Happy Holidays from Halton Region!

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season!

On behalf of Regional Council and staff, I wish you a Merry Christmas, a happy New Year and a wonderful holiday season!

December is one of my favourite months. It’s the time of year to get together with family and friends, celebrate the season, give back to our community and be thankful for all we have.

If you are staying in town, there is so much to do around Halton. Take the opportunity to discover Halton and experience the things that make it such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Over the holidays, all essential services and Halton Region facilities will remain available, including water and wastewater services, waste collection, road operations, public health, paramedic services and social and community services. Some public facilities will be closed during the holidays. For more information about holiday hours at our public facilities, visit halton.ca/closures. If you require assistance with a Regional service during the holidays dial 311, visit halton.ca, or submit a service request at halton.ca/311.

May this season bring peace, prosperity and joy to you and your loved ones. From my family to yours, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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 or on Facebook.

Paramedic Week: Recognition, ambulance donation and thank you

Day in and day out, Halton Region’s Paramedic Services are on our streets saving people’s lives and responding to emergencies. During Paramedic Week (May 26-June 2), I want to recognize them for the great work they do in Halton.

In addition to their life-saving efforts, I also want to highlight their commitment to enhancing the health and safety of our whole community, both here at home and abroad.

Here at home, for example, Halton’s Paramedic Services offer CPR and defibrillator Paramedic response time goalstraining, and have worked hard to install defibrillators in municipal buildings across Halton.

During Paramedic Week Halton Region Paramedic Services is showing their community commitment by donating 3 decommissioned ambulances to 2 charities:

  •  St. John Ambulance will use one of the vehicles to enhance service by providing first aid at public events in Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. Halton Region has donated ambulances to all of Halton’s local St. John Ambulance branches in the past.
  • Ozone Systems International for use in South Sudan.

St. John Ambulance will use one of the vehicles to enhance service by providing first aid at public events in Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. Halton Region has donated ambulances to all of Halton’s local St. John Ambulance branches in the past.

Ozone Systems International will receive the other two vehicles and will send them to South Sudan to move sick and injured patients to the hospital. Currently, there are only 3 ambulances servicing 3 million people in the area.

Previous international donations include Feed the Children (sent to Haiti) and the Rotary Club of Burlington (sent to Ecuador).

Please join me in congratulating the recipients of the ambulances as well as thanking the Paramedics whose generosity and care know no boundaries.

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.”