St Patricks Day Weekend

Yes, its St Patricks Day Weekend.  Blarney stones, green beer and jigs will be the order of the day this coming Sunday.  Lots of fun to be had by all but we should also remember to enjoy the celebration and party responsibly.

Here is an article from the Milton Canadian Champion about Halton Police’s plans this weekend.

http://www.insidehalton.com/community/milton/article/1593505

Halton police watching on St. Pat’s weekend

Halton police announced Friday they will be out in force on the lookout for impaired drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend to ensure it is remembered for its festivities and nothing else.

Police are reminding residents to plan ahead if their evening is going to involve any amount of drinking.

Such planning can include assigning a designated driver, calling a cab or using public transportation.

Police said being prepared ahead of time is key to avoiding the temptation to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

The consequences of impaired driving are severe and can result in licence suspensions, vehicle impoundments, fines and even jail.

Police said those who drink and drive not only put themselves in danger, but their passengers and other motorists as well.

Residents who suspect a person is driving while impaired are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Halton Regional Police Service has stated it is committed to combating drinking and driving and keeping Halton’s roads safe.

Halton MVP Panel To Discuss Emergency Preparedness

From the Region of Halton Website

Join Halton Region’s survey panel (Halton MVP) and complete the Emergency Preparedness survey for a chance to win an Emergency Go Kit

Release Date: Dec 13, 2012

Halton Region wants to know what you think about Halton’s ability to respond to emergency situations.  The Region’s latest Halton MVP (my ViewPoint) survey will run during the next several weeks. All new panelists who register to join Halton MVP by December 17, as well as all existing Halton MVP members who complete Halton’s survey about emergency preparedness will be entered into a draw to win an Emergency Go Kit*. Winners will be required to answer a skill-testing question to be eligible to receive the prize.

“Working with partners to ensure Halton Region is a disaster-resilient community, ready to deal with any potential, imminent or actual emergency is one of our Citizens’ Priorities,” said Regional Chair Gary Carr.  “This MVP survey will provide a unique way for us to gauge whether our preparedness messages are reaching residents and allow residents to share their thoughts on Emergency Preparedness in Halton.”

The Halton MVP survey program offers an opportunity for citizens to electronically provide their feedback to Halton Regional Council and staff on a variety of Regional issues and initiatives including emergency preparedness, service optimization, waste management and more.  Join the panel or find out more at www.halton.ca/MVP. Residents who join Halton MVP may be invited by email to participate in up to eight surveys each year.   Registration is open to all residents of Halton Region (excluding employees of Halton Region) 18 years of age or older.  Each panelist requires a unique email address.

To receive an email invitation to complete this survey, residents must join the panel at www.halton.ca/MVP by December 17 or must already be a member.  The invitation to complete the Emergency Preparedness survey will be emailed to all members of Halton MVP later in December.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; Employment Halton; Ontario Works (formerly social assistance); children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

* Jane Armstrong Research Associates is the sponsor and administrator of the draw for the Emergency Go Kits.  For official contest rules visit www.halton.ca/MVP.  Halton MVP and the Emergency Go Kit draw are managed by Armstrong Research on behalf of Halton Region through a secure website.  All correspondence, data collection and data analysis are the responsibility of Armstrong Research. Individual views remain anonymous as data is always analyzed – and presented to Halton Region – in the aggregate.

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Media Contacts:

Carleen Carroll
Director, Strategic Communications
Halton Region
905-825-6080
Carleen.Carroll@halton.ca

Jodie Sales
Senior Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000 x 7363
Jodie.Sales@halton.ca

New Elementary School Breaks Ground in Ward 6

Board officially breaks ground on new Milton elementary school

Officials and future students celebrate official groundbreaking of new Milton school

From the HDSB site

Oct. 23, 2012
Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of officials and future students who gathered this afternoon to officially break ground on a new elementary school in Milton. It is currently referred to as Milton #7, located at 625 Suave St., near the intersection of Fourth Line and Derry Road.

This new school will help address the growth in student enrollment occurring in south Milton. Construction of the school will begin this month, with the official opening anticipated for September 2013.  The school will be built for approximately 700 students.

The Halton District School Board has awarded the architectural tender to Allen & Sherriff Architects, Richmond Hill, and the construction contract to Everstrong Construction Ltd., Orangeville.

Halton Region Announces 311 Service

Halton launches 311 service

Halton Region is making it easier for residents to connect to programs and services.

It has launched the 311 non-emergency service online, which allows residents to find, pay, register, report or request services from the Region, Halton Regional Police, or local municipalities.

Residents can now either dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/311 to access all eight Halton government partners (Regional and local municipal governments, Halton Regional Police Service, Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic District School Board) and find out more about recycling and waste pick-up or register for parenting or parks and recreation programs.

Customer Service is a priority of Halton Region’s Citizens’ Priorities (2011-2014) Action Plan. Last year, more than 290,000 residents called Access Halton for information about programs and services.

What is 311?

  • 311 is an easy-to-remember, three-digit, non-emergency telephone number that offers a single window of direct access to Halton government services.
  • 311 provides free, multilingual assistance to anyone calling from within Halton.
  • It allows citizens to request a service or receive general information.

Whose services can I access by dialing 311?

  • Halton Region
  • City of Burlington
  • Town of Halton Hills
  • Town of Milton
  • Town of Oakville
  • Halton District School Board
  • Halton Catholic District School Board
  • Halton Regional Police Service (non-emergency calls)

Why do we need 311?

  • 311 means you don’t need to know which Halton government provides a particular service. You don’t have to sort through dozens of telephone numbers to find the people you need to talk to.
  • 311 also provides an easy-to-remember telephone number for non-emergency police calls which will reduce the burden of non-emergency calls made to 9-1-1.

How does 311 work?

  • 311 calls will be answered by customer service representatives in Access Halton.
  • While 311 is a program of Halton Region, callers will be able to access the programs and services provided by any of the eight partner organizations:
    • Regional and Local Municipal governments
    • Halton Regional Police Service
    • Halton District School Board
    • Halton Catholic District School Board
  • The customer service representatives will use a powerful database of about 1,500 records to respond to your inquiries on a vast array of Halton government services.

What are some examples of 311 calls?

  • reports of potholes
  • questions on site plan applications
  • location and hours of libraries
  • requests to register for parks and recreation programs
  • complaints about parking bylaw infractions
  • reports of stolen property after an event has occurred
  • requests to hire police officers for special events
  • reports of motor vehicle accidents
  • queries on police security checks
  • reports of suspected food poisoning
  • queries about well water
  • requests to book travel health clinic appointments
  • reports of dog bites
  • requests for financial assistance
  • queries on child development
  • queries on road construction projects
  • reports of sewer backup
  • reports of missed garbage collection
  • queries on acceptable items for recycling

What are the hours of operation?

  • You can dial 311 any time and speak to a live person.
  • Regular business hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • After regular business hours, only those of an urgent nature will be handled.

Will 311 work from cell phones, payphones, etc.?

  • Yes.

Can I still call the city or town directly using the ten digit number I have previously used to reach them?

  • Yes, and if you know the name of the person you wish to speak to, you should always call the ten-digit numbers.