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APRIL 15, 2016


Emeral Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer continues to be a problem in Burlington. Since 2010 the City has spent nearly three million dollars fighting the problem which impacts 10% of our tree canopy. Our management strategy is to treat ash trees that have a diameter of 20 cm or greater with an insecticide known as TreeAzin. This is done every other year. This year the insecticide program will focus on the area known as "Zone B" which includes Tyandaga, Aldershot (east of King Road) and the Maple Community. This will be the third time Zone B has been treated with insecticide. Despite all the effort and money, we have lost more than a thousand trees in the City in recent years.


Every spring I get asked about noise from lawn mowers, leaf blowers and other garden devices.

Here's what the Bylaw says:  "The operation of any powered or non-powered tool for domestic purposes, other than snow removal is prohibited betw een 9:00 pm - 7:00 am* * (9:00 am Sundays)".


New Redevelopment Proposal

The city has received an application for redevelopment of the property at 92 Plains East (between Birchwood and Glenwood). The proposal is to remove the existing small home and replace it with a four storey "mixed-use" building including 24 apartments and about 3,000 square feet of office space on the first floor. I understand that this proposal will require both an official plan amendment and a zoning change. At the appropriate time I will host a neighbourhood public meeting about the application. The overall zoning in this neighbourhood is currently under review as part of the City's ongoing Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw review.

Plains Road West
My office has received calls about the recent activity on the north side of Plains Road near the Royal Gardens (Drewlo) Apartment complex. There are two projects.

At 159 Plains Road West a building permit has been issued for a two storey addition to the existing building. When completed, the new building will accommodate a medical office (midwife service) and two apartments. There will also be 21 parking spaces.

In addition, the Gardens Dental office at 173 Plains Road West has also applied for an addition. The owner has proposed a 2,150 square foot, two-storey addition on the side of the existing building to accommodate another medical practitioner. The City is currently reviewing the proposed site plan.

Intersection Improvements

For years there have been concerns about safety at the intersection of Fairwood Place West and LaSalle Park Road in Aldershot. Recently I spent some time at this intersection along with an expert from the City's traffic department. The very nature of the intersection and the geography prohibits any major improvements, but staff are suggesting some minor changes which may be helpful. These include painting a stop bar on Fairwood, adding some curb cuts to help direct pedestrians to the north side, improving the radius of the south west corner and removal of bushes that block the site lines.

Townsend Ave Road Reconstruction  

Construction will take place from LaSalle Park Rd to Eagle Dr. Preliminary work is scheduled to begin late April and will continue through to October. Work includes full road reconstruction, including storm sewers, curbs and sidewalks. Click here for more details. For questions or concerns contact Tom Georgiadis at 905-335-7600 ext. 7806 or Dave Hill at 289-983-5003.

Teal Park Upgrades

The City is planning to renew the aging playground equipment in this south Aldershot Park. Nearby residents have been surveyed for their preferences. The work is expected to be done by the end of this year.


LaSalle Marina Wave Break

A report to provide an update on the wave break will be presented to the Community and Corporate Service Committee on April 18. If you would like to speak to this report at the meeting you may contact Jo-Anne Rudy, Committee Clerk at 905-335-7600 ext. 7413 or email


LaSalle Park Ownership
At last week's meeting of the "Greater Bay Area Sub-Committee" (Hamilton and Burlington) I heard that work continues on a long term solution to the question of the ownership of LaSalle Park. Technically Hamilton owns the land but contributes nothing to its maintenance, so it makes sense for Burlington to ultimately assume ownership..... but at what price? The two cities have agreed to obtain a real estate appraisal as the starting point for discussions. I am pleased that both sides are still talking about this but suspect that a final resolution may still be years away.

Walk on the Wild Side

Join us on Saturday, May 7 for the Aldershot Annual Jane's Walk. The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon starting and ending at the Austrian Club , 664 Spring Gardens Road.

Explore cemeteries that offer intriguing stories of the past, visit the Bayview Cemetery and the historic Mausoleum, get to know the Royal Botanical Gardens Centre and what it has to offer. Finally stroll through Woodlands Cemetery, down Valley Inn Road and learn about it's important past and future to our community.

Walk, Talk, and Learn with your neighbours. Celebrate Mother's Day with the whole family. FREE BBQ after the tour. 



Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund, Application Workshop, April 14, 7 - 9 p.m. Aldershot Arena, 494 Townsend Ave.

Do you have an idea for a community project? The City will match funding up to $5,000. The deadline for applications is April 29. RSVP to For more information visit



Best wishes and congratulations to all the Ward 1 residents who have been nominated for the Burlington Best Awards. Dr. Paul Echlin has been nominated for Citizen of the Year, Ed Dorr for Senior Person of the Year, Herb Sinnock for the Environmental Award, Anne Swarbrick for the Community Service Award and Winifred Steward for the Heritage Award. The winners will be named at a ceremony on May 11. Tickets can be purchased at City Hall or by calling Wanda Tolone at 905-335-7600 ext. 7458.

Compassion Society Fundraiser

This Aldershot based service group will host its fourth annual fundraiser at the Polish Hall on April 16. The "Elvis & Friends" event starts at 7 pm. In 2015 the Compassion Society served nearly 20,000 people with free food, clothing and other supports.

Waste Collection

Burlington Yard Waste Collection begins April 4 until Dec 9, 2016 (note: some areas have different start dates). Place your yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. the morning of your collection day. For more information visit the Halton Region Recycling & Waste web page.

The new 2016/2107 Waste Collection Calendars are now being delivered to your homes. Some waste collection area boundaries and collection days have been changed in Burlington (Aldershot) so check your calendar. Beginning in April 2016 bulk waste will be collected every other week with your garbage.Maximum 3 items per collection. Items must be too big to fit in a garbage bag/can. One bundle is equal to one item (eg. Flooring, carpet, wood)

Vote for Painting

As part of the plan to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in 2017 a national Mural Mosaic is being created. One hundred and fifty communities across the country will participate, including Burlington. Each community will create its own mural, all of which will be eventually joined together on a website. Our Burlington mural will be painted on May 22 and 23 and unveiled on Canada Day. The City wants to know your preference for mural themes. You can vote online. Go to for more information.

  Vote for your Movie Under the Stars

The City is giving residents the opportunity to vote for the movie that will play this summer at Aldershot Park on July 14.  The poll to decide the movie for Aldershot is now open.  Vote online until April 13 to pick your first choice.

Downtown Funk

The Joseph Brant Hospital Auxiliary is hosting their annual fundraiser event on Saturday, May 14, 7-11 p.m. at the Leggat Dealership, 2207 Fairview St.  Dress classy casual with a funky vibe. Featuring food samplings, wine, scotch and craft beer tastings, great music, a silent auction, diamond raffle and more. For more details and ticket information visit


Bruce Trail -Tyandaga Evening Walk  
Tues. Apr. 26, meet at 7:00 pm. in the parking lot for Kerncliff Park. Group will hike various trails in Kerncliff Park including portions of the Bruce Trail, 1.5 - 2 hours. Hike will be cancelled if there is heavy rain. Medium pace and moderate terrain. Leader: Paul Lewis (905) 331-8600, or email:

Get Your Bike Ready to Ride!

Rolling Horse Cycle, #2 - 650 Plains Rd. E., is opening for business, Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays beginning in April. This not for profit bicycle shop makes cycling safe and affordable for all. They sell refurbished bikes, provide basic repairs and access to tools for DIY. Looking for new volunteers and donations of used bikes. For more information visit or contact Paul at


APRIL 12, 2016

Crusing for Canned Goods: Vintage car and bike show at Royal Botanical Gardens

At Team Bullock we eat, sleep and dream real estate.  But, like everyone else, we need time to unwind from time to time. And we know that the passion that we share is also shared by a great majority of you. This passion, some may call it a sickness, is for classic vehicles. Be it a vintage car, truck or bike. We love them all! We love to drive them, tinker with them, admire them and talk about them with other enthusiasts.  We know that a lot of you do too. 

This is why we are hosting what we hope will become an annual event.  We are calling it “Cruising for canned goods”.  This is because we share another passion. That is to in some way give back to the community that has given us so much.  Our goal is to gather a bunch of fabulous classic vehicles so that fellow enthusiasts can enjoy an evening of swapping stories, bench racing and admiring other cool rides.  At the same time we are hoping to collect some much needed supplies for the local food bank.  We are only asking that everyone who wishes to bring out their automotive toys or those who just want to come out and look at the objects of our obsession will consider bringing a canned good to donate. Of course any cash donations will be greatly appreciated as well. Everything we collect will go straight to the food bank.

We are also thrilled that the gang at the Royal Botanical Gardens share in our vision for a fun evening that will hopefully also help those in need. The RBG has generously agreed to let us use part of their parking area on the south side of Plains road to host this event.  Once you are finished looking at the shiny automotive eye candy perhaps you can continue your evening by purchasing a ticket to tour the gardens and take in some of Mother Nature’s eye candy.

Our event is scheduled for June 28 2016 from 4:30 -9:00 PM which also coincides with the weekly country music night at RBG.  If past music nights are any indication then the music will be as hot as the vehicles on June 28. Come on out to see the vehicles and then buy a ticket to go in and enjoy the music if you wish.  We hope to see you on June 28.



MARCH 23, 2016



Revised Plan for Major Development

ADI Development Group has presented a revised proposal for Phase One of its “Station West” plan. The proposal, for 101 Masonry Court near Waterdown Road, now includes 2 six-storey condominium buildings plus a variety of townhouses. Originally the plan included only townhouses. About fifty people attended a public meeting this week to discuss the plan. A variety of questions were raised related to traffic, drainage, interface with the GO Station and market demand for the residential units. In total, the plan calls for 428 units including stacked, backto-back and standard type townhouses. The proposal is consistent with the current official plan and zoning designation for the area and therefore only requires “site plan” approval. Strategically, the City sees an advantage to intensifying development close to the GO Station so that nearby residents may walk to public transit.

Annual North Aldershot Public Meeting

North Aldershot is a unique neighbourhood that is entering a period of change. The planned widening of Waterdown Road, the proposed “Eagle Heights” development and the evolution of the “Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park” system are all raising expectations and concerns. The public is invited to hear more about these and other topics impacting North Aldershot at my public meeting to be held on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at Woodview School, 69 Flatt Road.

Traffic Calming on Townsend Avenue

City staff have been examining the possibility of slowing down traffic on Townsend Avenue from King to Falcon. This is in response to continuing complaints about speeders. A public information meeting will be held to review proposed plans for “split speed bumps”. The meeting will be held at the Aldershot Arena community room, Thursday, 494 Townsend Ave., March 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Indian Point

City Council has decided to continue the “Character Study” for the Indian Point neighbourhood. This means that staff will consult with the neighbourhood again on new zoning regulations aimed at balancing the competing demands to: protect the traditional appearance of the area versus the desire for in-fill development and new homes. Opinions vary. Some residents want the proposed new restrictions while others signed a petition expressing concern over the loss of private property rights. I voted to continue the discussion with the hope of achieving the right balance.

Thanks to the Aldershot Village B.I.A.

