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City launches new website

The city has launched a redesigned website at www.burlington.ca in early February to be more efficient, searchable, and user‐friendly, with a responsive design easily viewed on any mobile device. The site will offer new web services, increase open data and information access, and expand public involvement options, among other outcomes. Combined with the city’s e-government strategy, some of the activities residents will be able to do online include:

  • Pay tax or other city bills
  • Book recreaction programs, or Tee-off times
  • Join public survey and comment pages (eg. the Insight Burlington panel)
  • Request a service e.g. Potholes, Traffic Signals, Street Lights, Graffiti, Coyotes
  • View or add to the community calendar

In a recent community survey, nearly 60 per cent of residents said they rely on the website to learn about city programs and services.

For more information about e-Government services, call 905-335-7600, ext. 7504 or visit www.burlington.ca/egov. For more about getting involved with city government, visit www.burlington.ca/getinvolved.

My Take: I’m delighted by the project, which will allow residents better and easier access to information, along with options to report repairs needs in their neighbourhoods. I’m particularly pleased with the “you spoke, we acted” section that will be added, to let residents know how their input made a difference in city decisions.

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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  1. Great idea. Something like the FIXER programme by the Toronto Star. Reporting problems to a city connection is a long overdue item but initially the response will be overwhelming. After sending a complaint – what then ? Will the person receive an acknowledgement ? Will they be advised of the Wait time or the repair date ? The FIXER programme run by the Toronto Star does great work but I get the impression that the developers, builders and responsible city depts. now wait for a call from the Star. Looking forward to the success of this programme.

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