Make an informed decision on June 7

The Provincial election is quickly approaching, and it will soon be time to cast your vote to elect a local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) to represent you at Queen’s Park.

In a previous post, I outlined the importance of the Region’s partnership with MPPs in advocating for a strong Halton. Council will actively engage the successful candidates to support our requests for solutions from the Ontario government that protect existing taxpayers from the costs of Provincially mandated growth.

On May 10, we sent a questionnaire to candidates in local election ridings. It asked them to indicate their position on the following issues:

  • confirming Regional and Provincial regulatory roles in the proposed CN truck-rail hub;
  • investing in roads and infrastructure to support growth targets;
  • investing in adequate funding to support mandatory public health programs to close the $9.3 million funding gap;
  • immediately investing in new technologies and establishing enforceable performance agreements for area Central Ambulance Communications Centres; and
  • investing in safe, affordable and accessible government-assisted housing.

We are posting candidate responses as we receive them, and will continue to post new responses until Election Day.

Regional Council will work closely with the successful candidates to preserve Halton’s high quality of life. To learn more about our ongoing advocacy efforts to secure long-term, predictable funding and legislative changes from other levels of government, visit halton.ca/advocacy.

I encourage you to read the responses from candidates in your riding before you visit the polls. Remember, your vote counts, and it will help shape the future of our community. By making an informed decision, you help keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

The Provincial election will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Ridings in Halton include Burlington, Milton, Oakville, Oakville North—Burlington and Wellington-Halton Hills—to check your riding or register to vote, visit Elections Ontario.

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”.

 

Stay informed about Provincial election candidate positions on community issues

The Provincial election on June 7, 2018, provides voters with the opportunity to elect local Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) in addition to the Premier. As your voice at Queen’s Park, MPPs help secure solutions from the Ontario government in response to local challenges and opportunities. Regional Council supports these efforts, and we work closely with Halton’s MPPs to advocate for long-term, predictable funding and legislative changes that address key issues in our community.

Our partnership with local MPPs and MPs allows the Region to achieve the support we need to protect existing taxpayers from the cost of growth. The Provincial Places to Grow Act, 2005, mandates that Halton’s population reach one million residents by the year 2041. To meet this target, the services and infrastructure required to support development must be planned and funded before they are needed. Ensuring growth pays for itself is essential to Halton’s future, and we must all work together to preserve our community’s high quality of life.

To help residents prepare for the upcoming Provincial election, the Region sent a questionnaire to candidates running in each of our local ridings:

The questionnaire asks the prospective MPPs to clarify their position—and that of their respective parties—on some of the Region’s key advocacy issues, including:

  • confirming Regional and Provincial regulatory roles in the proposed CN truck-rail hub;
  • investing in roads and infrastructure to support growth targets;
  • investing in adequate funding to support mandatory public health programs to close the $9.3 million funding gap;
  • immediately investing in new technologies and establishing enforceable performance agreements for area Central Ambulance Communications Centres; and
  • investing in safe, affordable and accessible government-assisted housing.

As we receive responses to our questionnaire, we will post them on halton.ca/ONelection2018. You can also visit our website to learn more about our advocacy issues and how we advocate for long-term, predictable funding and legislative changes from all levels of government to address them. A strong Halton helps build a strong Ontario—by working together, 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”.

New and easier ways to recycle in Halton!

Reducing community waste and keeping our neighbourhoods clean is a priority for Halton Region and top of mind for most residents as you manage your weekly household waste. Two common issues among residents are the amount of recyclables that become wind-blown litter on windy days and unacceptable plastic material. Halton Region has heard these concerns, and is responding with enhancements to the Blue Box/recycling program.bluebox changes 2

I am pleased to share that starting the week of April 2, all residents, businesses and facilities are able to recycle plastic bags and plastic overwrap. This means everything from plastic shopping bags to packaging around bathroom tissue and newspaper bags can be placed in the recycling and diverted from the Halton Waste Management Site landfill.

