Steam Era Returns Labour Day Weekend

Many people think that the CNE getting ready to close down is the official sign of the end of summer.  For those of us in Milton, its the Steam Era!

Starting this coming weekend is the 53rd edition of the Steam Era at Milton Fairgrounds.  According to the Steam Era website, their goal is “to advance knowledge, appreciation, and  interest in rural antiques and  our rural agricultural heritage. This is accomplished through the preservation, restoration and renovation of articles, vehicles,  machinery and power equipment of antiquity.”

The Steam Era is an “annual show held by the Ontario Steam and Antique Preservers Association  each year. At the Labour Day weekend show our members exhibit and demonstrate their equipment, models, cars and trucks, along with  craft and other displays for the public.”

So if you’re looking for something interesting to do over the long weekend in Milton, head on down to the fairgrounds and see history come alive in front of you.

Friday afternoon starting at 1pm there is the annual steam era parade through town and its not to be missed.  With all the whistles going off, it would be hard to miss it.  Later on Friday night at 6pm is the corn roast and movie night.

On Saturday there are a number of competitions from the tractor pull to log sawing (which is much more difficult that you would think) followed by more steam games, live entertainment and a talent contest.

More games are slated for Sunday along with mini tractor pulls and on Monday it wraps up with more competitions and the Steam Era Skills competition.  The full schedule of events can be found here.

Come and take part in Milton’s rich agricultural history this long weekend at Milton’s Steam Era and the real unofficial end of summer.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Free Garbage Tags Expire Sept 7th

Just a reminder to Milton residents that the Region of Halton free bag tags expire this coming September 7th. After that you will be required to purchase them at $2.00 each.

If you have any questions about the Halton Bag Tag program, please visit this website for more details OR you can call 3-1-1.  The 3-1-1 service is a very valuable tool to use to find out about a number of town and region services, garbage pick up and also where you can report roadside dumping.

Speaking of illegal dumping, thank you to the many residents in wards 1, 6, 7 and 8 for calling and emailing me about these incidents.  In order for these statistics to be included in any future region of Halton reports, they do need to be called in on the 3-1-1 line as well as letting me know.

Before the 3 bag limit was approved by Halton Region council members (unanimously) there were a number of incidents of illegal roadside dumping of household garbage.  After the program was in place we have seen a spike in these occurences and I have been sending this information to both the Town and Halton Region staff for their actions.

What we have been seeing in the last several weeks is residents using town garbage containers to dump their household waste on the garbage pick up days.  These containers are NOT for that purpose.  When people dump their household garbage in the green containers, it attracts animals, rodents and it usually ends up being a big mess.  Add in some wind, and local residents get their areas covered in trash.

If you see any overflowing containers of garbage, please let me know by email and call 3-1-1 to report the locations as well.  By working together, we can help solve this problem as we continue with the “growing pains” of a 3 bag limit.

I’ll see you at the doors

Colour My Stash Contest for Movember is ON!

You might be walking around town, at work and in malls and observing a number of men with silly little attempts at moustaches and wondering…are the 70’s coming back?  Nope its Movember!

Myself as well as hundreds of thousands of men in Canada are taking part in this annual tradition of growing our stash to raise money and awareness for mens health issues.

There is a team assembled in Milton called the Milton MO’s who are committed to raise as much money as possible for this cause.  So far we have 8 members and Im very proud to say we are setting a pretty lofty goal.  We would like to be in the top 10o0 of teams in Canada and we need your help.

Ive been described as a guy who puts his money where his mouth is when its comes to taxes in Milton and this is no different.  As I did last year, I had a contest to help raise more money.  I donated my stash to be coloured for the last week of the month.  Up until November 23rd, the person or organization who gives the largest donation gets to pick the colour.  Last year there was a battle between the Blue Room Spa here in town (who of course wanted BLUE) and other residents and we ended up raising several hundred more dollars than if I didnt have this contest.

So please be generous.  Go to my Movember page and get in line to pick a colour.  Pass the link on to your friends or anyone else that might want to see yours truly walk about town with a coloured stash.