I am sure you have noticed the attractive new pedestrian area on the north east corner of Plains and Waterdown Road. This wonderful new amenity will serve as a resting spot for pedestrians and cyclists at this increasingly busy intersection. The pedestrian plaza is part of the City’s plan to make neighbourhoods more livable and walkable. In this case, the project would not have been possible without a major financial contribution from the Aldershot Village Business Improvement Area. My thanks to the B.I.A. Board and its membership.

Annual Good Friday Road Race

Friday, March 25 This annual event is sponsored by the Burlington Runners and is in support of the “FAB” charitable organization geared toward helping young girls. The races start and finish on Fairwood Place West directly in front of Aldershot School. The route includes Fairwood Place, North Shore Blvd West, Unsworth Avenue, Plains Road, Danforth Avenue and North Shore Blvd. About 800 runners are expected. And don’t forget… The annual Around the Bay Road Race is Sunday, April 3.


Road Closure..... From March 15 to April 6, King Rd will be closed from the base of the Niagara Escarpment to Mountain Brow Rd for the annual breeding migration of the Jefferson Salamander. To learn more about the Jefferson Salamander, visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry website.

Provincial Highway Work

The Provincial Ministry of Transportation has initiated a study on how to go about rehabilitating two important, nearby highway bridges. The MTO wants to repair expansion joints, asphalt and barriers on the two bridges that are part of the southbound lanes of Highway Six entering into the 403. Once the study is completed the actual work is expected to be done in 2017. For more information contact Patel Parshad at the MTO: 416-235-4689 or email

Hidden Valley Hike

Wednesday, March 30, meet by 10 a.m. with Connie Rusynyk at the parking lot for on Howard Rd in Aldershot.  We will follow Grindstone Creek to the Toll Ponds and return. Easy, some poor footing. Call Kathy and Brian (905) 632-8934 for more info.

Free Tax Return Clinic!

Monday April 4 and 11,Next Door Space, 650 Plains Rd. E. More inforamtion?


Rolling Horse Cycle

#2 - 650 Plains Rd. E. Opening Saturdays, beginning in April

Not for profit bicycle shop making cycling safe and affordable for all. We sell refurbished bikes, provide basic repairs and access to tools for DIY.

Looking for new volunteers and donations of used bikes.

For more information visit or contact Paul at


Bike Drive for Haiti

Donations accepted by Rolling Horse shop, #2 - 650 Plains Rd. E. In parnership with Empower Global, Rolling Horse is collecting adult mountain bikes to support sustenance farmers in Haiti. Bikes must be in reasonable condition with 26" tires.

For more information visit or contact Paul at


Celebrate Sinatra with Sophisticated Swing
Friday, April 15, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

East Plains United Church, 375 Plains Rd. E.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students (included after concert refreshments)

Tickets available through the church office 905-634-5562 or Mary 905-632-8127


FEBRUARY 22, 2016


Public meeting:

ADI Developments is now ready to proceed with its formal application to the City for the first phase of a major development project at 101 Masonry Court, near the GO Station. The first phase proposal is for 2 six-storey apartment buildings and several hundred townhouses of various types and sizes. Councillor Rick Craven will be hosting a public meeting about this proposal on Monday, March 7 at 7 pm at East Plains United Church, 375 Plains Rd. E. Representatives from the developer and the City’s Planning Department will join in to respond to questions or concerns. 

For the latest information on building a grocery store in Aldershot and reduction in the speed limits. go to


February 4, 2016

Low Inventory Going Into Spring Market

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 779 sales of all property types were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in January, with an average sale price of $449,231.  There were 1,248 properties listed in January, the lowest number of listings in 10 years.

Burlington statistics:

Hamilton statistics:

Market Actitivty report:




January 29, 2016


Seller's Market to Continue in 2016

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) expects to see much the same real estate market in 2016 as in 2015.

'Continued low interest rates, a favourable employment outlook and a continuing low inflation rate bode well for the real estate market," said RAHB CEO George O'Neill.  'The same factors that contributed to the strong market over the past few years should continue to have a positive influence in the coming year."

 The high cost of housing in the GTA will continue to drive first-time buyers and young families out of the GTA, and the Hamilton-Burlington market continues to offer attractive alternatives for home buyers.  With expanded GO service throughout the region, it will be easier to work in Toronto and live in communities south-west.  A strong culture supporting entrepreneurs has also proven to attract new residents to the area.


The new mortgage rules coming into effect next month will have a small impact on some of the more expensive areas of the market, but the graduated nature of the new down payment requirements is expected to minimize this impact for most of the Hamilton-Burlington market.


For the coming year, RAHB expects to see 20,000 residential listings, 15,000 residential sales and an increase in average sale price of about four per cent.  The sellers' market will continue.


Results from 2015 show that all property types listings and overall sales increased over the previous year, with the average sale price up by 8.3 per cent.  Total dollar volume from the sale of all property types was $7.378 billion, a 20 per cent increase over 2014.  


The residential market saw similar increases over the previous year, with new listings up by 6.1 per cent, sales up by 11 per cent and the average sale price up 8.9 per cent over 2014.  Average days on market dropped from 39 to 34 days in 2015.  


The strong seller's market from 2014 continued throughout 2015, with all-time sales records broken in April, then again in May and again in June.  Five monthly sales records were broken through the last months of the year.

While the average sale price of residential listings showed an 8.9 per cent increase over 2014, the average remained relatively stable throughout 2015.


'We saw a jump in average sale price early in the year, and since then the average price has been pretty constant.  It looked as though we kept seeing big increases every month, but that was only in comparison to the previous year," noted O'Neill.  'There's no doubt we've seen an increase over last year, but we didn't see big changes from month to month throughout the year."


O'Neill cautioned home sellers and buyers about using the RAHB average sale price as an indicator of the price of their own home or one to purchase.  'Every neighbourhood in RAHB's market area is different," said O'Neill, 'and each has its own characteristics and influences on price.  I highly recommend  buyers and sellers use the services of a local professional - a RAHB REALTOR® - when they are buying or selling a home."



January 21, 2016

Councillor Rick Craven's January update.

MEETING: Plains Road Reconstruction Public Meeting January 26, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Maitre D'Catering, 1159 King Rd. To discuss plans to resurface the eastern portion of Plains Rd in 2016.

PLANNED HIKE: Bruce Trail Hike The Iroquois Bruce Trail Club is sponsoring a hike in the area of the Grindstone Creek marsh on Tuesday, February 9 at 7 pm. Park in the back lot of the RBG Administration Building, beside the retaining wall next to the street. Wear boots and bring a flashlight. In part, the route runs through two cemeteries, so if you're a wannabe mystery writer, the surroundings might suggest a good plot. The pace varies from medium to brisk according to temperature and terrain. For more information, contact Richard Reble at 905- 945-0536 or 


As we begin a new year Burlington City Council‘s first priority will be to address the 2016 operating budget. At this point the budget plan calls for a 3.85% tax increase which, when combined with the recently passed Regional budget (1.9%), would result in an overall tax increase of about 2.45% or $22 for every $100,000 worth of assessment. This budget plan includes funding for the hospital expansion, additional staff to assist with snow clearing and storm water issues, a variety of information technology upgrades and various other initiatives. The plan is however only considered “draft” at this time and is still subject to review and debate.


Municipal Building Projects Planned for 2016 The City has passed its 2016 capital budget. Aldershot will benefit from a variety of projects this year. The two biggest are the resurfacing of Plains Road from Francis to Shadeland and the reconstruction of Townsend Avenue from Eagle to LaSalle. In addition, the City is also planning to construct a multi use pathway along the west side of LaSalle Park Road, south of North Shore, leading to the marina, while at the same time resurfacing the road. Annual, routine road resurfacing will include: Howard Road, Edgemoore Ave, Cloverleaf Drive from Glenview Avenue, Hendrie from Gorton to Unsworth, West Oval, Hillsdale from Plains to Beth Jacob Court, Snake Road from Beth Jacob to Old York Road and Park Avenue West.

Tree Cutting at Golf Course

Neighbours of the Burlington Golf and Country Club may notice some significant tree cutting on the course this winter. Halton Region has issued a tree harvest permit. This is part of the Club’s routine forestry management plan for the greens. All Regional rules and regulations are being followed.

Indian Point Update

Over the past couple of years the City has been working with residents at Indian Point to identify planning tools that may assist in managing change in this unique neighbourhood. Staff now advise that their recommendations are expected to be presented at a public meeting the evening of February 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Development & Infrastructure Committee meeting, City Hall. The Indian Point recommendations will be presented in conjunction with similar reports on the Roseland and Shoreacres neighbourhoods. All these reports will be available to public prior to the meeting.

For more information:


January 14, 2016

Councillor Rick Craven has an update on Indian Point:

Over the past couple of years the City has been working with residents at Indian Point to identify planning tools that may assist in managing change in this unique neighbourhood. Staff now advise that their recommendations are expected to be presented at a public meeting the evening of February 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Development & Infrastructure Committee meeting, City Hall. The Indian Point recommendations will be presented in conjunction with similar reports on the Roseland and Shoreacres neighbourhoods. All these reports will be available to public prior to the meeting.


 July 2015

From the desk of Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven

Find out what is new in Aldershot.



Jane's Walk, Aldershot

See the Best of the West

Residents are invited to participate in a guided community walking tour of west Aldershot, Sunday, May 3, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. starting and ending at St. Matthew's Church, 126 Plains Rd. E.  Free BBQ following the tour. A variety of speakers will highlight historical facts, community development information and more. Jane's Walks are conversational tours designed to help residents and community members connect with one another and the places where they live. Get out your running shoes, bring the family and your neighbours. For more information or to register visit To learn about Jane's Walk visit

Yard Sale for The Cure

Leslie and her team have raised over $63,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation since the first garage sale in 2006. If you would like to contribute towards this wonderful cause, go to

February 2015


There is a lot happening in Burlington. Everything from the building and developments in Aldershot to Tyandaga water protection are included in Councilor Craven's latest update.

February 2015

Jane's Walk:

Burlington is a community of diverse people, interests and experiences and we are just getting started on understanding what we mean to be a community of vibrant neighbourhoods. Burlington’s landscape includes the lake, urban and rural settings as well as the Niagara escarpment. Burlington Jane’s walks will help us explore our neighbourhoods, our diversity and the special geography that we call home. Join a Jane’s walk May 1st, 2nd or 3rd to hear from others and share your ideas on how make Burlington an even better place to live. Learn more at:

February 6, 2015

Art Gallery of Burlington

OF WATER AND TIDES, February 7 – April 5, 2015

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Artist: Lyndal Osborne

Lyndal Osborne brings together her experiences living in Bundanon along the Shoalhaven River in Australia, and her current residence in rural Edmonton by the North Saskatchewan River. The contrasting environments that these two rivers inhabit are brought together in the installation Shoalwan: River Through Fire, River of Ice. Over 7,500 glass jars create a glistening river that connects fire islands of singed materials from Australia, to the ice islands of Canada.

In the video installation Tidal Trace, (a collaboration with John Freeman), Osborne recreates a beach with images and sounds of the sea washing on the shore. The waves bring to shore pebbles, shells, plastic and other refuse discarded by offshore fishermen, or left behind by other beach users. For Osborne, the cyclical nature of the tide is both meditative and restorative.

