January/February 2023 Newsletter
As I sit here typing this and looking out the front window, the weather is rather miserable. I think we can all agree that this winter has been “different”. Tomorrow, March 1st is the start of the meteorological spring, so with that in mind, lets start thinking Spring thoughts!
The 2022 Tree Lighting also saw the return of the Parade! Credit goes to the tenacity of our volunteers to get everything done with permissions and permits in place. While not huge, the parade travelled throughout a large portion of the village creating many smiles and festive feelings. When planning starts late this summer, please feel free to come onboard with the planning.
Oh those snowflakes! As many of you will have noticed, not all the snowflakes were glowing. The CVA and the Town of Caledon reached an agreement that has the Town looking after the snowflakes from now on, meaning putting up, taking down and storage is all being looked after by the Town of Caledon and we thank Jason, Emily and Alyson for all their help during this process.
The return to decorative banners. Last year as we all know, Caledon Village celebrated it’s 200 Bicentennial (delayed due to COVID) but we got there! Part of that process was to have the bicentennial flags visible in the village. We are in a new year and we hope to have new banners put up. We still have a supply of the historic banners but will be looking to have something hanging next to them. Do you have suggestions? If you do, please contact us at email@example.com we would love to hear from you.
It was a thrill to work with the Caledon Agricultural Society last year while we ran the Caledon Village Market. We look forward to supporting the Ag Society in their future endeavors and encourage everyone who is looking for ways to support our community to consider joining the Agricultural Society. Reach out at caledonfair.ca/contact for more information.
We do regret at this time to announce that we will not be hosting the market again this year. Despite the amazing supportive vendors, the support the area just wasn’t there and it isn’t fair to ask vendors to come out each week with such poor sales. If we ever find a safer location, we will most certainly try again.
Snow removal. Something we all contend with but some get more than others. After many emails, the Town of Caledon will hopefully be moving the snow on Hwy 10, especially the east side more often. If you would like more information about this, please feel free to reach out.
Noise/Air/Salt/Tires = Pollution There will be more information coming on how we would like to address all these elements in the near future.
Safety on our roads. A topic that covers the Province of Ontario, the Region of Peel and the Town of Caledon. While we understand there are conversations being had regarding safety most notably on Hwy 10, we don’t know what is being said, something we hope will change in the near future. We have all seen, heard or know of the recent incidents and before you know it, tourists will again be adding to the traffic volume.
It was great to see Mr. Ian Sinclair at our February meeting and he raised a good question. “Do you feel safe walking in the village”? This generated a great conversation, one we would like to involve more residents in. We could be looking to do a survey, but we would like your input! Please feel free to attend out next meeting on Thursday March 9th 7:30 at the Old Townhall aka our awesome theatre, downstairs. (18365 Hurontario St, Caledon Village, ON L7K 0X7)
For those following the Townhouse project. There was a confidential discussion at the Town of Caledon today, hopefully some of that conversation will be made available to concerned residents. We still have the OLT meeting April 3rd 2023.
There is fun to be had with the Caledon Lions Club this weekend, Saturday March 4th 1pm at the Alton Legion (1267 Queen St W, Alton, ON L7K 0C4)
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CVA News Letter March 2020
Good afternoon everyone !
Here it is Saturday and it's gorgeous out there ! The weather has me thinking of trees and how add some here at home. If anyone is thinking the same way here is some help https://www.caledon.ca/en/townhall/tree-seedling-program.asp
The Climate Change Workshop held last night at Caledon Village Place created some great conversation. Many thanks to those that attended and a special thank you to Sabrina Valleau ! A community advocate and member of the Climate Change Action Plan Task Force.
Last Monday found us at a meeting in Caledon Village regarding Tourism. Many resourceful ideas. It was great to see so many local business representatives present. We are hopeful that buying local increases in popularity !
Later that day found CVA at the table with staff and Council members to discuss Caledon Village. There are many personal stories in our village and sadly many of them are not good news. Excessive salt from the Hwy 10 expansion finding its way into wells, excessive noise due to the increase of heavy traffic creating near impossible sleeping conditions. The personal issues are not always heard but back in 2015 Caledon Village residents raised their concerns at a meeting with the Town. Results of that meeting were compiled and have since turned into the Six Villages Project. https://www.caledon.ca/en/business/resources/SixVillagesCIP/2016/Six-Villages-CIP-Final.pdf
I encourage everyone to take a look at this.
Part of the Six Villages project states:
"Caledon Village is a safe, pedestrian friendly and well connected community. The Village offers a range of different services and commercial uses, which serve the travelling public as well as local residents. The needs of pedestrians are balanced with the needs of vehicular traffic"
I don't think anyone who lives here thinks that statement is accurate, and that sentiment was expressed at the meeting. I would like to thank Mr. Rob Hughes from the Town of Caledon for offering to put us in touch with Sylvia Kirkwood and be able to be part of the Official Plan process as it pertains to Caledon Village.
