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April is Sikh Heritage month in Milton where we officially recognize the rich heritage and culture that the Sikh community brings.

All across Canada and the world Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi (also known as Khalsa day) which signifies the creation of the Khalsa and the Sikh articles of faith. On Monday April 4th members of the Sikh Community and friends gathered at Milton Town Hall where the Mayor read the official proclamation while honoring the Sikh flag raising.

Are you feeling overwhelmingly stressed?

Does that question make you want to laugh, scream, or cry?

Higher levels of anxiety are not uncommon as we navigate a world changing at a rapid pace! We’ve heard this message before: now is the time for us to work and cope together – mental health is by no means a luxury but rather a vital necessity.

As restrictions are lifted in our province, the consequences of COVID-19 showed us how complex an issue it is, and we feel the weight of its impact globally across all societies.

The provincial elections are coming up which means things are getting exciting locally too!

Sameera Ali is Milton’s Liberal MPP candidate and we are excited to share that her campaign office is opening up on Tuesday May 3rd 2022.

“Almost a decade ago, the people of Milton welcomed me and my family with warmth, compassion and love when we moved here. Their optimism, positive energy and hopeful vision inspired me to run as the Ontario Liberal Party’s candidate in the upcoming provincial election to be a strong voice on their behalf at Queen’s Park.” says Sameera.

Yes you read that right! Popular event organizer and decorator, Kanwal Waseem organized Milton’s first ever Basant event on Feb 26th at the Connect Centre located at 121 Chisholm Dr.

For those of our readers who don’t know, Basant is a colourful kite flying festival celebrated in Pakistan. This festival usually falls in late January or early February and marks the beginning of spring. It is customary to wear bright yellow outfits on Basant, as it’s the colour of the mustard flowers.

Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is a winter-rific family-friendly walk to raise money for Milton Transitional Housing. It’s cold out there…

Over $90,000 was raised this year for 9th Annual CNOY Milton event which is a new record amount. The top 4 teams being #miltonstrong ($15,613), CFUW Milton & District ($8295), Faith United ($8110) and Italian Cultural Centre of Milton ($6975).

The Dads of Milton (DoMs) held their 2022 kick-off at Champs Family Entertainment Centre on Friday February 25th. The group shared the new vision for 2022 as well as conducting a Billiards gaming competition to help raise funds for Allendale Long Term Care facility in Milton.

Congratulations to Alan Cooke and Sonesh Jane coming in first place with Keith Gillespie and Tiberio Ponceano coming a close second.

Organizer, James Secondino had this to say about the night

“Thanks to the hard work of our exec team – especially Daniel Marshall & Tiberio Ponceano – everyone had an awesome night.”

Milton Public Library is thrilled to host award-winning Canadian comedian, Mark Critch on Thursday 21 st April at 7pm for a special 2022 One Book, One Milton (OBOM) virtual event.

Mark will take to the virtual stage to discuss his best-selling memoir, Son of a Critch: a childish Newfoundland memoir, Thursday 21 st April at 7pm. Son of a Critch is a hilarious story of family, getting into trouble, and finding one’s place in the world. The book is the winner of the 2019 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, was shortlisted for the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and 2019 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humor, and was long listed for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize. His book inspired the popular CBC TV series, Son of a Critch, a coming-of age comedy chronicling the life of his 11-year-old self.

Sohail Naseer said “I have a passion to serve as a volunteer for the betterment of the community.” Friend and fellow Rotarian, Ries Boers said that he is “so proud of Sohail on his nomination to District Governor of Southwestern Ontario. Sohail has worked very hard for the Milton Rotary Club and together with his wife Rubina they never fail to step up to the plate to assist or run an event!”

Pack a Bag for a Friend with the help of volunteers and drivers from the community delivered backpacks and Christmas hampers on Saturday December 18th. The weather was challenging but our drivers were able to overcome the snowy roads.

Pack a Bag for a Friend’s mission is to help those in need at Christmas. Each back packs contains pajamas, an age appropriate toy, hats, mitts, socks, books, toiletries, etc. Our drivers delivered 410 Christmas hampers and backpacks to the Food4Kids children and families in Milton, Acton, Georgetown, Oakville, and Burlington, plus additional families assisted by local organizations. Each Christmas hamper contained a turkey or halal chickens, potatoes, vegetables, dessert, and milk, and gave the families an opportunity to prepare a Christmas dinner.

The 9th Annual Milton Film Festival came back, in a somewhat different form than had been planned just a few weeks ago. Due to the ongoing closure of the First Ontario Arts Centre Milton, and now all theatres in Ontario, festival organizers have had to adapt and go with an all virtual format for a second year in a row.

“We were really hoping to give our audience a theatrical movie-going experience once again, even arranging to show films in Georgetown. But this latest COVID wave means that won’t be possible just yet” explains festival founder and director Jennifer Smith. “Fortunately, our virtual festival platform Eventive makes it relatively easy for us to pivot from hybrid to virtual mode. Everyone seemed to have a very positive experience with it last year – especially since it allows people to attend without having to travel, and to watch films on their own schedule.” The Festival kicked off January 29th with all 14 feature films being rolled out over nine days until February 6th: