Ward 1 News from Councillor Kelvin Galbraith
March 2021 UPDATE Edition
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Greetings from Councillor Galbraith
  • Burlington Remains in Red/Control Phase
  • COVID-19 Updates from City of Burlington
  • COVID-19 Updates - Halton Region including COVID-19 Vaccination status
  • COVID-19 Updates from Province of Ontario, Federal Government and Other helpful links
  • COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
  • Salamander Migration Update
  • Aldershot Quarry Community Liaison Committee Update
  • Feedback Opportunity – Beachway Park – April 1
  • Update re Burlington Canal Piers
  • Register for BurlingtonGreen’s Community Cleanup
  • Statement re Aldershot Turkey
  • Ward 1 Construction Updates
  • Ward 1 Development Updates
  • News From City Hall – includes Open Air Burning Pilot Program, Easter Holiday Closures, Together We Are Burlington Program and more….
  • Community Resources, News & Links
  • Local Boards and Community Involvement 
  • Stay Connected
Hello and welcome to Spring Ward 1 friends and neighbours!

We have just passed the one year anniversary of the global pandemic that has been caused by Covid-19. I honestly didn’t think that I would still be writing about it and still not certain of a future timeline on a return to normal. 

We can be optimistic now that the vaccinations are finally arriving and we are starting to see results in a lower death toll in our province. As more age brackets become available, I would encourage everyone to please book your appointment online (see more details in this newsletter). The sooner we achieve a majority of residents vaccinated the sooner we can see a return to normal in the economy and all recreation activities. 

I know personally, one of the things my family and I really miss is the ability to play hockey games. I have always played in multiple leagues and averaged around 100 games per year. Three of my children were rep hockey players as well and averaged 3-4 ice times per week during the season. Removing that type of recreation for teenagers has left many of them lost for recreation opportunities, especially during the cold winter months. Luckily this year was a successful pond hockey year with a solid month of sub-zero temperatures to ensure good thick ice at many local ponds. My kids enjoyed the pond hockey so much that we headed north to the cottage this past weekend in search of more winter and ice. We certainly found it with 3 feet of snow on the ground but the temperatures were too warm and the ice too soft for skating.

With the Easter holiday weekend approaching, many families will be tempted to get together in person and celebrate. Please be cautious and follow public health guidelines. We are still in the Red zone and I would love to get to the Orange zone sooner than later. Unfortunately our Hamilton neighbours have recently been moved back to Grey/Lockdown due to rising case counts, and now Halton Region find itself sandwiched between 2 regions locked down in the Grey zone. 

Many businesses are looking for some consistency to gain back lost market share over the past year. The Halton Region has consistently had lower numbers of Covid-19 cases than our neighbours and I would like to see it stay that way. We recently heard from our Regional Medical Officer of Health that they believe the Halton Regions affluent work force enables it to have a large number of employees working from home, wherein our neighbouring regions, that has been a more difficult task. Those working in essential services, manufacturing and Amazon warehousing, simply cannot work from home and are more subject to exposure to Covid-19.

Despite the restrictions and guidance to not gather in person, I am hopeful that everyone can get outside and enjoy some family and fresh spring air this weekend. It’s a perfect time to start the spring garden cleanup and prepare your yard for the planting season ahead.
** PLEASE NOTE, I and my staff are working remotely from home - we are online every weekday and ready to take your questions and concerns. If you are unable to reach me, you can contact my assistant Tara at tara.thorp@burlington.ca or for service requests such as potholes or street light maintenance etc, you can contact city@burlington.ca

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.

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.
Kelvin Galbraith
Ward 1 City and Regional Councillor
City Of Burlington
kelvin.galbraith@burlington.ca
BURLINGTON REMAINS IN RED/CONTROL PHASE
The City of Burlington continues to take appropriate action to prioritize the health and well-being of our community and staff. Our goal is to keep the public and staff safe and help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Masks or face coverings are mandatory in enclosed public spaces. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres. For information about masks and face coverings please visit burlington.ca/coronavirusfaq.

A complete list of the public health and workplace safety measures for each zone under the colour-coded response framework is available at the Province of Ontario’s website.

Under level red, the city services listed below continue to be delivered as follows:

Recreation programs: Available online and in-person.

Basketball hoops in all parks: Open

Burlington Transit: Burlington Transit will provide a full schedule. Visit burlingtontransit.ca/schedules for schedules or myride.burlingtontransit.ca for real-time information. The terminal at 430 John St. is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Services include:
  • SPLIT Passes
  • Lost & Found
Seniors ride for free weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a seniors concession on a PRESTO card. Seniors free pass is no longer required.
For other PRESTO services, please use prestocard.ca to reduce non-essential travel.

City Hall
City Hall, located at 426 Brant St., remains open for in-person service by appointment only for marriage licenses and commissioning services. Walk-ins are not permitted. 
Please visit burlington.ca/commissioning, burlington.ca/marriage 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 at 905-335-7777 and email at city@burlington.ca.
Anyone entering City Hall must wear a mask or face covering unless exempted from by the Mandatory Mask Bylaw. Residents are asked to bring and wear their own masks.

Building and Planning Service Counters
Service counters for building and planning are currently closed and staff continue to process applications electronically.
For more information about building permits and business licences, visit burlington.ca/building.
For information about development applications, visit Burlington.ca/developmentinfo

Leash-free dog parks: Open

Lowville Park: Visitors are reminded to continue to be vigilant about public health practices and provincial directives to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including:
  • Maintaining 2 metre physical distance from others
  • Gathering in groups of 5 or fewer
  • Staying home if you feel sick
Washing and sanitizing hands before and after visiting the park by bike or on foot.

Halton Court Services: Administration Counter Services, at 4085 Palladium Way, are currently closed during the provincial stay-at-home order.
Telephone payments are available at 905-637-1274, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday and online at www.Paytickets.ca
Please conduct business online (see below) or by phone, where possible.
Trial requests - may be submitted by mail or online by filling out a Notice of Intention to Appear form available online, with a copy of the offence notice.
Early Resolution requests - may be submitted online at www.ontario.ca/ticketsandfines or by mail.
Re-opening and extension applications - may be submitted by email to burlingtoncourt@burlington.ca or by mail.
Important note: The Affidavit of Re-opening currently doesn’t need to be commissioned.

Parking lots in City parks: Open

Parks, benches and picnic tables: Open
Amenities are not being sanitized.
Do not gather in groups of more than 5. Ensure you keep 2m from anyone not within your household.

Park washrooms: Only the following park washrooms are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on holidays:
  • Lowville 
  • LaSalle
  • Sherwood

Playground Equipment: Open
Equipment is not being sanitized. Bring hand sanitizer and maintain 2m physical distancing with anyone outside of your household.

Skate parks: Open

Spencer Smith Park: Open

Roads, Parks and Forestry: Services provided by the Roads, Parks and Forestry Department will continue as needed. Residents with questions or issues can email RPF@burlington.ca or call 905-333-6166.

Visit Burlington's COVID-19 page for more information.
ONGOING COVID UPDATES FROM CITY OF BURLINGTON
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 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.
COVID 19 UPDATES FROM REGION OF HALTON
Current situation
For the latest information on COVID-19 in Halton region please read below:
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Program Update: On Friday, March 26, Halton residents 70 years of age and older (born in 1951 or earlier) will be able to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through our online booking system. For more information, please read our March 24 media release or visit our Who is currently eligible in Halton webpage.
  • Important information for food and drink establishments: On March 20, the Province adjusted dining capacity limits at restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments for regions in the Grey/Lockdown, Red/Control, Orange/Restrict and Yellow/Protect levels of the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. For regions in the Red/Control Level, including Halton, measures include allowing up to 50 per cent capacity of the indoor dining area, to a maximum of 50 patrons, so long as physical distancing requirements are met. As an added measure to protect the safety of staff, patrons and the broader community, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health Dr. Meghani has also issued instructions to these businesses. The instructions take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23. To learn more, read our media release and our MOH’s instructions for businesses.
  • Update on Oliver’s Steakhouse COVID-19 Outbreak & COVID-19 VOC Exposure: March 22, 2021: Further to our investigation, Halton Region Public Health has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of staff infected to seven. As such, Halton Region Public Health is extending the exposure period to up to and including Thursday, March 18. We are asking all patrons who visited Oliver’s Steakhouse between March 8 and March 18 to self-isolate for 14 days after their visit, and to get tested for COVID-19. Read the latest media release.
  • March 19, 2021: Halton Region Public Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Oliver’s Steakhouse Restaurant located at 141 Lakeshore Rd E, Oakville. Patrons who dined at the restaurant between March 8 and March 13 have been exposed to a COVID-19 variant of concern. While Public Health is attempting to call these patrons, this effort may take some time. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are asking all such patrons to self-isolate for 14 days after their visit to the restaurant, and to get tested for COVID-19. Patrons can call 311 for more information.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Program Update: As of Friday, March 19, two new priority populations will be able to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through our online booking system:
  • Halton residents 75 years of age and older (born in 1946 or earlier); and
  • Indigenous adults (including First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations) 55 years of age and older (born in 1966 or earlier) living in Halton, including one immediate household family member.
  • All eligible residents can book an appointment using our online booking system for any of Halton Region’s six clinics (Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville), including the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.
  • For more information, please read our March 18 media release or visit our Who is currently eligible in Halton webpage.
  • Amazon Brampton COVID-19 Outbreak: All impacted employees who live in Halton region (including Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville) are required to self-isolate under Halton Region Medical Officer of Health’s Class Order for 14 days effective 12:01 a.m. March 13, 2021.
  • Read Halton Medical Officer of Health Class Order and requirements for self-isolation.
  • Learn more about how to self-isolate.
  • Read Halton’s media release.
  • Read Peel Public Health’s Section 22 order.
  • Revised Instructions for Businesses: On February 12, Halton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani, issued revised instructions to businesses to keep staff and patrons safe. Read the revised instructions
  • Halton in the Red/Control Level: Halton Region currently in the Red/Control Level of the revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. Learn more about the Red/Control Level and what it means for Halton.
What does the Red-Control level mean?
Organized public events, social gatherings and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies
  • Limits for all organized public events and social gatherings, where physical distancing can be maintained:
  • 5 people indoors
  • 25 people outdoors
  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):
  • 30% capacity of the room indoors
  • 100 people outdoors
Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments
  • Capacity limits
  • Indoors: the lesser of approximately 50% of indoor dining area or 50 people
  • Outdoors: limited to allow physical distancing of 2 metres to be maintained
  • Indoor and outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery permitted, including alcohol
  • No buffet style service
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • A sign posted by the establishment in a location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity (number of patrons) they are permitted to operate under
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables
  • For indoor dining, patrons may only be seated with members of their same households, with limited exceptions for caregivers and people who live alone
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Personal protective equipment, including eye protection required when is a worker must come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering
  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Dancing, singing and the live performance of music is prohibited
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
Sports and recreational fitness facilities
  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing at all times
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres in areas where there are weights or exercise equipment and in exercise and fitness classes
  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained
  • 10 people in indoor areas with weights and exercise machines
  • 10 people in all indoor classes or
  • 25 people in outdoor classes
  • No spectators permitted, however each person under 18 may be accompanied by one parent or guardian
  • Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage)
  • Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within 2 metres of each other are not permitted; no contact permitted for team or individual sports
  • Exemptions for high performance athletes and parasport
  • Patrons may only be in the facility for 90 minutes except if engaging in a sport
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible; measures to prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Face coverings required except when exercising
  • Require contact information for all members of the public that enter the facility
  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
Meeting and event spaces
  • Capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
  • 10 people indoors or
  • 25 people outdoors
  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
Retail
New for Red-Control as of February 2021:
  • Capacity limits of:
  • 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies
  • 50% for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, cannabis stores, hardware stores and garden centres
  • Stores must post capacity limit publicly
  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have COVID-19
  • covid 19
  •  symptoms)
  • This does not apply to indoor malls, which are required to actively screen their customers before they enter the mall. Malls can use the patron screening tool to help meet this requirement.
  • Stores within the malls subject to appropriate retail measures
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted, including for cannabis stores
  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance required inside and outside; face covering also required while in line
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • For malls:
  • Maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated indoors in mall food court is 10
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
Personal care services
  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bath houses and other adult venues, closed
  • Sensory deprivation pods closed (some exceptions)
  • Services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
  • 10 people indoors or
  • 25 people outdoors
  • Table games are prohibited
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
Cinemas
  • Closed, except for:
  • drive-in cinemas
  • rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event, with restrictions, which include:
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
Performing arts facilities
  • Closed to spectators
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted, with restrictions, which include:
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

COVID-19 Vaccination Status
Halton Region is following Ontario’s three-phased vaccine distribution implementation plan:
  • The Federal Government approves, procures and distributes vaccines to Provinces and Territories.
  • The Provincial Government receives vaccine from the Federal Government, prioritizes rollout across Ontario, including who gets the vaccine, when and where.
  • Halton Region Public Health is responsible for the storage, allocation and administration of the vaccines at a regional level, based on the Province’s implementation plan.

Who is eligible, how and where to get vaccinated
The information below identifies:
  • who is eligible to be vaccinated in Halton;
  • where they can receive the vaccine; and
  • how to book an appointment.
  • Please note: Eligible Halton residents can continue to use our online booking system to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Halton. The Provincial system will redirect you back to our system to book your appointment. Learn more about who is currently eligible in Halton and how to book below.

Please carefully read the information below. Halton Region Public Health is following the eligibility criteria outlined by the Province and is unable to provide exceptions. We will not be issuing letters to residents providing eligibility exemptions. You must be a part of an eligible group to be vaccinated at this time. Public Health is unable to provide any exceptions.

Who is eligible now?
  • Adults 70 years of age or older.
  • Indigenous adults (including First Nations, Metis and Inuit populations) living in Halton, aged 55 years of age or older, and one immediate household family member.
Where to get vaccinated
Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:
How to book an appointment
Book an appointment online to be vaccinated at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Centre or call 311 if booking support is required. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible. 

Residents at long-term care and retirement homes
Vaccinations will be delivered In your home: Halton On-site Mobile Teams will visit your location. Appointments are not required

Staff and designated essential caregivers from long-term care homes or retirement homes in Halton that have not yet received a first dose.
Staff in these situations are able to receive their vaccine at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (see locations above).
Staff are asked to Book an appointment online. If you require additional assistance with booking an appointment, please call 311. 

Health care workers identified as:
  • highest priority who live OR work in Halton region
  • very high priority who live OR work in Halton region
  • high priority who live OR work in Halton region (providing direct, in-person patient care (non-virtual care) at least once a week or more)

Adults receiving chronic home care (through a Local Health Integration Network or Home Care Agency) can receive their vaccinations at Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics(see locations above) and to Book an appointment online. If you require additional assistance with booking an appointment, please call 311. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible.

Staff and residents of other eligible congregate care settings for seniors and other vulnerable groups (for example, assisted living) will receive their vaccinations at their work/home location via Halton On-site Mobile Teams will visit your location, and appointments are not required at this time.

COVID-19 Vaccination for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples living in Halton
Starting Friday, March 19, Indigenous adults (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit adults) who live in Halton and are 55 years of age and older(born in 1966 or earlier), including one immediate household family member, will be able to book an appointment through our online booking system.
As part of Halton’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, we are continuing to plan for the respectful delivery and roll out of vaccine clinics for all of the populations listed under the Province’s prioritization plan, including all First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Peoples living within Halton. Staff has consulted with Indigenous communities and organizations to solicit guidance on how best to implement the recommendations provided by the Provincial Urban Indigenous Vaccine Distribution Sub-Tables. As part of this work, staff have reached out to First Nations communities, Métis and Inuit organizations surrounding Halton, as well as highly regarded Indigenous health care professionals for their expertise and guidance to inform our plan. As our planning evolves, we will continue to follow the direction from our engagement process, as well as the Provincial Government’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, which identifies Urban Indigenous (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit adults) under the end of Phase 1 and into Phase 2, and will continue to provide updates on halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.


