HALTON HILLS, ON – The Town of Halton Hills welcomed Ontario's Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell on April 10. The visit was part of Her Honour's initiative to hear first-hand, about local issues and initiatives regarding environmental sustainability, recognizing Her Honour's focus on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Halton Hills marks Her Honour's 61st official civic visit during her term.
The visit included a closed roundtable session with Mayor Rick Bonnette and members of the public. "I was delighted to have this opportunity to meet with the Lieutenant Governor," he said. "Our Town has made great strides in sustainability and climate change and I know that this theme and the stories that we have been able to share resonated with Her Honour and strike a common chord amongst all Ontarians."
During an introductory chat with the Lieutenant Governor, the Mayor noted that Halton Hills' accomplishments had been recognized internationally through his invitation to attend the Chicago-based Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and the jointly-held sustainability forum in Wenjiang China. International support for climate change efforts is not new to the municipality; in 2015, Councillor Clark Somerville as a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities joined the Canadian delegation to participate in the COP21; climate conference in Paris.
"As a municipality we would not have been able to advance the sustainability agenda had it not been for Council's endorsement of this portfolio and the tremendous work performed by staff and the public," said the Mayor, adding "These moments remind me of how very proud I am to be the elected leader of this wonderful community."
About the Town of Halton Hills The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.
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