West Caledon Communities Traffic Group
Delegation – Tuesday February 9th, 2021
Mayor Thompson and Councillors,
The community representatives for the hamlets and villages West of Highway 10 in Caledon have joined to discuss negative impact of traffic, speeding and noise that have escalated over the last few years and have been exacerbated by the Coronavirus. Unfortunately, the area is being deluged by stunt driving and those with modified mufflers at all hours and days of the week. These drivers are not tourists attracted to the quiet wandering roads of West Caledon. They predominantly come in the dark when the roads are empty. They like the silence of the area so they can hear their mufflers echoing off the escarpment, hills, and valleys. They come in large, organized groups, some with drones to document their excessive speeds, flagman at the intersections so they do not have to stop and appear to disappear as soon as the OPP are dispatched from residents calls. This is a safety issue to residents, visitors to Caledon and our wildlife. It is urgent that a full ASE program be implemented in Caledon immediately. The communities of West Caledon are asking the Town of Caledon to include Automated Speeding Enforcement Units (ASE) units in the 2021 budget and that future Annual Budgets going forward automatically include funding to increase the number of ASE cameras. We propose that the revenue generated by ASE cameras stay in the Municipality where the ticket was issued. This pays for additional devices and makes them self sufficient. Town of Caledon needs to include initial $250K for 2021’s lease. Residual funds will be applied to additional equipment. Ten tickets per day at $150.00 per ticket would offset the cost of a unit - particularly in CSZ's where the fines are doubled. ASE fines are sent to the owner of the vehicle. We support the request by the Town of Caledon that demerit points be used in addition to th fine. We feel strongly that this would be a deterrent to speeding drivers. Bill 65 amends the Highway Traffic Act. It addresses the ability of municipalities to set speed limits within their borders and the use of automated speed enforcement systems and red light camera systems. https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-41/session-2/bill-65 Toronto, Ottawa, Brampton and Niagara Region will be the first of Ontario’s municipalities to implement ASE with several other municipalities also anticipated to follow in the coming months including Burlington, London, Durham Region, Mississauga, Peel Region (which includes Caledon) and York Region, among others. https://www.aseontario.com/otc-media-release In the first round of enforcement in the City of Toronto, 53,090 tickets were issued by the devices from July 6 to Nov. 30, 2020. https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/more-than-53-000-tickets-were-issued-by-toronto-s-new-speed-cameras-in-5-months-1.5268074?cache=goxayamgqtwsx%3FclipId%3D89578 The number in this article validates the need for ASE Cameras, both for the number of drivers caught speeding and the revenue resulting from the fines. The Region of Peel has an ASE program accessible through this link https://www.peelregion.ca/pw/transportation/residents/automated-speed-enforcement-program.asp , however the Town of Caledon budget shows that the $56,000 Traffic Calming project is funded, however this is not enough. In the budget, ASE's are not funded because a pilot project is pending. The Minister of Transportation acknowledged the need for ASE's exists and yet the Town of Caledon is still doing Pilot Projects. 2019 "should" have been the pilot project, ASE's "should" be installed in 2021. One ASE camera operating full time but moved about to different Community Safety Zones was a key learning component in a made in Caledon traffic management program. Caledon OPP are doing their best, however, we do not have enough officers and despite their best efforts, speeders continue to be a massive issue. ASE camera's have proven to reduce the number of man hours required by the OPP to issue speeding tickets. When Hwy 10 was widened the OPP and Ward 1 Councillors of the time committed to containing speeding. This is yet to be realized. The Town of Caledon needs to follow through for all of Caledon. As reported by Graeme Frisque in the Brampton Guardian and the Toronto Star, Jan 20, 2021, “Brampton issues over 10,000 photo radar speeding tickets in 3 months. The first of the City’s Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras were installed starting in the fall 2020 and have nabbed 10,119 speeders for a total of $1,024,002 in fines. The city says it has installed 32 ASE cameras across Brampton to date. The first five cameras were made operational in September to coincide with students' return to school, but the city has since installed 27 more. Council has approved up to 200 areas of Brampton where it plans to fully deploy the technology across the city by the end of next year. However, not all 200 locations would be monitored at the same time. “The 200 locations can be covered annually on a rotational basis, operating at key times of the day with full implementation within two years,” states a July city staff report to council.
