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Bill 108 will have a devastating impact on municipal finances and local land use planning control. Changes to development charges will mean growth will pay even less of the cost of growth, leaving taxpayers to make up the difference. This will unnecessarily add costs at a time when local governments are being asked to find …

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Today, I distributed a media release that spoke to the City of Burlington’s commitment to finding efficiencies in our budget and controlling our spending. You can read the full release here — Statement from the Mayor – May 28. While the government of the Province of Ontario continues to look for ways to reduce their …

Finding Municipal Budget Efficiencies Read More »

Burlington MP and Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould and Oakville North-Burlington MP Pam Damoff joined me yesterday afternoon (April 24) to announce the Burlington projects that will benefit from the $5.6 million of Federal One-time Municipal Infrastructure Top-up funding — Burlington City Council approved the projects during Monday’s (April 23) council meeting. Last month’s …

Burlington Council Approves Plans for $5.6M Federal One-time Municipal Infrastructure Top-up Funding Read More »

Please see below the Statement I released today on the 2019 Ontario Budget. Burlington, Ont. — April 15, 2019 On behalf of the City of Burlington and Burlington City Council, I would like to express my disappointment in some aspects of the 2019 Ontario Budget that was released on April 11 — particularly, the decision …

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At the Halton Regional Council meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 16, we received a presentation from staff detailing the background and details surrounding the proposed changes the Province of Ontario announced, on Jan. 15, to its Provincial Growth Plan. The changes apply to six categories: Employment Planning; Settlement Area Boundary Expansions; Small Rural Settlements; Natural Heritage and …

Halton Regional Council discusses proposed changes from Province on its Growth Plan Read More »

The Provincial Government announced today it was moving ahead with its review of regional governments and appointed Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling as Special Advisors. The advisors will consult broadly over the coming months and provide recommendations to improve governance, decision-making and service delivery, the Ontario PCs have said, adding the regional government model has been in place …

Province of Ontario appoints special advisors to begin Regional Government Review Read More »

From Association of Municipalities of Ontario press release June 9, 2016 – Members’ Legislative Update The Ontario Legislature rose June 9 and will resume on September 12th, 2016. A number of bills of interest to municipal governments were debated in this session, and are outlined below. Bill 181, Municipal Elections Modernization Act – carried in Third Reading …

Province bans union/corporate donations to elections; trails Act; payday loans regs; cap & trade; affordable housing; & more bills Read More »