Advance Poll Dates for 2014 Milton Election

According to the www.miltonvotes.ca website the following dates and locations have been announced for advance polling in the 2014 Milton municipal elections.

Advance voting hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the exception of Sunday, October 19th, when the voting closes at 5:00 p.m.

Continuous Advance Vote – 5 Days

Monday, October 13 thru Friday, October 17, 2014

Hugh Foster Hall

141 King Street

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Advance Vote – 1  Day

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nassagaweya Tennis Centre & Community Hall (Campbellville)

9267 Guelph Line, Campbellville

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Shop & Vote – 2 Days

Saturday, October 18 & Sunday October 19, 2014

Milton Mall

55 Ontario Street South, Milton

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Saturday)

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sunday)

Election Day – 1 Day

Monday, October 27, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ward One

101       Bishop P. F. Reding Secondary School – 1120 Main Street East

102       Beaty Branch Library – 945 Forth Line

103       Hawthorne Village Public School – 850 Bennett Boulevard

Ward Six

601       Guardian Angels Elementary School – 650 Bennett Boulevard

602       Hawthorne Village Public School – 850 Bennett Boulevard

603       Craig Kielburger High School – 1151 Ferguson Drive

Ward Seven

701       Jean Vanier Secondary School – 1145 Bronte Street South

702       Milton Sports Centre – 605 Santa Maria Boulevard

703       Tiger Jeet Singh Public School – 640 Yates Drive

704       Our Lady of Fatima – 709 Bolingbrook Drive

705       Milton District Hospital – 7030 Derry Road

706       Birkdale Place – 611 Farmstead Drive

Ward Eight

801       Escarpment View Public School – 351 Scott Boulevard

802       Escarpment View Public School – 351 Scott Boulevard

803       Lumen Christi Elementary School – 841 Savoline Boulevard

804       P.L. Robertson Public School – 840 Scott Boulevard

Please keep these dates in mind.  Voting in advance polls are a lot quicker than on election day (which isnt as bad as many assume it is) so to make sure your voice is heard and your choice for candidate is selected, get out and vote!

I’ll see you at the doors.

Louis St Laurent Road Widening

LSL Road Paving from 25 to Bronte Street

For those residents who use Louis St Laurent between 25 and Bronte St you will see that the paving has begun to widen the lanes.

The Town is also looking forward to completing the construction of the overpass on LSL to go towards Tremaine Road as well later this summer/fall.

Looking forward for other Town and Region projects to be completed this year.  The winter did put many projects behind schedule with the extreme cold temperatures but everything is getting back on track.

Here is a link to more road paving projects from the Town of Milton.

We appreciate your patience.

I’ll see you at the doors.

 

Fall Winter Milton Community Services Guide August 7th

community services guide 2014The Community Services Fall/WInter Guide will be available for download on August 7th. Or you can pick them up at one of our recreation facilities.

Lots of things for kids, adults & seniors available this year so make sure you get your copy.

 

Derry Road Closure Alert

Road Closure alert:

Derry Rd will be closed west of Bronte Street to Scott Blvd from 5 am Aug 7th until 8 pm Aug 9th for needed work on the underpass. Apologies in advance for the inconvenience.

Final completion date has not been announced but late fall 2014 is the target date and everything seems to be headed in that direction. I will keep you posted.

Milton Strawberry Festival 2014

This weekend at the Milton Fairgrounds is the 34th Annual Strawberry Festival in support of the Milton District Hospital Auxillary

Great food as far as the eye can see and yes….STRAWBERRIES!

It will be fun for the whole family.  I will be there at the opening on behalf of Mayor Krantz to kick the festival off in style.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Britannia Road Environmental Assessment Completed

Update JULY 2014

Here is the most up to date information from Halton Region regarding the Britannia Road widening project.

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Further to our recent discussion, the following is an update on the work underway to implement the water, wastewater and road improvements on Britannia Road from Tremaine Road to Regional Road 25.

The EA for the Britannia Road improvements through the entire corridor from Tremaine to the 407 is being finalized for filing in late September.

