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2008 Regional Accomplishments

By Regional Chair Gary Carr   Photo of Gary Carr, Regional Chair

Every day, Halton Region works to provide the residents and businesses of Halton with valuable programs and services. From social housing and health protection; to business development and emergency management; from waste collection to water/wastewater treatment, we are committed to doing what we do in a cost-effective and easily accessible manner.

I’m proud to tell you more about some of Halton Region’s major accomplishments for 2008. Read on for more details.

  • Joining communities around the world for Earth Hour
    Halton Region joined communities around the world for Earth Hour External Link, a global initiative led by the World Wildlife Fund, in which cities, communities and individuals turn off their lights for one hour to symbolize their commitment to fighting climate change. From 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. on March 29, Halton Region turned off lights at Regional facilities, without compromising public safety or interfering with essential services.
  • Halton Region recognized with three awards
    Halton Regional staff were recognized with 3 awards that were received as a result of submissions made by Public Works.
    • The 2007 Excellence in Planning Award in the “Communications/Public Education” category from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) for the Region's Comprehensive Housing Strategy . The strategy focuses on measures and actions the Region could implement in creating a continuum of housing types to serve the needs of all incomes groups and residents at all stages of life - from emergency shelters and government assisted housing to private sector affordable housing.
    • The Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians (CACPT), recognizing Halton Region as 2007 Municipal Employer of the Year. The award recognizes employers who show support for CACPT, certification, membership, professional development, volunteerism, and/or promotion of Planning Technicians within their organization.
    • A Gold Waste Minimization Award in the Promotion category from the Recycling Council of Ontario for our iRecycle Waste Diversion Programs for Schools and Community Groups. iRecycle is a collection of workshops to serve as the primary outreach system to promote behaviour change within schools and community groups.
  • Halton's 100% rating from the MOE for drinking water systems
    In January, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) gave all Halton municipal residential drinking water systems a Final Inspection Rating of 100%. In other words, no compliance issues were cited during any of the system inspections that occurred in 2006-2007. A rating of 100% is a tribute to the hard work and commitment to excellence of Halton’s operational, laboratory, and technical staff responsible for providing quality drinking water. The rating is intended to indicate the effort required to meet the province’s regulatory requirements.
  • Protecting health through anonymous and Point of Care HIV testing
    In February 2008, Halton Region Health Department, Sexual Health clinics implemented anonymous and Point of Care (POC) HIV testing in all four clinic sites. To date, anecdotally, both programs have been very well received by the community. Staff are monitoring testing trends through the clinic database system.
  • Public Health staff at work in the community
    Mary Tabak, Public Health Nurse and member of Iroquois Ridge High School’s Healthy School Communities Committee, with the Committee received an international healthy schools grant. The committee members presented their project in New Orleans in March 2008. Two additional conference presentations are planned for 2008 in British Columbia and at a School Principals’ Leadership Conference.

    Lorraine Gold, Public Health Nurse with the Our Community Cares multi-partner project, presented at a provincial Parks and Recreation Conference regarding community development successes. Close to $500,000 has been received for the project through various grants over the past two years.
  • Renewed mission and vision for the Museum approved by Council
    In 2007, the Halton Region Museum embarked on a strategic planning exercise to formulate a renewed mission and vision for the Museum – in keeping with current industry trends and the growing community in Milton. Insights gained through consultation with Regional staff, members of Halton’s Administration and Finance Committee (the Museum’s management committee), community partners and other heritage facilities and organizations, informed the planning process. Halton Regional Council approved the Museum’s Strategic Plan for 2008-2010 on February 27, 2008.

