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Seeking your input on summer bar season

May 1, 7-8:30pm, City Hall, council chambers

You're invited to a public meeting May 1 at City Hall to learn how the city and its various community partners and agencies are working together to ensure that summer bar and event season in the downtown is enjoyable for visitors and residents alike.

In the past year, I've received calls from downtown residents concerned about noise, fights, vandalism, littering, public drunkenness and other behaviour from patrons visiting our bars, restaurants and events in the downtown throughout the year.

In response, I formed a Downtown Hospitality Working Group to join together to tackle these issues, with membership from police, by-law enforcement, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), planning staff, and condo, business and restaurant associations. We meet regularly throughout the year to plan for bar and event season, and share ideas for improvements.

At the public meeting you'll hear what each organization is doing and how you can get involved to share ideas or report concerns. The meeting will be webcast, and the powerpoint and handouts will also be available online.

Meantime, if you have concerns about noise outside of an establishment (including house parties) contact John Prins, bylaw officer for Ward 2 at 905-971-1886. For noise related to outdoor patios, contact John Hesch of the AGCO at 416-326-5460. To report a crime in progress, call 911.

What do you think? Is there too much noise and related behaviour downtown, or is that the tradeoff of having a vibrant downtown? Let me know your thoughts by commenting here or emailing me at meedwardm@burlington.ca.

My Take: We want a vibrant downtown, rich with activities and amenities, but vibrant neighbourhoods must also be livable. The goal is to strike a balance. Residents expect and even welcome a certain amount of noise and activity downtown, but we want to work together to reduce unruly, destructive and potentially dangerous behaviour.

Public Meetings:

Official Plan Review, Tues. May 1 & Thurs. May 3

Share your vision of what Burlington should look like in the next five years - how tall should buildings be? What design guidelines should they follow? How much greenspace? How do we preserve heritage? Gain access to the waterfront? Secure parking downtown? Incorporate transit, walking and cycling? These are the kinds of items that are discussed during an Official Plan review, which is legally required every five years. Join staff at interactive open houses on the Official Plan: Tues., May 1, 4-8pm, City Hall Lobby, 426 Brant Street; Thurs., May 3, 4-8pm Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way. Can't attend? Email your thoughts to me here meedwardm@burlington.ca.

Central Park Water Play Feature, Thurs. May 3

City staff will be holding a public open house to review the opportunity for the installation of a water play feature at Central Park. The meeting will provide information on potential locations within the park and identify what the feature would include for water play. The open house will be held Thurs., May 3, 6:30-8pm, Rm 247, City Hall, 426 Brant Street. For more information contact Charlotte O’Hara-Griffin, Supervisor Park Planning & Development at 905-335-7600, Ext. 7488 or email at ohara-griffinc@burlington.ca
Can't attend? Email your thoughts to me here meedwardm@burlington.ca.

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Tim Horton's at old Blockbuster, Tues. May 15

Join me and planning staff for a public meeting to review plans for a rezoning application to allow a Tim Horton's to locate in a portion of the former Blockbuster building in the No Frills plaza on Brant St. Current zoning regulations prohibit a fast food restaurant in this location. Learn more about the application, and share your input at the meeting, Tues. May 15, 7-9pm, Central High School Gym. Can't attend? Email your thoughts to me here meedwardm@burlington.ca.

Glenwood School Dr stormwater, Thurs. May 24

Residents are invited to attend a public open house 6-7:30pm, Rm 247, at City Hall to learn more about the Glenwood School Drive Stormwater Master Plan Municipal Class Environmental Assessment project. Staff will identify the alternative structures being evaluated, and solicit feedback and comments. Area residents will receive a notice by mail, and a notice will be placed in the Burlington Post and on the city’s Website. To view the original notice of the study commencement, click here.

Standing Committees & Council

There are four standing committees of City Council that include every member of council - Community Development, Community Services, Budget & Corporate Services, Committee of the Whole - plus an Audit Committee. To check what's coming to committee (where we make recommendations that go to council) and council (where we pass final votes), visit here.

The public can register as a delegation to speak to any item on a standing committee agenda for up to 10 minutes at committee and 5 minutes at council. Register online here.

Seniors Committee and Ward 2 Advisory Committee - CANCELLED

The regularly scheduled Ward 2 Seniors Committee and Citizen's Advisory Committee will not be held in May, to allow residents to attend these public meetings.

