Ward 1 News from Councillor Kelvin Galbraith
December 2020 - A Year In Review
  • Greetings from Councillor Galbraith
  • Burlington prepares to enter the Grey/Lockdown Phase
  • COVID-19 Updates from City of Burlington
  • COVID-19 Updates - Halton Region
  • COVID-19 Updates from Province of Ontario, Federal Government and Other helpful links
  • Contacting my office/City Hall during the holidays
  • 2020 - A Day in the Life
  • 2020 - A Monthly Review
  • What Went Well/Improvements To Be Made
  • Goals for 2021
  • News From City Hall
  • Community Resources, News & Links
  • Local Boards and Community Involvement
  • Stay Connected
Dear Ward 1 friends and neighbours, happy holidays and welcome to the December edition of Ward 1 News - a Year in Review!

Our council has now celebrated two years working as a team, and are officially halfway through this term - this newsletter will recap some of the highlights of what was accomplished on a monthly basis by council & staff.

As we reflect back on the year that was 2020, we may wish to forget more than we remember. Unfortunately the pandemic is not yet over and predictions have been made to prepare for another 6 months of precautions as the vaccine makes its way through to the vulnerable and front line workers and then on to the rest. Just when we will reach that sweet spot of herd immunity and life returning to the new normal is anyone’s guess but I am envisioning summer gatherings of joy to get me through.

Normally at year’s end, I would reflect on some highlights from the past year, but with a year so dominated by COVID-19, there are few positive highlights to celebrate. Having said that, there are some including the final completion of Burlington’s Official Plan. This brings to a conclusion, 10 years of studies, public meetings and various planning consultants and a lot of time and money. Upon conclusion we will see our great city continue to grow and thrive but in a new way as we have now run out of open land to build and expand our urban boundary. We will focus on growing from within and focused around our 3 major transit station areas (GO Stations or MTSA’s ). The downtown will continue to grow but will maintain some of its charm and character that attracts visitors from all over the city and beyond.  

As with many people in today’s workforce, we as a council and city staff adjusted to a new working from home model that emerged out of the pandemic. There were many challenges with this initially as some had school-aged children at home with no childcare or schooling to help. Come September, and they were finally gone again. The house was quiet and my ZOOM meetings were no longer interrupted on a regular basis. The economy attempted to shed the scars of the lockdown and businesses almost all but opened back up. Unfortunately, as with the return to normal activity came the return of the virus and the official second wave of COVID-19. As I write this, we are about to enter our official second lockdown in the Halton Region on December 26th. I am very concerned for our economy moving forward and the many small business owners that have been forced to close their doors, some for good. I am supportive of restrictions as our Hospitals were reporting a wave of COVID-19 patients and models had projected this to overwhelm our healthcare system in a matter of weeks. My hope is that this is a shorter lockdown and that the vaccine can slowly work its way through the population as we open back up sometime in the early part of the new year.  

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year and please make good decisions about keeping safe so that we may celebrate next Christmas.  

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.

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Kelvin Galbraith
Ward 1 City and Regional Councillor
City Of Burlington
On December 21, 2020, the Ontario Government announced the current Framework (Red/Control) will be paused as of December 26, 2020 and replaced with a Province wide shutdown for 28 days. This will mean additional restrictions to help control spread of COVID-19.

All Ontarians are encouraged to stay home as much as possible to minimize transmission and to prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

The extended measures include:
  • Restricting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household.
  • Prohibiting in-person shopping in most retail settings - curbside pickup and delivery can continue. Discount and big box retailers selling groceries will be limited to 25 per cent capacity for in-store shopping. Supermarkets, grocery stores and similar stores that primarily sell food, as well as pharmacies, will continue to operate at 50 per cent capacity for in-store shopping.
  • Restricting indoor access to shopping malls - patrons may only go to a designated indoor pickup area (by appointment only), essential retail stores that are permitted to be open (e.g. pharmacy, grocery store), or, subject to physical distancing and face covering requirements, to the food court for takeout purchases. Shopping malls may also establish outdoor designated pickup areas.
  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take out, drive-through, and delivery only.

