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Below you will find a list of the many issues BurlingtonGreen has advocated on to date:

  • February 17: BG delegates to Halton Region Council in support of extending the public consultation period for the Regional Official Plan Review. Click here to read the delegation.

  • February 17: BG endorses Environmental Defence Canada’s report on how to best move forward with expansion to the Greenbelt. Click here to read the report.

  • February 11: BG joins 29 non-governmental organizations across Canada in sending a letter to the federal government on plastic pollution and the need to add “plastic manufactured items” to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Click here to read the letter.

  • November 25: BG’s letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry in Opposition to the Nelson Aggregate Application.
  • November 19: BG’s Opposition to the Government of Ontario’s Proposed Changes to the Conservation Authorities ActLetter to MPP Jane McKenna here and MPP Effie J. Triantafilopoulos here.
  • November 16: BG’s Executive Director provides input to the City’s Vision to Focus Strategic Plan revisit. See slide deck and follow up recommendations.
  • November 8: Proposed Motion to Burlington Council calling on the Government of Ontario to phase out gas-fired power plants by 2030 – here.
  • October 30: BurlingtonGreen high-level input re: Halton Region’s Official Plan Review here.
  • September 25: BurlingtonGreen Youth Network joins others local groups in organizing a shoe strike at City Hall. 234 people shared their shoes to represent their support for climate action as part of Fridays for Future.
  • Aug 28: BurlingtonGreen provides input on the recommended modifications to the downtown policies in the adopted Official Plan. Click here to read our comments.
  • Aug 25: BurlingtonGreen opposes Nelson Aggregates proposed quarry expansion as outlined in our letter here.
  • Aug 24: BurlingtonGreen joins other organizations opposed to the GTA West Highway. See issue details here.
  • Aug 24: BurlingtonGreen joins 51 groups in calling on the Ontario government to fix the Blue Box and eliminate packaging waste. Click here to read the joint statement.
  • July 28: BurlingtonGreen teamed up with 84 organizations to speak up against the proposed amendments to the Growth Plan to allow aggregate extraction in threatened and endangered species habitat in the Natural Heritage System of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. You can read the letter to Minister Steve Clark, here.
  • July 16: BurlingtonGreen provides comments on the proposed Options for a Residential Deep Energy Retrofit Program. Click here to read our letter to Burlington City Council.
  • June 1: BurlingtonGreen joins regional environmental groups in calling on the provincial and federal governments to meet our Paris Agreement targets post COVID. Click here to read the letter to Premier Ford and here to read the letter to the Prime Minister.
  • April 27: BurlingtonGreen joins 111 organizations in calling on the Province to retain the current mandate of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities. Click here to read the letter to Premier Ford.
  • April 8: BurlingtonGreen provides comments to the Province on the proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 244/97 and the Aggregate Resources of Ontario Provincial Standards under the Aggregate Resources Act ERO-019-1303. Click here to read our full submission.
  • March 9: BurlingtonGreen delegates on the climate action plan for Burlington. Click here to read the full submission or watch it here at the 2:41:33 mark.
  • February 18: BurlingtonGreen provides comments to the Province on Discussion Paper Managing Forest Pests in Ontario – ERO-019-1005. Click here to read our full submission.
  • February 18: BurlingtonGreen provides comments to the Province on the proposed revisions to Forest Manuals ERO-19-0715. Click here to read our full submission.
  • February 18: BurlingtonGreen provides comments to the Province on the proposed revisions to Ontario’s Independent Forest Audit Regulation ERO-019-1006. Click here to read our full submission.
  • February 18: BurlingtonGreen provides comments to the Province on the proposed amendments to Forest Management Regulations Regulation 334 under the Environmental Assessment Act ERO-019-0961. Click here to read our full submission.
  • February 5: BurlingtonGreen provides comments on Ontario’s proposed Forest Sector Strategy. Click here to read our full submission.
  • January 29: BurlingtonGreen provides input to Burlington’s proposed climate action plan. Click here to read the full submission.

  • December 16: BurlingtonGreen delegation to Council regarding city-wide tree protection bylaw – Speaking notes here. Victory! Majority vote for the establishment of a bylaw.

  • December 11: BurlingtonGreen’s comments on the proposed 2020 City Budget. Click here to read our comments.

  • December 2: Delegation to Burlington Council regarding city-wide tree protection bylaw –Video link ( see 2.17 on list/9.34 min mark).

  • December 2: Delegation to Burlington Council regarding the proposed Climate Action Plan – See speaking notes here.

  • June 17: Executive Director Amy Schnurr delegates to Burlington Council regarding adding an “Environmental Impacts” section to City reports in addition to expanding the Roseland private tree by-law pilot. See speaking notes here.

  • June 10: Delegation to Burlington Council regarding the climate action update report – See speaking notes here.

  • May 31: BurlingtonGreen provides input on Halton Region’s Strategic Business Plan (2019-2022). Click here to read the full submission.

  • May 1: BurlingtonGreen provides input to the Province on Aggregate Reform. Click here to read the full submission.

  • April 23: Delegation to Burlington Council regarding climate emergency declaration – See speaking notes here.

  • April 19: Open letter to Burlington’s Mayor and Council regarding the importance of declaring a climate emergency for the city – See letter here.

  • April 18: BurlingtonGreen provides input to the Province on a discussion paper on Reducing Litter and Waste in our Communities. Click here to read the full submission.

  • March 26: BurlingtonGreen provides recommendations to Burlington’s Council on a Made In Burlington Climate Action Strategy that recognizes the City’s environmental challenges and proposes actions to address them. Click here to read the full submission.