"You won’t see ASE everywhere — just in community safety zones, and on roadways posted less than 80 km per hour, where it will be used to protect our most vulnerable populations and help them feel comfortable while walking, running, playing, cycling, and generally enjoying their communities," the city explains on its website. The staff report estimates an annual operating cost of $2,119,984 if all the cameras were only deployed at key times, or $10,964,584 if the city were to run them 24-7. Given the numbers provided by the city for the first three months of the program, the 10,119 tickets average out to $101.20 per fine. Using this average, plus the city staff’s estimate of 438,000 tickets per year once all 200 locations are monitored, the city could generate roughly $44,323,883 in annual revenue from the program.” We acknowledge the complexities of processing court costs and the need for support by the Province, but the timeline for this being 2022 inhibits this needed plan for Caledon. We are appealing to Solicitor General and MPP, Honourable Sylvia Jones for endorsement to expedite both the ASE and AMPS programs.
The AMPS objectives are to process fines electronically rather than going through the backlogged Provincial Court system. www.Ontario.ca/laws/regulation We ask that Mayor Thompson follow up with Solicitor General and MPP, Honourable Sylvia Jones, Minister of Transport, Carolyn Mulroney and Attorney General, Minister Doug Downey regarding the changes to the Highway Traffic Act.
Mayor Thompson and Councillors, we support the implementation of a strategic approach to an Automated Speed Enforcement program throughout The Town of Caledon. This needs to replace any further studies. The ASE program will generate income for the municipality, reduce safety issues for residents and visitors and reduce OPP burden enforcing speeding. A copy of this delegation will be provided, and we ask that it is included in the public record for our meeting today.
Hon. Sylvia Jones Solicitor General MPP Dufferin-Caledon
Suite A, 3rd Floor 180 Broadway Avenue Orangeville, Ontario L9W 1K3
Subject: Speeding in Caledon
Dear Ms. Jones,
Residents in the hamlets and villages throughout the Town of Caledon are being negatively impacted by speeding, and in many cases, loud traffic. Those who are ignoring traffic safety rules include daily commuters travelling through the Town, tourists, and thrill-seekers. While an issue for some time, residents are experiencing an increase in speeding incidents since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Some of these incidents are occurring in designated “School” and “Community” Safety Zones. For example, the number of high-horsepower vehicles with modified mufflers, stunt driving and racing on our local roads is steadily increasing. Community groups in our hamlets and villages have sought to remedy these speeding issues individually, and there has been a range of responses e.g., safety zone designations, road marking, speed bumps, police presence, etc. While all mitigation measures have addressed local problems to some degree, speeding in our Caledon community continues. Residents from the hamlets and villages and others involved in local community groups have come together and formed the West Caledon Communities Traffic Group. We have been recommending that the Town of Caledon provide funds in its budget to install Automated Speeding Enforcement Systems in our communities. Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act provides municipalities with the authority to install Automated Speeding Enforcement units within their jurisdiction. Toronto, Ottawa, Brampton, and Niagara Region will be the first municipalities to adopt ASE systems. As well, Peel Region (including Caledon) has been working with the Minister of the Attorney-General regarding the policy framework required to implement such a system. Residents appreciate that funds will be required to implement an ASE system in the Town of Caledon. However, we also recognize that such a system will incur processing costs at the court level and that current systems are able to process only a fraction of daily violations. For example, the Peel Automated School Bus Camera Working Group estimated between 150,000 and 500,000 potential offences per year in the Region. The Pandemic has also had a devasting impact on the capacity and operations of the Provincial Court. Post-Pandemic, the current system is expected to be unable to handle the volumes from ASE and resumed court operations. Implementing an Administrative Monetary Penalties System (“AMPS”) would help address the processing challenges confronting the installation of ASE systems across the province. Violations would be subject to automated enforcement rather than through civil means in Provincial Courts.
We understand that the Government of Ontario is currently reviewing the Highway Traffic Act to be completed in 2022. As well, we understand that the Ministry of the Attorney-General believes AMPS could provide a more efficient and cost-effective means of enforcement. We commend you and the government for its consideration of these new technologies and support the deployment of AMPS in Ontario. Any actions that advance the review timeline of the Highway Traffic Act would also be supported. In conclusion, we offer our communities as immediate opportunities for the deployment of ASE systems linked to a central AMPS.
Thank you for considering our requests. We look forward to a continuing dialogue on these matters.
Alton Village Association
Belfountain Community Organization
Caledon Village Association
Cataract Community Representatives
Cheltenham Community Representatives
Forks of the Credit Valley/Brimstone Residents Association
Village of Inglewood Association
Terra Cotta Traffic Association,
Please join the Optimist Club and the Caledon Village Association as we welcome Santa to our Village and light the Christmas Tree located in Raeburn Corners.
