Ward 1 News from Councillor Kelvin Galbraith
July 2020 UPDATE Edition
  • Greetings from Councillor Galbraith
  • COVID-19 Updates from City of Burlington
  • Mandatory Mask Bylaw Updates
  • COVID-19 Assessment Updates - Halton Region
  • COVID-19 Updates from Province of Ontario, Federal Government and Other helpful links
  • Ward 1 Construction Updates
  • Ward 1 Development Updates
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • News From City Hall
  • Community Resources, News & Links
  • Local Boards and Community Involvement
  • Stay Connected
Hello Ward 1 friends and neighbours!

As of July 20th, the city of Burlington initiated its mandatory mask bylaw that was unanimously supported by Burlington City Council. Just a few days later, the Regional mask bylaw was also unanimously supported by the Halton Region Council. I am fully supportive of these initiatives. I believe these important bylaws and the fact that our COVID testing numbers continue to be very low, led the Province to announce that Halton is now able to move into Stage 3 beginning Friday July 24th.

As a local business owner and passionate small business supporter, I too have felt the negative effects of the lockdown. We cannot afford another lockdown of any length of time. The financial hardship of closing businesses and jobs lost many not be known for some time but as our economy opens up again, we must all take as many precautions as we can to eliminate the virus from our communities and preventing a second wave.
Stage 3 allows for many more businesses to open and more travel throughout the GTA where there are greater numbers of infection than our local community. The timing of the mask bylaw is tied to the economic reality that we must learn to live with COVID19 in our business environment and control the transmission the best we can.

Our Medical Officer of Health at the Halton Region supports these measures and many countries around the world are now moving to mandatory mask usage as a means of protection for the public. In combination with social distancing and hand washing, masks are a simple addition that we are asking the public to use to prevent further transmission of COVID19. Science and trials on masks as it relates to COVID19 transmission are relatively new and not yet well known but that should not be reason to wait on this important safety measure. We know masks will prevent droplets from leaving the mouth and nose acting as a physical barrier.

Please support your fellow citizens and small business by wearing a mask in public indoor spaces and helping prevent any further outbreaks of COVID19.

** PLEASE NOTE, I and my staff are working remotely - we are online every weekday 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

Assistant: Tara at ward1@burlington.ca
Welcoming Stage 3 Friday, July 24!
This week, the Province announced Halton Region will be added to the municipalities entering Stage 3 in Ontario’s phased reopening, starting this Friday (July 24).

What will change in Stage 3:
  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people (so long as social distancing can be maintained with those outside of your circle);
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people (2 metre distancing required with those outside of household or social circle);
  • All businesses, services and public spaces when hosting an event are subject to indoor or outdoor gathering limits and ensuring physical distancing can be maintained.
  • People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count towards gathering limits.

Business Re-openings can include:
  • Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities;
  • Convention centres, meeting and event spaces;
  • Playgrounds and play structures;
  • Live shows, performing arts and movie theatres;
  • Restaurants, bars and nightclubs for indoor dining; and
  • Tour and guide services.

Businesses that will remain closed for the time being (due to the likelihood of large crowds congregating, difficulties with physical distancing, or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning and sanitation required to prevent the spread of COVID-19):
  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
  • Overnight stays at camps for children
  • Private karaoke rooms
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments.

For more information on Stage 3 reopening, please see https://www.ontario.ca/page/framework-reopening-our-province-stage-3

The City of Burlington is also taking precautions as we reopen our facilities, including mandatory masks on transit and at City facilities. We are also providing free masks for individuals or families who need them — currently available at City Hall with more locations to come.

As part of Stage 3, playgrounds will be open, and we expect that to occur over the weekend at our 150 playgrounds where the caution tape will be removed. Please note, the City will not be able to sanitize playground equipment. We encourage people to take their own precautions if they use playground equipment, such as applying hand-sanitizer before and after use.
In an effort to continue to protect the health and safety of the community and stop the spread of COVID-19, Burlington City Council & Halton Regional Council have unanimously approved a temporary bylaw that will make masks or face coverings mandatory in enclosed public places (Burlington's bylaw in effect July 20, Halton Region in effect as of July 22).

