Halton Region wins three awards - recognized as a top employer for the third consecutive year
Halton Region was recently recognized as an employer of choice with three distinct awards, including being named one of the top employers in the Greater Toronto Area by Mediacorp Canada Inc. Halton was also acknowledged by Metrolinx and Oakville Hydro Corporation for its commitment to corporate sustainability efforts.
“Halton Region is committed to attracting and retaining highly skilled and dedicated employees so that we can provide our residents with the best possible services,” said Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Our staff are one of the reasons that 98% of residents are satisfied with regional services and I’m proud that we continue to deliver effective programs to ensure that Halton is not only a great place to live, but also a great place to work.”
Mediacorp Canada Inc. manages the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. The project aims to identify the companies and organizations that lead their industries in attracting and retaining employees. The announcement is being made today in a special feature published by The Globe and Mail and online at www.eluta.ca.
Anyone interested in employment opportunities at Halton Region can learn more about the organization and view current job postings at www.halton.ca.
Metrolinx recently honoured Halton Region with the Smart Commute Halton Employer of the Year Award at the seventh annual Smart Commute Awards. The Smart Commute Awards recognize achievements by employers in reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles on the road. Halton Region has taken progressive steps towards providing sustainable commuting options for staff including dedicated parking spaces for staff who carpool; promoting cycling and installing secure bike parking, and; encouraging the use of transit through a successful corporate transit pass program.
For more information about Smart Commute Halton visit www.smartcommutehalton.ca. Interested residents looking to set up a carpool can visit Carpool Zone at www.carpoolzone.ca.Posted: Dec. 06, 2013 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article
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Corporate Sustainable Building Policy
Buildings are major users of energy and natural resources. They generate waste, air pollution, greenhouse emissions, and impact the productivity and health of employees and visitors. In response, more efficient and high-performing development is being increasingly common. It is recognized as a good business practice and sound investment.
Recognizing this, Town of Halton Hills Council has approved a Corporate Sustainable Building Policy in order to achieve better building performance. The Policy is fiscally prudent and flexible, achieving a balance between the need to lower costs, demonstrate leadership, provide high quality indoor environments, and the need to recognize the local Halton Hills context. It also builds on Council’s pre-existing interest in green building approaches, and the objectives of the Town’s Strategic Plan.
The Policy sets out minimum performance standards for Town-owned facilities. It applies to new buildings, expansions, renovations, repairs and maintenance of existing buildings.
“Our Corporate Sustainable Building Policy is yet another practical action that we have taken to advance our Strategic Plan, Green Plan, Community Sustainability Strategy and many other Town objectives. It will not only allow us to achieve operational efficiencies, but will also create healthy and productive indoor environment for visitors and Town staff.” – said Mayor Bonnette.
The Policy builds on the Town’s experience with high-efficiency and sustainable development practices such as the LEED® Gold certified Acton Branch Library, the successful implementation of Low Impact Development (LID) techniques, the Town’s long-standing practice of implementing efficiency upgrades, and the growing number of local private and public sector buildings implementing green building techniques.
Buildings that utilize efficient and sustainable approaches have many benefits. Operating cost savings through energy and water efficiencies, as well as lower maintenance costs can be significant. Reduced environmental impacts on the site and surrounding lands, lower infrastructure demand, less landfill waste, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and healthier and productive workplaces are some of the other advantages.
Additional information on the Corporate Sustainable Building Policy and the Town’s other sustainability initiatives are available via the Town’s Website: www.haltonhills.ca/sustainabilityPosted: Dec. 05, 2013 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article
Scout Volunteer Faces Child Pornography Charges
Detectives with the Halton Regional Police Child Exploitation Unit are continuing their investigation following the arrest of an Oakville man on charges of Possession of Child Pornography and Making Available Child Pornography.
Martin SCHULZ, age 47, was arrested on November 26th, following the execution of a search warrant on a home in Oakville in August 2012.
Mr. SCHULZ at one time was an active volunteer with Scouts Canada ending his association in November 2013.
Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit at (905) 465-8970 or (905) 634-1831 Ext. 8970, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting ‘Tip201’ with your message to 274637(crimes).Posted: Dec. 04, 2013 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article