    The Halton Region Museum is dedicated to collecting and conserving artifacts significant to Halton’s heritage and providing quality exhibits and education programs for all to enjoy. The Museum is located inside Kelso Conservation Park in Milton, Ontario, Canada. Visit for events, exhibits, and education programs.
  • New emergency preparedness materials produced for people with special needs
    The emergency management partners in Halton Region introduced new emergency preparedness public education resources for people with special needs/disabilities. The materials include a topic-focused pamphlet series, an audio CD on emergency preparedness, and a closed captioned personal emergency preparedness DVD. The pamphlet series addresses physical, visual, auditory and non-visible disabilities, as well as special needs considerations for seniors, travellers and people living or working in highrise buildings. Individual copies of these resources can also be ordered online at www/ A testament to the program's success is evident both in the overwhelming response received from the public and stakeholder organizations as well as a recent announcement that the initiative has garnered a national communications award.
  • 311 Service launched in Halton
    On March 18, 2007, 311 service was officially launched in Halton Region. Now residents only need to remember one three-digit telephone number to contact Halton Region, the City of Burlington, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton, Town of Oakville, Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board and Halton Regional Police Service (for non-emergency calls). 311 is available free of charge to anyone calling from within Halton Region and service can be provided in more than 150 languages.
  • Pinnacle Award for key Sustainable Halton communications piece
    In March, Halton Region was recognized with a 2008 Canadian Public Relations Society Hamilton Chapter Pinnacle Award of Merit. The Pinnacle Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications management, visual identity, external communications and public relations. Halton received an Award of Merit for its Introductory Package to Sustainable Halton. Sustainable Halton is a growth management initiative aimed at building sustainable and healthy communities for generations to come. The Introductory Package was used as a key communications piece to engage the public and provide an opportunity for residents to comment on the goals and objectives that will guide the Sustainable Halton process.
  • Opening of new Early Learning & Child Care Centre in Milton
    On February 13, representatives from Halton Region, the Halton District School Board, Milton Community Resource Centre, the Province of Ontario and the Town of Milton officially welcomed a new Early Learning and Child Care Centre at Bruce Trail Elementary School in Milton. The Bruce Trail Early Learning and Child Care Centre, funded through the provincial Best Start strategy and operated by the Milton Community Resource Centre, offers 59 licensed childcare spaces for children aged 18 months to five years, as well as 25 before and after school spaces.
  • Halton’s Long Term Care homes lead the way in health and safety management
    Halton Region’s Services for Seniors division has been selected, along with four Ontario hospitals, to participate in a pilot program with Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare (OSACH), which commenced on January 28, 2008. Halton’s participation in the pilot program will assist Long Term Care Homes homes in identifying risks to the safety of clients and staff. Once risks are identified, the program will enhance the existing Health and Safety Management System to address all risks using evidence-based initiatives. At the completion of the pilot program, the Services for Seniors division will participate in an evaluation process, co-managed by OSACH and McMaster University, which will be followed by a research-based report to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
  • Applauding the graduates of the Personal Support Worker program
    In January 2008, 28 people graduated from Halton Region’s Personal Support Worker Program. This highly successful program trains Ontario Works clients for careers in long term care and home care fields. In addition to helping people develop skills to improve their chances of securing employment, the PSW program is helping to meet the needs of a growing seniors’ population in Halton.
  • Cliff Chan scholarship presented to McMaster Civil Engineering/Environmental Stream student
    McMaster University student Lorna McTaggart receives the 2007 Cliff Chan Memorial Scholarship from Regional Chair Gary Carr and Art Mercer from Halton's Waste Management division representing the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Also in the photo are Lorna's parents Bill and Lynne who are both Halton Region employees. Lorna is a third year, Civil Engineering/Environmental Stream student at McMaster and is from Burlington. The scholarship is jointly funded by Halton Region and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Ontario Chapter.
  • More Blue and Green for a Better Planet: Launch of New Waste Collection Programs
    On April 7, 2008, Halton Region launched weekly collection of both the Blue Box for recyclables and GreenCart for organic materials. Approximately 80% of all residents are now using their GreenCart and 90% of residents are using their Blue Box on a weekly basis. While the final waste diversion rate needs to be averaged over the full calendar year, early reports indicate Halton Region is diverting approximately 60% of household waste away from the landfill.

    By embracing weekly collection of both the Blue Box and GreenCart programs, residents are diverting a significant amount of waste away from the landfill site and Falso contributing to help protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating useful recycling and compost products, for a better planet. Since the first phase of the GreenCart program has shown high rates of participation, the Region is now beginning to investigate the feasibility of expanding the program to townhouse complexes and apartment buildings.