Please Note New Times
Caledon Village Association
Wednesday Oct 10, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Old Caledon Township Hall
Attendance : Colin Lewis, Yves DeLisle, Mauro Testani, Judy Lewis, Susan Montgomery, Kate Hepworth
Regrets : Fay McCrea, Larry Toswill, Betty Lau, Barney Becket
Call to order : Meeting brought to order at 7:05 pm
Approval of September minutes: Yves DeLisle 2nd by Judy Lewis
Business arising from September meeting
Snowflakes, as yet we have not had confirmation from Tanya that the one damaged snowflake is to be returned or if they are shipping us a new one. If nothing is heard we will use one of the old snowflakes.
Replacement of tree lights. So far no confirmation that Canadian Tire would donate all or any. Suggested by Mauro Testani to contact Home Hardware as they might be more willing to help. Kate will follow up.
All Candidates Meeting. Huge success ! Working with Mary Cooney and the Alton Village Association produced a civil, organized and very well attended Candidates Meeting.
EMS update, the process of Paramedics picking up their ambulances in Brampton will go ahead although the OPSEU still has an action plan in place that may have that decision stopped. A project still in motion.
CVA has $4,000 in the bank and we still have the Tree Lighting Ceremony to cover. Hopes are high that donations will be as high as last year and that the Silent Auction does well.
An e-mail was received from Eric Chan of the Town Of Caledon regarding set up dates for the snowflakes and tree lights. The forms have been printed and will be submitted with a date of Nov. 14th for installation. Mr. Chan reminded us that the CVA is responsible for paying for the installation, a reminder will be sent to Mr.Chan that the Town gave CVA a grant that will cover much of the installation expenses once the bill is submitted.
The possibility of having CVA meetings on a different night has be put forward. Kate will look at the schedule of Town Council meetings and see how it fits in with our current schedule. An update will follow.
Tree Lighting Plans. A work plan will be put together, although most items have been covered. Please watch for a further e-mail to come so we can all work together.
Thank you to Susan Montgomery for attending. We look forward as always to working with The Caledon Optimists.
Meeting adjourned at 9:05pm
Next Meeting Tues. Nov. 13 2018
CALEDON VILLAGE ASSOCIATION
AGENDA FOR GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Old Caledon Township Hall
Attendance: Kate Hepworth, Judy Lewis, Yves deLisle, Fay McCrea
Guests: Judy Lewis, Larry Tosswill, Betty Lau
Regrets: Barney Beckett
1. Kate called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m..
2. Yves moved approval of the Agenda
3. Business Arising from the April meeting
3.1 Snowflakes – Christmas Canada has offered to replace the 10 snowflakes we purchased from them. They do not wish to have the old ones back and Kate agreed she would pick them up to save them delivery charges, even though they offered to pay freight charges. The CVA can decide what to do with them. For now they are being stored at Larry Tosswill and Betty Lau’s residence.
3.2 Replacement of Christmas Tree lights. Kate will make some enquiries with Canadian Tire to see if they would be willing to donate all of them, some of them or give us a discount. We need to determine how many strings of lights we need first. It was agreed the lights would be coloured.
3 .3 Report on the logo for CVA – Betty Lau has asked for some clarification on what we would like and she will try to work on it and submit something for next meeting.
3.4 Report on the Benefit Performance – we did quite well – did not sell 50 tickets that were possible but we sold 39 for a profit of $427. The play was hilarious and well received. Restaurant did not work out too well as there were too man people all there at the same time so we were very rushed since we did not get our meals until almost 8 p.m. Kate went over to the theatre to let them know everyone was coming but were delayed as dinner ran late. Thanks to Yves for getting information about the play on the website as well as other updates. Well done!
3.5 Second flowerbed on Hawthorne Blvd. Judy agreed to check with Brian and see if we can get a price for Glen Echo to just create the bed and the CVA will plant flowers and shrubs.
3.6 All Candidates meeting for Provincial election with other Village Associations? It was agreed we are too late for the Provincial election but we will definitely hold one for the Municipal Election. Judy said the theatre has 141 seats and the capacity for Caledon Village place is 125?? Kate said we could make coffee in CVP. We would need to borrow from the Town or rent a sound system?
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3.8 Clear coat finish on tree carving – Larry Tosswill and Betty Lau of All Women Contractors + 1 Inc and FIXITS Repair Café have agreed to do this. They just need 5-7 days of no rain. He will check Jim Menken to see if there is anything they need to know first.
3.9 Business Exposition – Kate will put something on Facebook to gather a list of businesses that are in the vicinity of Caledon Village or at least in Ward 1.
