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Mayors Column – October 2020

On March 24, I declared a state of emergency and I am not looking to end this anytime soon. Through this declaration under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, municipalities may take certain actions and issue orders considered necessary and lawful to implement the Town’s emergency plan. We do this to keep the community safe.

I want to be clear and send the strongest message possible about the need to adhere to the health and safety precautions as directed by Public Health.

  • Wash your hands regularly.

  • Wear a mask or face covering in public places.

  • Practice physical distancing.

  • And importantly --- adhere to the latest social gathering numbers as directed by the Province! On September 19 Premier Ford announced that the new gathering limits are 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

We are all in this together and I am asking for this community’s cooperation.

This includes behaving respectfully and responsibly in public parks; when children are using play equipment; when entering a facility or business. I urge everyone to do their part so the numbers in Halton Hills do not rise.

We also have a COVID-19 page on our website and staff keeps it current. It has contact information and links to other resources. Visit the Town’s website at or visit Halton Region’s website at --- public health is a Regional responsibility and we follow the direction of the local Medical Officer of Health.

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Kudos to all the volunteers of Halton Hills for planting butterfly-friendly gardens. The David Suzuki Foundation has recognized the Halton Hills Butterflyway is only the 11th in Canada to be recognized. The Butterflyway includes private yards and gardens as well as the Town Hall, Old Seed House Garden, Lucy Maud Montgomery Garden, Willow Park Ecology Centre and McNabb Park in Norval.

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These are uncertain times and I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving under these trying times. Many in our community may not have been as fortunate. Please remember to give to our many charities in town.


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