*Please see below a statement issued by the Small Urban GTHA Mayors.
For Immediate Release
May 14, 2021
“Today the Small Urban GTHA Mayors met with The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.
The Small Urban GTHA Mayors thanked the Minister for the recent announcement and financial investment made by the Federal and Provincial government to move transportation projections forward across the GTHA. The Province’s $28.5 billion dollar transit plan will see four priority subways being constructed. In addition, the Provincial and Federal government have committed $3.4 billion towards the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. Both these projects will have a significant impact on relieving grid lock while improving connectivity across the entire Golden Horseshoe Area.
The Small Urban GTHA Mayors also took this opportunity to engage in productive conversations about critical transportation infrastructure specific to their communities. Today’s meeting could not have come at a better time. It is evident that all levels of government are committed to investing in rapid transit projects benefitting those that live and work across the Greater Toronto Area and the Small Urban Mayors applaud this initiative.
The Mayors also discussed the recent extension of the Stay-At-Home order to June 2nd. We understand the need for continued restrictions until our new infections and hospital ICU occupancy continues to come down. The Mayors encourage the Province to open outdoor recreation amenities prior to the June 2nd extension date. The COVID Science Table, Ontario Medical Association and many doctors and health experts have advocated for opening outdoor amenities. We add our voices to their call to return outdoor activities, which are necessary to the physical and mental wellbeing of our residents.”
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Mayor Tom Mrakas
Small Urban GTHA Mayors
- Statement from Burlington Mayor Meed Ward on Extending Closures of Outdoor Activities with Stay-at-Home Order to June 2
- COVID-19 Science Advisory Table for Ontario Brief – Fighting COVID-19 in Ontario: The Way Forward
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 consolidated page for information and updates on the work of the provincial Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is available at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates.
Halton Region has also created a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine webpage at halton.ca/covidvaccines for up to date information on the status of our COVID19 vaccination program.
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.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- Community questions and requests regarding City of Burlington services can be directed to Service Burlington by phone at 905-335-7777, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online.
- Halton Region has created a Reopening Schools resource webpage for parents, students and teachers at halton.ca/covid19.
- For further COVID-19 information, including where to get tested, please visit Halton Region Public Health halton.ca/coronavirus
- Residents can stay informed at burlington.ca/coronavirus as well as on our social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington
- Questions about the cancellation of Recreation programs can be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-335-7738
- City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/coronavirus
- Resources for Residents & Non-Profit Organizations: www.burlington.ca/covid19resources.
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Provincial Emergency Orders: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200052
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Team Burlington Business Supports: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
- Burlington Food Bank: call 905-637-CARE (2273), or visit burlingtonfoodbank.ca
- Food for Life: call 905-635-1106 and press 7, or visit foodforlife.ca
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Branch: call 289-291-5396, or visit halton.cmha.ca
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist