Ward 1 News from Councillor Kelvin Galbraith
April 15 2020 UPDATE Edition
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Greetings from Councillor Galbraith
  • Latest COVID-19 Updates from City, Region, Province and Federal
  • Community Resources, News & Links
  • Local Boards and Community Involvement
  • Stay Connected
Dear friends and neighbours, welcome to the April 15 2020 edition of Ward 1 News

The COVID-19 situation has taken over our daily lives and is dominating the news today. Changing everyday, it is sometimes difficult to stay on top of the changes that upper levels of government are announcing and implementing. 

As a business owner myself I have thankfully been able to rely on my accountant to interpret many of the continuous changes that the Federal and Provincial governments are making to their offerings of financial aid. I will provide some helpful links in this newsletter so citizens and business owners can click and navigate through some of the government websites.

Burlington has proven to be a caring and resilient community and for those in need at this time - I am so thankful to see that there are many organizations out there that are helping people. I will provide some connections below for those looking for opportunities for food pick up or donations. Thank you to all of the volunteers out there that are focused on helping people during this pandemic.

If we can all remain focused and listen to the health officials, then we can get through this together and return to some form of normalcy as soon as

** Because of the shut down of City Hall, I and my staff are working remotely - we are online every day and ready to take your questions and concerns. Please email ward1@burlington.ca, noting that staff are focussing on urgent service requests at this time.

There is much information in this newsletter but if you feel that I have missed something or you would like an update on anything else in Ward 1, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at ward1@burlington.ca

If you would like to stay up to date on news from both at City Hall and in and around Burlington, be sure to Like our Facebook Page , Follow on Twitter or Instagram .

As always, you can contact my office with Ward 1 related issues. We'd be happy to help.

Kelvin Galbraith
Ward 1 City and Regional Councillor
City Of Burlington
kelvin.galbraith@burlington.ca

Assistant: Tara at ward1@burlington.ca
COVID 19 UPDATES FROM CITY OF BURLINGTON/REGION OF HALTON/PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
City of Burlington Council, Senior Management and Communications are updating the city's COVID-19 webpage multiple times a day. Many answers can be found regarding city services and outside resources. Residents are highly encouraged to visit and subscribe to this page to receive updates: https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/corona-virus.asp

OVERVIEW:
The City of Burlington continues to take appropriate action to prioritize the health and well-being of our community and staff. Our overriding goal is to keep the public and staff safe and help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Halton Region Public Health is focusing on those most at risk of COVID-19. The Region’s current priority is to hear from high-risk groups only:
  • health care providers seeking or reporting information;
  • those living or working in a healthcare setting or institution and experiencing symptoms of COVID-19;
  • or those who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Not everyone requires testing. Most people with mild symptoms will recover on their own at home. Get rest, drink fluids, eat well and stay home. You do not need to contact Public Health. If you are high risk, please call 311 to start the assessment process. Residents must have an appointment to attend an Assessment Centre. If you have SEVERE symptoms, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

For further COVID-19 information, please visit Halton Region Public Health at halton.ca/COVID19.

  • Effective Monday, March 16, public access to all City facilities, including City Hall, will be closed until possibly July 2020. This includes the cancellation of Citizen Advisory Committee meetings and other public meetings.
  • Essential services including Burlington Fire, Burlington Transit including Handi-Van, Halton Court Services, Traffic Services, By-Law Enforcement, Roads, Parks and Forestry Operations, Animal Control Services and POA Courts will continue to operate as usual to support our community. Cemetery services will be by appointment.

CITY FACILITIES:
Why are city recreation facilities closing?
  • To aid efforts in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community, the City of Burlington has made the decision to close all City recreation facilities as of the evening of Friday, March 13, 2020.

How long will recreational facilities be closed? Can I get a refund?
  • Further operations decisions about City services will be made based on the most up-to-date information and advice from our healthcare partners. The health and well-being of our community and staff is the top priority for everyone at the City of Burlington.
  • For facility rentals: organizations and residents with upcoming rentals may cancel or rebook at a future date (pending availability) with no penalty. Please contact rentals@burlington.ca
  • For registrations: to withdraw from an upcoming course without penalty, or to withdraw from a course in progress to receive a prorated refund, please email liveandplay@burlington.ca

What programs and services are impacted?
  • With the recreation facility closures, the following services will be suspended: Arenas, pools and community centres, including the Seniors Centre. 
  • All City organized large public meetings and gatherings are also cancelled.