This visual experience explores the binary relationships of nature/culture, fragility/power and preservation/extinction, while creating a sense of unity between these elements.



February 6, 2015

Bake Sale and Lunch, East Plains United Church


Come on Sunday for a bake sale and hot lunch. (after morning service). Email if you would like to join us. Baked treats will be one sale. 

JANUARY 15, 2015


Dear Friends,

As is usual the local government year starts off with budget discussions. Regional Staff are recommending a 2015 tax increase of 1.6% including rising costs for police services. On the City side the proposal is for a 3.5% tax increase. When these two are rolled in together the net result is a total tax hike of 2.1%. That's about $19.36 per $100,000 worth of assessment. Water and Wastewater rates are proposed to rise by 4.9%. These figures are however just proposals. We politicians still need to have our say. The process will take about eight to ten weeks to complete. If you would like to participate in a public discussion about the budget, please join us at a meeting on Thursday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mainway Arena.

We have meanwhile completed the Council appointments for 2015. I am pleased to report that I will continue to serve on the Halton Regional Police Services Board and the Health and Social Services Committee. New assignments this year include the Public Library Board and the Children's Aid Society.  




Bellview Cresent/Bellview Street Public Meeting

The City will host a public information session to discuss the reconstruction and resurfacing of Bellview Crescent and Bellview Street. Both roads require new sanitary sewer lines and water mains. The work is scheduled for 2015. The information session is to be held on Thursday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m. in room 247 at City Hall.



Tyandaga Golf Course Proposal

One of my colleagues on Burlington City Council continues to press for the sale of the table lands at the Tyandaga Golf Course to permit the construction of new homes. In his recent newsletter Councillor Jack Dennison commented: "My recommendation is to review our Tyandaga assets to determine the net benefit to the community of converting the 110 acres to 34 acres of single family residential and the remaining 76 acres of park, trails and natural areas". Dennison's proposal has no status right now but in the past other members of Council have indicated a willingness to consider the matter. I will keep you advised. If you would like to share your thoughts with Councillor Dennison and the Mayor regarding this matter, they can be reached at: and



Waterdown Road

The Provincial government has finally ruled on the objections to the proposed widening of Waterdown Road, north of the 403 from Craven Avenue to Dundas Street. The Province has turned down the objections and will allow the project to proceed. Hamilton and Burlington staff will now work on detailed construction drawings. The Province did require that the City "consult with the Conservation Authority to determine wildlife road crossing safety measures to be implemented as part of the project and to develop a wildlife road crossing safety plan. The project will also be required to ensure impacts to the sensitive species and environmental areas are minimized."

Staff advise me that there is still a lot of preliminary work to be done on this project including land acquisition, utility relocation and final approvals. Construction is still three to five years away.


Murray's Variety Is Coming Down

As part of the plan to widen Waterdown Road south of the 403 the City has taken ownership of this building at the north east corner of Plains and Waterdown Road. The building will be demolished before the end of January. Major construction on the section of Waterdown Road from Plains to Masonry will begin in March.


Indian Point Planning Process

The consultants hired by the City to review the planning issues at Indian Point have now completed their work. Their recommendations may be reviewed on the City's Official Plan web page, Character Area Study.

Staff will share the consultants report with Indian Point residents during a meeting on Wednesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Following community input staff will make its final recommendations to Council later this year. This initiative is part of the City's current Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw review and arises from some residents' concerns about the changing character of this unique neighbourhood.


Closure of Valley Inn Road Trail

Without notice to Burlington, the City of Hamilton closed their side of this popular trail adjacent to the RBG on December 15. The closure is meant to facilitate CN Rail construction on the adjacent railway bridge. It has been somewhat difficult to get clarity about what is happening but it seems the trail will be closed for many months during the bridge work and may impact the route for the annual Around the Bay Road Race. Burlington has since asked for improved signage about the closure.  


Hydro Line Maintenance

Hydro One will be performing tree and vegetation maintenance along its transmission corridors in Burlington this winter. Hydro will be trimming trees and removing "non-compatible species of brush" which may infringe on its lines. This work may involve power equipment such as bulldozers and grinders. In our area, it is mainly the transmission corridors through north Aldershot that will be impacted. Hydro does have the authority to enter adjacent private property if required to get at some of this growth.


Congratulations to Aldershot Tennis Club

On January 16 this well established and successful organization will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of winter tennis "under the bubble".


Another Great Achievement

The Golden Horseshoe Yacht Racing Association's "2014 Regatta Week" has been named last year's "Recreation Event of the Year" by Sail Canada (Canada's National Sailing Authority). The award will be presented in February. The 2014 Regatta Week was held in Burlington Bay. The 2015 event will be hosted partly by the Burlington Sailing and Boating Club.


Important Developments Related to Cootes To Escarpment EcoPark System

Cootes to Escarpment has announced the receipt of several grants to assist with its long term plans to build one of the largest urban parks in the world, much of which will be in north Aldershot. Cootes has received grants from the "Friends of Greenbelt Foundation" and the "Ontario Trillium Foundation". The funds will be used to support an outreach program to foster land stewardship by private property owners in the park and to help develop comprehensive management plans for specific areas of the park including the "Clappison Grindstone" and "Waterdown-Sassafras Woods" areas.




Indian Point Planning Process

Wednesday, January 14, 6:30 p.m.

Art Gallery of Burlington


Bellview Cresent/Bellview Street Reconstruction Public Meeting

Thursday, January 22, 5:30 p.m.

City Hall, room 247


2015 Budget Public Meeting

Thursday, January 29, 7:00 p.m.

Mainway Arena, 4015 Mainway



Snow Removal

The City of Burlington will provide winter control updates by 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. during winter control operations in response to significant winter storms.

For all matters regarding the city's snow removal process, visit the city's website by clicking on "Snow Removal".

You may also call 905 333-6166 or e-mail: 



DECEMBER 17, 2014



In This Issue....

Potential Major New Development

New Development Proposal on Plains Rd.

Detailed Plans Unveiled for Widening Waterdown Rd.

Snake Road Bridge Update

Bellview Cres/Bellview St. Public Meeting

Joseph Brant Hospital

Traffic Calming on Fieldgate & Edenvale Dr

Hager Creek in Tyandaga

Snow Control


Dear Friends,

Recently, City Council agreed with my recommendation that we ask Bylaw staff to investigate the possibility of creating a "Wildlife Feeding Bylaw". In part, this is a reaction to the recent wave of concern about coyotes. Experts (Coyote Watch Canada) tell us that the reason coyotes seem to be closer to our homes is because of food sources. People actually feed these animals both intentionally and unintentionally. To quote Coyote Watch: "The number one driver for the presence of coyotes and the increase in human confrontations with the wild animals is food. Garbage that overflows from park bins, lunch remnants and birdseed scattered along pathways, all of these things are attractants". If a bylaw was eventually passed it would probably focus on public education with enforcement only for the most serious offences. Niagara Falls has such a bylaw. Recently, there was an excellent article about this problem in the Burlington Post, "Changing Human Behaviour Key to Solving Burlington Coyote Problem: Expert".

Wishing You and Your Family

A Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015.



Potential Major New Development

The City's Planning Department has advised me that they are having informal discussions with a developer about the 3 hectare piece of land bounded by Masonry Court, Waterdown Road and the GO station. The developer is interested in constructing 733 new homes in this area including 4 six storey apartment buildings and many townhouses. Staff tell me that such a proposal is allowed and even encouraged, under the City's Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw but there remain a variety of outstanding questions and concerns. There is no official application at this time. I will certainly keep you advised. If and when this proposal becomes official we will have a public meeting in Aldershot to discuss it.

New Development Proposal on Plains Road

Local developer Dawn Victoria Homes has made an official application to the City to redevelop the property at 407 Plains Rd East, currently occupied by Jaggard's Florist. The proposal calls for construction of a three storey building at the front of the property including a retail store suitable for continuation of the florist shop. Behind the store would be two blocks of 27 residential "stacked townhouses", including 48 parking spaces. While the proposal is consistent with both the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw it does raise a number of design issues that remain under discussion here at City Hall. The Planning department considers the proposal to be in the early stages. At some point we will have a public meeting to share the plans with the public and seek community input.

Detailed Plans Unveiled for Widening Waterdown Rd. from Plains to 403 Interchange

Public reaction was favourable to this project at a recent public meeting on November 27. The plan is to make significant improvements to the intersection of Waterdown and Plains Rds. and then widen Waterdown Rd. all the way up to the Hwy #403 interchange. The project will require the complete closure of this section of Waterdown Rd. for much of 2015, starting in the spring. Alternatively, vehicles will use Cooke Blvd. to access Masonry Crt. and then Waterdown Rd. This will require the permanent installation of a new traffic light at the intersection of Plains and Cooke Blvd. The project will also require the demolition of Murray's Variety. Major construction will begin in March and ultimately include a new "gateway" feature at the corner. Road Closures, project details and a copy of the presentation from the November 27 meeting can be found on the Waterdown Road Construction website.

Reconstruction/Resurfacing of Townsend, Forest Glen, Shadeland and Ascot Place

About 85 people attended a public information session recently to see the final plans for this long awaited project. The work includes complete reconstruction of Townsend from LaSalle to Eagle including a new drainage system and sidewalks. Shadeland (south of Townsend) Forest Glen and Ascot will be resurfaced with some drainage improvements. The tender for this work is expected to be awarded early in the winter with construction to begin in spring and take most of the remainder of 2015.

Snake Road Bridge

CPR have advised the City that there will be a delay in the completion of the new Snake Road bridge. This construction project has run into some unexpected challenges with the foundation and slopes. They are now expecting completion around the middle of January. In the meantime, City Staff and I have met with nearby residents to talk about traffic calming on Snake Road. The primary concern relates to speeding cars, motorcycles and even bicycles. Staff have agreed to do some research on the traffic pattern in the area and report back in 2015.



Bus Service to Mapleview Mall

I recently hosted another meeting to discuss the challenges of returning Burlington buses to Mapleview Mall. Regular bus service to the Mall entrance was discontinued in the fall of 2013 for a variety of reasons. The challenges relate to safety, route timing and other considerations. Despite the fact that both the City and the Mall are willing to keep talking about this, progress remains slow.  

Bellview Cres/Bellview St. Public Meeting

The City will host a public information session to discuss the reconstruction and resurfacing of Bellview Crescent and Bellview Street. Both roads require new sanitary sewer lines and watermains. The work is scheduled for 2015. The information session is to be held on Thursday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m. in room 247 at City Hall.

Joseph Brant Hospital

Congratulations to Joseph Brant Hospital on its recent milestones, including the completion of construction of the new Halton McMaster Family Health Centre, parking garage (Phase One) and the awarding of the contract for construction of the new seven-storey patient care tower (Phase Two). Construction of the tower may begin in mid 2015 with completion around the end of 2018. I will be hosting a public meeting about the plan prior to final approvals.


