Halton is a leader in community safety and well-being planning

Halton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan introduced at Nov. 27 Symposium

On November 27, 2017, Oakville Mayor and Chair of the Halton Regional Police Services Board, Rob Burton and I co-hosted Halton’s first ever, Community Safety and Well-Being Symposium in Oakville. Over three hundred guests attended the event which started with greetings from the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and featured a presentation on Halton’s new Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.

Minister and Chair Carr

Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr speaking with The Honourable Marie-France Lalonde at Halton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Symposium, November 27, 2017.

The concept of community safety and well-being planning is an emerging practice across Ontario. It focuses on bringing various sectors together including policing, public health, social services, healthcare, education and community-based human services agencies to address issues that impact residents and communities that are vulnerable due to social, economic or health related risk factors.

Halton’s Community Safety & Well-Being Plan  will enhance how we and the Halton Regional Police Service collaborate with community partners on issues that impact safety and well-being across the region. The Plan enhances our ability to respond to issues in a coordinated manner and builds on many successful efforts that contribute to a strong sense of community safety and well-being in Halton.

What do we hope to achieve with Halton’s plan?

By bringing various sectors together we want to increase coordination and collaboration between services, improve access to services, have greater alignment on key issues of safety and well-being, reduce the demand on emergency and crisis services. The Plan calls to attention preliminary issues that may be addressed using Halton’s Community Safety & Well-Being model including:

  • reducing hospital readmissions for individuals with mental health issues;
  • enhancing access to mental health supports for adolescents and youth;
  • establishing a proactive response to opioid misuse;
  • coordinating efforts to reduce homelessness and prevent eviction;
  • improving responses to sexual assault and supporting survivors;
  • supporting youth exiting child welfare services to achieve positive outcomes; and
  • addressing isolation among older adults.
Sympsoium photo_Minister Lalonde

Regional Councillor Dave Gittings, Deputy Chief Nishan (Nish) Duraiappah, Halton Regional Police Service, Jane MacCaskill, Chief Administrative Officer, Halton Region, Alex Sarchuk, Commissioner of Social and Community Services, Halton Region, The Honourable Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, MPP Oakville, Chief Stephen J. Tanner, Halton Regional Police Service, The Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, Deputy Chief Carole Crowe, Halton Regional Police Service, Oakville Mayor and Chair of the Halton Regional Police Services Board, Rob Burton, Regional Councillor Cathy Duddeck

Halton’s Community Safety & Well-Being Plan recognizes that the safety and well-being of a community are shared responsibilities. It outlines a model for collaboration, planning and action that will help keep Halton safe and healthy as our population continues to grow. By working together with our partners at HRPS, we strive to maintain our long standing distinction as one of the safest communities in Canada and ensuring Halton continues to be a great place to live, grow, 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 our roads safe this summer

With plenty of warm days ahead of us, summer activities across the region are still in full swing. Whether you’re out enjoying the region’s attractions and festivals or simply getting together with friends and family, please remember to drive safely so everyone can continue to enjoy a great summer.

Move to the right for sirens and lights

Every year, Halton paramedics respond to more than 50,000 calls and transport more than 30,000 people. When they deal with potentially life-threatening situations, you can help paramedics 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.

Stop on red

RedLightCameraHalton has 12 red light cameras at intersections across the region and will add another five cameras by the end of the summer. These cameras, which take a picture of vehicles entering an intersection after a light has turned red, help remind people how important it is to keep your eyes on the road and drive with care. To learn more about how red light cameras work and how they help improve the safety of our intersections, please visit halton.ca/stoponred.

Drive sober

SafeRoads_SignPlease remember to drive responsibly and if you plan on drinking, don’t drive. If you’re on our roads and think you see an impaired driver, call 911 to report it. Impaired driving is a crime in progress and one call could save a life!

Share the road

ShareTheRoad_SignThanks to our many beautiful parks and trails, world-class velodrome, and strong community interest in recreational and competitive cycling, Halton has become the home of cycling. This summer, I’d like to remind everyone to share the road while traveling throughout Halton. Both cyclists and drivers have a responsibility to obey the rules and share the road with each other.

Thank you for helping us keep Halton’s roads safe and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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”.

Proud to call Halton home – Safest Region in Canada

For the eighth straight year, I am proud to say that Halton Region continues to be the safest region in Canada, according to Statistics Canada’s recently released annual report.

The results are determined based on Statistics Canada’s 2016 Crime Severity Index (CSI) that track six personal and property crimes including homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, auto theft, robbery and breaking and entering.

Thanks to our dedication to community safety and our strong relationships with our police partners, Halton Region had the lowest overall crime rate, violent crime rate and property crime rate among Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services. We also maintained the lowest values for each of the indicators for eight straight reporting years.

DSC_1797Even though Halton is ranked as one of the safest regional municipalities in Canada, we’re always working with our community partners on key issues to ensure we’re doing all we can to keep Halton safe. Our recent partnership with the Halton Regional Police Service on developing a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan for Halton is an excellent example of this ongoing work.

Draft-Community-Safety-and-Well-Being-Plan-1Community safety and well-being planning is about proactively responding to issues in our community like mental health, neighbourhood safety, housing and homelessness and social isolation so that those in need of help can receive the right response at the right time (before there is a crisis).

If you’re interested in keeping our community safe, I encourage you to visit our web page to sign up for email updates about the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan and other community safety and well-being issues and initiatives. We also want to hear from you, so please tell us your thoughts by completing our survey.

red_light_road_signOther programs we’re implementing to encourage safety across our community include red light cameras, Project Lifesaver Halton and Drive SAFE programs including reminding people of the dangers of distracted driving and impaired driving.

Halton’s reputation as a safe community is one of the reasons so many people and businesses choose to call Halton home. This achievement is the result of our residents, businesses and local municipalities, working together with the great police officers and staff of the Halton Regional Police Service, to ensure Halton Region remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

To learn more about community safety, visit halton.ca/safetyandwell-being, haltonpolice.ca and halton.ca/drivesafe.

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”.