Ward 1 News from Councillor Kelvin Galbraith
September/October 2020 UPDATE Edition
  • Greetings from Councillor Galbraith
  • COVID-19 General Updates
  • COVID-19 Updates from City of Burlington
  • COVID-19 Updates - Halton Region
  • COVID-19 Updates from Province of Ontario, Federal Government and Other helpful links
  • Halton Region Official Plan Review - North Aldershot Recap
  • Ward 1 Construction Updates
  • Ward 1 Development Updates
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • News From City Hall – includes Leaf Collection, Windrow Clearing, Safe Restart and more
  • Community Resources, News & Links
  • Local Boards and Community Involvement
  • Stay Connected
Hello Ward 1 friends and neighbours!
As we enter into the fall season, we are unfortunately seeing an increase in COVID-19 positive case numbers and must now take every opportunity to do our part to help prevent the spread of this virus.  

With Stage 3, we saw a re-opening of the economy, and schools have now returned to classrooms, whether in-person or online. There was an underlying expectation of a second wave and the Province has now announced that it has officially arrived. I am hopeful that if residents embrace and adhere to all of the safety measures currently recommended - masks, social distancing, crowd limitations, contact tracing, hand washing etc. we can prevent the second wave case numbers from rising above those of the first wave. Please do your part and listen to the advice of the public health officials. I have great concerns for our local economy if any further lockdown measures are initiated by upper levels of government. We have already witnessed the difficult decision of many businesses to close due to financial strain, and many more are just barely hanging on, hoping for some economic recovery. Now more than ever, we need to support them the best we can as a community, while respecting the rules and procedures that each business has implemented to keep their customers confident and safe. 

I have spoken in the past about some of the challenges that I myself (and I imagine many others) have experienced while transitioning to a work from home model. My working environment has certainly changed with the start of the school year. My partner has now gone back to work from maternity leave and each of my 6 children are now engaged daily in childcare, elementary school, high school and college. The silence in the house has certainly been a welcome addition to the working from home environment and all-day zoom meetings! No more angling the computer camera so that meeting attendees do not have to view a diaper change in the background or the multiple interruptions from curious toddlers looking for a snack or teens asking to use the car! Now that I am fully set up in this new routine, I really don’t know how I was able to do all of those meetings with the distractions in the house, and give a lot of credit to my partner for constantly juggling the activities happening on the other side of my office door. City of Burlington senior staff have indicated that a return to the office at City Hall for a regular working schedule should not be expected until at least the new year. I am not certain that I will ever use my City Hall office as I once did, as I have become used to this new normal in my home office. 

With Thanksgiving approaching, it is my hope that everyone can enjoy some form of celebration as a family. Please be cautious if you are spending time with family or friends who are not part of your social circle. We as a family have participated in “Zoom Social Hour” with friends and family during these initial stages of COVID-19 and find them very entertaining with the right mix of people and refreshments! I think this may become our standard social routine, given that the second wave is now upon us.

In these economically uncertain times, I remind all to consider those less fortunate and to donate to your local food bank or similar organization. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. 

Stay safe!

I am always happy to (virtually) meet with constituents or businesses of Ward 1 to discuss anything to help make our community even better. To book an appointment, please contact my assistant at tara.thorp@burlington.ca

** PLEASE NOTE, I and my staff are working remotely - 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.

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
Living and Working in Stage 3

One way that businesses of Burlington have been encouraged to participate is to take on the POST Promise. You may see stickers/decals etc in local businesses, indicating their commitment to adhere to safety standards in order to keep you, the consumer as safe as possible, and to inspire confidence in the businesses you frequent.

The five key steps to workplace safety include:
Maintain physical distancing.
  • Keeping a distance of at least 2 meters is the recommended distance.
Stay home if unwell
  • Self monitor for symptoms such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing
Practice respiratory etiquette
  • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm, or wear a face mask when social distancing is not possible.
Clean and disinfect regularly
Wash and sanitize hands
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds
As you can imagine, school boards are updating parents frequently with changes to screening guidance and other timely info for students. I highly encourage parents to subscribe to these updates when possible.

On October 1, 2020, Halton District School Board & Halton Catholic District School Board shared that the Government of Ontario announced revised COVID-19 screening guidance for children in schools and child care.

The guidelines continue to change and evolve as more is learned about the virus, how it spreads and its affects on those who test positive.

