Regional Accomplishments: October – December 2011

Every day, Halton Region works to provide residents and businesses with valuable programs and services. From affordable housing and public health; to business development and emergency management; from waste collection to water/wastewater treatment, we are committed to delivering our programs and services in a cost-effective and easily accessible manner.I am pleased to share with you some of Halton Region’s major accomplishments for the 4th quarter of 2011.If you have any concerns or comments, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca.
 

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Approved 2012 budget with a zero per cent tax increase
    On December 14, Halton Regional Council approved the Region’s 2012 Budget and Business Plan, delivering a zero per cent tax rate increase for Regional programs and services. In the past six years, Halton Region has one of the best records in all of Canada for keeping taxes low. The approval of the 2012 budget marks the third consecutive year the Region has not increased taxes for its services, while maintaining service levels in a growing community. Regional services account for approximately 25 per cent of the residential property tax bill received by Halton residents.

Attracting and Retaining Jobs

  • The Economic Development Strategy 2012-2021 Implementation Plan
    The Economic Development Strategy 2012-2021 Implementation Planwas approved by Regional Council on December 14th. The Implementation Plan will guide Halton Region Economic Development, in concert with its local municipal partners to fulfil the Region’s vision for economic development by 2021.
  • Halton Region’s Small Business Centre reaches 1000 followers
    Over 1,000 people are now following the Centre on Twitter and connecting with each other for small business news, tips, expert advice, and information about the Centre’s services, resources, and events.
  • Entrepreneurship Week
    Halton Region’s Small Business Centre and HalTech, Halton’s regional innovation centre, combined for a successful inaugural Entrepreneurship Week, November 15-17 at Sheridan College in Oakville. More than 200 registrants participated in learning sessions and enjoyed networking opportunities.
  • Release of the Development Charges Background Study
    Halton Region released a Development Charges Background Study for Water, Wastewater, Roads & General Services Development Charges pdf 4.5 MB on November 30. The Background Study has been prepared in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997 and, together with the proposed By-laws, is being made available to the public prior to a public meeting scheduled for February.

Promoting Tourism

  • Social media
    Halton Tourism announced the winner of the fall photo contest on its Facebook page and reached 442 twitter followers.
  • Halton Region Museum hosted successful fall events
    Halton Region Museum hosted a number of events in fall 2011. In addition to its successful Jazz at the Museum concert series, the Museum brought back its popular Hearthside event, an evening of entertainment, great music and superb food. Held in honour of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration, the well-attended event featured a new caterer, talented Juno nominated entertainment and a younger trio and served to showcase the Museum.

Be an Employer of Choice

  • Halton named one of the GTA’s Top Employers for 2012
    Halton Region was named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2012. The annual Greater Toronto’s Top Employers competition recognizes employers that lead their sectors in areas such as health, financial and family benefits; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

Safe Communities

  • Halton announced as safest regional municipality in Canada
    For the fourth year in a row, Maclean’s Magazine has named Halton Region the Safest Place to live in the Great Toronto Area and the Safest Regional Municipality in Canada. Maclean’s bases its ranking on aggregate results of the 2010 annual crime data from Statistics Canada’s for Municipal police services serving the nation’s 100 largest populations and the Crime Severity Index (CSI) scores.

Transportation

  • Tremaine Road widening, Derry Road to Main Street, Milton, includes roundabout
    Thank you to all the drivers who use Tremaine Road, between Derry Road and Main Street, for your patience during the construction over the last two years. This $16 million project (including federal and provincial funding) included widening Tremaine Road to four lanes between Derry Road and Main Street, installing new watermains, building Halton’s first Regional roundabout, creating dedicated on-road cycling lanes, adding multi-use paths on the east side of the road and more. For more details on how to safely drive the roundabout, visit www.halton.ca/goround.
  • Derry Road repaving from Walkers Line to Tremaine Road including intersection improvements at Walkers Line and Derry Road
    This quarter also saw the repaving on Derry Roadbetween Walkers Line and Tremaine Road. Not only will this give a smoother ride to drivers, but the intersection at Walkers Line and Derry Road has been improved.
  • 16 Mile Creek North Bridge (Dundas Street from Proudfoot Trail to Neyagawa Boulevard)
    Drivers using Dundas Street in Oakville will have noticed construction between Proudfoot Trail and Neyagawa Boulevard. This infrastructure project hit a milestone this quarter when the new north bridge crossing the 16 Mile Creek opened to traffic in October. When the project is finished later this year, Dundas Street will be six lanes with bicycle paths and sidewalks on both sides of the two new bridges.
  • Transportation Master Plan
    On Wednesday, October 5, Regional Council approved Halton’s most recent Transportation Master Plan, The Road to Change, which plans the Regional transportation system up to the year 2031. The master plan examines transportation infrastructure, identifies new road corridors and ways to provide for cycling and walking, promotes travel demand management programs (such as carpooling) and accommodates enhanced municipal and inter-regional (GO) transit services. For more details on The Road to Change – Halton’s Transportation Master Plan 2031, please visit www.halton.ca/htmp