Traffic Calming on Fieldgate and Edenvale Drives

Staff have fine tuned their plan for traffic calming on Fieldgate and Edenvale Drives. Instead of 3 speed bumps as originally proposed, they will proceed with the installation of only 2 bumps, one on each street. They will be installed in the spring of 2015. In addition, the speed limit will be lowered on both streets from 50 to 40 km. The changes to the plan are the results of public input.

  Hager Creek in Tyandaga

A successful public meeting was recently held to discuss the health of the forest and ravine along Hager Creek, from the escarpment to Four Seasons Drive. Neighbours have agreed to form a committee to plan some initiatives which may include a community clean-up, public education and stewardship programs. The ravine is suffering from a variety of problems related to urbanization including erosion, invasive species and forestry issues. My office will be supporting this effort.


Holiday Hours - City Hall

City Hall will be closed as of December 24 and will re-open on January 5, 2015.  A number of city administrative services will be closed between Christmas and New Year's this holiday season but many activities will be available for families to enjoy. A complete listing of hours of operation, phone numbers for city facilities and services available can be found on the city's website

Snow Removal

The City of Burlington will provide winter control updates by 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. during winter control operations in response to significant winter storms.

For all matters regarding the city's snow removal process, visit the city's website by clicking on "Snow Removal".

You may also call 905 333-6166 or e-mail: 

Holiday Fire Safety

Keep your friends and family safe!  A gentle reminder to be extra cautious of fire hazards in your home over the holiday season.  


November 13, 2014


Join us and support the Auxiliary of Royal Botanical Gardens at the Christmas Show & Sale 2014

Thursday November 13 to Saturday, November 15

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NOVEMBER 13, 2014


At issue......

Upper Hager Creek Stewardship


Snake Road Bridge

Widening of Waterdown Rd

Resurfacing/Reconstruction of Townsend, Shadeland, Forest Glen and Ascot Plc

Leaf Collection

Public Meetings

Community Events


Dear Friends, 

I am pleased and honoured to have been selected to serve as your City and Regional Councillor for another four-year term. Thank you so much.

I believe the Ward One election highlighted one issue in particular: the never ending discussion about the future of the Tyandaga Golf Course. As you may know some members of Council have signaled their willingness to discuss the sale of golf course lands to developers to build new homes. I oppose this and will certainly help coordinate any effort by Tyandaga residents to defeat such a notion. I will keep you advised of any news related to this matter.

Rick Craven



Reconstruction of Bellview Street and Bellview Crescent

The City will soon host a public meeting to discuss this work with neighbours. Date is to be determined. The project is scheduled for 2015.


Upper Hager Creek Stewardship

A public discussion is about to begin on how we, as a collective community, can better sustain the health of the Upper Hager Creek Watershed in Tyandaga. On the evening of Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 p.m., I will join Dr. Roger Jacobs, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at McMaster University, to host a community discussion. The meeting will be at the Tyandaga Golf Clubhouse, 1265 Tyandaga Park Dr. and is open to the public. Representatives from the City and the Halton Region Conservation Authority will also be in attendance.



There has been a lot of concern recently about coyotes in Burlington. My office has received many calls and a public meeting about coyotes was held in Aldershot in October.

Coyote Watch Canada, which is recognized as the expert on this subject, says that coyotes do not really want to be around people. They get close to our homes because of food. What food? People feed birds, leave out bowls of pet food or don't properly secure their garbage. All this food creates "an accumulative negative impact" on a neighbourhood. The coyotes are chasing these food sources. Accordingly, we all need to take more care to reduce the supply of food for coyotes. Both Coyote Watch and the City's Animal Control staff advise that we are not going to "get rid" of these animals. We need to live with them. One way to reduce interactions between people and coyotes is to reduce their sources of food. The City is monitoring locations of coyotes. If you see a coyote you may report the sighting on the City's Living with Coyote web page (below) or calling 905-335-3030 and provide location details.


Snake Road Bridge

Good news! CP Rail has started dismantling the old bridge and confirms that construction of the new bridge will be completed before Christmas. In addition, City staff and I are meeting with nearby residents to discuss some of their traffic concerns. For current updates visit:

Lemonville Road Bridge

Finally! Construction on this bridge is essentially completed.

Reconstruction of Glenbrook Avenue

Construction is currently underway on this street on Plains Road West in the Bridgeview subdivision. The project is to lower the road grade surface, provide storm sewers and new curbs. This initiative results from a public meeting about the construction of several new homes on the street. Residents advised that the road was so steep that they couldn't get up it in winter time. The fix is good news.

King Road Underpass Update

City staff report that this project is 'approaching total completion". Final asphalt work is underway. Boulevard trees and minor landscaping may have to wait until next spring. 

Waterdown Rd Intersection, Widening of Waterdown Road South of 403

Preliminary work is already underway for this 2015 project. The City plans to widen Waterdown Road from Plains to the 403, including the northern half of the intersection of Plains and Waterdown Road. A public information session will be held on Thursday, November 27, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. John Ambulance facility, 1048 Waterdown Road. There will be a formal presentation at 6:30.

 Resurfacing/Reconstruction of Townsend, Shadeland, Forest Glen and Ascot Place

The City is in the final phase of preparations for this work in 2015. On Thursday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. the City will host a public meeting to discuss the remaining details. The meeting will be held at the Aldershot Pool, community room, 50 Fairwood Plc., W.

Traffic Light at Falcon?

The City is looking seriously at the possibility of installing a traffic light and formal crosswalk at or near the intersection of Falcon and Plains Road. It is currently impossible to make a left turn from Falcon to Plains during the rush hours and the problem may only increase over time with the development of the new JAZZ condo nearby. There is also a lot of pedestrian activity in this area because of destinations like Tim Hortons and East Plains United Church. I should be able to share more about this with you in 2015. As you know the City recently installed a light at Plains and St. Matthew's Avenue for similar reasons.

Historic Plaque

As part of the recent renovations and upgrades to Hidden Valley Park the City has re-installed an historic plaque. The plaque is big, heavy and made of marble. It was first installed in the park in the 1950s to commemorate the volunteers from the Aldershot Community Council who implemented the park plan. For years the damaged plaque was hidden away in a warehouse. We recovered it and restored it. It is located near the new playground area.


Leaf Collection

The leaf program has begun and the schedule is now available for all areas.

For information regarding Ward 1 collection dates visit

Bus Pass for Veterans

The City of Burlington has implemented a Veteran Transit Pass program for special days throughout the year. The pass is available to persons who served in World War Two or the Korean War, Canadian Forces, Reserve Forces, Commonwealth Forces, the Merchant Navy and peacekeepers. The free transit is available for Battle of the Atlantic Sunday, D-Day, the closest Sunday to the anniversary of the Dieppe raid (August), September 17 for the Battle of Britain and, of course, on Remembrance Day. For more information call 905-335-7816.


Upper Hager Creek Stewardship 

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 p.m.

Tyandaga Golf Club, 1265 Tyandaga Park Dr.


Volunteer Open House

2015 Recruitment for Citizen Committees and Local Boards

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Burlington Public Library, Central Branch, Centennial Hall

2331 New St.

Visit the City's Committees and Boards web page for more information

or call 905-335-7600 ext. 7803


Waterdown Rd. Widening (Fairwood Plc to CNR) 

Thursday, November 27, 6:00 p.m.

Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

St. John Ambulance Burlington Branch

1048 Waterdown Rd.


Tyandaga Golf Course Annual Report

Summarizing Class 9 Pesticide Use

Thursday, November 27, 7:00 p.m.

Tyandaga Golf Course


Townsend/Shadeland/Forest Glen PIC

Thursday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.

Aldershot Pool Community Room

50 Fairwood Plc., W.



Auxiliary of Royal Botanical Gardens

Christmas Show & Sale 2014

Thursday to Saturday, November 13 to 15

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Yuletide Bazaar

Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

West Plains United Church, 549 Plains Rd. W.

Crafts, Silent Auction, Bake Table, Lunch Room and more.....


Christmas Craft Sale

Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brant Centre Nursing Home, 1182 North Shore Blvd.


Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System Open House

Monday, November 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

RBG Centre, 680 Plains Rd. W.

Learn about new Initiatives, how to restore and protect

Areas on your property, meet the Moutnsberg Birds of Prey


Glenview Public School 7th Annual Holiday Auction

Thursday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.

143 Townsend Ave.


Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. to Sell Out

West Plains United Church, 549 Plains Rd. W.









October 20, 2014

EAST PLAINS UNITED CHURCH, 375 Plains Road East, Burlington (905) 634-5562

Arts & Crafts Show & Sale. Saturday, November 1, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

17th Annual Silent Auction. 50 Plus Artisans! Adult Admission $1.00

New this year are "Warm Hearts Tree" East Plains is collecting mittens, hats & scarves in all sizes for distribution in the community in early December. We invite you to participate in this project and 2nd Chance Kid's Corner (gently used children's clothing & items).

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Reunion of the East Plains Co-op Preschool 

The upcoming 45 year Reunion of the East Plains Co-op Preschool takes place on September 27th from 1 pm to 4 pm at East Plains United Church, 375 Plains Road Est, Burlington, ON.

The 45th Reunion is an Open House; an opportunity to meet with friends, neighbours and family and to reminisce with photos, refreshments and door prizes. The 45th Reunion is advertised in the Sept issue of Partnering Aldershot on page 2. Expect to see some red and white  lawn signs popping up in the Aldershot community. For more information about the 45th reunion and the East Plains Coop Preschool visit the Co-op Preschool website or call 905-681-0233. RSVPs would be appreciated.

We hope you will join us in celebrating 45 years of the East Plains Co-op Preschool in Aldershot, connecting young families, mothers children and more recently fathers too, and building community in the Aldershot for decades. Attached to this email is a letter inviting you to contribute to the success of the 45th Reunion  and assist us in recognizing the Co-op Preschool, the founders, teachers and parents in our community. Aldershot really is a great place to live!

September 10, 2014

Joseph Brant Hospital Auxilliary auction

The Joseph Brant Hospital Auxilliary auction takes place on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2014. If you have anything to donate or wish to attend, here's a link to guide you.'14-FINAL2.pdf


APRIL 21, 2014


It's worth the drive to this wonderful event.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014      11:00 A.M - 4:00 P.M.

Ireland House Museum

2169 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON     L7P 5A8

Phone:  905-332-9888



Proposed building on Plains Rd


Councillor Rick Craven has an update on the proposed Branthaven site.

APRIL 14, 2014



Reconstruction of Shadeland and Forest Glen Ave

These roads are in bad shape and the City wants to fix them. During a recent public meeting to discuss the required improvements concern was expressed about the idea of creating informal pedestrian pathways on the east side of each road. This would eliminate parking on the east side. A variety of other concerns were also raised. Since that meeting the City has received public input both for and against the proposed improvements to the roads. As a result, I have asked staff to arrange a second public meeting, probably in May, to respond to the questions and concerns raised by residents. Details of the next meeting will follow shortly.

Traffic Calming on Panin Road

Since the completion of the new 403 interchange at Waterdown Road the traffic pattern in the Craven, Nevarc, Panin Road area has changed. Concern has been expressed specifically about speeding on Panin Road. City staff and I will host a meeting with the neighbours concerning this matter on Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Woodview Children's Centre, 69 Flatt Road.

