Ward 5 Regional Councillor Patti Foley has announced that she will be seeking a second term as Bolton’s representative on Council. Foley, who took the seat in a definitive win in 2010, made her bid official on May 7th, 2014.
A Bolton resident for over two decades, Foley has spent a busy four years working with Council and staff, at both local and regional levels, to initiate and advance infrastructure improvements, address traffic safety issues, support environmental initiatives and advocate for the Bolton community she loves.
“I came into my Regional Councillor role with many aspirations for my community. I feel I have accomplished some of those goals, made progress on others, and have set the stage for a very productive second term. The improvements you see happening in the Bolton downtown core for example are just the beginning of what I see as the absolutely necessary revitalization of a village that – in my opinion – has been allowed to stagnate.”
Foley, who moved to Bolton in 1991, has a long history of community activism in Caledon. A lifelong volunteer, she was a familiar face in the community well before the 2010 election. A natural leader, she was a driving force behind numerous community organizations like Our Caledon Our Choice, the Non-Profits Networking Club and Green T Environmental Awareness. In the course of her 4 years as the Ward 5 representative, she has served the community on almost 20 committees, boards and working groups.
Foley is as committed to enriching life for young families in Bolton as she is to providing housing options that are suitable for area seniors. “We are very close on a number of housing developments that would be positive additions to our community and that is very exciting.”
Foley is quick to acknowledge that there are a couple of contentious issues receiving a lot of attention right now and adds that “The best solutions will come about when all sides start working together to problem-solve, and in a way that puts priority on the welfare of the community as a whole.”
“I saw a note on someone’s desk once that said “Stand Tall, Tell the Truth, Take the Heat.” I love that. It is very much how I try to live my life, and in fact, it is how I approach my role on Council,” said Foley. “Complaining doesn’t solve problems, and sugar coating them doesn’t make them go away. We need to get together and find solutions so we can help Bolton reach its full potential.”
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In 2015, the Town of Caledon will be hosting the equestrian events for the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games at the Caledon Equestrian Park. The Town will attract significant international attention, which is expected to amplify Caledon’s profile as a competitive tourism destination.
The Town of Caledon has embarked on a Tourism Study, to maximize the opportunity the Pan Am Games brings, and the legacy they will leave. The Tourism Study will provide a plan to enhance and expand local tourism opportunities and experiences, and identify potential legacy opportunities from hosting the Pan Am Games. The plans that come from the study will support community vibrancy, local economic growth and resiliency. Sierra Planning Management along with partner the Tourism Company has been retained by the Town to develop the study.
We want to hear from you! If you are a tourism business or event operator in Caledon or a past visitor, please visit our website to participate in the online survey http://www.caledon.ca/en/business/tourism-study.asp. The comments gathered will assist identifying current needs, issues and priorities as it relates to developing tourism opportunities in Caledon.
The study was made possible by funding from The Province of Ontario through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program grant; the RED grant allows the Province to work with rural stakeholders to build strong, vibrant rural communities and regions. The study and findings are expected to be published in the fall of this year. Visit http://www.caledon.ca for updates.
With Victoria Day celebrations only a couple of weeks away, Town of Caledon Fire & Emergency Services would like to remind retailers and homeowners about their responsibilities for selling, purchasing and setting off fireworks so that the celebration can be enjoyed by everyone.
Retailers can only sell fireworks 10 days prior to Victoria Day (May 19) with a permit that is obtainable from the Fire & Emergency Services department at a cost of $100.00. Fire Prevention staff will be conducting spot inspections to verify compliance with the by-law and compliance with any other federal and provincial regulations.
The Town strictly prohibits fireworks on public property, parkland and parks, including roadways and sidewalks. Fireworks can only be set off on Victoria Day (May 19) and are restricted to private property. Discharging fireworks on any other day is in contravention of the by-law and is subject to a fine.
Fireworks Safety Instructions
- Appoint a responsible person to be in charge.
- Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
- Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
- Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
- Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.
- Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground. Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks. For dud fireworks, it is best to wait 30 minutes and soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.
- Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.
- If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.
- Wheels – Nail securely to post or fence allowing spinning clearance. These items will start trees on fire.
- Watch children carefully and always be vigilant.
See Fireworks By-law #2009-097 for full permit requirements at www.caledon.ca or contact Caledon Fire & Emergency Services at 905.584.2272 x4303.
(ORILLIA, ON) – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachments within the OPP Central Region are warning boaters that although the ice may be gone from area lakes, extreme caution must be used when returning your boat to the water.
With water temperatures still being very cold, a personal floatation device (PFD) or a floatation suit should be worn at all times. Hypothermia can and will set in very quickly should you fall into the water and at least with a PFD or floatation suit you may have a chance in surviving such an incident.
Boaters are also reminded that many area lakes may still have some floating ice or objects such as logs or other debris that may cause damage to your vessel.
Chief Superintendent John Tod, Regional Commander of the OPP Central Region says “caution and responsible boating must be exercised at all times of the year, but with a delayed start to this year’s boating season, there is no place for compromising safety especially when it comes to water related activities”.
Inspector Dom Beckett, Manager of the OPP Central Region Traffic and Marine Unit is asking boaters “to make sure that all required safety and lighting equipment is tested before heading out onto the water. The Safe Boating Guide which is published by Transport Canada is an excellent resource that clearly identifies what equipment each size of boat is required to have”. This resource is also available online at http://www.boatingsafety.gc.ca.
(CALEDON, ON)- On May 3, 2014, officers from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended the Terra Cotta trailer park to investigate a break and enter.
Investigation revealed that sometime between October 13th, 2013 and May 3rd, suspect(s) attended the park, broke into the victim’s trailer and shed, stole property and caused extensive damage to the inside of the trailer. The suspect(s) stole a large quantity of tools including a Husqvarna chainsaw, a Stihl saw and sander and Makita drill.
Police are reminding residents to contact the OPP Communications Centre immediately at 1-888-310-1122 to report any suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles in the area. Information such as suspect physical descriptions, suspect vehicles and direction of travel are useful tools for investigators.
Police are asking anyone with information about this break in to contact Provincial Constable McCracken, Caledon OPP at 905-584-2241 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit information online at http://www.peelcrimestoppers.ca. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.
Police Week – Calendar of Events
Police Week (May 11 to May 17, 2014) is about celebrating professional, accountable and effective policing across the Province of Ontario. Police Week provides opportunities for police and the community to join together to celebrate policing and talk about the public safety issues that affect the health and safety of our communities.
Police continue to emphasize the importance of community mobilization and community engagement as a critical component of building safe and healthy communities. That’s why the 2014 Police Week theme is “Building Community Partnerships”. The Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has already many partners that we work with on a daily basis but continue to seek other community partnerships to enhance our work.
The following is a list of our scheduled events.
Monday, May 12 at 11 a.m.
Mayfield Secondary School, Information table on Domestic Violence
Tuesday, May 13 at…
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