Please visit this page to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine updates sent to your inbox: https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccines

For More Information:
COVID 19 UPDATES FROM PROVINCE OF ONTARIO /GOVERNMENT OF CANADA & OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
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/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 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
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
Now that Halton has been in the Red Zone for a few weeks, many businesses are open again with various levels of restrictions. When visiting our local businesses please respect their rules and follow protocols with regards to social distancing and masking. Nobody wants a third lockdown for Halton.

Please support your local business if you can.
Ontario Small Business Support Grant
The Ontario government has opened applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant, first announced in December, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations.

Haven't applied yet?
Submit your application by March 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST for:
  • Ontario Small Business Support Grant
  • Main Street Relief Grant
Any applications submitted after the published deadline will not be reviewed.

Please click here to review the eligibility requirements and to apply online. Applicants can also visit Ontario COVID-19 Business Relief Funding Portal
Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) Guarantee -
Businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 can access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs. Learn more here
Digital Main Street Program
Helping small businesses create and enhance their online presence to reach more customers through the $57 million Digital Main Street program. More information can be found here: https://digitalmainstreet.ca/
Burlington Economic Development is also leading a Digital Service Squad (DSS) in Burlington to help get more businesses online. Information on Burlington DSS can be found here: https://investburlington.ca/covid19/
Digital Service Squad program extended in Burlington! Small businesses can get free customized support to build a digital presence
As of March 22nd 2021, we are happy to announce that the Digital Service Squad program has been extended and will continue to service Burlington businesses for the coming months. However, no new grant applications will be accepted at this time. 
The Squad will continue to conduct its first complimentary audit of your digital presence, and then help you develop a Digital Transformation Plan.  
DSS services can include:
  • Training you or your staff on a basic website build.
  •  Improving your existing online presence (through a Google My Business account, Social Media channels, 360º photos and more).
  • Introducing you to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) techniques.
  • Setup of E-commerce, Point of Sale (POS) and Customer Database programs.
We are delighted to continue our work with Burlington small businesses, and activate various digital marketing tools for businesses to target new audiences and markets.
  
Services will be available until June on a first come first serve basis. Get more information online here or connect with the team to get started digitalmainstreet@burlington.ca.
COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business
The Province is providing $8 million to help small business and registered charity customers with energy bills. Learn more about this program here: https://www.oeb.ca/rates-and-your-bill/covid-19-energy-assistance-programs/covid-19-energy-assistance-program-small
COVID-19 Halton Public Health Updates for Business Owners & Operators
Given the rise in COVID-19 cases in Halton, employees in certain workplaces, business owners and operators will only be contacted by Halton Region Public Health if there are two or more cases in the workplace.
When there is one case identified in the workplace, employees will be provided with a letter by Halton Region Public Health and asked to inform their employer that they have tested positive for COVID-19 and share the letter. 
Visit halton.ca/COVID19 for the latest information and public health guidance. 
TOURISM COVID-19 BUSINESS ADVOCACY, SUPPORT, TOOLS AND UPDATES
POST Promise
•   The POST Promise is a training & education platform which results in a voluntary declaration from a business to help consumers feel confident that a business is doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Burlington businesses are encouraged to join Team Burlington and the City of Burlington by adopting this promise.
Government of Ontario
•   Main Street Relief Grant for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) providing up to $1,000 for PPE costs to eligible small businesses across Ontario with 2 to 9 employees operating in the following sectors: retail, accommodation and food services, repair and maintenance or personal and laundry services.
•   Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants for businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures. This provincial application-based grant provides a rebate to eligible businesses for property taxes and energy bills. Learn more and apply to one or both of these grants by clicking here.
•   Online Training to Promote Safe Workplaces - Free online workplace health & safety training. Contact Employment Ontario
•   COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan Guidebook
•   Ontario Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program Portal (OCECRA) Property owners click to apply & review eligibility.
•   Resources to Prevent spread of COVID-19 - guidelines and posters for various business sectors including food services and agriculture
•   Destination Ontario Research - information on forecasted economic outcomes, a micro-economic outlook, a travel outlook and media consumption information. Click here.
IT'S SALAMANDER MATING SEASON
The annual passage of the endangered Jefferson salamanders during their breeding migration will begin soon on King Road near the base of the Niagara Escarpment to Mountain Brow Road. This year, the road is already closed for construction of a nearby subdivision.
Since 2012, the City of Burlington has closed the same section of road for the salamanders which are a nationally and provincially protected endangered species.
About the Jefferson Salamander
In Canada, the Jefferson salamander is found in Southern Ontario in select areas of deciduous forest, mostly along the Niagara Escarpment.
Jefferson salamanders spend most of their lives underground. As the weather warms up and the spring rains begin, the salamanders emerge and migrate to breed in temporary ponds formed by run-off, laying their eggs in clumps attached to underwater vegetation. Adults leave the ponds after breeding. By late summer, the larvae lose their gills, become air-breathing juveniles and leave the pond to head into the surrounding forests.
Adult salamanders migrate to their breeding ponds during wet rainy nights. They show a strong affinity for the pond in which they hatched and can be very determined to reach it, sometimes causing them to cross busy roads.
Learn more about the Jefferson salamander
Learn more about Conservation Halton
ALDERSHOT QUARRY COMMUNITY LIAISON COMMITTEE UPDATE
On February 22, Mayor Meed Ward and I attended the kickoff first meeting of the Aldershot Quarry Community Liaison Committee (AQCLC). Below are some notes and highlights from that meeting. shared from https://mariannemeedward.ca/aldershot-meridian-quarry/aldershot-quarry-community-liaison-committee-meeting-no-1-highlights/

"I want to thank all the members of the committee for attending last month and for their continued commitment to open dialogue, transparency and collaboration.
The AQCLC is group comprised of community stakeholders, City of Burlington staff and Quarry representatives to provide a forum for discussion, information sharing and action around the Meridian Quarry activity in the Aldershot area of Burlington.