Along with these enhancements, residents in single family households will have more options to suit their household’s needs and prevent wind-blown litter. Recyclables for curbside collection can either be placed in a clear plastic bag, in the Blue Box only, or a combination of both! Also, there is no limit to the number of plastic bags or Blue Boxes collected each week.

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We are always looking for ways to improve our waste diversion rates and ensure that we are providing the best possible customer service. And thanks to resident commitment to waste reduction, Halton Region has one of the highest Blue Box participation rates across the province, and 90 per cent of Blue Box material collected in Halton is sold and recycled into new products.

Enhancements and service improvements like these and your continued participation in waste management services keeps Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

For more information including acceptable items and recycling tips, visit halton.ca/bluebox or download the OneHalton app and use the Put Waste in its Place sorting tool.

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”.

Enjoy winter fun in Halton this long weekend

Winter is a great time to explore Halton—from outdoor adventures to unique shopping, dining and entertainment experiences, Halton is your destination for winter fun. This Family Day weekend, I encourage you and your family to explore everything Halton has to offer!

Get active outdoors

As a former hockey player, I enjoy being physically active, and winter is a great time to get active and explore outdoors. From sleigh rides at Mountsberg to skiing at Glen Eden, Halton truly has something for everyone. Explore the Bruce Trail or hike with the family at Bronte Creek Provincial Park or Crawford Lake. If you want to get active indoors, check out Mattamy National Cycling Centre for drop-in cycling for a world-class experience. Find more fantastic winter tourism activities at halton.ca/tourism.

Don’t forget to check the forecast before you head out and you can always sign-up for cold alerts at halton.ca to get instant updates and tips.

Enjoy premium shopping, dining and entertainment experiences

Prefer something indoors?  Explore any of our four municipalities—Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville—for premium shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. Check out new exhibits at local museums and performances at some of our theatres. Dine at restaurants and cafés and discover our unique local shops and businesses in our downtown cores. Or head over to the Toronto Premium Outlets, one of the premier shopping destinations in the Greater Toronto Area. You can find more information on what to see and do in our delightful downtowns and villages from local Business Improvement Areas (BIA).

However you choose to experience Halton this long weekend, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends!

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”.

Social and financial supports that residents can rely on

Affordable housing, employment opportunities and financial security are important factors that contribute to an individual’s and family’s well-being and quality of life. Halton Region provides easy access to a wide range of programs and services for residents who may need assistance with housing affordability, employment, or the cost of dental care, public transit and child care.

Below are some of the programs and services we offer and links to more information:

Affordable and assisted housing

  • The Region offers many supports including our Halton Housing Help service, assisted housing, rent supplements and one-time financial assistance for individuals and families that are experiencing difficulty with housing costs.
  • Residents that need support with housing can visit halton.ca/housing to learn more about eligibility requirements and the services that are available.

Financial assistance for basic needs

  • Ontario Works is a provincial program delivered through Halton Region to those who qualify for financial assistance for basic needs like food, clothing and shelter.
  • Our Subsidized Passes for Low Income Transit (SPLIT Pass) reduces the cost of a monthly bus pass for public transit in Burlington, Milton and Oakville and provides subsidies for the cost of the ActiVan and taxi scrip programs (subsidized taxi fares) in Halton Hills.
  • If you require child care, our child care subsidies can help alleviate the costs.
  • If your children require dental care, the Healthy Smiles Ontario program provides dental cleaning, check-ups and treatment for eligible children and youth 17 and under. Adults who require dental care may be eligible for financial assistance for dental care through adult and seniors’ oral health programs.
  • To support local programs in delivering sufficient, safe and nutritious food to those in need, Halton provides funding through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund.

Employment support for job seekers and employers

  • Employment Halton offers a wide range of programs and services to nearly 12,500 job seekers every year.
  • They also provide a variety of services to employers in Halton to support their recruitment efforts and help fill more than 400 positions every year.
  • Job seekers can also access a variety of programs including our Second Career and Youth Job Connection programs.
  • Visit halton.ca/employmenthalton to learn more about services that may be helpful for you.

