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HALTON MUNICIPALITIES LAUNCH COURT CHALLENGE TO CONFIRM THEIR JURISDICTIONAL ROLE IN PROPOSED MILTON TRUCK-RAIL PROJECT

News Release -The Region of Halton, the Town of Milton, the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills and the Town of Oakville, and Conservation Halton today announced they are commencing a joint Court application to confirm their jurisdiction to review the impacts of a major truck-rail project proposed by Canadian National Railway (CN) in the Town of Milton.  The application follows CN’s assertion that the project is a matter of exclusive federal jurisdiction, and that neither the province nor the municipalities have any regulatory role with respect to it.Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, Mayor Gordon Krantz of Milton, Mayor Rick Goldring of Burlington, Mayor Rick Bonnette of Halton Hills, Mayor Rob Burton of Oakville and Chair Gerry Smallegange of Conservation Halton were present for the announcement. “The Halton Municipalities are committed to protecting resident interests and vision for our communities,” said Gary Carr, Chair of Halton Region. “CN’s absolute rejection of provincial and municipal government jurisdiction leaves the Halton Municipalities no choice but to pursue legal action to confirm our legitimate role in assessing this project.”The application will seek a declaration confirming the legitimate role and jurisdiction of the Province and the Halton Municipalities with respect to CN’s proposed project.Since 2014, the Halton Municipalities have cooperated in assessing the 400-acre project for potential effects relating to areas of provincial and municipal responsibility through the Federal Environmental Assessment process. While the review is not yet complete, Halton’s municipalities are concerned that the project, located in close proximity to existing and planned residential communities, could have major implications for the community of Halton. Over 1,600 truck trips are planned for the site every day, resulting in local concerns for Halton residents including traffic congestion, safety, noise, dust, lighting and environmental issues. “It is inconceivable that a project could put 1,600 truck trips on area Regional roads, but somehow be immune from review by the governments that run those roads, just because the project also involves rail aspects,” said Mayor Gordon Krantz. “If CN succeeds in their position, it is something that every Mayor in Ontario and Canada should be concerned about.” For more information, please visit halton.ca/cn.The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 550,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.-30-Media Contacts:Lindsay Di TomassoCommunications AdvisorHalton Region905-825-8000 x7889Lindsay.DiTomasso@halton.caJenna PattersonCommunications & Marketing AdvisorTown of Milton905-878-7252 x2154Jenna.Patterson@milton.ca 

MARCH BREAK FUN FOR EVERYONE, MARCH 12-16

Town of Milton facilities are your staycation destinations during March Break with fun-filled activities for all ages.  Enjoy day camps, swimming, skating, fitness, sports and more!  Watch for more details to come.

MILTON IS SEEKING COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ON TALL AND MID-RISE BUILDING GUIDELINES

In recognition of the Province’s emphasis on urban intensification, and increasing developer interest in pursuing mid-rise and tall buildings in Milton, the Town is proactively developing design guidelines to aid the integration of these developments into the community.Over the next month, Staff will be engaging with the community, conducting a survey and gathering feedback through social media polls to enhance the existing draft guidelines.To review the draft guideline documents, visit: https://www.milton.ca/en/build/urbandesignguidelines.aspHave your say!To provide your comments on the draft, please email planning@milton.ca by Friday, March 23, 2018.

NOTICE OF STUDY COMMENCEMENT: THOMPSON ROAD - LOUIS SAINT LAURENT AVENUE TO BRITANNIA ROAD

The Town of Milton is carrying out a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study for the road improvements on Thompson Road, between Louis Saint Laurent Avenue and Britannia Road. The need for these roadway improvements has been identified in the Boyne Survey Secondary Plan. WSP has been retained to assist with the study.To receive information/project updates, sign up for our e-newsletter.For more details, please see the attached notice/study map.

