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Strut Safely!

August 29, 2014

A message from the Ontario Medical Association…..

Greetings!

As Ontario’s doctors and police officers, we see first-hand the consequences of speed and inattentiveness. That is why on September 2nd, Ontario’s doctors and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are launching a public awareness campaign – Pedestrian Safety Is A Two-Way Street.

Through this campaign, we are focusing on empowering pedestrians to be in charge of their own safety, and to remind the general public to be aware and avoid distractions both on the street and in the car. Together, we hope to ensure that these preventable injuries don’t happen to us or our loved ones.

But we need your help.

Help us share this important message by engaging in our strategy. To make this easier, we are providing you with our embargoed news release and a communications toolkit (includes an electronic poster, pedestrian safety word search, sample news release, facts, sample tweets) to support your internal and external communications activities should you wish to participate. In addition, we will be posting a video on http://www.OntariosDoctors.com/strutsafely . We encourage you to visit and view all of these items.

Should you have any questions about the campaign, please feel free to contact Catherine Flaman at Catherine.flaman@oma.org
We hope that you will consider joining us on September 2nd and help us spread the word!

Thanks again,

OMA Public Affairs
On behalf of Dr. Ved Tandan
President of the OMA

Project Update: Peel Water Efficiency Strategy

August 28, 2014

Background:

The Region of Peel’s 2013 Water Efficiency Strategy (WES) aims to:

1. Reduce peak day water demands;
2. Meet legislative requirements and goals for water efficiency;
3. Keep Regional residential per capita water demands in line with other leading GTA municipalities;
4. Help business customers manage their water demands more effectively; and,
5. Manage system water loss.

To meet these objectives, a number of water efficiency measures and environmental education and outreach initiatives are undertaken.

Current Water Efficiency Measures:

In 2013, seven water efficiency measures including the Residential and Business Toilet Replacement Programs, Humidifier Rebate Program, Fusion Landscape Consultation Program, ICI Indoor Water Audits, ICI Outdoor Water Audits, and Residential Irrigation Audit Program contributed to the objectives and goals of the Water Efficiency Strategy. Each measure is described briefly below.

• The Residential Toilet Replacement Program provided eligible residents with $25 rebates for the purchase of Peel Approved, high efficiency, toilets. Because of changes in technology and in the marketplace, the Residential Toilet Replacement Program was discontinued on September 1st 2013. All eligible rebate applications for toilets purchased before September 1st, 2013 were accepted until December 1, 2013. The Toilet Replacement Program for Businesses was also discontinued on September 1st, 2013.

• The Humidifier Rebate Program was also discontinued on September 1st, 2013. All eligible rebate applications were accepted until December 31st, 2013.

• Fusion Landscape Consultations focus on promoting eco-friendly gardening techniques and integrating residents’ unique visions of their landscapes with water efficient designs. To monitor the impacts of Fusion Landscaping on sustainable residential landscape design and outdoor water use, a long term study in the Clarkson neighbourhood of Mississauga began in 2009. A long term monitoring program has been established for the pilot area to measure sustainability of this program.

• The Residential Irrigation Audit Program targets potential peak day reduction at large residential properties due to improper irrigation system scheduling and inefficient system configuration. Based on a successful pilot year in 2012, the program was expanded in 2013.

• The ICI Indoor Water Audit Program provides eligible facilities with an audit and report detailing potential water savings, estimate rebates, and approximate return on investment.

• The ICI Outdoor Water Audit Program identifies peak day water savings that may be achieved at large ICI properties through proper irrigation system scheduling and system upgrades.

Program Research and Development:

To ensure that WES measures remain current and relevant, the success of existing programs is continuously measured and evaluated to ensure that programs and services implemented remain effective, relevant and evidence-based. New initiatives are also developed based on research and identification of market needs. In 2013, a need for greater irrigation contractor knowledge about the role of water efficiency in irrigation systems was identified. As a result, the Water Smart Irrigation Professional (WSIP) program was developed.

• The Water Smart Irrigation Professional (WSIP) Program was developed in partnership with Landscape Ontario and York Region to provide irrigation companies with training and certification to provide water smart irrigation system efficiency and maintenance services. This partnership benefits local businesses by providing the irrigation industry with enhanced training and knowledge, while supporting environmental protection and sustainable water use. The pilot year of irrigation contractor training and certification began in 2014.

