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Mayor’s Mailbag – August 2021 Roundup – Mixed vaccines & travel, Memorializing a loved one, & Construction hours of operation

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward Mailbag

Welcome to the Mayor’s Mailbag – August 2021 roundup.

The Mayor’s Monday Mailbag is a weekly initiative Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and the Mayor’s Office has launched to share answers to questions from the public we’ve received through our main email inbox at or the Mayor’s social media platforms.

At the end of the month, we publish a roundup of those most pressing questions we’ve received in the weeks prior.

Mayor’s Mailbag – August 2021 Roundup

I mixed vaccines and am having trouble booking travel. What can I do?


“I listened to public health and medical advice and got the first vaccines available to me and that meant mixing vaccines for my first and second doses — now I’m having trouble booking travel plans. What can I do? Can I get more than two doses?”


You did the right thing by getting yourself the first available COVID-19 vaccine for your first and second dose. Studies have shown that mixing COVID-19 vaccine types is safe and provides good protection. Mixing of mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), as well as mixing AstraZeneca (viral vector-based) and an mRNA vaccine is safe, effective and allows more people to receive their second dose sooner. An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving their second dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine. The two doses do not need to be of the same type.

Travel restrictions and requirements may vary depending on the country, province or territory you are travelling to. Different countries may require vaccination by specific types of COVID-19 vaccines, or may accept a combination of COVID-19 vaccines. Carefully review the travel requirements of your final destination before travelling. Currently, the Federal government still advises all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada.

Halton Region Public Health cannot provide additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine for travel purposes. The decisions about vaccine restrictions, requirements and guidance for travel are directed by the Federal Government.

Here is a list of approved COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada and a list of trials and approved vaccines by country. Health Canada and other international medical experts are continuously reviewing data to determine if additional doses may be needed in the future.

It is our understanding the Federal government is advocating “with the international community to make sure that people who are fully vaccinated in ways that Canadians recognize as safe and effective are also recognized around the world,” as reported by the CBC News article: Government working with other countries to recognize Canadians with mixed doses as fully vaccinated.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please call 311 to speak to a public health professional.

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How can I memorialize a loved one in Burlington?


“I would like to memorialize a loved one in Burlington. Does the City offer any opportunities to do so?”


Losing a loved one is never easy. The City of Burlington has several ways to help residents and the community memorialize someone who has passed away.

Parks Amenities Recognition and Celebration Program:

This is most often referred to as the Memorial Bench Program — however, it is not only for benches, as the amenity can be another type of park furnishing (such as a bike rack, picnic table or sun shelter). The memorialized amenity can be located in a City park, along a bikeway or sidewalk, or an open space maintained by the City.

Most requests are for a bench, where the cost ranges depending on the model that is determined by whatever the bench standards are in the park location. In 2021, the cost for the most commonly-used bench model has been $5,394. Please note the price is updated annually to accommodate increased costs of the bench purchase and delivery.

If a resident or community member requests an amenity other than a bench, the City will work out the associated cost for them.

For more information, please visit

Rotary Tree Park / Memorial Forest:

This program is run by Rotary Club of Burlington Central and includes the donation of a memorial tree in the Rotary Tree Park/Memorial Forest — the current location to donate memorial trees is Maple Park (the previous location was in Central Park).

The minimum donation for a new tree is $700, and $1,000 for a mature tree. For more information, please visit or click this link: Rotary Memorial Forest Brochure-2021.

This program also does memorial bench that would also be located in Maple Park. While Central Park can no longer accommodate memorial trees, there is still room for memorial benches here as well.

The cost of the donation bench within the Memorial Forests are set by Rotary Club.

Adopt a (Flower) Bed:

The City of Burlington’s Roads, Parks and Forestry Department runs a program called Adopt A Bed. It’s an annual program where a sponsor pays an annual fee for a flower bed in a traffic island. A sign is placed in the flower bed and is visible to drive-by cars. The sponsorship can be renewed from year to year. The annual cost can range from approximately $200-$1,600, depending on the size of the flower and upkeep.

For more information, please visit:

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What are the hours of operation for construction?


“It seems like there’s non-stop construction noise all the time now. What are the hours of operation for construction?”


The City of Burlington’s Nuisance and Noise Bylaw permits the operation of construction equipment between 7 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week including statutory holidays.

Further, the Government of Ontario has extended construction hours during the COVID-19 pandemic from 6 a.m.–10 p.m., seven days a week (including statutory holidays). Construction related to the healthcare sector is permitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  This Provincial Regulation is in effect until Oct. 7, 2021, where it will likely be revisited by the Province at that time.

With that in mind, the decision to not work on Sundays can be one taken by individual developers and contractors, and is not required by either the City of Burlington or Province of Ontario.



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

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