City will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 as a holiday

By Staff

September 22, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

A beaded hood used by Cree women during ceremonies and special occasions will be permanently returned to Eeyou Istchee from the Lachine Museum where it has been since 1948.

A beaded hood used by Cree women during ceremonies and special occasions will be permanently returned to Eeyou Istchee from the Lachine Museum where it has been since 1948.

The City of Burlington will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, September 30 as a holiday.

To mark the importance of the day, City of Burlington administration buildings will be closed.

Sept. 30 is also recognized as Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day inspired by the story of Indian Residential School Survivor Phyllis Webstad.

In June 2021, the federal government passed legislation proclaiming Sept. 30 a public holiday. The holiday is one of 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is intended to honour and commemorate Indian Residential School survivors and those children that did not make it home.

As part of Orange Shirt Day, residents can come to Spencer Smith Park where local Indigenous people and support groups will have a public display or ceremonial gathering between 4 and 7 p.m.

A reflective walk will start at the Pier at 4 p.m. and end at the Lift Bridge lighthouse where a ceremony will take place before heading back to Spencer Smith Park. Participants wishing to join are encouraged to wear orange shirts and moccasins.

We encourage residents to visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website for educational materials and resources.

A canoe that was brought back to Canada and returned to the Indigenous Community.

 

City Services open and closed on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022:
City Service Holiday Closure Information

Animal Services

The Animal Shelter at 2424 Industrial St. will be closed to appointments on Friday, Sept. 30.
To report an animal control-related emergency, call 905-335-3030 or visit www.burlington.ca/animal.

Burlington Transit will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Sept. 30. For real-time bus information and schedules visit myride.burlingtontransit.ca.
The downtown terminal at 430 John St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Specialized Dispatch will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Halton Court Services

Court administration counter services at 4085 Palladium Way will be closed on Friday, Sept. 30.
With the exception of the closure on Sept. 30, telephone payments are available at 905-637-1274, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. All in-person services are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Many services are also available by email at burlingtoncourt@burlington.ca or online at Halton Court Services.

Parking

Paid parking will be in effect on Sept. 30.
Free parking is available downtown, on the street, in municipal lots and in the parking garage (414 Locust St.) on weekends and after 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

NOTE:
• The Waterfront parking lots (east and west at 1286 Lakeshore Rd) do not provide free parking on statutory holidays.
• Please make an online reservation using Park Pass to visit Lowville Park. Reservations are free and available in three-hour time slots. There are no opportunities to extend reservations at this time.

Parking exemptions are required to park overnight on city streets and for longer than five hours. Visit burlington.ca/parkingexemptions.

Recreation Programs and Facilities Recreation facilities are open for scheduled programs and rentals on Sept 30.

All registered programs (e.g. swimming lessons) and all drop-in recreation programs, will run on Sept 30. Drop-in recreation program schedules are available at burlington.ca/dropinandplay.

Residents are encouraged to check with the rental organization directly for any changes to their schedule for the holiday.

Roads, Parks and Forestry The administrative office will be closed on Friday, Sept. 30. Essential services will be provided as required.

The Service Burlington counter, temporarily located on the third floor at 390 Brant St., south of City Hall, will be closed to all appointments and walk-in service on Friday, Sept. 30.

Many service payments are available online at burlington.ca/onlineservices.

 

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