Town of Halton Hills recognized with Smart Commute Gold Workplace designation

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For the second consecutive year, the Town of Halton Hills has received the Smart Commute Gold Workplace designation from Metrolinx and Smart Commute Halton.

This designation recognizes the Town’s outstanding commitment to being an employer that supports sustainable transportation options for commuters through its participation in the Smart Commute program. These options include: carpooling, cycling, providing sheltered bike lockers and walking.

Smart Commute is a transportation demand management program focused on reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, providing more sustainable travel options and reducing commuting costs. The new Smart Commute online tool launched this past year allows commuters to explore their commute options, match with potential carpoolers and track their impacts. To date, through a network of 13 offices in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Smart Commute is currently working with 340 workplaces representing more than 730,000 employees.

“The Smart Commute Gold Workplace designation recognizes the Town’s outstanding support of more sustainable commuting options. This is an example of Town staff committing to practical actions to be more sustainable as well as supporting the implementation of the Green Plan. The Town of Halton Hills is proud to be an environmental leader,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette.

The Town’s participation in the Smart Commute program supports the implementation of the Green Plan, Community Sustainability Strategy and the Community Energy Plan by improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also supports more active lifestyles by promoting walking and cycling.

Posted: Apr. 24, 2015 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article

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Taking Action on Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Council approves draft Local Action Plan

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Building on the Community Sustainability Strategy (Imagine Halton Hills) and its long-standing commitment to energy conservation, Town Council approved the draft Local Action Plan (LAP) component of the broader Mayor’s Community Energy Plan. This marked a major milestone towards the completion of the Energy Plan.

Once completed, the Mayor’s Community Energy Plan will consist of two closely related parts. The first, through the Town’s Corporate Energy Plan, will ensure that new and existing Town facilities are built and operated as efficiently and sustainably as possible. The second component, the Local Action Plan, will take into account local land use and transportation patterns (among other factors) to examine community-wide energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Mayor Bonnette said: “The Town has been a leader in energy conservation and greenhouse gas reductions. Aligned with our Community Sustainability Strategy, we have taken countless steps in this direction, including the implementation of a Corporate Sustainable Building Policy, Green Development Standards and completion of a wide rand of facility energy upgrades. The Mayor’s Community Energy Plan will continue our efforts and leadership by outlining practical actions that are designed to generate measurable financial benefits, efficiencies, reduced operating costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions. I invite the community to browse the draft Local Action Plan.”

The draft Local Action Plan fulfills the Town’s commitments as a long-time member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate Protection program.

Specifically, the Local Action Plan is designed to complete the following three milestones of the Partners for Climate Protection program:

Accompanied by a series of recommendations, the draft Local Action Plan recommends the following greenhouse gas reduction targets for Halton Hills:

The draft Local Action Plan and the broader Mayor’s Community Energy Plan are being prepared in a context where North American municipalities are increasingly focused on energy as a strategic priority to reduce operating costs, support of economic development, mitigation against rising utility costs, and sustainability commitments. The Energy Plan also responds to the challenges posed by climate change such as more frequent and more severe extreme weather conditions. According to a 2012 report prepared for the Insurance Bureau of Canada by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction titled “Telling the Weather Story”, in Canada alone, the financial impacts caused by severe weather between 2009 and 2011, are estimated to be about $3.6 billion.

For additional information on the Mayor’s Community Energy Plan, including the Local Action Plan, please visit: http://haltonhills.ca/initiatives/CommunityEnergyPlan.php

Posted: Apr. 23, 2015 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article

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School crossing guards urgently needed in Georgetown and Acton Permanent and Standby opportunities available April 2015

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The Town of Halton Hills is looking for community-minded people to work as crossing guards in locations in Georgetown and Acton.

“Crossing guards play an important role in ensuring the safety of children everyday through our Town, but unfortunately we have a shortage at this time and are having difficulty attracting people to the role,” said Dick Spear, Superintendent of Public Works.

Crossing guards are required to escort school children across a roadway safely at designated school crossing locations in accordance with the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Town of Halton Hills guidelines.

Responsibilities include:

The position requires the following qualifications:

Permanent positions are required for two one-hour shifts per day, M-F, with a pay rate of $16.98 per hour/shift.

Standby positions are required on an as-needed basis (on-call) with a pay rate of $16.98 per hour/shift.

Mr. Spear said the role is ideal for retirees or others with flexible schedules and will be required to work in diverse weather conditions.

Posted: Apr. 22, 2015 Under: News Permanent Link to this Article

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Halton Hills Community Cycling Challenge returns with biggest goal ever

The Town of Halton Hills has announced an ambitious goal for the third annual Community Cycling Challenge, a unique community program designed to promote a more physically active and engaged citizenry. This year’s goal is 384,000 kilometres which is equivalent to the distance of the Earth to the moon. The goal was announced at a special Cyclepalooza kickoff event on April 11.

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Halton Region accepting 2015 Summer Company applications

This summer, Halton Region will once again offer support to student entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 29 through the Summer Company program. Summer Company is an Ontario Government initiative for youth entrepreneurship and employment that is coordinated locally through the Halton Region Small Business Centre. Successful applicants will receive hands-on business training and mentoring, and can receive up to $3,000 in funding to help start and run their own summer businesses.

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Town wins Parks and Recreation Ontario Award for Regan Ridge Bridge

A pedestrian bridge installed by the Town in Hungry Hollow has been selected as a recipient of a prestigious Excellence in Design Award by Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO). As a non-profit association, PRO advocates for advancements in health, social and environmental issues in municipalities throughout the province.

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Halton Hills successfully celebrates Earth Hour 2015

For the eighth consecutive year the Town of Halton Hills experienced an overall reduction in the amount of energy used during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28.

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Water Festival looking for students to help design new logo

The Halton Children’s Water Festival (HCWF) is celebrating their 10-year anniversary and is looking to Halton secondary school students to help design a new logo.

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Can You Identify a Tax Scam When You See One?

It’s tax season! Another opportunity for fraudsters and scam artists to make phone calls and send emails looking to get your money.

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Collaboration and co-operation the themes of meeting between Mayors of Brampton and Halton Hills

Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey and Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette have agreed to further discuss ways their respective communities can work together in the spirit of collaboration and co-operation between the two municipal neighbours.

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