Education and Outreach Initiatives:

Success in meeting the objectives of the WES depends largely on the participation by residents and other stakeholders. Effective education and outreach programs and marketing strategies that raise awareness of the importance of water conservation and resonate with target audiences are critical to the Strategy’s success.

Education and outreach initiatives not only create awareness of Peel’s water, wastewater, and water efficiency programs and services, they are also a valuable tool to raise public awareness of environmental issues and establish desired behavioral changes. The Environmental Education group supports and complements the WES by continuing to foster environmental stewardship in Peel, and by building capacity within the community to empower residents and businesses to make positive changes.

Education and outreach initiatives undertaken in 2013 included:

• The Peel Water Story: includes three components – an interactive multimedia curriculum resource, in-class presentations, and bus tour.
• Water and Wastewater Facility Tours: offered to middle and secondary school students, adult education groups and professional organizations.
• Peel Children’s Water Festival: an environmental education event providing learning opportunities to elementary school students through more than 50 practical and interactive activities.
• Community Events: Environmental Education currently participates in a number of special events ranging from Councilor forums to home shows and fall fairs. At these events, staff highlight water conservation programs and other Regional services to Peel residents.

Town of Caledon Labour Day Closures

August 28, 2014

Town of Caledon offices, facilities and non-emergency services will be closed Monday, September 1, 2014 for Labour Day and will reopen Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

The following is a list of facility closures:

All libraries
All recreation facilities
Animal Shelter
POA Court
Town Hall
Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters
Holiday Waste Collection Schedule

The Town and the Region would like to remind Caledon residents that there is no change to the waste collection schedule due to Labour Day. Garbage, recycling and yard waste will be collected on regularly scheduled waste collection days.

Back to School on Tuesday

August 28, 2014

A message from the OPP….

(ORILLIA, ON) – With another school year just around the corner, there is no more important time than now for officers within the Central Region of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to urge drivers to slow down and to watch for school buses in an effort to keep our children safe.

The OPP would like to take this time to remind motorists to pay close attention when meeting or following a school bus. Motorists in both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended and red lights and cannot start moving until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm has been retracted and the bus has started to move.

Patience on the part of drivers is encouraged as many young children will be taking the bus for the first time. This means they might require extra time boarding and departing the bus until they are familiar with the routine.

For more information on school bus safety please visit the Ministry of Transportation’s website at: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca

Walk for Wildlife

August 26, 2014

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Albion Bolton Historical Society Countryside Tour

August 23, 2014

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CPCC Seeking a Volunteer Board of Director

August 21, 2014

Volunteer, Board of Director

The Caledon Parent-Child Centre (CPCC) is a non-profit community service organization that provides support, resources and education that strengthen families and promote the optimal development of children. The Centre serves families and caregivers with young children, primarily from birth to six years of age. The CPCC has been serving Caledon and the surrounding area since 1987 with a base location in Bolton. A mobile unit and rented space provide programs and services to families in six other locations throughout Caledon.

Position Summary
The Board of Directors of the Caledon Parent-Child Centre is a policy-making Board. Board Members participate in governance and decision-making, which ultimately determines the strategic directions and priorities for services established within the mission and mandate of the organization. The Board is currently seeking candidates to replace Board members who have reached the end of their term.

Duties & Responsibilities

Participate in setting the directions and policies of the organization to ensure that the needs of Caledon families and children are met;
Ensure fiscal responsibility and monitor funding in accordance with the organization’s mandate;
Play an active role in advising and supporting the Executive Director at Board and Committee meetings;
Participate in the development of long-term plans for the organization;
Attend and actively participate in Board meetings (Approximately 10 meetings per annum – fourth Monday of the month. Meetings are held in Bolton.);
Serve on a minimum of one Board Committee and work independently on assigned activities;
Support fundraising projects and activities.
Qualifications & Experience

Experience in one or more of the following areas: Governance/Risk Management, Legal, Fundraising, Community Outreach/Communications.
Commitment to the mandate and purpose of the organization
Strong problem-solving, decision-making, and community leadership skills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Team player
Non-profit experience is an asset.
Candidates must participate in an interview and nominating process. Criminal Records Check will be conducted.

To apply, please email your resume and letter of interest by Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact:
Shelly Sargent
Manager of Community Relations & Volunteers
Caledon Parent-Child Centre/Ontario Early Years Centre
150 Queen St. S.
BOLTON, ON L7E 1E3

Email: ssargent@cp-cc.org
Fax: (905) 857-0107

For more information, visit http://www.cp-cc.org

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