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Burlington Hosting Another COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall July 16 Focusing on How to Make the Most of Summer, While Staying Healthy

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*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — July 2, 2020 — On Thursday, July 16, between 6 and 7:30 p.m., the City of Burlington will hold another telephone town hall event to share information and answer resident questions about how to make the most of the summer while continuing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The town hall will be hosted by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, who will be joined by a panel of local leaders to help answer residents’ questions, including:

  • Denise Beard, Manager of Community Development at the City of Burlington
  • Tim Commisso, City Manager at the City of Burlington
  • Pat Daly, Director of Education at Halton Catholic District School Board
  • Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington
  • The Honourable Karina Gould, Member of Parliament for Burlington
  • Dale Kalina, Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control at Joseph Brant Hospital
  • Stuart Miller, Director of Education at Halton District School Board
  • MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos, Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington
  • Eric Vandewall, President and Chief Executive Officer at Joseph Brant Hospital.

How to Participate

Residents who would like to participate in the town hall can do so in the following ways:

  1. Register in advance: Burlington residential phone numbers will be randomly selected to be part of the telephone town hall. Residents who would like to be added to the telephone call list can email getinvolved@burlington.ca by the end of the day on July 14.
    • Please note: if you registered for any of the previous town halls (held on March 26, April 14 or June 4), you are not required to register your phone number a second time. To remove a name from the call list, email getinvolved@burlington.ca by the end of the day on July 14.
  1. Join by telephone: Anyone who does not receive a telephone invitation can call 1-800-410-5909 just before 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 to join the town hall. For those individuals calling in, please be advised more than one attempt may be required due to the high volume of traffic on the phone lines. If the first call does not connect, please hang up and dial the 1-800 number again.

Once the call begins, a moderator will provide participants with instructions for how to submit their questions to the leadership panel.

Questions not answered during the call will be posted, with answers, to the City’s website at burlington.ca/townhall, along with an audio file and full transcript of the call after July 16.

Burlington is ranked as Canada’s best community and best place to raise a family. It is a City where people, nature and businesses thrive. As residents continue to rediscover many of their favourite spaces and activities in the city, City services may look different as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19. The City’s commitment to providing the community with essential services remains a priority. Sign up to learn more about Burlington at Burlington.ca/Enews and download the free City of Burlington app.

Quick Facts

  • Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Burlington has hosted three telephone town hall events, on March 25, April 14 and June 4, to provide updates about what the City is doing to protect the health and safety of our community and to address concerns from the public related to COVID-19.
  • Audio recordings and full transcripts from the previous telephone town hall events are available online at burlington.ca/townhall. Answers to the questions asked by the public during these town hall events are also available at the same location on the City’s website.

MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:

While we continue to navigate a world with COVID-19, we have taken many steps to get people back to working and playing as much as possible so that we can maintain our physical and mental health. Our next town hall will focus on what summer looks like in Burlington now that our splash pads, pools, parks and camps are reopening, and what we can expect as we head into the fall when our kids are hopefully back to school, and our businesses continue to reopen more fully. There is always a wealth of helpful and timely information on these calls and I look forward to connecting with our community and our experts once again on July 16.

PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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