GIVING/GETTING HELP:
  • The best thing you can do is continue to look after your health, follow the advice of healthcare professionals and check in on neighbours that may need support.
  • Facebook page for Burlington: If you're in need of anything, or if you have extra, please post on the page of Public Group: CareMonerging Burlington: Share/Swap/Help Covid-19
  • Facebook page for GTA: For the vulnerable in our community that require delivery assistance for supplies and groceries visit the Public Group: Good Neighbour Project - GTA
  • Facebook Fundraiser page for raising money for Food4kids Halton
  • For information about assistance in the community, please follow the link to COVID-19 Assistance Programs https://halton.cioc.ca/record/OAK0007
  • For more information on community food banks please visit www.burlingtonfoodbank.ca
  • If you can supply emergency products to help fight coronavirus such as ventilators, masks, sanitization, eye protection, etc., click here.
  • If you have an innovative solution that can help with the impacts of coronavirus, such as virtual mental healthcare options or other specific scenarios, click here.
  • If you have other solutions, products or services that could help our COVID-19 response effort, click here.
  • The Government of Canada also has a similar coordinated website for suppliers and services to help in this manner. More details and how to submit your product or service for consideration can be found here.
  • If you are looking for a link to the federal benefits and services that are available to Canadians, go here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

GETTING INFORMATION
Where should I go for the most up to date information about COVID-19 in Halton?

Other resources to contact:
  • Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
  • Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
  • World Health Organization: www.who.int
  • For information on Ontario's social, health, community and government services: 211.ca
  • For those whose second language is English, the province has provided COVID-19 information in multiple languages at the bottom of their webpage https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
  • Burlington.ca/coronavirus
  • For a full list of Regional Services and to access services and programs follow this link
  • COVID-19 Information (Municipal, Regional, Provincial, Federal) https://halton.cioc.ca/record/OAK0003
  • COVID-19 Community Support (Food Banks, Community Outreach, Mental Health) https://halton.cioc.ca/record/OAK0007
  • COVID-19 Financial Relief  https://halton.cioc.ca/record/OAK0083
  • COVID-19 Youth Isolation Activities https://halton.cioc.ca/record/OAK0006
  • Halton Women's Place: Continue to provide shelter for those seeking assistance and counselling for those who need it online. If you or someone you know need assistance please visit their website. Their shelters are currently at capacity and they are in need of more resources to support their hundreds of clients. If you can, please donate here.
  • SAVIS of Halton: All counselling and programming is online - Resources are still needed, to donate please click here. For those who need immediate help please call their emergency line: 905-875-1555 or visit their website.
  • Halton Distress Centre: Still operating all services online and over the phone. Please visit their website for more information.
  • Oakville: 905-849-4541
  • Burlington: 905-681-1488
  • North Halton: 905-877-1211
  • Blood Services - Many people are still in need of blood at this time. To book an appointment to donate please visit their website or call (1-888-236-6283)
  • Kids Help Phone - Remains open and accessible to all Canadians – youth, in particular – 24/7 via phone and text uninterrupted. Have increased texting services to manage the bulk of the volume increase. Many volunteers are still needed, if you would like to volunteer your time please click here. If you are in need of their support please call: 1-800-668-6868 or visit their website for more information. 
  • Centre for Addiction And Mental Health Foundation - Creating a knowledge hub that will answer all common COVID-19 concerns and questions as well as tops for coping with stress and anxiety. Once this knowledge hub is launched we will be sure to share with you the link to access it. Please contact CAMH if you need help coping with anxiety while in isolation or quarantine here