3.10 Giant Flea Market – Kate went to the Caledon Agricultural Society to ask about the storage of the snowflakes but that had been taken care of by Larry. The other item she wanted to run past them was a giant flea market with vendors of crafts, vegetables, etc. They suggested somebody attend the Fair to check with the vendors who attend to see if they may wish to attend. She was given 4 passes to the fair so somebody can go and check with the vendors present. Kate felt they were open to the idea.
3.11 Guest speaker at every other meeting - e.g. OPP meeting. No decision made on this
4. Treasurer’s Report – Colin
Colin said we have an opening balance of $8,112
$50 donation to Caledon Central 50
Cheque to CTHP for their share of ticket sales 427
Cheque to the theatre for the tickets 47
New balance $8,405
5. New Business
5.1 Possibility of purchasing 2 new snowflakes ? Larry and Ian Sinclair both showed an interest in trying to repair them but since we have funds, Fay wondered if we could purchase 2 new ones so they all match. Tanya was not in the store at the time the responded to the email but she said she would get back to us with a price. No word back at this time
5.2 Suggestion to amend the agreement the Region has with Hydro one re banners on hydro poles – since the agreement is 10 years old, would there be a chance to get it amended or get an exemption since we already have banners in the village that don’t meet the size dictated by hydro? We would really like to continue them south of the village but we do not want a different size since we already have them at the four corners. Kate will check with Barb re ideas to get some help with this issue.
5.3 Quote from Orangeville Insurance for coverage for Directors and Officers
Colin called Orangeville Insurance to get a lay person’s wording and he said he did not hear back. Fay contacted INTACT insurance directly and a copy of the explanation, that we should have received, was emailed immediately. Colin said he would check it over when time permitted.
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5.4 Date for Tree Lighting event – December 1st or 8th (both dates available) It was agreed we would have the Tree Lighting on December 1st. Fay will notify Doreen Beffort to book the church room and kitchen for that date at 4 p.m. (Fay confirmed Dec. 1st)
6. Next Meeting
6.1 Tuesday, June 12, 7 p.m. Old Caledon Township Hall
7. Adjournment at 9:30 p.m.
CALEDON VILLAGE ASSOCIATION
MEETING NOTES FOR GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 and 7 p.m.
Old Caledon Township Hall
Kate called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. She then introduced the members of the executive.
►Explanation of the parade being cancelled in 2017.
Kate explained that the insurance for the parade was very high and the participants would
have to provide proof of $5,000,000 liability insurance. The CVA would have been covered by the Optimists insurance. There was also a further fee for a permit to cross Hwy. 10 so it was impossible to have a parade with these kinds of expenses. The CVA does not foresee any rules being changed so we feel the days of a parade through the village are part of our past. The CVA is currently looking into Directors insurance and possibly Event insurance so we are covered on our own policy.
►Pit expansion- the idea of working WITH James Dick who is currently looking to expand a gravel pit which is on the West side of Winston Churchill at Charleston Sideroad (on the Erin side). In the future there could be lots more trucks coming through the village. The plan would be to take the trucks south to the lights on Hwy. 10 and through the gravel pits to west of the village. The idea is to try to work with them to get the trucks to bypass the four corners of Caledon. Ian Sinclair mentioned Bluelands pit on Heart Lake Road and the opportunity to also with them.
Regarding traffic, OPP officers were in attendance and assured us that a proportionate amount of time and tickets are issued to speeding vehicles through our village.
►Problems with the snowflakes and why they were not alight much this winter.
They were dysfunctional this winter but Langley, the electricians under contract with the Town of Caledon and even though their head office is in Belleville, they have substations throughout the Town. They have replaced the GFIs on the banner poles with new receptacles which will hopefully not trip and cause the snowflakes to malfunction this coming winter. Langley overcharged us last year so this year the CVA is not paying for the snowflakes that were recently removed and the banners replaced.
►Problems with Christmas Tree lights. The lights are old and the tree is growing annually so the joiners pull apart. Kate suggested we approach Canadian Tire to see if they would give us a discount on new lights.
►Application for Revitalization of Villages Funding application – the CVA has applied for funding and we have been granted $2000 after we pay for the snowflakes to be installed in November and the banners removed then we submit the bill to the town and be reimbursed.
► Calling for people with either design or artistic skills to create a logo for the CVA.
One of the people in attendance (Betty Lau) is a graphic designer and said she will see what she can create for us. Another suggestion was the art students at Caledon Central.