Infrastructure

  • Water and Wastewater Master Plan
    On October 5, 2011 Regional Council approved the Sustainable Halton Water and Wastewater Master Plan. This plan ensures that Halton will continue to provide a safe and uninterrupted water supply for all Halton residents and businesses that receive Regional water, as well as ensuring that wastewater is treated efficiently and effectively.

Waste Management

  • Solid Waste Management Strategy
    On November 16, Regional Council approved Halton’s new Solid Waste Management Strategy which will guide Regional waste diversion programs towards the goal of achieving a 65 per cent waste diversion rate by the year 2016. To learn more about each of the new initiatives included in the 2012 to 2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy visit www.halton.ca/wastestrategy.

Planning Sustainable Communities

  • Approval of ROPA 38
    On November 25, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing external link issued a Notice of Decision to approve ROPA 38 (Sustainable Halton) with modifications to align the Region’s Official Plan with the Province’s Growth Plan, Greenbelt Plan and the Provincial Policy Statement.

Affordable and Assisted Housing

  • Completion of two new HCHC seniors buildings – Martin House Residence in Milton and Aldershot Village in Burlington
    The construction of two new Halton Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) seniors’ housing developments was completed at the end of 2011. Martin House Seniors Residence  pdf 203 MB, located at 189 Ontario Street South in Milton, provides Halton with 80 new units for seniors, including eight units for persons with disabilities. Aldershot Village Residence pdf 144 MB, located at 540 Plains Road East in Burlington, offers 65 new affordable housing units and is home to the Burlington Public Library’s new Aldershot Branch.

Children and Youth Development

  • Innovation funding
    Halton’s Our Kids Network/Early Years Committee received Innovation Funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services external link for the development of a new Service Navigation System model. The new system will allow Halton to move forward with the Best Start Child and Family System (BSCFS) designed to support families during a child’s early years
  • Our Kids Network Report Card
    Halton Our Kids Network external link released A Vision for Children in Halton, Report Card 2011. The third report card since 2004, A Vision for Children in Halton 2011 is a powerful tool and more information can be found online external link pdf 5.69 MB.
  • Halton Our Kids highlighted in Ontario’s Chief MOH Annual report
    On December 1, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, released her 2010 Annual Report, Health, Not Health Care external link– Changing the Conversation. The report cited Halton Our Kids Network (OKN) as an example of an Ontario municipality crossing government and sectoral lines to create healthy public policy. Halton Region’s Health and Social and Community Services Departments are key partners in OKN.
  • New intake/information line accessed by dialing 311
    Based on the research from two focus group surveys conducted in 2010, the Health Department created a new intake/information line staffed by public health nurses to increase access to comprehensive health and parenting information. This new intake/information line went live on December 5. Public health nurses provide comprehensive, best-practice advice, information, support, and counselling on a variety of topics. They also assist with linkages and referrals to Halton Region programs, classes, services and other community resources. The line also benefits health care professionals, school staff, childcare professionals, and staff from community agencies.
  • Halton Baby Friendly Initiative common messages document to become provincial resource
    In November, the Health Department signed an agreement with the Province to adapt the department’s “Key Common Messages Supporting the BFI (Baby Friendly Initiative)” working document into a provincial resource. The document has been widely used in the Halton community to provide consistent messages for health care providers. Health Nexus, Best Start Resource Centre external link and the Ontario Breastfeeding Committee external linkrecognized it as a valuable tool for other organizations working towards BFI accreditation and maintenance. This recent agreement means that the Halton document will be adapted by a committee of academics, hospital and community experts and become a provincial resource.
  • Community of Aldershot focuses on mental health
    In October the Aldershot community hosted a youth event called the Big Chill. The day was organized by the “Partnering Aldershot Safety Team” to promote mental health and increase awareness of community resources.