Bridgeview Subdivision

"Bridgeview" is the enclave of homes on Plains Road West, across the street from the Ruston RV Centre. For planning purposes it can essentially be divided into two areas. The north part which is the driving range and the south part where houses are currently located. The area has been under study as part of the City's official plan review because of increasing interest by developers and the recent completion of the new Highway 6 interchange at Old York Road. So far the study has revealed that there may be some challenges to new development. Servicing limits, particularly wastewater are among the challenges to new development. Current services may need to be upgraded and expanded. Consequently the Region of Halton will undertake a servicing study of existing services for Bridgeview in 2015. Until the results of this study are known the City will not be making any changes to the official plan or zoning bylaw for this area.

Indian Point Character Study

Also part of the current official plan review is an analysis of what is happening at Indian Point. This has involved several public meetings which have identified competing views among residents about the need to protect the existing lot pattern versus the desire to sever some of the larger lots and build additional homes. The City's Planning staff are scheduled to bring forward their recommendations to the Development and Infrastructure Committee meeting by late spring.   

2nd Annual Jane's Walk

After a very successful 2013, the Jane's Walk committee will be hosting another event in Aldershot this year. Jane's Walks occur all over the world the first  weekend in May. The idea is to showcase urban development, draw attention to unique and special neighbourhoods and have some fun along the way. This year's Jane's Walk is called "Warwick Surrey - A Complete Community, A Great Place to Live". Come out and join us on Sunday, May 4, 1:30 p.m. for this great experience. We will start and end at King's Road School. Stay for the free BBQ after event. Get out your running shoes or bikes, bring the family and join us for this narrated walking/cycling tour. To register go to

Aldershot Community Honour Roll

The Honour Roll Committee has announced that this year's honourees will be: former Mayor Rob MacIsaac, Joe DeLuca, founder of Aldershot Landscape Contractors, Ben Benedetti, one of the leaders of the original Al dershot Community Council and Shelly Rottenberg, hospital volunteer and camp counselor. The Honour Roll will celebrate its new inductees at a reception to be held on Thursday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Fernhill School, 801 North Service Rd. Tickets can be purchased by calling 905-526-7747.  

Annual Plains Road Clean-up

The Aldershot Village B.I.A. is organizing a community clean up on Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. Meet at Holy Rosary School, 126 Plains Rd. E. The group will be cleaning up Plains Road from Shadeland to King Rd, both sides of the street. Volunteers are needed. Gloves and garbage bags will be supplied. If you would like to volunteer you may register at

For more information click on the link to the 2014 Aldershot Green Up Flyer.

Business News

Cougar Shoes has moved its world headquarters from east Burlington to Aldershot. This long time Burlington success story has located to Masonry Court near Waterdown Road. The office facility and display centre coordinates sales and production around the globe. About two dozen people work there. Vice President Ron Sedlbauer told me the company moved to the Aldershot because of its strategically important location adjacent to the "Mobility Hub" (GO station and 403 interchange).



Nevarc/Panin Rd Traffic Calming

May 1, 7:00 p.m.

Woodview Children's Centre, 69 Flatt Rd




JANUARY 13, 2014


Dear Friends, It's been a difficult and dramatic start to winter with storm after storm assaulting the City. My office received many calls with questions and concerns. I was impressed with the patience and understanding demonstrated by most people during the bad weather. Here at the City, crews have finished snow clearing on all the primary, secondary and local roads and will continue to sand on an as needed basis. Sand is also being used on City sidewalks and parking lots. To get the latest information on snow and ice clearing you may visit

With regard to the clean-up of downed branches, Halton Region is extending its enhanced bulk brush collection services through to the end of February. You can set out one pile of unbundled bulk brush on your regular garbage collection day. You are asked to pile branches with a maximum of 7.5 centimeters (3 inches) in diameter and 2 meters (6.5 feet) in length on your garbage day. For more information from the Region about storm-related updates and waste/brush debris collection, you may visit or contact 311. While we all did the best we could during those difficult days there were, nonetheless, some areas for improvement. I think these relate mainly to communications between the public, the City and Burlington Hydro. Council will be discussing this further.


Proposed Development in Bridgeview Area

The City has been wrestling with a proposal for 6 new homes at the corner of Plains Road West and Glenbrook Avenue (across the street from the Ruston RV Centre). I hosted a public meeting about the issue in April of 2013. City staff will bring forward their recommendations concerning the proposal to a meeting of the Development and Infrastructure Committee on the evening of February 24, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Their report should be available to the public on January 27 at . Neighbours are welcome to delegate to the Committee but will need to register in advance by calling Gina Van den Burg at 335-7600 ext. 7413.

The developer, Sunrise Homes, was initially proposing 6 new homes on the vacant land but staff and the public preferred only 5 homes. There was also some debate about the size of the proposed new homes. Some thought the houses would be too large. In the course of the discussion area residents also raised some concerns about Glenbrook Avenue itself and these are currently being considered by the City's Engineering Department. Indian Point Character Study The City has been reviewing its planning policies as they relate to Indian Point in an effort to find the right balance between protecting the existing character of the area and ongoing development pressures. The same thing is happening in the Roseland Community. This was all part of the City's Official Plan Review which is scheduled for completion at the end of 2015. Roseland residents have asked the City to introduce an Interim Control Bylaw to stop development in their neighbourhood until new rules can be established under the new Official Plan. Staff however have recommended against Interim Control Bylaws for Roseland and Indian Point for a variety of technical and regulatory reasons. They are however, proposing that the two neighbourhood character studies be pulled out of the Official Plan Review process and be completed in 2014 (speeding up the process). Another public meeting will be held with Indian Point residents on the evening of January 29, 6:30 p.m. at the Burlington Arts Centre.

Gateway Sign for West Aldershot

Plans are in the works for a wonderful new sign to celebrate the western entrance to Aldershot. This would be located at the south/east corner of Botanical Drive and Plains Road West, replacing an older less impressive sign. The project is part of the City's Master Sign Strategy but is being done with the cooperation of the Aldershot B.I.A. and the Plains Road Village Vision Group. The sign location would include benches and landscaping. It would be a big sign and would welcome people to Burlington but also to the "Aldershot Village".

Warwick Surrey Neighbourhood

Recently I attended an open house sponsored by Homestead Land Holdings to celebrate their purchase of the old apartment building at 950 Warwick Court. Homestead has begun an intense renovation and upgrading program, including modernizing all vacant suites with features such as stainless steel appliances, upgraded countertops, sinks, cabinets, and flooring. The new investment in this aging apartment building is the latest in a series of steps that have strengthened the vitality of the Warwick Surrey neighbourhood.

You may recall that late last year we officially opened the new Bolus Gardens Ball Hockey Court adjacent to the apartment buildings. I have always been pleased to work with the Warwick Surrey Community Association and am proud of the many successes in this part of Aldershot.

Cootes to Escarpment

Momentum is growing around the Cootes to Escarpment Park initiative. The projec t now has a full time office, staff person and governing council. It has adopted a new brand and tag line......"Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System....naturally connected". In 2014 the project team aims to lobby both the Federal and Provincial governments to gain formal recognition of the new park which ultimately could be the largest urban park in Canada. It includes 4,700 acres of natural lands at the western end of Lake Ontario, including large areas of north Aldershot. The goal is to provide long-term stewardship and joint management of these public lands. This is one of the most biologically rich areas in Canada and is home to nearly a quarter of the country's wild plants and more than 50 species at risk. Three major public events will take place in 2014. On the evening of February 19, Mayor Goldring will make Cootes to Escarpment the topic of his "Inspire" series public discussion. On March 27 I will host a public meeting in Aldershot concerning Cootes to Escarpment and on May 30 there will be a public dedication of the 15 acres of land in North Aldershot that was donated by Mr. John Holland and will become part of the park system.


Alzheimer Society 2014 Walk For Memories Sunday, January 26 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Royal Botanical Gardens. To join a team or sponsor a walker visit the 2014 Walk for Memories website.

DECEMBER 13, 2013


News from the Desk of Councillor Rick Craven

Dear Friends,

As we leave 2013 we can look back with satisfaction on the progress we made in Ward One. It has been a great year. There was a lot to celebrate! The four things I will remember most about 2013 were: the long-awaited opening of the King Road railway underpass, the significant progress made on our new hospital, the 50th anniversary of the Tyandaga community and City Council's approval of the final plans for improving Plains Road.

It has been a continuing pleasure for me to work with many community leaders, groups and agencies dedicated to the wellbeing of our City. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.



King Road Underpass Officially Opening

It is open! After three years of difficult and complicated construction our  new underpass is finally open. Residents of west Burlington will no longer be delayed by up to a hundred train crossings each day. Once again I want to express the City's deep appreciation to the neighbourhood residents and businesses that have been inconvenienced during the construction. Although some work will continue into 2014 to finish the job, no more major closures are anticipated. In the end the project cost nearly $35 million. Along with the 2010 opening of the new 403 interchange, the underpass should stimulate development of adjacent "employment" lands along Hwy 403, eventually bringing more jobs to our community.


Provincial Road Work 

 The MTO is now conceding that "due to unforeseen and unanticipated construction issues", both the Waterdown Road and Lemonville Road bridge works will extend well into 2014. The Lemonville Road bridge will remain in a single lane configuration over the winter months, the same as it is now. Traffic is reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary signal. The Waterdown Road bridge has been fully reopened for now but lanes will again be reduced in the spring with the resumption of construction.


403/ Waterdown Road Neighbourhood Study

As part of the City's current Official Plan Review there have been discussions about the neighbourhood immediately north and west of the 403 interchange. How will the interchange and future growth of the "mobility hub" at the GO station impact this area? Planning staff and I have already met with residents. Since then, planners have been consulting with internal departments and with external agencies such as the Region of Halton and the MTO, to better understand the opportunities and limitations related to any land use changes in this area. I anticipate that another meeting will be held with residents during the winter.


CAMA Woodlands Nursing Home

Progress continues on this major renewal and expansion project in north Aldershot. CAMA is doubling the size of its facility and upgrading existing rooms. Current residents will be moving into the new addition in March. New residents will move in to the current building next September after it has been renovated.


Bruce Trail Hike

Sunday, December 22 - Hidden Valley Aldershot 8km, Medium Pace

Meet by 1:30 pm in Hidden Valley in Aldershot. Take Plains Road West, turn north onto Howard Road, and go down the hill. Park in the first parking lot on your right at the bottom of the hill. Hike Leader Paul Toffoletti 905-634-2642



December 10, 2013

Well it's finally going to happen. The King Road Bridge construction will to open to traffic at 5 PM on Friday, December 13, 2013.


November 8, 2013

Plains Road Functional Design

Burlington City Council has approved the long-term plan for fixing Plains Road. This relates to the roadway itself and includes projects to eventually widen sidewalks, reconstruct and resurface parts of the road, improve bike lanes, reduce overhead wires, enhance landscaping etc. This plan is the final piece in our effort to rehabilitate Plains Road. The fact that Council's approval was unanimous is a tribute to the decade long effort of Aldershot's Plains Road Village Vision group and our Business Improvement Area. My thanks to all the citizens involved in advocating for these improvements. The first major projects to be undertaken will be a new crosswalk and traffic light at St. Matthew's Avenue, a new "gateway" sign feature in the area of the RBG and improvements to the intersection of Plains and Waterdown Road. As is usual in these situations all plans are subject to annual budget reviews.