The Burlington bylaw will be in effect until Sept. 30, 2020 (Halton Region bylaw in effect until November 30) unless extended or revoked by Council.

These bylaws are generally consistent with other mask bylaws whereby individuals or organizations that are responsible for operation of businesses or facilities with enclosed (indoor) space open to the public be required to ensure no member of the public is permitted entry or remains on the premises unless wearing a mask or face covering.

Halton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani, recommends the use of face coverings when physical distancing could be a challenge and is supportive of municipalities implementing bylaws that aim to increase the use of face coverings as an additional layer of protection to control COVID-19 in the community.

The new bylaw applies to all indoor spaces that are openly accessible to the public, including:
  • retail stores
  • convenience stores
  • malls, shopping plazas
  • grocery stores, bakeries, farmer’s markets (enclosed areas)
  • restaurants, bars (when permitted to open for indoor service)
  • indoor recreational facilities (unless exempted)
  • libraries
  • community centres
  • community service agencies
  • personal service settings
  • churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and faith settings
  • art galleries, museums
  • banquet halls, convention centres, arenas and other event spaces
  • real estate facilities such as open house, presentation centres
  • common areas in hotels, motels and short-term rentals (e.g. lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms)
  • entertainment facilities including concert venues, theatres and cinemas
  • business offices open to the public

Although masks are widely available in retails stores and online retailers, residents who require disposable masks my now pick one up from City Hall. City Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Exemptions and Exceptions
The bylaw includes exemptions for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons including mental health concerns, children under the age of three and other reasonable accommodations.

Children under three years of age should never be required to wear a mask or face covering.

The bylaw also permits the temporary removal of a mask or face covering when receiving services, having a meal or engaging in athletic or fitness activity. The bylaw does not currently apply to apartment buildings and condominiums, child care facilities and schools, and areas that are not enclosed (i.e. restaurant patios).

Adjusting to the mandatory mask bylaw will take some time. Residents are encouraged to be kind and compassionate with each other, and to approach fellow community members who may not be wearing a mask with understanding and offers of assistance, rather than judgement.

For more information on Burlington's Mask Bylaw, please visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/coronavirus-covid-19-faqs.asp#masks

To report an incident of noncompliance, contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.
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 our office at ward1@burlington.ca and we will endeavour to get information for you.
Getting tested
As of May 26, 2020 all residents who have at least one COVID-19 symptom, or are concerned that they have been exposed are encouraged to get assessed and tested at an Assessment Centre.

Residents who received testing in Halton region can access their test results by:
using the provincial online portal; or
contacting their family doctor (if their family doctor's contact information was provided when getting tested).
If tested at the Joseph Brant Hospital Assessment Centre, you can also access test results through MyChart portal(external link).
If tested at Halton Healthcare Assessment Centre and online results are not available after five days, access test results by calling 905-203-7963.
Halton Region Public Health only receives positive test results and will follow-up accordingly with those individuals and their close contacts.

Protecting the community
As restrictions are lifted and the economy reopens, it is more important than ever that we all take the direction of Public Health seriously.

  • On May 22, 2020, the Halton Region Medical Officer of Health issued a Class Order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. This Order requires residents who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, as well as all associated close contacts, to stay home for 14 days and self-isolate. Learn more about the Class Order in the Self-isolation section of this webpage or view our fact sheet.

Other options for assessment:

For further COVID-19 information, please visit Halton Region Public Health at https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus
The Province of Ontario is providing daily updates to residents to help them navigate through these unique times. Please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

Featured updates to this page:
Residents who visit this page will also be able to find information such as links for financial help to resources for students and parents, information for workers and details for businesses looking to reopen and keep employees and customers safe.