While it is recognized that transmission between school aged children in a formal school setting remains low, all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools are to move to teacher-led online learning when the winter break has ended January 4th.

For schools in Halton Region, elementary school students are planned to be able to return to in-person learning on January 11, 2021, and secondary school students will continue learning remotely until January 25, 2021, at which point they may resume in-person learning. During this period, child care centres and home-based child care services will remain open.

From January 4-8, 2021, when elementary students move to remote learning, emergency child care for health care and frontline workers will be provided. As part of the government's efforts to protect the most vulnerable, boards will be required to make provisions for continued in-person support for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning for whom remote learning is challenging.

For a full list of the restrictions associated with the Grey/Lockdown phase, please visit https://files.ontario.ca/moh-provincewide-shutdown-en-2020-12-21.pdf
City of Burlington Council, Senior Management and Communications are updating the city's COVID-19 webpage daily. 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

Residents may visit the Community resource page which provides links to many resources from volunteering, donations, where to get support, applying for grants, mental health supports, and community resource mapping. Rather than repeat all of this information here, we encourage you to visit the page to find links to organizations that can help you:
To access this page and discover these many resource links, please visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/covid-19-community-resources.asp

If your issues are not addressed on the above page, please visit the City's COVID-19 FAQ page which addresses many of the other questions we have received during the course of the shutdown https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/coronavirus-covid-19-faqs.asp

Due to the daily updates from the provincial and federal government, information is constantly changing - if you cannot find the answers you are seeking, please contact City Hall at city@burlington.ca and staff will endeavour to get information for you.

City of Burlington facilities and recreation programming will be closed, and all indoor programs are cancelled. Recreation Services staff are contacting user groups, renters and individuals affected by these changes.

Residents are asked to please be patient during this time as it will take up to two to four-weeks for staff to process these cancellations.

Those who paid using a credit card will be refunded to that same credit card where possible. All other payment methods will receive a credit to their Recreation account.
Cheque refunds can be requested by emailing liveandplay@burlington.ca; please be sure to include your full mailing address in your request.

We encourage residents to remain active by accessing the various outdoor recreation opportunities such as our Winter Outdoor Play Challenge, toboggan hills, outdoor skating at Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond or by taking your family to one of our many parks, trails, or playgrounds. Or, stay active at home with our virtual online programming at burlington.ca/activeathome.

Anyone with questions should follow up with their sport provider or user group or you can call Recreation Services’ Customer service at 905-335-7738. (please note during holiday hours, there may be delays in responding)

For updates, please visit burlington.ca
(numbers above are as at 8:00am December 23, 2020)
Current situation
Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort and our individual actions do make a difference.

As the situation continues to evolve and actions are taken, residents are asked to check the provincial website, ontario.ca/covid19, regularly for updates.

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Halton region please read below:
  • Province-wide shutdown: On December 21, Ontario announced a province-wide shutdown. New public health measures will take effect Saturday, December 26 at 12:01 a.m. Learn more about the province-wide shutdown
  • Halton Region Medical Officer of Health Statement to businesses: On December 21, Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health, issued a statement instructing retailers to control crowding and ensure a strict two metre distance and keep to capacity limits in stores and spaces. To learn more, read the MOH's statement or Halton Region’s December 21 media release.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: On December 18, 2020, the Province announced Halton Healthcare is among 17 new hospital vaccine delivery sites who are set to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The doses will be administered to health care workers in high-risk settings first, such as long term care homes and hospitals, followed by the other priority populations Ontario has identified. To learn more, read Halton's recent media release.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Approval: On December 9, after a thorough, independent review, Health Canada authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Canada. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will continue to monitor the safety of the vaccine once it is in use. To learn more, read the Statement from Health Canada
  • Class Order: In response to rising cases and to align with Provincial requirements, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health has made important amendments to the Class Order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Effective October 5, the amendments revise and clarify the self-isolation requirements and other legal obligations of those who are cases of COVID-19. To learn more, please read the Class OrderClass Order Fact Sheet or our recent media release.
What does the Lockdown level mean?
All measures from prior levels, plus:
  • Implement wide scale measures and restrictions, including closures, to halt or interrupt transmission (Return to modified Stage 1 or pre-Stage 1).
  • Consider declaration of emergency.