Did you all receive the notice in the mail from CBM Aggregates ? If not and you would like a copy please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our Facebook Page, Caledon Village Association 2.0 there is a post on that page regarding the notice. Why is CBM's proposal important to Caledon Village ? Well, it won't be far away when its location is Charleston and Regional Rd 136 (the Esso Stn and Mamma's Shack) therefore you know that means more heavy vehicles on our roads. I am no blasting expert but the possibility of feeling the blasting from the village seems very real. What will this do to the immediate area ? Cataract is a lovely spot, it will be decimated if the project gets approval. Lets not forget that this will go below the water table. There is no application at this time, however the Town of Caledon has not in recent history denied such an application. There are always two sides to every story and if this one has your attention then please attend the Public Information Session Wednesday March 25th 2020 at the Alton Legion Hall, Branch 449 1267 Queen St W It is a drop in format from 7pm to 9 pm, bring your questions.
On a lighter note ! Plans for the Caledon Village Bicentennial are gaining motion ! Please put Saturday Sept 26th in your phone's or on your calendar ! There will be lots of activities for the kids, lots of history to be seen and a reason for our Village to come together and celebrate ! If you have suggestions or questions we would love to hear them. Please come out if possible to our meeting Tues March 10th 7pm at the Old Caledon Township Hall Interesting tidbit regarding the Township Hall https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=15541
As always, if you do not wish to receive these letters, please let us know we will take you off the contact list.
Hope to see you Tuesday, if not, please remember to contact Sylvia Jones MPP to remind her that the Community Safety Zone needs to be implemented sooner rather than later. email@example.com
Enjoy the weather, spring is coming !
CVA News Letter Feb. 2020
Good afternoon everyone
It may not be sunny but it sure is warmer, in fact almost all the snow has melted off the driveway !
As most of you know, Caledon Village has a Bi Centennial this year. 200 years of history to be celebrated. Tomorrow at 7 pm the initial portion of the CVA meeting will be all about the celebrations. Community groups in the area have been invited to attend as we move forward in the planning. CVA is part of the celebrations but we are in no way the only group ! This is all about community. Please feel free to come and join us, the planning committee needs to hear from you. I have already received some ideas, please keep them coming.
Other things going on in or nearby Caledon Village :
The Erin pit application/expansion, in order to make sure I have this right, the following is a copy/paste from the Belfountain Community Organization
"The Erin Pit Expansion Zoning By-law amendment application is for lands of 309 acres stretching from Winston Churchill Blvd. to Shaws Creek Rd., south of the Elora-Cataract Trailway to the north side of the West Credit River.
A staff report (report number 2020-0016) pertaining to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment application to permit the “Erin Pit Expansion – Caledon Side” gravel pit (Town File: RZ 17-02) is being brought forward to a Planning and Development Committee meeting, which siwill be held at Council Chambers, Town Hall on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, starting at 7 p.m.. It is a public meeting.
A copy of the agenda and staff report is available on the Town of Caledon website at: https://www.caledon.ca/en/Calendar/Meetings/Default.aspx?_mid_=21613.
The recommendations of the Committee will then be considered for adoption at the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
For more information on the proposed gravel pit, please visit the Town of Caledon website at: https://www.caledon.ca/en/townhall/aggregates-erin-pit.asp."
While the CVA encourages people to attend our meetings, the above mentioned, for all who want to hear what is happening is a must do. Sad to say but there is another must do next month as well.
An "informal" public meeting at the Alton Legion Hall 6 - 9 pm on March 25th regarding the potential 400 acre quarry that St. Mary's Cement is proposing. When the official invitation comes out it will be distributed.
As we know, there is a Northwest Caledon Rec reserve fund. There was a question asked on Facebook about what could be done with $500,000 as it turns out I was off by a few thousand dollars. As of this year and including interest there is $905,705 The next question is .... what is the intended use ? Is it for a recreational centre ? A pool would be nice as I believe this fund was started when the old pool was demolished. Questions that need to be asked. Anyone interested with finding out more is most welcome to do so, we can always use help !
The following statement was made in the Six Villages Plan:
"Caledon Village is a safe, pedestrian-friendly and well-connected community. The Village offers a range of different services and commercial uses, which serve the travelling public as well as local residents. The needs of pedestrians are balanced with the needs of vehicular traffic."
On a personal level I have an issue with that statement. Rather than go through everything in this letter, I strongly encourage you to read through the document, draw your own conclusions and if you would like to be part of a group to discuss with the Town of Caledon as to where we are, or for the most part where we are not with these plans, please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication is key ! There is information out there and depending on what you are looking for maybe we can work together.
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