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Earlier this year, for the first time across Canada, the Navy League of Canada was honored by the Town of Milton when Mayor Gordon Krantz proclaimed May 2021 as Navy League Month!

The Milton Branch of the Navy League of Canada was established 35 years ago with the intent of raising good citizens through the Sea Cadet program by co-sponsoring the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) CHAUDIERE, which runs a program for young Canadians ages 12 – 19. Last year, the Milton Branch opened another cadet unit for younger kids. The Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC)ADVENTURE is solely run by the Milton Branch, and it runs a program developed for younger audiences, ages 9-12 on Friday evenings. Both programs run along nautical lines and cadets learn the basics of seamanship, navigation, nautical knots and other topics in citizenship and leadership.

On August 1, 2021, the clouds parted on a forecasted rainy day to allow for the 1st inaugural celebration of Emancipation Day in Milton, Ontario. Organized by the Canadian Caribbean

Association of Halton (CCAH), led by VP Sheldon D. Williams, this event marks the beginning of a celebration for many years to come. In collaboration with other community leaders – Milton Public Library, Arts Milton & the African Caribbean Council of Halton (ACCH), the day was filled with a celebration of freedom and harmony of a community.

Canadian Indian Association of Halton Region celebrated India’s 75th Indian Independence Day with its first-ever tri-city drive-thru. The day started at 8:45 AM at the Milton Sports Centre, and from there, over 30 cars made their way towards the Town Hall of Oakville. The convoy moved towards Burlington City Hall later on and finished the event at the Milton Sports Centre.

At each location, the Canadian Indian Association hoisted the flag and sang the Canadian and Indian National Anthems, and some dignitaries shared their thoughts on the occasion.

In August the Dads of Milton (The DoMs) held their fi rst annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of The Special Friends Network (SFN). The SFN is a social and life skills building group that focuses on supporting our youth and young adults with Neuro-diff erences and disabilities by holding events that foster social relationships, community outreach and inclusion.

Over 80 golfers enjoyed a great day of golf with included lunch and afterwards a great steak dinner at Rad Brothers. The event was a huge success with the support of many local business sponsors and community support. Afterwards at East Side Mario’s there was a special cheque presentation the Special Friends Network of $7185 that was raised.

You could say that softball is in her blood. From when she was in diapers, Sydney Teague has been getting dirty on the softball field…and there is no place she would rather be.

The 13 year old Milton slugger and her teammates on the 2008 birth year Brampton Blazers ‘08 fast pitch softball team recently captured Gold at the PWSA U14 – 2 Provincial Championships in Cambridge.

A series sweep in the semifinals over Port Perry ‘07, set up a best-of-three finals vs a strong Wilmot ‘07 team. Game one of the final series was a nail biter; a 2 – 1 last inning walk off win for Brampton.

Milton Culture Days will take place again this year in Milton over a four-week period from September 24 to October 24, 2021. Annual host Arts Milton will offer Miltonians (and beyond!) more than 60 free online workshops, live demonstrations, and pre-recorded arts and culture videos. These free, all-ages activities will cover subjects such as art, craft, literature, philosophy, heritage, science, technology, dance, theater and more!

As they did last year, some events will be hosted outdoors, and Milton Culture Days 2021 will kick off with the Arts Milton Community Project – a “Pallet Painting Party.” Five local artists (Omar Hopkinson, Aparna Rangnekar, Allycia Uccello, Zunaira Mufti and Sneha Mahajan) have been invited to add their artistic touch to functional benches constructed out of wooden pallets. During the Painting Party at Milton Community Sports Park on September 25 between 12 to 4 PM, Milton residents are invited to visit Event Area A and engage with the artists while they work.

Two-way, all-day GO train service in Milton is an absolute necessity. I heard from my neighbours directly in the mornings at the train station, and that is why I’m glad our government is committed to making it a reality. Measured and lasting public transit investments are the basis for building sustainable, modern cities. This is a huge step in connecting Milton to the rest of the GTA and keeping our people moving, forward.” said MP Adam van Koeverden on August 10th in Milton.

A better, faster, and more reliable transportation network will help reduce congested travel times for people and improve the efficiency of moving goods through the country’s trade corridors, which is critical to the success of Canadian companies in a global marketplace.

As part of its long-term commitment on infrastructure, the Government of Canada renewed the National Trade Corridors Fund in Budget 2021 with an additional $1.9 billion in funding for infrastructure projects to improve the fluid movement of people and goods

through strategic trade corridors.

The Milton rail corridor plays a key role in supporting the safe and efficient movement of people and goods through the greater Toronto area, and it is facing bottlenecks. Increased infrastructure

Capacity in the Milton corridor is key to realizing the transportation benefits of fluid freight movement and two-way, all-day service for commuters supporting the growth of the area economy.

The Minister of Transport, the Honorable Omar Alghabra, has discussed the opportunity of improving the Milton corridor with the Province of Ontario and with Metrolinx, as the National Trade Corridors Fund could support the development of this corridor. Today, the Minister confirmed that the Government of Canada is committed to making improvements in the Milton

Corridor. This could come from the National Trade Corridors Fund to address bottlenecks and increase the capacity of this critical corridor to meet the growing needs of moving people and freight seamlessly through Mississauga and Milton in order to support the expanding population and economy in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

On June 12, 2021, hundreds gathered for a vigil in Victoria Park, Milton, to mourn the Afzaal family – victims of a hate crime in London, Ontario. Heartfelt speeches, thoughtful bouquets, and overwhelming support marked the day as a memorable show of solidarity from the entire Milton community. The attack, pronounced a terrorist attack by officials, had killed three generations of a Muslim family and left a nine-year old boy orphaned and recovering in the hospital.

Salman Afzaal, Madiha Salman, Yumna Salman, and Talat Afzaal were all integral members of the London community and losing them left many in shock. After starting the vigil with recitation of Quranic scripture, various speakers commemorated the family and highlighted ways in which Canadians can come together to ensure horrendous  acts, such as this one, do not take place again.

Milton ON – It all started with an idea of service to our youth and for 35 years, the Milton Navy League has been the sponsor of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) CHAUDIERE, which runs a cadet program that is free of cost to youth ages 12-19!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Milton Navy League and RCSCC CHAUDIERE commissioned a limited number of celebration Challenge Coins to recognize cadets and community leaders who have provided steadfast support to the cadets. Challenge Coins are used by militaries all over the world to recognize worthy individuals and are considered a valuable collector’s item,

Milton Town Council members Councillor Sameera Ali, Kristina Tesser Derksen and Rick Di Lorenzo were excited this week to be joining thousands of walkers and runners across Canada in the 2021 Run for Women raising help for women’s mental health programs at Halton Healthcare.

The 3 councilors got together to form a Milton Council team with themselves as walkers/runners and also received a financial donation from councillor John Challinor

The councillors walked up and down Main Street in Milton’s downtown core as well as Mary, King and Martin Street. Stopping at various business establishments and talking to local residents along the walk.