Additional Public Health Measures include:
  • Limits for private social gatherings: no indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household
  • Limits for outdoor organized public events: 10 people outdoors, 10 people indoors and outdoors for wedding and funeral services
  • Food and drink establishments:
  • Take out, drive through and delivery permitted, including alcohol
  • Sports and recreational fitness:
  • Facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness are closed
  • Outdoor recreational amenities (for example, ice rinks, ski hills, snow trails) open with restrictions
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities open for permitted activities (for example, child care services, day camps)
  • Meeting and event spaces:
  • Closed with limited exceptions (for example, child care and day camps)
  • Retail:
  • Open for curbside pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping not permitted)
  • 50% capacity limits where in-person shopping is permitted
  • Access to malls permitted for pick-up or delivery
  • Indoor entertainment:
  • Closed
  • Except for drive-in cinemas
  • Personal care services:
  • Closed

What indicators are used for this level?
Adverse trends after entering Red/Control, such as:
  • Increasing weekly case incidence and/or test positivity
  • Increasing case incidence and/or test positivity among people aged 70+
  • Increasing outbreaks among vulnerable populations such as long-term care residents and residents of other congregate settings
Health System Capacity
  • Hospital and ICU capacity at risk of being overwhelmed
Public Health System Capacity
  • Public health unit capacity for case and contact management at risk or overwhelmed

Getting tested
Do I need a test?
The Province sets the criteria for testing. Please refer to the Ontario website for the latest testing criteria and review carefully.
Please note that testing is strongly recommended for people who are symptomatic (showing symptoms of COVID-19) or have had symptoms in the past 10 days.
Asymptomatic testing or testing for low-risk exposures is not recommended at this time. Please refer to the provincial testing criteria for more information.

How do I get a test?
Local hospitals are responsible for administering COVID-19 assessment and testing for those individuals who meet the province’s eligibility criteria
To maintain physical distancing and avoid crowding, testing is by appointment only. At this time, there are no “walk-in” testing sites in Halton region.
The Province has introduced a plan to provide testing through pharmacies by appointment for people with no symptoms of COVID-19. At this time, there are no participating pharmacies in Halton region. The province has a plan to roll out more locations across Ontario in the coming days.
Please check this page link (see above) regularly for updates on testing locations in Halton region.

I am a resident of Burlington: 

I would still like a test. How can I get assessed to determine if I should be tested?
Other options for assessment:

If you are experiencing severe symptoms, please go to your nearest Emergency Department or call 911.

If you have any questions, please email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311.

Ontario Cases:
Canadian Cases:
If you are looking for links to the federal benefits and services that are available to Canadians, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

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 - see the link in the Help Stop The Spread Section of https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
  • 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 Family Isolation Resources 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
Our Council offices will be closed between December 24 and January 3. A response to emails/voicemails cannot be guaranteed during this time. Below is a listing of ways you can connect with the services you need.

As a reminder, emails pertaining to service requests (street lights out, potholes, etc) should be sent to city@burlington.ca

A number of City of Burlington administrative services will be closed for the holidays on Thursday, December 24, 2020, reopening Monday, January 4, 2021. For a complete listing of hours of operation, phone numbers for city facilities and available services, please visit www.burlington.ca.

Burlington Transit
Burlington Transit will have the following schedules:
• Thursday, Dec. 24 - weekday schedule until approx. 7 p.m. 
• Friday, Dec. 25 - modified holiday schedule 
• Saturday, Dec. 26 – holiday (Sunday) schedule
• Sunday, Dec. 27 to Thursday, Dec. 31 - regular schedules
• Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 - modified holiday schedule.
Visit burlingtontransit.ca for full schedule information. 
The Downtown Terminal at 430 John St., and Specialized Dispatch (Handi-Van) will be closed on Dec. 25, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2021. The Downtown Terminal will be open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 28.  
Schedules and specialized booking are available at burlingtontransit.ca. For real-time schedule information visit Google/Apple Maps or triplinx.ca.

