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Double-murder or murder-suicide not Accident Police Concluded Hickory Dr. Explosion Incident By Amir S. Ali Special Assignment

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In Presence of Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Peel Regional Police in partnership with the assisting agencies held a news conference to share the conclusions of the investigation into the explosion that occurred on June 28, 2016 on Hickory Drive in Mississauga. “Today we are here with our partners, the Office of the Fire Marshall of Ontario and Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services to share with you the outcome of what has been a very comprehensive investigation. We hope this will provide some answers, and much needed closure to those most closely impacted by this tragic event” said Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans. Background: At 4:21 p.m. on June 28th, 2016, Peel Regional Police dispatchers began receiving complaints of an explosion which had occurred in the area of Dixie Road and Rathburn Road East in Mississauga. First Responders arrived on the scene within minutes of the explosion, and began the process of evacuating

the immediate area, providing assistance to victims and closing off access points in the neighbourhood. The epicentre of the explosion was found to be the home which stood at 4201 Hickory Drive, which had been completely flattened by the explosion. Several adjacent homes were left with only half of their structures still standing and numerous other homes in the neighbourhood suffered serious damage. Two people were killed that day both of whom lived within the residence on Hickory Drive which was the source of the explosion. The two victims were identified as Robert Nadler and Diane Page. Several others in

the area suffered injuries that day and many residents were uprooted from their homes. In the days that followed, a comprehensive investigation unfolded. A large-scale search of the scene was conducted which included a systematic removal of all the debris to preserve and collect evidence from the epicentre. The investigation was conducted in collaboration with the Office of the Fire Marshall of Ontario, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, Peel Regional Paramedical Services, Enersource, Enbridge and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority. The Red Cross also provided community support. Post-mortem examinations of Diane Page and of Robert Nadler were conducted. The cause of death for both was determined to be blunt force trauma, consistent with having been near the epicentre of the explosion. Details of Investigation: •  The explosion of 4201 Hickory Drive was as a result of natural gas inside the home. No evidence of any type of explosive has been located, and sev-

eral witnesses reported smelling natural gas on properties adjoining the residence up to one and a half hours before the explosion. • Post-mortem examinations of Robert NADLER and Diane PAGE determined the cause of death to be massive blunt force trauma. • Investigators identified four possible scenarios which may have caused the explosion. Each scenario was thoroughly investigated. This investigation determined that the explosion was intentional and given that the supporting evidence ruled out accidental, double-murder or murder-suicide, investigators concluded that this was a double suicide. • The Office of the Fire Marshall of Ontario determined that there were two natural gas supply lines that were intentionally disconnected from the water heater within the residence. In conjunction with our partners we plan to host a community forum sometime in the next two weeks. Once a date has been confirmed we will invite members of the community to attend.


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Mayor Bonnie Crombie Looks Back At 2016 Success And The Work Needed In 2017 Mayor Bonnie Crombie shared her last thoughts on 2016 just before the Holiday Season kicked off, last month, stating that she is proud of what the Council, staff and community have accomplished in the last 12 months, contributing to the “urban renaissance that is flourishing throughout Mississauga.

By Jennifer D’Cousta She also mentioned that December marks the second anniversary of her inauguration to serve as Mayor of the “great City of Mississauga”. She added that she is still humbled and honoured to be entrusted by the community to build “our city” while also continuing the work of her predecessor, Hazel McCallion. Mayor Crombie said that both she and her office are committed to using proven best practices that have been implemented by other major cities and similar regional governments. She also mentioned her office’s work with Metrolinx as a cornerstone of her administration, a partnership that will deliver the Huronatrio Light Rail Transit (LRT) and further the City goal for regionally integrated transit. In regards to the Hurontar-