The changes to the screening tool reflect new guidance as to the the type and number of symptoms needed for a child to stay home for a period of time or to seek medical advice. This screening tool now has two sets of questions about symptoms and information to help parents/guardians make informed decisions about their next steps. 

For more information from HCDSB, please visit https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/return-to-school-2/

For more information on Ontario's return to school plan, please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/guide-reopening-ontarios-schools

As I mentioned earlier, I, like most of my Council colleagues, have become firmly entrenched in the work from home environment. It is unknown at this time when staff will be returning to City Hall permanently.

As a reminder, 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.
The City of Burlington is also taking precautions as we reopen our facilities, including mandatory masks on transit and at City facilities.
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.
(numbers above are as at 12:00pm October 5, 2020)
Current Situation
As cases continue to rise across the province and in Halton, it is more important than ever to follow public health direction and take personal responsibility to protect yourself and others. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort and what we do today is critical to what we all experience two to three weeks from now.
As the situation continues to evolve and actions are taken, residents are asked to check the provincial website, ontario.ca/coronavirus regularly for updates.

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Halton region please read below:
  • Class Order: In response to rising cases and to align with Provincial requirements, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health has made important amendments to the Class Order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Effective October 5, the amendments revise and clarify the self-isolation requirements and other legal obligations of those who are cases of COVID-19. To learn more, please read the Class Order Class Order Fact Sheet or our recent media release.
  • Testing: The Province has recently updated its COVID-19 testing criteria  and local hospitals continue to be responsible for carrying out assessment and testing. To learn more, please see the Assessment and Testing section
  • Social gatherings: On September 19, the Provincial Government lowered the limit on private social gatherings across Ontario and Halton to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. The lower limit applies to all unmonitored, private social gatherings, including parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs, weddings or other private functions taking place in homes, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. TO learn more please see the Protect Yourself and Others section on this page.
  • Mask by-law: Halton Regional Council passed By-law 47-20 , making it mandatory to wear a non-medical mask or face covering in certain indoor public places. On September 16, 2020, Halton Regional Council approved amendments to the by-law. The amended by-law takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on September 23, 2020. Details of the amendments are outlined in Halton Region’s September 22 media release. Some individuals may be exempt from the by-law. Please be kind and support each other. To learn more, please visit the Reopening Halton Region page.

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

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

I am a resident of Burlington: 

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

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

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

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
If you are looking for a 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 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
Councillor's Recap:
North Aldershot is a special area with beautiful natural woodlands and ravines. I have visited a few properties in this area and was in disbelief that we were still in the city of Burlington. It looks and feels like a northern-Ontario, cottage-like setting up there. Some of the views are truly spectacular.  

North Aldershot is an area that has been recognized by the Region of Halton as being unique in its natural heritage and features. Through this process, they have indicated that the are going to update the mapping of the natural heritage while still recognizing any existing approvals for development. The Region has indicated that the term “rural” best fits with the North Aldershot area in that it is outside of traditional settlement areas and the lands have traditionally not been suitable for agriculture.  

We are going to see some road improvements starting next year and likely some services to accommodate future growth will be part of this construction. My hope is that we can coordinate this work so that the road does not have to be reconstructed at the time of any future developments.  
As a reminder, the Regional Official Plan (ROP) is a land use policy document created by Halton Region to shape the Region's future growth and development.

The Planning Act requires that the ROP be reviewed every 5 years to:
  • reflect changes in our communities and the vision for the Region
  • ensure that the Official Plan remains aligned with Provincial policies

The current Regional Official Plan Review (ROPR) process started in 2014 and has 3 phases including Directions, Discussion Papers and Police Directions. More information on the status of the Regions Official Plan Review can be found at https://www.halton.ca/The-Region/Regional-Planning/Regional-Official-Plan-(ROP)-(1)/Halton-s-Regional-Official-Plan-Review-(ROPR)

As a reminder, Halton Region is reviewing the implications of growth management, natural heritage and a rural and agricultural system in North Aldershot.