Spending:

Pier wind turbine cancelled

Vote at council Mon. April 30, 7pm, City Hall

The wind turbine planned for the Brant Street pier has been cancelled, after members of the city's Community Services Committee heard the costs would be prohibitive to proceed, and the benefits negligible.

Discussions with Burlington Hydro staff in January revealed that the transformer station serving the downtown area is not adequately configured to accept feed-in (surplus power) from the pier wind turbine. Upgrading the transformer to accept surplus power is not currently planned, and is fairly expensive. The alternative is to reconfigure the wind turbine to capture excess power in battery backs. The cost for the reconfiguration and batteries is $70,000. The turbine itself is worth another $100,000. It was purchased by the original contractor and it currently in storage.

The turbine was intended to power the LED lights on the pier, for an annual power savings of about $3200. It would take about 53 years to recover the investment of the turbine, the reconfiguration and the batteries through power savings.

Burlington Hydro provided funding for the turbine. In speaking with the head of hydro, he confirmed they will not be requesting that funding back.

What do you think? Should council keep the turbine, or do you support removing it? Email your thoughts to me here meedwardm@burlington.ca or leave a comment here.

My take: I supported cancelling the turbine, given that it was primarily intended to be a demonstration project aimed at raising awareness of renewable energy. More people are aware and talking about renewable energy now than in 2006, when the pier turbine was conceived. We need to focus on projects that deliver renewable energy results, rather than simply serve as showpieces. The city already looks for renewable energy opportunities with new infrastructure projects (most recently the new fire station) and is moving ahead with a Community Energy Plan to identify additional energy saving opportunities. However, the waste of an already purchased turbine is one more casualty of the pier project, and reinforces the need to quickly solve issues as they arise.

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Transit funding shifted to infrastructure

At our budget meetings in March, council voted to shift an additional percent of gas tax funding from transit to roads. Council amended the federal gas tax split from 70% roads and 30% transit, to 80% roads and 20% transit. This provides an additional $500,000 for roadways resurfacing infrastructure.

The gas tax money is for intended for transit capital costs (for example, new buses) and does not affect operating funds. In making the vote, council heard that the capital dollars are not needed till 2021.

At the budget meeting, council heard from a number of residents who expressed concern about taking money out of transit to fund roads.

What do you think? What is the best split in gas tax funding for roads and transit - the new one, the previous one, or some other ratio? Please comment here or email your thoughts to me meedwardm@burlington.ca.

My Take: I'm a big believer in transit - it's an investment in our community and a greener future. However, I did support the shift as a temporary measure to inject much-needed funds into our growing infrastructure gap - and buses use roads as well. We will have an opportunity to review the gas tax ratio at next year's budget. By that time, we will have the results of the Transit Master Plan review which will provide necessary information on capital needs going forward.

Prosperity:

Council supports small business with DC exemption

Small businesses less than 3000 sq ft won't get hit with tens of thousands of dollars in development charges for converting their businesses from office to retail use. The exemption was approved by Regional Council last week when the region's entire development charges bylaw was updated (mandated every five years).

Small businesses, particularly in downtown areas, said the charges would stall redevelopment and hurt prosperity at a time of continued economic uncertainty. Locally, the Aldershot Business Improvement Area and the Burlington Downtown Business Association worked with the Milton Business Improvement Area to ask for the exemption.

The idea behind development charges is to finance infrastructure required by growth. Businesses would have paid development charges when they were initially built. The idea behind charging again for conversions from office to retail is that retail uses drive higher traffic volume than commercial/office uses, thus require more infrastructure.

However, conversions of small businesses have little impact on infrastructure. Further, the region does not offer a corresponding refund for conversions from retail to office.

What do you think? Was the exemption the right decision? Email your thoughts to me here meedwardm@burlington.ca.

My Take: I supported the exemption, since small-business conversions have little impact on infrastructure, which is why development charges are levied in the first place. The charge would have been little more than a tax grab that would hinder business development unnecessarily, without advancing the policy goals of the DC bylaw.

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Hospital tops quality measures, secures family health centre, $22.5 million grant, moves ahead with capital campaign

Great things are happening at our hospital, and we're on a fast track toward our redevelopment. Here are just a few highlights of recent events:

Quality:

Burlington’s Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital ranked highest of area hospitals on a series of measurements tracking patient care, patient safety and other indicators. The data was collected by The Canadian Institute for Health Information, which launched a website here that allows the public to measure the care, safety and efficiency at 600 hospitals across the country.

