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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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