If you would like to sign up for ROPR Notifications, please visit https://www.halton.ca/The-Region/Regional-Planning/Regional-Official-Plan-(ROP)-(1)/Halton-s-Regional-Official-Plan-Review-(ROPR) scroll to near the bottom of the page.
Ward 1 Construction Updates
Waterdown Road North Rehabilitation and Capacity Improvements - Craven Avenue to Mountain Brow Road - Project Update September 2020
The City of Burlington, City of Hamilton and Halton Region held a joint Public Information Centre (PIC) on March 2, 2017 to present the 90% Design of Waterdown Road.
The proposed construction consists of the following works:
  • Road widening to accommodate an ultimate 4 lane cross section. The road will be striped as a 3 lane cross section until traffic volumes increase.
  • Installation of curb and gutter and a multi-use pathway on the west side
  • Storm Sewer Installation
  • New Traffic Signal at Waterdown Road and Mountain Brow Road
  • New Street Lighting
  • Watermain Replacement (Includes watermain replacement on Flatt Road and Ireson Road)
  • Utility Relocations and Landscaping

For more information on this project, please visit
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
1120 Cooke Boulevard - Pre Application Public Consultation Meeting, September 29, 2020 - RECAP
Thank you to those residents who were able to attend the recent Developer-led Pre-Application Virtual Public Meeting, hosted by Adi Development Group on September 29. 

Below you will find information on this proposed development:
Site Address - Ward 1
1120 Cooke Blvd (formerly 101 Masonry Ct. - Phase 2)

Sam Badawi
Adi Development Group
700-1100 Burloak Dr., Burlington
Email: Sam.Badawi@adidevelopments.com
Tel: 905-335-2929

Proposed Development
This proposed development has two different design options for community feedback:

  • Three towers with heights ranging from 29 to 39 storeys and
  • Four towers with heights ranging from 18 to 39 storeys.
Both options have approximately the same number of units, 1,258.

For more information, or to subscribe to this development page, please visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/adi-development-group-1120-cooke-blvd.asp and click "Subscribe To This Page" at the top right of the page.
You are also invited to visit https://www.stationwestphase2.com/ to view the presentation information, provide comment and/or sign up for Virtual Coffee Chat sessions with the development team.

For comments, questions or input on this proposal, please contact Sam Badawi Sam.Badawi@adidevelopments.com

Councillor's Comments:
Phase 2 of Station West has been long anticipated to have the taller buildings as part of their overall development at the Aldershot Go Station. Previous mobility hub plans and visioning work that had been completed prior to being put on hold in 2018, had this area considered for 30 story buildings. It should not come as a surprise that we are seeing some tall building proposals in this area. 
It is still in the very early stages of the application process at this point but I have not heard many objections to the density that is being proposed at this site. The vision for the mobility hubs (now referred to as Major Transit Station Area’s or MTSA’s ) is for these areas to be 'complete communities', close to higher order transit locations. There is still much work to do to complete the Aldershot MTSA boundaries and overall visioning and I have been pushing for this work to resume. 
The increased density will certainly attract some desirable commercial space and hopefully an additional grocery chain to the west end.  
1134 & 1167 Plains Road East - Pre Application Public Consultation Meeting, October 1, 2020 - RECAP
Thank you to those residents who were able to attend the recent Developer-led Pre-Application Virtual Public Meeting, hosted by Molinaro Group on October 1.

Below you will find information on this proposed development:
Site Address - Ward 1
Molinaro Group - 1134-1167 Plains Road East

Molinaro Group
472 Brock Avenue Unit 103
Burlington, ON.
L7S 1N1
c/o Ed Fothergill:

Proposed Development
1134 Plains Rd E - 20 & 25 storey residential towers (426 residential units).
1167 Plains Rd E - 30 & 35 storey residential towers (733 residential units).
Proposal includes the preservation of Davids Homestead Heritage site in the centre of Phase 2, which will be relocated to have maximum exposure at the corner of Plains Road East and Fairview Street.

For more information, or to subscribe to this development page, please visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/molinaro-group-1134-1167-plains-road-east.asp and click "Subscribe To This Page" at the top right of the page.

For comments, questions or input on this proposal, please contact Ed Fothergill edf@nas.net

Councillor's Comments:
This development land is an island of sorts as it is not close to any other residential or commercial development.  Situated on a small piece of land across from Mapleview Mall and on one of our busiest transit corridors, there can certainly be arguments from a transportation perspective that density here is sensible. Again this is very early in the process and no application has yet to be made to the city.
2100 Brant Street - National Homes Sales Centre coming soon
As a reminder, this application received final approval at LPAT recently and National Homes will be setting up their sales office soon to market the 210 townhomes that will be constructed on this site - new bill board signs have already been posted by National Homes. 

For more background on this file, please visit Burlington.ca/2100Brant. If you would like to discuss or have any questions, please contact my office at kelvin.galbraith@burlington.ca

For more information or to contact a National Homes representative, please visit https://nationalhomes.com/burlington/
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: Will the City of Burlington be cancelling Halloween 2020?
A: Mayor Meed Ward has shared the following information, which is guidance by Halton Region of Health:
The province indicated that they would be releasing guidelines for Halloween, however, we haven’t received them yet. In the meantime, Public Health suggests the following precautions.