The online tool looks at four years of data for 21 clinical and nine financial measures. Among the findings for Joseph Brant are:

top rankings for patient care for stroke, heart attacks and hip replacements;
top 25th percentile in nine out of 14 patient care measurements.

In addition, all Ontario hospitals are required to complete a quality plan, set targets and publicly report on progress to meeting the targets. Administrative salaries are tied to achieving these targets under the provincial government's Pay for Performance legislation.

Our hospital is a leading institution on patient safety and has shown reductions in hospital mortality rates, central line infections, ventilator acquired pheumonia, and MSRA & VRE infections; and an increase in hand hygiene compliance. To read the hospital's progress on a variety of key patient safety indicators, click here.

To read JBMH's quality plan, targets, and progress, visit: here.

Family Health Centre

McMaster University has selected Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital as the preferred site for the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre. Under a previous agreement, the city and Halton Region are contributing $10 million to the project (about $500,000 each annually) directly to McMaster. The centre will be housed in a new administrative structure being built in 2012/2013, that is also expected to house some hospital administrative uses, and provide for new and existing parking while the redevelopment/expansion is underway.

McMaster anticipates using two floors as part of the Phase 1 project. All parties hope to be open to the public by the end of 2013. The site plan application for Phase 1 will be submitted to the city’s planning and building department in May, and the process will include public consultation.

$22.5 million funding from province

Last week, the province announced funding of $22.5 million to assist with the cost of planning and design work for the hospital's redevelopment project. This brings the total planning and design grant up to $24 million. This will expedite the planning needed to get our hospital project moving foward quickly.

The redevelopment of the hospital is expected to include:
* 10 new operating rooms
* a new intensive care unit
* 76 new in-patient beds
* an enlarged and improved cancer unit
* new diagnostic imaging and laboratory areas
* enlarged parking facilities; and
* an expanded outpatient surgical suite.

Capital campaign: Give what you can

The community must raise $120 million for the hospital as part of our local share of the redevelopment.. The city has already commited to contribute $60 million; another $60 million will be raised by private donations from individuals and organizations.

The hospital's community Capital Campaign kicked off in January with significant pledges of support including:

the JBMH auxiliary: $5 million
the four Rotary Clubs of Burlington: $1 million
the JB 2 Day Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament: $1 million.

Please consider what you can to. You can make a donation online here.

My take: Our hospital redevelopment is the biggest and most important capital project in our city since it was first built, and it is moving forward on an accelerated timeline. The project effectively got underway in 2006 when the government heard the concerns of residents about the need for the hospital expansion and provided a $1.5 million grant to outline the scope of the project. In 2009, the city pledged funding, and in 2011 the hospital received approval to proceed. Regardless of any change of government, there is a firm committment to this project. All parties support our hospital; our task is to keep it moving forward.

It will take all of us pulling together to make this project a reality - just as we did when the hospital was first built.

The key factor in its success now is fundraising. Our family has made a monthly pledge over five years. Please consider what you and your family can do, and be sure to participate in some of the many community fundraising events for the hospital which I will be highlighting each issue of the newsletter.

Sidewalk on First St approved

To council April 30, 7pm, City Hall

Last week, the city’s Community Services Committee recommended approval of the installation of one sidewalk on the South side of First Street, based on several factors and new information including:
• A survey of First Street residents showed 50% in favour, 50% opposed, so evenly split on the issue.
• A survey of area residents showed 63% in favour of a sidewalk.
• The city’s accessibility advisory committee articulated that sidewalks assist in pedestrian friendly, walkable communities for residents of all abilities, particularly those with mobility challenges.
• There are existing sidewalks or new ones coming for all the surrounding streets, so the entire area will have sidewalks on one or both sides of the street once the reconstruction on First, Beaver, Market and Green streets is complete.

Given the information we heard at committee, and the results of the community survey, it has become clear that sidewalks are a community benefit, much more than simply a benefit to residents abutting the immediate street. However, my request to remove the sidewalk from the local improvement charges was defeated at committee in the interest of fairness. Residents on other streets have paid for sidewalks if they existed when they purchased their home (it would have been built into the house price), or they were subject to a local improvement charge if a sidewalk was installed later.

There is a portion of sidewalk already on the North side of First Street - that will be removed when the road reconstruction work begins.

