Miracle On Main Street December 15th

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Miracle on Main Street.

Once again we will be holding the Miracle on Main in front of Troy’s Diner in Milton.  To date, Miracle on Main has raised over a million dollars to support Halton Women’s Place, Salvation Army, McMaster Childrens Hospital and SickKids Hospital in Toronto.  Events like this could not be possible without the help and support of our sponsors.

Any other plans? Cancel them! See you at Miracle on Main Street Monday December 15th, 2014 in front of Troy’s Diner!

This year I am honoured to be your host and MC for this magical time of the year.  The list of celebrities and dignitaries continues to grow and I personally can not wait.

The fun starts at 6AM and goes until 9AM.  Everything is FREE that morning so bring your family and friends along with an unwrapped toy to donate to Miracle on Main!

For more information, please visit the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation website or the Facebook Event page for updates.

Here are some of the details:

The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation is now making plans for its 6th annual “Miracle on Main Street” toy drive charity event presented this year by Techno Metal Post.

The donations raised each year go towards the purchase of toys, food and life essentials for families experiencing poverty via The Salvation Army, Halton Women’s Shelter and children suffering from sickness at SickKids and McMaster Children’s Hospital. To date the foundation has raised close to one million dollars in combined sponsorships and donations over the past five events.

“The objective of Miracle on Main Street is to promote the spirit of giving among all faiths,” says Tiger Jeet Singh Jr., president of Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation. “Sickness and poverty do not discriminate; neither should the spirit of giving.”

Miracle on Main will take place on Monday, December 15th from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on a closed off portion of Main Street in front of Troy’s Diner, 295 Main Street in Milton. There will be amusement rides, petting zoo, live entertainment and extravagant displays set up by the Halton Regional Police Services & C.A. Towing.

The event is FREE for everyone and all that is asked is for a donation of a new unwrapped toy.

Carols will be sung, autographs and pictures will be taken with wrestling’s living legend Tiger Jeet Singh, Canada’s most famous hockey dad Walter Gretzky, former WWE superstar Tiger Ali Singh, members of the Argos, Ti-Cats, Toronto Rock, Maple Leaf and NHL Alumni. Talks are also underway to have a return visit made by the Stanley Cup.

A second event will take place in the main lobby at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton on Wednesday, December 17th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The lobby of McMaster Children’s Hospital will be transformed into a holiday wonderland.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Miracle on Main Street at McMaster Children’s Hospital,” says Jennifer Laughton, VP Development at McMaster Children’s Hospital. “The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation are wonderful partners and are bringing the true spirit of the holiday season to the children that must remain in the hospital over the holidays due to illness. Our communities’ support of Miracle on Main Street for McMaster Children’s Hospital will ensure that every child wakes up to a gift at their bedside. We can’t thank the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation enough for choosing to support children and our hospital in this very special way.”

Please visit www.MiracleOnMain.ca  for more event details or log onto http://tigerjeetsinghfoundation.com/donate/ to make an online charitable donation.

#TheIssue Airs on TV Cogeco Every Thursday

I just wanted to say how much fun it was being a part of the panel on TV Cogeco’s new show, The Issue.

Its a current affairs program for the Milton area and this past Thursday I was honoured to be part of the show.  I was a panelist along with moderator Mark Carr, Robert Duvall of RDC Networks and the President of the Milton Chamber of Commerce Richard Bolton.  We spent the hour long show talking about growth in Milton and the challenges it faces for both residents and businesses alike.

If you have Cogeco TV, I urge you to tune in every Thursday night at 7pm (its repeated throughout the week as well) and engage in the conversation.

When the chips are down…

…Regional Councillor Tony Lambert left Milton high and dry.

The following video is from yesterday’s Halton Regional Council meeting.  After a marathon 4 hour plus meeting an in camera report came up for a vote.  This report is a result of 3 years of discussion regarding ROPA 38, which is the Regional Official Plan Amendment that affects many areas in Halton, including Milton.

Our council representatives Mayor Gord Krantz, Councillor Best and Lambert received this detailed report less than 24 hours before the meeting before having to be asked to vote on it.  I wasnt part of the in camera discussions obviously, but what came out of it was a motion by Mayor Krantz to defer the report until such time that Town of Milton staff and legal teams could look into it in more detail.  This comes on top of an announcement from the provincial government regarding a change to the Places To Grow Act that will now, once complete, bring a total of 1,000,000 people to the Halton region, and MANY of those to Milton.

When its all said and done, the province of Ontario has deemed Milton to grow to over 350,000 people by 2041.

You can see that due to this development and the fact that Milton will be the location of the majority of that growth, our councillors representing the best interests of Milton would want to take a look at it some more.

If you watch the video, you will see that some of the discussion on Mayor Krantz’s deferral motion.  The results of the vote were 11-3 with our 3 regional representatives voting for the deferral, so it lost.

Then the vote on the main motion came up and this is where the head scratching begins.  When Milton needed to stand united on an issue that will affect this town for 20-30 years down the road, Tony Lambert first opposed the report by voting FOR the deferral, and then after that motion was lost, voted FOR the original report.

Regional council voted against the deferral and in turn lone Councillor Tony Lambert chose to support it in the end leaving Mayor Krantz and Colin Best standing alone. When the chips were down and Milton needed to stand united, for whatever reason he might come up with, Lambert chose to flip flop and change his mind to in essence desert Milton’s long term needs.

As regular readers of my blog will know, THIS is why there has to be change in representation for Milton at the Region and why I intend to run for the regional councillor position for wards 1,6,7 & 8 in 2014.

3 years of on the job training has not worked. Sadly as it is, this isnt the only example of erratic voting behaviour.

With all of these changes and important issues facing Milton in the coming years, we need someone who will stand up for Milton when the chips are down.