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City will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 as a holiday

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2022 03:35 PM

Burlington, Ont.—Sept. 22, 2022— The City of Burlington will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, Sept. 30 as a holiday. To mark the importance of the day, City of Burlington administration buildings will be closed.

Sept. 30 is also recognized as Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day inspired by the story of Indian Residential School Survivor Phyllis Webstad. As part of Orange Shirt Day, residents can come to Spencer Smith Park where local Indigenous people and support groups will have a public display or ceremonial gathering between 4 and 7 p.m. A reflective walk will start at the Pier at 4 p.m. and end at the Lift Bridge lighthouse where a ceremony will take place before heading back to Spencer Smith Park. Participants wishing to join are encouraged to wear orange shirts and moccasins.

We encourage residents to visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website for educational materials and resources.

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City shares continued progress on Vision to Focus key actions

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2022 09:00 AM

Burlington, Ont.— Sept.22, 2022— The City of Burlington continues to measure and share progress on the key actions outlined in Vision to Focus – the City’s four-year work plan.  The semi-annual update was presented to Council to show what projects and initiatives are complete.  These actions support achieving the City’s Vision 2040 Strategic Plan and the long-term vision for our city.

The following has been completed:

  • 7 of the 12 key priorities
  • 20 of the 39 key actions
  • 14 additional initiatives 

Examples of recently completed items include the City’s Housing Strategy setting out the long-term vision for housing in Burlington, development of a Fire Master Plan, completion of the Rural Active Transportation Strategy and implementation schedule, annual transit service plans improving access to Burlington Transit Service, development of the Climate Change Adaptation Plan to prepare Burlington to manage and respond to climate change impacts, and more. 

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Burlington Council approves more coyote management recommendations

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 02:00 PM

Burlington, Ont.—Sept. 21, 2022— The City of Burlington Council has approved staff report BB-14-22 City of Burlington Bylaw Fine Review and Updates as part of the City’s response to the recent coyote attacks. This report recommended changes to By-law 49-2022 and By-law 60-2005 to clarify Animal Control Officers’ powers of entry, increase fines and allow for the collection of these fines through the City’s tax roll.

Under these updated bylaws, Animal Control Officers now have the discretion to issue tickets of $300 (previously $150) or issue a court summons with an increased fine range from $500 up to a maximum of $100,000 (previously, the limit was $5,000). A summons is usually reserved for serious offenses and repeat offenders.

By-law 49-2022 is the City’s Lot Maintenance Bylaw. A property owner is responsible to keep their lot clean and clear of debris. Residents and property owners can make sure they comply with the bylaw by ensuring their property is tidy and clear of garbage, food,...

City Council waives privilege to disclose initial legal budget for development application appeals

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 11:30 AM

At the Sept. 20, 2022 Burlington City Council Meeting, City Staff brought forward report L-46 -22 for Council’s consideration to waive solicitor-client privilege in order to release the initial legal budget approved by Council earlier this year related to ongoing litigation involving the appeals to the Ontario Lands Tribunal for the development applications for 2020 Lakeshore Rd. 

City Council voted earlier this year to refuse the applications for Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendment submitted by Burlington 2020 Lakeshore Inc. proposing a mixed-use development at the site of the current Waterfront Hotel. This decision by Council led the applicant to appeal to the Ontario Lands Tribunal. 

Council accepted the Staff recommendation to waive solicitor-client privilege and release the initial legal budget due to an inadvertent disclosure by Councillor Lisa Kearns of the legal budget. 

The initial legal budget for this litigation has been set at $500,000....

Electric Mobility and Climate Action Plan update

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 09:30 AM

On Sept. 20, City staff presented the Electric Mobility Strategy to Burlington City Council and also provided a progress report on the Climate Action Plan. This strategy directly supports the City’s Climate Action Plan target to become a net carbon zero community by 2050.

Electric Mobility Strategy

The Electric Mobility Strategy will support and encourage the use of electric mobility options. These options include electric vehicles (EV), electric bikes, and electric (stand-up kick) scooters in the community through the implementation of four key action areas:

  1. Charging Infrastructure and Grid Capacity: Growing residential and workplace charging capacity and expanding public charging opportunities, while working to ensure the electricity grid can support increased electric mobility uptake.
  2. City Leadership: Leading by example through fleet electrification and advocating to other levels of government to implement policies that support electric mobility options.
  3. Education and Awareness: Providing...