The committee is meant to provide an opportunity for respectful dialogue between stakeholders to share questions, concerns, ideas, and new information related to the Quarry’s ongoing activities. It is also an opportunity to identify agreed-upon action items by any stakeholders.

It’s important to note any advocacy activities for or against the quarry’s activity rest solely with external organizations — the AQCLC is not an advocacy group.

Representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be invited to each meeting.


I would also like to thank all who attended the committee meeting. I am very committed to keeping the open dialogue between all stakeholders in a respectful format. This committee brought together a variety of interests and discussion points in an open forum. I look forward to future discussions.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact my office at ward1@burlington.ca
FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITY - BEACHWAY PARK - APRIL 1
A staff recommendation report related to Burlington’s Beachway Park and parking in the area is coming to the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee on April 8, 2021.
Before that, Mayor Meed Ward, City Council and Burlington staff would like to hear from you on your experience at Beachway Park with a Virtual Beachway Park Experience Public Consultation Thursday, April 1.
The virtual webinar will be hosted on Zoom (with a phone call-in option) from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Last year we saw a record number of visitors, both local and from neighbouring communities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), to our stretch of beach at Beachway Park. As one of the largest public beaches in the area, it continues to grow in popularity. Families enjoy picnics and building sandcastles, sports enthusiasts enjoy kayaking and paddle boarding, and people of all ages walk, bike and rollerblade along the paved pathways.
With the impact of COVID-19 travel restrictions limiting how much people could travel last summer, Beachway Park became an even more treasured destination for day-trips and outdoor enjoyment. The added volume of people and traffic saw a significant increase in challenges around parking management and crowd control, even with the addition of Park Ambassador staffing during peak times.
As we look ahead to another busy summer and continued increases in visitors to our great city, we know we need to evolve our approach to managing this popular destination and ensure that everyone who visits has an enjoyable experience.
Burlington City Council will be considering some initial recommendations from staff at the EICS committee on April 8.
We invite the community to share their own experiences at Beachway Park and any ideas or suggestions you may have to improve it going forward at the April 1 virtual webinar/consultation.
City leaders and staff including the Mayor, City Council, Burlington’s Director of Transportation Services, Supervisor of Parking Services and Director of Recreation Services will be on hand as panelists to answer any questions the public may have and hear your feedback first-hand.
Join the conversation on Zoom from your desktop or mobile device, or simply call in from your phone. Capacity is limited to 500 participants.
WEBINAR DETAILS:
  • Connect online on Zoom at bit.ly/beachwaypark or simply by phone at 647-374-4685.
  • Meeting ID: 851 2205 0189.
  • Passcode: 789475.
We look forward to you joining us and sharing your experiences, ideas and feedback.
UPDATE RE BURLINGTON CANAL PIER
As you were likely aware, the federal government had begun talks considering blocking public access to the Burlington Canal piers. Earlier this month we learned that these talks are on hold for the time being.

We have been told that Transport Canada has agreed to pause the planned installation of steel gates that would have prevented pedestrians from using the walkways. Talks are still ongoing as to how to manage the piers, allowing for access while at the same time protecting the public from any unintended falls into the busy canal.

Many residents have shared how the piers have become part of their daily activities, and that barring access would be a great disappointment.

Signs urging pedestrians to stay off the concrete walkways are already posted, and we ask residents to continue to use the utmost caution, especially in inclement weather.

Our office will continue to keep residents updated on any developments as they arise. If you have any further questions, please contact ward1@burlington.ca
REGISTER FOR BURLINGTONGREEN'S ANNUAL COMMUNITY CLEANUP!
Spring has sprung. The days are getting longer, outdoor temperatures are rising, spring bulbs are emerging, and early spring migrant birds such as red-winged blackbirds are returning. One unfortunate sign of spring is the sight of litter that has emerged underneath the melted snow. Whether it’s from recycling that was put out too early or not properly secured on windy days or from intentional disposal, some areas need some tender, loving care.
Since BurlingtonGreen began hosting the annual community Clean Up Green Up event in 2011, over 109,000 participants have joined collective efforts to clean and green our parks, streams, schoolyards and neighbourhoods. Fortunately, BurlingtonGreen’s annual event is back with a twist. As with everything else since March 2020, this event has been modified, hence “the twist.”
The community Clean Up is beginning earlier this year from March 27 to May 2. Opportunities include:
  • Safely collecting litter from our communities in small groups
  • Encouraging team building with coworkers or classmates working or learning remotely by collecting litter at home on behalf of your workplace, business, class, school or team
How the Community Clean Up works:
Prizes:
  • Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Burlington Centre for your group.
  • Additional prizes are available for sharing your photos.
For further information about BurlingtonGreen’s Clean Up, please visit: burlingtongreen.org.
STATEMENT RE: ALDERHSOT TURKEY
Dear Aldershot residents and Turkey enthusiasts:
I would like to provide an update with regards to the devastating incident that ended the life of our beloved local Turkey. I have been in touch with the local police authorities and they have concluded their investigation. After a careful review of video footage and interview of the suspect, they have determined that the incident was in fact an accident and no charges will be laid. No further investigation by the local police will occur.  