Seniors

  • Successful bid for provincial funding to support community seniors’ fall prevention
    Halton Region Health Department staff provided key leadership in a successful bid for provincial funding of seniors’ fall prevention research. The research project, “Engaging Community-Based Organizations in Fall Prevention for Older Adults: Moving from Research to Action,” received $100,000 to better inform public health and the community to prevent falls in older adults.

Protecting Public Health

  • Health indicators reports
    Monitoring the health of Halton citizens is a key priority for Regional Council and the Halton Region Health Department (HRHD). Using data from a variety of sources including the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System, Canadian Community Health Survey, Our Kids Halton Youth Survey and sources such as vital statistics births and deaths, and hospital discharges, HRHD regularly develops Health Indicator Reports on various health issues such as tobacco use or body mass index (i.e., weight). Each report includes demographic comparisons by age, sex, and municipality, as well as trends over time related to that health issue and helps to inform HRHD programs and services. In the fall, several new and updated reports were posted on the Region’s website.
  • Fall 2011 paramedic continuing medical education training
    All paramedic staff completed an eight-hour continuing medical education session in November. Continuing education is delivered throughout the year to ensure Halton paramedics are proficient with current standards, and to educate paramedics on new protocols, medication and equipment.
  • Emergency Services tiered response agreement completed
    In the early 1990s, a tiered response guideline was established amongst the three emergency services—EMS, police and fire services. The agreement outlined when the various emergency service agencies would be dispatched to emergency incidents that require more than once agency to respond to assist the primary emergency service. Halton’s EMS, police and fire services have been working under this guideline since 2000 when Halton Region assumed responsibility for EMS. One of Regional Council’s key actions identified in the 2011-2014 Action Plan was to create an updated tiered response agreement with the three emergency services. The new agreement was completed in fall 2011 by a working group of Deputy Chiefs from each agency, and was implemented early January 2012.  

Promoting Healthy Living

  • Healthy Weights Takes Action Community of Practice
    On November 22, 2011, the Halton Region Health Department launched the Healthy Weights: Halton Takes Action Community of Practice (CoP). CoP’s are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. Twenty-one participants, from many sectors such as education, community-based organizations, NGOs, health and municipal/provincial governments, gathered for the event. The CoP is just one in a series of comprehensive efforts to address obesity in Halton.
  • Halton continues to support smokers in their quit attempts (STOP program)
    On December 13, 2011, 43 Halton residents participated in the STOP on the Road external link program. Each participant received counselling and a five-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Telephone follow-up will now be offered to participants by the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. During the past quarter, Halton offered a variety of training opportunities to cessation practitioners. Two hundred practitioners attended sessions on best practices, motivational interviewing, cessation evaluation, and gender-specific approaches to cessation.
  • Safety Drives Us presents at national injury prevention conference
    Safety Drives Us (SDU) external link: Road Safety Initiatives for Newcomers in Halton” is a committee comprised of a unique partnership in Halton, Peel and Hamilton Regions between ethnic media, settlement agencies, children’s safety advocates, public health, police and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. On November 15, SDU presented at the Safe Kids Canada’s Injury Prevention conference in Vancouver. SDU initiatives include translation of child car seat pamphlets and videos into seven languages, training of settlement workers in car seat safety, car seat clinics for newcomer families and PSAs on multicultural radio programs, newspapers, and cable TV.

Air Quality

  • A Farewell to Featherwagons
    On December 22, 2011, Halton Region posted e-book translations on the Region’s website of the popular children’s picture book for children aged four to eight, A Farewell to Featherwagons. The book is now available in French, Spanish, Polish and Cantonese, reflecting the top four languages spoken most often at home in Halton, other than English. A Farewell to Featherwagons introduces children to air quality and climate change themes to inspire earth-friendly living at an early age. Since its launch in June, more than 2,500 copies have been distributed to libraries, schools and day care centres across Halton and there have been close to 2,000 visits to www.halton.ca/featherwagons.

This summer, discover Halton with Facebook and Twitter!

Halton’s tourism market is growing.