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

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
Ward 1 Construction Updates
Please note that a section of Northshore Blvd will be fully closed in both directions for bridge demolition work. The closure will extend from the traffic signal on the east side of the QEW to the traffic signal on the west side of the QEW.
A free shuttle will be provided at each traffic signal location to transport pedestrians around the closure, and detours and advance warning signs will be in place for traffic navigation. The access ramps from the Northshore BLVD westbound to Toronto-bound and from Northshore Blvd eastbound to Niagara bound will stay open.
To help you plan ahead for construction activities please read the project related information below. Wherever possible mitigation plans will be put in place to minimize disruptions.
Dust and mud: There may be increased levels of dust and mud near the work site. The contractor is required to manage these impacts.
Noise: You may experience noise as a result of Regional improvements. We will schedule work in accordance with local noise by-laws.
Traffic delays: This work may cause traffic delays, lane shifts or lane restrictions. We will make every effort to minimize any potential inconvenience. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times.
Erosion and sediment controls: We will install erosion and sediment control measures for the duration of the project.
Tree protection fences: Tree protection fences will be installed before construction around specific trees within the project site that may be at risk of damage during construction. The Tree Protection Fences will serve as barrier for the tree and root zone to prevent damage during construction.
Lawn irrigation system: If you have a lawn irrigation system, please locate, disconnect and remove any sprinkler heads within the public road allowance. Halton Region will reimburse you for the reinstallation of the removed irrigation systems.
Driveway access: Direct access to your driveway may be restricted for short periods of time. We will provide advance notice of any planned restrictions.
Sanitary services: The Contractor may ask you to restrict your water usage at specific timesdur ing the course of construction. This should only last for a limited amount of time while they rehabilitate and/or replace your service. We will provide advance notice of such planned interruptions.
Truck traffic: You will notice occasional increases in truck traffic around the ongoing work. Please be aware and use extra caution while driving.
Vibration: You may experience some vibration due to ongoing work. As a precaution, we recommend that you remove or secure objects on shelves and walls.
Waste collection: Your garbage and recycling will continue to be picked up on your regular scheduled collection day. The contractor is responsible for moving your garbage and recycling to a location where our collection vehicles can pick them up. Please mark your house number on containers or bins to help with identification.

For more information about Regional improvement projects:
• Visit halton.ca
• Email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311
Canterbury Drive Area & Green Meadow Drive Minor Reconstruction
Project Update

The City of Burlington awarded this project to Dufferin Construction Company.
COVID-19 Information
The Government of Ontario has declared this construction essential:
Construction projects and services that are required to ensure safe and reliable operations of, or to provide new capacity in, critical provincial infrastructure, including transit and transportation sectors beyond day-to-day maintenance.

The City of Burlington is concerned for the Health and Safety of all workers and all others that either live in or must enter the construction site.

The City of Burlington and Halton Region are working with our contractors to make sure this work is done in a safe and timely way. We follow the direction of the Federal and Provincial Governments and more specifically the Canadian Construction Association direction COVID-19 Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites – Version 1, dated March 26, 2020.

This construction site is managed by Dufferin Construction Company. It is the contractor’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures that will govern the job site. City of Burlington staff, Halton Region staff and all other consultants that visit the project site will follow the policies outlined by Dufferin Construction Company. for onsite Health and Safety.