The detailed design of the water and wastewater mains between Tremaine and Regional Road 25 is proceeding for tendering this Fall, with construction scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2015.

The detailed design of the widening of the road and the CN Grade Separation east of Tremaine Road is also proceeding and construction of the road works will commence immediately following completion of the water and wastewater works.

A detailed communication plan will be implemented as we get closer to the start of construction.

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The environmental assessment for expansion of Britannia Rd is complete. A report to be presented at the Planning & Public Works meeting on March 19th will outline the details of the EA.

http://sirepub.halton.ca/cache/2/s5ovydjdsi3qsugjgnaeqybr/17099203132014040442214.PDF

This now opens the door to get shovels in the ground to expand Britannia Road from Tremaine Road to HWY 407.

This project was accelerated back in 2008 by Halton Region as it was originally slated to START in 2021 if you can believe it. The EA process has been long due to dealing with property acquisitions AND funding.

It wont be done right away but at least we can look forward to this long awaited and much needed project to begin sometime in 2015 if everything goes to plan.

For more info on this project visit the Halton wesbite pagehttp://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=49605

What to do on Family Day in Milton 2014

Wondering what to do on Family Day in Milton? Here’s a list of events for February 17th. http://www.milton.ca/en/play/familyday.asp

You can come meet Toronto Rock lacrosse player Garret Billings who is going to hold a clinic as well to show kids this great game (AND Canada’s official game to boot)  Im looking forward to seeing this great new facility as well, so join me at the opening of the Milton Indoor Turf Centre.

ALSO…keep in mind that at the Milton Sports Centre there will be an event with big screens showing our VERY OWN Travis Gerrits as he goes for gold at the Olympics. If you are going to that event, please wear RED AND WHITE to show your support.

Show your Support for Travis Gerrits!

Cheer on Milton’s own Travis Gerrits as he competes for gold in freestyle aerial skiing at Sochi. Catch all the action on three big screens in the lobby, gymnasium and Banquet Room of the Milton Sports Centre. A DJ will also be spinning tunes to get you into the spirit of the games!

Don’t miss this opportunity to support a hometown hero! Travis is scheduled to compete at the following times:

8:45 am: First round qualifier
9:30 am: Second round qualifier
12:30 pm: First round final
12:55 pm: Second round final
1:12 pm: Third round final

In celebration of Sochi 2014, various Olympic events will be screened between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm. Olympic-themed family games will also be available in the gymnasium from 10:15 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 to 3:00 pm.

Milton Education Village Getting Closer?

According to an article in The Toronto Star, it looks like the provincial government in Ontario is making headway to possibly choosing more than the 3 promised campuses for post secondary institutions.

But the province no longer specifies it will fund precisely three such projects — despite the Liberals’ pledge for three new satellite campuses during the last election — but rather says now it will fund as many as required to meet the need.

“It could be more than three, it could be less, but the focus is on those high-growth areas that are currently underserved (by higher learning), where Ontario students are waiting to get into undergraduate programs,” said Emily Hedges, spokesperson for MPP Brad Duguid, Ontario’s minister of training, colleges and universities.

For the last couple of years you have read on my blog that Milton Education Village is one of those potential locations.
Here is some information from the Town of Milton website on the status of the Milton Education Village, the plans, who will be involved and the potential job opportunities that will be available, not only from the campus location but the Milton Innovation Centre being located there as well.

As Milton has grown rapidly over the last decade, the amount of new business development has fallen further behind our residential development.  This puts even more pressure on the residential tax base to fund programs and future infrastructure as we rely less on business taxes & fees and more on property taxes.

Milton Town Council has been working hard with other levels of government to ensuring this becomes a reality.  There is no end to the positive impacts this will have in Milton in driving new companies and jobs to Milton….something that we need.

Here is a link to the Star article.

By: Louise Brown

Queen’s Park will fund new satellite campuses and possibly expand current sites to make room for thousands more undergraduate students in boom areas where space is falling short of demand.

