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Marianne Meed Ward
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city and regional councillor, Burlington; journalist
city and regional councillor, Burlington; journalist

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Article provides summary of development, staff recommendation and rationale for refusal, and process at OMB, including how residents can participate.

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On Oct. 20, I was notified that three households (four residents) in my Ward have together filed a complaint against me with the Ontario Municipal Ombudsman regarding my public comments in my role as City/Regional Councillor for Ward 2 Burlington about the city’s decision to sell publicly-owned waterfront land between Market Street and St. Paul Street in my Ward.

I am confident that the allegations will be shown to be baseless and without merit, bordering on the libellous. I welcome an investigation that will clear up the incorrect information that is being circulated, so that we can have a reasonable discussion on an important matter of public policy, that being whether public waterfront land should remain in public hands or be sold to private homeowners.

This action is an unfortunate diversion from the main issue at stake, which is the sale of public waterfront land. I hope that we can return to discussing the issues respectfully, and agree to disagree respectfully.

The full text of my public statement in response to this complaint is below, along with links to the complaint, the court case cited and supporting documents.

I remain committed to full public dialogue on this issue, including with the homeowners/complainants in this 

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Our waterfront is one of the defining features of Burlington – and one of the most cherished. But we’ve lost ground on waterfront access and protection in this term of council. I will continue to advocate for public access to the waterfront and protection for the unique beach community. See video with long-time residents talking about the impact of willing buyer/willing seller decision.

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Read the latest Ward 2 Newsletter. My take on how we can improve intensification planning; Is Burlington Central closing? - setting the record straight, State of the downtown and more.
https://madmimi.com/s/2bf145
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