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Written by Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made.

As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington.

The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful.

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  1. None Burlington High Schools should be slated to close. A short term solution for money from the Ministry is backward thinking, I attended a recent Open House and thought the way the information was presented was poor, confusing and lacking – all the potential alternatives and those 6 options were what they came up with?

    Then I heard those weren’t really the preferred options… How could any member of the public come up with constructive comments based on the provided info? What could possibly come out of the process other than pitting school districts against each other? I don’t have confidence in their projection model – how does it account for demographics as neighbourhoods turn over? There are more unanswered questions being ignored than information provided answering the public’s’ concerns. Have all the options been considered ie a merge of the the HDSB and the Catholic District to address escalating transportation costs, the utilization of walkable schools and boundary changes; a reworking model of the existing school boundaries or the busing of Hayden’s overflow students to Pearson.

    There is an unsettling key and fundamental flaw to this whole process. Four trustees are answerable only to Burlington voters in their respective wards. They can all vote to do nothing and yet the trustees from Milton, Halton Hills and Oakville will be able to carry the blame and shiv for the Burlington Schools. Wouldn’t trustees and councils voted for at large would make much more sense. The PAR process is in need of an overhaul.

    Sharron Langford

  2. I wrote a letter to the post (published) indicating I suspected this was the case. The PAR process needs to stop now!

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