But the province no longer specifies it will fund precisely three such projects — despite the Liberals’ pledge for three new satellite campuses during the last election — but rather says now it will fund as many as required to meet the need.

“It could be more than three, it could be less, but the focus is on those high-growth areas that are currently underserved (by higher learning), where Ontario students are waiting to get into undergraduate programs,” said Emily Hedges, spokesperson for MPP Brad Duguid, Ontario’s minister of training, colleges and universities.

The ministry said it will soon call for proposals for expansion projects that each have space for at least 1,000 new students to start, with room for 5,000 to 10,000 more in the next 20 years. Proposals are expected to provide at least 6,500 new square meters of space (70,000 square feet).

Already several universities have said they hope to be considered for a new satellite campus. Sudbury’s Laurentian University has its eye on a campus in Barrie, where it currently offers some programs together with Georgian College, and Wilfrid Laurier University hopes to open a satellite campus in Milton, and there are others.

In recently released guidelines called the Major Capital Expansion Policy, the province said it will favour sites that offer a range of undergraduate degrees as well as student services, something satellite campuses sometimes lack.

“Satellite campuses can sometimes become a two-tier system where students don’t have the supports they need, from health counselling and disability services to academic counselling and a writing centre,” said Queen’s University student Allison Williams, a member of the steering committee of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. “So we’re happy to see the province is requiring these services should be in place.”

It’s also crucial to ensure satellite campuses have some senior, tenured professors who conduct research — not just instructors on short-term contracts with little time to prepare, noted University of Waterloo Professor Kate Lawson, president of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

“We’re happy there is a policy now on how satellite campuses will work, because we have seen problems before where they haven’t had decent libraries or labs, and sometimes even scramble to throw classrooms together,” said Lawson. “If you’re a student paying good money for an education, you want to make sure the quality is preserved wherever you are.”

Alastair Woods of the Canadian Federation of Students Ontario warned students at a satellite campus should be able to complete their entire degree at the satellite — which is not always the case.

Emily Hedges said this focus on degrees needn’t squeeze out community colleges, noting the province could consider new sites with degree programs offered jointly by a college and university.

Update on Road Conditions in Milton

Over the past few days I have received a number of calls and emails about the road conditions in Milton due to the cold snap “Polar vortex” we have been experiencing.

Town of Milton staff have been working very hard to get the roads as clear as possible for traffic and in our neighbourhoods and we all appreciate your patience in this matter.

Here is a quick update we have received from our engineering staff:

Mayor and Members of Council,

Our efforts to keep all roads in a usable and safe state have been generally successful however, not to the normal visual standard everyone is used to at this point in time following the end of the precipitation event.

Salt stops being effective as an ice melter at approximately minus 10 degrees C. Air and pavement temperatures have remained consistently below minus 10 C since the flash freeze that occurred Sunday night.  This flash freeze was preceded by heavy rain, which prevented the pre-storm application of anti-icing liquid which would have stopped the ice from bonding to the asphalt surface of the roadways.  We are still working on removing this stubborn ice layer,  which is more of a nuisance while driving over it due to its rough nature, than a hazard as it does exhibit some degree of friction.  In addition to various snow removal operations, we had graders out last night working on the arterial, collector and Regional roads where this ice layer exists in an attempt to improve their condition prior to the morning rush hour. Winds causing blowing snow and streamers have also been a major factor during this time period that  the crews have had to deal with.

Temperatures are expected to rise in the next few days, starting today, with winds subsiding and prevalent sunshine, which will help alleviate the situation and aid our efforts.  We continue to ask that citizens drive with care and thank them for their understanding and cooperation as we continue to provide winter control services to the community.

According to the forecast, we should be heading into a period of “warmer” weather towards the weekend with temperatures in the plus range, which will go a long way to getting rid of the ice packs at the end of our driveways and improving the quality of the roads.  If there are any specific concerns you might have about the past few days and snow clearing, please feel free to email myself or engineering@milton.ca

I think we can all say that we are all looking forward to warmer weather coming up to give us a break from this cold, arctic weather. Thank you again for your patience.