January 31st is Bell Let’s Talk Day

Together, we can help end the stigma around mental health.

Bell Let's Talk Day is January 31, 2018
Make your voice heard in the growing conversation about mental health in Canada!
In September 2010, Bell Let’s Talkbegan a new conversation about Canada’s mental health. At that time, most people were not talking about mental health, but the numbers spoke volumes about the urgent need for action.

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative sparked a national conversation about mental health, offering new ideas and hope for those who struggle with mental health challenges, while reassuring them that they are not alone.

Today, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada, by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of Bell’s Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.

Bell is committed to creating a stigma-free Canada, donating $86 million to date and dedicating much of the funds raised to research and community organizations like Peel Children’s Centre. Since 2015, Bell has proudly supported our Evening of Hope Gala as its Presenting Sponsor.

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative has also positively impacted our sister agency,Nexus Youth Services, which received a $20,000 Bell Community Grant in 2016 to support youth access to mental health counselling services.

In 2010, Bell started a much needed conversation amongst Canadians, and eight years later Bell Let’s Talk continues to impact people around the world.

Today we encourage you to text, call and tweet in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day. Reach out any way you can and let the people around you know: Canada is listening and people with mental health challenges are not alone.

5 Facts About Child and Youth Mental Health in Ontario

  • 1 in 5 children and youth in Ontario will experience a mental health challenge of some kind.
  • 70% of mental health challenges have their onset during childhood or adolescence.
  • Canada’s youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrialized world.
  • 63% of youth point to stigma as the most likely reason to not seek help.
  • Improving a child’s mental health from moderate to high can lead to lifetime savings of $140,000.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) regularly publishes statistics related to child and youth mental health in Ontario. For more information, please visit www.CMHO.org.

Local Agency, Local Impact 

Each year, Peel Children’s Centre delivers a continuum of high quality mental health services to more than 4,200 children, youth and families in Peel Region. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit www.PeelCC.org 


Get Smart About Coyotes

Over the past few months, the Town of Caledon has received an increased number of calls from residents about the presence of coyotes. It is important that residents understand coyote habitat, how to deter coyotes from coming on your property and what to do if you come in contact with them.

Why do we have coyotes in Caledon?

The rolling hills of Caledon, with a population of over 71,000, is spread over 700 square kilometres and includes 260 km of publicly accessible trails and more than 65 parks.

Coyotes are very adaptable and can do well in any forested area. They are known to live in natural valley lands, ravines and urban parklands.

How do I prevent coyotes from coming on my property?

  1. Properly store and maintain garbage containers.
  2. Remove pet food left outside.
  3. Avoid composting meat products. The smell of the meat will attract the animals to your property.
  4. Do not approach or feed coyotes. Coyotes are wild animals, but can become more comfortable with humans as a result of regular contact.
  5. Remember that bird feeders attract birds, squirrels and rodents, which may attract coyotes.
  6. Motion-sensitive lights in yards or gardens will deter coyotes from coming on your property.
  7. Whistles, alarms or loud noises will likely scare coyotes away if you see them on your property.

What should I do if I come into contact with coyotes?

  • Stay calm and wait until it moves on.
  • Make yourself appear larger and make a loud noise to scare them off.
  • Don’t turn your back.  Don’t run.  Instead, back away and remain calm.
  • Never approach or touch a wild animal.
  • If it poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety — call 911.

What about my pets?

If you have dogs or cats, here’s what you can do to keep them safe:

  • Keep dogs inside at night.
  • Clean up after your dog. Coyotes are attracted to animal feces.
  • Spay and neuter your dogs. Coyotes are attracted to, and can mate with, domestic dogs that have not been spayed or neutered.
  • Build a dog run. A properly constructed dog run can help keep your pets safe, whether your yard is fenced or not.
  • Keep cats indoors at all times.
  • When out walking your pets, ensure they are kept on a short leash or enclosed in your yard.

Can I have coyotes removed from my property?

In order to have wildlife removed from your property, contact a wildlife control agency. Keep in mind, though, that coyotes are extremely intelligent and almost impossible to live trap. 

Ontario Provincial legislation prohibits the relocation of wildlife from their home territories. Therefore, trapped animals must be released in the same area or destroyed. Research shows that wildlife relocated from urban areas will typically return to their home range. When coyotes are hunted and killed, the population will compensate by producing larger litters and expanding their range.

Quick Facts

  • The Coyote is a small relative of the wolf, averaging in weight between 30 and 40 lbs. They are very active at dusk, dawn, and throughout the night. Coyotes do not hibernate and may be seen all year round. Generally, they are shy, cautious, and non-confrontational but can be curious and experimental.
  • They breed in late winter. Pups are born in the spring, are weaned at six weeks and leave their parents in autumn to find their own territory. They don’t form packs the way wolves do. If you see them in a pack, it is likely a group of siblings.
  • Coyotes cause problems in rural areas because they are predators to livestock. In urban areas, they may damage gardens, forage through garbage and possibly prey on cats and dogs. They prey on domestic animals as food and to eliminate a threat to their territory or pups. However, they also benefit agricultural and urban areas by helping to control small mammals, such as mice, rabbits, groundhogs and woodchucks.