► Invitation to join us for the Benefit Performance of the upcoming CTHP comedy
production of “Dilemmas with Dinner” on Friday, May 4th 2018 at 8:15 p.m. right here. Tickets are $16 and the CVA will keep $10 from each ticket sold. We have the potential to sell 50 tickets if we sell out our 25 so great fundraising and a fun event. Also if you make a reservation at Dolce and show them your theatre tickets you will get 10% discount on the night of the play. Great restaurant.
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► Any ideas or suggestions you may have for the C.V.A. to work on?
a) Working towards getting heritage banners installed on the hydro poles south of the village
b) Another Flower Bed – will be created on Hawthorne Ave. boulevard
c) All Candidates Meeting for the up coming Municipal Election.
Ian suggested we get together with other village organizations and perhaps hold an All Candidates meeting for the Provincial election candidates, It would need to be held in a large venue, possibly the Brampton Fair grounds. Also the public gets to vote for the Regional chair this year, so perhaps we need a Meet the Candidates meeting for that also. We would need to invite people from many small villages/hamlets in Caledon, Peel Federation of Agriculture members, etc.
d) Clear coat finish on the tree wood carving at Tim Horton’s. Another guest of the meeting was Larry Toswill who offered to purchase this product as he is a contractor and will get a discount. It is only available at Orangeville Building Centre in Orangeville.
e) Road Watch is no longer active but the OPP officers explained that if we can get a license plate and description of the car, phone it in to the OPP and the drivers will be contacted and warned. If a person is found to be constantly driving at excessive speeds, there will be consequences.
f) Skate Park in Caledon Village. It is on the books but the problem is trying to find a suitable location. It needs access to washrooms and needs to be in a visible location for safety. There is a possible location behind CVP but there are some problems that have to be resolved.
g) Business Exposition was another suggestion to enlighten residents about the many businesses we have in this village and within a 5 mile radius. A suggestion for a name was “Treasures and Tastes”.
h) Speeding on Hwy. 10 - still concerns about the traffic speeds going through the village. Also the lights at the four corners. Some people would like to see a traffic light at Kennedy and Charleston
i) Giant Flea Market was another suggestion possibly to be held at the Fairgrounds. A show of hands indicated there was interest in such an event. CVA needs to get their insurance in place before plans can be made. Ian mentioned how much money was made on a giant flea market that was held annually by the Coalition for Concerned Citizens to raise funds to fight the Rockfort quarry.
j) Breakins in this area - OPP said there have been an excess of breakins in this area but one person has been caught, charged and is in jail. A suggestion was holding a Community Awareness meeting to teach people how to make their homes secure. CVA could have a guest speaker at each monthly meeting?
Kate thanked everyone for coming and she will post things on the website and all are invited to our monthly meetings held in this building (downstairs) on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Please join the Optimist Club and the Caledon Village Association as we welcome Santa to our Village and light the Christmas Tree located in Raeburn Corners.
July 9, 2015
For Immediate Release
The Town of Caledon is today applying to the Superior Court of Justice to quash Region of Peel Resolution 2015-83. This resolution, adopted at Regional Council on June 25, 2015, directs Regional staff to enter into negotiations to expand the boundary of Caledon industrial lands to include a residential development. Caledon’s representatives on Regional Council voted unanimously against the resolution. The quashing or repealing of the Region of Peel resolution is being sought because the direction in the resolution is beyond the Region’s authority and is therefore illegal. Its adoption also contravened the Region’s Procedural By-law. “The Town of Caledon went through an open, transparent and accountable planning process to decide on new land for development,” said Mayor Allan Thompson. “To have Regional Council set aside that public process and decide they know better, without any land use evaluations, without any staff reports, without even following their own rules or Ontario’s laws, is simply wrong.” “They’ve turned an open public process into a dirty game of back-room bait and switch,” said Thompson. “Caledon will not be part of it. Our residents deserve better.” On June 25, 2015, Peel Region Council adopted Resolution 2015-83 that violates the Planning Act, the Places to Grow Act and its own Procedural By-law: it requires action that avoids the public and technical processes required under the Planning Act; it does not conform to the Region of Peel Official Plan or the Provincial Growth Plan as required under the Places to Grow Act; and it did not achieve the two-thirds majority required by the Region’s Procedural By-law. “The people of my Ward and the Town of Caledon, participated in an open public process,” said Regional Councillor Jennifer Innis. “Now, one lone wolf developer complains and Regional Council wants to take the discussion into a back-room for secret discussions? No way.”