If you have already donated to Movember … THANK YOU SO MUCH!  IF not why not have some fun with it (at my expense) so lets have some fun and help change the face of men’s health.


Champion Editorial Comments on 3 Bag Limit

Unloading baggage

We fully support Halton Region’s plan to reduce the bi-weekly number of garbage bags residents will be able to place curbside before a user-pay system kicks in.

Next spring (April 1, 2013), residents will be provided with complimentary bag tags to affix to any garbage bags beyond their three-bag limit (currently residents enjoy a six-bag limit) they place at the curb on their regularly-scheduled waste collection day.

Five months later, on September 9, 2013, after having had ample opportunity to monitor and adjust their waste habits, residents will be asked to pay $2 for each tag they affix to garbage bags beyond the three-bag minimum.

There will be some exemptions granted, to those living in townhouses with common collection pile areas, those with diaper/medical condition-related waste as well as a two-week exemption for everyone immediately following the December holiday period.

While some municipalities have similar limits to free waste collection — Durham’s bi-weekly limit is three bags and Peel’s weekly limit is two bags — other municipalities — like Wellington (Guelph) — charge residents for every bag collected on garbage day.

We believe the Region’s tag concept is an incentive for Halton residents to be less wasteful and more thoughtful when deciding what should and shouldn’t get thrown out. The goal is to reduce the amount of Halton waste ending up in the landfill and, by doing so, extending the number of years before the landfill will be full. Regional staff say a three-bag limit could extend the landfill by as much as four years, creating an overall savings of $15 million.

Halton has been a leader in waste diversion among GTA municipalities with a rate of 57 per cent. That success is due, in part, to 85 per cent of homes already placing three garbage bags or less to the curb.

Only five per cent of Halton homes don’t participate in the Blue Box program each week, while 70 per cent of residents have been regular users of GreenCart since its Halton launch in mid-2008.

In order to help Halton homeowners reduce their waste, the Region is also planning to expand its Blue Box program to include mixed plastics like clear clamshells and yogurt and pudding cups, empty steel paint cans and cardboard spiral cans, which are commonly used for products such as refrigerated dough, frozen juices, chips, nuts and other snacks, powdered drink mixes and baby formula, shortening and powdered cleansers.

With this boost to the Blue Box program will come a larger 22-gallon container to hold the additional recyclable items.

Hopefully these initiatives will convince more of us to divert our waste and maintain Halton’s place among the greenest communities in the GTA.

Official Opening of Craig Kielburger High School

It was more like a rock concert than an opening!  All the students of CKSS were in the gymnasium of their new school to celebrate in the opening of Milton’s newest high school.

The CKSS Spartan’s squad lead us with some great music and dancing.  There was singing by the glee club followed by student after student talking about what makes them different, yet the same, as each one of them declared afterwards that they “are the face of CKSS”

The excitement continued to build until what many were waiting for happened…Craig Kielburger was introduced to a standing ovation.  He talked about is journey as a 12 year old speaking to politicians and government officials to do something that many want to do…change the world.

He spoke passionately about his teachers, his parents and his family.  Everyone who supported him in his journey.  Many would have said a 12 year old couldn’t make a difference in the world…but he has.  Craig told us stories of people who inspired him in other countries to continue his quest and how deeply honoured he was to be there today.  Looking around at the students in attendance, you could see they were hanging on every word.  The opening ended with a mini concert from the band Neverest.  Once it was over students surrounded him to shake his hand and meet with him personally.  Like I said, it was like a rock concert.

Thank you to everyone involved in the organization of today’s event and I am very honoured to have been invited to attend along with Principal Donna Taylor, Mayor Krantz, Halton school board trustees Donna Danielli and Nancy MacNeil and the teachers of CKSS among others in attendance.

Congratulations on a fantastic opening and good luck with the rest of the school year and the years to come.  Im very proud that in 2 years my son Anthony will be able to attend CKSS as they are laying the ground work of a successful curriculum and a great learning environment.