According to a tourism update (Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)131KB) presented to Regional Council in 2010:

  • 3.1 million tourists came to Halton Region in 2008
  • the $287.2 million spent by these visitors generated about $123.7 million in direct economic activity (GDP) in Halton
  • about 2,400 direct jobs in Halton were generated as a result of visitor spending here
  • visitor spending in Halton generates $131.1 million in taxes (direct, indirect, and induced) province-wide, including $4.2 million at the municipal level.

Tourism can make a strong contribution to community building and quality of life in Halton, so it makes good sense to use all of the tools at our disposal, including social media, to promote Halton’s tourism assets.

That’s why Halton Region’s Economic Development Division has just launched a tourism marketing campaign that features a number of new ways to spread the word about all there is to see and do in Halton. Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter are key components in the campaign.  

The new tools will:

  • promote upcoming festivals and events
  • share interesting facts and useful travel tips
  • allow visitors to share their own Halton travel tips, stories, photos and videos.  

The campaign follows on the work started by the Halton Tourism Advisory Committee (2008-2011) which was instrumental in launching a number of tourism initiatives including a new tourism portal called “Discovering Halton” on our website at www.halton.ca/tourism.

Halton offers countless opportunities for entertainment, recreation, education, relaxation and fun including:

Whether you are planning a staycation, looking for ways to keep out-of-town guests entertained, or just want to help promote our wonderful community, I invite you to discover and share Halton on Facebook and Twitter. Visit Halton Tourism on Facebook or Twitter and tell us your favorite summer spot in Halton. Post a photo if you have one.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Regional Accomplishments: October – December 2010

Every day, Halton Region works to provide residents and businesses with valuable programs and services. From affordable housing and public health; to business development and emergency management; from waste collection to water/wastewater treatment, we are committed to delivering our programs and services in a cost-effective and easily accessible manner.

I am pleased to share with you some of Halton Region’s major accomplishments for the fourth quarter of 2010.

If you have any concerns or comments, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca.

  • Successful social media pilot in Economic Development and Health
    Halton Region launched two social media campaigns in late summer/early fall to better support two different communities: business owners and parents.

    Halton Region enterprises can now follow Halton Economic Development and the Small Business Centre on Twitter, Facebook and WordPress Blog.

    Launched in August 2010, Halton Economic Development’s social media campaign allows businesses, clients, and partners to connect with each other in a new online environment for relevant and frequent news, tips, expert advice, information about the Centre’s services, resources, upcoming events, and more.

    Since its launch, Halton’s Economic Development social media campaign has had a very positive response. Through online and print efforts, Economic Development’s social media pages have hundreds of followers and fans, and reach thousands in the community.

    On September 20, 2010, parents in Halton Region began following “HaltonParents” on twitter and reading the parenting blog. A joint initiative between the Health and Social and Community Services departments, staff from both areas have taken their parenting supports online: providing support, tips, community event information, and the latest news related to pregnancy and parenting – from the early days with infants to raising teenagers.

    Blog posts are written by professionals across the Region and the local community, with topics that reflect the whole parenting journey – from toilet training to bullying and more.

    This online community is growing quickly as moms, dads, and community partners share their stories and interact with our Public Health Nurses and Child Development staff every day.