    The changes to the waste collection programs are part of 2006 - 2010 Solid Waste Management Strategy.
  • Halton Region recognized with two awards for communications excellence
    Halton Regional staff were recognized with 2 National Awards of Excellence from the Canadian Public Relations Society in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of public relations:
    • The Silver Award of Excellence for Halton’s Emergency Preparedness Public Education Program
    • The Bronze Award of Excellence for the Halton Children's Water Festival communications campaign
  • Justin Trudeau on hand to congratulate young winners of Environmental Awards
    The winners of the Halton Environmental Awards Program were announced before a sold-out crowd at a special event on April 23, 2008. The Halton Regional Chair’s Breakfast on the Environment was held at the Burlington Convention Centre. 6 students received Scholarship Awards, and 10 students and student clubs received Environmental Excellence Awards. The 2008 Breakfast on the Environment featured keynote speaker Justin Trudeau. Mr. Trudeau’s presentation inspired youth to get involved with environmental projects or clubs and offered words of encouragement for everyone in the audience.
  • Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) pilot project launch
    The Halton Region Health Department has linked with the Halton District School Board (HDSB) to run a pilot project with eight schools across the Region to implement Walking School Buses and other  ASRTS initiatives this fall. On April 3, 2008, school representatives attended a Kick-off Forum at the Region where they began planning specifically for their schools. The pilot schools conducted school area walkabouts in April and May to identify infrastructure changes that could increase safe walking. The pilot will run from September - December 2008, concluding with an evaluation report which will provide recommendations on how to best implement the program region-wide.
  • Day Two of the “Healthy Weights: Halton Takes Action”
    A dedicated group of community stakeholders gathered on May 8, 2008, to begin to set priorities for action and planning to address the obesity issue in Halton. The event served as a follow-up to the Day One session held in June 2007. Representatives from health and social services, parks and recreation, planning, the food industry, restaurants, workplaces, schools, as well as parents and young people explored the many contributing factors to obesity. They also discussed promising solutions and what is currently happening in Halton. Using a model to guide planning, built around 5 levels of engagement – individual, interpersonal, organizational, community and public policy – the Health Department can now work with its partners to fully develop an action plan.
  • Exploring a comprehensive approach to school health promotion
    Michele Singleton, Manager of  Mental Health Liaison at Halton Region, was a speaker at the fourth annual School Health Conference External Link  in Gatineau, Quebec, in April. The conference program focused on the common elements of a comprehensive approach to school health promotion. Michele presented information on the unique  program that the mental health liaison nurses deliver in Halton.
  • Looking for innovative ways to finance growth
    The “Building Complete Communities” Summit was presented on June 6 by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and Halton Region, in conjunction with the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) & Hamilton Mayors and Chairs group, with the goal of considering common approaches to dealing with financial challenges of growth and sharing information and ideas among the 3 levels of government. The Post-Summit Report provides an overview of the fiscal challenges facing municipalities in the GTA and Hamilton, and then shares best practices and recommendations for moving forward.
  • On Track 20 th Anniversary
    Representatives from Halton Region, the Ontario Government and the Halton District School Board, as well as past and present participants of On Track, gathered on April 18, 2008, to celebrate the 20 th anniversary of the On Track employment and skills development program. On Track is a 10-week pre-employment/life skills program that is offered free of charge to unemployed and low income individuals throughout Halton Region. On Track helps participants develop skills that will prepare them to gain work experience and enhance self confidence needed to secure employment and become financially independent. Since 1988, On Track has assisted over 1800 participants and many have gone on to achieve great success.  
  • Volunteer and Feel the Magic Campaign
    Halton Region, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (Employment Ontario); Volunteer Halton; the Halton Association of Volunteer Administrators; and the United Ways of Burlington & Greater Hamilton, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville, are calling on Halton residents to get involved in their community by volunteering with a local non-profit or voluntary organization. The call to action is part of a community wide campaign to promote volunteering that was launched at Halton Region on April 23, 2008. The campaign provides tools and resources to support non-profit and voluntary agencies in Halton.
  • Seeing Our Voices Project – Our Kids Network
    The Towne Square Gallery in Oakville hosted an exhibit of photographs taken by Halton youth as part of the Seeing Our Voices project from June 3 - 8. The exhibit showcased the work of 20 youth who participated in the Seeing Our Voices project. To better understand issues that youth face, the Our Kids Network External Link brought together a range of young people to record and reflect on aspects of their life and important issues in their community by using a camera to capture their thoughts. The young people took photos that helped them widen the perspective of what it means to be a youth living in Halton. In the photos, youth identified social issues and resources in their neighbourhoods that they felt were important to this demographic.
  • Service Awards for Geriatric Excellence
    Halton Region hosted the 5 th Annual Service Awards for Geriatric Excellence on May 9, 2008. The awards recognize the accomplishments and dedication of those who commit their time and energy to improving the quality of life for seniors and their loved ones. A member of the Halton Elder Services Advisory Committee, Allen Klarer, was among the recipients at the awards ceremony. Mr. Klarer was recognized for his dedication as a volunteer.
  • Celebrating Seniors 2008
    On June 20, Halton Region hosted two events in honour of Seniors Month. The first event, Homes and Dreams, was for seniors and their caregivers, and focused on providing information on how to make their home safe so that they could live in their own residence for as long as possible. ‘Canada’s Handyman’ Shawn Montieth, Jamie Shipely from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, along with Health Department staff member Kathy Miller, made the session informative and entertaining. In the afternoon, an “Elvis” tribute artist helped staff celebrate Seniors Month with residents from Allendale, Creek Way Village, and Post Inn Village and clients from Halton’s Supportive Housing Sites (Bonnie Place, Wellington Terrace, Bruce Apartments), and Adult Day Programs (Milton Place and Friend’s Landing).
  • Grant to Home Suite Hope
    In April 2008, a grant of $19,853 was allocated to the Oakville-based Home Suite Hope Shared Living Corporation to support the purchase and renovation of a 6-unit apartment building that will provide transitional housing for families in Oakville. The funding represents the Region's commitment to meeting the priorities of its Comprehensive Housing Strategy, including a goal to create housing that helps families transition back into the community in an integrated way. Founded in 2004, Home Suite Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating innovative, affordable housing solutions and a network of community supports for people who are homeless or in a housing crisis.

