“Small Town Living at Its Best”: Halton Hills wins prestigious Marketing Canada award

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The Town of Halton Hills is proud to announce it has received the Economic Developers Association of Canada’s “Marketing Canada”award.

The award was presented to Town representative Danielle Edwards during the Association’s 46th National Conference, on September 28.

The Town of Halton Hills, in partnership with the Halton Hills Cultural Roundtable, spearheaded the creation of a new community-based brand that would complement the existing Town “corporate” brand, but also convey the enduring sustainable nature of the community.

The brand was grassroots driven and inspired, and used a highly consultative, community-based methodology to engage residents through focus groups and online surveys.

“The community brand belongs to everyone and the community is the target audience – individuals, groups and businesses. The goal of the brand is to unite everyone around our shared values, help preserve our distinctive character, and enhance our small town way of life,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette.

The Mayor emphasized that a community brand is not just a logo or a tagline, but represents what we are known for, what makes us unique.

Everyone in in our community is encouraged to learn about the community brand and use it to complement their own identity efforts.

Details of the brand guidelines for the use of the logo and other dimensions of the brand are available, at no cost, to local organizations.

Posted: Oct. 22, 2014 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article

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Halton Regional Police Firearms and Weapons Amnesty Has Started

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The Halton Regional Police Service will be hosting its first regional Firearms and Weapons Amnesty from October 15th to November 15th 2014. Members of the public will be encouraged to surrender their unregistered or unwanted firearms and weapons to the Halton Regional Police.

This amnesty is an opportunity for members of the community to hand in firearms and/or weapons and ammunition that are unused, inherited or illegal, without the fear of being charged for having them.

The Halton Regional Police Service aims to create a safer community by removing these firearms and weapons from locations such as homes, businesses and schools to prevent their use in violent crimes.

Currently, in Ontario there are 550,000 citizens who hold valid Possession Licenses (POL) and Possession and Acquisition licenses (PAL). There are 325,465 restricted and prohibited firearms registered in Ontario, not including non-restricted firearms (long guns). In some circumstances, POL and PAL licensees no longer wish to keep their firearms due to age, ability and residential location. Furthermore, POL and PAL holders often omit or forget to renew their license and/or are deceased, leaving the firearms unregistered or in the possession of unlicensed family members. This amnesty is an opportunity to have the police come and safely take these weapons away.

During this amnesty, we encourage people to turn in illegally held guns and ammunition and any other unwanted firearms, imitation firearms and air guns. In addition, any weapon that may pose a threat to public safety such as switchblades, butterfly knives, pepper spray, nunchuks, shurikens, push daggers, knife-combs, crossbows, spiked wristbands, batons and/or blowguns.

Please call and arrange for pick up:

Between October 15th and November 15th, 2014, a dedicated telephone line will be available to arrange a firearm or weapon pick up. (905) 465-8733 will be monitored from Monday to Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm during the first two weeks. During the remaining two weeks the phone line will be monitored Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm .

DO NOT BRING ANY WEAPONS OR FIREARMS TO A POLICE STATION.

DO NOT TRANSPORT FIREARMS OR WEAPONS IN YOUR VEHICLE.

DO NOT GREET OFFICERS AT THE DOOR WITH FIREARMS/WEAPONS.

Officers assigned to pick up the weapons will provide police identification and will require a signature for destruction.

This Amnesty is an opportunity for everyone to take part in removing these firearms and weapons from the community, reducing the risk of them falling into the hands of criminals.

Posted: Oct. 21, 2014 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article

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Police Warn of Dangerous Street Drugs

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Five victims have been taken to hospital in the past 10 days due to the use of illicit street drugs.

Police are currently investigating three separate incidents where victims have suffered adverse side effects from using drugs. One incident involved three victims.

These investigations are ongoing and samples of the substances have been sent to Health Canada for analysis. It is believed that these substances were prescription drugs (opiates) and nonprescription drugs heroin and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine).

The Halton Regional Police Service are issuing a public safety alert regarding the misuse of prescription drugs (opiates) and illegal use of heroin and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine) also known as “molly” or “ecstasy.”

The Halton Regional Police Service strongly advises the public to seek medical attention immediately, should you or someone you know experience symptoms of medical distress due to the use of these or any other drugs.

If you have information regarding illegally trafficked controlled substance, police urge you to contact the Drug, Gun and Gang Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 8732 or Drugs@haltonpolice.ca. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Halton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com.

Posted: Oct. 20, 2014 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article

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Halton Region invites small businesses to ‘G.R.O.W. your Business’

The Halton Region Small Business Centre is inviting small business owners to participate in the annual Bridges to Better Business networking event on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. This year’s workshop, G.R.O.W. your Business (getting results online workshop), is designed to help small businesses learn about online business development through web design and social media. This informative event takes place at the Harbour Banquet and Conference Centre, 2340 Ontario Street, Oakville, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Meet local employers at Halton Region’s Job Fair – October 15

Halton Region’s annual job fair is being held Wednesday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Burlington Convention Centre (1120 Burloak Drive, Burlington). Job seekers are invited to bring their résumés and prepare to meet with over 30 local employers who have registered for this year’s fair. The annual job fair, along with other job fairs supported by the Region throughout the year, is helping job seekers connect with employers in Halton who are hiring.

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Halton Hills Fire Department Reminds Residents: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

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Halton Paramedic honoured with industry leadership award

Christine Barber, Halton Region Deputy Chief Logistics, Paramedic Services, is the 2014 recipient of the Richard J. Armstrong (RJA) Leadership Award which recognizes her outstanding contributions to paramedic services.

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Town opens newest park - Jubilee Park

Located in Georgetown south at 194 Niagara Trail, Jubilee Park contains a large playground, variety of swings, skateable features, asphalt pathways, benches and planting. The park is located beside St. Catherine of Alexandria School and through partnership with the Halton Catholic District School Board, shares the green space for a mini soccer field, use of the school’s outdoor basketball nets as well as a parking lot. Construction commenced in June and was completed in September at a cost of $320,000.

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Halton District School Board launches video to promote positive mental health

The Halton District School Board has produced a mental health video for parents and guardians as part of its strategy to improve awareness and promote positive mental health and well-being. The two-minute video is linked from the main page of the Board’s website at www.hdsb.ca (go to button titled, Mental Health and Well-being) as well as posted on YouTube and on HDSB TV for staff.

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CBC’s Lorne Elliott to Perform at JET

Canadian humourist, storyteller, musician and playwright LORNE ELLIOTT is bringing his show of comedy and music theatre to the JOHN ELLLIOTT THEATRE in Halton Hills on Saturday, October 25th.

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