Support for Caledon Businesses – #LoveLocalCaledon

The new federal rent subsidy program is now available. The Town of Caledon will be sending a direct email to all businesses in their directory, share on their LinkedIn groups and add it to the next newsletter which will be distributed early next week.

Town of Caledon COVID-19 Business Support page is kept up-to-date with all of the latest programs and resources.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS): https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-rent-subsidy.html

Canadian businessesnon-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.

This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.

Anyone eligible for the base subsidy, may also be eligible for lockdown support if their business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more.

Other (new) subsidies available:

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – has been extended: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html

Covering up to 65% of an employee’s wages for qualifying eligible employers, with this subsidy rate in effect until December 19, 2020. The CEWS is available until June 2021.

Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate: https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs

For businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures (modified Stage 2 restrictions or categorized as control or lockdown) can apply for rebates, provided in the form of grants, to help with their fixed costs.

Main Street Relief Grant (for PPE): https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/#/  – this grant is commercial business focused i.e. restaurants, accommodation, retail etc

 

 

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Region of Peel – Family and Intimate Partner Violence

Peel Region homepage

Family and Intimate Partner Violence (FIPV)  

On February 13, 2020, Regional Council unanimously passed a motion and the Region of Peel was directed to work with Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, as well as Peel Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, and more than 10 community organizations to develop an awareness campaign to address the issue of domestic violence in the Region of Peel.

  • Yesterday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In 2019, @PeelPolice responded to 19,000+ incidents of Family and Intimate Partner Violence. Take a look at the stats and resources available; together, we can make a difference!   #ItsNotOkay

  • Family and Intimate Partner Violence is an issue in Peel. We can help put an end to FIPV by starting the conversation. Visit our site to learn more about this issue and what to do if you or someone you know needs support #ItsNotOkay

  • Did you know: In 2019, @PeelPolice responded to an average of 50 family and intimate partner disputes a day. That is about two EVERY hour. #ItsNotOkay. Learn more on our website or call 2-1-1 if you know or someone you know needs support.

  • Family and Intimate Partner Violence happens in Peel. It happens in your neighborhoods.  It happens to your neighbors.  If it is happening to you or someone you know, call 2-1-1 or visit our website for a list of resources. #ItsNotOkay

  • FIPV is controlling or threatening behavior, violence or abuse between intimate partners or family members. Violence from someone you love is not okay. I encourage you, if you or someone you know needs support, call 2-1-1 or visit our webpage for more #ItsNotOkay
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Concerns over Brook Trout in the West Credit River

The Town of Erin (Erin) is in the design phase of a new sewage treatment plant, and the Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA) is concerned that the sewage plant effluent will endanger some of the most productive and highly valued brook trout populations in the West Credit River.

In June of this year, the ORA raised its concerns to Erin’s Mayor and Council through a comprehensive independent background report, recommending strategies that would protect this coldwater brook trout habitat. According to Linda Heron, Chair of the ORA, “Without adequate measures to lessen the effects of a warming climate, the temperature of the sewage plant effluent will pose an increasing threat to critical brook trout habitat and endanger resident brook trout”.  The full report is available on ORA’s website here.

Erin’s own environmental consultants indicated that sewage effluent warmer than 19°C would be toxic to brook trout and recommended that sewage plant permitting should include a maximum effluent temperature limit of 19°C with a preferred maximum temperature of 17°C.  Additionally, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks staff requested written limits on effluent temperature be included in the Environmental Study Report (ESR).  

In the end, effluent temperature limits were not included in the final ESR.  This means the plant will not be required to include special measures to minimize effluent temperature.  According to Heron, “Our own investigations indicate that effluent temperatures could be as warm as 22°C and could increase to 25°C over time due to climate change predictions.  This could potentially be fatal to brook trout over a sustained period of time”.

The Erin sewage plant project has been under discussion for over 25 years. The original proposal, completed in 2014, recommended an effluent volume of only 2,160,000 litres per day to protect the West Credit River. However, a new consultant retained in 2015 recommended the effluent volume be increased dramatically to almost 7,200,000 litres per day. According to Heron, “The West Credit River is a small stream, so discharge of large volumes of warm effluent into this sensitive ecosystem could damage this critical coldwater brook trout habitat”.

ORA’s report identifies strategies that design engineers could use to keep the sewage effluent cool and includes river improvement projects that would help offset thermal impacts and build resilience into the riverine ecosystem.  Heron adds, “The Town of Erin has not yet taken us up on our offer to appear before Council to discuss our recommendations, but this is an opportune time to incorporate these cost-effective strategies into the sewage plant design to protect this important brook trout fishery”.

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The Ontario Rivers Alliance is a not-for-profit grassroots organization with a mission to protect, conserve and restore Ontario rivers.