City Hall
The Service Burlington counter at City Hall (426 Brant St.), will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, and reopen on Monday, Jan. 4 at 8:30 a.m.
Starting Jan. 4, 2021, City Hall, located at 426 Brant St., remains open for in-person service by appointment only for commissioning services and marriage licences. Walk-ins are not permitted. 
Please visit burlington.ca/commissioning, burlington.ca/marriages or call 905-335-7777 to book your appointment. Residents can also visit burlington.ca/onlineservices to access a variety of City services online.
Service Burlington is available to answer questions by phone during regular business hours, at 905-335-7777 and email at city@burlington.ca.

Animal Shelter and Control
The Animal Shelter at 2424 Industrial St. remains closed to the public due to COVID-19.
To report an animal control-related emergency, call 905-335-3030 or visit www.burlington.ca/animal.

Roads, Parks and Forestry
Administrative office closed Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 to Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.
Reduced parks maintenance services will be provided. Essential services including winter control operations will be ongoing. For information and updates on winter control please visit the city’s website https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/snow-removal.asp
Residents with questions or issues can email RPF@burlington.ca or call 905-333-6166.

Free parking is available downtown, on the street, in municipal lots and in the parking garage on weekends and holidays.
NOTE: The Waterfront parking lots (east and west) do not provide free parking on statutory holidays.
Parking exemptions are currently not required for overnight parking on City streets between 1 and 6 a.m., due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. burlington.ca/parking

Just when you think you have life as a councillor all worked out... everything changes!

Pre-COVID-19 (ie pre-March pandemic announcement) our schedules were pretty regular - one full week of Committee & Council, a few days a month of Regional-related meetings, and then just shy of 3 weeks to hold/attend other meetings and conduct city business.

The Post-COVID-19-announcement period seems to be a different story. Many months my Council, Committee & Regional Council meetings take up 35% of my days, then add reading agendas and reports to prepare for those meetings, meeting with staff regarding upcoming issues and initiatives, and you have a very full schedule indeed. Ward 1 is particularly busy development and construction-wise, which requires many more meetings, research and review of projects to keep myself, and thus the residents informed.

I spend the balance of my time attending meetings for the other boards on which I sit (Tourism, RBG and Aldershot BIA, BERN) replying to emails, returning phone calls and virtually/socially-distanced meetings with residents, staff and other attendees.

Post-COVID has brought other changes as well. The sheer volume of emails, social media interactions and phone calls has increased by about 40% over last year. Residents are concerned about provincial and federal announcements and how it will affect them, asking for assistance with a city service, or providing input on various topics. Each new announcement, change in restrictions or new guideline brings with it a flurry of questions.

This is where my office assistant Tara has been essential. For every email, phone call or online question we receive that I am unable to immediately answer due to timing, she is able to assist or will find the information for residents. I highly encourage you to reach out to her should you need a quick response or receive an out of office notification from my email. Tara is currently receiving calls coming in to my office telephone number and forwards all call requests through to me to return.

As we continue adjusting to living this new normal, it is my hope that residents will continue to be patient, courteous and understanding. We are working as quickly as we can to assist, inform and advocate for you.