  • February 28: BurlingtonGreen provides input to the Province on the Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. Click here to read the full submission.

  • January 25: BurlingtonGreen provides input to the Province on Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. Click here to read the full submission.

  • January 18: BurlingtonGreen provides input to the Province on Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018. Click here to read the full submission. 

  • November 15, 2018: BurlingtonGreen provides input to the Province on a Made in Ontario Climate Change Plan. Click here to read the full submission.

  • October 11: BurlingtonGreen provides input to the Province on Bill 4 – Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018. Click here to read the full submission.

  • October 3: BurlingtonGreen was pleased to host al All Candidates Meet and Greet and Mayoral Debate in partnership with NUVO Network.

  • October 2: BurlingtonGreen Youth Leadership Council received a letter from Minister Catherine McKenna in regards to their submission on Moving Canada towards Zero Waste. Click here to read the full letter.

  • August 28: BurlingtonGreen’s response to MPP McKenna’s piece in the Burlington Post on the cancellation of Cap and Trade. Click here to read our full response.

  • August 1: BurlingtonGreen Youth Leadership Council provides input to Environment and Climate Change Canada on Moving Canada towards Zero Waste. Click here to read the full letter.

  • June 25: BurlingtonGreen sends MPP-elect Jane McKenna a congratulatory letter and invites the MPP-elect for a meeting to discuss environmental priorities in Burlington. Click here to read the full letter.

  • June 4: BurlingtonGreen’s advocacy committee member, Jane Jenner, delegates to Burlington Council regarding the Roseland Private Tree Bylaw Pilot, and the need for tree protection across the City. Click here to read the delegation.

  • May 10: BurlingtonGreen’s Board President, Gloria Reid delegates to Burlington Council regarding the proposed marina at Lasalle Park and the threat to the Trumpeter Swan’s habitat. Click here to read the presentation.

  • April 6: BurlingtonGreen receives a Notice of Decision from MNRF on it’s Application for Review regarding the Aldershot Quarry. Click here for the full response.

  • March 12: BurlingtonGreen’s follow up letter to Council on 901 Guelph Line land conversion decision – here.

  • February 27: BurlingtonGreen delegates to Burlington Council regarding the Draft Official Plan, and the need for policies that encourage the development of smart and complete communities. Click here for the presentation and here for our address to Council.

  • January 14: BurlingtonGreen’s Position on Proposed Mixed-Use Community at 901 Guelph Line – here.

  • November 30, 2017: BurlingtonGreen’s Board President, Gloria Reid delegates to Burlington Council regarding the Draft Official Plan. Click here for the presentation.

  • September 11: BurlingtonGreen’s Board President, Gloria Reid delegates to Burlington Council regarding the Draft Official Plan report. See 24 minute mark on the webcast here.

  • August 21: BurlingtonGreen’s input to proposed requirements to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the building sector through changes to the Building Code. Document here.
  • June 30: BurlingtonGreen’s input to the City regarding the Draft Official Plan. Input document here.

  • March 12: BurlingtonGreen Volunteer/Member Jane Jenner’s letter to the Hamilton Spectator regarding a proposal to cut annual U.S. federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $10 million. Letter here.

  • March 6: BurlingtonGreen’s letter to City Council & Staff on the need to secure solid green space preservation policies in the City’s new Official Plan, to ensure is in line with the overall 25-year Strategic Plan vision of a greener city. Letter here.

  • Dec. 15,2016: BurlingtonGreen’s input to the Government of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan here (heat pumps, EVs, rebates).
  • Oct. 31: BurlingtonGreen’s letter on the proposed Blue Water Place/Avondale townhouse development here. Burlington Waterfront’s delegation here. Coverage of City meeting and decision to aim for ‘gentle intensification’ here (Burlington Post).
  • Oct. 31: BurlingtonGreen’s input to the 2017 federal budget. Submission here.
  • Oct. 26: BG submitted written input to Ontario’s Coordinated Land Use Planning Review, supporting the movement to ‘Grow our Greenbelt’ and protect water sources and farmland. Submission here.
  • Oct. 18: BG participated in a ‘Blue Dot / EBR Review’ rally at Queen’s Park, along several other local groups, plus the Blue Dot organization, David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice, and Dr. David Suzuki. BG actively promoted the Blue Dot/EBR campaign for the past several months.
  • Sept. 12: BG’s delegation to the City C&CS Committee considering LaSalle Park Marina Expansion, in light of latest finance report. Video (LaSalle Park topic begins at 5:37:00; BG’s delegation begins at 6:53:00).  Written submission here.
  • May 5: BG letter to the editor (Hamilton Spectator) on LaSalle Park Marina expansion, in follow-up to a recent article.  – BG letter here. Published in Hamilton Spectator May 11 here.
  • April 18: BG’s delegation to the City C&CS Committee as it considers a letter of support to LaSalle Park Marina to seek expansion funding at the federal and provincial levels.
  • March 22: BurlingtonGreen’s delegation to the City on proposed New Street cycling infrastructure (between Guelph Line & Martha) – Text here.
  • March 22: BurlingtonGreen’s delegation to the City on the proposed Roseland Tree By-law pilot – Text here.
  • March 21: BurlingtonGreen’s written submission on the City’s revised draft of the Strategic Plan – Text here.

  • February 17: BurlingtonGreen’s delegation to the City on the Community Energy Plan, Phase 2 – Community Energy study – Text & video link here.

  • January 11: BurlingtonGreen’s input regarding the City’s Draft Strategic Plan 2015-2040 – here.

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