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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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

For more information about SWIFT, please contact:

Media Relations
Tammy McQueen
Communications Manager
RFP Process Enquiries
Michelle Maurice
Procurement Professional

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 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