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SWIFT Update

One step closer to fulfilling our Council Work Plan priority of improving high speed internet access in : issues first in a series of RFPs to build Canada’s largest, publicly funded, regional broadband network:

Canada’s largest, publicly funded, regional broadband project prepares for construction

Today, SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) takes a major leap forward with the launch of its first in a series of upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP). The RFP outlines a complete list of deliverables and requirements for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of an ultra-high speed, open access, fibre optic backbone network for Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region.

In May 2017, SWIFT issued a Request for Prequalification (RFPQ) whereby twenty-eight (28) Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) were prequalified and became eligible, as potential proponents, to participate in the SWIFT RFP processes. The final list of prequalified TSPs was released in July 2017. Today’s RFP was issued to all 28 prequalified TSPs by means of Bonfire, a secure electronic tendering portal. TSPs who successfully demonstrate their ability to meet the minimum technical and financial capacity requirements will be eligible to continue participating in the RFP process, and will be expected to respond with competitive Proposals prior to the RFP closing time. SWIFT anticipates selecting the Preferred Proponent(s) in the spring of 2018, with construction of the network commencing mid 2018. In order to participate in the RFP, interested respondents must have been prequalified through the RFPQ process. Providers, who did not participate or were unsuccessful in the RFPQ process, yet have an interest in contributing to the RFP submission are encouraged to partner with one of the prequalified TSPs to participate further in this RFP process.

  • Bell Canada
  • BH Telecom Corp.
  • Bluewater Regional Networks Inc.
  • Brant Municipal Enterprises Inc.
  • Brooke Telecom Co-operative Ltd.
  • Bruce Telecom
  • CK Open Fibre Inc.
  • Cogeco Connexion Inc.
  • Distributel Communications Limited
  • Eastlink
  • Execulink Telecom Inc.
  • Fengate Capital Management, Ltd.
  • Frontline 360 Inc.
  • GB TEL Incorporated
  • HCE Telecom
  • Hydro One Telecom Inc.
  • Lakeland Energy Ltd.
  • Macquarie Capital Development Canada Limited
  • Nexicom Inc.
  • Niagara Regional Broadband Network Limited
  • North Frontenac Telephone Company, Elgin Corp.
  • Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
  • Silo Wireless Inc.
  • TeraGo Networks Inc.
  • The North Frontenac Telephone Company Corp.
  • Vianet Inc.
  • Xplornet Communications Inc.
  • Zayo Group LLC
“This is a very exciting time for SWIFT,” said Gerry Marshall, Board Chair at SWIFT. “We are moving into the next phase of our project and moving one step closer toward realizing our goal of building broadband for every farm, home and business in Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region.”

“All of Ontario’s communities require equal access to the technological advances that broadband enables,” said Geoff Hogan, Chief Executive Officer at SWIFT. “Creating a fully integrated, fibre optic broadband network is the key to growing our communities and unlocking Ontario’s economic potential.”

About the SWIFT Initiative 
SWIFT is a not-for-profit, collective broadband initiative that is funding the construction of an affordable, open-access, ultra high-speed fibre-optic regional broadband network for everyone in Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region. To overcome our region’s longstanding broadband infrastructure gaps, SWIFT has developed a long-term plan to help more than 3.5 million Ontarians to connect and keep pace in a changing digital world. SWIFT membership is open to any community or organization in southwestern Ontario that needs connectivity to any of its locations. Members benefit from SWIFT’s significant procurement expertise, including aggregated demand, negotiated rates, and support in preparing RFPs for broadband services. As a buying group, SWIFT also ensures greater competition between telecom service providers which will lead to better services at lower prices in member communities.

Help SWIFT build “broadband for everyone” by completing an Internet usage survey:www.swiftnetwork.ca/survey.

For more information about SWIFT, please contact:

Media Relations
Tammy McQueen
Communications Manager
tammy.mcqueen@swiftnetwork.ca
RFP Process Enquiries
Michelle Maurice
Procurement Professional
bids@swiftnetwork.ca

Town of Caledon’s online tree seedling store now open!

Let’s grow Caledon’s tree canopy! The Town of Caledon’s 2018 Tree Seedling Program provides Caledon residents with the option to purchase potted trees and seedlings. Since the programs 2002 inception, an estimated 165,842 trees have been distributed to Caledon residents.

“We are excited to continually offer this program to Caledon residents. By making native tree stock and seedling options accessible to local residents, we are encouraging private reforestation and restoration efforts,” said Mayor Allan Thompson. “This is one of the ways we are tackling climate change and being an environmentally responsible community.”

