Remembering the sacrifices of Canada’s veterans

Lest we forget (3)Each year on November 11, Canadians come together to honour those who fought to protect our peace and freedom. This Remembrance Day, I encourage you to wear a poppy and observe two minutes of silence to reflect on the sacrifices that secured our future.

The 100th anniversaries of the battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele remind us that Canadian veterans have contributed to global security throughout our history. In the years following the World Wars, brave individuals have continued to make sacrifices for all of us.

Canada’s veterans fought far from home to defend their friends, neighbours and fellow citizens, and helped end international conflicts. They left their own families to protect others, and supported one another through the hardships of war with strength and courage. Their efforts ensured our country remained diverse, just and free for generations to come.

On behalf of Regional Council, I would like to thank everyone who has served Canada during times of war—in any capacity— for their contributions to our region, our country and our global community.

Remembrance_Day_20161111_089_ (4)While Remembrance Day is about honouring the past, it is also an opportunity to reflect on the future we share. We are reminded to treat one another with respect, compassion and dignity, to honour the vision of a free and inclusive society that our veterans fought for. As former American President John F. Kennedy once said, “we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Together, we built the strong, inclusive, peaceful society Canadian veterans believed in, and we will never forget the price they paid for it. We will continue to honour their sacrifices by expressing our gratitude for everything they achieved and living the values they fought to protect.

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”.

 

Employment Halton helps job seekers connect with employers

Halton Region is dedicated to providing residents with meaningful employment opportunities and connecting our highly skilled workforce to employers across the region.

Employment Halton works with nearly 9,500 job seekers and over 200 local employers every year. They work closely with local businesses to provide free job postings, opportunities to participate in job fairs and over 350 high quality placements each year. Job seekers can also benefit from free employment workshops to enhance skills and networking opportunities, including free job fairs.

This year’s job fair will be held on Tuesday, November 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Oakville Conference & Banquet Centre. Whether you’re just starting out in your career or looking to make new connections, job seekers of all experience levels are invited to attend. This is a great opportunity to network with local employers from industries such as government, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, media, retail, technology and more.

Employment Halton also offers programs such as the Youth Job Connection which provides placement opportunities for young people between the ages of 15 to 29, giving them a head start in their careers. For those looking to transition into a new career, the Second Career program can provide financial assistance necessary to succeed.

I hope you take advantage of these services and if you’re seeking employment and networking opportunities, you will definitely want to attend this year’s job fair. To learn more, visit halton.ca/employmenthalton or call 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”.

 

Protecting yourself during flu season

the_Flu_ends_with_U2We now have many choices for where residents can get their flu shot. The Halton Region Health Department, local pharmacies and physicians are working together to offer residents convenient access to flu immunization. This year, you can protect yourself, your family and your colleagues from the flu by getting immunized at a:

  1. Local pharmacy – More than 100 pharmacies across Halton are providing flu shots to people older than five. Find one close to you by using Ontario’s Flu Clinic Locator.
  2. Family doctor – No matter what your age, you can visit your family doctor and some walk-in clinics to receive the flu shot. If you need a family doctor, go online or call 311 to find a list of Halton doctors that are accepting new patients.
  3. Halton Region Family Flu Clinic – If your family has a child under five years of age, you can book an appointment at Halton Region’s Family Flu Clinic either online or by calling 311.

In addition to getting immunized, it’s also important to take everyday precautions by washing your hands with soap often, using an alcohol-based 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 worsens or doesn’t begin to get better after a few days.

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For more information on the flu or to find a location near you that offers the flu shot, visit halton.ca/flu or call 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 helps small businesses succeed

Have a great business idea? Looking to grow your existing business? Want to take your business global? Halton Region’s Small Business Centre offers the resources and tools to help you every step of the way. We work with all levels of government and community partners to support small business enterprises in Halton.

We know that starting and running a small business requires planning and a great deal of effort. The Small Business Centre provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools and resources to start, run and grow businesses in Halton, which helps our economy thrive now and in the future.

Over the past 10 years, Small Business Centre 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 of seminars and education sessions. From our Starter Company Plus program to our Getting Started seminars, Halton continues to support small businesses and local entrepreneurs. Some of the programs our Small Business Centre offers residents include:

  • Starter Company Plus: an entrepreneurship program that provides training, mentoring and advice for eligible individuals 18 years of age or older, to help build a small business. The program also provides an opportunity to apply for a micro-grant to help start, or grow a small business.
  • Futurpreneur: the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Futurpreneur Canada has helped young Canadian entrepreneurs launch over 5,000 start-ups!

These programs support a high standard of living and strong local economy which helps make Halton one of the best places in Canada to grow a business. I encourage you and your small business to register for upcoming programs and events and learn why more and more businesses are choosing to locate and grow in Halton Region.

To learn more about the programs and services available through the Small Business Centre, please visit halton.ca/smallbusiness. You can also follow the Halton Region Small Business Centre on Twitter at @HaltonBusiness, 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”.

 

Honouring Halton’s paramedics for saving the lives of residents

Chair_CelebrationOfLifeRecently, I spoke at the Celebration of Life Awards and Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) Graduation Ceremony. At this year’s event, I also listened to inspirational stories about our paramedics and bystanders working together to save lives. I am always grateful to our paramedics for their dedication and selflessness, and for providing Halton residents with high quality medical care when they need it the most.

