OneHalton: the Region at your fingertips

One tap. OneHalton.

onehalton-rotatingbannerwebLast week, Halton launched its free mobile application (app) designed to put the Region’s high-quality services in the palm of your hand. With OneHalton, our most popular online information and service requests are just one tap away—anytime, anywhere.

OneHalton optimizes the user experience for Apple and Android devices, making it even easier to connect, request or engage with your region. We are committed to high-quality customer service that is easy to access for all residents, and this app will help us continue to deliver service excellence for mobile users.

OneHalton provides direct access to many of Halton’s most popular online services:

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To learn more and download OneHalton, visit the App Store on your iPhone or iPad, or visit Google Play on your Android device. If you are using a computer, our many services remain easy to access for all. To learn more about the app or try our online service finder, visit halton.ca/OneHalton.

OneHalton will help the Region continue to promote service excellence in its many program offerings. By improving service access for residents, we help keep 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”.

Honouring the sacrifices of Canada’s veterans

Remembrance Day honours those who courageously fought in wars and conflict zones across the globe to protect our rights and freedoms. On November 11 at 11 a.m., please observe a moment of silence to honour the bravery, dedication and sacrifice of Canada’s veterans.

poppywebAs Canadians, we have the opportunity to vote, participate in all levels of government and openly celebrate our diverse heritage and culture together. However, our many freedoms came at a great personal cost, paid by the everyday heroes who risked and sacrificed their lives for the good of future generations.
The poppies we wear from the last Friday in October until Remembrance Day serve as reminders that honour all those who have fallen. As Heather Robertson says in A Terrible Beauty, The Art of Canada at War,

We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless… The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.

Canada’s veterans protected our country’s foundational values of peace, liberty and hope, and those who continue to serve carry this legacy forward. Halton’s vibrant communities owe their bright future to these courageous individuals.

On behalf of Halton Region, I encourage all residents to wear a poppy this November and honour the sacrifice of all those who braved war and conflict to preserve our future. Lest we forget those who have faithfully served our country—by honouring our nation’s heroes, we celebrate the values that keep 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 Region helps small businesses succeed

Halton Region is committed to helping local small businesses succeed year round. We support entrepreneurs, youth and newcomers looking to start, run and grow their businesses in the region. One of the ways that we support the small business community is through the Halton Region Small Business Centre.

We know that starting and running a small business requires planning and a great deal of effort.  The Centre provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools and resources to start and continue to grow their businesses. Over the past 10 years, staff have responded to over 100,000 inquiries and met with over 10,000 clients in one-on-one consultations. These initiatives are proving successful as more and more businesses are choosing to locate here.

This fall, our Small Business Centre will host a number seminars, educations sessions and events targeted at small business owners and youth entrepreneurs within Halton Region. Some of the events coming up this fall include:

  • Global Entrepreneurship Week events (November 14 to 21)
  • Foodiepreneur Workshop (November 22)

These events aim to help small businesses who are either starting out or looking to grow, with the chance to network and share ideas.

Congratulations to all our entrepreneurs for your achievements over the past year, and for your continued success in shaping Halton’s future.  Thanks to your efforts, Halton continues to be a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

For more information about the Halton Region Small Business Centre, please visit www.haltonsmallbusiness.ca or dial 311. You can also follow the Halton Region Small Business Centre on Twitter at @HaltonEcDev, on Facebook and on WordPress.

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”.

Protect yourself during the flu season

Fall is such a great time of year to experience the harvest and the beauty of Halton’s natural surroundings, but it is also the season to start thinking about protecting yourself from the flu. The Halton Region Health Department, local pharmacies and physicians are working together to offer residents convenient access to flu clinics and help keep people safe and healthy this flu season.

Visit Ontario’s Flu Clinic Locator for locations of local flu immunization clinics including pharmacies.

While most healthy people recover from the flu within a few days, influenza infection can lead to pneumonia, hospitalization or worse, especially for those at high risk, including the elderly, children under the age of five and those with certain chronic health conditions.

Thankfully, there are some simple things you can do to protect yourself and those you love from getting sick.

Halton Region’s Health Department reports the best way to protect against getting and spreading the flu is to get the annual influenza immunization (flu shot). Remember that when you protect yourself, you protect those around you who may be at risk of severe illness from the flu.

savingyourself-fromthefluThere are many options which make it easier for you to get your flu shot. In Halton, you can get your flu immunization at your physician’s office, walk-in clinics, many pharmacies and some workplaces. Be sure to call the walk-in clinic or pharmacy before you go. Halton Region is also offering flu immunization clinics throughout the Region.

In addition to getting vaccinated, it is important to take everyday precautions by washing your hands frequently, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available), and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent the flu from spreading to others, and talk to your doctor if your illness continues to worsen or does not begin to improve after a few days.

For more information on the flu, please visit halton.ca/flu 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”.