Disruption to your home internet or telephone service may occur. We realize that there is a heightened concern with respect to families who are working from home. The City has raised this concern with utility companies and their need to react quickly to disabled services. Our goal is to have affected internet connections repaired by the utility companies within 24hrs of an issue occurring. The contractor typically contacts the utility company, however if you lose service, please feel free to contact us.
Ward 1 Development Updates
2100 Brant Street Updates
Legal staff have advised that the LPAT hearing regarding National Homes’ proposed development at 2100 Brant Street is scheduled to commence on July 27, 2020. Vision 2100 Brant Neighbourhood Association has now advised the Tribunal, as well as the other parties and participants, that it has canvassed its membership and voted to withdraw from the appeal hearing and remove its issues from the issues list. 
In separate correspondence, National Homes confirmed to Vision 2100 that it would not seek costs against Vision 2100 for the withdrawal less than three weeks to the commencement of the hearing. The City and Region have confirmed same to Vision 2100.
As a result, the remaining parties will seek to have the scheduled hearing converted to a settlement hearing. Such a settlement hearing will take no more than a day, and will likely scheduled sometime during the week of July 27, 2020.
Our office will share any updates on this development as we are able.
1157-1171 Northshore Blvd Update
This development application was affected by the Interim Control By-Law (ICBL) which was enacted in March 2019, while the subject application was being processed. Applications in process at the time the ICBL began, and new applications submitted have been circulated for comment to relevant departments and agencies and statutory public meetings have been held to receive public input. No planning analysis has been undertaken and recommendation reports will not be prepared until the recommendations from the ICBL Land Use Study and associated Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendments are approved by Burlington City Council and come into force. 
Due to this delay, the applicants appealed the City’s non-decision of their applications to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT). The applications are currently before the Tribunal.  Hearing dates have not yet been set by the Tribunal. 
Many have wondered if the new Official Plan have the necessary designations to allow this proposal to be shovel ready. Staff have advised that interested residents should review the City’s Downtown Re-examination Project webpage https://www.getinvolvedburlington.ca/official-plan-2019 , where they will find information relating to the recommendations relating to the new Official Plan. Notwithstanding, the subject applications were submitted prior to the new Official Plan designations and associated policies coming into force and effect. To that end, the subject applications are reviewed against the in force and effect Official Plan policies (2008). 
Our office will share any updates on this development as they are made available.
To review all current Ward 1 development projects, including an option to subscribe to the page for updates, please visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/ward-one.asp
If there is a particular project you are interested and would like to receive updates on that development, please visit the individual development page and choose Subscribe
Q: I've noticed many median planters are not being maintained - when can we expect flowers?
A: Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, which caused a significant layoff of Roads, Parks and Forestry staff, many median flower beds were not planted this year. Because of the staff required to maintain these beds, only those with pre-existing irrigation systems were planted. In addition, the Adopt-A-Bed program was cancelled for this year, and the weeding of the empty beds is being completed as staff are able.

Q: I live near Burlington Beach and can never find parking - can we make the beach for residents only?
City of Burlington is not pursuing this option at this time. Staff are marking proper parking areas with relevant signage, and neighbouring organizations have been reminded to save beachway parking for visitors to the beach only. Parking enforcement staff will be ticketing those parked illegally.

If you have ward 1 questions, please continue to forward these to ward1@burlington.ca
News From City Hall
A message from Burlington Fire Department
Its lunchtime, stomachs start to growl, the kids announce, “we’re starving, what’s for lunch?” You reply, “I just have one more email to send, as soon as I am done I will make you some lunch.” Small groans from the little people while they settle at the kitchen table, devices in hand, ear buds in ears, eyes on their screens. 

You hit send and rise from your makeshift desk, this is working from home. 

Pot goes on the stove, burner set to high, lid on, no time to waste. From the corner of your eye you spot the ever-growing pile of laundry. “I’ll just throw this in, it will be quick” you think, multitasking for the win! Distracted while deep in thought, one task leads to another, and another. Did you remember there’s a pot on the stove? 

Sound familiar? 

Unattended cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries in Burlington and in Ontario. On average, in Ontario, 1,239 fires per year are started by cooking. Over the past few months, the Burlington Fire Department has seen an increase in cooking fires. We believe this is, in large part due to an increase presence at home with more time to prepare meals. Cooking fires are considered 100% preventable, caused by erroneous human actions or behaviours.

If we can’t eliminate cooking, then how do we eliminate cooking fires? First and foremost, always stay present and in the kitchen when cooking, avoid distractions. Set a timer as a reminder. In the event of a small, contained fire, keep a pot lid nearby when cooking. Slide the lid or a baking sheet over the pot and turn off the burner. Remember; never pour water on a grease fire. Finally, keep things that can catch fire away from your stovetop. 

Most importantly, every home must have a working smoke and CO (carbon monoxide) alarm. Alarms provide early warning in the event of a fire. Smoke alarms are required, by law, on every level of your home. CO alarms are required outside sleeping areas. 

If you experience a fire in your home, get out and stay out. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside the home. Never go back inside the home for any reason. 