io LRT, Mayor Crombie congratulated Council and senior staff’s efforts for their site reviews of the Minneapolis-St Paul METRO and the Waterloo Region transit systems. Mayor Crombie also congratulated City staff and Council for retaining the AAA Credit Rating for the thirteenth straight year. The rating is an important factor that gives local and international businesses the confidence to invest, expand or compete in Mississauga. Mayor Crombie also mentioned that she informed both public and private sector leaders about this accomplishment during her foreign-direct investment and retention missions with the Economic Development Office (EDO). In regards to said investment mission, Mayor Crombie declared that they are beginning to “pay dividends” as this year, Brazilianbased Biolab announced that Mississauga will be the home of its new research and development centre. She went on to say that the investment will produce a state of the art facility that will, in turn, create high-paying and highvalue jobs, many in fields such as research and development. The investment will also add to the City’s tax base and help provide

funding for quality public services. Youth Engagement was also an important chapter for 2016 with events such as Code and the City Idea Jam or the numerous mentorship and networking opportunities like the Mayor’s Inaugural Youth Speaker Series and the Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Expo making up the most important highlights. The future of Mississauga’s numerous neighbourhoods was also a high priority in 2016 with Coun-

cil and staff undertaking a series of comprehensive studies and community consultations that will allow them to shape the Mississauga of tomorrow. Mayor Crombie wanted to mention Councillor Jim Torvey for his tireless commitment to enhance, and embrace the City’s untapped potential for the sprawling waterfront. Mayor Crombie went on to mention the development of the downtown core with new planned development, the attention given

to affordable housing as well as the Citywide Food Drive which brought the entire City together to help those residents who most need it. Mayor Crombie ended her reflections on 2016 by mentioning that she looks forward to 2017 and the work that is required to make Mississauga realize its potential as a “world-class city to live, start a business, earn an education and enjoy an unrivalled quality of life”.

Mississauga Services Are Ready For Snowy Winter Season Mississauga is prepared for the cold season and will ensure that all streets will be safe and clean regardless of the level of snowfall.

By Amanda Lee The City’s entire 377 pieces of equipment will be used to clear the over 5,600 lane kilometres of roads, 1,400 lane kilometres

of priority sidewalks, over 3,700 bus stops and 1,000 pedestrian crossings. Mickey Frost, Director of Works Operations & Maintenance said that City services follow a priority route system in order to ensure public safety first and foremost. The highest priority is given to public roads that ensure the access of emergency vehicles and public

transit. They are followed by residential roads, pedestrian crossings, priority sidewalks and bus stops. The City also provides winter maintenance services for a number of Region of Peel Roads. These roads include Cawthra Road, between Lakeshore Road East (south limit) and Eastgate Parkway (north limit); Queensway West between Mavis Road/Stave-

bank Road (west limit) and Etobicoke boarder (east limit) without including the Queensway Bridge; and finally Winston Churchill Boulevard between Lakeshore Road West (south limit) and Dundas Street West (north limit). Mr. Frost also added that residents can view the latest snow related information as well as and other updates by following @MississaugaSnow on Twitter or by downloading the Mississauga Roads App. How the Works Operations & Maintenance Service Works Mississauga’s Operations & Maintenance Service follows a series of procedures that ensure snow is cleared in an efficient manner. All of the City’s roads are salted when snowfall doesn’t exceed eight centimetres (three inches). When snowfall is more than eight centimetres (three inches) roads are plowed. The highest priority, when it comes to snow clearing services, is assigned to major roads. This is done to ensure quick access for emergency and transit vehicles. Following the priority chart, City services clear local residential roads, bus stops, pedestrian crossings and priority sidewalks that run around hospitals, schools and major transit routes. Bus stops, pedestrian crossings as well as priority sidewalks are

cleared between 24 and 36 hours after the end of the snowfall. Every resident can also help snow clearing efforts and keep the City’s streets safe by clearing snow and ice in front and adjacent to their property. All able bodied residents are also encouraged to help their elderly or disabled neighbours clear their snow. Parking Mississauga instituted on street parking restrictions that went in effect on November 1st and are scheduled to last until March 31st. The daily parking ban will be enforced between 02:00 a.m. and 06:00 a.m. All vehicles that don’t respect the parking ban will be enforced according to the City’s Traffic By-law. When it comes to temporary parking permits, they will not be issued during snow removal while current ones will be suspended. Updates and extra information The City of Mississauga also offers residents the possibility to follow snow removal efforts as they are happening either by downloading the Mississauga Roads App or by visiting the snow plow tracker page. More information on snow removal efforts, special regulations or parking restrictions can also be found on the City’s official website at Mississauga.ca/snow.


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Mississauga Transitway Ridership Increases With Plans For Further Expansion On Track a 70 per cent increase. Patrick Pahneuf also spoke about the Saturday service’s stats, marking another impressive increase in ridership. The service was introduced in 2015 and managed to grow from 2,900 passengers to 4,000 this year, marking a 41 per cent increase.

Mississauga’s improvements to its traffic infrastructure have made a significant dent in terms of unclogging the city.

By Sohia Akram One of the most resounding successes is the Mississauga Transitway, which opened just two years ago, and has managed to increase its weekday ridership by a whopping 70 per cent in that small timeframe. Geoff Wright, Commissioner of Transportation and Works said that the City is on track to reach the goal of five million boardings before the entire 12 station dedicated transitway is complete in 2017. According to Mr Wright service levels as well as passenger

travel on the east-west transitway has significantly increased since the first four stations were opened in November, 2014. The four stations are Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken and Dixie. Presently, three more stations are active including Erin Mills in the west as well as Tahoe and Etobicoke Creek in the east. Patrick Phaneuf, acting Director of Transit also said that the MiExpress routes 107, 109 and MiLocal 21 have registered steady growth over the last couple of years. Mr. Phaneuf added that the daily ridership figures have significantly increased with just 8,000 riders choosing MiWay services on the Transitway’s opening day in 2014, while 13,600 riders choosing the service in October 2016, marking

Improved Infrastructure and More Stations Still To Be Introduced According to the City’s Transitway plan, the Winston Churchill station, which will be the final station in the west is set to open by the end of 2016. The station will be serviced by both MiWay and GO Transit just like in the case of Erin Mills station which opened last year. MiWay has also

announced that it plans to introduce Sunday service for the two stations with full schedule information being worked on and available soon. Spectrum, Orbitor and the Renforth Gateway, will be the final stations in the east. They are scheduled to open during 2017. They will help complete the 18 kilometre long dedicated bus corridor which will connect Toronto Pearson International Airport as well as the BloorDanforth subway line via Highway 427. Mr. Phaneuf added that when all 12 stations will be open during 2017, MiWay will increase express service routes as well as the frequency of busses. The dedicated transitway should

make travel across the city far more efficient, with passengers that travel from Winston Churchill Station to Renforth saving up to 20 minutes. More information on the current scheduling as well as future improvements to public transportation within the City of Mississauga can be found on MiWay’s official website at miway. ca. Mississauga residents are also advised to choose MiWay services to be their designated drivers during the holiday season. The full holiday schedule is available on the service provider’s website, ensuring that all residents can travel safely and efficiently during this busy time of the year.


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Mississaugans Can Enjoy A Host Of Indoor Activities This Winter Season While the bulk of the Holiday season may be over, it doesn’t mean that the rest of winter should be dull as Mississaugans have a huge number of options when it comes to how to spend their free time.

By Steve Moukas Regardless of how low the temperatures may fall, the following list of indoor activities will surely be a welcomed change that will liven up those frosty days. Exercise What could possibly be healthier than to replace your couch potato approach to winter and instead get your body moving. When it comes to exercising Mississauga offers its residents

a whole series of fun places to burn those calories. Whether you want to really get into the season and visit an indoor skating rink, take a refreshing swim or join a sports league, the number of options is huge. For more information on how to where to do go get the blood pumping you can also visit Mississauga. ca/recreation. Take A Class Or Enjoy Some Art If you’re feeling creative then there are numerous ways of expressing that creativity whilst bettering yourself. Residents can take a whole set of classes including cooking classes, ballet classes or they can even learn to play an instrument. If you’re more into appreciating art rather than creating it, the Mississauga Art Gallery certainly has you cov-

