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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:

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 »

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 »

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 »

A major part of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference is getting the chance to meet with the Province’s ministers and speak to them about the issues particular to your municipality and seek assistance from the provincial government wherever possible. Even though this year the conference went virtual, things were no different …

AMO 2020 Virtual Conference: Halton Region Delegation Meets with Ministers Read More »

The annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference is an opportunity for our City to meet with the Province’s ministers and speak to them about the issues particular to our municipality and seek assistance from the provincial government wherever possible. Even though this year the conference went virtual (running from Monday, Aug. 17-Wednesday, Aug. …

AMO 2020 Virtual Conference: City of Burlington Delegation Meets with Ministers Read More »