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

The recreation closures mean that I can’t get out for exercise, how do we stay healthy and active?
  • In light of the current situation with COVID-19 and the rapidly changing updates from healthcare professionals and our partners across all levels of government, we certainly understand and share the concerns of residents. In light of the multiple requests for residents to avoid congregating in open spaces and particularly on playground equipment/picnic tables, we ask that you make your way through these spaces, respecting social distancing from other groups, but that you do not stay. Some city park spaces have been completely closed to prevent groups from visiting, but many are ignoring pylons and blocked equipment, putting themselves and their families at risk.
  • In addition, because city staff resources have been allocated to more emergent issues, garbage receptacles at these facilities are not being maintained as often as they normally would be. For this reason, all visitors to these parks and open spaces are asked to take any garbage they bring (including dog waste) home with them for disposal. We understand residents are concerned with the continued behaviour of park visitors that does not follow the repeated requests to not use facilities in parks. Messaging continues to be pushed through social media that facilities in parks are not to be used.
  • Complaints about blatant disregards for public safety can be sent to HRPS by calling their non-emergency line at 905-825-4747. They are making an effort to visit sites and educate the public.

Will there be more cancellations of City programs and services?
  • All business related to issuing of marriage licences, commissioning and in-person payments are suspended during this extended closure of City administrative facilities.
  • To aid efforts in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community, the City of Burlington has made the decision to close all City recreation facilities until June 30, 2020 (extension of original decision made on Friday, March 13, 2020) .
  • Further operations decisions about City services will be made based on the most up-to-date information and advice from our healthcare partners. The health and well-being of our community and staff is the top priority for everyone at the City of Burlington.
  • City of Burlington essential services inlcude Burlington Fire, Burlington Transit including Handi-Van, Halton Court Services, Traffic Services, Roads, Parks and Forestry Operations, Animal Control Services will continue to operate as needed to support urgent needs our community.
  • With social distancing measures in place, Burlington Transit will reduce its service and operate on a modified schedule beginning Sunday March 29, 2020. The new schedule will provide transit service for essential service only.
  • With the modified schedule, Burlington Transit will operate Monday to Saturday, from 5:50 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and on Sundays from 6:14 a.m. to 9:55 p.m. A complete schedule is available at www.burlingtontransit.ca/schedules and Burlington Transit customer service can be reached at contactbt@burlington.ca, 905-639-0550 or on Twitter @BurlONTransit. 

My child's Halton School is closed - where can I get more information?
  • Follow link for up to date information: https://www.hdsb.ca/Pages/Home.aspx#
  • The Ministry of Education is providing financial support to parents to assist with costs they will be incurring on account of a labour disruption, follow the link Support for Parents .
  • The Ministry of Education is also providing financial support to parents to assist with the costs of educational resources during school and child care closures as a result of Ontario’s declared emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19. For more information, follow the link Support for Families .

PREVENTION:
  • Please visit halton.ca/coronavirus for the most up to date information.
  • The best way residents can prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, cough into upper sleeve, not hand.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you believe an individual or business is slowing efforts to ‘flatten the curve,’ use the OPP online reporting tool at opp.ca/reporting or call 1-888-310-1122. As a result of the state of emergency in Ontario the following establishments are expected to remain closed until further notice: all bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout and food delivery; all facilities providing indoor recreational programs; all public libraries; all private schools; all licensed child care centres; all movie cinemas and all theatres, including those offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms; all concert venues.
  • Otherwise contact local Halton police using the non-emergency line at 905-825-4747, to report a concern under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as they can issue a fine to businesses and individuals who defy the Act.

IMPORTANT:
Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 is asked to self-isolate and seek advice over the phone. You are asked to contact Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000).

Social or physical distancing can help the spread. You are asked to consider the following options to help protect the safety and health of you, your family and friends, and the community:
  • Avoid non-essential trips in the community.
  • Cancel or limit group gatherings.
  • Work from home, where possible.
  • Participate in virtual meetings rather than meeting in person.
  • Keep your children at home.
  • Avoid visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, supportive housing, hospices and other care settings unless the visit is absolutely essential.
  • When spending time outside, try to be in settings where you can maintain a 2 metre (6 feet) distance from others.
  • If you need groceries, go to the store but be cautious and follow public health direction. While outside, avoid crowds and maintain a distance of 1-2 metres (3-6 feet) from those around you.

As a result of the state of emergency in Ontario the following establishments are expected to remain closed until further notice:
  • all bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout and food delivery; all facilities providing indoor recreational programs; all public libraries; all private schools; all licensed child care centres; all movie cinemas and all theatres, including those offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms; all concert venues.
 