  • Host Halloween parties and gatherings virtually.
  • Do not host Halloween parties and gatherings in-person with individuals outside of your social circle.
Trick or treating and distributing treats
  • Stay home and/or do not hand out candy if feeling unwell.
  • Travel around your neighbourhood with members of your own household.
  • Limit the number of houses you visit.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from those outside of your household:
  • Wait for others to leave a house before approaching it.
  • Leave candy outside for pick-up.
  • Do not gather in groups with people outside of your household.
  • Wear a non-medical mask or face covering when physical distancing is a challenge.
  • Limit the handling of candy by:
  • Using tongs.
  • Creating individual bags.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and use it often.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow

Q: What is all the helicopter noise near Mapleview Mall lately?
A: Mapleview staff have confirmed that helicopters have been onsite in recent past to assist in the installation of rooftop HVAC systems at the former Sears location. This is not a recurring event, and apologies go out to local residents for the disruption

If you have ward 1 questions, please continue to forward these to tara.thorp@burlington.ca
News From City Hall
Leaf Collection Program 2020
A loose leaf collection service is provided to Burlington residents in the fall. This program is in addition to the yard waste collection service provided by Halton Region.
Please follow the guidelines below to help make sure everyone's leaves are collected:
All dates are weather dependent. If a snow storm or freezing rain hits, dates could be delayed or cancelled. If this happens, you will need to bag your leaves for Halton Region’s Yard Waste Pick up.
  • For updates, visit Burlington.ca/LeafCollection or call the Leaf Collection hotline at 905-336-7600, ext. 6129. The hotline will be active after Oct. 15.
  • Please have your leaves to the curb by the collection date.
  • Leaves placed to the curb after that date will not get collected in the city’s Loose-Leaf Collection.
  • If you miss your date, you will need to bag your leaves for Halton Region’s Yard Waste pick-up. Know your collection dates and avoid raking leaves to the road too early. Ensure your leaves are at the curb at the start of your collection date
  • Make sure loose leaves are not covering catch basins or in the ditches to prevent flooding.
  • Please make sure leaves do not contain branches or other debris. Leaves mixed with other waste will not be collected.
  • Remove all sports equipment, including basketball nets, parked vehicles and other obstructions from the road to allow city crews clear access to leaf piles.
  • Place leaves up to the edge of the curb or roadway in a loose pile so city equipment can reach them.
  • Avoid placing leaves on sidewalks and walkways.
  • Do not place garbage bags, garbage bins, Blue Boxes or GreenCarts on top of loose-leaf piles.
Please see the map below for Leaf Collection Dates
Windrow Clearing Program 2020-2021
Registration period is Oct. 14 to Nov. 6, 2020. See below for updated process for last year's registrants
Windrow is the pile of snow that is left at the bottom of driveways by roadway plows. The City of Burlington offers a windrow clearing program for persons with disabilities.
How the program works:
  • Windrow clearing contractors are dispatched after the completion of all roadway plowing
  • Residents can expect windrows to be cleared within 40-hours after the snow stops and within 16-hours of the completion of all road plowing
  • Plowing services will run from Nov. 15, 2020 until March 31, 2021
  • This service does not include windrows left by sidewalk plows
  • A non-refundable fee of $58.29 per driveway entrance for the entire season must be paid in full
  • The program is limited to 175 spots.
  • New registrants for the season can call 905-335-7738 to begin the registration process with staff. You can also leave a message, or email us at liveandplay@burlington.ca and staff will get back to you the following business day. There is no in-person registration this season.
Safe Restart Program for Small Businesses
Team Burlington, in partnership with the City of Burlington and POST Promise, has launched the Burlington Safe Restart Program with the intent to provide grants to assist Burlington’s small business community. Through this program, small businesses will be able to access up to $2,500 subject to eligibility, to help cover PPE costs and renovations required to follow public health guidelines.

