Simply Local: Halton farmers’ markets now open!

Summer is just around the corner and our weekly farmers’ markets in Burlington, Milton and Oakville are now open until November, with locations in Halton Hills set to open in early June. Discover what’s in season and ready for you to enjoy, from local strawberries and raspberries to corn and apples, as well as homemade products such as jams, seasonings and dressings filled with Halton-grown ingredients! By supporting our regional farms, you can enjoy healthy and fresh produce, connect with the farmers who grow your food and support our local economy.

A healthy and diverse agricultural sector is vital to a healthy and sustainable Halton, and the Region is committed to supporting our vibrant farming sector. Come out and see what’s new this year and invite your family and friends to join you for outings to local on-farm shops and farmers’ markets. Not only will you find the fresh produce delicious, many of our local farms offer fun experiences for the whole family to enjoy including wagon rides and corn mazes to picking your own fruit.

Burlington

Aldershot Farmers’ Market Thursdays starting at 9:00 a.m. May to October
Burlington Farmers’ Market Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. May 4 to October 29
Centro Farmers’ Market and Local Foods Market Sunday 9.a.m to 12 p.m. May 8 to mid-October

Halton Hills

Acton Farmers’ Market Thursdays 3 p.m. to 7p.m. June 2  to October
Georgetown Farmers’ Market Saturdays 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m. June 4 to October 15

Milton

Milton Farmers’ Market Saturdays 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 14 to October 8

Oakville

Dorval Crossing Civitan Farmers’ Market Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 to November 28
Oakville Farmers’ Market

*Location changed to 115 George Street, Oakville

Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4 to October 29

To plan your day, visit halton.ca/simplylocal for our interactive Simply Local online map or dial 311. By shopping locally you are helping to ensure that Halton’s agricultural sector remains economically and environmentally sustainable, which is an important part of what makes our region a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire for generations to come.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Halton Older Adults’ Directory 2016-2017 now available

Halton_Older_Adults_Directory_201617I am excited to announce that the Halton Older Adults’ Directory 2016-2017 is now available. This key resource is just one of the ways Halton Region continues to ensure all residents have easy access to the services they require – the directory has provided valuable information to older adults, caregivers and service providers since 1988.

Halton’s Older Adult Advisory Committee (OAAC) has updated the 2016-2017 edition of the directory to provide residents with more convenient access to the services they require. The user-friendly reference guide:

  • provides a comprehensive listing of contact information;
  • highlights the extensive range of services available to older adults in Halton including community support programs, multicultural services, emergency services and more; and
  • includes several websites that offer more detailed information online.

According to the Region’s Best Planning Estimates, the number of older adults (65+) in Halton will nearly double to 127,000 by 2031. Key resources such as the new directory help our residents connect to the services they need and ensure that Halton is responding to the changing demographics and diversity of our community. Residents can get a copy of the Halton Older Adults’ Directory 2016-2017, by dialing 311, visiting our website at halton.ca/oaac or in person at the Halton Regional Centre, located at 1151 Bronte Road in Oakville.

Housing_Options_for_Older_Adults_in_HaltonIn addition to the online version of Halton’s Older Adults’ Directory, the OAAC offers a number of other informative publications that can be accessed at halton.ca/oaac, including the new Housing Options for Older Adults in Halton. I encourage residents, including older adults, their families and caregivers to also visit our website for information about the Region’s long-term care homes, adult day programs and assisted living/supportive housing programs.

Congratulations to the OAAC for the work they do each day on behalf of older adults in Halton. Thank you for helping to make Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Halton and community partners support health and social services programs

By awarding almost $1.4 million in funding for 32 community programs and projects, Regional Council is helping to improve access to services for those at risk or in need. The funding, awarded through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF), will help enhance the health and well-being of residents through a range of initiatives, including programs that address mental health, prevent homelessness and support older adults, children and youth.

The Halton Region Community Investment Fund helps critical non-profit programs deliver or expand their services, upgrade their equipment or even try something new so they can continue to improve and enhance the lives of Halton residents.