    A joint meeting of the Region’s Human Services Advisory Committees was held on June 27 to provide feedback on the progress of the Comprehensive Housing Strategy to date.
    On June 27, 2008, the Halton Housing Advisory Committee held a meeting for members of the Region’s Human Services Advisory Committees, seeking their input and feedback on the first 18 months of the Comprehensive Housing Strategy (CHS). The breadth of knowledge and experiences shared by participants provided valuable feedback and will assist in refocusing and refreshing the CHS during the next period of implementation.
  • Halton celebrates the next generation of entrepreneurs
    The winners and participants of the 2008 Halton Region RBC Business Plan Competition were honoured at a special awards ceremony held on June 11 at the Halton Regional Centre in Oakville. The competition gave Halton secondary school students the chance to win cash awards for their business plans. The top prize of $1,000 was awarded to Daniel Figueroa of Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Oakville for his plan for Dulce Desserts.
  • Halton gives back to the community through compost
    In May, Halton Region collected an overwhelming 6 tonnes of food and $9,764 in monetary donations for local food banks through its annual Spring Compost Give Away and associated food drive. The event, which is hosted at the Halton Waste Management Site, invites residents to pick up rich garden-friendly compost produced through Halton’s yard waste program, at no charge. Over 4,430 residents generously donated the food and made monetary donations that are distributed equally between the Halton Food Banks, while picking up their compost.

