Mayor Rick Bonnette “Folks we were listened to at Queen’s Park”

Mayor Rick Bonnette “Folks we were listened to at Queen’s Park”

Post ID: 38750 | POSTED ON: Apr 04, 2013

HALTON HILLS — I have written before about the Provincial Sector Review Panel on the Ontario Hydro Utilities.  This was an all-party commission that recommended the 73 Hydro utilities be forced to sell/amalgamate to 8-12 utilities within two years.  This would mean Halton Hills Hydro would be swallowed up and be part of a large distribution company with 400,000 customers equivalent to over one million customers.  In the end they claim it would have saved the average home $70 in ten years’ time.   Poppycock!  By definition, a forced merger isn’t based on a strong business case and will negatively impact the cost and reliability of service for customers by creating monopolies. I have been very vocal opposing this.  I don’t believe a shot gun wedding is the way to go.  Council sent a strong resolution opposing forced amalgamation. Well we got good news from Energy Minister Chiarelli stating he will not be supporting forced amalgamations.  Folks we were listened to at Queen’s Park.


Halton Hills was selected as the 5th best small city to live in Canada by Money Sense Magazine and 13th in all of Canada.  We should feel good about this.  All of the communities in Halton did excellent.


Last month I delivered Meals on Wheels with Links2Care. This is a marvellous service we have in Town. I would like to thank volunteer Justin Parker who assisted me in delivering these much needed meals.  I would like to also thank all of the volunteer drivers for delivering hearty meals to our seniors and our disabled adults. For more information about this service, please call Brenda at (905) 873-6502.


For the sixth year in a row, the Town, our residents, businesses, schools and other organizations collaborated to celebrate the global Earth Hour event, focusing on energy conservation.  Once again, I am proud of our community’s achievements and our 5.23% energy reduction.  This is enough electricity to power approximately 2,840 homes for an hour!


Drop by the Civic Centre and visit the Mayor’s art wall, currently showcasing local animal portrait artist John Tatham.


Congratulations to Tip Top Tailors on the recent grand opening in the Georgetown Market Place


Keeping it real! I can be reached by telephone at 905-873-2601, ext. 2342, or by email at mayor@haltonhills.ca  or read my blog at www.rickbonnette.blogspot.com or follow me on twitter at:  @RickBonnette1

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