together and follow …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: November 16-22, 2020 Read More »

Today, the Province revised the thresholds for movement in it’s new COVID-19 Framework and moved the Region of Halton into the Red (Control) level with additional restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19. These measures take effect here in Burlington and throughout Halton at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, November 16th. The new level allows …

Halton Region Moves into Control Level; What it Means for You Read More »

*NOTE: Below you’ll find my latest guest column for the Burlington Post community newspaper that is currently online and will appear in its Nov. 19 print edition. Last month, your Burlington City Council voted in favour of modifications to the adopted Official Plan (OP) and a new proposed map for our Urban Growth Centre (UGC). …

Burlington Post Column: New Map Proposed for Urban Growth Centre Read More »

I hope you all enjoyed the gorgeous weather we were treated to this weekend. I saw so many people out for runs, bike rides, and walking along the lakefront together. It was a great time to get some yardwork done and I know more than a few people got an early start on their exterior …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: November 9-15, 2020 Read More »

It’s November already! I hope you all had a fun Halloween. I saw so many cool and creative ways of celebrating – from candy chutes out front windows to scavenger hunts and more. The silver lining of all this frustration we are experiencing is definitely the innovation we are seeing and all the memorable times …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: November 2- 8, 2020 Read More »

Yesterday we held the 15th meeting of the Burlington COVID-19 Task Force this year since the pandemic began. It was truly beneficial to touch base with so many community partners and share updates, best practices and future plans. Open and timely communication has been one of the hallmarks of our approach here in Burlington, and …

Burlington COVID-19 Task Force Meeting 15 Read More »

After a very busy weekend, there is a lot to share about the week ahead. You can see my full weekly recap here: Mayors Weekly Public Update October 26-Nov 1 2020 On Saturday morning, all four Halton mayors and Regional Chair Carr sent a joint-letter to the Premier asking for a more targeted approach to …

Mayor Meed Ward’s Weekly Update: October 26- November 1, 2020 Read More »

As winter looms on the horizon, many of our local businesses are looking to plan ahead and find ways to increase their capacity during the snowy season while our City and Region remain in Stage 3 for the time-being. This morning, I sent a letter to our Burlington MPP Jane McKenna laying out some preliminary …

City Looks to Help in Winter Planning for Burlington Restaurants Read More »

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and unity that takes place annually after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events. It’s a day that encourages generosity among community members. Halton Gives, the local civic movement of Giving Tuesday, is inviting all Halton residents, charities, and businesses to join them in demonstrating the …

Get Involved with Halton Gives, our Local Movement for Giving Tuesday Read More »

Staff and the Mayor’s Office are planning to provide an update at the December Community Planning Regulation & Mobility Committee on initiatives related to the Meridian Quarry. The update was initially scheduled for earlier this year, but work was delayed due to focusing efforts on COVID19, and then beginning to work through the significant backlog …

Update coming in December on Meridian Quarry initiatives Read More »