The following potted trees and tree seedlings are available through the 2018 program:

·        Three types of coniferous (softwood) seedling species include white cedar, white pine and white spruce. The minimum order is 1 bundle that contains 10 seedlings.

·        Nine types of potted deciduous (hardwood) species include red oak, silver maple, sugar maple, red maple, white birch, black cherry, red/silver cross maple, white oak and black walnut.

Site and order deadline

Visit the online store at caledon.ca/seedlings. Orders are due by Friday March 2, 2018.

 

Pick-up date

Saturday May 5, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Town of Caledon Public Works Yard 3

14220 Highway 50 (intersection of Highway 50 and Columbia Way).

Customers are reminded to bring a piece of photo ID that shows your Caledon address.

Do you live on a large property?

 

The Town has partnered with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) to offer extended programs and planting services for residents with larger (one- or two-acre or larger) properties. Visit the TRCA and CVC websites for more information, program eligibility and to find which Conservation Authority serves you.

 

TRCA Tree programs: Private Land Programs and Services

CVC Tree Planting and Restoration Programs: Tree Planting

Help is available 24/7 throughout the holidays

CRISIS RESPONSE
24/7/365 Help for Kids and Families

Call 416-410-8615

Help is available 24/7 throughout the holidays

The holidays, while a season of joy, are also a time of stress. For families with challenges, stress can turn into distress and a mental health crisis. Should this happen, where can kids and parents get help when schools, doctors’ offices and social services are closed?

The Crisis Response Serviceoperated by Peel Children’s Centre is here to help 24 hours a day, even on holidays. Just call 416-410-8615from anywhere in Peel Region.

We offer free, immediate support for children/youth under age 18 experiencing a mental health crisis, as well as their parents/caregivers. Mental health crises may include, but are not limited to:

  • parent-child conflict
  • school concerns
  • suicidality
  • self-harm
  • substance misuse
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • depression, and
  • parenting concerns.

The Crisis Response Service provides:

  • immediate crisis stabilization over the phone
  • development of safety plans
  • in-person support in clients’ homes, the community or the office between 9 am and 9 pm
  • short-term, crisis-focused counselling, and
  • referrals and bridging support to other services in the community.

We encourage you to advise your clients, students, patients, constituents or members in Peel about our service.

You can order Crisis Response Service brochures, client wallet cards, and posters using our website form. Please include your mailing address and the quantity of the item(s) required.

Together we can ensure that families know how to get help when they are in crisis. Thank you for being part of our “Caring Community Working Together for Children and Youth.”

Watch our Crisis Response Service video on YouTube

Peel Children’s Centre
Ph.: (905) 795-3500
Fax: (905) 696-0350

Fire Prevention Tips For a Safe and Festive Holiday Season

With the festive holiday season upon us, the Town of Caledon Fire & Emergency Services is urging everyone to pay special attention when cooking during the holidays. Provincial statistics reveal that careless cooking is the number one cause of fires and the second leading cause of fatal fires.

“Take a few minutes to test your smoke alarms and make sure everyone in the home knows exactly what to do in the case of an emergency,” said Fire Chief Bailey. “Developing and practicing a home escape plan with your family can be a life-saving exercise this time of year.”

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can often increase the risk of a fire starting, often by unattended cooking, and in many cases, when alcohol is involved.

Smoking is another leading cause of fires during the holiday season. “Smokers should extinguish cigarettes in large deep ashtrays, not in plant pots which may contain peat moss or shredded bark that can easily ignite,” continued Chief Bailey. “Ashes should be emptied in a metal container, not the garbage can, and put outside.”

Enjoy a fire safe holiday season by following these tips:

-Stay in the kitchen when cooking. If a pot catches fire, don’t try to move it. Cover the pot with a lid to smother the flames and turn off the burner.

-Keep things that can burn, such as cooking utensils and paper towels, a safe distance away from the stove.

-Ensure the stove and oven are turned off as soon as you finish cooking. Double check the stove and oven before going to bed.

-Cigarettes can smolder among upholstered items for hours before igniting. Check sofas and chairs for cigarettes that may have fallen between the cushions. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers.

-Drink responsibly. Excessive alcohol consumption is a contributing factor in many residential fires.

-Install and maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas of the home.

-Develop and practice a home escape plan with everyone in the home.

 

Visit www.caledon/fireresources for more information and safety tips.