For more information on cooking safety visit Burlington.ca/cooking or follow us on Twitter @burlingtonfire or Facebook @burlingtonfiredept. If you have any questions please contact Firedepartment@burlington.ca
Online reservation system for visitors to Lowville Park begins July 30
Starting July 30, visitors to Burlington’s beautiful Lowville Park will be required to make an online reservation before they can enter the park. The reservations are free and available in three-hour time slots.
Information about Park reservations
Reservations are available for times between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week
Due to the limited number of spots available, we ask that one spot per day be booked
Service Burlington counter at City Hall to open for in-person payments: online payments and services also continue to be available
Beginning Monday, July 20 , the Service Burlington counter at City Hall, at 426 Brant St., is open to the public to offer in-person payments for the following services:
  • Parking permits and tickets
  • Property taxes
  • Freedom of Information requests
  • Garbage tags
  • Dog licenses
  • Property information requests
  • Recreation services.
The counter will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Borrow sports and play equipment to keep your summer moving
The next time your child says they’re bored, visit burlington.ca/playlending to view and book a wide variety of sports and play equipment that are free to borrow from Brant Hills Community Centre. Equipment is borrowed for a one-week period from Tuesday to Monday.
Equipment booking can only be done online at burlington.ca/playlending with pick-up and drop-off at the east entrance of the Brant Hills Community Centre.
Community Support Fund to provide funding for innovative programs and projects that foster community connections during COVID-19: Applications now being accepted
As part of the City of Burlington’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is launching the Community Support Fund. This umbrella program will combine existing funding programs to provide financial support to residents and community groups who want to enrich and connect their communities through sport, recreation, art and cultural experiences during COVID-19.
Adult Summer Programming to Resume at Burlington Seniors’ Centre and Central Park on July 27; City exploring more virtual celebrations
Burlington residents will have another chance to connect, socialize and be active as redesigned Adult 19+ and Adult 55+ recreational activities are now set to safely resume with a small selection of activities on July 27, 2020 at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre and Central Park. Residents can view program offerings online at burlington.ca/summer . Registrations will be accepted starting July 20 at 9 a.m. and can be done online at liveandplay.burlington.ca .
Vote for your favourite trail names
Part two of the Trail Naming project is starting and residents can now vote for the names of three trails. Earlier this year residents were asked to submit names for the trails. More than 300 names were received.
A committee made up of City staff and members of the Burlington Cycling Advisory Committee and the Integrated Transportation Advisory Committee created a short-list of names. The entries with the most votes will be brought to City Council for approval.
City of Burlington now accepting all development applications for digital review
The City of Burlington is able to digitally review and finalize decisions for all types of development applications.
While City Hall remains closed to the public due to COVID-19, our virtual services are open for business and we are ready for the future beyond the current State of Emergency.
For more information and guidance on development application processes, visit burlington.ca//developmentinfo
Taking a Closer Look at the Downtown
The “Taking a Closer Look at the Downtown” team has recommended modifications to the Official Plan policies that will guide development in Downtown Burlington to the year 2031. These recommendations have been informed by extensive public engagement conducted over the last year, analysis of downtown’s existing context, technical studies, and the need to conform with regional and provincial policies.
The recommendations will be considered by members of Council at the September 30 meeting of Community Planning, Regulation, and Mobility Committee and at a Special Council meeting on October 7. Council will be asked to endorse the recommended policy modifications and send them to Halton Region for incorporation into the City’s new Official Plan, which was adopted by City Council in April 2018 and awaits approval by the Region.
Have Your Say:
Members of the public will have all summer to review the recommendations and send comments or questions to the project team. Comments should be submitted by August 28 in order for the project team to have time to review and respond to them before the public meeting on September 30. There will also be an opportunity for members of the public to delegate at the public meeting on September 30.
The recommendations and associated reports can be accessed online at https://www.getinvolvedburlington.ca/official-plan-2019, under “June 8, 2020 - Release of Reports and Recommended Modifications to the Adopted Official Plan”. The recommendations are described in the final report by SGL Planning & Design. The modified policies and maps are found in appendices 2, 3, and 4.

Comments and questions can be sent to the project team at:

905-335-7600, ext. 7787 - Leave a message and staff will call you back during business hours. Staff are monitoring voicemail and will respond as soon as possible.