ered. More info can be found at artgalleryofmississauga.com. Attend A Live Performance If performance art if more your thing then you certainly have a lot to pick from this winter season in Mississauga. Whether it is music or theatre residents can catch a live show at the Meadowvale Theatre or at the Living Arts Centre. There’s certainly something for everyone with sing-a-longs, plays, comedy shows, dances and many, many more performances on offer. For more info, resident can visit culture.mississauga.ca/ meadowvale-theatre and livingartscentre.ca. Enjoy a Trip to the Museum Residents are also encouraged to take a blast to the

past and enjoy one of the City’s numerous museums. The Bradley Museum, Benares Historic House and the Leslie Log House are excellent if you want to learn a bit about the City’s history. Each museum often hosts special themed events, exhibitions and many other interesting specials which can transform a visit into something quite memorable. More information on Mississauga’s museums can be found at culture.mississauga.ca/museums. Support Your Local Team You don’t necessarily have to be a sports fan to enjoy a game. The fun atmosphere, delicious treats and overall excitement can make a night at the stadium an excellent way to forget about

the day-to-day cold in favour of some high quality entertainment. Whether you prefer hockey or basketball, the Mississauga Steelheads and the Raptors 905 are the teams to look for. The event is family friendly, however, a game night is best enjoyed with friends as well. For more information on game schedules and other events Mississauga residents can visit herseycentre. com. There is certainly more indoor fun to be had this winter, not to mention the series of special shows scheduled in Celebration Square. To keep up to date with all events and recreational opportunities follow the City of Mississauga’s social media accounts or check out their official website at Mississauga.ca.

The Budget Committee Approved The 2017 Bussiness Plan and Budget This December the City’s Budget Committee approved the 2017 Business Plan and Budget.

By Xxxxx The budget has been reviewed and analysed for the last months and brings among other changes an additional $94 increase on the City’s portion of the property tax for an average residential property which is valued at $564,000. Mayor Bonnie Crombie declared that the City’s 2017 Budget is a “strong financial plan” that will work to invest in the city’s future while also offering its residents the very best services that they rely on every day. Mrs Crombie added that feedback from residents on spending priorities was fully taken into account when creating the budget. This led to the new budget expanding and improving traffic management, enhancing infrastructure while also investing in technology and supporting local arts and culture. Infrastructure and traffic are some of the City’s main priorities The 2017 budget will provide a total of 56,000 more transit service hours as well as the completion of the Mississauga Transitway with four more stations being scheduled to open in 2017. Other provisions have been made for road, traffic and other infrastructure improvements. While infrastructure is currently one of the major concerns for residents and local leadership,

the budget also looks to expand the quality of other services such as fire and emergency services, winter road maintenance, libraries, parks and forestry as well as recreation programs. Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer also declared that the “on-going commitment” to fiscal responsibility and continuous improvement helps the City build on its progress and advance its priorities. Mrs Baker added that her office managed to realize a total of $4.1 million in cost savings, which is the equivalent of reducing the City’s tax levy by 0.9 per cent. Mrs Baker went on to say that while limited, all resources are used wisely and invested in improvements to transit, infrastructure and technology. Some 2017 Business Plan and Budget Highlights While each service and part of the 2017 Budget was closely looked over and all available resources used to either invest or improve the City’s current offer, some highlights did stick out. They include: • An increase in the Mississauga residential property tax of 2.9 per cent. The increase is made up of a 1.9 per cent tax increase for City services coupled with a 1.0 per cent increase for the Region of Peel. • Continuing to improve and grow MiWay’s service by adding 45,000 extra service hours. • Completing the important Mississauga Transitway and

