Halton Regional Chair continues to work with provincial leaders on growth-related issues facing the Region
Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr and members of Regional and Local Councils attended the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference in Niagara Falls, where they met with Provincial leaders to discuss the critical issues facing Halton Region. A key area of focus for these discussions is the significant challenge facing Halton Region as a result of the mandated growth targets set out in the Provincial Places to Grow Act.
“We continue to emphasize to Provincial leaders the pressing need to find solutions to ensure the Region can meet provincial growth targets,” said Gary Carr, Halton’s Regional Chair. “Halton is mandated to grow to 780,000 by the year 2031, which means the Region needs long-term funding and legislative tools to ensure that taxpayers are not responsible for the financial impacts of growth.”
Chair Carr, along with Mayor Rick Goldring, City of Burlington; Mayor Rick Bonnette, Town of Halton Hills; Mayor Gordon Krantz, Town of Milton; Mayor Rob Burton, Town of Oakville; and a number of Regional and local Councillors met with several Provincial leaders:
- Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ted McMeekin, to discuss the need to create affordable housing solutions and conformity with Provincial growth legislation;
- Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, to discuss funding for public health programs, ambulance off-loading delays, enhancements to the Central Ambulance Communications Centre (CACC) and community mental health services;
- Minister of Education, Liz Sandals, to discuss the need for long-term funding to support new schools;
- Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca, to discuss Halton’s community infrastructure needs including GO train service in the Town of Milton and Town of Halton Hills;
- Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and Burlington MPP, Eleanor McMahon, to discuss Conservation Authority funding and aggregate resources legislation;
- Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Yasir Naqvi, to discuss the upcoming review of the Police Services Act;
- Attorney General, Madeleine Meilleur, to discuss Halton’s immediate need for a new courthouse in the Town of Milton; and
- Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, to discuss waste management legislation and adapting and responding to climate change.
Halton Region continues to advocate to both the Provincial and Federal governments as part of the Region’s Advocating for a Strong Halton campaign which highlights the pressing issues facing the Region and identifies the specific action required from both levels of government to address them. To learn more, visit halton.ca/advocacy.Posted: Aug. 28, 2015 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article
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Halton once again offers fall waste diversion events
Two of Halton Region’s popular fall waste diversion events are fast approaching. The fall Compost Giveaway event will take place on Saturday, September 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) located at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton. The Region is also hosting the two remaining Special Waste Drop-off Days on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sheridan College in Oakville and on Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville.
“Halton Region is committed to protecting the natural environment and increasing the Region’s waste diversion rate,” said Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr. “These bi-annual events help us make Halton a sustainable place to live while at the same time we give back to the community.”
Compost Giveaway Event
During the one-day, fall Compost Giveaway event, Halton Region will offer compost to residents free of charge. Residents are reminded to bring their own bags or containers (maximum seven garbage bags or equivalent per household) and a shovel in order to bag their own compost.
Residents attending this event are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation, which will be distributed to Halton area food banks.
During the spring Compost Giveaway in May, 3,610 residents picked up approximately 1500 tonnes of compost created from all of the leaves, brush, tree and garden trimmings collected curbside and dropped off at the HWMS. Residents also donated $7,878 and 3,640 kilograms of food to local food banks as part of the event. Visit halton.ca/compost for more information.
Special Waste Drop-off Days
To make the recycling of electronic and household hazardous waste more convenient for residents, Halton Region holds seven Special Waste Drop-off Days throughout the year, free of charge. Almost two thousand Halton residents dropped off electronic or household hazardous waste during Special Waste Drop-off Days earlier this year.
At this year’s two remaining special waste events on September 19 and October 24, residents are welcome to drop off acceptable items such as: pesticides, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, propane tanks, computers, stereos, TVs and DVD players.
Residents who are unable to attend the Special Waste Drop-off Days may drop off acceptable hazardous waste (20 litres per trip, no commercial materials) and electronic items, free of charge at the HWMS, 5400 Regional Road 25, Milton, Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Special Waste Drop-off Days are for Halton residents only. No commercial waste is accepted.
For more information on the upcoming waste diversion events and a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable hazardous items, contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-422-5866 or visit halton.ca/waste.Posted: Aug. 27, 2015 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article
Bike challenge flies by point of no return on “journey to the Moon!”
Congratulations to all the participants in the 2015 Halton Hills Community Bike Challenge for successfully logging more than 200,000 kms so far this summer. That means we have reached the half way mark and the mid-Challenge sponsors have now made good on their pledges to the Georgetown Hospital Foundation.
Georgetown Canadian Tire is contributing $20,000; Ollie’s Cycle and Ski – $1000, Young Dentistry $1000; and Betty D’Oliveira $500 to Georgetown Hospital Foundation. The Challenge was launched on April 11 and has attracted more than 750 participants of all ages and abilities. These cyclists have faithfully logged every kilometre onto a dedicated website www.haltonhillsbikechallenge.ca.
“We are thrilled to be receiving $22,500 from local sponsors of the Bike Challenge. It is terrific to have this support from both sponsors and the cyclists,” said Georgetown Hospital Foundation’s Jennifer McNally.
Pledges have also been made by The Peter Gilgan Foundation/Mattamy Homes for $25,000; PwC Epic Tour Halton, $5000; Georgetown Terminal Warehouse, $5,000; Superior Glove, $2,500: CPI $2000; and HealthSpan Wellness, $500 for a total of an additional $40,000 at the completion of the Bike Challenge.
This is the third year for the Halton Hills Community Bike Challenge which is a project of the Town’s Bicycle Friendly Community Committee. After successfully reaching the 300,000 km goal last year, the Committee raised the stakes by setting a new goal of 384,000 kms or the distance from the Earth to the Moon!
“I encourage everyone to get out and cycle for this great cause. Not only do the proceeds go back to our local hospital, but cycling promotes active living,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette.
The Bike Challenge Committee is looking for more participants to sign up since the next 184,000 kms needs to be accomplished this cycling season. New participants are allowed to add in all the kilometres they have cycled in 2015 meaning that it is never too late to join up and make a contribution to the cause.
“The Bike Challenge is an easy and fun way for residents and families to contribute to our wonderful Georgetown Hospital by simply riding their bikes and logging the kilometres at www.bikechallenge.ca . An additional $41,000 in pledged donations is waiting for the Challenge to reach its ultimate goal of 384,000 kms,” added Regional Councillor Jane Fogal, who also chairs the Town’s Bicycle Friendly Community Committee.
The Halton Hills Community Bike Challenge does not have a deadline but organizers are hoping to have the distance completed by mid-September.
Those interested in helping the community reach its goal should check out www.haltonhillsbikechallenge.ca and email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Anyone can participate and cycling does not need to take place in Halton Hills. The Challenge is intended to be an easy and fun way for people to be part of a healthy community project.Posted: Aug. 26, 2015 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article