Simultaneous with the passage of the Functional Design is the completion of the  2013 "Connect People and Places on Plains Rd" campaign.

November 8, 2013

From  Councillor Rick Craven

Here is the latest link for news in the Aldershot area and beyond.


Councillor Rick Craven's update

Here's a great link talking about Ward 1 acitivites: everything from bus route improvements, future building on Plains Rd, the train underpass on King Rd and more.


Animal Welfare Association

The Christmas penny sale is coming up on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection, 821 Upper Wentworth, Hamilton. Doors open at 5:30 PM and the first draw is at 7:30 PM. We hope you can come out to support us. Bring your friends, family and neighbours. For more information:

Aldershot Group Hits the Streets

Aldershot's Plains Road Village Vision Committee (PRVV) is now hanging out on street corners! Come and chat with Leslie Bullock on October 19, 2013 from 9 - 11 AM infront of Maplehurst School.

The PRVV will meet with the public at key intersections each Saturday in October. The initiative is part of the group's continuing effort to engage the public about the future of Aldershot's main street.  The PRVV wants Aldershot residents to complete the phrase "Plains Road is........" using markers on a large white board.

The Plains Road Village Vision is a decade old plan aimed at improving Plains Road and converting it from its old "Highway Two" status to that of a more complete, attractive and interesting main street. While much has been accomplished through zoning, engineering, landscaping and private sector investment the PRVV understands that there's still a lot to be done.

The public is invited to take a moment out of their day and visit with the PRVV, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., write their comments on the white board and share their ideas.

The PRVV schedule is: [Plains Road Village Vision]

Sat. Oct 5         Corner King Rd and Plains Rd

Sat. Oct 12       Corner LaSalle Pk Drive and Plains Rd

Sat. Oct 19       In front of Maplehurst School on Plains Rd -- Leslie will be there!

Sat. Oct 26       Corner Plains Rd and Francis Rd



August 27, 2013

Transforming Aldershot, Part One and Part Two:

MAY 1, 2013

Don't forget--The Royal Botanical Gardens is having their annual Auxiliary Plant Sale May 1, 2 4, & 5 in the Arboretum


APRIL 26, 2013


East Plains United Church has the second ELECTRONIC RECYCLING PROGRAM underway for the next 7 weeks. Volunteers will be on hand on Saturday mornings between 9 AM and 12 noon in the west parking lot to receive all of your unwated electronic items. The following items are acceptable:

televison, stand-alone computers, computer monitors, laptops, printers, telephones, cellular phones, cameras, radios, audio equipment.


If necessary, porch pick up is available--electronics only.



The Aldershot Community Honour Roll hosts its 6th annual reception on TUESDAY, MAY 28. Nominations are invited for people of any age whose leadership, vision, creativity or initiative benefited either Aldershot or the community beyond Aldershot.

If you would like to nominate a current or former Aldershot resident, please complete the nomination form which can be found at:


Nominations should be sent to: Aldershot Honour Roll C/0 614 Bayshore Bl, Burlington ON  L7T 1T1. Tickets for the reception are $25 and are available by calling Lou at 905-526-1501



Aldershot is about to join 85 other communities in 17 countries by hosting its first ever "JANE'S WALK". The event, to include both a walk and a cycling tour, will be held on the afternoon of SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013, rain or shine. JANE'S WALKS are conversational tours inspired by urban thinker Jane Jacobs. The goal is to put people in touch with where they live and with each other. Walkers and cyclists are inivted to meet in the parking lot at Holy Rosary School at 1:30 PM on MAY 5. The walking tour will go from Shadeland Av to King Rd and back. The cycling tour will take place in south-east Aldershot. The entire event will run about two hours, with a refreshment break in the middle. The event is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 905-335-7600 ext 7587



Order forms are available at the church or download the form from the church website   Monies raised will to go the church's operating fund. Pick up dates are FRIDAY, MAY 17  5 - 8 PM or SATURDAY MAY 18  8 AM - 1 PM.

APRIL 3, 2013

Here's the latest from the Royal Botanical Gardens. Mulch day is coming--be sure you are a member of the RBG to take advantage of this event.

MARCH 22, 2013

And the news just keeps rolling at about what is happening at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The nest of eagles has eaglets in it as of today. Head off to the boardwalk closest to the nest (Marshwalk Boardwalk – Cootes Paradise NS) to see this spectacular sight. Take along your binoculars.

MARCH 19, 2013

Burlington has been voted #1 for the Best Place to Live by MoneySense Magazine. Here's the link with more information.  Burlington has also been voted the #4 place to and #1 place for new immigrants.

MARCH 19, 2013

TORONTO, March 19, 2013 – The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Port Moody–Westwood–Port Coquitlam), today announced funding for the Royal Botanical Gardens for an innovative marketing project.

 “Our Government recognizes that arts and heritage organizations contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of our communities and enrich the quality of life of all Canadians,” said Minister Moore. “We are proud to support the Royal Botanical Gardens, a world-renowned botanical garden that welcomes more than 190,000 visitors per year.”

 The Royal Botanical Gardens, open to the public since 1932, is the largest botanical garden in Canada and a national historic site. It features dozens of documented collections displayed in five major garden exhibition areas. With this funding, the Royal Botanical Gardens, in partnership with 18 other botanical gardens across Canada, plans to improve attendance, interest and support for Canadian botanical gardens by developing and sharing various marketing strategies and tools.

 "Around the world, botanical gardens and arboreta are re-inventing themselves as society evolves and changes", said Mark Runciman, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Botanical Gardens.  "This project, which is the largest single investment ever made in the botanical gardens network across Canada, is part of this transformation. It will help these educational and scientific institutions to better reach the public and also to improve their financial sustainability."


The Government of Canada is providing total funding of $595,000 over three years through the Strategic Initiatives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund. The Strategic Initiatives component provides funding for projects supported by multiple partners and benefitting many organizations. These initiatives help arts and heritage organizations diversify their revenue streams and strengthen the efficiency of their management and business practices.

MARCH 14, 2013

There is a lot going on the the Royal Botanical Gardens! Click here for more details! 

Here's what's happening:

DINOSAURS! to April 7

Prehistoric Brunch Apr 7 at the Gardens Cafe

Easter Brunch March 31 in the Auditorium

Members Mulch Day April 20

Earth Day April 20 at the Arboretum

Auxiliary Plant Sale May 1, 2 4, & 5 in the Arboretum

Tulip Festival and Lilac Festival in May 

Rose Festival in June 

Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues starting Wednesdays June - Sept beinning at 6 - 8:30 PM in Hendrie Park

Magic and Mischief in July and August

ZimSculpt Aug 17 - Sept 30 in Hendrie Park 

Teddy Bear Picnic Aug 31- Sept 1 in the Rock Garden

Holiday Traditions featuring RBG train show Nov 14- Jan 5 at the RBG Centre

MARCH 11,2013


March Break at Pioneer Energy's Battle of the Titans

Now to April 7 Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. @ RBG Centre

MARCH 11, 2013


Open Space in North Aldershot To Be Preserved

By now you have probably heard that businessman John Holland has generously donated 37 acres of land to the City of Burlington. This natural setting is located south of Snake Road and west of York Road. The City plans to preserve this area as open space and make it part of the evolving Cootes-to-Escarpment park system. This is great news for north Aldershot and for our environment. My thanks to Mr. Holland for his generous gift and vision for the future of our community. I also want to thank Mayor Goldring for his guidance and support during the behind-the-scenes discussions which lead to this great news.

New Ball Hockey Court Planned for Warwick Surrey

The public is invited to an "Open House" to see plans for the construction of a new "Ball Hockey Court" in Bolus Gardens Parkette. The plan is to build a fenced and paved area just north of the existing multi use court in the parkette. This will allow for year-round ball hockey for players of all ages. This project was initiated by the Warwick Surrey Community Association with the aim of enriching recreational opportunities in this neighbourhood. Major funding is coming from the GWD Foundation for Kids with support and management from the City of Burlington. The meeting is Wednesday April 3, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Reach Out Center for Kids, 645 Plains Road East, in the plaza beside McDonalds.

Indian Point Character Study

Over the past couple of years a variety of planning issues have come up regarding Indian Point. Development pressures have resulted in some land severances reducing a couple of lot sizes. Some residents feel that if this trend continues the unique character of Indian Point could be threatened. On the other hand, private property owners have the right, under the Ontario Planning Act, to apply for such severances. Since the City of Burlington is currently in the midst of its 5 year Official Plan review, the time has come for this discussion. Consequently, the City will host a meeting about Indian Point at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 in the Shoreline Room at the Burlington Arts Centre.

Meanwhile, there has been a new development. The City has received a request for the demolition of the old home at 504 Indian Road. This home is "listed" as an "A" on the City's heritage list of historic homes. This listing means that the home cannot be demolished for 60 days in order to give the City time to determine if the home should be protected under the Ontario Heritage Act. As you can imagine, this is quite controversial. Staff are expected to bring a report on this matter to the April 15, Community Development Committee meeting.

Rescheduled Public Meeting About 34 Plains Road Development

We had to cancel an earlier date for a public meeting about a proposed new development on Plains Road. This has now been rescheduled. The project is at 34 Plains Road East which is the old retail plaza adjacent to (but not including) Russell Williams Restaurant. The proposal is for a new 6-storey condominium building with some retail space on the first floor. The public meeting to review and discuss the proposal will now be held Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Aldershot Pool Community Room.

Proposed New Development on Plains Rd West

The City has received an application for construction of a three-storey stone and brick building on the vacant triangle of land adjacent to the RBG's Laking Garden and at the most western portion of Spring Gardens Road. The proposed building would include 1,900 square feet of retail space on the first floor, 9 apartments above and underground parking. The proposal requires site plan approval, minor variances and an amendment to the Parkway Belt. The City will circulate the application to various departments for comments and then I will host a neighbourhood meeting to respond to any questions or concerns.

Reminder About Traffic Disruptions

The Ministry of Transportation is planning major maintenance work on two Aldershot bridges starting in April. The work on the Lemonville Road and Waterdown Road bridges over the 403 will last for about 8 months. It is expected that this work will significant disrupt the local traffic pattern.

Aldershot Streets to be Resurfaced

With the passage of the 2013 City budget I am now able to confirm that the following streets will be resurfaced this year: Howard Road Extension, Oaklands Park Court, Plumtree Drive, Springbank Crescent, Ellengale Road, Gayne Blvd, Cloverleaf Drive, Glenview Avenue, Old Orchard Road (from White Oak to Manorwood) and Manorwood Drive (from Old Orchard to Grove Park).

What's Happening At the North End of King Road?

The 1,700 square meter building under construction at 578 King Forest Court (north of the 403) is the new head office of GYP Technology. This firm is a global leader in the design and construction of drywall equipment. It is moving its Canadian head office from Mississauga to Aldershot and is expected to bring 60 engineering jobs to our community.