I know this was a very upsetting incident to the local community and an ending to what was a very amusing wild animal that had remained with us for almost 3 months. I too, was a big fan of the turkey and witnessed it almost daily in my travels. I took many pictures and even did a few write ups in my newsletter about the famous Aldershot turkey. We did encourage people not to feed the turkey as it likely remained at this intersection due to an addiction that we all suffer from – Tim Horton’s fare.

Attempts at removing the turkey were many and my office certainly did all we could to help relocate it. Catching and relocating a wild animal is a very difficult task, especially a flying animal. Similar to a Canada Goose or a Coyote, wild animals are not to be removed unless they are in the line of traffic, which as we often witnessed, this Turkey enjoyed the action of crossing Plains road. Many attempts at catching it while on the road were futile.

The Animal services department at the city is not responsible for relocating or catching wild animals but will only remove the deceased. Many have called on them to also complete an investigation but that is simply not in their mandate. This was a police matter in the end and they have concluded their investigation and are satisfied that no foul play was involved. 
Ward 1 Construction Updates
Aldershot Pool Renovations nearly complete
As many are aware, Aldershot Pool was closed in June 2020 to allow for much needed maintenance and repairs including pool tank & deck repairs, deck retiling, and grouting of the pool tank.
As you can see in the photos below, work is ongoing including the grouting and curing of the tiles, and refilling of the pool. The pool is expected to reopen to the public in early April. Stay tuned via social media or newsletter for future updates. Thank you for your patience during this process!
Tyandaga Golf Clubhouse Upgrades Complete
During the off-season and while provincial closures allowed, staff were redeployed to undertake several upgrade projects within Tyandaga Golf Course Clubhouse. As you will see from the photos below, the following alterations were completed: new blinds, trim, flooring (throughout) and painting. We were able to save a substantial amount of money by redeploying staff during the Provincial Shutdown to complete a majority of the work. The difference looks amazing and I am sure patrons will greatly appreciate the upgrades!
Plains Road West Bell Line Relocation Work
Please note that Bell Canada’s contractor Avertex has now started work at Plains Road and Waterdown as of Monday March 8th. Below you will see the project timeline that was provided to our office. if you have any questions regarding this work, please contact Robert Stuart, Project Manager at robert.stuart@burlington.ca
Ward 1 Development Updates
Approved - 1085 Clearview Ave.
In its decision dated Jan. 29, 2021 (Case No. 190378), LPAT approved a seven storey building consisting of 164 residential units and access from Masonry Court. The plans include one level of underground parking with 181 parking spaces at a rate of 1.1 parking spaces per unit. Approval relates to Official Plan and Zoning By-law Applications 505-01/19 & 520-02/10.

Applicant
MHBC Planning Ltd. On behalf of LIV Communities

Applicant’s Representative:
MHBC Planning Ltd.
c/o Dana Anderson
442 Brant Street, Suite 204
Burlington, ON L7R 2G4

Proposed Development
Application has been submitted to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law for the subject lands.
A 6 storey, 160 unit residential apartment building is proposed. 203 parking spaces are proposed, with 154 spaces located in a below-grade parking structure, and 49 spaces provided at grade.
  • Two vehicle entrances are proposed for the site, located on the east and west sides of the proposed residential building. The building is proposed to have two main resident entrances, one fronting onto Masonry Court, and the other from the rear of the building.
On May 27, 2019 the applicant resubmitted plans for the development. The revised proposal includes 162 apartment units, 204 parking spaces, re-located at-grade amenity area, increased 2-storey building form on the east side, and a terrace on the 5th storey on the west side. The number of driveways has been reduced to one access off of Masonry Court. The rear yard landscape buffer has been increased to 2.5 metres.

Planner on File - Melissa Morgan
Mailing Address:
426 Brant St., P.O. Box 5013
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z6
Phone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7788

File Numbers
505-01/19 & 520-02/19

To view and subscribe to this development page, please visit: https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/1085-clearview-ave.asp
1157-1171 North Shore Blvd

At its meeting of January 19, 2021 Burlington City Council approved the recommendation of Confidential Legal Report L-37-20 to accept an offer to settle the issues in dispute between Spruce Partners Inc. and Amico Properties Inc. (“Amico”) and the City with respect to Amico’s appeal currently before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (“LPAT”). As part of this approval, Council approved the recommendation that the planning analysis attached as Appendix ‘B’ to L-37-20 be released publicly and posted on the City’s webpage under Planning and Development Applications for Ward 1, while retaining solicitor/client privilege over the balance of this matter in its entirety. 

NOTE: The latest LPAT hearing took place February 22, 2021 however we have not yet received the LPAT written decision. We will update as soon as we receive this.

Site Address - Ward 1
1157-1171 North Shore Blvd East

Applicant
Spruce Partners Inc. and Amico Properties Inc. (Amica)

Applicant's Representative:
Tyler Grinyer
Bousfields Inc.
416-947-9744

Proposed Development
  • The proposed development includes a seniors’ living campus, consisting of 17-storey, 12-storey and 11-storey buildings, transitioning down to 2 storeys at the north of the site. In total, the development proposes 475 suites with 180 staff on site.
  • On August 19, 2019, the applicants submitted a revised development proposal which includes 17-storey and 12-storey building elements with a 6-storey lower building podium, transitioning down to a 2-storey element for a portion of the rear of the building. The number of proposed seniors living units has been decreased from 475 to 419.

