Weekly Roundup – Oct 27th, 2017

The Future Ready Brampton campaign is winding down, the poppy campaign has been launched, and it’s a weekend filled with tricks and treats. Read on for the weekly roundup…

Among the Announcement:

  1. Last few days of our Future-Ready campaign asking residents to share their vision and input
  2. Launch of the poppy campaign and events for Remembrance Day
  3. Upcoming fair of service providers to provide support for residents living with disabilities
  4. Registration information for entrepreneur startup event

Last call! The “Future Ready Brampton” public engagement campaign ends on October 31. It takes a community to build one, so please, take the time to submit your ideas for a brilliant future for The City of Brampton. Do this before the October 31st deadline, and reach out to your friends and neighbours to do the same.

How can you share your bright ideas? Through the website, by taking a few minutes to chat with street teams at city events, or send the city an email or direct message through social media: https://futureready.brampton.ca/. Not comfortable with social media? You can simply call the following number: 905-874-5119.

As October winds down, we anticipate Remembrance Day as we honour our veterans, who served to protect the freedoms we have today. The poppy campaign was launched yesterday at a Flag Raising ceremony at The City of Brampton, with members of the Royal Canadian Legion. For information about Remembrance Day Parades and Services, go to http://ow.ly/Mjse30g6rgA.

Some more good news, this time from a community organization. United Way of Peel Region has announced that the organization will be merging with United Way Toronto and York Region. This is exciting news because as an organization that supports local communities to help improve the quality of life of its residents, this merger allows for the creation of a stronger approach to address the immediate needs of local communities. The City of Brampton partners with United Way Peel annually and our employee fundraising campaign is well underway. As the Council representative for the campaign this year, I look forward to seeing the positive results that come out of this mergers.

Startup Weekend Nov. 17th-19th 2017
Startup Weekend Nov. 17th-19th 2017

News from Brampton Transit: More service improvements start on Monday. Details are available: http://ow.ly/1Tb130g7O58

Earlier in the week, I met with the Pionairs Brampton Coffee Group and had the opportunity to discuss programs, services and ideas with retirees of Air Canada and affiliated airlines. It was a productive meeting and attendees also had the opportunity to hear from a member of the “Future Ready Brampton” team and share their ideas for brilliant future.

The United Nations has declared 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent. In honour of this proclamation and in conjunction with Canada 150, Nadine Williams, a Brampton resident and poet, attended council to share the announcement.

Poppy Campaign Flag-Raising
Poppy Campaign Flag-Raising

Some good news! The City of Brampton is working hard towards being as environmentally friendly as we can, by doing our part whenever we can. Earlier this week, staff provided an update that we are entering into an agreement to start replacing our High Pressure Sodium (HPS) street lights with more energy efficient LED street lights. This project will begin over the next few months along arterial roads first, and then into the residential areas. The key benefits are that LED lighting improves safety, is better for the environment and it saves money.

Are you an entrepreneur? Do you have an idea and need that little push to get started? The Brampton Economic Development Office invites you to Learn, Network, Create and Build Something Great by joining the Startup Weekend in Peel, from November 17-19th. Register now: http://ow.ly/6juc30fHrsq

Mark your calendars to join the City of Brampton at Century Gardens on Saturday November 4th, from 9am to 2pm, at the 7th Annual Information Fair to learn more about services that are available for people living with disabilities. This is a free event and is comprised of valuable resources, all in one place. For more information about which organizations will be there, take a look: http://ow.ly/hKLV30gbWx3

Your kids must be excited about Halloween, just a few days away. Have they got their costumes ready? Parties lined up this weekend? It may be overcast this morning, but the Downtown Brampton celebrations are going on today, rain or shine, from 10am-1pm. You’ve still got a couple of hours, so make your way over.

The morning after Halloween is always fun, because it means extra snacks for the lunch boxes, but some of the kids get a little sad because they’re not quite ready to put their costumes away. Give them one more evening of dress-up and join your neighbours at The Great Pumpkin Party at Garden Square Brampton on November 1st, for lots of free food and activities. It’s also one last chance to light up your pumpkins before they’re thrown into the Great Pumpkin Smash for composting.

That’s not all! Bring along a blanket because the Garden Square screen will be showing “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at the end of the event (8:00pm).

Despite the gloomy weather, I hope you have a good time out this weekend at all the Halloween parties and that you enjoy the next couple of days with your family and friends.

Stay safe and have a great weekend, Brampton!