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Fun Winter Activities Right Outside Your Door

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Just because it is cold and snowy outside does not mean you have to stay stuck indoors all winter. Halton Region still offers plenty of activities to see and do anytime of the year.

Obviously, this is the best time to hit the slopes. Glen Eden has a 45-acre ski resort with 12 trails and a snow-tubing park. They offer private or group lessons for skiing and snowboarding. Or, if cross-country skiing is more your speed, you can visit one of the many provincial parks in the area to explore the trails. Bronte Creek Provincial Park has 5 kilometers of trails that loop throughout the park and are perfect for navigating on cross-country skis or snowshoes.


Stellar Lego League Tournament this Weekend

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Ishaaq, Nathaniel, Karishma, Mascot Areeb, Edward, Omkar, Armaan & Aarish

The Halton First Lego League Tournament held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, attracted young robotics enthusiasts, ages 9 to 14, from around the Halton region.

The FIRST Lego League releases a Challenge which is based on a real-world scientific topic. This year’s challenge involved identifying a community that may be affected by a natural disaster, learning about the disaster itself and the problems it may cause. The students were then challenged to find a solution that would help people to BE PREPARED, BE SAFE and REBUILD. The Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project and teamwork.

A win at this event qualified the triumphant team, the Boisterous BEEP’ers from Oakville’s E-Bot Robotics, for the provincial competition.

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November is Adoption Awareness Month

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

To recognize Adoption Awareness Month, Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) are raising awareness that all children/youth need and deserve a family to love and nurture them as well as lifelong connections they can count on.

When parents/caregivers are unable to provide a safe living environment for their children/youth, CASs make every effort to provide supports so they may remain in their family home, rather than coming into care. These supports may include parenting classes, counseling and referrals to community agencies such as mental health or addiction services. In Halton, over 95% of children and youth remain in their own homes and do not come into care of the Society.


Halton Introduces a Community-based Drug Strategy

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Kevin Flynn

The Halton Drug Strategy Community Forum held on October 8th was a beginning for the Halton Region to put in place a community-based drug strategy with clear, attainable goals. “The forum brought the right people together to start the process and ensure that Halton’s drug strategy begins with concrete action and is results driven,” said Regional Chair Gary Carr. “The issue of substance use requires a meaningful multi-sector strategy that will best be achieved through collaboration, and driven and carried out by the community and the various expert agencies.” “Today we begin the collaboration,” he said. “We then want to move forward and pass the baton to our community partners to continue this shared approach to creating a community-based and driven strategy.”

Participants of the forum also learned about the programs and services available in Halton and collaborative efforts already taking place. A summary of recent local statistics related to substance use was presented, along with results from the Halton Substance Use Programs and Services Survey. The committee coordinated the community forum to identify priorities for Halton, with a vision that a comprehensive drug strategy will: reduce the stigma and impacts of substance use, limit duplication of services, ensure well-informed community activities, and that the program will be a shared approach. For more information

Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville thanks Halton Region for putting together a forum to develop a comprehensive local strategy with clear attainable goals and a shared vision and purpose to improve the quality of life for many Halton residents. In October of last year, MPP Flynn arranged a meeting with local drug addiction agencies, the Halton Regional Police, Mississauga-Halton Local Integrated Health Network (LHIN) and regional Chair Gary Carr to discuss the benefits of a Halton Drug Strategy. “I thought it would be appropriate to use what I learned as chair of the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions to bring together local agencies, the local LHIN, members of the Halton regional police and community members who are affected by substance abuse to talk about the benefits of having a Halton Drug Strategy,” said Kevin Flynn.


Halton Waste Diversion has Positive Impact

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

In April, 2013 the Region of Halton introduced improvements to its waste collection program, including a new 11 gallon recycling box, and an expanded list of allowable materials. In three months, they have seen a positive impact thanks to residents’ efforts.

Since April Halton Region has:

  • Distributed over 50 thousand new, larger blue boxes to residents
  • Seen an 8% increase in the amount of blue box and green cart materials collected
  • Observed a 4% decrease in the amount of garbage being collected