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Burlington Council approves more coyote management recommendations

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 02:00 PM

Burlington, Ont.—Sept. 21, 2022— The City of Burlington Council has approved staff report BB-14-22 City of Burlington Bylaw Fine Review and Updates as part of the City’s response to the recent coyote attacks. This report recommended changes to By-law 49-2022 and By-law 60-2005 to clarify Animal Control Officers’ powers of entry, increase fines and allow for the collection of these fines through the City’s tax roll.

Under these updated bylaws, Animal Control Officers now have the discretion to issue tickets of $300 (previously $150) or issue a court summons with an increased fine range from $500 up to a maximum of $100,000 (previously, the limit was $5,000). A summons is usually reserved for serious offenses and repeat offenders.

By-law 49-2022 is the City’s Lot Maintenance Bylaw. A property owner is responsible to keep their lot clean and clear of debris. Residents and property owners can make sure they comply with the bylaw by ensuring their property is tidy and clear of garbage, food,...

City Council waives privilege to disclose initial legal budget for development application appeals

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 11:30 AM

At the Sept. 20, 2022 Burlington City Council Meeting, City Staff brought forward report L-46 -22 for Council’s consideration to waive solicitor-client privilege in order to release the initial legal budget approved by Council earlier this year related to ongoing litigation involving the appeals to the Ontario Lands Tribunal for the development applications for 2020 Lakeshore Rd. 

City Council voted earlier this year to refuse the applications for Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendment submitted by Burlington 2020 Lakeshore Inc. proposing a mixed-use development at the site of the current Waterfront Hotel. This decision by Council led the applicant to appeal to the Ontario Lands Tribunal. 

Council accepted the Staff recommendation to waive solicitor-client privilege and release the initial legal budget due to an inadvertent disclosure by Councillor Lisa Kearns of the legal budget. 

The initial legal budget for this litigation has been set at $500,000....

Electric Mobility and Climate Action Plan update

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 09:30 AM

On Sept. 20, City staff presented the Electric Mobility Strategy to Burlington City Council and also provided a progress report on the Climate Action Plan. This strategy directly supports the City’s Climate Action Plan target to become a net carbon zero community by 2050.

Electric Mobility Strategy

The Electric Mobility Strategy will support and encourage the use of electric mobility options. These options include electric vehicles (EV), electric bikes, and electric (stand-up kick) scooters in the community through the implementation of four key action areas:

  1. Charging Infrastructure and Grid Capacity: Growing residential and workplace charging capacity and expanding public charging opportunities, while working to ensure the electricity grid can support increased electric mobility uptake.
  2. City Leadership: Leading by example through fleet electrification and advocating to other levels of government to implement policies that support electric mobility options.
  3. Education and Awareness: Providing...

City eliminated third coyote identified in recent resident attacks

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:57 PM

Burlington, Ont.—Sept. 20, 2022— This morning, the City of Burlington, with the expertise of a Certified Wildlife Control Professional, have eliminated the third aggressive coyote responsible for the recent unprovoked attacks on people in south central Burlington. The coyotes were identified based on feedback and descriptions received from the residents that were attacked. The City appreciates the ongoing support of the Halton Regional Police Services (HRPS) who were present to ensure public safety and were ready to assist, if needed.

In the past several weeks, there have been seven unprovoked attacks on humans reported to the City. Animal Services staff have played a key role in tracking the coyotes identified as being responsible for all of the attacks.

The City is asking residents to continue to be vigilant in and around the areas noted on the updated map attached below and report coyote sightings using the form at burlington.ca/coyotes. City staff continue to be on high alert, this...

City of Burlington has eliminated a second coyote identified in recent attacks on residents

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2022 01:00 PM

The City of Burlington, with the expertise of a Certified Wildlife Control Professional, have eliminated a second coyote identified by its victims in recent unprovoked attacks on humans in south central Burlington. The City would like to thank the support of the Halton Regional Police Services (HRPS) who were present to ensure public safety and were ready to assist, if needed.

A third coyote of concern is still at-large.

In the past several weeks, there has been seven unprovoked attacks on humans reported to the City. Animal Services staff have played a key role in tracking the coyotes identified as being responsible for all of the attacks.

The coyote is described as having the same characteristics, a smaller sandy colored coyote, as the sixth and seventh coyote attacks on Sept. 10 and Sept. 17. The City is asking residents to continue to be vigilant in and around the areas noted on the updated map attached below and report coyote sightings using the form at burlington.ca/coyotes.

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