How do your city Councillors actually engage with you? Each one has a different style and approach - are they effective?

By Pepper Parr

March 20th, 2022



Each week the city Communications group publishes a list of events taking place. Members of Council are able to notify their constituents that they are holding a meeting.

Of the seven members of Council three set out their plans for the week ahead.

We found it interesting that in the notices posted – there was nothing on where the meeting was taking place for Councillor Stolte or Councillor Bentivegnia.  We chased down the information

Councillor Stolte looking for a response to a  motion she had put forward.

March 26 2022, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ward 4 Coffee Chat with Councillor Shawna Stolte
Ward 4 resident – You are invited!

I would like to invite Ward 4 residents to join me for a coffee chat. Come ask questions, give feedback, pick up safety items or just stop by to chat about all things Ward 4.

The City of Burlington will follow the direction from the Provincial government and will no longer require visitors to City recreational facilities to show proof of vaccination as of March 1.

Masks, physical distancing and passive screening are still required until further notice.

The meet up takes place in the coffee shop section of Denningers on Guelph Line in the Burlington Centre


Bentivegna – the complexity is beyond him at times.

March 28 2022, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Ward 6 Drop-in Session
Ward 6 Drop-In Sessions….What’s on your mind?
I invite Ward 6 residents to drop by for a chat and let me know what is on your mind. I welcome your input and feedback on what is important to you in your community.These are one on one sessions. No appointment is necessary.

March 30 2022, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Ward 2 Community Update with Councillor Lisa Kearns
Let’s connect on what’s important to you!

The owner of the best brain on this council – now if she can build up the confidence she would be untouchable.

It’s important to both hear from residents directly and have conversation together. That’s why I am so pleased to be able to return to hosting hybrid meetings. Using Zoom webinar technology, you can join from home and ask your questions, while hearing from those in person that are attending live.

There are two options to participate:
1. Virtual using Zoom technology to live stream the Community Update as a webinar. REGISTER here

2. In-Person at the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB) where we are required to strictly adhere to public health protocols, including face coverings and social distancing.

As per Provincial Government Orders, Proof of Vaccination and Photo I.D. must be shown upon entry to the AGB. Register for in-person attendance at
• Planning + Development
• Ward 2 Updates
• City Hall News
• Our Community
• COVID-19 Update
• Q&A Session
Questions/concerns? Email

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward: She loves the public platform – can be very effective on occasion.

The Mayor meets with people, sometimes as a group, often one on one but she has yet to hold an event where she is on stage, front and centre answering questions.  As a city councillor she was THE active voice for transparency and accountable; the job description changed and the manner in which she communicates has clearly changed as well.

For Mayor Meed Ward communication is a one way street – from her to you.  She once said that she had 17 different channels to reach people – difficult to keep up with all of them.

Councillor Galbraith isn’t that much of a public meeting kind of guy.  He does meet with people at a coffee shop and seems to get back to people that have problems that need to be resolved.  He did not hold any kind of meeting during the pandemic – he did send out regular news letters.

Councillor Sharman holds community meetings, he’s accessible and he has gotten much better at paying attention to the constituents.  He is the most informed member of this Council.  Besides being a Councillor he gets involved in issues that have a wide application – he has staff that handle much of hos ward issues – his is usually a bigger picture.  He shudders when you ask him just what the vision for the city is with this Council.

Rory Nisan: Has yet to find his groove – chose to be the strongest supporter the Mayor has on Council

Councillor Nisan has yet to find a community meeting method that works for him and that he is comfortable with.  There was a dual ward meeting for the rural people in wards 3and 6 that Nisan and Bentivegna shared.  Angelo knew how to work a room – he has this natural ability to approach people – he likes people and an opportunity to help out brings out the best in him.

He is challenged by the scope and scale of many of the issues – the complexity is beyond him at times. But in a one on one format – he is perhaps the best of the bunch.  He loves his job – can he hold his seat?  Only time will tell



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