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Burlington Mayor Advocates to Keep Canal Piers Open

Burlington canal pier / Hamilton Spectator photo
Burlington canal pier / Hamilton Spectator photo

Residents may have read in an article today in the Hamilton Spectator that the federal government is considering blocking public access to the canal piers on both the Hamilton and Burlington sides of the lift bridge.

Several weeks ago, I was given a heads up by our local Burlington MP The Honourable Karina Gould that closing public access was under discussion.

I conveyed, at that time, this is not something I or the city would support. MP Gould and I have been working to arrange a conversation with the Minister of Transportation, the Hon. Marc Garneau, to convey this message and find alternative solutions.

To that end, this week we sent this letter to Ministers Gould and Garneau: Letter to Minister Garneau and Minister Gould Dec 2 2020.

We will keep advocating to keep the piers open and will report back to the community when there is more to share.

— Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward


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3 thoughts on “Burlington Mayor Advocates to Keep Canal Piers Open”

    1. Hi Ian, this is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. Any updates the Mayor receives from the federal government on this she will share on her social media channels, through this website and her monthly newsletter. Additionally, your local MP might also have more details on this file, so you might want to reach out to them, as well.

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