HealthSocServPgmsOne of the key items in the Halton Region Strategic Action Plan, 2015 –2018, is supporting the health and well-being of all Halton residents by promoting good mental health in the community. This year, the HRCIF is supporting community mental health programs, including $75,000 over three years to Radius Child and Youth Services to provide assessment and treatment to children and families impacted by abuse or neglect; $56,000 over three years to Halton Women’s Place for partnering with the Reach Out Centre for Kids to provide mental health supports for children; and $191,693 to help the Halton branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association establish 24/7 addictions and mental health support in the community to help residents maintain housing, prevent homelessness, support healthy coping and increase stability.

The investment fund is also contributing to programs that support the needs of children and youth, including $71,200 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton to provide an after-school mentoring program for girls from diverse backgrounds. The HRCIF is also awarding funding to programs that support the needs of older adults, including $319,200 over three years to the Halton Gatekeepers Program to assist seniors that live in extreme self-neglect and hoarded environments.

Not only did Halton award funds to 32 programs in 2016, 10 organizations are also receiving funding for the second year of a multi-year grant awarded in 2015. Next month, the Region will be asking for proposals from organizations that address food insecurity. An additional $200,000 in funding is targeted to those efforts.

Our commitment to keeping our communities safe and healthy is what makes Halton Region such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. To learn more about the Halton Region Community Investment Fund and how Halton is working with community partners to improve access to services, visit halton.ca/investmentfund or dial 311.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Standing together to support the community of Fort McMurray

Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Canadians in Fort McMurray, Alberta. By now, most Canadians have seen the images of the wildfire and residents being evacuated. We are thankful for the bravery of all fire, police and paramedic crews that are assisting with the situation in Alberta. We are also thankful for the many people in Alberta and across Canada, who are offering assistance to those in need.

Yesterday, our Federal government announced they would match, dollar for dollar, all donations made to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the Fort McMurray community. On behalf of Regional Council, I encourage you to consider a donation to the Canadian Red Cross to help the people of Fort McMurray and surrounding communities during this time. One of the great things about our country is the kindness and generosity that is demonstrated time and again when tragedy strikes at the heart of a community.

This is also Emergency Preparedness Week, and this event serves as a reminder about the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. Learn more about you can help prepare yourself, your family and help prepare your community by clicking here.

I want to thank everyone in the Halton community for your kindness and support during this tragic event.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Rain barrel sales help residents conserve water

rainbarrelHalton is committed to providing residents and visitors with safe, high-quality drinking water to enjoy and use. We encourage people to ReThink Water through efforts to protect our natural environment and make water conservation a part of their everyday lives. As part of region-wide water conservation efforts, starting Saturday, May 7, we will once again be offering rain barrels for sale at events throughout Halton.

Using rain barrels diverts water from your home’s downspout and catches it for use on gardens and potted plants. Using the water from one full rain barrel saves 240L of water, which is more than the average Halton resident uses in one day.

Rain barrels are available for purchase either in person at the truckload sales events or online directly at any time.

Sale dates and locations:

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Robert C. Austin Operations Centre
    11620 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown
  • Saturday, May 14, 2016
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Mapleview Mall (lower parking lot by The Bay)
    900 Maple Avenue, Burlington
  • Saturday, June 4, 2016
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Milton GO Train Station parking lot
    780 Main Street East (west of Thompson Road), Milton
  • Saturday, June 11, 2016
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Halton Regional Centre (Parking lots A, B and C. Enter off North Service Road)
    1151 Bronte Road, Oakville

A few reminders:

  • Barrels are $45 each, including tax.
  • Walk-up customers at truckload sales are limited to one barrel per household, cash only. (No limit if purchasing online.)
  • Proof of Halton residence will be required.

To learn more about Halton’s water services and programs, rain barrel sales program and tips on water conservation, please visit halton.ca/water. By working together we can make a difference and ensure Halton remains a great and sustainable place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Working together to keep Halton safe and healthy

As part of our commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of residents, Halton Region works closely with physicians and the local health care community.

