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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:

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 »

At its meeting of September 28, 2020, Burlington City Council considered Confidential Legal Report L-11- 20. Following this meeting, the City notified the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal that based on the revised plan submitted by LIV Communities/1085 Clearview Limited Partnership, only two issues remained in dispute between the City and the appellant. (Update on City’s …

LPAT Hearing Nov. 30 for Clearview Application; Parking Remains an Issue Read More »

Burlington-based catering business The Platter Company has expanded and opened The Market in Aldershot. Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith and I attended their grand opening on Oct. 1. The expansion allows this local business to further serve the Burlington community and offer more to customers by way of frozen gourmet meals, artisan meats, cheese, fresh …

Burlington’s The Platter Company expands into The Market Read More »

The Burlington City Manager’s Office will be bringing a report to next Tuesday’s (Oct. 6) Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility (CPRM) Committee outlining steps to advance a Municipal Development Corporation for the City. Among the City of Burlington’s key priorities and focus is to be able to own and hold strategic lands for community development …

City Looking to Create a New Corporate Structure for a Burlington Lands Partnership Focusing on Strategic Community Development Read More »

After some public engagement and voting, City staff have narrowed down the names of 3 new trails in Burlington and will be seeking approval from the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services (EICS) Committee at Monday’s (Oct. 5) meeting. There is more than 80 kilometres of trail in the City of Burlington, providing opportunities for active …

City Staff Seek Committee Approval of Names for 3 New Burlington Trails Read More »

UPDATE: Approved at Sept. 28 Council meeting My thanks to my council colleagues and residents who supported my motion to ask the Region to consider excluding the Clearview/Queen Mary/St. Matthews neighbourhood from the Aldershot GO Major Transit Station Area (MTSA) boundaries. Removing this neighbourhood will help reduce the pressure for overdevelopment, and is consistent with …

Burlington Committee Requests Region Exclude Clearview/Queen Mary/St. Matthews Neighbourhood from Aldershot GO MTSA in Halton’s Official Plan Review 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 »

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.

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 »

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 »