Because of this often hectic schedule, residents are highly encouraged to contact my office by emailing both me and my assistant tara.thorp@burlington.ca, or to send service requests directly to city@burlington.ca to ensure a faster response time.
  • Pre-Application meeting - 62-70 Plains Road East - hosted by Infinity Group. Note: this development is still in pre-application phase (no application has been received by City staff)
  • 92 Plains Road East - LPAT settlement reached. For more information, please see https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/92-Plains-Road-East.asp
  • 1600 Kerns Road - Working Group formed - Note: this development is still in pre-application phase (no application has been received by City staff)
  • Private Tree Bylaw implemented
To review our January 2020 Newsletter, please visit https://conta.cc/3aV2uJy
  • North Aldershot Ward 1 Meeting - held February 20 at Woodview Learning Centre - to recap the upcoming Waterdown Road Widening Project, forestry concerns and general Ward 1 Overview
  • Green Meadow Drive & Canterbury Area PIC's - held at Tyandaga Golf Club
  • 1157-1171 North Shore Boulevard East - Case Management Conference - held February 21, 2020. A second Case Management Conference was scheduled for April 17.
  • First meeting of 1600 Kerns Road Working Group held. At the meeting, it was decided that a follow-up meeting would be scheduled for spring/early summer 2020.
  • Survey work for Plains Road Area Reconstruction announced (construction to tentatively begin in 2021, pending budget approval)
  • City of Burlington names new City Clerk - Kevin Arjoon
To review our February 2020 Newsletter, please visit https://conta.cc/399qR58
  • Hauser Grand Opening - March 9
  • Flour Child Bakery Grand Opening - March 10
  • Aldershot Village AGM held March 12
  • As a result of COVID 19, City of Burlington restricts access to all City Facilities, including Council Offices effective March 16.
  • Premier Ford announces the immediate closure of all non-essential businesses in the province effective March 24
To review our March 2020 Newsletter, please visit https://conta.cc/2JpNSWc
  • On April 6, City Council unanimously approves provisional relief of penalty and interest on Property Taxes for all property types
  • Burlington City Council unanimously approves physical distancing bylaw
  • Covid-19 Hotline is created to report concerns under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (905-825-4722)
  • City-wide Burn Ban in effect as of April 13
  • All Burlington Parks closed to vehicular traffic
  • City Council accepts a proposed revised plan for development at 2100 Brant Street - to be decided by LPAT at a hearing scheduled for July 2020
  • Front Line Porch Clap begins
  • COVID-19 Wall of Inspiration created
To review our April 2020 newsletters, please visit https://conta.cc/2XXoW0V and https://conta.cc/2SCgLUc
  • Snowbirds Fly-over
  • As of May 11, businesses allowed to open to public so long as they follow alternative methods of sale (curb-side pickup or delivery), access from street or exterior sidewalk
  • Garden Centres and Hardware stores allowed to re-open
  • Lawncare, essential construction, golf courses, marinas, businesses that board animals allowed to recommence operations
  • 484-490 Plains Rd E begins site alteration work including excavation
  • Ontario reopens Provincial Parks, Conservation Reserves open for Walking , Hiking, Biking
  • City's Community Garden plots open for planting
To review our May 2020 newsletter, please visit https://conta.cc/2LUOmbi
  • Burlington moves into Stage 2
  • Canterbury Drive Area reconstruction project begins
  • Kiwanis Park Playground Improvements announced
  • City Council approves further relief of late payment charges for property tax installments
  • City of Burlington announces their first rainbow crosswalk
  • Council approves bylaw amendments to allow temporary patios on private property
  • City holds telephone town hall
  • Coletara Development Group notifies Council of revised submission for 1085 Clearview
To review our June 2020 newsletter, please visit https://conta.cc/2Yrz9m1