The Burlington Safe Restart Business Support Program will help businesses open safely and follow key public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. This program was a direct outcome of the Burlington Economic Recovery Network (BERN) stakeholder sessions. 
The City of Burlington is commissioning an Ontario-based Indigenous artist to create a permanent public art piece for the outside of Joseph Brant Museum. Residents are invited to share their thoughts on two finalists chosen by an independent jury. The two proposed designs can be viewed and commented on by logging into or joining the City’s engagement platform: GetInvolvedBurlington.ca. The comments received on GetInolvedBurlington.ca/MuseumPublicArt, along with the technical and detailed design proposals, will inform the jury’s final selection.
more info https://www.burlington.ca/en/Modules/News/index.aspx?feedId=0b11ae3a-b049-4262-8ca4-762062555538&newsId=b8c5e3ff-ca49-41c8-99e8-19327832d3b6
The City of Burlington is inviting residents to register for the upcoming free ZOOM event on the City’s Integrated Mobility Plan. Learn more about the commencement of the Integrated Mobility Plan study in this virtual facilitated panel discussion on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day is Monday, Oct. 12. For a list of which City services and facilities are available over the holiday weekend, please see the link attached or visit burlington.ca.
With Fire Prevention Week now here, the Burlington Fire Department is urging everyone in Burlington to take some simple steps to prevent kitchen fires in their home. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen™” and runs from Oct. 4-10.
At its meeting on Sept. 28, Burlington City Council approved initiating a public consultation process regarding the use of ranked ballots in the 2022 municipal election.
City staff will report back to the Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee with a proposed engagement plan, timeline, and budget before the consultation will take place. Any public consultation must be done by May 2021, as legislated by the Municipal Elections Modernization Act 2016, Ontario Regulation 310/16.
A new issue of the City publication City Talk, will arrive in homes this month, featuring projects the City is working on this fall.

This latest issue has articles on:
  • City Services during COVID-19
  • 2021 City Budget
  • Temporary Mask Bylaw
  • Leaf Collection
  • Integrated Mobility Plan Launch
  • Virtual Meetings and Delegations
  • Virtual Engagement
Burlington Economic Development on behalf of the Burlington Economic Recovery Network (BERN) has received a $50,000 grant from Digital Main Street Ontario for a Digital Service Squad (DSS) to help main street small businesses use digital technologies to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Funding for the grant is provided by FedDev Ontario, a federal program. The squad will begin engaging businesses in Burlington in early Fall.
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
The last of the 3000 fabric masks made, packaged and distributed by over 20 Community Volunteers for the Burlington Gazette Face Mask Initiative have been delivered to the Burlington Food Bank. These 85 masks, delivered to Manager, Robin Bailey by Connie Price, Face Mask Initiative Coordinator and BFB Volunteer and organizer of the St. Paul the Apostle Church Sewing Ladies who made 575 of the masks, complete the 1320 masks made for the Food Bank. Other agencies who received masks were 1010 given for Clients in the Friday Night Community Dinner Bags, as well as to St. Luke’s Food For Life, Tenants at Wellington Terrace and Bonnie Place, Councillors’ constituents and masks are also available to Donors at St. Matthew’s weekly Drive-through Drop-off Food Collections. 
“The commitment of these community fabric Donator & Cutter, Sewers, Drivers, Packagers and behind the scenes volunteers, all working as a team, certainly shows community caring for their neighbours.” commented Connie Price. “It was truly an honour to meet and work with these caring, dedicated people. My personal thanks to everyone involved.”  
Taste of Burlington is Back!
Start planning where you will be dining because #TOB2020 starts this Monday October 5 and runs until Sunday October 25 at 35 participating locations.
Safety was of the utmost importance for us and all the restaurants involved when planning this year. Each restaurant has safety protocols in place for dine in and, new this year, you will be able to order a prix-fixe meal for take out, if you feel more comfortable dining at home. Menus are up on the site and you can see them here.
Also new to the program this year is the free Taste of Burlington Passport. Use it to view menus, enter to win gift cards and get great offers from participating restaurants
Free Fun Pass Redeemable at over 40 Burlington Businesses
Residents and visitors can take advantage of savings and discounts at over 40 Burlington based businesses by signing up for the #BurlON Fun Pass that has unique offers for passholders only. This free mobile passport is available until November 1, 2020. Use your pass and you could win the Ultimate Burlington Staycation valued at over $500. Enjoy a 1-night stay at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre plus passes and gift cards for other local attractions, entertainment, shops, and restaurants. Each time you use your pass, you are entered into the contest. There has never been a better time to be a tourist in your own backyard, so support local and discover all that beautiful Burlington has to offer!  

Please be advised that upcoming Aldershot Lions Club Garage Sales will be:
  • October 17
  • October 31
  • November 14
  • November 28
  • December 12
10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 484 Plains Road East
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
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