Protection of Agriculture and Rural Lands

One of the biggest challenges communities will face over the next decade is protecting our green space.

Previous Councils have had the vision to protect our Escarpment, but we still need to do more.

Myself, along with Councillor Taylor led the coalition of hundreds of residents to prevent a Highway from being built right through our Rural Area.

Our parks and green spaces are clearly important to our residents, and I am committed to ensuring there is proper green space in new development, while enhancing our existing green space.

I am proud that I have achieved more trees for shade, more benches for sitting, continued upgrades for existing infrastructure, and upgrades to our sports field maintenance programs.

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Our Commitment to Parks

During my time on Council, we opened several parks such as: Doug Wright Park, Palladium Park, and Norton Park.

We also renewed Ireland Park, re-built Doug Wright Park (after a fire), and installed a Pavilion and Water Feature at Millcroft Park, along with numerous upgrades to play equipment.

I am currently working on even more upgrades, including a naturalized park at Pinemeadow Park, a Japanese Garden at Tansley Woods, and a Foraging garden at Zimmerman Park.

Food Security Threats

One of the biggest threats communities across Canada will face over the next decades will be food security.

Climate change and a growing population will be contributing factors, and I believe we can work together to address this growing crisis.

First, we must protect our existing Agricultural areas, and encourage farmers to grow food for humans rather than for animals.

Agricultural lands are under significant threat, as estate homes are built and land is no longer farmed. Or, the land is leased out and not properly stewarded to ensure it remains fertile.

As the Co- Chair of Burlington’s Agricultural Committee, I am committed to working with the Region, the Province, and the Federal Government on this important issue.

In the meantime, you and I can help by growing our own food. We need to get back to home gardens, community gardens, and container gardens just like our parents and grandparents did.

Just growing a small amount of food or preserving local foods will make a difference.

I advocated for the Ireland Park Community garden being installed this year and the foraging garden at Zimmerman Park.

Fun fact! Did you know that 50% of Burlington’s land mass is Rural?

Protecting Our Green Space

As Burlington achieves build out, our green spaces including parks and golf courses will be under significant threat.

I believe that it is important to protect these areas for the benefit of all our residents. I support the mayor's idea of turning downtown parking lots into parks by putting the parking underground.

During my time on Council, we opened several parks such as: Doug Wright Park, Palladium Park, and Norton Park.

We also renewed Ireland Park, re-built Doug Wright Park (after a fire), and installed a Pavilion and Water Feature at Millcroft Park (along with numerous upgrades to play equipment).

I am currently working on even more upgrades, including a naturalized park at Pinemeadow Park, a Japanese Garden at Tansley Woods, and a Foraging garden at Zimmerman Park.

Our parks and green spaces are clearly very important to our residents, and I am committed to ensuring there is proper green space in new development, while continuing to enhance our existing green space.

I am proud to have achieved the planting of more trees for shade, more benches for sitting, continued upgrades for existing infrastructure, and upgrades to our sports field maintenance programs.