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”.

 

Join us to celebrate Halton’s second annual Paramedic Day

To kick off this year’s Paramedic Services Week (May 27 to June 2), Halton is hosting our second annual Paramedic Day on Saturday, May 26! The event will run rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodlands Operations Centre (1179 Bronte Road) in Oakville.

We often see paramedics on the road or at large community events providing emergency medical services. Paramedic Day is a great opportunity for residents of all ages to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Region’s Paramedic Services and learn more about how they help keep our community safe and healthy. Walk through an ambulance, try on some of the tactical gear, learn about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or chat with some of our paramedics to learn more about what they do. There will also be plenty of other activities, including local food trucks, a bike helmet safety station and more!

Halton supports the health and well-being of all residents. We are fortunate to have more than 250 paramedics who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each year, Halton’s paramedics respond to 50,000 calls and transport more than 30,000 patients to hospitals in our region.

As Halton’s population grows, we will continue to meet residents’ health needs by building more paramedic stations, installing more Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the community, providing training resources for residents, and continuing our Community Paramedicine @Clinic program, which provides health assessments for residents living in assisted housing communities that experience a high volume of 911 calls.

We are fortunate to also have many other Regional staff, including our public health nurses, inspectors, dieticians and more, who work in the community to help residents stay healthy. This month, we thank them for all of their hard work and contributions to making our community a safer and healthier place to live.

For more information about Paramedic Day or the Region’s Paramedic Services, visit halton.ca/paramedics. I look forward to seeing you at the event! By celebrating our paramedics and their dedication to keeping our community safe and healthy, we can ensure Halton remains 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 supports non-profit partners to enhance residents’ quality of life

Halton Region works closely with its non-profit partners to provide funding for initiatives that support the health, safety and well-being of residents. Many non-profits turn to the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF) to deliver or expand services, upgrade equipment or launch new initiatives.

On April 18, 2018, Regional Council approved more than $2.3 million in funding for community programs dedicated to improving access to services for residents in need. This includes support for programs that address mental health, prevent homelessness, support older adults, children and youth, and enhance food security. The funding is awarded in grants of one, two and three years through the HRCIF.

Halton Region is investing $771,094 in food security programs between 2018 and 2020, including:

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  • $466,554 to Food For Life to help source and distribute fresh nutritious food to those in need.
  • $174,781 to Halton Food Council to support the growth of community garden programming at assisted housing communities.

One of the key priorities of the Halton Region Strategic Action Plan, 2015-2018, is promoting good mental health. This year, HRCIF is investing in many community mental health programs, including:

  • $304,596 to Resiliency 4 Recovery to provide mental health and addiction support programs for youth aged 16-29; funds will also support adults 30+ who are dealing with opioid misuse challenges.
  • $29,999 to the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario to train frontline staff at two local mental health organizations in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy related to psychosis.

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HRCIF is also contributing to programs that support the needs of children and youth, including:

In addition to new funding, 30 programs will receive funding as part of their second or third installment of multi-year grants awarded in 2016 and 2017. In total, the HRCIF will be supporting 55 programs with over $2.3 million of funding in 2018.
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Since 2012, the number of projects funded through HRCIF has more than doubled, from 25 to 55 currently, and the amount of funding has increased from $702,691 to more than $2.3 million.

SCS-1810523_HRCIF-Impact-Report-1Halton Region recently released its first-ever HRCIF Impact Report  that profiles four funded projects from 2017 and also demonstrates HRCIF’s impact in the community.

To learn more about the Halton Region Community Investment Fund, visit halton.ca/investmentfund 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”.

Planning today to stay safe tomorrow

Emergency Preparedness Week-1Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, making emergency preparedness a shared responsibility that involves individuals, all levels of government and local organizations. If you know how to stay safe in an emergency, you help first responders focus their attention on those in immediate need during a crisis situation.

Halton’s emergency management plans and programs ensure that our essential services remain available when you need them most. You can also contribute to our community resilience by being prepared. All it takes is three simple steps:

  • Know the risks – identify potential hazards in your area that could cause or contribute to an emergency.
  • Make a plan – ensure your household knows what to do before, during and after various emergencies, and make note of any neighbours, family or friends who may be particularly vulnerable in a crisis.
  • Get a kit – assemble, buy or refresh the items your household would need to stay safe for 72 hours, including supplies for older adults, children and pets.