  • Healthy Smiles Ontario Launch
    October 1, 2010 marked the launch of the Healthy Smiles Ontario External Link (HSO) program in Ontario. HSO is designed to provide no-cost, preventive oral health care to low-income children and youth 17 years of age and under. The program will help to prevent the development of painful, urgent, and possibly costly oral health problems as children grow. The program is currently being promoted in Halton Region through collaboration with community partners that service low-income families. For more information about how HSO is being implemented in Halton check Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) – Halton Region.
  • Ron Joyce Centre Opening
    The official opening of the Ron Joyce Centre for McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business External Linktook place on October 7. The centre, located on the South Service Road, west of Appleby Line in Burlington, is home to McMaster’s MBA and executive education programs.
  • Unified Command Incident Management System
    In October, management staff from Emergency Medical Services (EMS) participated in Unified Command Incident Management System training with colleagues from the Halton Regional Police Service and the four local municipal fire services.  
    In November, EMS staff participated in a large-scale emergency planning exercise to test the unified command model. This model is intended to support a coordinated response from all three emergency services to any emergency.
  • Footsteps for Trees 2010: Halton Region’s Annual Corporate Wellness Challenge
    Last October, Halton Region’s Wellness Committee invited Regional staff to get active for their own health and the health of our ecosystem. The committee encouraged staff to form a team, and walk, run, bike, or swim, and then track their teams’ progress. As an added bonus, each time the equivalent of 10,000 steps was reached (about three hours of walking), Conservation Halton agreed to plant a tree to improve watershed health as part of the Footsteps for Trees External Linkprogram. A total of 36 teams registered, with 216 participants all achieving 10, 000 steps. Conservation Halton will plant 216 trees on the Region’s behalf this spring.
  • School Tours
    Over 400 grade five students from nine schools across Halton attended the Region’s annual school tour program in October and November. The students learned about various aspects of municipal government and enjoyed tours of Halton Regional Police Service headquarters and Halton Region’s waste management site.
  • Improving Appleby Line
    To help ease congestion at Appleby Line and Dundas Street (Regional Road 5), there has been a lot of construction while crews widen Appleby Lineto six lanes from Taywood Drive to Hwy. 407 and widen Dundas Street to six lanes from the CN overpass to the Walmart entrance. While most of the construction is on hold for the winter, the $15.5 million project is so far on time and on budget and is expected to be completed this fall. Thank you to everyone who drives in that area for your continued patience while we work to improve our Regional Road network to make getting around Halton easier for all of us.
  • Tools for Schools
    Tools for Schools is a resource kit that was developed to help teachers and students access air quality and climate change data and information. This resource was distributed to all Halton schools and community libraries in the latter part of 2010, and has been made available on Halton Region’s website.
    The pages in the resource kit are intended to increase student awareness and understanding of the impact of air pollution and climate change on human health. The kit also links to the Region’s air monitoring dataas an important learning tool. 
  • Developmental Assets training for Police
    Youth Health Team Public Health Nurses (PHNs) delivered training sessions to approximately 900 Halton Region Police Services police officers, management, and civilian staff on teen brain development, communicating with youth, and building developmental assets, which are key protective factors against drug and alcohol use, and criminal activity among youth. A Youth Health Team PHN has been invited to deliver similar sessions as part of an Ontario Police College training pilot in February 2011. This initiative has resulted in numerous consultations and referral information provided to Police Services staff, and enhanced collaboration between police and public health nurses. For more information on developmental asset check: www.search-institute.org External Link
  • Accessible Bathing Program- Adult day program
    The Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network External Link (LHIN) approved one time funding in 2010 to renovate space to provide enhanced bathing services to the clients of Milton Adult Day Programs. The day program, in partnership with the Community Care Access Center (CCAC) offers a daily bathing program to accommodate participants who are no longer able to access a bath or shower at home.   

    The renovations included installation of a new accessible whirlpool tub and lift and an expanded shower area that provides easier access to our senior clients. In addition to aesthetic improvements, a raised toilet and enhanced lighting was installed to maximize usage and provide better care.