    Over the past 14 years this program has raised over 84 tonnes of food and $79,000 in monetary donations for the local food banks. The next compost give away and associated food drive is September 12, 13 and 15, 2008. This event, along with a few others (Tire Amnesty and Fall Compost Give Away) where food and monetary donations are gratefully received from the residents by Waste Management Services, make Halton Region one of the largest suppliers of donations to the Halton food banks each year.
  • Halton teams up with the Scouts to enhance the Region’s Landfill.
    In May, Waste Management Services, Conservation Halton and the local Scouts raised environmental awareness and enhanced the landscaping of the  Halton Waste Management Site by participating in a tree planting event held at the Site. Approximately 50 Scouts turned out to participate in the annual Earth Day and Arbour Day celebrations, rolling up their sleeves to plant almost 100 trees and bushes on the Site. This event is an example of Halton Region’s commitment to raising public awareness of proper landfill management practices and environmental conservation.
  • South Halton Water and Wastewater Master Plan Update Completed
    The South Halton Water & Wastewater Master Plan Update Class Environmental Assessment Study document has been completed. The master plan update presents the preferred water and wastewater servicing strategy for the urban areas of Milton, Oakville, Burlington and the Halton Hills 401 Corridor to the Year 2021, reflecting the approved Best Planning Estimates. Developed in consultation with the Local Municipalities, regulatory agencies and the public, the master planning process provides an opportunity to look at the community’s future needs in a comprehensive manner. The plan is used to inform other Regional initiatives such as the Development Charges Update and Capital Budget Forecasting.
  • CFCM Award for Smart Commute Halton
    In May 2008, Halton Region received the Federation of Canadian Municipalities CH2M Hill Sustainable Community Award for Transportation under the Smart Commute Initiative. The Sustainable Community Awards recognize municipal governments across Canada for leadership in environmental leadership and innovation in service delivery. Learn more about the Smart Commute initiative.
  • Budget 2009: One of the Lowest Regional Services Tax increases in the Province
    In December, Halton Regional Council unanimously approved the 2009 Budget and Business Plan. With a 1.7% increase in the Region’s portion of property taxes, the increase is one of the lowest in the Province of Ontario.
    Deliberations were rigorous this year, given the current economic climate. Staff and Council worked hard to come up with responsible fiscal solutions in anticipation of increased demands on social and community services, and infrastructure. The key drivers for this year’s budget included maintaining service levels, responding to the community and investing in capital infrastructure. The 1.7% increase allows for some needed new programming, such as the creation of a youth psychiatric service, 150 new subsidized child care spaces, enhanced waste diversion programs, and the servicing of new employment lands to assist in new job creation.
  • Customer Service Awards for Access Halton
    For the 4th consecutive year, Access Halton was recognized for providing top-notch customer service. In November 2008, Service Quality Measurement Group (SQM) recognized Access Halton with the following awards: Highest Customer Satisfaction – Government Sector; World Class Customer Satisfaction: Callers/customers reported to be very satisfied with the service received (our score was 89%, up from 83% in 2007); and First Call Resolution Improvement Award: 7% or greater improvement in our ability to resolve an inquiry or issue with only one phone call (89% of all Halton caller inquiries were resolved with one call, up from 79% in 2007).
  • Sustainable Halton Progress
    In September 2008, we held a series of Public Information Centres (PICs) in each of the local municipalities to present the 5 Growth Concepts for land use ideas as part of our long-term planning for Halton Region. We received a great deal of feedback, with over 250 people attending the 4 public meetings, and over 80 submissions from public agencies, the private sector, and the general public.

    Using this information, our staff is now developing land use and growth concepts for Halton Region, and building them into our Sustainable Halton growth plan. As a rapidly expanding community, the Province, under the Provincial Places the Grow Act, has mandated that we grow and plan for 780,000 people by 2031. That translates to an additional 151,100 people and 50,000 jobs between 2021 and 2031, and means we need to ensure that we have the roads, business areas, transportation and other infrastructure in place to meet everyone’s needs.