Linda Heron, Chair
OntarioRiversAlliance.ca
Info@OntarioRiversAlliance.ca  

Tel: (705) 866-1677

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Environmental Impacts of Bill 229 Schedule 6

On November 5th, the Government of Ontario revealed its plans to severely curtail the role of Conservation Authorities in watershed planning and management. Schedule 6 of omnibus Budget Bill 229 proposes numerous changes to the Conservation Authorities Act (CAA) that will undermine efforts to conserve biodiversity and build community resilience to climate change.

Alarmingly, the proposed changes were introduced as part of a budget bill, which means that the public’s right to comment under the Environmental Bill of Rights is over-ridden, as explained in the Environmental Registry of Ontario notice (ERO # 019-2646).

Ontario’s Conservation Authorities are a unique and widely respected innovation.

The vital role of our Conservation Authorities in watershed-based land use planning and permitting must be retained to prevent unchecked development that puts communities at risk from flooding and other climate change impacts through loss of wetlands, woodlands and farmland.

We encourage you  to contact your government representatives to ask that Schedule 6 be removed.  Given how quickly Bill 229 is likely to move through the Legislature, we need to act together – quickly and decisively.   

This link opens an email with the government representatives information pre-populated based on your entered address:  https://ontarionature.good.do/conservationauthorities/send/

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Important News from the West Caledon Traffic Group

The West Caledon Traffic Group began meeting on May 11, 2020 to address major problems in our communities. Road racing, speeding and noise were our priorities. Coming together increased our visibility and our ability to affect change.

This process began with Community Traffic studies being conducted and approved by the Town of Caledon to establish Community Safety Zones in Ward 1 and Ward 2.

Community groups surveyed their residents to establish a priority list. The issues have been researched to create documentation to support these priorities.

More recently a delegation regarding noise will be presented to the Town of Caledon to:
a) make changes to the Highway Traffic Act in order to increase fines,
b) adopt a more strident noise bylaw for cars and motorcycles in Caledon,
c) present budget recommendations that will increase funding to utilize all enforcement options (more officers, more bylaw staff, Automated Speed Enforcement and Acoustic Cameras to make our communities safer.)

A second delegation to the Region of Peel, proposes to advocate for rehabilitation of the Pinchin Pit to facilitate parking for visitors in order to alleviate pressure on local communities. We will post the dates of these delegations so residents can tune in. Delegations remain virtual and are open to the public.

If you have questions or concerns please forward to our Area and Regional Councillors, lynn.kiernan@caledon.ca and
ian.sinclair@caledon.ca.

Participants in this process include:

Alton- Alton Village Association
Belfountain- Belfountain Community Organization
Caledon Village- Caledon Village Association
Cheltenham- Cheltenham Area Residents Association
Forks of the Credit Valley/Brimstone- Forks of the Credit Valley Brimstone Resident’s Association
Terra Cotta- Terra Cotta Traffic Association
Inglewood-Village of Inglewood Association

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Scott Street and King Street South Rehabilitation Update


Scott Street & King Street South Rehabilitation Update (November 5) Anticipated end date has been extended to December 15, 2020.

Update (October 9) Rehabilitation work will take place on Scott Street and King Street South in Belfountain. This will help improve road condition, safety, embankment stability and road drainage. Full road closure is expected. October 9, 2020 (anticipated start date) – November 6, 2020 (anticipated end date)

Stay up-to-date Follow @YourCaledon on Twitter or on Facebook. Get alerts on your mobile device via our Town app. Subscribe to our email newsletter. Read this article on our website.

Update

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Town of Caledon ‘Santa Fund’ Holiday Toy Drive

 

‘Santa Fund’ Holiday Toy Drive

Town of Caledon Fire & Emergency Services is teaming up again with Caledon Community Services (CCS) to support the ‘Santa Fund’ program ensuring that all families and children have food and gifts this holiday season. However, it will look a little different this year due to the health and safety protocols that are in place.

Town of Caledon fire stations and CCS will NOT be accepting toys or gifts this year to distribute to families. Instead community members are asked to participate in the program by donating gift cards. Denominations of $25 will be preferred and graciously accepted. All gift cards will be given out to families in need for parents and caregivers to personally shop for the items needed. Monetary donations are also being accepted online – ccs4u.org/donate. Canned food items are also being accepted. Gift card and food donations can be dropped off in person at the Exchange (55 Healey Rd, Bolton).

If toy donations are received, they will be provided to Evolve Clothing (4 Industrial Road, Bolton) for retail sale, as they are equipped to safely handle these types of transactions. All proceeds from the toy sales will go directly to CCS’s Santa Fund program.

Contact

For more information about the Santa Fund program, please contact:

Kim D’Eri
Manager of Community Animation
Caledon Community Service
905-584-2300 X. 202

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Media Contact

Catherine McLean
Director, Customer Service and Communications
905.584.2272 x.4146 | catherine.mclean@caledon.ca

Read this article on our website.

 

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We Have a Winner

Wow there are some amazingly creative people living in Belfountain.  The winner of the great pumpkin contest is:

Woody, the Woodland Court Warlock – Greg O’Toole

Runners up tied for second place are:

  • The Tiniest Hamlet Home – Alison Buckton   
  • It –  Louise McCabe  
  • Cat – Stephanie Brown  

Third Place

  • Pumpkin in Isolation – James McCabe

Please email secretary@belfountain.ca to make arrangements to receive your prizes.

