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You Spoke. We Delivered.

Marianne Meed Ward

You sent five new councillors and a new mayor to work with a clear mandate to control overdevelopment, improve traffic and transit, enhance trees and greenspace and focus budgets on front-line services like community amenities, road repair and snow clearing. You wanted cooperation and civility to return to council chambers and towards residents; and you wanted your input reflected in our decisions.

We delivered. Putting my 12 years of council experience to work, I’ve been honoured to lead a council team that has delivered on your priorities – and we did so while supporting our residents and businesses through an unprecedented global pandemic and two year State of Emergency. 

During our term, 91% of council votes were unanimous and 95% of residents said they were satisfied with services – the highest in 13 years!

We have much to be proud of, and we did it together. None of these achievements are the work of one person, but represent council’s collective efforts, whether leading initiatives, teaming up, or supporting the work of others. It takes all of us working together – council, staff, community and government partners – to get things done. And we did.

There’s more work to do together. That’s why I’m asking for your support again to re-elect Marianne Meed Ward for Mayor.

What We Accomplished Together

What We Accomplished Together

You asked us to address overdevelopment in neighbourhoods and the downtown:

  • New Official Plan cuts highrises in the downtown in half; protects Village Square, downtown community hubs and heritage. The cranes you see today were approved by previous councils or through the Ontario Lands Tribunal (OLT)
  • Worked with the province to shift the Urban Growth Centre from the downtown to the GO Station – a first in Ontario
  • Removed Aldershot single-family neighbourhoods from growth area; achieved scaled-back development at Appleby Mall, Bluewater Avondale, 2100 Brant Street and elsewhere
  • Protected 5,000 acres of prime farmland with a revised Halton growth plan that adds no new growth to Burlington

You asked for more trees, parks and community amenities:

  • Increased tree canopy targets; implemented private tree bylaw; sponsored free tree giveaways
  • Bought Lion’s Club Park; invested in 29 community parks in the last budget alone
  • Acquiring Robert Bateman school for new community centre with pool, expanded library, Brock University campus and more
  • Brought motion to update vehicle noise bylaw

Leading through the pandemic:

Thanks to you, we got through a global pandemic and a two-year State of Emergency together, with lower infection rates per capita than cities around us.

  • Established COVID-19 Task Force, and convened Halton Mayors and Chairs to coordinate COVID action
  • Kept city services going through online permits, recreation programming and virtual council & public meetings, which saw the highest attendance ever
  • Hosted telephone town halls, attended by thousands of residents, sharing up-to-date information
  • Supported businesses with grant funding for health & safety measure – the only Halton municipality to do so
  • Successfully advocated for Burlington’s share of provincial Safe Restart funding

And on transit, financial health, accountability, inclusivity:

  • Approved free transit for under 12, low income residents and seniors, with 40% increase in ridership
  • Increased financial reserves to highest levels ever, reduced proposed tax increases each year, lowest increase our first year
  • Implemented lobbyist registry
  • Unanimous support to improve closed meeting protocols
  • Advanced inclusivity with Indigenous, Black, Muslim, 2SLGBTQIA+ residents through events, festivals, art and more

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My Priorities

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Protect neighbourhoods with reasonable growth in the right place

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Implement affordable housing, climate change & transit/mobility plans

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More community centres & parks for our growing population

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Support Burlington’s farmland & farming, protecting our rural boundary

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Promote community pride, so everyone feels welcome & included

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Announcement

For Immediate Release – May, 2, 2022:

Today I registered to seek a second term as mayor of Burlington.

We’ve achieved so much together as a council and community in the last four years, managing overdevelopment, adding more trees and greenspace, planning new community centres, focusing budgets on resident priorities, and returning respect to council chambers and the community. We did all this while also supporting our businesses and residents through an unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 91% of our votes are unanimous, and 20% more residents told us you feel your input is reflected in our decisions. 95% of residents tell us they’re satisfied with city services – the highest in 13 years.

We’ve built a solid foundation for the future, and there’s more work to do. That’s why I’m running for re-election, to:

  • protect neighbourhoods and manage growth, putting the right amount at the right scale in the right place
  • add more community amenities and parks to keep up with a growing population
  • address affordable housing and climate change, by acting on the Housing Task Force recommendations and Climate Action Plan
  • support our businesses and farmers by cutting red tape
  • promote community pride and inclusion, so everyone feels welcome here.

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Marianne Meed Ward
marianne4mayor@gmail.com

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