For more information, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry toll free at 1.800.667.1950 or visit www.mnr.gov.on.ca.

If a coyote is posing an immediate concern of public safety, please contact Caledon OPP at 1.888.310.1122.

Simple Steps to Thaw Your Frozen Water Pipes

Your home’s water pipes have frozen leaving you without water. Here are three steps to thaw them.

  1. Locate the suspected frozen area of the water pipe (it is commonly adjacent to an exterior wall or where the water service enters the home through the foundation).
  2. Leave a cold water tap downstream of the location open, so that when the water begins to flow again, you know the pipe has thawed.
  3. Apply heat* to the area or section of pipe using one of the following methods:
    • An electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe,
    • An electric hair dryer
    • A portable heater (be sure not to place near flammable materials.)

*Use caution when leaving electrical appliances unattended for long periods of time.

If after following these instructions you are unable to thaw the frozen pipe, please contact the Region at 905-791-7800 for further help and to log a service call.

You can also visit our website at peelregion.ca/frozenpipes to see a short video on winterizing your indoor pipes.

Caledon Fire & Emergency Services will be answering your fire safety related questions this weekend

Caledon Fire & Emergency Services will be available this weekend to answer your fire safety related questions at a number of retail stores.

This is in response to recent property fires in Caledon along with tragedies in Tottenham, Oshawa, Brighton, and Tay Township. “Enough is enough” says Fire Chief Bailey. “Over the past two weeks there have been multiple fires here in Caledon and across the Province. Good fire prevention behaviors, working smoke alarms and a home escape plan greatly increase a family’s ability to escape and survive a fire.” adds Chief Bailey.

If you have a fire safety related question and are not sure who to ask, you’re encouraged to stop by and visit Caledon Fire & Emergency Services at the retail stores listed below. Knowledgeable fire safety professionals will be on hand ready to answer any and all fire safety related questions.

For more information and safety tips contact, visit: Caledon Fire & Emergency Services. Bolton Home Depot Store 12760 Hwy 50, Bolton, ON L7E 4G1 Saturday January 20, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bolton Home Hardware Store 12833 Hwy 50, Bolton, ON L7E 1M5 Saturday January 20, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bolton Canadian Tire Store 99 McEwan Dr E, Bolton, ON L7E 2Z7 Saturday January 20, 2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fire and Ice at the Alton Mill THIS WEEKEND!

10 Festival Highlights That You Won’t Want To Miss!

Rekindle your love of winter traditions ad the great outdoors at the 9th Annual Fire & Ice Festival this weekend, January 20 & 21, at the Alton Mill Arts Centre. The two-day schedule is filled with outdoor winter fun & indoor arts wonders. Here are some must-sees at the Festival this year!

Fire Sculpture, Photo by Maggie Sale
1. Fire Sculpture at dusk on Saturday evening! Artist Brian Oates lights up the night with a spectacular roaring creation and evocative music curated by Paul Morin. Sponsored by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.
Ink & Ice, Ryan Pechnick
2. Named one of BlogTO’s 30 Toronto artists to watch in 2017, Ryan Pechnickpresents “Ink & Ice,” a contemporary installation, in the Pond Gallery.
Therma Kota in Iceland
3. Inspired by Iceland. Visit Rare Threads, the Mill’s fibre design and fashion shop for high-fashion outerwear, Reyka Vodka, and Vinarterta Icelandic Cake.
Jessica Lin Artwork
4. In the Noodle Gallery, Essential Reflections, photography-based works of Joanna Bell, Jessica Lin and Bryant Serre. Opening reception Sunday, 1-4pm.
Pond Hockey
5. The Millpond Hockey Classic on Saturday morning & afternoon. Cheer on the teams on Canada’s most beautiful pond hockey rink. Bring your skates, too, the pond is open for public skating when the classic closes at 4pm!
Heartwood Cidery
6. Toonie Tastings. Local craft beers and ciders are available for sampling in the Falls Gallery throughout the weekend! Heartwood Farm & Cidery, Badlands Brewing Company, Grand Spirits Distillery & Goodlot Farmstead Brewing Co.
Ironwood Anvil Blacksmith
7. Blacksmith Demonstrations in the livery by special guest Graeme Sheffield of The Ironwood Anvil.
Millpond on Canon Camera
8. Fineart Photo Contest! Bring your camera to capture the moments & submit your best shots using our online submission system before Sunday, February 4th. You could win a month of exhibition space in the Falls Gallery.
Gourmandissimo Cafe
9. Treats and Eats. From traditional maple syrup snow pops and beavertails to chili, Vegan coconut curry and more! View Gourmandissimo’s outdoor menu.
Tragedy Ann Music
10. Live music! On Sunday afternoon Guelph-based duo Tragedy Ann perform indoors, and on Saturday afternoon catch Lou Pino live between 1-4pm.

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