adding a further 11,000 service hours. • Continuing the implementation of the Advanced Transportation Management System, one of the major measures aimed at reducing traffic congestion and commute duration. • Pedestrian infrastructure is also a main focus for the 2017 Budget and as such a priority is increasing sidewalk maintenance in order to eliminate the city’s repair backlog • The relocation of the Square One Older Adult Centre in order to continue providing high-quality service for Mississauga’s elderly residents. • This year’s budget will also ensure increased support for culture groups and local artists to help them provide better services and reach more people. • Another focus for 2017 will be to expand year-round programming while also enhancing winter events at Celebration Square with the goal of attracting more tourists and increasing the vibrancy of the City’s downtown

area throughout the winter season. • Improving all Library collections in a way that is consistent with the City’s projected population growth. • Another key element of the 2017 Budget is the ambitious Stormwater Program which aims to make significant infrastructure improvements, flood relief improvements and to carry out community outreach activities. The 2017 Budget in Percentages While there are numerous programs that aim to increase the infrastructure, transit and cultural services of Mississauga, here is a simple list of how the 2017 Budget is split between the city’s numerous services. MiWay will receive the largest chunk of the budget at 23 per cent. The Fire & Emergency services will also receive a 14 per cent share of the 2017 Budget while 13 per cent will be allotted for Financial Transactions. A further 10 per cent

was assigned to Roads while 10 per cent of the budget was also allotted for Recreation. Parks & Forestry received 5 per cent, Business Services received 4 per cent, the Mississauga Library Service received 4 per cent while Information Technology received 3 per cent. Land Development Services and Facilities & Property Management received each 3 per cent, Regulatory Services received 2 per cent, the City Manager’s Office received 2 per cent, Culture had allotted a total of 1.3 per cent of the 2017 budget while Legislative Services and Infrastructure & Debt Repayment Levy received each 1.1 per cent. Finally, 0.6 per cent was allotted for Mayor & Members of Council while Environment received a mere 0.2 per cent of the Budget. More information on each service’s budget and the 2017 Business Plan and Budget can be found on Mississauga’s official website at http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/budget.


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The Partners in Project Green’s 2016 Recycling Collection Drive Helps Recycle Almost 5 Tons of Waste In Mississauga The Partners in Project Green’s 2016 Recycling Collection Drive was a huge success as Mississaugans managed to collect a whopping 4,300 kilograms of electronic waste and clothing.

Catherine Leighton, Waste Coordinator for Partners in Project Green declared that the City of Mississauga showed “impressive leadership with their participation in the Recycling Collection Drive for Waste Reduction Week in Canada.” She also went on to congratulate both the City and all its residents for their achievement and commitment to sustainability. The Project involved a total of 16 organizations with over 30 drop off locations spread across the Greater Toronto Area. Together, they helped residents and local leadership divert a total of 6,900 kilograms of landfill. More information on the City’s environmental programs, priorities and actions can be found on their official website at www.Mississauga.ca/environment.

By George Burke The waste was diverted from landfill, adding to the city’s green credentials and making another small stand in the fight to curb climate change. The drive took place this autumn, between October 17th and 21st with official numbers of the campaign’s success only being received this December. During the campaign, unwanted electronics as well as used clothing could be dropped off at no charge to 14 City facilities located across Mississauga. Brenda Osborne, Director of Environment for the City of Mississauga declared that the Project was a great opportunity to “rally with our local partners, employees and residents to participate in a worthwhile initiative.” Mrs Osborne also thanked everyone who participated, mentioning that the City accounts for over 60 per cent of the total waste gathered in the Recycling Collection Drive.

The Partners in Project Green’s 2016 Recycling Collection Drive compared the City’s 4,300 kilograms collection to give a sense of scale to the amount of recycled material. They mentioned that the

collection is equivalent to 3 black bears, 2,150 laptops, 316 32 inch LED televisions, 187 full garbage bags of family waste, 593 turkeys, 36 adult reindeer or 139 Christmas trees.