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The Town of Caledon is entering the Design Phase of a skate Board Park for Caledon Village. The site being favoured at the moment is the park in the Mistywoods Sub Division. The Skateboard park is still in its infancy stages but it is so encouraging that a tendre is being issued to draw up the plans . Please let us know your thoughts on the suggested location. With a Highway dividing our Community there will be traffic and safety concerns regardless of where it goes.
There are Skateboard parks planned for both Alton and Caledon Village both with their own unique design At long last the kids in Ward 1 will have a place to test their skateboarding skills.
For several years Councilors have been trying to get the attention of the MTO with regards to mitigating the impact of Hwy 10 on residents in Caledon Village.
During discussions with Regional Staff, with regards to Strategic Goods Movements, I discovered three things:
Firstly, the Region of Peel only receives $60,000 per year from the Aggregate Truck Levy… not a lot of money for road repairs,
Secondly, Region prefers to have long haul interregional truck traffic using provincial highways where possible and
Thirdly, the Region has regular and ongoing communications with the MTO.
At that meeting, I reintroduced the idea of the Caledon Village Bypass and how it would benefit the Region for the following reasons:
1. Eliminate trucking on Charleston side road between Hwy 10 and Airport Rd.
6. Save Regional taxpayer dollars
The result of this conversation is the motion below, that will enable the Region to lead in this discussion as it is in the best interest of the Region, the best interests of the villagers of Caledon, Alton, Mono Mills, Caledon East, and commuters who travel Hwy 10 to work every day.
Quality of life diminishes as truck traffic rises. Removing traffic from our villages will allow communities to thrive, businesses to prosper, and improve conditions for pedestrians and those who live there.
Regional Councilor Ward 1
Yard Waste Collection
The Region has made provisions with the new collection contractor to continue to collect yard waste in these "Compostainer" containers until they eventually break down - the Compostainers will not be replaced at the end of their life, but, residents are welcome to use them until then.
Yard waste collection will remain on a bi-weekly collection schedule in the Town of Caledon where residents may also use kraft paper bags, open top containers, old blue or grey boxes or the Compostainer provided that each receptacle cannot weigh more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds) each.
Council Workplan now finalized
Throughout 2015, members of Council contributed, with staff and input from the community, to the Council Workplan. That plan is now finalized and serves to guide our activities throughout this term of Council. All data and direction has been consolidated into one, easy-to-read document.
Visit the plan online and you will see the top priorities as identified by the community, Council and staff, and what we will be doing to improve services and infrastructure in these areas.
Caledon OPP Invite You to Visit Them on May 19th
On members of the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are hosting an Open House at the detachment located at 15924 Innis Lake Road in Caledon East to celebrate Police Week (May 13, 2018 – May 19, 2018).
In recognition of Police Week, we welcome the community to drop by and see the many ways the Caledon OPP are working with our community to make Caledon safe.
Some of the exciting features of this event include:
· a tour of the detachment
· the opportunity to mingle with our staff & meet some of our community partners
· speak to Provincial Constable Clayton Brown about civilian and uniform job opportunities within the OPP
· a K-9 demonstration by Provincial Constable Vynny Hick featuring ‘Cash’ at 1:00 pm
· check out some of our vehicles on display
· enjoy a BBQ lunch courtesy of Zehrs in Bolton
A community is only as strong as the people in it – who know one another and work together to achieve a safe, happy, and healthy place for all of us in the Town of Caledon.
I hope you are able to join us for this special event and I look forward to meeting you there!
Attendance: Heather Wilkinson, Colin Lewis, Fay McCrea
Guests: Marie and Buddy McWhirter, Barney Beckett
Regrets: Yves deLisle, Councillors Shaughnessy and Beffort
Heather called the meeting to order and introduced our guests/new members.
Fay has been asked by some residents if it is possible to have some benches with backs as the current ones are uncomfortable to sit on.
In the original beautification plan, there was a bench promised for somewhere between Maple Grove Road and Hwy. 10 on the north side of Charleston for the seniors walking from the apartment building to rest, if necessary.
Marie suggested using any remaining funds for a couple of benches in the Maple Grove parkette and even some more playground equipment would be great.
Benches in the Fairgrounds near the playground equipment are also needed.
Buddy suggested woodcarvings much like what is displayed throughout Orangeville. Perhaps Caledon Central and or Mayfield could help in determining the design….a contest for the kids….
Fay talked to Brian Baird about a plaque to recognize the donors of the snowflakes and he said that it could be placed in the parkette.
There was also supposed to be a plaque with the history of the village. Fay will follow up with Sally Drummond as work was begun on the wording for this a few years ago. .