From May 2-6, the Region will celebrate its 13th annual Halton Physician Appreciation Week. This annual event enables us to take time to formally acknowledge the ongoing commitment and dedication of our local doctors in keeping our communities safe and healthy.

Halton’s Physician Appreciation Week was originally established as part of the Halton Physician Recruitment Initiative, which undertakes a comprehensive and coordinated Halton-wide strategy to attract and retain family doctors in our region.

PhysicianAppreciationChairsCornerBy collaborating with each of our Local Municipalities, hospitals, clinics and community representatives—and of course our local doctors—our Physician Recruitment Initiative has helped to recruit and retain almost 250 new family doctors to Halton since 2003, an important step towards supporting the health and well-being of all Halton residents. The program also assists hospitals with their specialist recruiting, such as psychiatrists, pediatricians, emergency room physicians and hospitalists.

Halton’s Physician Recruitment Initiative also continues to support the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre in Burlington. The Family Health Centre is part of the 2009 Halton McMaster partnership. This partnership, including the Family Health Centre and a teaching affiliation between Joseph Brant Hospital and McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine, provides care to more than 10,000 patients. Since June 2013, 16 medical residents have completed their residency through the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre and 10 of those have remained in Halton, practising in all communities and local hospitals.

Through programs such as physician recruitment and appreciation, our goal is to enhance the quality of life for all people of Halton, today and into the future, and Halton’s doctors play a significant role in the achievement of this vision. We are grateful that they have chosen to practice medicine in Halton! Thanks to our physicians, Halton is a healthy and safe community and a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

If you are looking for a family doctor in Halton, we can help. For a list of new doctors in Halton who are accepting patients, visit halton.ca/newphysicians or dial 311. To learn more about Halton Region’s physician recruitment program, visit haltondoctors.ca.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Ready to respond: celebrating Emergency Preparedness Week

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Halton Region Chief of Emergency Management Ralph Blauel; Halton Regional Police Services Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah; Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr; Regional Fire Coordinator and Burlington Fire Chief Tony Bavota; and Paramedic Services Deputy Chief Peter McMurrough

Halton Region works with residents throughout the year to ensure our community is prepared for an emergency, and we are pleased to join municipalities across the country in celebrating Emergency Preparedness Week from May 1 to 7. Emergency preparedness is an essential part of fostering a safe community, and this annual event provides a valuable opportunity to learn how you can plan today so you are protected tomorrow.

 

Emergencies can happen anytime, and your best defense is to be prepared. Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility, and you can help ensure your family’s safety in an emergency by following three simple steps.

  1. Know the risks
    Familiarize yourself with risks or potential hazards in your area and consider how to mitigate them.
  2. Make a plan
    Ensure everyone in your household knows what to do before, during and after an emergency, from evacuation to communication.
  3. Get a kit
    Assemble or buy an emergency kit to meet the needs of your family and pets for 72 hours, at home or during an evacuation.

I also encourage Halton residents to reach out to neighbours, family and friends who may be particularly vulnerable during an emergency to help ensure that they are properly prepared.

Just as we encourage Halton residents to build strategies of their own, the Region is prepared to respond to emergencies in the community. In addition to keeping Halton’s communities safe through emergency preparedness and education, we work with local partners to minimize the risks, coordinate response efforts and reduce the impact of emergency situations.

Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that involves every individual, government and our community. By ensuring that we are prepared for emergencies in Halton, we also provide an important aid to first responders, allowing them to continue to focus their attention on those in immediate need. May 1 is First Responder’s Day in Ontario, and I would like to thank Halton’s dedicated paramedics, police officers and firefighters for their tireless efforts to keep us safe. I would also like to recognize the many organizations, individuals and teams mobilized in emergency situations for their invaluable support.

By working together to ensure that our communities are ready to respond, we all help keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. To learn more about emergency preparedness, please visit halton.ca/beprepared.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.