Ensuring residents have the supports they need when they need them the most is an important priority for me and the Regional Council. We continue to work closely with our community partners and other levels of government to ensure Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. To learn more about the services and supports we offer, visit halton.ca 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”.

The 2018 Halton Region Guide & Waste Calendar is here!

Find your weekly collection dates and get helpful waste reduction tips

waste1On behalf of Regional Council, I am pleased to present the 2018-2019 Halton Region Guide and Waste Collection Calendar. Check your mailboxes this week for your copy of this year’s calendar.

The annual guide and calendar is your resource to understanding waste management services in Halton and the programs Halton Region has to offer, including:

  • weekly collection dates from February 2018 to January 2019;
  • tips and resources about how to reduce waste and what waste materials are accepted each week;
  • services offered at Halton Waste Management Site;
  • programs and services available to residents and businesses; and,
  • information on the priorities of Regional Council and the 2015-2018 Halton Region Strategic Action Plan.

At Halton Region, we want to make sure that you have options to make managing your waste and using programs like the Green Cart and Blue Box as easy as possible. In addition to the calendar, there are a variety of online tools and resources available to make it easy for you to reduce waste at home and in the community. Visit halton.ca/waste or download the OneHalton app to:

  • sign up for weekly waste collection reminders that are sent right to your mobile device;
  • access landfill information and fees;
  • sort your waste using the Put Waste In Its Place tool;
  • schedule metal or appliance pick-ups; and
  • order yard waste labels and garbage bag tags.

Achievements in waste reduction

Last year, the Halton Waste Management Site celebrated 25 years of providing residents with reliable and convenient waste management services. Over the years, we have madewaste2 important investments in waste reduction technology, improved our curbside waste collection services and have seen a real commitment from residents to reduce waste at home and in the community. Through our shared commitment, we have helped extend the lifespan of the landfill from 2012 to 2044–30 years longer than expected. This has saved taxpayers more than $15 million by deferring the significant costs associated with building a new site.

Through your continued participation in the Green Cart, Blue Box and landfill programs, our community continues to come together to protect and enhance the natural environment for future generations. Together, we can help keep Halton a great place to live, work, retire and raise a family.

To learn more about waste management in Halton, please visit halton.ca/waste, download the OneHalton app or follow us on social media for useful tips and reminders.

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”.

Another year as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers

I am pleased to announce that Mediacorp Canada Inc. has once again named Halton Region as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2018! This award distinguishes us as an industry leader offering progressive working environments that promote the growth and engagement of our employees.

We have received this award for the last seven years, and it has become one of our most important recurring achievements. Our team delivers essential programs and services to residents—Regional Council has a strong relationship with Regional staff, and we recognize that our team is the foundation of our success.

As a value-based organization, we deliver exceptional public service through collaboration and continuous improvement. Our positive and supportive work environment is defined by our commitment to employee recognition, well-being and professional development.

Halton employees can also take pride in the knowledge that their work supports local individuals, families and businesses and enhances the quality of life in the community.

Another of Halton’s strengths recognized by this award is our commitment to hiring emerging talent and helping young people launch their careers. Next month, Halton Region will post opportunities for the 2018–2019 Internship and Apprenticeship Program. This initiative allows recent graduates to gain paid, meaningful experience in their fields by supporting and enhancing Regional programs and services.

The 20 interns who joined us in 2017 have already contributed to strategic projects, learned from seasoned professionals and developed skills that will help them succeed in their careers. We look forward to providing similarly positive experiences to a new group of high-performing young people this year.

Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada and have graduated (or will graduate) with a recognized post-secondary degree, post-graduate certificate or diploma between January 2017 and June 2018. To learn more, visit halton.ca/internship.

Halton is a great place to work, and I would like to thank all Regional employees for their service to the community and earning us another year as one of Greater Toronto Top Employers!

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”.