Burlington chamber president nominated for award

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Burlington chamber president nominated for award

Keith Hoey, president of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, has been nominated for the Chamber Executive of the Year award. The award, given by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada (CCEC), recognizes excellence in leadership of a local Chamber of Commerce. The winner will be announced at the CCEC annual general meeting which will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting in September....

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04 July
  |   Arts & Culture   |   No comment

Summer Performance from Student Theatre

We invite you to join us in the jungle this summer. Performing Arts Camp proudly presents 2 great shows: Tarzan – Friday, July 11 at 2:30pm Jungle Book – Thursday, July 24 at 2:30pm Both shows are being performed at Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Other summer events you might want to consider: French Café Coffee House, Friday, August 1 at 2:30pm, Student Theatre Centre off of Prospect St Explore Theatre Coffee House, Friday, August 8 at 2:30pm, Student Theatre Centre off of Prospect St For more information contact: Jennifer Spence Supervisor of Recreation Child/Youth/Diversity Parks and Recreation City of Burlington 905-332-1996, ext. 6251 Jennifer.Spence@burlington.ca Enhancing the quality of life for everyone, everyday!...

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03 July
  |   Downtown & Waterfront   |   11 Comments

Butcher, fruit, dairy market to open at Brant/Lakeshore

Residents will soon be able to shop for fresh local meat, cheese and produce at the Brant Street Butcher, opening September 2014 in the former Girgenti building at the corner of Brant and Lakeshore. Proprietor Ellen McWhinnie's passion is to promote locally grown foods. She has over 30 years experience in the food industry. Plans for this full service butcher include a dedicated focus on local products: meats, fruits & vegetables, dairy and cheese, baked goods. There are also plans for a store-in-store program, home delivery, online ordering and an innovative kitchen. Follow their progress online at www.brantstreetbutcher.ca, or Facebook. My Take: I'm thrilled with this addition...

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30 June
  |   snowclearing   |   2 Comments

Better snowclearing of Centennial Bikeway coming next winter

[caption id="attachment_3417" align="alignright" width="300"] Icy walkway in Burlington's downtown.[/caption] Council has approved enhanced snow clearing on the Centennial Bikeway, Beachway and North Hydro Corridor, through the addition of one contracted unit at an annual cost of $48,000. Residents use these paths to get to school, work or the downtown throughout the winter, often more than adjacent sidewalks. They have been requesting better snow clearing in these areas as a result. Under the old policy, paths and trails were cleared last after roads and sidewalks, and only during regular business hours. Often by the time crews reached the paths, they were already packed down...

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30 June
  |   Downtown & Waterfront   |   2 Comments

Downtown pipeline meeting prompts questions on maintenance, emergency planning

Many thanks to the two dozen residents who attended last week's public meeting to discuss the fuel pipeline that runs through downtown Burlington, from the beach strip and along Elgin Street and the Centennial Bikeway. The pipeline is marked with yellow posts. Thanks also to representatives from TransNorthern Pipeline, the Burlington Fire Department and the Transportation Safety Board for attending and explaining their role in prevention and response in an emergency. Residents raised concerns about the age of the pipeline (61 years), and were told that sections of the pipeline have been repaired or completely replaced. We have asked for additional information on...

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30 June
  |   Burlington Airpark   |   3 Comments

Council unanimously endorses legislation against lawsuits targeting public participation; City wins case on infilling at Airport

[caption id="attachment_2949" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo showing height of landfilling at airport.[/caption] Council has unanimously passed a resolution asking the provincial government to reintroduce legislation to curb lawsuits that chill public participation and debate on matters of public interest. Bill 83, the Protection of Public Participation Act, would amend the libel and slander act to protect members of the public who speak out on matters of public interest from being sued by others. The act is commonly referred to as anti-SLAPP legislation, for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Bill 83 would allow SLAPP suits to be dismissed at an early stage, indemnify defendants from...

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30 June
  |   Transit & Roads   |   No comment

Transit improvements proposed for 2015 budget

Staff are proposing three new community buses with the seniors centre as a hub, a reduced-rate seniors pass, and 13,000 hours of additional service on several routes including the #1 & #101 (Plains Rd/Fairview), #10 (New), and #21 (Fairview). See below for a description of the proposed changes. The changes would cost $1.2m in annual operating expenses and $1.3m for capital. The proposals will be considered during the 2015 budget discussions. Council got the preview at the June 17 Community and Corporate Services Committee. Staff also reported to committee the results of the service and route changes made in November 2013. Council had directed...

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30 June
  |   Pier   |   5 Comments

City receives $1.5m cash, contractor $1.75m, in pier legal settlement

The city has received $1.5m cash, and the original pier contractor $1.75m cash, in a legal settlement reached in June related to the pier construction. In addition, the city won't be required to pay out $500,000 in holdbacks owed to one of the parties in the lawsuit, bringing the total value of the city's settlement to $2m. The holdback money was already folded into the pier budget and used to complete the pier. The original pier contractor, Harm Schilthuis & Sons (HSS), also received additional amounts from various parties to the litigation, bringing the total value of their settlement to $2.4m. The city...

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30 June

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