Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!On July 1 we celebrate Canada Day – our nation’s 149th birthday! Many of us will be enjoying a day out at one of Halton’s beautiful conservation areas, cooling off at one of our great beaches, or enjoying a BBQ in the backyard with family and friends.

However you choose to celebrate, I encourage you to practice safe behaviours on the roads, in the water and anywhere you plan to relax or explore.

Canada Day is also a great time to reflect on what it means to be Canadian and to celebrate our high quality of life, our freedom and peace, and the many opportunities we enjoy. Here in Halton, our high quality of life and thriving economy is due to the Region’s commitment to planning sustainable communities, protecting public health, delivering social services and increasing public engagement.

Glen Williams  Canada Day parade dreamstime_m_5639284In many respects, Halton Region reflects the very best of Canada. We are a diverse, inclusive and supportive community. To that end, I am extremely proud of the warm welcome extended to many families and individuals that are newcomers to our community. Halton will continue to ensure all residents and newcomers have easy access to the services they require in order to prosper in their new home.

I would also like to personally thank everyone in our community who donated to the Fort McMurray relief efforts as that community attempts to clean up and rebuild following the devastating wildfires that displaced so many. At the end of the day we are all one country, one big community, and when our fellow Canadians needed your help, you were there. Another example of why we are all proud to be Canadians.

For a list of activities this Canada Day, be sure to check out the Festivals and Events in Halton page on the Halton Region website. As always, our essential and 24-hour services remain available over the long weekend—visit halton.ca or dial 311 to connect with us.

Halton Region remains as vibrant, welcoming and diverse as ever – for newcomers and long-time residents alike. Our caring nature and diversity help 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”.