A GAME CHANGER COMES TO MILTON WITH THE QUEST MILTON MOBILE APP

With technology use and the popularity of gamification at an all-time high, it’s no surprise that the Milton Public Library, alongside other community partners, are leading the way when it comes to developing the very first public library gaming app of its kind with Quest Milton launching on February 16th, 2018. Quest Milton is a free gaming app that encourages players to use and visit local services in a fun and creative way.  Players collect digital tokens throughout the Town of Milton, which can be exchanged for free and discounted rewards and items, like waived library fines or free drop-in swim passes.  Bonus tokens are also available for completing certain tasks or with eligible purchases.  Players can unlock one of three mini-games within Quest Milton to collect even more tokens and earn rewards faster.  Hundreds of virtual tokens have been scattered around the Town of Milton and from February 16th onward, it is your chance to collect them all with the launch of Quest Milton at App Stores and Google Play.Milton Public Library strives to inspire the community through discovery, collaboration, and creation.  “This is a game changer,” shares Mark Williams, Deputy Chief Librarian of Milton Public Library and the inspiration behind making Quest Milton a reality.  He’s also the newly named CEO of Milton Public Library come July 1st of this year.  “We wanted to bring something new and innovative to the community of Milton to help drive library use and community engagement.  We are excited about the outpouring of interest in the beta version of the game, which was unveiled earlier this year, and we’re building on that momentum with the full scale launch of this gaming app on Friday,” he continues.  “We are deeply appreciative to the Province of Ontario for their grant to fund the development of this app and the involvement of our key partners, including Community Services at the Town of Milton and Conservation Halton.Quest Milton is a free, easy-to-use game for all ages that includes point scoring, competition with others in the community, and encourages users to participate in activities and day-to-day tasks in an entertaining way.  Once downloaded, iOS and Android users can sign up with their Milton Public Library card and create a free account in the app.  Game playing and token collecting begins immediately upon download.  The Quest Milton trailer can be viewed at https://goo.gl/1qPbRUFor further information about MPL or the grant, please contact: Mark Williams, Deputy Chief Librarian(905) 875-2665 x3265

THE HONOURABLE ELIZABETH DOWDESWELL, ONTARIO'S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TO VISIT MILTON MARCH 9

News ReleaseInformally known as Ontario's "Storyteller-in-Chief", Ms. Dowdeswell will make her first official visit to Milton on March 9, 2018 to learn about the community and meet Miltonians.The official visit will take place at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre and include a private meeting with Milton Mayor Gord Krantz, a roundtable discussion with members of the Milton Youth Advisory Committee and a meet and greet from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm, open to members of the public.The youth roundtable discussion will focus on environmental sustainability and include a discussion about the proposed Giant's Rib geopark with Conservation Halton's Associate Director of Greenspace Revitalization and Forestry, Niall Lobley. "This is a wonderful opportunity to share stories about our community with Ontario's Lieutenant Governor," said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. "The Milton Youth Advisory Committee's participation in the roundtable discussion will bring a unique perspective about the importance of preserving our greenspaces for future generations to enjoy."Members of the public are encouraged to drop by the lobby of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre to meet and share stories with Ontario's Lieutenant Governor, Elizabeth Dowdeswell on Friday, March 9 between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm.- 30 -For media inquiries, please contact: Jodie SalesDirector, Corporate Communications & Government Relations905-878-7252 x2110media2018@milton.ca

City Information & Statistics

Milton (2016 census population 110,128) is a town in Southern Ontario, Canada, and part of the Halton Region in the Greater Toronto Area. Between 2001 and 2011 Milton was the fastest growing municipality in Canada, with a 71.4% increase in population in 2006 and another 56.5% increase in 2011. In 2016, Milton's census population was 110,128 with an estimated growth to 228,000 by 2031. Milton is located 40 km (25 mi) west of Downtown Toronto on Highway 401, and is the western terminus for the Milton line commuter train and bus corridor operated by GO Transit. Milton is on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO world biosphere reserve and the Bruce Trail. View More Information at Wikipedia

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