Committee also heard a legal opinion on sidewalks. We had asked whether not to installing a sidewalk would create liability for the city if someone was injured walking on the road. The legal advice, shared in public session, is that the city has no legal obligation to install sidewalks, thus no liability; however, we are responsible (and thus liable) for ensuring roads and /or sidewalks that do exist are well-maintained.

The sidewalk recommendation will proceed to council for a vote, Mon., April 30, 7pm. That is a public meeting and residents can attend, or register to speak to the issue for up to 5 minutes.

What do you think? Do you support the addition of one sidewalk on First Street? Are sidewalks a community benefit, rather than a benefit just to the residents on the particular street? Email your thoughts to me here meedwardm@burlington.ca.

My take: In light of all the information we received, including that a majority of residents supported the sidewalk, I voted in favour of it. It is clear from the data we received, however, that sidewalks are a community benefit and in my view should not be charged to residents fronting onto the street. I believe we will need to revisit charging residents for sidewalks, as the city pursues our worthy policy goal of walkable, pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods.

Pump House

A pub in the old beach pump house? Maybe.

To council Mon. April 30, 7pm, City Hall

The Waterfront Citizen's Advisory Committee has recommended that the city explore a future commercial use for the old pump house on the beach strip, for example a coffee house or pub.

The city's Community Development Committee approved the recommendation last week, which asks city staff report back on the process and timing for issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest to attract a private sector retailer to lease the pump house, to provide additional food and beverage service to visitors to the beach. The process should include recognition of the historic designation of the building, dialogue with neighbours and discussion around the costs associated with any renovations and upgrades to the building.

The recommendation awaits a final vote at the April 30 council meeting, after being approved by the city's Community Development Committee.

What do you think? Do you support food and beverage service in the pump house? Email your thoughts to me here meedwardm@burlington.ca.

My take: As one of three council members who sit on the waterfront committee, I welcome the addition of appropriate amenties in the beach area, and the preservation of historic buildings. Repurposing this space for food and beverage service can accomplish both.

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Beach strip homes subject of policy review

City and regional staff will review the status of the residential properties on the beach strip along Lakeshore Road as part of the ongoing Burlington Beach Waterfront Park Master Plan Review, currently underway.

The park, which includes Spencer Smith and Beachway, is a regional park operated in partnership by the city and region. Current regional policy for Beachway Park is to acquire all the private homes on a willing buyer/willing seller basis, and incorporate the land into the park for roads, parking, openspace, and other amenities.

However, the residents who live in the beach wish to stay, and I've heard from a number of residents across Burlington and Halton who believe having a small residential enclave adds vibrancy to the area, and safety through "eyes on the street."

Currently, the residents have municipal water service, but not sewer hookups. Adding sewer infrastructure could cost up to $80,000 per home, born entirely by residents. A number of residents have installed state of the art waste water solutions for much less cost.

The request for a review of the residential status is the result of motions recently passed by Burlington city council and Regional Council (all Burlington councillors also sit on regional council). The motions ask planning staff at the city and region to work together to explore all options, including a review of whether to continue with an acquisition policy for the residential properties, address coastal safety and the feasibility of servicing the residential area. Planning staff is also requested to work with Conservation Halton to ensure that its land holdings and its regulations pertaining to this area are included and fully accommodated in the planning study.

What do you think? Can the park be developed by including the residential enclave? Please comment here or email your thoughts to me meedwardm@burlington.ca.

My take: I'm supportive of allowing residents to remain along the beach strip. The private homes do not impede public access to the waterfront or the trails along Beachway Park, as most of them are located on the West (non water) side of Lakeshore Road. The residents also add eyes on the street to the area, which adds safety and vibrancy to the beach.

News Briefs:

Road sweeping begins

The city’s spring road sweeping program is underway. City and contracted sweepers have begun working on roads to remove dirt and debris. The operation runs 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with activities kept to arterial roads during overnight hours. Sweeping is expected to be completed by the end of May.

Road resurfacing on Brant

Halton Region will shortly begin resurfacing Brant St. from Fairview St. to Churchill Ave.. Work is expected to be complete by June. The majority of work will be conducted at night, between 7pm and 6:30am. For more information, contact Bob Wicklund, Project Manager, 905-825-6000 or Bob.Wicklund@halton.ca.