About Waste Reduction Week Waste Reduction Week is a national environmental campaign that focuses on building awareness around the issue of sustainability and responsible consumption while also providing a chance for volunteers to recycle some of their electronic waste. This year’s Recycling Collection Drive was the first edition where

Partners in Project Green participated. The decision to participate was part of Partners in Project Green’s waste management program called Material Exchange. All recycled clothing items will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clothesline Program. The diverted electronics are all going to be recycled by Revolution Recycling. Partners in Project Green Partners in Project Green was created by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). This large and still growing community is comprised of businesses, government bodies, institutions and utilities, and wants to play its part in creating the biggest eco-business zone in the world. The community’s strategy was developed in 2008, with input from local businesses and all levels of government. The strategy’s main pillars focus on creating, attracting and retaining eco-friendly business opportunities and promoting the pursuit of both ecological and economic goals.

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Brampton Is Prepared For This Year's Holiday Season The City of Brampton was fully prepared for the fun filled end of the year and the numerous parties and celebration that ensued.

year where short-range fireworks are allowed without the need for a permit. The fireworks can be used only on private property and are not allowed to be used on streets, sidewalks or in City parks, municipal and school property.

By Dominic Mainella The holiday season also had some implications on the numerous services offered by the City. City Hall was closed to the public starting December 23rd at 12:00 p.m. and will only reopen Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 at 08:30 a.m. During this period Brampton residents won’t be able to apply in person for marriage licenses, permits or pay parking fines. Not all City services took a break during the holiday season as Fire and Emergency and Bylaw Enforcement services continued to operate normally. Brampton’s Animal Services have also prepared something special for this time of the year, with pet adoption gift certificates being available for purchase. Residents could thus get into the giving season while also providing a home for a furry friend. More details can be found by calling Brampton Ani-

mal Services or by visiting www. brampton.ca/animalservices. When it comes to outdoor fun this season, the City’s three outdoor skating rinks will ensure that residents of all ages can fully enjoy the cold season. The rinks can be found at Gage Park, Mount Pleasant and Chinguacousy Park. The quality of the ice depends on temperatures remaining below freezing. Rink status updated can be viewed on the City’s official

website. All of the City’s indoor skating rinks will be open regardless of weather. Welcoming 2017 This New Year’s Eve celebration was held in downtown Brampton and was kicked off at 07:00 p.m. Residents could enjoy a series of free entertainment and activities for all ages. The Policaro Concert Zone hosted performances by Mother Mother and

Alx Veliz. A huge fireworks show was also scheduled at 09:00 p.m. and the midnight countdown wasl presented by the Downtown Brampton BIA. All downtown municipal garages offered free parking while residents could use Brampton Transit for free starting with 07:00 p.m. When it comes to private fireworks shows, New Year’s is one of the four approved days in the

New Year’s Levee The City Hall Atrium and West Tower Conservatory hosted Mayor Linda Jeffrey and Members of the Council for the Annual New Year’s Levee. The Levee will be organized Saturday, January 21st, 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m. When it comes to transit, Brampton Transit worked on reduced service levels for the entire holiday season. Saturday service was available for December 26 while Sunday service was used on January 2nd, 2017. Reduced weekday schedules were put in place on December 27, 28, 29 and 30. Regular weekday service resumed on January 3rd with the exception of school routes. New Year’s Eve Service was free starting at 07:00 p.m. on December 31st. The free service included extended service on some routes.


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Caledon Drops Dog Licensing Requirements As Of 2017

The Town of Caledon has announced that effective January 1st, 2017 it will no longer require residents to purchase the annual dog license for their dogs.

