Provincial Legislation Being Reviewed By Ontario Government

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION: Tuesday April 14th Milton Sports Centre Room #3 at 7pm!

Recently the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced a province wide review of a number of pieces of legislation to be conducted over the next several months.

These are just some of the laws that govern municipalities and how fast we grow, where we grow and the limitations of that growth.

They include:

  • The Growth Plan for the GTHA
  • The Greenbelt Plan
  • The Oakridges Moraine Conservation Plan
  • The Niagara Escarpment Plan

The Ministry has announced a number of public open house sessions throughout the province including one here in Milton on April 22nd.

Given the impact that these pieces of legislation have on a municipalities ability to plan its growth, I felt that it was important that we try to gain a better Milton and Halton perspective on some of these items before we make our views known during the ministry’s provincial meetings.  I have scheduled a public input session for Tuesday April 14th at Milton Sports Centre Room #3 starting at 7pm and with the assistance of fellow Councillor Colin Best we can get important feedback from Milton and Halton residents on these potential changes.

All are welcome as we discuss ideas on the Greenbelt and your thoughts as to the future. Is the Greenbelt too big? Is it too small? What changes can be made to better plan for Milton/Halton’s growth over the next 20 years?

There are many questions to be asked and we would like to hear from you.

As always if you cant make it, please email me your thoughts or here in the comments.

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.

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 Volunteer Fair This Saturday

This Saturday (tomorrow actually) is the annual Milton Volunteer Fair at the Milton Sports Centre from 10am to 1pm.  If you are interested in learning about the different programs you and your family members can help out, this is the event for you.  There are going to be many representatives from organizations around Milton including Halton Regional Police, Milton Community Resource Centre (MCRC), Volunteer Halton among others to give you information on how you can improve our home town.

I hope to see you there.

(From the website)

Inviting all residents of Halton to come and check out the Milton Volunteer Fair on Saturday November 2nd from 10am-1pm at the Milton Sports Centre. Find out how you can become involved in the community and volunteer with one of the many community organizations on display! Hope to see you there.

Region of Halton Budget Available ONLINE

I thought I had posted the link before but apparently I did everything but in one of my last posts.

You can find the Region of Halton budget for 2013 online at

Its a large document with 570 pages to read through so as many have said to me, if you have a problem sleeping…open this up. 🙂

This budget, like most is very important to the future of the region of Halton and it contains funding for a number of initiatives such as the new 3 bag limit and blue box program, enhancements to the waste water management systems and spending for affordable housing.  Overall the budget comes in line with a 0 % increase, not including spending on the police etc.

The Town of Milton Budget wont be made available until around November 26th which gives us a grand total of 14 days to review it, get feedback from the public and discuss it (Monday December 10th at 7pm…11th also if necessary.)  I am working on getting some information if its available before then to post here online to get your feedback.

If you have any questions about the budget or anything contained in the document, please feel free to email me and I can answer them for you.  Regional Councillor Colin Best is having a budget meeting on November 27th at the Milton Sports Centre at 7pm Room #4 so send me an email if you can make it.

Weekend Activities

Don’t forget there is going to be Remembrance Day Ceremonies this weekend at Milton Town Hall on Sunday November 6th at 1:30pm.  Join myself and other members of council as we honour those who have served our country, fought for freedom here and around the world and thank those who came back.

I will also be at Metro this evening from 7PM to 9PM on my Poppy detail for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 136 so stop by, say HI and grab a poppy to support our veterans.

On Saturday there is the Volunteer Fair at the Milton Sports Centre from 10AM to 1Pm.  You can find out about a number of organizations in Milton that are looking for help and volunteers and get a good feeling of the work that is being done by Miltonians.  You can contact Carol Fuhrer at 905-878-0955 or email for more details.

Also on Saturday is the Milton Seniors Centre Christmas Craft Sale at the Milton Seniors Activity Centre from 9Am to 12PM.  The Seniors’ Centre’s Creative Fingers Craft Club and Fund Development Committee invite you to drop by their annual Christmas Craft Sale and Bazaar.  There will be a wide selection of crafts, baking and preserves, jewellery, Christmas crafts, white elephant table and much more!  You can call the Seniors Activity Centre for more details at 905-875-1681.

After the Remembrance Day ceremonies, head on dow to the Italian Canadian Club of Milton (104 Tremaine Road, north of Steeles) at 5 pm for a spaghetti / meat ball dinner with special guest, the world’s most famous “hockey dad”….Walter Gretzky!!!  Call 905-878-3462 for more details.  Costs ONLY $10!!!

So, lots happening in Milton this weekend as we ramp things up toward the Santa Claus parade on November 20th.

Also, you can stay up to date on my Movember activities on my page I have decided to try to grow a handlebar mo’ so we’ll see how this one goes.  Should be a blast.  All for a good cause so I’m glad to donate my mug to help change the face of men’s health in Canada.

I’ll see you this weekend.