How can I receive updates?

PROVINCE'S LIST OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES
Essential businesses include, but are not limited to grocery stores and pharmacies, telecommunications and IT infrastructure service providers, and businesses that support power generation, natural gas distribution and clean drinking water. Essential businesses are being asked to put into place any and all measures to safeguard the wellbeing of their employees on the front-lines.
For a complete list, please refer to Ontario’s website

To submit general questions and comments visit the government web page: https://www.canada.ca/en/contact/questions.html

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

If you are looking for a link to the federal benefits and services that will be available to Canadians, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html
Approval of Interim Property Tax Relief
On April 6th, City Council unanimously approved provisional relief of penalty and interest on property taxes for all property types. The temporary changes mean that for the months of April and May 2020: 
• No penalty will be charged on the April 21st installment;
• No month-end interest will be charged;
• No returned payment administration fee will be charged for any returned tax payments (i.e. insufficient funds, stop payment); and
• The next tax payment is not due until June 30.
Council Approves Physical Distancing Bylaw
On April 6, City Council unanimously approved a new physical distancing by-law to support efforts in minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Council considers the protection of health and safety of the public to be a paramount concern, and the direction for the proposed by-law comes from the City’s Emergency Control Group.

The Medical Officer of Health has recommended physical distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID19, including maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres from other individuals who are not members of the same household.

The City of Burlington’s by-law states that while on public property, no person shall stand less than a 2 metre distance to any other person that does not reside with them in a single household or permit a child under the age of 16 to stand less than a 2 metre distance from any other person that does not reside with them in a single household. Upon conviction of an offence under this by-law, a person would be liable for a minimum fine of $500 and a maximum fine of $100,000. The by-law is expected to be in effect through the duration of Burlington’s State of Emergency.

The City’s By-law Enforcement Officers are assisting the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) to enforce the Province’s physical distancing orders and requirements by responding to complaints, educating residents and working with HRPS where police intervention may be warranted. In addition, the City’s By-law Enforcement Officers will begin to enforce the physical distancing restrictions established by the City under the Burlington COVID-19 Physical Distancing By-law.  
The Province has issued a number of orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act which are in effect throughout the province to address the COVID-19 emergency, such as: 
  • prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five (5) people, other than gatherings of members of a single household;
  • closing all non-essential businesses;
  • closing specific types of business, such as indoor recreational facilities, private schools, bars and restaurants (other than take-out facilities), theatres and concert venues;
  • prohibiting price gouging on necessary goods, such as masks and gloves, nonprescription medications, disinfectants and personal hygiene products; and
  • closing all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds.
Charges may be laid for violations of the Province’s emergency orders in two ways. Police and municipal law enforcement officers may issue tickets; fines are to be determined. Alternatively, officers may instead lay a charge by way of a summons in which case the fine and penalties are potentially more severe, ranging from up to $100,000 for individuals, $500,000 for directors or officers of a corporation and up to $10,000,000 for a corporation that is found violating orders issued by the Province under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In addition, offenders may be subject to up to one-year imprisonment. 
With respect to the Burlington COVID-19 Physical Distancing By-law, the City’s By-law Enforcement team may issue tickets which will carry a set fine or may lay charges by way of a court summons, which carry fines that will be set by a Justice of the Peace ranging from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $100,000. In cases where a person is charged with violating more than one of the physical distancing requirements in the By-law a minimum of $500 may be applied for each offence with maximum fines that may exceed $100,000.   
In addition, charges may be laid under both the provincial orders and the City’s By-law at the same time.

