SPRING 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to my Spring 2016 Newsletter

With Spring finally coming to Caledon, I welcome you to my Spring newsletter. You’ll find updates on various issues concerning the Town of Caledon, the Region of Peel, and the area of Ward 2. Please feel free to contact me about any of these points of interest. You’ll find my contact information at the bottom of this newsletter. Enjoy and Happy Spring!

Highlights From Queen’s Park

Over the last year I have had the distinct pleasure and education of sitting at the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance, recently the Alliance took to Queen’s Park.  I feel that the day was very successful with 26 meetings held with MPP’s and their staff.  We could not have taken on such a task without the kind of commitment shown by the volunteers, municipal and agency staff and “friends of the Alliance”.

During this exercise, we have learned that we need to keep bringing messaging to Queen’s Park about the importance of the Agri-Food sector to the Ontario economy.  This sector has the ability to grow and create jobs in ways that will help this region become the leading Agri-Food cluster in North America.  It is essential that the provincial government acknowledge the sector and work to enable that growth.  We will be returning to Queen’s Park on October 5, 2016 during Ontario Agriculture Week.

News from CVC

As a board member for the Credit Valley Conservation I am continually impressed with the amount of work that CVC does, and the services they provide in our community.

Terra Cotta Conservation will be hosting explorers day camp this year, with online registration.  The Credit Valley Youth Core is a great summer initiative that gives urban youth opportunities to learn and take on leadership roles in environmental stewardship.  These are just two great initiatives that you can learn more about through the CVC website.  I would also encourage you to watch the short video “a year in review” which highlights many of the projects and accomplishments of the CVC.

http://www.creditvalleyca.ca/about-cvc/

Composting and Waste Update

The Town of Caledon Roads and Parks crews have started clearing fallen trees and branches along the Town’s roadways. For ice storm debris on private property, please see the Regional Yard Waste Pick Up information below. In addition to the Regional Yard Waste Pick Up, the Town has planned a series of debris drop-off days at two locations to help residents clean up from the recent ice storm.
Trees and branches can be dropped off at the locations listed below, no matter the size. Designated drop-off areas will be clearly marked.
Drop off starts Saturday, April 2 but crews will only be available on site on April 9 and 16
If yard waste is not collected on their regularly scheduled collection day, residents are asked to please leave it at the curb and it will be picked-up in priority sequence.
Securely tie brush in bundles up to 1.2 m (4 ft.) in length and 76 cm (30 in.) in width, weighing no more than 20 kg (44 lbs.). Brush and tree trimmings must be 10 cm (4 in.) or less in diameter.
URBAN SETTLEMENT AREAS AND RURAL SUBDIVISIONS Yard waste is collected every-other-week from March 14 to December 16, 2016. Enter your street address into http://www.whendoesitgo.ca to view your 2016 collection calendar.
RURAL AREAS The Region of Peel collects yard waste in rural areas of Caledon four times in the spring and four times in the fall to help residents manage their yard waste during the peak seasons.
The Region has identified spring yard waste collection days as Friday, April 1; Friday, April 29; Friday, May 27 and Friday, June, 24 2016.
BURN PERMITS For residents burning wood debris, you must live in an approved area and apply for a Burn Permit, in accordance with the Town’s By-Law. For more information on rules and regulations, please call the Fire and Emergency Services department at 905.584.2272 x.4303, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit us online at http://www.caledon.ca/fire

Ice Storm Debris “Round-Up”

CALEDON COMMUNITY RECYCLING CENTRE 1795 Quarry Drive, Caledon, L7K 1R9
Drop off starts: Saturday, April 2, 2016 Crews and chippers on site: Saturday April 9 and April 16, 2016 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop off to close: 3 p.m. Saturday April 16, 2016
TOWN OF CALEDON WORKS YARD 3 14220 Highway 50, Bolton, L7E 4G1 Drop off starts: Saturday, April 2, 2016 Crews and chippers on site: Saturday April 9 and 16, 2016 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop off to close: 3 p.m. Saturday April 16, 2016

Green Belt Review and other Policy Reviews

In 2015, the Province of Ontario has initiated a coordinated review of:

  • Greenbelt Plan (2005)
  • Niagara Escarpment Plan (2005)
  • Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2001)
  • Places to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2006)

These provincial plans contain policies which affect land use planning and development approvals in the Town of Caledon.

The purpose of the review is to assess the effectiveness and relevance of the policies, and make amendments, if appropriate, to update or include new information to improve the effectiveness and relevance of the policies.

A website has been created so Caledon residents, businesses and landowners can learn more about each of the provincial plans being reviewed, and to identify opportunities and needs for improvements to the plans. The input provided will be used by the Town to prepare a formal response to the province.

Caledon Community Services

See the great things Caledon Community Services has to offer coming up on their website.
Topic Include; Interviewing With Success,  Volunteering, Action Planning, Effective Communication, Labour Market Research, Second Career Info, Mock Interviewing, and many more.  Be sure to check out this invaluable resource in Caledon.

40 Years of Heritage Caledon

In 2016, Heritage Caledon will be celebrating “40 years of Heritage Conservation”. Heritage Caledon is a committee established under the Heritage Act and provides advice and assistance to Town of Caledon council and staff on matters relating to the conservation of Caledon’s cultural and built heritage.

Caledon Public Library is proud to support this significant milestone and throughout the year they are planning a number of programs, workshops and displays for all ages that will focus on local history and celebrate the rich heritage of Caledon. Click here for more information about what the Caledon Library has to offer.

Community Recognition  Night

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who have helped out through various channels within the Town of Caledon.
On Monday, April 11th council had the pleasure to award those volunteers who have made an exceptional difference through their volunteered time. The recipients were nominated by community members who have been affected by the kindness of our volunteers.
This year we congratulate all recipients and especially Betty Ward who was awarded our Volunteer of the Year Award.  Congratulations, Betty and all the volunteers who were recognized.
“Volunteers may not always have the time, but they have the heart”

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars

Southfields Watershed Wide Cleanup Event.

Dennison Park, Sunday April 17th 9am – 11am.

Southfield Village Market

2016 SEASON – JUNE 9TH – OCTOBER 13TH,
Thursdays @ Village Blue Park
415 Dougall Avenue, 3:30pm – 7:30pm
Vendors that are interested in being a part of a fantastic local market please contact:

Lariza Shea, Market Manager

caledonmarket@gmail.com

Summer Events!

Caledon Day: June 18th
Cheltenham Community Day: July 9th
Copyright © 2016 Johanna Downey, Regional Councillor, All rights reserved.
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