CVA would also like to purchase 10 more banners so all poles have two. An historical theme has already been approved.
We suspect more than half the budget will be used to install the hydro to the remaining poles.
Turning at the 4 corners is very dangerous and something has to be done make the four corners in Caledon Village as well as Kennedy and Charleston safer crossings. All agreed that with Tim’s opening soon the situation is only going to get worse.
Twitter: Heather has set up a Twitter account. Twitter provides a quick reference to what is happening in and around the Town of Caledon. We are following Town of Caledon, The Mayor, many councillors, the local newspapers, other village associations and many local businesses. Our twitter account is CVA@CaledonVillage. Heather is tweeting and retweeting daily. If you don’t want to have a Twitter Account you can always just read the many posts. It provides one stop shopping to what is in the local papers (in an environmentally friendly way).
We discussed doing a Twitter tutorial to help those who are not familiar with the technology.
Other discussions focused on the lack of facilities for the youth of the Village. We lost our pool and are in need of recreational activities for our youth. It would great to have an ice pad and a skateboard park. Another idea was to have some art work possibly created by students of Caledon Central and/or Mayfield. Maybe some art work on more benches. We need to involve the youth in our community.
Santa Claus Parade: The CVA was advised that there is a rumour going around the Village that the Caledon Village Tree Lighting and Parade in moving to Inglewood. It was said that after losing the Caledon Pool it doesn’t take much to set people off. Heather assured the CVA that the Parade and Tree Lighting is a go. Heather will be coordinating the events again this year. Planning has already started, the insurance is being secured, kids toys are being bought, and all the regulars are committed to making it bigger and better (in Caledon Village) again this year.
Our next Executive Meeting will be July 20th 7:00. Anyone wishing to be part of the executive is welcome to attend.
November 1, 2016
Dear Friends and Neighbours,
It's budget time!
On November 15th staff will present council with the draft 2017 budget. Just like budgeting in our homes and businesses, we are challenged with balancing needs, wants with ability to pay; it's not easy. Council and staff work together to identify critical needs like deteriorating infrastructure and facilities with services and programs that enhance the quality of life for our residents. We must focus on needs more than wants.
I encourage residents to share their thoughts and ideas with us because this is your hard earned money and you should have a say in how it's spent.
Send me your comments by email email@example.com or attend our upcoming coffee with council sessions taking place this month.
Culinary Caledon, Empowering Youth
On November 4th I will be hosting an exciting business event. It's exciting because it will feature a gourmet lunch prepared by culinary students from four of Caledon's high schools and a panel discussion on the opportunities and the value of partnerships.
For information or to register for this event go to caledon.ca/mbb
This past Sunday was the first remembrance day service at the cenotaph in Caledon East. It always hits me when I stand in front of that monument and read the names because I know they were people who lived here in Caledon, they had families, businesses or farms and they gave their lives so we could live in a free and peaceful Country. The inscription reads "their bodies are buried in peace, their names live on forever" and they will live on forever in our grateful hearts.
A shout out to the Peel 4-H Team competing next week at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. I remember my 4-H days and it wasn't that long ago that James and Julia were showing at the Royal. I wish this year's team all the best!
Mayor Allan Thompson
CALEDON VILLAGE ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER 22ND 2015 MEETING
OLD CALEDON TOWNSHIP HALL AT 7 P.M.
CVA: Heather Wilkinson, Judy Lewis, Yves deLisle, Fay McCrea
Caledon Lions Club: Tom Sweeney, Gord McDonald
Caledon Optimists: Sue Montgomery
Parade Route Update:
CVA members were not supportive of the new starting point for the parade proposed at the last meeting. They felt it would preclude CVA members in the Snowberry Court area and other people on the south side of Charleston. In order to make the parade route shorter it was suggested the front of the parade start at Birch Haven Court and the parade would gather in the wetlands area where there are no homes. Gord agreed there were residents who gathered just past the school and the route would still be shorter for people who wish to walk the route. Tom will update the map and also send a copy to Judy for inclusion in the flyers that goes to the school(s).
Tom asked that we not make any more changes to the route as he is sending out the route to those having a float in the parade.
Tom has provided with a list of potential floats and is working his way through the list.
He has a few confirmed.
It was agreed there would be a prize for the BEST float.
Judges will be located between Hawthorn and Charleston.
It was suggested that a note be added to the map on the back of the flyers saying that the floats will be judged on the boulevard between Hawthorn Ave. and Charleston.
Gord will have his sound system there and will announce the floats as they approach the judging area.