    This year, Regional Council will look at these concepts and choose the best option for Halton.
  • Halton Region hosted Waste Reduction Week Celebration
    On October 23, 2008, Halton Region hosted a Waste Reduction Week event to celebrate the success of our new waste management programs (including the GreenCart and Blue Box) and to recognize the winners of the “Name the Frogs” contest. 2 winners from over 150 submissions from children 12 years and under were selected. The winners included Taylor Moffat (age 12, Burlington) and Julian Walker (age 7, Oakville) for the Blue Box frog name of “Kerby” and Sophie Schneider (age 10, Oakville) for the GreenCart frog name of “Sprout”.
  • 2008 Waste Management Guide & Collection Calendar Art Contest
    Halton Region launched a contest to find the next generation of young artists who would be able to design the covers of the four 2009 Waste Management Guide and Collections Calendars. The winners from students in kindergarten through grade 8 included: Katherine DiBattista (age 13, Burlington), Elizabeth Yeoh (age 10, Oakville), Soonalika Srivasta (age 10, Milton), Sarah Reid (age 13, Halton Hills)
  • Community partners help test Halton Region's Evacuation Centre Plan
    On Thursday, November 13, emergency management officials at Halton Region conducted a successful test of Halton's Evacuation Centre Plan. As part of its Emergency Management program, Halton tests its emergency plans annually so that emergency responders and community partners can practise and evaluate their emergency response capabilities in a controlled environment. This was also the first year that we tested the new Community Emergency Notification System (CENS). Other participants in the exercise were Halton Regional Police Service, the Salvation Army, St. John Ambulance, the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, the Town of Oakville, and the Halton Region Emergency Communications Team (amateur radio). The event included participation by approximately 250 people and involved extensive planning over several months.
  • Halton Children’s Water Festival
    The 2008 Annual Halton Children’s Water Festival was held from September 23 to 26 at the picturesque Kelso Conservation Area. To accommodate growing demand, the 2008 event was expanded from three days to four, allowing 3,690 elementary school children from across Halton to participate. Over 600 volunteers, including students from nine Halton Region High Schools, plus staff from Conservation Halton, Halton Region, City of Burlington, Town of Oakville and numerous community groups helped present over 50 hands-on, water-related learning activities to the children.
  • Low Flow Toilet Rebate Program
    2008 marked the first full year of Halton’s Residential Low Flow Toilet Rebate Program, designed to encourage residents to replace old water-wasting toilets with Halton Approved low-flow models. Halton residents eagerly participated in the program, meeting the 2008 budget target of 3,000 rebates and replacing over 3,000 old toilets over the course of the year. The program is ongoing through 2009. Application forms are available online or from toilet retailers throughout Halton Region.
  • Oakville Water Purification Plant Centennial
    In 2008, the Oakville Water Purification Plant marked its 100-year anniversary of water treatment for Oakville. Located at 21 Kerr Street (g s), the plant has been upgraded and expanded to ensure it produces the highest quality of drinking water to residents. Due to ongoing construction activities at the plant, formal celebrations will take place in 2009 in conjunction with the Burlington Water Purification Plant’s centennial.
  • The Apprentice!
    As part of the 2008 Budget, Halton Regional Council approved two apprenticeship positions, an Industrial Millwright and an Industrial Electrician. The successful candidates began employment in the fall of 2008. The program allows trades apprentices to earn wages and vocational experience working with Halton's specialized water and wastewater treatment systems.
  • Residential Private Well Decommissioning Program 
    The Residential Private Well Decommissioning Program was launched in fall 2008. The program supports Halton residents who would like to decommission an unused well on their property. Under the program, a Water Resources Specialist inspects the well prior to decommissioning and approves any work to be done. Residents may then be eligible for a grant to help get the work completed. This program helps reduces the risk of groundwater contamination, which is important in areas where groundwater is the source of drinking water.
  • Farm to School Pilot Project
    The Farm to School project was pilot tested this past fall. The goal of the program is to provide Halton schools with improved access to locally grown vegetables and fruit. Working with a local food distributor, a team of school volunteers chopped, cut and sliced a variety of locally grown vegetables and fruit twice a week for students to try. In addition, students received an in-class presentation about the benefits of consuming locally-grown vegetables and fruit. The Farm to School pilot program also influenced what parents purchased at home. We are targeting to expand the program to 10 additional schools by December 2009.
  • Tobacco-Free Sport and Recreation Guide launched
