Great Day for the Milton Mutt Strutt

The rain didnt damper anyone’s fun on Saturday at the Milton Fairgrounds for the 2nd Annual Milton Mutt Strutt.

The weather wasnt really cooperating with the events for the day but the dogs put on a great show and they made it a a really fun event.  Yannick Carter from the Hamilton Tigercats was the special guest and he opened up the days festivities with his story of adopting cats from the Oakville Milton Humane Society.  He along with a number of other dog owners braved the rain as he led them on a slightly abreviated walk.

Milton Mayor Gord Krantz, yours truly as well as other town councillors Rick Malboeuf (who brought his dog for the walk) and Rick Di Lorenzo joined other dignitaries Halton MPP Ted Chudleigh in the days events.  A number of federal candidates joined us as well including Liberal candidates Connie Laurin-Bowie, Conservative candidate Lisa Raitt, Green Party candidate Judi Remigio and NDP candidate Pat Heroux came out to cheer on the participants and see the shows these talented pets put on, despite the weather.

I dont know off hand what the final tally was in the fundraising efforts of the Oakville Milton Huname Society but it should be pretty close to last years total, if not more!  The organizing committee should be commended and congratulated for a great event and hopefully we can get better weather next year.  Thanks to everyone who came out with their dogs and supported this organization.  You can find out more about the Human Society by going to their website www.oakvillemiltonhumane.ca

A big TWO PAWS UP to everyone involved.

Arts Centre Announcment

Earlier today Minister of Labour and MP for Halton Lisa Raitt made an announcement at the Milton Centre for the Arts about the success of Canada’s Economic Action Plan in creating jobs for Milton.  Surrounded by members of town staff, Mr. Rob Mackay who is the manager of the Arts Centre/Library, councillors such as myself and Reg. Councillor Colin Best, we heard of the many successes for both Milton and the Halton area.

Using the backdrop of the almost completed Milton Arts Centre she announced that thousands of jobs have been created in our area from the Milton Sports Centre and Arts Centre and more to come once the work has been completed.  Mayor Gord Krantz in his trademark work boots thanked the Minister and all levels of governement for working with the Town to ensure the completion of these projects.

The Invest in the Arts fundraising campaign is nearing the end and will be expected to announce that its hit (or maybe even surpassed) its fundraising goal of $2.2 million dollars and there will be more to come from that I assure you.

There was an opportunity to do a quick check on the status of the project and they are assured it will be completed on its original deadline of March 31st and not need the extention as much.

Many thanks for Minister Raitt for attending today for what Mayor Krantz likes to call “good news stories”.

Mutt Strutting and Sun Burning

I had a busy weekend planned  for the family as we had Miranda’s second birthday party at Pat’s hotel (Four Points Sheraton Meadowvale…cheap plug) with family and friends coming out.  Of course she was spoiled with lots of clothes and toys (her favourites being baby strollers and a tea set)  Pat and I spent a good part of Sunday night having tea parties.

The other part of our weekend was yesterday and the Oakville Milton Humane Society put on the first annual Mutt Strutt at the Milton Fairgrounds.  One word can be used to describe the day…success.

The weather looked like it would put a damper on the event but as the morning continued until the afternoon the clouds made way to a sunny, warm afternoon.  Families came out with their pooches to take part in a fundraising effort and to help raise awareness of the local humane society.

For years the society was known as “Oakville & District” which caused quite a bit of confusion for us as Milton was always part of the district, but many people didn’t know it was.  They have changed their name to Oakville and Milton Humane Society and with this event, helped people realize what exactly it does.

There were so many dogs of all kinds, shapes, colours and breeds that lined the fairgrounds.  The registration table was lined with people and their pledge forms and some of the totals were staggering.  I cant wait to see how much they did raise.  Halton MP Lisa Raitt, Halton MPP Ted Chudleigh, Mayor Gord Krantz and Regional Councillor Colin Best kicked off the event and led the group of dogs in either the 5k walk or the shorter one around the fairgrounds.

The food was amazing as the ever popular Troy’s Diner was there with hamburgers, hot dogs and other tasty deserts. Troy’s large inflatable COKE bottle was the first thing most people saw and hearing comments from people walking in, “HEY, Troy’s here!”  You haven’t had a burger until you’ve had a TROY’S burger.

