Celebrating Canada 150 and Ontario 150

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Canada and Ontario, and over the summer months every community in Halton will come alive in celebration of these milestones.

Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville will each hold many events and activities for everyone to enjoy, including unique art exhibitions, special events, commemorative tree plantings and gardens, recreational activities, festivals and more. You can also enjoy local culture by shopping and dining in bustling downtown areas, visiting outdoor markets and farms offering local food or exploring Halton’s beautiful conservation areas and waterfront parks. However you choose to celebrate, the Canada 150 festivities will bring us together and showcase our Canadian pride.

Like every Canada Day, this anniversary highlights the strong community that we Canadians cherish and continue to build together. It honours those who came before us, from the people who settled this land to those who bravely fought to defend our rights and freedoms. Moving from our foundational values of peace, order and good government to the celebratory themes of diversity, inclusion, reconciliation, youth and the natural environment, Canada 150 is as much about our bright future as it is about our past.

In the words of Canadian paralympian and activist Rick Hansen, “Canada is a country built on dreams… If you combine the richness of the country with the spirit of the people, our potential as a nation is unlimited”. These words ring true for all Canadians, and the years ahead for our community will be defined by the limitless potential of our home and native land. We are proud to celebrate the countless opportunities Canada provides to us all.

I hope to see many of you at the events taking place this summer. To learn what is happening in your community, visit halton.ca/Canada150.

On behalf of Regional Council, I wish you a wonderful Canada and Ontario 150. By coming together to celebrate our country, we live the Canadian values that 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”.