    The Halton Region Health Department linked with Tobacco Control Area Networks across the province and the local Halton Council on Smoking or Health to create a guide for sport and recreational organizations interested in developing and promoting a tobacco-free policy. On November 7, 2008, the multi-year initiative was launched at the Oakville YMCA. Tobacco-Free Sport and Recreation contributes to healthy lifestyles and positive role modeling for children and youth in Halton. For more information visit External Link or contact the Halton Region Health Department 905-825-6000.
  • North Halton Child and Youth Psychiatry Program
    The North Halton Child and Youth Psychiatry Program opened its doors in October 2008. This initiative is funded by Halton Region and is a collaborative venture between the Health Department’s North Halton Mental Health Clinic and Reach Out Center for Kids (ROCK) to provide access to community-based psychiatric services to children, youth and their families in North Halton.
  • Make a Splash
    The Make a Splash campaign, in collaboration with four other Health Units, was launched on the International Day of Older Persons, October 1. This is a falls prevention campaign with key messages of: ‘be active,’ ‘keep your independence’ and ‘help prevent injuries.’
  • Joint Anti-bullying conference with Halton Catholic District School Board
    In November 2008, Halton Region hosted the second annual "Be the Change!" Youth Leadership and Action Day Conference. This conference is a partnership between the Halton Catholic District School Board and the Region. It was an exciting, passion-filled day where selected students from every Catholic school in Halton had the opportunity for hands-on learning about how to make their school a safe, welcoming place for everyone. The students also made a commitment to take back what they learned to their schools, and organize other activities and events to ensure all students feel accepted.
  • Parenting Support through Community Networks
    Halton Region, in partnership with Oakville Parent Education Network (OPEN) and Community & Parent Partners for Kids (CAPP), held a collaborative event for approximately 800 Oakville and Burlington parents/care-givers in October 2008. Dr. Stuart Ablon was the guest speaker, presenting about Collaborative Problem-Solving. This event was an example of Halton Region’s commitment to working together with others in our community to support and nurture individuals and families in their role as parents and care-givers. The Parent Education Networks are a not-for-profit coalition with several community agencies and service providers in the Region, which provide opportunities for parent education and support in their communities.
  • Halton Our Kids Network Awarded
    The Halton Our Kids Network External Link was selected as the first prize winner for the 2008 International Community Indicators Innovation Award. The Network was described as “a marvellous example of successful use of community indicators and commitment to bring about change” by Lynda Atkins Fairbanks, Executive Director, Community Indicators Consortium. It is the first time the award has been given to a group outside of the United States.
  • Services for Seniors - Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare (OSACH) Pilot Project
    In 2008, Halton Region’s three Long Term Care homes were selected, along with four Ontario hospitals, to take part in a pilot program with the Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare (OSACH). The program began on January 28, 2008 and continued throughout the year. As part of the program, we identified risks to employee and resident safety, and launched a ‘Residents In Motion’ lift and transfer program that will enhance the safety of our employees and our residents. Halton Region’s selection in this program helps us take the lead on health and safety in long term care.
  • Our Kids Network Opens Acton Hub
    On September 24, the Our Kids Network celebrated the opening of the new Acton Community Hub. Hubs provide a way for families, schools and the community to work together to support children, youth and their parents right in the neighbourhood where they live. Coordinators work with community partners to find creative solutions to problems affecting the growth, development and safety of children and youth: from effective parenting to healthy child development.
  • YEPP Gives Back
    In 2008, the Youth Employment Preparation Program (YEPP) “gave back" to the community. YEPP partnered with the Willow Creek Ecology Centre and Mountsberg Wildlife Centre to participate in a one-day volunteer outing to paint picnic tables, build and clear walkways and paths, plant and weed flower gardens etc. At the end of the day, not only did the youth feel a sense of accomplishment as a group, but they also got volunteer experience to add to their resumes. The goal of the program is to help improve teamwork, communication, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.
  • Housing Strategy Wins Canadian Institute of Planners, 2008 Award for Planning Excellence
    In July 2008, Halton's Comprehensive Housing Strategy won a Canadian Institute of Planners 2008 Award for Planning Excellence, in the Social Planning Category. This category recognizes the work of planners and planning interventions that have a direct and significant impact on a community and its residents’ quality of life, health and sustainability.

As you can see from the above accomplishments, we have been working together to achieve a better Halton to live, work, raise a family, and retire.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, "The Carr Report".

Gary Carr, Regional Chair

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