Looking like a 4.23% tax increase for 2017 - 2018 might touch 5% - and that hospital levy is here forever.

By Pepper Parr January 17th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   While city council works through the operational budget for 2017 – they will be doing the […]

Jim Young is going to give it another go at council on Monday - he wants the city to properly fund transit.

Xcelsior BUS 009 FRONT VIEW

By Staff January 15th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Sometime Monday forenoon Jim Young will take to the podium at city hall and brief members of […]

First piece of a pathway-bikeway that will link the west side of the city to the Centennial Trail on the east.


By Pepper Parr November 22th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON   It’s a quirky little project that will look really nice when completed and serve to let […]

City finance department will present what they are up against when determining the next tax hike. Will the seven people who have been elected to office twice manage to get even close to a 2% increase?

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By Pepper Parr November 14th, 2106 BURLINGTON, ON The Gazette will be publishing a series of articles leading up to the first of the city […]

City looks for feedback from its citizen panel on where budget cuts can be made. They are going in the right direction.


By Pepper Parr September 13, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON   The finance department has crafted a budget and the bureaucrats are hoping it is passed and […]

Council will begin to figure out how much of your money they want - not much you can do about it.

Burlington flags

By Pepper Parr September 8, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON City council will return to meeting in the council camber – and in the very near future […]

Gearing up for the 2017 budget - city hall wants to hear what you think.


By Pepper Parr July 27th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON Well – they know how to put a damper on a vacation – don’t they? The city […]

The proposed 2016/17 budget is likely to get a bumpy ride at city hall when it gets debated.

City Hall BEST aerial

By Pepper Parr July 26th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON   Canadians find it rude to talk about money – and those with a lot of it […]

Transit advocate puts his plan for free bus service during off peak hours back in front of council - they don't nibble.

If there was ever a place to locate a transit terminal - that would be John Street where the only terminal in the city is now located.  Transit department is recommending it be removed and tickets sold at city hall.  Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed Ward isn't buying that business case

By Staff July 14th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON Jim Young, a 34-year resident of Burlington is an active member of Burlington Seniors Advisory Committee; he represent […]

Investing in our communities: can city hall develop community with cash contributions or do people naturally come together? City is going to try the money route.

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By Pepper Parr March 31, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON How do you build community? Doesn’t it just happen naturally? Apparently not – the city has adopted […]

Canada’s 2016 Budget - A Road Map for the Future ?

By Ray Rivers March 25, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON If you want to make money, you have to spend money. And that pretty well sums up […]

Economic Development supports the strategic plan - warn the city that they now have to effectively execute the plan.

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By Pepper Parr March 22nd, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON The Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) created a 10 year Economic Vision that is a foundational part […]

Putting the Mayor’s State of the City in context.

City's biggest advocates for more bike use gather at the announce for the Car Free Sunday Burlington has planned.  All three will be on hand for the Bike to Work event that is taking place all across the Region and in many parts of the GTA..  The guy on the far right is Sound of Music honcho Dave Miller.

By Pepper Parr January 29th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON He is getting better as a speaker; one of his council colleagues suggested he was getting some […]

The budget debates settled on an increase higher than the accepted rate of inflation - some significant problems on how to manage the costs have become evident.

Burlington City Council Group

By Pepper Parr January 27th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON Is it a good budget? There are few taxpayers who are happy about the rate of increase […]

That budget - Councillors Sharman and Dennison make comments.

Burlington flags

By Pepper Parr January 27th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON. The meeting started with a close to mammoth photo op – players from the Barracudas and the […]

Mayor interrupts delegation - says he was straying from the topic under discussion. So much for encouraging people to take part in the civic process.

Vince Fitorio

By Pepper Parr January 26th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON It was his first serious delegation, one at which he had a concern he wanted to put […]

Residential tax rate will be $17.10 per $100,000 of home assessment value.

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By Staff January 25th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON The residential tax rate for 2016 is going to be $17.10 per $100,000 of home assessment value. City […]

Can the Mayor and the two Councillors who voted for the Free Monday transit for seniors find a fourth vote to make the basically no cost pilot take place?

By Pepper Parr January 22, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON It’s called being between a rock and a hard place, The rules will ‘get ya’ every time. […]

Aldershot citizen speaks in favour of free transit on Monday. for seniors - council vote no.


By Jim Young January 21st, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON I am speaking as a private citizen in support of Burlington Seniors Advisory Committee’s effort to reduce […]

Council nixes the idea of a pilot project that would let seniors ride free on Monday's They approved $16,000 for their Car Free Sunday event.

By Pepper Parr January 21st, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON Robert Lovell doesn’t understand. Robert Lovell He was interviewed for the job he has as a member […]

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