6th Annual Aldershot Honour Roll

The Aldershot Community Honour Roll will host its 6th annual reception on Tuesday, May 28 at the Mercedes Benz dealership on North Service Road.
Nominations are invited for people of any age whose leadership, vision, creativity or initiative benefited either Aldershot or the community beyond Aldershot.

If you would like to nominate a current or former Aldershot resident please complete the nomination form which can be found at one of the following web sites:
Aldershot Honour Roll,

Aldershot Village BIA,

Rick Craven,

Nominations should be sent to the Aldershot Honour Roll, c/o 614 Bayshore Blvd, Burlington, L7T 1T1 no later than April 5, 2013.
Tickets for the reception are $25 and are available by calling Lou at 526-1501.


Property Tax Rebates for Seniors

You could be eligible for a $450 rebate if you or your spouse are 65 years of age or older, receive the guaranteed income supplement and have owned your home in Burlington for at least one year. For more information call City Hall at 335-7600.

Garbage Bag Limit - Tag Pick-up Info

The new expanded blue box, three bag limit and "bag tag" programs begin on April 1. On that date you will be able to add mixed plastics, empty steel paint cans and spiral bound cardboard containers to your blue box. You will also be required to display a garbage tag on any garbage bag/container that exceeds the new three bag limit. A maximum of three untagged garbage bags/containers and three tagged garbage bags/containers will be collected on your scheduled collection day.

From April 1 to September 7, households exceeding the three bag limit will be required to display complimentary garbage tags and starting September 9 households exceeding the three bag limit will be required to buy $2 garbage tags. Garbage tags will be available through the Region's website by using an online request tool or by calling 311. Garbage tags may also be picked up at the following locations; Aldershot Library, Brant Hills Library and Aldershot Home Hardware.

Complimentary garbage tags will be available starting March 18 and there will be no limit on the number you may pick up. If you contact the Region requesting tags you will be mailed six sheets of five complimentary tags. The complimentary tags may not be used after September 7. The $2 garbage tags will be available starting August 19 and may be purchased in groups of five for $10.

Residents who live in a townhouse complex where they are required to place their garbage in a common area for collection are exempt from the tag program but are still restricted to 3 garbage bags.

How to Get Your New Big Blue Box

The Region has planned a series of truckload events during March. You will be able to pick up, free of charge, one tall 22 gallon blue box, one GreenCart and Kitchen Catcher and an Information kit. In our area the nearest location will be the Burlington Closed Landfill Site on the North Service road, Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The containers can also be picked up at Regional Headquarters in Bronte.

New Tree Bylaw Being Considered

The City is currently gathering information on how the community feels about the idea of a new Tree Bylaw. The long-term goal is to preserve as much of our City's tree cover as possible. The main area of controversy centers on whether restrictions should be placed on the removal of trees from private property. Your opinion is welcome. For more information please go to:

MARCH 6, 2013

Click to find out what is happening at the Royal Botanical Gardens!

MARCH 6, 2013


King Road Underpass
Work is continuing on the new aqueduct portion of this big project. The aqueduct will carry the Indian Creek over King Road just north of the underpass. Construction of the aqueduct is expected to be completed in the spring, after which road work will be done to connect the new underpass with Plains Road and the North Service Road. Full closures of King Road may be expected for 3 weeks in June and another 3 weeks in September as the work continues. With some luck we could be driving through the new underpass by November.

Former Canadian Tire Site on Plains Road
My office has received a number of inquiries since a development sign went up on this property. It is true that the property has been sold to a local developer but no formal application has been made to the City yet for redevelopment of this site. I was advised by the developer however that he hopes to build a "mix of commercial and residential units with the commercial separate from the residential". I will certainly keep you advised and if and when an application is filed I will host a public meeting to review the proposal.

Greenwood Cemetery Approval
City Council has given its approval to a $450,000 expansion of the Greenwood Cemetery, east of Francis Road in Aldershot. The work, most of which will take place in 2013, will include decorative fencing along Francis Road, a new driveway entrance off Greenwood Drive and a public seating node at the corner of Greenwood and Francis. This will include two benches and low level plantings. The cemetery itself will eventually have more interment plots, new columbarium nodes and more landscaping.
Click on the link to view a copy of the expansion report and design.

Eagle Heights
In my January message I advised that Paletta International had signaled its intention to move ahead with its "Eagle Heights" subdivision application for north Aldershot. As a result, Paletta has submitted a technical report about the traffic impact of the proposed subdivision. Click on the link to view this report. If you have any comments on the traffic analysis please submit them to: Mike Crough, Planner, City of Burlington, Ph. 905-335-7600 ext. 7427, Email:
The Ontario Municipal Board meanwhile will be checking in on the status of the Paletta application in April. This increasingly complex file involves the proposed construction of 870 new homes, including 4 apartment buildings, in north Aldershot west of Waterdown Road.

Waterdown Road and Lemonville Road Bridge Construction in 2013
The MTO is expected to begin major maintenance on the both the Lemonville Road and Waterdown Road bridges over the 403 this coming spring, probably in April. The work will last for the entire construction season and is expected to be quite disruptive to traffic flow. The Lemonville bridge will be reduced to one lane with a temporary traffic light. The Waterdown bridge will be reduced from to two lanes, one in each direction. The work on the Waterdown bridge includes a new concrete and asphalt deck and new concrete railings. Also, the MTO will be storing its construction equipment during this period at the north/east corner of the 403 interchange.

City of Hamilton Position on Waterdown Road
Hamilton is putting pressure on the Province to deal quickly with the objections to the widening of Waterdown Road in North Aldershot. There were 7 objections to the proposed widening. The most significant of these is from Conservation Halton and has to do with the need for a wildlife crossing. The Province ultimately has jurisdiction over these objections but the City of Burlington has been working to resolve the concerns since last summer. Hamilton has written to the Minister of Environment asking the Province to make a decision on the objections "in a timely manner" so that construction may proceed. Hamilton sites development pressures in the area and; "The lack of proper transportation infrastructure impacts the health and safety of the community".

Employment Lands in Aldershot
In a recent report to City Council the Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) commented on the available employment lands in Aldershot. These are the open areas south of the 403, north of the railway tracks, between Waterdown Road and King Road. The City's long term goal is to build a south service road through this area and attract new businesses that will bring jobs to our community. BEDC commented; "the 403 West Corridor offers good highway visibility and transportation accessibility as it provides easy access to the GO Transit Waterdown Road Station and Toronto's financial core. As a result, some employers will value opportunities to develop office and/or corporate space that provide employees with easy community capabilities. The location on the western edge of Burlington provides access for employees who reside in less costly communities in Hamilton, Cambridge and Niagara". Council directed the BEDC to prepare a strategy to encourage the development of these lands over time.

Rick Craven
City of Burlington & Region of Halton
Councillor, Ward One
Ph: 905-335-7600 ext. 7587
Fax: 905-335-7881

MARCH 6, 2013

Royal Botanical Gardens Presents: 

Don't miss out on this rare opportunity, coming to RBG this Sunday!

Amy Stewart, award-winning author, joins us by videoconference for an afternoon of fun, botanical inspiration and botanically inspired drinks, of course! Amy discusses her new book and you can talk to her during our live Q&A. Her new book, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks, is available for sale with signed name plates. Cocktails featured in Amy's book are also available for sale.

More information on:

DECEMBER 14, 2012

Upcoming events:

Aldershot Village BIA, Board of Management Monthly meetings, 2nd Thursday monthly, 7:30 AM. Check website for location, news and events.   905-637-6930

"Alderfest on the Plains"

Art & Music Festival, Aldershot Park, Saturday, July 27, 2013



- from Councillor Rick Craven

Commencing February 2013, the Region of Halton will be offering twice a week collection of Blue Box material in the designated Business Improvement Areas. This enhancement in service will be communicated in our Waste Management Calendar for Shopping Districts. In addition, the Region will be offering year round 4x weekly collection of curbside litter containers. Note that the section of bulk waste collection does not apply to the BIA's.



- from Councillor Rick Craven

I have met with the developer of the property at the former mini-putt site beside Maplehurst School. Obviously this project has been unexpectedly delayed. Since Branthaven Homes purchased this land, the regulations have changed about building near creeks. The Halton Region Conservation Authority has advised that during a major storm, this property may receive a couple of inches of "spill" from a nearby flooded creek, so building on the site is now restricted. The developer has advised me that he thinks the "spill" problem can be overcome through grading and engineering. He is appealing to both the Conservation Authority and the Ministry of Natural Resources. If he succeeds, he plans to go ahead with this original idea to build 34 townhomes and 6,000 square feet of retail stores. The bottom line here is that construction is not imminent. I will keep you advised of the situation.


November 15, 2012

ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS: upcoming events----Holiday Traditions Featuring the RBG Train Show, November 16 to January 6 and The Auxiliary of RBG Christmas Show and Sale November 15 to 17.

The Holiday Traditions at the RBG begins November 16 and runs to January 6. Daily 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM

Come to see the largest botanical train set which pays tribute to great Canadian landmarks.

VISIT SANTA AND HIS REINDEER: weekends November 17 to Dec 22. The region's best dressed Santa has brought along his trusty companions for some memorable photo opportunities.

TRAIN WEEKEND, December 1 and 2: Join model railways clubs from the region and enjoy demonstrations of various scales of trains.

BREAKFAST with SANTA, December 8 and 16: This is your little one's chance to get up close and personal with the Big Guy himself!

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE: weekends November 17 to December 23: Head upstairs to SANTA'S  WORKSHOP to make a winter craft (10 AM to 4 PM), build a toy (11:40 AM to 12:40 PM), hear a story (10:40 AM and 2:50 PM), write a letter to Santa and more! From December 27 to January 6, join in for story time (11 AM and 2 PM), a winter hike (1 PM), winter crafts and a touch table (10 AM to 4 PM). Weekend entertainment is provided for your enjoyment.


Located in the Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium: November 15 10 AM to 8 PM, November 16 10 AM to 6 PM and November 17 10 AM to 5 PM. Vendors and demonstrations of amaryllis bulbs, taking care of your holiday plants and affordable table decor.

For more info:

October 30, 2012


The 10th Annual Burlington Studio Tour begins Nov 3 and Nov 4, 2012 from 10 AM to 5 PM. FREE ADMISSION. For more information, see

Dave Lawson - Black and White Photography
My work explores the simplification of the world, but attempts to maintain elements of the natural complexity. Attention to fine detail, removal of colour, pushing forward the interplay of light and dark,renders that simplification without flattening the vision.

Visit Dave Lawson at Edy Roy Gallery,654 Spring Gardens Rd. Burlington ON . This is Dave's 4th year at the Studio Tour.

The Edy Roy Gallery exhibits art work of superior quality. We carefully select work from and represent professional artists who take exceptional pride in the originality of their art.

October 30, 2012


EAST PLAINS UNITED CHURCH, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2012, 375 Plains Rd E, Burlington ON  (at Dovercourt)

9:30 AM to 4 PM. Adult Admission $1.00

Over 50 artisans in the 39th arts and crafts show and sale. East Plains Ladies' Workshop, Bake Sale and Deli, 11th annual Granny's Bargain Bonanza, Next to New Books, The Spirit of Christmas Past, Children's Treasures, Luncheon in the Campbell Room, East & Treats and the 15th Annual Silent Auction.