Halton’s 35th Annual Farm Tour – showcasing farming diversity

farmtour1Halton Region is home to an active and vibrant farming industry that includes a wide range of farming types, including livestock operations, cash crops, fruit and vegetable growers, horse farms, nurseries and more. Halton is committed to preserving this vibrant sector by working with community partners to support the sustainability of agriculture and food industries locally.

As part of our commitment to preserving this vibrant sector, the Halton Agricultural Advisory Committee (HAAC) hosted the 35th Annual Halton Farm & Food Tour.

The Tour showcases farm operations within the region and provides attendees with the opportunity to learn about Halton’s agricultural sector and see first-hand some of the challenges facing the farming industry. This year, attendees visited three unique agricultural businesses and learned about their farming operations.

  • Mabel May’s farm in Burlington is a diverse farming operation. The farm is involved in quality forage production and services an extensive list of equine clients. They are also involved in innovative farming practices such as biomass production, a renewable energy source. They raise chickens, duck, lamb, grass fed beef and heritage pork, which are available for purchase at their on-farm shop.
  • Terre Bleu is the largest lavender farm in Ontario and offers an extensive list of products, all made with lavender from the farm. This farm is unique as all of their promotion is exclusively done through social media – specifically Facebook. In fact, Facebook for Business International wrote a front-page case-study about their outstanding success.
  • J.P. Saliba Market Gardening Inc. in Halton Hills is a commercial vegetable farm specializing in broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Their farming operation has a long standing history of selling products at the Ontario Food Terminal – the largest wholesale fruit and produce distribution centre in Canada. They also currently sell their produce to Bay Shore vegetable shippers in Burlington.

farmtour2Participants of the tour included representatives from Regional and Local Councils, as well as regional staff. Attendees had the opportunity to meet and hear from agricultural leaders, ask questions and learn about common misconceptions about the industry.

This important event reminds us that as a region we need to continue to support our agricultural neighbours. They provide us, and the communities around us, with food to eat and jobs within the region. Halton’s agriculture industry helps to keep our community 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 promotes 3Rs during Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week, which runs from October 17 to 23, is a great time for Halton to highlight the importance of properly reducing, reusing and recycling our household waste.

Halton Region is committed to supporting efforts to protect our natural environment, keeping it beautiful today and for generations to come. Protecting our natural environment is a priority in our Halton Region Strategic Action Plan 2015 – 2018. As part of that commitment, we work to promote environmental sustainability in the delivery of Regional services. To help residents reduce, reuse and recycle their waste, Halton has a number of online tools for residents to access. Residents can visit halton.ca/waste to use these self-serve tools to:

  • alert us of missed waste collection pick up (garbage, Blue Box, Green Cart or yard waste);
  • request email collection day reminders and/or collection day calendars; and
  • order Yard Waste Labels, Garbage Bag Tags and Diaper Bag Tags.

Over the years, Halton residents have earned an impressive track record of adopting environmentally-friendly choices in managing their household waste. Since 2008, more than 60 per cent of residential waste has been diverted from Halton’s landfill through the following programs/services:

  • The Blue Box Program enables residents to recycle a wide variety of products, ranging from newspapers, flyers, boxboard, cardboard, magazines and books, boxed beverage containers, glass jars and bottles, aluminum foil, metal food and beverage containers and plastics.
  • The Green Cart Recycling Program collects food scraps such as: meat, fruit, dairy products, coffee grounds, tea bags, fats/oils, sauces, fruit, vegetables, eggs/egg shells, baked goods and paper packaging.
  • The Special Waste Drop-off Days events held throughout the year to make recycling household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient to residents.

This year, the Region is reminding residents to line their Green Cart with paper towels, newspapers, paper bags or certified compostable bags with the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo. By properly managing our waste we help to keep our community one to be proud of.

I would like to thank Halton residents for their commitment to practicing the 3Rs and helping preserve the natural environment that keeps Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. For more information, tips and online waste tools, visit halton.ca/waste 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”.

Improving lives by connecting people and employers

Halton’s commitment to attracting and retaining jobs, helping job seekers find work and employers find employees is demonstrated through the success of our Employment Halton offices.

jobfairEmployment Halton offers a wide range of programs and services to more than 8,000 job seekers and 200 employers every year. Employment Halton also provides a variety of services to employers in Halton to support their recruitment efforts and help fill more than 250 positions every year. Employment Halton programs include apprenticeship opportunities and programs such as Second Career which provides financial assistance to participants as they retrain for a new career.

This is another example of a Regional program that not only contributes to the success of our residents, but also to the businesses that choose Halton as their home. Halton’s unemployment rate is significantly lower than both the provincial and national rates and we’ll continue to partner with local employers to provide opportunities for job seekers, helping to keep our economy strong.

Whether residents need help launching a career or employers want assistance attracting the right employee, our employment resource centre, free online job posting board and job fairs can help people build a presence in Halton.

The next job fair is coming up on October 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Burlington Convention Centre. To learn more about what we can do for you, and how we’re keeping Halton a great place to live and work, visit halton.ca/employmenthalton 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”.