New liquor rules allow booze in any business

Under new regulations from the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario, a restaurant (as a primary use) is no longer the only business that can obtain a liquor sales licence. As long as food is available for sale, any type of business can apply based on approved municipal clearance and inspection letters. The city has already started to receive and review applications for licenses from local businesses, including most recently a hair salon.

Region adds 100 units per year assisted housing

In 2012, 100 more rent supplements will be provided to families in need, as part of the region's goal to add 100 units of assisted housing per year until 2014. The region has over a dozen different rental, housing, and emergency shelter programs, some operated with federal and provincial funding.

In 2011, the region added 214 units: 80 rental units; 57 rent supplements; 60 units in Halton Community Housing Corporation buildings (there are several HCHC buildings in downtown Burlington); and 17 transitional beds. In 2013, the 100 new units will consist of 80 rental and 10 home ownership units; and 10 new rent supplements. In 2014, the 100 new units will consist of 90 new rent supplements and 10 home ownership units.

Request to report hospital influenza immunization rates

At its April meeting, Regional Council passed a motion I brought as a member of the Health & Social Services Committee to ask the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to include hospital staff influenza immunization rates as one of the reportable patient safety indicators. Compared to previous years, more staff are getting immunized. However none of Halton's hospitals achieved the targeted provincial staff worker influenza immunization rate of 70 percent. Read the staff report here.

Community Events:

CBC food columnist, Tues. May 1, 7pm

Join author and CBC radio food columnist Sarah Elton as she shares her stories from across Canada, her analysis of our agricultural challenges, and her passion for a wholesome local diet. Presented in partnership by the Burlington Sustainable Development Committee and the Burlington Public Library. Tues., May 1, 7pm, Burlington Central Library, Centennial Hall, 2331 New Street. Register for this free event at 905-639-3611 ext. 1321 or get additional information here.

Halton Physician Appreciation Week, April 30-May 4

Thank a doctor the week of April 30-May 4 as part of the annual Halton Physician Appreciation Week, to recognize everything our doctors do to contribute to the health and wellbeing of residents. The week also features a special by-invitation Halton Physician Appreciation Dinner, Thurs. May 3, with guest speaker Dr. Brian Goldman, Mount Sinai Hospital emergency physician, award winning medical journalist, author, and host of CBC Radio One White Coat, Black Art.

Community Garden opening, Sat. May 5,

BurlingtonGreen together with the City of Burlington invite you to attend a Garden Party at 10am Sat., May 5th to celebrate the grand opening of our city's first public community garden, with 30 plots located behind Central Arena in Central Park (2331 New Street). This special event will include welcoming words from those that helped to make the vision for this initiative come to life, including the Ministry of Health, Promotion & Sport. There will be tours of the garden, great give-aways, activities for kids and more.
Celebrate a new gardening season with flute music generously supplied by the Burlington Teen Tour Band.
Together we can make good things grow. Learn more about the Central Park Community Garden here.

Labyrinth Day, Sat. May 5, 1-3pm

Join community members to "walk as one at 1" during International Labyrinth Day at the labyrinth in Central Park. Access the labyrinth through the 560 Guelph Line entrance. For more information contact Justine Giuliani at justine.giuliani@cogeco.ca.

Business Mix After 6, Tues. May 8, 6-8pm

Mix and mingle with fellow downtown business owners, managers and staff at the Burlington Downtown Business Association Business Mix After 6, Tues. May 8, 6-8pm at the Rude Native Bistro, 370 Brant St. No charge. To RSVP your attendance, contact Laura Dobson-O'Day at laurad@burlingtondowntown.ca or 905-333-9868.

Civic Recognition Awards, Thurs. May 10, 6:30pm

Join Burlington’s finest civic-minded volunteers, advocates and community leaders on Thurs., May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Burlington Convention Centre for the 2012 Civic Recognition Awards, a celebratory evening event in honour of Burlington’s most outstanding citizens. Tickets are $35 each, which includes a light buffet and cocktail reception. For tickets contact Lisa Palermo at 905-335-7600, ext. 7458 or palermol@burlington.ca. Congratulations and good luck to all nominees. For a list of nominees, visit here.

Sound of Music Soiree, Fri. May 11, 8pm-1am

Find out who's coming to this year's Burlington Sound of Music Festival at the Line Up Release Party and fundraiser, Fri. May 11, 8pm-1am, at the DeGroote School of Business, Ron Joyce Centre, 4350 South Service Rd. Tickets are $55 in advance or $65 at the door, available by calling 905-333-6364 or online here. Proceeds from the event help keep the festival free.

