Hilary Gough

Ward 2 Update - November 2019

It's the busiest time of the year over at City Hall. Read on to catch up on big files and two upcoming meetings, most importantly, budget deliberations November 25th-27th. Continue reading

Ward 2 Update - October 2019

Happy Friday!  I hope you're enjoying today's beautiful fall weather and that the weekend has some down time in store for you. Council's agenda is on the lighter side this month, but there's lots to update on. Read on for updates about key files and a heads up about budget items being prioritized for Budget 2020/2021. Budget deliberations are scheduled as an extra set of meetings at the end of next month. I'm keen to hear about your priorities. Continue reading

Ward 2 Update - September 2019

Hello!  As cooler weather sets in and we all work to figure out when and how to deal with the leaves that are falling, the City has some info to share. There's lots on the go policy-wise as well. Read on for updates on big considerations like the New Central Library project, the Low Emissions Community Plan and more on the lead up to Budget 2020/2021.  Continue reading

Ward 2 update - August 2019

Hello!  August has been a busy month for Council, and having just returned from a family wedding away, I'm eager to catch up with you all. There are a couple of big files on the agenda this month - read on for key information about budget preparations and the next steps on the climate change file. With summer coming to an end, this week is also your last chance to make use of certain outdoor city facilities/programs. More details here.  Continue reading

Ward 2 update - July 2019

I hope you're enjoying some time with family and friends this summer. July is always a bit of a slower month due to fewer meetings. I've stayed closely engaged through lots of community conversations and preparation for some important discussions at Council on Monday. You'll find more details below about that meeting that includes budget management discussions. You'll also find lots about upcoming consultations to engage in. Continue reading

Ward 2 Update - June 2019

This month is absolutely packed with awesome community events! 981 people braved some serious rain this morning to eat pancakes together in support of the United Way at the Civic Pancake breakfast. Tomorrow, thousands will join the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation, and on Saturday the Pride Parade will bring us together again. I look forward to seeing you and celebrating with you! Below you'll find these and other information about making the most of summer in the city in the 'community news' section. In the policy update section I've shared some updates and thoughts on the City budgeting process. Continue reading

Ward 2 Update May 2019

The Reconciliation flag was raised in Civic Square this morning, and events are taking place across the City over the next month to celebrate our community's diversity and strength, and the work ahead - culminating in the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on June 21st. Find this and other community events in the 'community news' section below. Also included below are some updates on the major transportation files from last month and thoughts about improving the condition and accessibility of our sidewalks. I hope that you have an excellent weekend. I look forward to bumping into many of you at the many community events that make spring such a wonderful time in our city. Continue reading

Ward 2 Update - April 2019

I hope that you had a nice long weekend with the beautiful spring weather we were treated to. There are two major transportation files on Council's agenda this month. These files form part of Transit and Active Transportation strategies developed to move our transportation system toward one that provides safe and convenient options for everyone. Balancing transportation modes to equitably serve all can help to reduce traffic congestion and reduce environmental impacts. See below under city-wide updates to get a sense of the options in front of Council regarding the routing of future Bus Rapid Transit corridors and Bike Lanes in city center. Continue reading

Ward 2 Update - March 2019

Spring is here! I hope you're enjoying these warmer and longer days as much as the grizzlies at the zoo and I are! With Spring's arrival come some major operational switch-overs and also provides an opportunity to review winter operations and plan improvements for next year. Read on for some of these considerations.  If you've been considering applying for one of the City's Boards/Committees with a current vacancy, the deadline has been extended to April 7th. Full details here. Finally, I've had some questions about City involvement in a number of projects lately, so I've done my best to provide some details and clarity below under 'city wide policy updates'. Continue reading

Ward 2 Update - January 2019

I hope that 2019 is off to a good start for you and that there is much to look forward to this year. I'm excited at the possibilities that this year holds and look forward to hearing from you about where you feel City Council's attention should be directed. Wild weather this weekend has got roadways crews out and travellers feeling cautious, but there've been a number of opportunities to think differently about Winter in our city this week. The WinterCity Shakeup conference brought attendees from across the global North to discuss winter planning and winter fun. Winter Bike to Work Day encouraged people to ride their bikes to work and provided warm up stations to support and celebrate. Winterruption gave endless reasons to leave our homes for great shows and more, and WinterShines is now off to a strong start with ice sculptures, activities, and even a soup cook-off! How are you embracing winter this year? Check out great options for outdoor fun at WinterShines here. Finally, don't miss details below about a consultation on Jan 31st regarding the City's growth plan.  Continue reading