Planner on File - Kyle Plas
Mailing Address:
426 Brant St., P.O. Box 5013
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z6
Phone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7824

File Numbers
505-05/18 and 520-07/18

To view and subscribe to this development page please visit: https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/1157-1171-north-shore-boulevard.asp
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
News From City Hall
Burlington Fire Department Shares Info Regarding Burlington's Open-Air Burning Program
The spring weather has finally arrived and it’s the time of year we all want to get outside. It’s also the time of year when the Burlington Fire Department sees a spike in the number of burning complaints.

It’s important for residents to know the rules about open-air burning in the City of Burlington, especially before burning on your property or spending money on a backyard fire feature.

Here are a few points to keep in mind:
  • Open-air burning is only allowed in designated areas of the city with a valid open-air burning permit.
  • Open-air burning (such as a wood burning camp fire or burning of brush) is never allowed in urban Burlington, which is anywhere south of Dundas Street and Highways 403 and 407 ETR. This includes fire bowls and chimineas, which are also considered open-air burning.
  • Rural residents in approved areas can apply for an open-air burning permit online at www.burlington.ca/burnpermit or by calling 905-637-8207. Open-air burning permits involve a site visit from a fire department inspector are free of charge.
  • Outdoor burning devices that use propane or natural gas as fuel supply, such as outdoor heaters, liquid or gas-fueled accent appliances are allowed in all areas of the city. Note: The exception is apartment building balconies where prohibited by condominium corporation rules, rental agreements and/or Technical Standards Safety Authority (TSSA) regulations. These approved devices are safe, do not produce smoke which can be a nuisance to neighbours.
  • The City of Burlington recently made changes to its Open-Air Burning Bylaw 65-2019 along with changes to open-air burning permits. To learn more visit: www.burlington.ca/open-air-burning

For more info: www.burlington.ca/fire or dial 905 637 8207
City of Burlington administrative services will be closed for Good Friday, on Friday, April 2, and Easter Monday, on Monday, April 5. For a list of which City services and facilities are available on the Easter holiday weekend, please visit burlington.ca
Together, We Are Burlington 
Everyday in Burlington, someone does something for a friend, a stranger or their community. Many times, no one knows the action or even the impact it has. Sure, the city has some larger than life events and local personalities that are exciting, award-winning and newsworthy, but it’s the random acts of community that really build our strength, sense of belonging and defines who we are as a city.

The City of Burlington is asking residents to share stories at getinvolvedburlington.ca/together of what makes you proud to be Canadian and a Burlington resident, and how we come together as a city. Tell us about how you or someone you know has made a difference or has brought people together through random acts of community; moments of kindness or through small acts that may have made a bigger impact in your life or those around you.

Examples of stories could be as simple as neighbours helping each other or coordinating something that brings the community together. It could be a story about how you or someone you know were made to feel welcome and a part of the community. Of course, we also want to hear of the bigger things like volunteers and those who organize food drives, environmental clean-ups and advocate for a better life for everyone.

Starting March 29, share your story on getinvolvedburlington.ca/together by uploading your short video from YouTube or Vimeo (1 minute or less) or writing your story in 500 words or less. Registration to Get Involved Burlington is needed but only requires a postal code and email. Stories posted will be visible to anyone on the page and open to messages of kindness, inspiration and support. Check the site frequently to see new stories and be inspired.
Stories will be accepted until June 30, 2021 and City staff may reach out to request permission to feature your submission.
The City of Burlington’s spring break programming, which includes Youth Camp and Student Theatre Camp, and PA Day programming will be open for registration at burlington.ca/schoolbreaks on March 26, 2021, at 11 a.m. Programs are available for viewing now.
Youth Camp and PA Day programming will take place at Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way.
On March 3rd , 2021, City of Burlington City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for the Federal and Provincial government to support the survival of restaurants and the hospitality industry through the introduction of new measures and supports. It has been recognized over the course of the pandemic that the impacts and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic vary greatly by economic sector.
The Burlington Fire Department is now using the location app what3words to help locate anyone who needs assistance and cannot provide an exact location, such as on a trail, in a forested area, park, parking lot or even in a large building such as an arena or community centre.
The app is free to use and can work offline when there is unreliable or no data connection.
The City of Burlington is now accepting applications for the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund (NCMF), where approved projects could receive up to $10,000. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2021.
Created to inspire residents to champion community-led projects, the goal of the NCMF is to improve neighbourhoods by creating a sense of belonging and community pride, while building meaningful connections.
At a Special Meeting of Council on Wednesday, March 3, Burlington City Council approved an earlier start date of April 15, 2021 for the temporary patio program. Council also approved expediting the approval process for 2020 temporary patio permit holders to allow their permits to be renewed this year based on their 2020 patio approvals. Application fees for the 2021 temporary patio program are being waived to help businesses recover during the COVID-19 pandemic
The City of Burlington is launching the Spring into Health Challenge. From March to May, residents can join two-week mini-challenges designed to get individuals and families moving and having fun. Each team will consist of two households who will work together but in their own homes or outside to complete the daily challenges. New challenges are issued every day for 14 days.
The City of Burlington is excited to offer spring recreation programming. Spring programs can be viewed now at burlington.ca/recreation . Burlington residents can register for in-person, outdoor and virtual programs for Adults 19+, Adults 55+ on March 13 at 9 a.m. Registration for Youth programs will happen at 11 a.m. on March 13.
Burlington City Council has approved the city’s 2021 operating budget. Combined with a budget increase from Halton Region and no change to education taxes, the overall tax increase is 2.50 per cent or $18.99 per $100,000 of a home’s current value assessment. The city’s budget increase is 4.14 per cent .
Halton Regional Council has passed By-Law No. 40-20, prohibiting smoking tobacco or cannabis and vaping in public parks and within nine metres from any entrance or exit of municipally owned or leased buildings and child care centres.
Halton Regional Council has directed staff to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Halton Environmental Network to advance the Region’s work in addressing climate change. The MOU will define climate change mitigation and adaptation activities that the Halton Environmental Network will undertake to support Halton Region.
NOTE: Changes to Park Washroom Facilities over Winter Months
There are four park washrooms open this season
  • 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 further notice

