Transport Minister Chiarelli would like to see me.

Transport Minister Chiarelli would like to see me.

Post ID: 34997 | POSTED ON: Jun 07, 2012

HALTON HILLS — These past week’s events have been the most incredible weeks for Council that I can ever remember.  You always expect some hills and valleys being on council, but not like this in such a short period of time.  I will recap:  first the Town was being sued for 50 million bucks over the Outlet Malls.  Before you know it, the suit is settled and we were at a ground breaking ceremony for the Toronto Premium Outlet Mall located in our industrial corridor.  This will be a huge Halton Hills attraction and bring much needed assessments and jobs.

Next, I am told that Transport Minister Chiarelli would like to see me.  He wanted to tell me in person the fabulous news that the 4-3 highway option will not be proceeding.  Yes folks, we won!  Thanks to all of you for signing post cards, putting up lawn signs, emailing the MTO, your Councillors, MPP Ted Arnott and to our valued staff, consultants and Halton Region.  We were against all odds and we won.  Big thanks to Minister Chiarelli, who understands as a former Mayor what it takes to fight for your community.

If this wasn’t enough good news, we had our official ground breaking of the expansion of our Georgetown Hospital.  This is a great partnership between the Province, Georgetown Hospital Foundation and the Town.  The Province came through, matching the Town’s dollars and many donations are still coming in.

This was followed with another ground breaking for two additional ice pads at Mold Masters Sportsplex. That very next day, we get more good news; the Acton Library has been confirmed as a LEED Gold Certified facility. 

The above events all took place within weeks, if not days of each other.  They will have positive effects on our community for decades.  What a ride this has been.


Much has been written about the charismatic double lung transplant recipient, Hélène Campbell.  She has done such a marvelous job for organ donor movement.  Before social media, we had our own hero.  Nine years ago, 26 year old Sara Murray of Acton (who I personally know) was also a double lung transplant recipient.  There was very little press, no twitter from the “Biebs, Facebook etc.:  there was a huge banner with her picture on Toronto General Hospital.  Today Sarah has a full life.  Thanks to the organ donor program many in our community also enjoy a good quality of life.  It only takes a minute to register as an organ donor:  www.giftoflife.on.ca


Farewell to Acton’s Father Bob Bullbrook who will be leaving St. Joseph’s Parrish in Acton.  You will be missed!


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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