October 29, 2012

Come and share with the Aldershot Village BIA in the lighting of the Christmas Tree of Hope on FRIDAY, NOV 30/12  FROM 7 - 8 PM AT PLUCKER'S WING & CRAB SHACK PARKING LOT, 355 PLAINS RD EAST, Burlington ON.

Help us light the tree once again this year and collect funds, clothing and food for the local Compasion Society plus provide ongoing support for the CHML/Y108 Children's Fund serving Hamilton and Burlington. Free hot chocolate and hot dogs, entertainment and horse drawn wagon rides. SANTA ARRIVES AT 7:45 PM

October 19, 2012

Steps to a Walkable Community By America Walks & Sam Schwartz Engineering

Walking is the oldest, and yet most common form of transportation used by people of all ages, cultures and economic status. It has a profound impact on transportation, health, economic development, social equality and overall quality of life. Steps to a Walkable Community is a comprehensive guide useful for those interested in contributing to creating environments where citizens have the choice to walk to their desired destination. The guide outlines the benefits of investing in walk-friendly design infrastructures as well as provides multidisciplinary tactics on improving walking conditions in various cities.

October 2012 News From Your Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven


Major Milestone Achieved in Building King Rd Railway Underpass
We have passed a major milestone in the construction of the King Road railway underpass! Engineers successfully installed the "tunnel" under the railway tracks during Thanksgiving weekend. This was quite an achievement as it required the precise relocation of the precast, five million pound "tunnel". Now, we enter the final year of construction with expectation that we will be driving on the new underpass by this time next year. My thanks to neighbourhood residents and businesses for their patience and co-operation.

Plains Road
The recent release of a consultant and staff analysis on the future of Plains Road has stirred a lot of controversy in Aldershot. The analysis examined the possibility of more crosswalks, better bike lanes, improved landscaping and the idea of a "road diet" or "parkway" in the area of the RBG. It's important to note that these proposals are for discussion only at this point. They deal with the long-term future of Plains Road. Nothing is going to happened in the short run and certainly not without further discussion. With specific regard to the "road diet" idea, City Council's position is that there is "no decision, no timetable and no plan at this point". In 2013 staff will bring back another report recommending which of the ideas proposed for Plains Road are "reasonable, practical and affordable".

Council Approves Upgrading of Intersection at Waterdown Road and Plains
City Council has agreed to a plan to upgrade the intersection of Plains Road and Waterdown Road and to widen Waterdown Road up to Masonry Court. The aim is to improve traffic flow moving through the intersection and up to the 403 interchange, enhance pedestrian safety and better align the north side of the intersection with the south side. At present, this work is scheduled for 2014 or 2015. This project is very important to our long term plan to "dress-up" this intersection as the main gateway to west Aldershot and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Should We Build a Community Garden in Aldershot?
The jury is out on whether we should build a community garden in the Francis Road bikeway, north of Marley Road. The idea is being embraced by many people and the City is prepared to build it. The problem is water supply. We need to find a reliable supply of water to service the garden and none exists at present. As you may know the City built its first community garden recently in Central Park and it has been a real hit. The idea in Aldershot is to construct a fenced area with about 17 raised gardens approximately 7' x 12 ‘. Gardeners rent these plots for a nominal sum and use them to grow vegetables. There are obvious benefits for physical activity, growing local food and the environment. A final decision is expected soon.

Foo Ho Restaurant
I have been advised that the owner of this popular Aldershot location is retiring and the building has been sold. The restaurant will close after Christmas. I understand that the property has been purchased by a developer but the City has not received any proposal for the future use of this building or location.

Liquor Store in Aldershot
Once again the LCBO has rejected my request that they open a store in Aldershot. In response to my second letter, Jackie Bonic, Vice President of Store Development said "The establishment of a retail outlet in Aldershot has not yet been identified in our current plan. We will continue to monitor changes in this area, as part of our on-going market studies" (and) "In the spring of 2013 we are planning on expanding our Burlington store at Fairview and Maple".

Greenwood Cemetery Update
A public meeting was recently held in Aldershot to discuss the proposed expansion of the Greenwood Cemetery. You may recall that Mr. Lorne McMillan donated 8 hectares of land to the cemetery, bordering on Francis Road and Greenwood Drive. The proposal is to expand the cemetery over to Francis Road with a variety of burial options including casket burial, columbarium and cremation burial. The internal layout will take the form of a picturesque park setting with gardens and seated areas. Parking will be on the shoulders of internal roads. Decorative fencing will surround the expansion with trees, shrubs and seats along Francis Road and Greenwood Drive. A proposed "seated node" at the corner of Francis and Greenwood is still under discussion.

Official Opening of New Seniors Apartment Building Set for October 19
Please join me on Friday, October 19 at 8:30 a.m. for a brief ceremony marking the official opening of the new Halton Community Housing Corporation seniors' apartment building in Aldershot. The Aldershot Village Residence is located at 540 Plains Road East, above our new library. The building houses 65 seniors' residences, including 10 which are specifically designed for seniors using wheel chairs.

October 18, 2012

Are you ready for the first cold day of fall? Many in our community are not.

Our community is in desperate need of gently used or new coats, hats, mitts, gloves, scarves, boots & blankets - anything for outdoors in the winter time. Please take a few minutes to see if there is an unused coat, an extra pair of boots, anything you can donate. Bring your donations into Leslie Bullock’s RE/MAX Garden City office, 720 Guelph Line, Burlington or drop them in the bin provided at Leslie’s home at 241 Plains Rd. E., Burlington.

October 3, 2012

Exciting news I just have to share! In Aldershot we have the opportunity for a "Community Garden". The information session hosted by the City of Burlington and the Warwick-Surrey Community Association is Thursday October 4th, 7:00 p.m. at the Aldershot Arena on Townsend Avenue. Please come by and support our Community.

September 25, 2012

Are you ready for the first cold day of fall? Many in our community are not.Our community is in desperate need of gently used or new coats, hats, mitts, gloves, scarves, boots & blankets - anything for outdoors in the winter time. Please take a few minutes to see if there is an unused coat, an extra pair of boots, anything you can donate. Bring your donations into Leslie Bullock’s RE/MAX Garden City office, 720 Guelph Line, Burlington or drop them in the bin provided at Leslie’s home at 241 Plains Rd. E., Burlington.

September 25, 2012

For your interest, The Waterdown Road, Plains Road to Masonry Court Environmental Assessment Report (Report TS-27-12; attached link below) will be presented at the Community Development Committee meeting on Monday, October 1 at 6:30 PM at City Hall.

August 20, 2012

A lot is happening in Aldershot! The Plains Rd Corridor Functional Design and Implementation Study will be having a public meeting on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 AT 7 PM at The Royal Botantical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd W, Burlington ON. Plan to attend and have your voice heard.

Here's a link for more information.



New Street Signs on Plains
As a result of an initiative by the Aldershot Village Business Improvement Area the City is cooperating in a plan to replace all the old street signs on Plains Road. The new signs are bigger and have improved surface reflection for night visibility.

Bus Service Improvements on Plains Road
As a result of the recent review of bus service in the City, the Plains Road route will see some enhancements starting September 2. A new Route 101 “Express” bus will operate along Plains between the Burlington GO Station and downtown Hamilton. In Aldershot, it will pick up at King Road, Downsview and Waterdown Roads. Travel time to Hamilton should be reduced from 45 minutes on the current Route 1 to just 30 minutes. This will be weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., every 30 minutes. Also, the current Route 1 service will be improved on Sundays by increasing the frequency from 60 minutes to 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Future of Plains Road
Recommendations about the future of Plains Road will be presented at a public meeting at the RBG on the evening of September 19. A committee of City Council will consider the recommendations on October 3.

Among the recommendations are the following:
• Add more landscaping to the street
• Bury some of the smaller utility lines (not the big ones)
• Widen the bike lanes
• Construct a roundabout at the York Blvd
• Build more medians in the middle of the road (some with planters)
• Build more north/south cross walks (some with refuge islands for pedestrians)
• Conduct a "pilot" project to reline Plains from five lanes to three (one lane in each direction with a centre turning lane) in the area around Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, West Plains United Church and the RBG.
• And much more

Posted: MAY 8, 2012

Aldershot/Burlington Purina Walk for Dog Guides
WHERE: Aldershot Market
WHEN: Sunday, May 27, 2012
TIME: Registration at 10am
Aldershot/Burlington Purina Walk for Dog Guides

The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is holding the Purina Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, May 27 in more than 200 communities across Canada, including Burlington. The Aldershot/Burlington walk begins at the Aldershot Market at 35 Plains Rd. E. on Sunday May 27th with registration opening at 10 a.m., followed by the walk at 11 a.m.

There is no registration fee and all the proceeds from funds raised will go towards providing a dog guide at no cost to Canadians with disabilities. The foundation trains five different types of dog guides: canine vision, for the blind or visually impaired; hearing ear, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; special skills for those with a medical or physical disability; seizure response, for people with epilepsy, and autism assistance, for children with autism. According to the foundation it costs approximately $20,000 to raise and train each dog guide.

For more information or to register, contact Wenda Bourgeois at 905-335-1681, e-mail or visit

June 14, 2012

Here's a link to the Plains Road Village Vision fundraiser which took place at Geraldos. New building at the corner of Plains, LaSalle and Waterdown Roads plus the pending construction of 30,000 square feet of new retail space were highlighted.[]=387940

June 4, 2012

Notice of Third Public Information Centre
Plains Road Corridor Functional Design and Implementation Study

From Highway 403 to Queen Elizabeth Way

The City of Burlington has initiated a functional design and implementation study for corridor infrastructure and streetscape improvements within the section of Plains Road between Highway 403 and the QEW.

Plains Road is an important part of the Aldershot transportation network. It is a historical scenic roadway where retention and enhancement of the village character is of paramount importance. The project team has developed a recommended roadway design that accommodates all users – pedestrians, cyclists, transit patrons, cars and trucks – safely and efficiently. The study limits are shown below.

A key component of the study is consultation with stakeholders (public and agencies) at Public Information Centres (PICs). The third PIC has been arranged for:

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Presentation followed by workshop session

Place: Holy Rosary School, Gymnasium
261 Plains Rd., E.

This PIC will provide the public an opportunity to meet the project team, review the steps taken to date, and review and provide comments on the recommended design to the project team.

If you require further information, or if you have specific comments related to this study, please contact either of the following:

Mr. Cary Clark, P. Eng.
Manager of Development and Environmental Engineering
Engineering Department
Community Services Division
City of Burlington
426 Brant St. P.O. Box 5013
Burlington, Ont. L7R 3Z6
Telephone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7672
Fax: 905-335-7874
Mr. Bob Koziol, P. Eng.
Manager, Municipal Transportation
MMM Group Limited
100 Commerce Valley Dr. W
Thornhill, Ont. L3T 0A1
Telephone: 905-882-7249
Fax: 905-882-0055


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