Paramedics are at the front line of health care, are highly trained and calm under pressure. Halton’s paramedics are on the scene within minutes, providing critical pre-hospital medical care, including everything from helping heart attack victims and performing emergency child birthing procedures to stabilizing broken bones and bandaging wounds.

Chair_CelebrationOfLife2Operating from 12 ambulance stations throughout Halton Region, more than 220 paramedics respond to over 50,000 calls for help each year – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Last year, Halton Region paramedics transported nearly 30,000 patients to area hospitals, including rushing over 200 heart attack patients to a cardiac catheterization lab for immediate, specialized care.
I was honoured to congratulate six graduates of the Advanced Care Paramedic Class of 2017. Our paramedics are recognized as being some of the best in the country and our ACPs undergo extensive classroom, clinical and field training to enhance their skills.

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Whether it’s residents helping to save lives by using Automated External Defibrillators (AED), performing CPR or promptly calling 911, our residents and paramedics work together to make Halton one of Canada’s safest communities.

Residents can also help our paramedics save lives when they’re on our roads. While paramedics deal with potentially life-threatening situations, you can help them by moving to the right for sirens and lights. By clearing the way, you help paramedics reach or transport their patients as quickly as possible.

I encourage you to learn more about the many services our paramedics offer to help keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire, by visiting halton.ca/paramedic.

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”.

 

Connect with Halton in the way that works best for you

This week is Customer Service Week, and I am pleased to mark the occasion by highlighting the many ways you can connect with us.

Twitter-programsandsupportsHalton Region provides business supports, emergency planning, paramedics and public health, social services, Regional roads, water and wastewater, waste management and more. These supports are essential to building a strong community—after all, Halton is part of your everyday life. That is why we work to enhance your access to our programs and services, ensuring you can connect with all of our programs quickly and easily.

Our one-window approach to customer service helps you get whatever you need from us using the channel that works best for you. Whether you want to discuss Regional issues, report information or request support, you can do it online, on a mobile device, by phone or in person. Whichever method you choose, you will get the same positive experience that helps you move on with your busy day.

Linkedin-regionalservicesWith Halton only one click, one tap or one call away, it’s easy to access our programs and services:

  • For online tools, request forms and program information, visit halton.ca. Our helpful, up-to-date website features everything from Council documents to construction updates, waste collection tips, public health resources and financial assistance materials.
  • To access our most popular services on your mobile device, download our OneHalton app from the App Store or Google Play. It allows you to submit requests, set up waste collection reminders, report immunizations, view cycling maps and more.
  • For direct support, email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311, 1-866-442-5866 or TTY 905-827-9833. Our reliable customer service representatives are happy to answer your questions and connect you with the high-quality services you need.
  • To receive timely updates, reminders and links to useful resources, follow @RegionofHalton on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.
  • For an in-person meeting, visit our offices at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville.

Halton’s customer service team takes pride in being professional, consistent, informative and friendly, and we welcome your feedback on how we can continue to improve. By making it easy to connect with Regional services, 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”.

 

Shop local. Eat local. Support local – Halton’s Pumpkins to Pastries Trail is back!

P2PTrail1Fall is here and that means it’s time for Halton’s annual Pumpkins to Pastries Trail! This year’s Trail runs from September 18 through to October 31 and we have a great line-up of local vendors who are excited to showcase their local produce, products and experiences. Residents and visitors are invited to experience local food, products and events and to explore the connections between farms, markets, restaurants and shops here in Halton. Participating Trail vendors will be partnering to offer local, seasonal offerings – such as delicious pumpkin-themed sweets and harvest-themed events.

I’m excited to let you know that this year you can find the Pumpkins to Pastries Trail map and new features on the OneHalton App! Residents are invited to download the app and use it to find participating vendors and map locations. You can also find coupons from your favourite shops and restaurants – they may even entice you to try something new!

P2PTrail2And, back for another year is the popular Pumpkins to Pastries Trail Selfie Contest! Simply snap a selfie on the Trail and post the picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #p2ptrail to enter for a chance to win a prize basket of fantastic local offerings. Prizes will be awarded weekly and your picture could be featured on Halton’s Trail gallery. Visit halton.ca/p2ptrail for contest rules and details.

Helping local business and agriculture thrive

Not only does the P2P Trail showcase local vendors, but it also provides a way to support Halton small businesses. Halton Region is committed to helping local entrepreneurs succeed. Through programs like the P2P Trail, we offer a venue to help promote small, local businesses and a way for these businesses to showcase what they do best.

The P2P Trail also gives participants a glimpse into how agriculture is thriving in Halton. We’ve also teamed up with local libraries this year to promote the Trail and teach our young community members about local growers, and why supporting local is good for all.

From innovative tasting experiences to on-farm stores and markets, Halton’s P2P Trail truly has something for everyone. With this guide to the community’s local farms and markets, family-friendly attractions, boutique shopping and gourmet restaurants, you can discover everything our region has to offer this fall.

P2PTrail3Look for the Pumpkins to Pastries logo at participating vendor locations and remember to ask about their featured products and the Selfie Contest. To view the interactive map visit halton.ca/p2ptrail or you can download the OneHalton app to find locations and vendor coupons.

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”.