Emergency Preparedness Week-2May 6 to 12 is Emergency Preparedness Week, and this year’s theme “Be Emergency Ready: Stay Connected”, explores the many ways you may receive notifications about a local emergency. On May 7, the Province will test one of these channels—the Ontario Emergency Warning System—by sending an alert directly to televisions, radios and supported mobile devices.

This system, part of the national Alert Ready network, is also available for Halton Region to use—alongside our enhanced Community Notification System (eCNS) for landline phones—if dangerous conditions require you to take action to keep yourself and your family safe. In the event an emergency requires you to leave your home, we may open an evacuation centre in one or more of the following local facilities to provide temporary shelter and care:

By working with the Local Municipalities, community partners and first responders, we will continue to minimize the risks, coordinate response efforts and reduce the impact of crisis situations. Together we help keep Halton safe and a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. For more on emergency preparedness, visit halton.ca/beprepared.

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”.

Halton doctors continue to keep our region a safe & healthy place to live

Regional Council’s vision for Halton has always been to be a safe and healthy place to live enhanced by access to high quality health care services. Halton’s doctors play a significant role in achieving this vision.

PhysicianAppreciationWeekFrom April 30 to May 4, 2018 Halton Region is celebrating its 15th annual Halton Physician Appreciation Week. The week was created in 2003 by the Halton Physician Recruitment program, which aims to ensure that every resident in Halton has access to quality physician services.

Now, with more than 600 family doctors and 400 medical specialists across the region, we have a strong team of physicians providing exceptional care to our residents. Whether saving lives or providing everyday care, Halton’s physicians make our community a healthier and better place to live. Halton Region continues to provide support to our physicians and recruitment efforts to support our growing region and changing health care needs.

On behalf of Regional Council, I would like to thank our doctors for keeping Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire!

For a list of new doctors in Halton who are accepting patients, visit halton.ca/newdoctor 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”.

 

Flooding can happen when you least expect it: ensure your home is protected

DownspoutDiagramThe region has already experienced significant rainfall this spring and there are many things homeowners can do to protect their home from flooding. Residents can take advantage of Halton Region’s Basement Flooding Mitigation Subsidy Program which helps make it easier and more affordable to protect your home. The program provides financial support for four (4) flood-prevention modifications:

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100 per cent subsidy, up to a maximum of $500
Disconnecting downspouts from the sewer system and directing water away from your home will reduce the amount of rainwater that enters the sewer system, preventing any sewer back up.

 

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Weeping tile disconnection and sump pump installation
100 per cent subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000
Disconnecting the weeping tiles (found around the foundation of your home) from the sewer system will prevent overloading of the sewer systems. Water from the weeping tile will be re-directed to a sump pit installed inside your basement and the sump pump will discharge it outside and away from your home.

BackwaterValveWEBBackwater valve installation
50 per cent subsidy, up to a maximum of $675
Installing a backwater valve on your home’s underground sewer lateral (pipe) will help prevent wastewater from re-entering your house.

 


SewerlateralPipeWEBSewer lateral (pipe) lining and repair

50 per cent subsidy, up to a maximum of $2,000
A sewer lateral is the pipe that carries wastewater away from your home to the municipal sewer system. Ensuring your laterals are in a state-of-good-repair and clear of debris can help prevent sewer backup.

FloodingPreventionGuideHalton Region will continue to invest in proactive measures that ensure the community can handle more frequent and severe wet weather. This includes investing $2.1 billion in our water and wastewater systems over the next 10 years to ensure municipal infrastructure is in a state of good repair and resilient to withstand heavy and significant rain events.

I encourage residents to take advantage of Halton’s subsidy program and ensure that your home is ready for whatever a changing and unpredictable climate may bring us.

To apply for a subsidy or read our Flood Prevention Guide that offers additional tips to ensure your home is flood-protected, visit halton.ca/basementflooding.

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”