Residents can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 905-825-4722, to report a concern under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as:
  • non-essential businesses remaining open
  • events and gatherings of more than 5 people
  • establishments remaining open that are prohibited from being in operation under the EMCPA
  • individuals using outdoor recreational amenities and parks
  • At this time, there is no legislative authority for HRPS officers or bylaw enforcement officers to enforce non-compliance with physical distancing recommendations, other than gatherings of more than 5 non-related people. 
  • If you know someone has returned from travel outside of Canada in the past 14 days who is not complying with the requirement to self-isolate at home, you may call the HRPS COVID-19 Hotline at 905-825-4722 to file a report.
  • If you have a family abroad who is unable to get home, you may find help by contacting Burlington's Member of Parliament, Karina Gould at 905-639-5757 or karina.gould.c1a@parl.gc.ca
City-wide burn ban in effect as of April 13, 2020
The Burlington Fire Department has issued a City-wide burn ban and suspended all Open-Air Burning Permits until further notice.
As part of the COVID-19 response, a burn ban is being implemented as a preventative measure to ensure that Fire Department resources are available when and where needed most. Additionally, the Fire Department is trying to limit non-emergency interactions with residents and respect physical distancing requirements at this time.
Firework displays for the Victoria Day weekend are also being discouraged due to the potential fire hazard and concerns around social gathering.
We will keep Ward 1 residents updated on any changes to the Burn Ban, as they arise.
All Burlington Parks Closed to Vehicular Access
Physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most important steps everyone needs to take. The COVID-19 virus doesn’t move on its own; it needs people to move it. To discourage people from gathering and to help reduce the transmission of the virus, the City of Burlington has closed all vehicular access to our parks. Only walking, jogging, riding a bike or scooter/wheelchair through a park or trail is permitted. Remember to keep 2 metres away from others - about the length of a hockey stick.

Access to city amenities (not public parks) have been closed. This includes Tyandaga Golf Course grounds, in their entirety. Along with this facility, please respect the caution tape and keep off of playgrounds, sports fields, skateboard areas, tennis and basketball courts.

We have also been in contact with Halton Distict School Board, and they have advised that ALL school board facilities are also closed at this time. Because of the geographical size of several of these facilities (ie sports tracks and fields) it may not be feasible to gate/tape off access to these facilities. It is asked that residents refrain from using these facilities as well.

Any residents with concerns that others are not respecting these closures and are still using these now-closed facilites are advised to call the established COVID-19 Reporting Line at 905-825-4722

Local enforceable orders (as of April 2) include:

  • Closure of places of non-essential businesses
  • Prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five people
  • Closure of public places and establishments
  • Closure of all outdoor recreational amenities and parks
How to support small businesses in Burlington
The need has never been greater as our local economy continues to be dramatically weighed down by the daily impacts of COVID-19. Many small businesses have made the decision to close completely, while others are working in reduced capacity. In times of unprecedented hardship our small businesses and independents often experience the brunt of this crisis. Small businesses are an essential part of our community. They are risk-takers by nature; many are family owned and many are residents of the community where their business is located. They are the entrepreneurs that hire our children, sponsor our teams, donate for our events – they are our neighbours. 

Team Burlington, which is a collective of the combined talents of The Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Economic Development, Burlington Downtown Business Association, Aldershot Village BIA and Tourism Burlington, encourages residents to support small businesses online from the safety of their home. They have made seven suggestions: 

  • Shop small businesses online: even though their doors may be closed, many businesses are still offering on-line sales and incentives with no-contact shipping/delivery
  • Order take-out or delivery: show your support to restaurants/eateries that are still offering take-away options by ordering at home
  • Purchase a gift card for future use: you may have to wait to use it but it provides cash to the business now when they need it most
  • Submit a positive review online for your favourite business
  • Connect on-line by following a few more local businesses and commenting on their posts
  • Attend an on-line fitness workout: many fitness providers are offering classes from home virtually
  • Support a local not-for-profit/charity: to the extent that you are able, please donate directly to local not-for-profits and charities to ensure that critical support continues to be available to those most vulnerable in our community 

Halton Small Business Center
Whether you are looking to open a new small business, manage or grow your existing business, or are looking for youth entrepreneurship programs, the Halton Region Small Business Centre can help put you on the path to success.
They offer a comprehensive resource centre that includes the tools, training and expertise to help guide your business in the right direction at any stage.

KELVIN TO PUT IN SOMETHING PERSONAL ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORTS
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Ward 1 Community News & Resources
Aldershot Food Collection Committee Update:
A big Thank you to those who brought food to the well attended Drive- through, Drop-off Food Blitz at St. Matthews Church on this week.
Unfortunately, the Compassion Society has had to close this week, so the Burlington Food Bank is now the only Food Hamper distribution location in Aldershot. For safety, they have stopped receiving food, instead are requesting people to bring their food to the circular driveway at St. Matthews, 12 noon – 3pm, on Mondays and Wednesdays.