By Edward Smith In an effort to cut red tape and reduce some outdated measures

that proved little to no efficiency, Caledon Council has decided to change its approach to dog licenses. A detailed review of the current program showed that while licenses were a good solution in the past, presently they were only used in a small number of cases to return dogs to their owners. The review also suggests that more modern approaches

such as microchipping or personal identification tags offer a reliable, efficient way of returning lost pets to their owners. Current animal control bylaws will still be enforced with the Town’s Animal Services division stating that their main goal is to reunite dogs and lost pets with their families. Animal Services will start working with

new and old pet owners alike and will enlist help from animal care professionals as well as other community partners to promote alternatives to traditional licenses. The new approach will bring a number of benefits for residents. The main such benefit will be the reduction of “red tape” measures, simplifying Town requirements and allowing residents to get better customer service when getting a pet. Another important benefit will be the elimination of the annual fee for a dog licence. The yearly fee is comparable to the one-time cost of microchipping a dog, with microchipping being a superior option as it makes it harder for the pet to lose any form of identification. Similarly, the purchase of an owner identification tag is cheaper than the licence fee. More About the Alternatives to the Yearly Licence Microchipping is the quickest, most efficient alternative to the current licensing system. Microchipping involves the placement of a small chip via a needle in the animal’s skin, somewhere

between the shoulder blades. The chip is no bigger than a grain of rice and contains a radio transmitter as well as a tiny electronic device that contains the animal’s ID number. The microchip is not a GPS, so it can’t be used to help locate the dog if lost, it can only help identify the dog. The process of microchipping a dog takes a few seconds with the paperwork taking a bit longer. The animal feels basically no pain, the whole procedure being about as painful as the yearly vaccine. The entire procedure has an average cost of $50. In case dog is lost and found, it can be taken to a shelter or veterinarian to be scanned for a chip. The chip’s ID number would connect directly to the owner’s contact information. The only important step that owners need to consider is to keep the contact information on the chip up to date with their current phone number. For more information on the requirements for owning a dog in Caledon, as well as other pet related information residents can call Town Hall call or visit Caledon.ca/dogs.

Caledon Registers Record Number of School Applications For Town's Green Fund The Town of Caledon’s Energy and Environment Service have made it a priority this year to work with schools in order to promote a series of green programs.

By Karen Leone One of the most important suggestions for schools was to apply for the 2016 School Green Fund, which led to a record number of twelve applications being submitted this year. The twelve schools make up nearly half of all Public and Catholic Schools in Caledon. The recipients of the Green Fund all proposed a series of projects that improved the school’s, the student’s or the Town’s green credentials. Among these schools we can mention: • Caledon Central Public School for a water refill station • Holy Family Catholic School for a water refill station • Herb Campbell Public School for an outdoor classroom project • James Bolton Public School for a garden space expansion and tree planting project • Ellwood Public School for a water refill station

• Palgrave Public School for a butterfly and vegetable garden project • Southfields Village Public School for an outdoor classroom project • St. John the Baptist Catholic School for a water refill station • Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School for a waste minimization project • Alton Public School for their Atlantic salmon project • James Grieve Public School for bird feeders and a classroom plant project The School Green Fund The Schoold Green Fund was set up back in 2012 with the goal of providing funding for Public and Catholic schools throughout Caledon for the support and implementation of environmental projects. Among projects supported by the Green Fund, climate change related issues have been the most consistent, projects which in turn support the implementation of the Caledon Community Climate Change Action Plan as well as the Environmental Progress Action Plan Update. Caledon’s Community Climate Change Action Plan is

made up of a series of action steps that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for a number of sectors that are present in the Town’s geographical boundaries. One of the plan’s most important long term action areas is to educate students about climate change and the local and global importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Caledon Community Green Fund was created back in 2006 to assist Town based notfor-profit or volunteer groups in

leveraging provincial, federal or other funds in order to create and implement environmental projects. Since the Fund’s creation, the Town of Caledon has awarded over 30 grants, with recipients counting on the Town’s ability to deliver over $100,000 in federal, provincial or other external funding. How to Apply Applications for this year are closed with the next session being organized for the autumn of 2017. Application for the Fund can be done in a two stage

process where a pre-screening phase of all submitted Letters of Intent will allow chosen applicants to work on their Full Application. A one stage process is also available where only Full Applications are eligible for Fast Track funding. All applicants are encouraged to read the Application FAQ Guide available on the Town’s official website. There they can learn about the Funding Streams, Application and Project Requirements as well as important Deadlines.


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