  • Physician Recruitment program on track
    Halton Region’s Physician Recruitment program focuses on family medicine physician recruitment, ensuring the delivery of effective health services to Halton residents today and in the future. The program has attracted and retained an impressive number of physicians. Since 2003, the program has helped bring over 130 new family doctors to Halton, including over 20 physicians in the past year. In addition, several family physicians have been recruited to cover long-term locums, such as maternity leaves, and several other new family physicians have established part-time practices in the area. The Physician Recruitment Coordinator also assists local hospitals with their specialist recruitment efforts, including Emergency Room Physicians and Hospitalists, as well as Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Psychiatrists, Neurologists and Anaesthesiologists. The program continues to support the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre family medicine teaching unit, which opened in May 2010. The Centre will have six family medicine residents in July 2011, with an anticipated 10 to 12 in subsequent years. To see a list of newly recruited doctors who are accepting patients across Halton, visit http://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=15476.
  • New Public Health Clinic Opens in Oakville
    The Halton Region Health Department opened a new public health clinic in Oakville on November 15, 2010. The clinic, named Health@232, offers sexual health clinic services, by appointment and drop in, and needle exchange services. Health@232 also hosts the Stop Smoking Clinic, which began on December 9, and an Oral Health Assessment Clinic, which began on December 10. Both the Stop Smoking and Oral Health Assessment Clinics are by appointment only.
  • Be a Hero Contest
    The winners of the fourth annual Be a Hero. Be a Voice for Affordable Housing contestwere honoured at an awards ceremony on Thursday, November 18. More than 110 high school students, parents, teachers, and residents gathered together to celebrate the top creative submissions which each demonstrated the importance and the need for affordable housing in Halton.
  • Halton Leadership Summit on Poverty Reduction
    Over 100 people including individuals who have lived with or are living in povertyhelped lead the discussion of representatives from government, the non-profit sector, community agencies, school boards, the business community and local elected officials at a Leadership Summit on Poverty Reduction held at Halton Region on Monday, November 22, 2010. Participants concluded the day by committing to form a multi-sector community task group to develop a poverty reduction plan for Halton. The summit was organized by Habitat for Humanity, Halton Community Legal Services, Halton Region, Community Development Halton, The Community Foundation of Oakville, The Burlington Community Foundation, and the United Ways of Burlington, Greater Hamilton, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville.  
  • Community Emergency Notification Service (CENS)
    A successful test of the Community Emergency Notification Service (CENS) was conducted on the morning of November 25, 2010 as part of Halton Region’s Emergency Exercise “Aqua.” CENS is an automated emergency telephone call-out service that can be used in the event of an emergency or a situation which poses a danger to public safety anywhere in Halton. CENS allows emergency personnel to quickly let affected residents know of incidents and provide them with appropriate information on actions that they may need to take. During the test, CENS was used to contact residents in a subdivision of approximately 420 homes in Ward 4, Burlington. Residents were notified in advance that they would be part of the test and were asked to participate. Learn more about the Region’s emergency preparedness activities at www.halton.ca/beprepared.
  • Improving roads in Milton helps Build a Better Halton
    A busy construction season in Milton created both new and widened roads to help improve traffic flow through the Town. In November, a newly completed two-lane portion of James Snow Parkway (Regional Road 4) between Louis St. Laurent Avenue and Britannia Road (Regional Road 6), extended James Snow Parkway all the way from Steeles Avenue (Regional Road 8) to Britannia Road.

    Roadwork widening Derry Road (Regional Road 7) between Tremaine Road (Regional Road 22) and Bronte Street was also completed so that Derry Road is four lanes from Tremaine Road to Ninth Line.

    Halton is also working on widening Tremaine Roadfrom two to four lanes between Derry Road and Main Street, which will also include the Region’s first roundabout intersection at Tremaine Road and Main Street.

  • Continuing to be leaders in engaging our residents
    In November, as part of Halton’s strategic planning process, we undertook an innovative public consultation process to garner resident input on what matters to them.
    Through a civic lottery that involved mailing out 10,000 letters inviting residents from across Halton to participate in the Region’s first Citizens’ Reference Panel, a group of 36 people balanced for age, gender and location was created. The Panel’s insights, along with input from the broader community, will help Halton Regional Council develop a new strategic work plan and set out priorities for the next four years. We have been leaders in implementing new initiatives and tools, such as the webcasting of Council meetings and the Citizens’ Reference Panel is another example of our ongoing commitment to engaging the community. To learn more or get involved, please visit http://www.halton.ca/strategicworkplan.
  • Continuing to be the safest region in Canada
    In November, for the third year in a row, Maclean’s magazine External Linknamed Halton Region the Safest Place to Live in the Greater Toronto Area and the Safest Regional Municipality in Canada. Maclean’s based its ranking on aggregate results of the Statistics Canada 2009 per capita crime rates and Crime Severity Index (CSI) scores in six personal and property crimes: homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, auto theft, robbery, and breaking and entering.
  • Inauguration of 2010-2014 Regional Council
    The inaugural ceremony was held on December 8, at the Halton Regional Centre in Oakville. Members of Halton Regional Council were sworn in for the 2010-2014 term of office. The Honourable Mr. Justice C. William Hourigan presided over the Declarations of Office. The Right Reverend Michael A. Bird, Bishop of Niagara, delivered the invocation. In my inaugural address, I spoke about continuing our work on the themes of infrastructure, taxes and the environment while setting direction for a new citizen engagement strategy and the development of a strategic plan for the upcoming term of Council. I also introduced the need for a Halton Region tax freeze for Regional programs and services for the 2011 budget.