What we’re able to collect is imperative to the Food Bank, as it is what, after its 2 week quarantine, will be added to the Food Hampers when the current food supply will be gone. Because of our proven safe collection system, the Aldershot Food Collection Committee, consisting of Representatives of the Food Bank, Partnering Aldershot, St. Matthew’s Church and Ward 1 ECoB, has been affirmed by the City as an Essential Service, so is allowed to continue to operate for the good of the community.

Be aware also, Monetary Donations can be made at www.burlingtonfoodbank.ca so that the Food Bank can purchase items they are low on, if they can find them.

The Burlington Food Bank has gone to a delivery model, and ask that anyone in need of assistance email their name address and phone number to info@burlingtonfoodbank.ca or call 905-637-2273 and they will make arrangements to have both non-perishables and perishables delivered to the door.

Be cautious, live safely and PLEASE CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE!
Aldershot Food Collection Committee
PR - Connie Price, Partnering Aldershot, cepriceless@gmail.com
Transportation - Jim Young, Ward 1 ECoB, jyoung101@cogeco.ca
Facility - Grace Wilbur, St. Matthews’ Outreach Chair, graciewilbur@gmail.com
Distribution – Robin Bailey, Burlington Food Bank, r.bailey@burlingtonfoodbank.ca
BURLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY -
FREE Books – Movies – TV Shows—Online, All the Time
Use Burlington Public Library online, anytime, anywhere. Find 1000s of free eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, movies, and TV shows to download or stream: bpl.on.ca/resources.
All you need is a FREE library card. No card? Apply for a card online now.
Our branches are closed until further notice, but we are open online to serve your library needs. Visit bpl.on.ca for helpful information: activities for kids at home, community support services during the COVID-19 outbreak, eBooks booklists, library closure updates.
PLEASE NOTE:
The following Aldershot Community Service Groups are closed/suspended services for the time being:
  • Aldershot Lions Club Garage Sales
  • Compassion Society
  • Next Door Social Space
Ward 1 Community Links
Local Boards & Community Involvement
In addition to serving as Ward 1 City and Regional Councillor, I have the opportunity to sit on a few other local boards and committees:
Royal Botanical Gardens Board
As a member of the Board of Directors for Ward 1's own Royal Botanical Gardens, I meet with a team of dedicated individuals, aimed at serving Burlington and beyond.
We meet roughly every 3 months, with the Annual General Meeting occurring in June.
For more information on the Royal Botanical Gardens, please visit www.rbg.ca
Tourism Burlington Board
Tourism Burlington is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who represent various sectors of the Tourism, Industry and Business sectors in the City of Burlington. The Board meets September to November and February to May on the 3rd Thursday of the month, with the Annual General Meeting held in May of each year.
For more information on Tourism Burlington, please visit www.tourismburlington.com
Aldershot Village BIA (Business Improvement Area)
The Aldershot Village BIA identifies Aldershot as a distinct community for shopping, dining and for doing business. The BIA contributes to a variety of initiatives including the completion of a full interchange at Waterdown Road and revitalization and development along the Plains Road corridor.
The BIA partners with several other Aldershot groups including the Aldershot Community Honour Roll, Plains Road Village Vision Group, Partnering Aldershot, Alderfest Community Festival and others to build support for approximately 250 retailers and service professionals.
For more information on Aldershot Village BIA, please visit www.aldershotbia.com
Stay Connected
I have committed to sharing frequent updates via social media channels. I would love to connect with you there to be able to share day to day information. If there are specific items you would like me to address, send me a note!
You can find me at the links below. If you would like to pick up a paper copy of this newsletter, copies are available at The Fitness Firm, 15 Plains Rd. West, or Aldershot BIA office 193 Plains Rd E Unit 6. We can also mail a copy to you - to request please call my office at 905-335-7600 x7863 or email ward1@burlington.ca
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City of Burlington & Region of Halton
Ward 1 Councillor
905-335-7600 x7587
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