  • City of Burlington announces mandatory mask bylaw
  • Burlington moves into Stage 3 which includes indoor gathering limit changes and business reopenings
  • Halton Region's Basement Flooding Mitigation Project on Shadeland, Innswood, Kerns & Mansfield begins
  • LPAT settlement hearing for 2100 Brant street - Tribunal approves settlement
  • Service Burlington Counter at Burlington City Hall reopens to the public
  • Community Support Fund - an umbrella program to provide finacial support to groups looking to organize events- is announced
  • Adult Summer Programming resumes at Burlington Seniors' Centre
  • LaSalle Park Community Marina announces closure for the 2020 season
To review our July 2020 newsletter, please visit https://conta.cc/2WLXguy
  • POST Promise is announced in the City of Burlington
  • Ontario announces the Return to School Plan
  • Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Virtual Conference is held
  • Conservation Halton receives federal funding for Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan
  • Fall recreation programs set to re-launch in September
  • Condos & Apartment buildings added to Temporary Mask Bylaw
  • Province announces Burlington to receive funding as part of Safe Restart Agreement
To review our August 2020 newsletter, please visit https://conta.cc/2EyfucL
  • Halton Region Official Plan Review - North Aldershot Discussions held
  • Schools reopen for in-school/online classes
  • Waterdown Road North rehabilitation and capacity improvement project update
  • 1120 Cooke Boulevard Pre-Application Meeting Held
  • City Council approves initiating public consultation regarding the use of ranked ballots in the 2022 municipal election
To review our September 2020 newsletter, please visit https://conta.cc/3pjw2qR
  • 1134 & 1167 Plains Road East - Pre-Application virtual meeting held
  • Provincial government announces Ontario is in 'Second Wave' of COVID-19 cases. Social 'circles' are paused and residents are once again advised to only have close contact with household members
  • Loose Leaf Collection Program changes announced
  • Tim Horton's Smile Cookie campaign announces $69,249 donation to Burlington Food Bank
  • Burlington Safe Restart Program Grant Applications open - Burlington announces over $120,000 in funding to be granted to 59 businesses
  • Province announces testing for asymptomatic residents will be available at local pharmacies
  • Tyandaga Recreational Possibilities Virtual Town Halls and Surveys Begins
  • Sports games on city fields/in facilities paused
  • Brock University announces its intention to relocate Hamilton campus to Burlington
  • Burlington City Council endorses modifications to adopted Official Plan
  • City council approves Deep Energy Retrofit Program
To review our October 2020 newsletter, please visit https://conta.cc/38sNFh7
  • Loose Leaf Collection program begins
  • Virtual Remembrance Day ceremony held
  • Province announces Halton Region moves into Red (Control) phase, with additional restrictions
  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Applications open
  • Rudolph arrives in Aldershot!
  • Nancy Rowland appointed as CEO of Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Kiwanis Park Playground improvements complete
  • Hydro One begins Maintenance Work on BeachWay Park Tower arms
  • City of Burlington announces upcoming Santa's Holiday Magic Trail and online story time
  • Scott Hamilton announced as new Director of Capital Works department
  • Karen Roche announced as new Burlington Fire
  • Outdoor Neighbourhood Ice Rink Applications open
  • Aldershot BIA Tree Lighting and food drive a great success
To review our November 2020 newsletter, please visit https://conta.cc/3oux0Qt
This has definitely been a year of growth and adaptation. I'd like to take this opportunity to share my views on things that went well as well as things that could be improved in the coming year. This is my no means a complete list, and I am sure that many readers will have suggestions for my office. Please fee free to send them to us at ward1@burlington.ca as we are continuously trying to improve our processes and response times.