Thank you,

Belfountain Community Organization

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Pumpkin Fun and a Hallowe’en Update

Hallowe’en Contest
Our Pumpkin Contest is up and running.   We are very excited to see what you have created.   

Please email your best pumpkin photo to Secretary@belfountain.ca by Saturday October 31st to be entered in the contest to win.  Don’t forget to include your name(s) in your email.   Prizes will be awarded.   You can also choose to share your photos through our Facebook page: 
 https://www.facebook.com/belfountaincommunity/    The number of “Likes” will be counted towards the final results.

Erin Pit Expansion Update
We are pleased to advise that the Belfountain Community Organization received party status for LPAT related to JDCL Erin Pit Expansion.  

The date for the LPAT hearing to start has been set for March 22, 2021

The BCO are preparing for the hearing with legal counsel and experts which includes gathering estimates of their costs to present on our behalf at the hearing.  The hearing is expected to last for five days.    We will be releasing fund raising details in the next few weeks. If we can settle, that’s great.

Happy Hallowe’en everyone
B.C.O.

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A Hallowe’en Contest and Three Updates

Hello,

BooFountain Pumpkin Carving Contest

The B.C.O is happy to announce we are hosting a Pumpkin Carving contest to help encourage the Hallowe’en spirit.   

Please email your best pumpkin photo to Secretary@belfountain.ca by Saturday October 31st to be entered in the contest to win.  Don’t forget to include your name(s) in your email.   Prizes will be awarded.   You can also choose to share your photos through our Facebook page:    https://www.facebook.com/belfountaincommunity/    The number of “Likes” will be counted towards the final results.

We are excited to see photos of your Spooky Decorating skills.  Thank you to our sister community Inglewood for this great idea.

Good luck to all!

This information was received from the Town of Caledon and Region of Peel in regards to Hallowe’en.


Halloween key messages 

Position on Halloween

*       This year, Peel Public Health’s recommendation on celebrating
Halloween takes into account the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the Peel
community. The Halloween guidance reflects what is right for Peel. In the
spirit of community safety, Halloween is not cancelled but will look
different this year.
*       Peel Public Health continues to recommend keeping celebrations to
close contacts within your immediate household.
*       Trick or treating may be associated with other high-risk activities
for spreading the virus, like gathering in groups, close contact and going
into other people’s homes.
*       Peel Public Health and Ontario guidelines
<https://news.ontario.ca/en/statement/58867/stay-safe-and-follow-public-heal
th-advice-this-halloween
>  discourages traditional door-to-door trick or
treating and people should consider alternative ways to celebrate.

Suggestions on how to celebrate

*       This year, don’t let Halloween give us a greater fright due to
COVID-19. Safely enjoy the celebration and candy at a distance and away from
crowds. Try setting up a treat hunt around the house with those you live
with – in full costume of course!
*       Keep the spirit of Halloween alive while staying healthy. Showcase
Halloween craft projects on your porch and in your front windows for your
neighbours to enjoy at a distance. Wear your costume while you wave at the
window!
*       Don’t let COVID-19 spook our community – safely celebrate at home
with those you live with by setting up a piñata filled with your favourite
Halloween treats.
*       COVID-19 won’t be in disguise this Halloween. Find creative ways to
celebrate safely. Leading up to the big day, pick a fun Halloween activity
to do with those you live with.
*       Celebrating Halloween this year will be different as we try to
reduce the amount of contact with others. Host a virtual party and set up
video chats with friends and family members who can’t celebrate in person
with you. Encourage children to show off their costumes and talk about their
favourite treats.
*       COVID-19 won’t have a costume this year but many of us will be ready
for Halloween. Celebrate safely at home by tuning into virtual costume
parades in the community and stay connected by sharing photos of your
costumes.

This information was received from CVC in regards to the Belfountain
Conservation Area

As per CVC’s standard operating season dates, Belfountain Conservation Area
and the Cheltenham Badlands will be closing for the season at the end of the
day on Sunday, October 25th. 

With the shorter days and colder weather upon us, and with many other parks,
trails and greenspaces available for people to visit, our expectation is
that the closures will not be an issue. Closure fencing and signage will be
installed and CVC’s provincial offences officers and security guards will
maintain a regular presence to address any issues that arise.

We have a correction to the Community Update Oct 10th, 2020:   A red-light
camera was approved for the intersection of Highway 10 and Old Base Line
Road. Is being corrected to ” Town Council approved a letter and it was sent to Carolyn Mulroney and MTO  requesting a red-light camera at the intersection of Highway 10 and Old Base Line Road.”   Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.   Establishing community safety zones is the first step in the process of attaining access to ASE’s. We continue to pursue this enforcement option

Have a very happy Hallowe’en.

The Belfountain Community Organization


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