The walk wasnt the only part of the day as there were demonstrations from professional and amatuer dog owners showing off their canine tricks, like frisbee catching and dancing.  The day could only be described as a success by those who attended.  Speaking with a lot of people there, I heard that they cant wait for next year.  A big congratulations goes to the organizers of the event…well done.

Taking advantage of the great weather, Anthony and I decided to head out and go door knocking on Freeman Trail…until he ended up at his friends house.  Then I lost my volunteer because in his words “this is more fun Dad”

With the good weather I was able to talk to a lot of people  who were working on their cars, cleaning out their garage, or just sitting on their porch reading  a book.  Most people I did speak with were shocked that I was out early in the year, seeing how the election is in October.  There are a lot of homes to visit and Ive been getting an early start on the campaign trail.  My commitment is to knock on every door in the ward personally and speak to as many voters as possible.

Its not just for the election, as one of my campaign promises is to continue to visit the doors in between election campaigns.  There are a few people from residents to political vetrans who think thats a tall order but its part of the game and what our elected officials SHOULD do on a regular basis.  In many cases, your councillor and local level of government has the most impact on our day to day lives from by laws, property taxes and other services.  Your councillor should be accessible and most times are peoples first phone call. 

Some of the issues that were brought up during the day was traffic problems at Louis St Laurent and Thompson Road and the need for some kind of cross walk near the Metro plaza so people on both sides of Thompson Road can safely cross the street.  Traffic lights at LSL and Thompson Road are in the works and staff are doing counts to make sure they can make that intersection a safe one.  In order for it to happen, we need to keep up the pressure and your council representative needs to speak out on your behalf.

During that part of the afternoon I got ready to go home with a few future lawn sign locations and some commitments from people that they will indeed come out to vote for me on election day.  Their support is humbling and I look forward to speaking with more as the months, weeks and days go on.

The one thing I did forget during the day was sunscreen as Anthony and Pat reminded me when I got home.  My head, face and arms were quite red and I didnt feel it until later in the evening.  Must remember to keep some in the car.

Over the next day or so, I will endevour to get some pictures of the event posted for my site.  Until then, I’ll see you at the doors.

Olympic Pride in Milton

Thousands of Miltonians lined Main Street early in the morning today in Milton to catch a glimpse of the Olympic torch as it makes it way through the GTA and beyond.

There was definatley a chill in the air as people huddled closely to the edge of the street waiting for some sign the torch and the runners were on their way.  Miranda was taking in the festivities with a look of wonderment in her eyes, not really sure what was going on.  Anthony on the other hand was bundled up and poked his head out to the street eagerly waiting to see history in the making. 

Christmas carols her heard, as choirsters brought out the holiday spirit of the people along the road.  Mayor Gord Krantz and Halton MP Lisa Raitt were in front of Knox Prespyterian Church to greet CTV weather guy Tom Brown as he cheerfully brought the flame to be handed off.

The cheers got louder as the motorcade made its way down the street, the first car with a flashing sign saying the torch will be here in 5 minutes.  Not to forget the sponsors of the event, a large COKE truck with singers cheering on the crowd and the RBC part of the parade announcing that “its coming”.  Another Milton blogger Jennifer Smith was there recording the event on video, so look to her blog for her updates as well.

A smiling Tom Brown feeling the effects of the cold greeted  the Mayor and MP and lit the next torch.  As the new torch was being lit, the people surrounding the area broke into a warm rendition of “OH CANADA”.

Brenda Wilson (thanks Steve!) finished up and made her way down Main Street to the next stop 300 meters away.  The cheers of the crowd were deafening as the route closed up and as soon as it was here, it was gone.

It definately was history in the making as we dont know when or if the torch will ever make its way back to Milton again.  There were many people openly emotional being a part of this great event.  Kids were laughing and excited chanting GO CANADA GO in the hopes our athletes bring it home this year.

Afterwards we made our way down to the Memorial Arena for a pancake breakfast put on graciously by the Knights of Columbus.  Hundreds packed the Lions Hall upstairs to take part in the meal and be entertained by live music.  It was really well run and many thanks to the Knights for their generosity.

Edit:  Here are some more pictures.  If you were there…let me know how you felt as the countdown to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver made its way through Canada’s fastest growing municipality.  These pictures are courtesy Paul Mitrovich, who apparently lost a finger in the cold (waaaaa, as you head to FLORIDA tomorrow) HA.