City of Burlington
c/o Alison Enns
Community Planning Department
426 Brant St.
P.O. Box 5013
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z6
Property Tax - Relief of Penalty/Interest
On June 22, City Council approved further relief of late payment charges for property tax installments. The temporary tax relief allows residents additional time to make payment of April and August installments by Aug. 31, with no late payment charges. Final tax bills will be mailed in July with due dates of Aug. 20 and Oct. 20.

The City is offering enrollment in a monthly pre-authorized payment plan that will provide for monthly withdrawals from Aug. 1 to Dec. 1 to pay the remaining 2020 property taxes (April, August, and October installments). No penalty or interest is charged for taxpayers enrolled in this plan. Please visit Burlington.ca/propertytax for more information or email pap@burlington.ca to register before July 27.
LaSalle Park Community Marina update: Marina and sailing programs closed for 2020 summer season
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of volunteers and boaters, the boards of directors for the LaSalle Park Marina Association (LPMA) and the Burlington Sailing and Boating Club (BS&BC) have announced the LaSalle Park Community Marina and BS&BC sailing programs will not operate for the 2020 summer season.
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Ward 1 Community News & Resources
BurlingtonGreen’s Grow to Give program has been an active contributor to the Burlington community since it first began in 2012, and has grown and donated nearly 8000 lbs of fresh produce to the Food Bank and local food security agencies. Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Burlington Foundation, this year we will respond to COVID-19 by pivoting and expanding on our program to collect fresh produce from Burlington gardeners to donate to local food banks.
Gardening has been a popular pastime by many Burlington residents this year and a great deal of fresh produce is expected. We want to try and bridge this gap to make it easy for locals to donate a portion of their harvest.
We have weekly collections set up at four different Burlington parks; Central Park, Amherst Park, Francis Road Bike Path and Ireland Park, outside of the community gardens, where local residents can donate fresh produce.
All clean, dry and unspoiled fresh produce is accepted and no donation is too small! Every fresh produce donation is brought to local food banks, who are working hard to keep the community fed.
From now until the end of October, staff will be set up on the Francis bikepath (near the community garden at Marley Road), ready to collect fresh produce donations every Tuesday from 10:00 am -11:00 am. The more we can spread the word, the more fresh produce we can collect and deliver to local food banks.
To learn more:
Grow to Give launch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8zdeSprIZ8
Burlington Tourism Blog
Just in time for the fabulous summer weather residents (and their visiting family and friends) can enjoy many activities in our beautiful city. Hike in our conservation areas and parks, cycle our bikepaths, stroll through our beautiful gardens, enjoy a round of golf at our public courses, cool off at the beach, outdoor pools or splash pads, browse our unique shops and linger over a meal on a patio.
Taste of Burlington Blog
We wanted to keep you updated on some culinary resources available, so you can enjoy all Burlington has to offer. The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all our local eateries so if you're able, now is the time to support local businesses. Luckily for us we have some of the best food in the GTA. Read on to make the most of all the new patios opening up and great takeout spots.
Burlington Economic Development Guides for Businesses entering into Stage 3
As businesses and services reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a pressing need for businesses to implement regulations and safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus, and to protect the health and wellbeing of Burlington residents. In particular, these measures are needed within enclosed spaces, where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
Read more: https://bedc.ca/
Your Library is getting ready to welcome you back inside—in the safest way possible.
Burlington Public Library launched its first phase of gradual reopening at two branches, Central and Tansley Woods, on Tue June 16.
Both locations will be open limited hours for holds pick-up only, where you can enter the branch to collect and check-out the library items you reserve in advance. Aldershot and New Appleby branch customers will pick-up their holds at Central, while Alton, Brant Hills, and Kilbride customers will pick-up holds at Tansley Woods.
As of June 16, open hours at Central and Tansley Woods are Tue-Thu 11am to 7pm, and Sat 9am to 5pm.
If you need help reserving library items through the online catalogue, call us at 905.639.3611 ext 1202, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Visit bpl.on.ca for all reopening details.

Please be advised that upcoming Aldershot Lions Club Garage Sales will be:
  • August 15
  • September 12
  • October 17
  • November 14
  • December 12
10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 484 Plains Road East
The following Aldershot Community Service Group is closed/suspended services for the time being:
  • 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 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
905-335-7600 x7587
fax: 905-335-7881