Community Shred-It Event, Sat. May 12, 10-2pm

Bring your personal papers and identification to the Burlington Mall for safe shredding as part of the community shred-it event to protect residents from identity theft. Hosted by Crime Stoppers of Halton and the Halton Regional Police. Donations accepted of $10 per bag or $15 per bankers box.

Comedy fundraiser, Sat. May 12, 6pm

INCITE, a support group for single moms, is hosting a Comedy Night Fundraiser on Sat. May 12 at The Poacher at 436 Pearl St. in downtown Burlington. Doors open at 6pm; show starts at 7. Tickets $10. Proceeds from the event raise money for the "I'm A Super Kid" Campaign, offering workshops, social outings and a weekly children's program. For information or tickets contact Beth Hudson at singlemoms@live.ca or 905-592-9721.

Rotary Lobster Fiesta, Sat. May 26, 5:30pm

Eat your fill of lobster, chicken and salad, and enjoy dancing and entertainment at the Rotary Lobster Fiesta, Sat. May 26, 5:30pm, at Central Arena, all for a good cause. The proceeds go towards a variety of Rotary-sponsored charities, including Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital. Rotary has made a $1 million commitment to JBMH over the next seven years. Tickets are $85. Doors open 5:30. The arena is located at 519 Drury Lane, next to Central Park. For more information, visit here.

Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Crystal Ball, Sat. May 26, 6pm

Get your glam on and bring your dancing shoes to the 12th annual Crystal Ball fundraiser for Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, at the Mercedes Benz dealership at 441 North Service Rd. Sat. May 26. This year's theme, New Beginings, reflects the hospital foundation’s work ahead as it prepares for the historic $60 million Capital Campaign for the redevelopment and expansion of JBMH. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $400 each. The event is currently sold out, but a waiting list has begun. To add your name, contact Jenna Vaicius at jvaicius@jbmh.com or 905-632-3737 Ext: 3471. You can also participate by making a donation or contributing an item to the silent auction. For more information, visit here.

Buckaroo Bash, Sun. May 27, 3-9pm

Get your country on at the Buckaroo Bash, featuring Gordi Tapp, Sun. May 27, 3-9pm, Holiday Inn, 3063 South Service Road. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online here. The event raises money for the Country & Blues BBQ, held at Spencer Smith Park, July 13-15.

Lunch Money Tues., May 29, 6-9am

Lunch Money Tuesday is a fundraiser and awareness campaign for Food for Life. Volunteers will be canvassing GO Transit riders during the morning rush period (6-9am) at seven GO stations (Oakville, Bronte, Appleby, Burlington, Aldershot, Milton and Georgetown) on May 29, World Hunger Day. This event is to encourage people to donate the money they would have spent on lunch to this fresh food charity. For information or to volunteer, contact Sharon Richardson 905-825-2497 or Charlotte Redekop-Young 905-510-5724 or exdir@foodforlife.ca.

Community Resources

Burlington's history on DVD

A local film production company has restored and converted to DVD a film about Burlington's history produced during centennial celebrations in 1973. The 32-minute film, called Eyes of Memory, explores Burlington's history through the eyes of founding families and organizations, including the Irelands, Fishers, Reeves, Zimmermans, the teen tour band and more. The film "has been a major factor in developing a sense of identity - particularly with New Burlingtonians," said Leo Podetz, the executive vice president of the Burlington Chamber of Commerece in 1973. Get your copy and learn more about our heritage by contacting Cinema 16 here or by email info@cinema16.ca.

15-day on-street parking permits for visitors/renos

From time to time, residents have short term parking needs that cannot be accommodated in their driveways. You can apply for a 15-day exemption to allow overnight and onstreet parking for longer than the 3-hour maximum for a variety of reasons, including guests, home renovations and repairs or driveway sealing. To apply, contact parking services during business hours at 905-335-7816. Parking is also permitted overnight in city lots, the parking garage and onstreet for free, from 6pm-9am Monday to Saturday, and all day Sunday. Parking fees and time restrictions apply outside of those hours.

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Contact information

Marianne Meed Ward
City/Regional Councillor, Ward 2, Burlington
meedwardm@burlington.ca
905-335-7600, x 7588

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