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Updates and upcoming events

Updates:

Burlington Strategic PlanFreeman Station has a website, can now receive donations (and issue tax receipts for over $25) and is taking memberships ($10 annually). We’re also selling prints of the Freeman Station ($225 framed or $80 unframed), and holding a fundraiser at Emma’s Back Porch on April 28. Join us!

Campaign expenses are now posted online. The biggest spender didn’t always win, including in Ward 2. My total spent: $20,107.38.Total raised: $8,731.Amount from developers = 0. Contributions under $100=$1,936.02. Contributions over $100= $6,795; Contributions from Burlington residents: 100% (75% living in Ward 2).

A new elementary school in the Orchard scheduled to open in 2011 will be named after Ward 2 resident John William Boich, who died last month. It’s a fitting tribute to this community builder who devoted a lifetime to educating and mentoring others.

The strategic plan for Burlington has begun. Fill out our survey, download a workbook, or host a small group meeting to discuss what you want Burlington to be in 10 years.

Public meetings – everyone welcome

Burlington's Freeman StationFreeman Station, April 13, 7-9pm, Rm 247, City Hall: The Friends of Freeman Station Inc. will be meeting to discuss relocation, use, restoration, fundraising, publicity, grant applications, and more. Volunteers welcome!

Nalco Canada, April 19, 7:30-9pm, 1055 Truman St. Local business Nalco invites neighbours to their open house. Meet & greet, and Q&A.

Ward 2 Advisory Committee, April 21, 7-9pm, Rm 247, City Hall. Join fellow residents to discuss city-wide and Ward 2 issues, concerns and developments. Held monthly. Everyone welcome.

Freeman Station fundraiser, April 28, 6-10pm, Emma’s Backporch, 2084 Old Lakeshore Rd. Join community efforts to save Freeman Station by attending this fundraiser, including buffet dinner, door prizes, raffle. Tickets: $30 adults; $15 children (10 and under). Opportunity to purchase prints of Freeman Station ($225 framed; $80 unframed). For tickets, contact Sheila Gnish at sheila@burlingtonautoworks.com. or 905-332-9966.

Community Cleanup, April 30, 9-12am; BBQ at City Hall 12:30-2:30. Rally your neighbours for our annual community cleanup, sponsored by BurlingtonGreen. Register and order free supplies here, then join us for the post event BBQ.

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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