Council beavers away at reducing spending – has $2.7 million left over from last year – which they aren’t going to give back.

Burlington flags

By Pepper Parr February 22, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. When they brought things to a closer on Thursday we had a CURRENT budget of $134,339,651 […]

Culture in the city isn’t going to be managed – council takes a pass on the cost – maybe next year.


By Pepper Parr February 21, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. There isn’t going to be a Cultural Manager in Burlington during 2014 – perhaps in 2015, […]

Transit rider advocacy group want John street terminal kept and a better deal for those who use the bus as well.

Bfast Transit group logo

By Pepper Parr February 20, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON Doug Brown knows more about what Burlington hasn’t managed to do with its transit service than […]

Dennison finds an easy $12 million – Mayor says its a cash grab. Is the golf course a city asset in play?

Tyandaga golf club

By Pepper Parr February 19, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. You can`t fault Councillor Jack Dennison for trying – and try he does. During a Standing […]

$67 million capital buget clears a Standing Committee – council doesn’t lay a finger on the city managers goals.

Ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison, who knows the Tyandaga part of the city very well - used to represent that part of the city - wants to see a couple of hundred million dollars home on the land.  His thinking appears to be aligned with that of the city manager.

By Pepper Parr February 11, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. City manager Jeff Fielding has to be a happy camper today. Council gave him $67 million and […]

Drilling down into parts of a multi million dollar capital projects budget.


By Pepper Parr February 10, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. With the city budget determined as both capital costs and Operating costs – it can still […]

RBA, SBB, BPM – alphabet soup or a more efficient way to run a city? Will it keep our taxes down?

City Hall BEST aerial

By Pepper Parr February 4, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. Where would you go if you wanted to figure out what RBA and BPM and SBB […]

There is a hill we just might die on financially if we don’t do a better job of planning today. Is this a crisis that can be managed?

Goodram looking north from LAkeshore: a classic Burlington Street that cost $2.9 million to rebuild just a portion of the street.

By Pepper Parr BURLINGTON, ON. February 4, 2014 Jeff Fielding has a problem. It’s a big problem. We aren’t sure exactly when he realized […]

Public wanted more detail and they wanted it earlier in the budget process. Strong turnout for the first and only public meeting on budget.

Newsflash oblong

By Pepper Parr January 30, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. The public got their first chance to see real detail on the proposed 2014 budget. It […]

What they want to take from you and how they want to spend it. Budget time in Burlington. Your Budget, Your Say

Budget review 2012

By Staff BURLINGTON, ON. January 23, 2014 You write them a cheque for times a year. It’s not exactly chump change. It’s just one […]

Some magazine said we were the number one medium sized city: do the facts support that? Basically – yes!

Burlington ariel

By Pepper Parr BURLINGTON, ON. January 15, 2014 While Burlington’s budget is certainly not settled – the broad strokes are clear enough. The public […]

City Executive Budget Committee cuts council some slack and reduces their ask by .58% Council hasn’t taken that deal – yet.

Burlington flags

By Pepper Parr BURLINGTON, ON January 15, 2014 There was a bit of a buzz in the Council Chamber Tuesday afternoon – the significant […]

Budget time: Can the city stick to its 10% promise or will the tax hit over the four year term rise to 14+%?

Budget session Public (1) March 5-2011

By Pepper Parr BURLINGTON, ON. January 8, 2014 The city will get its first peak at the budget for 2014 next week when a […]

Salary levels for emergency responders are unsustainable and unfair; city still has to pay them. Mayor wants to see a change.

Fire extraction

    September 1, 2013 By Pepper Parr BURLINGTON, ON. The Mayor went to Ottawa recently to schmooze with other Mayors and to bend the […]

One more step – pier looking better and better every day. Beacon – minus a wind turbine going in today.

Pier - beacon A

    By Pepper Parr Each day a little bit more gets done. This morning, when we were told it was going to be a […]

Open up your wallet – they are asking more from you to ride those busses. Bfast strenuously opposes the increase.

Bus terminal John Street 4 busses in-out

    By Pepper Parr Burlington, Ont., April 16, 2013 —Burlington Transit will be increasing fares, effective Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The increased fares will […]

Burlington pays 117 of its employees more than $100,000 a year; that gets them on the “sunshine” list.

$100,000 does bring out a smile.

By Staff BURLINGTON, ON March 28, 2013 The following city of Burlington employees were paid a salary in excess of $100,000 during 2012. The taxable […]

Meed Ward holds feet of Councillors Lancaster and Dennison to the flames. Wanted them to pay part of Car Free Sunday event.

Car free Sunday 2012

By Pepper Parr BURLINGTON, ON. Marc h 28, 2013 It was almost sweet. The Community Services Committee was meeting to discuss a report on the […]

The feds are giving back some of the money we gave them; Burlington will see roads and water facility improvements.


By Staff OAKVILLE, ON – Halton MP Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour and the MP for Halton, has spread the largesse she hands out into […]

Meed Ward wanted to reduce the budget by $2.1 million; all she got was a raspberry from Councillor Craven.

Burlington aerial of city looking at Locust up

  By Pepper Parr BURLINGTON, ON March 19, 2013 Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed Ward was the only Council member to come up with very […]

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