It was agreed it would be great if we could obtain a bus for the Maple Grove Seniors so they could be part of the celebrations and see the floats.
The church is booked from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There is a set fee this year for the rental of $175.00.
Fay to double check the cost with Doreen Beffort.
Optimists have their volunteers to look after the food.
Sue requested smaller coolers for easier handling to take outside.
Outside Carols & MC
Gord has agreed to lead a few Christmas carols after the tree lighting.
Fay agreed to get copies of words to him for photocopying.
Gord thought it would work well to share the emcee work with Bruce Craggs.
Bruce confirmed that he is ok with this arrangement.
Political speeches will be kept to a minimum.
Outside Raffle Update (new this year)
Caledon Lions Club would like to have FREE draws outside for children’s prizes and they committed to $300 to purchase the toys (subject to the club approval).
The Caledon Optimists will have 6 draws of $25 this year. (done in past years)
Optimists will hand out tickets to all the children for both free draws.
Inside Raffle Update
The CVA will have the jars inside for children’s toys and committed to spending $300++ some other donations from CVA members. The tickets for the jars will be FREE. Each child will be given a Happy Face stamp on their wrist and will be given 12 tickets to place in the jars for the toys of their choice.
Optimists will make a $200 donation to the Fire fighters.
CVA will make a $200 donation to the Caledon OPP for their “Shop with a Cop” venture.
Sponsor Board and Timing Poster
Judy will create the Sponsor board and Gord will have a list of the sponsors to read and to thank them.
Heather will add Ward 1 or Caledon Village to the donor’s names.
CVA (Heather, Judy and Fay) will work on the timing and develop a programme of events.
It is estimated the parade will start at 5:30 p.m.
Gather at the church by 6:00 p.m. The festivities will begin at the church parking lot with the speeches, tree lighting and carol sing and then the draw for the prizes for the children.
Food will be served outside starting art 6 p.m.
Bumbling Bert, the magician will be ready to perform inside no later than 6:45 p.m.
Orangeville Chorus, Sweet Adelines at approx. 7:30 p.m.
Inside draw for kids 8:15
Silent Auction winners 8:45
Heather will send out invite to the dignitaries.
CVA to purchase candy canes for Santa to distribute to the children.
Caledon Lions Club to ensure the parade floats/trucks/cars park on Elizabeth Street after they cross Highway 10.
The Lions Club to put up cones so no cars park on Elizabeth St. and advise residents the floats will be parking there after the parade.
Judy will look after 650 school flyers.
Fay will do Press Releases and Coming Events columns in local newspapers, and SNAP. It will also appear in the Winter issue of IN THE HILLS.
Tents will be supplied by Joe Henry and Yves.
Need extension cords.
Judges to be selected. Several local people were suggested.
Santa is confirmed
Town Crier confirmed
Need to confirm Santa has a suit.
CVA to start collecting for Silent Auction
See Upcoming Events Tab for Details as they unfold
Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.
Thanks, Heather and the CVA, for keeping up the charming tradition of the Santa Claus parade, tree lighting and Christmas celebration. It gives a nice sense of community to Caledon Village. Our grandkids love to come up every year for the weekend to go to the festivities with us and we all have a great time.
Buddy and Marie McWhirter
I am so enthusiastic about the parade. Unless you are on the parade route, you would have no idea how wonderful and very special it is to have a Santa Claus parade go right past your house. No matter what the size, it is still a fantastic community event for our village.
It is a wonderful family event that pulls the community together.
Our daughter comes from Orangeville every year and brings my grand-daughter and her little face just lights up when she sees the parade. Last year I knocked on doors when the parade was getting close urging neighbours to come and watch the parade. Some of them had forgotten!
It is the start of the Christmas season for our family.
We always look forward to participating in this local parade. Even if the weather is not the best,
we still take our Model T Ford out to be part of this event. We do not participate in large parades and we just love the country atmosphere of the Caledon Village event.
Jessica and Jim Ruth
Joanne Russell is our daughter. She is 35 years old and was born with cerebral palsy AND she still believes in Santa Claus. That is why, each year, when we tell her that Santa Claus is again coming down our road in Caledon Village, her eyes light up, she gets wonderfully excited, and she can't wait for the parade to start. The evening of the parade, we all get our warm coats and pants on and we wait at the end of the driveway. Joanne loves every second of anticipation and when the parade comes past our house, she yells "Merry Christmas" and let's everyone in hearing distance know that she really, really appreciates their efforts in bringing Santa to our village.
Thank you all so much.
Joanne, Linda, and David Russell
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