From the Mayor
Mayor's Holiday Message2018-12-18 13:49:002018-12-18 13:49:00Mayor Rick Bonnette's Monthly Column
The holiday season is here. December is a period of short days, cold nights, and cloudy skies. For most, Christmas is a time of joy with friends and loved ones. For some though, it is a reminder of what they don't have, of how hard life can be. This is a time of year that I ask that you remember to donate to organizations that serve our community, such as Food Banks, Salvation Army kettles, and Sharing Trees, to name a few. What's often lost in the statistics is the number of children who are in need as their families struggle to make ends meet. Many of those needing assistance are working people like you. As the Holidays approach, be in good cheer and help others to be in equally happy spirits.
The Provincial Government has been rapidly making announcements. They recently approved the re-opening of the GTA West corridor. Halton Hills must have a voice at the table. I have previously stated our concerns with a major highway cutting through our countryside – a highway that does not provide significant benefits to Halton Hills.
I believe that the money required for a new highway would be better spent investing in transit such as a rail and address the local community issues caused by Highway 7 and the connecting link. Remember Highway 7 is owned by the Province. I'd like them to address the assets they currently own before developing new ones. It is time that MTO takes the lead in solving the truck traffic by moving forward with the required bypass studies and improvements in Acton and Norval. Look after your front yard before going into our backyard.
They have also introduced Bill 66. This is a complex Bill which involves 12 Provincial Ministries. The thrust behind Bill 66 is to cut red tape. I am all for cutting red tape. I applaud the Provincial government for looking for ways to allow Municipalities to grow. Cutting into the Greenbelt is a bad idea, same as compromising the Clean Water Act. Your Council will not support cutting into the Green Belt development.
Keeping it real! I can be reached by telephone at 905-873-2601, ext. 2342 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or read my blog at www.rickbonnette.blogspot.com. You can also follow me on Twitter at: @RickBonnette1
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