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
Get Involved Burlington!
The City of Burlington has an online engagement platform, Get Involved Burlington.
You can register for updates on city projects, participate in surveys, provide feedback, get engaged and have your say. The platform has tools including surveys, polls, mapping, discussion forums, storytelling and more. We look forward to hearing from you.
To stay up to date on all City of Burlington Media Releases, please visit https://bit.ly/2xxoVFr Be sure to subscribe to this page to be alerted of any new releases.
Ward 1 Community News & Resources
COMPASSION SOCIETY SPRING WISH LIST:
RBG's Seed Library is open for requests!
Borrow, Grow, and Return!
All life needs plants. RBG is dedicated to connecting people to plants. Our seed library is one way we nurture that connection. We provide seeds that you can borrow, grow, and then return!
Seeds are generally available only in the spring and our selection will dwindle as the seeds are lent out, so get your requests in and start growing!
Click here to Learn More
The RBG seed library focuses on herbaceous perennials, grasses, annuals, and trees and shrubs, although some food plants are also available.
How It Works
  • Look through the lists of available seeds provided online
  • Fill out the seed request form at the same webpage. Select up to 5 seed varieties
  • Our team will review your request, and get in touch to organize pick-up details
  • Pick up your seeds at RBG Centre
  • Plant your seeds, and when that plant produces seed, harvest them and provide some of these new seeds back to the seed library for someone else to use the following year! 
Have More Questions?
Check out the full FAQ at rbg.ca/seedlibrary, then make your request and get in touch with our volunteers using the form a the bottom of the page.
ALDERSHOT BIA COMMUNITY BUSINESS AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN
 
Looking to nominate someone for this award? WONDERFUL! 
Our community is full of givers and helpers. Take a read below to guide you in the criteria the committee will look at when choosing a winner.
 
✔️ Has the business contributed beyond the normal course of business to make a positive impact in the community.
✔️ Has the owner or associate‘s volunteered their personal time to help out in the community but for which no monetary gains are received.
✔️ Do they provide services that are beyond normal responsibilities - demonstrating a sense of care for the community.
✔️ Do they inspire others to make the same impact in the community.
✔️ Recognition on a singular event is eligible however a longer regular commitment would be preferred.
✔️ Businesses of current employees/board members are not eligible during the years they're active.
Please email Judy Worsley to submit your nomination! judy@aldershotbia.com
Aldershot BIA is seeking committee members
Joining a committee can help to build long lasting business relationships within our Aldershot Community. Contributing your skills and time to the community we live, work and play in can be very rewarding while you also contribute to the growth and success of our organization. We are now accepting members to the following committees within the Aldershot Business Improvement Area.
  • Committees available:
  • Special Events
  • Expansion
  • Streetscape & Beautification
  • Business Development
Please email our Executive Director, Judy Worsley at judy@aldershotbia.com if you are interested in joining and if you need more details. Include your name and contact info, which committee you are interested in, your business name and any special skills you may have.
See you in the zoom room (or ideally in real life at a board table sometime soon!)
Update from Joseph Brant Museum
One of the most important tasks of a community, is to create its own story. The “new” Joseph Brant Museum; now our community museum, does just that! The Burlington Museums Foundation encourages you to visit this new gem situated on our waterfront. You can celebrate our past, learn about our roots, and inspire creative thinking at Joseph Brant Museum. To learn more about the spring travelling exhibit, programming for schools and seasonal camps visit www.museumsofburlington.ca 

To learn more about the Joseph Brant Museums Transformation project please visit Burlington Museums Foundation. Have a look! The Joseph Brant Museum is a beacon to the downtown waterfront.


PLEASE NOTE:
Please be advised that upcoming Aldershot Lions Club Garage Sales will be:
  • April 17, 2021
10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 484 Plains Road East
The Lighthouse for Grieving Children has been supporting grieving children and their families in our community for over 20 years.  Throughout Covid 19, we have continued to support our Lighthouse families remotely, connecting them with one another through virtual grief support groups and offering activities to do together at home. 
Help support Lighthouse by registering today at www.run4LH.com. Until March 20th, Adults are $40, children $20. Any questions, please email info@run4LH.com 
Free Little Libraries in Ward 1
We have received word of the growing number of Free Little Libraries in Ward 1 including ones on streets such as Shadeland Avenue, Botanical Drive, Fairview Place East, Enfield Road, Marley Road, Bayshore Boulevard, Spring Gardens Road, Eagle Drive and Finch Avenue.
This is a great resource, especially with its inherent social distancing. To find more Free Little Libraries, or to register your own, please visit https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/ or https://llwc.wordpress.com/maps/
Happy Reading!
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