  • Adjustment to virtual meetings - this was a learning curve for everyone and some still have issues with the mute button but meetings now feel normal in a virtual setting. Virtual meetings will be a new normal in this job and the environment will benefit. When I look back at all the meetings that I drove to for a simple 30 minute sit down, I can certainly be environmentally conscious moving forward in a virtual setting.
  • Community strength - I am impressed and thankful at how our community has banded together to provide for one another, whether it be through food drives, information provided in local social media groups, or encouragement through porch claps, Frosty & Rudolph displays and general acts of kindness. It is my hope that this continues well after the pandemic is declared over

  • Virtual community meetings - we did not have any and feel that we need to try to improve this. Other Councillors have tried them and have had limited success. Not all constituents are comfortable with the technology to attend virtual meetings, or have access to reliable internet
  • Phone calls - with the current council schedule there are some weeks I am in all-day meetings Monday-Thursday, which means calls are not returned for several days
  • Newsletter sign ups can always be improved - feel free to share with friends and neighbours who might also like to see these regular updates
  • Social media posts on a more regular basis; Sharing posts from the City etc. - Some local media are more easily able to report on issues with a quicker timeline than our office
  • VISITS! When this pandemic is over, I will visit anyone anywhere, please invite me
  • Quarterly virtual ward meetings, socially distanced drop in meetings in warmer weather
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Small community group meetings in areas of high development 
News From City Hall
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has received an application for a 19th cannabis retail store in Burlington called Pleasantrees. The proposed location at 372 Brant St. is now up for public comment
read more: https://www.burlington.ca/en/Modules/News/index.aspx?feedId=0b11ae3a-b049-4262-8ca4-762062555538&newsId=a2dfc4f5-befb-43c0-8104-00a10fd50fd8
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has received an application for a 18th cannabis retail store in Burlington called London Cannabis Inc. The proposed location at 666 Appleby Line, Unit C101 is now up for public comment. 
On December 16, the Ontario government announced they are allocating an additional $695 million to provide financial relief for municipalities and help ensure they do not carry operating deficits into 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Burlington is one of 48 (out of 444 municipalities) to receive the “full” phase 2 funding allocation.
Over the upcoming holiday season, City of Burlington administrative services will be closed from Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 to Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. Administrative buildings, including City Hall at 426 Brant St. will re-open on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
Following a very successful first round of the program, Team Burlington (Burlington Economic Development, Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Downtown Business Association, Aldershot Village BIA and Tourism Burlington), in partnership with the City of Burlington and POST Promise is pleased to announce that $117,392 will be awarded across 94 Burlington businesses in the second round of the Burlington Safe Restart COVID-19 Business Relief Grant.
Burlington City Council approved an increase to the low-income seniors property tax rebate at a Meeting of Council on Monday, Dec. 14 . For eligible property owners, the rebate will increase from $525 to $550 for the 2021 tax year.
The City of Burlington’s Transit Business Plan has been approved by Council. Burlington Transit Staff presented the Transit Five-Year Business Plan to members of the Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility (CPRM) Committee on Dec. 8 and to City Council on Dec. 14.
There are plenty of opportunities to remain active outdoors this winter. The City of Burlington is set for winter fun with the opening of Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond at the Waterfront at Downtown Burlington, dedicated locations for tobogganing hills and the Outdoor Winter Play Challenge.
The City of Burlington is ready for more snow and cold and is sharing helpful information for residents to know for this winter season. Residents wanting to stay informed on snow event declarations, facility closures and re-openings and recreation program changes should subscribe to respective newsfeeds at burlington.ca/enews and follow the City of Burlington on Facebook and Twitter.
Work to determine the City of Burlington’s 2021 budget is underway. The budget consists of both an operating budget for the delivery of services to the community and a capital budget to invest in the construction and renewal of city assets and infrastructure.
On Nov. 30, Halton Region released a final Notice of Decision approving the new Burlington Official Plan, as modified and previously endorsed by Burlington City Council on Nov. 26, 2020. With the final Notice of Decision, a twenty-day appeal period has begun, running from Nov. 30 to Dec. 21, 2020. 
NOTE: Changes to Park Washroom Facilities over Winter Months
There will be four park washrooms open this winter beginning November 1:
  • Lowville Park
  • LaSalle Park
  • Sherwood Park (west side at domes)
  • Spencer Smith (next to Discovery Landing)
Park washrooms will be open 9am-5pm, seven days a week until April. They will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Lowville, LaSalle and Sherwood will be open/closed/disinfected by Parks staff reporting to RPF, while Spencer Smith will be operated by the staff working out of the restaurant there.
Should you have any concerns regarding the facilities that are listed as open and maintained by city staff, please contact RPF staff at rpf@burlington.ca
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Ward 1 Community News & Resources

Please be advised that upcoming Aldershot Lions Club Garage Sales will be updated in the new year, in light of province-wide lockdowns
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 Business Improvement Area (ABIA) acts as a voice for Aldershot business while providing a professional approach to improving business opportunities for its members, enhancing its commercial profile and relationships with the community and the City of Burlington while building a strong local economic engine for Aldershot.

The ABIA identifies Aldershot as a distinct community for shopping, dining and doing business. Established in December 2004, we continue to partner with other Aldershot groups - The Aldershot Community Honour Roll, 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
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City of Burlington & Region of Halton
Ward 1 Councillor