Column: December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas!

My wife Maha and I would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas season. Have fun and enjoy time with your friends and loved ones. As you celebrate the season please remember – do not drink and drive.

We’d like to extend a special thank you in advance to our emergency services personnel – our volunteer firefighters, paramedics and police. This is an especially busy time of year for emergency services and many of them work through the holidays, away from their own families, to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.

Don’t forget to recycle & compost

Your green, black and blue bins are ready to meet all your holiday recycling needs. Turkey carcass and other food scraps like peelings, shells, cores and bones, all belong in the green bin. It’s also ideal for soiled paper plates and cold fireplace ashes. You can use discarded paper gift wrapping to wrap your food waste or to line your green bin. Your black box can be used to get rid of empty cardboard boxes and used paper wrapping, while the blue box can handle your plastics and glass.

During the holiday season, there will be schedule changes to city services including garbage, green bin and recycling collection. A detailed list of changes are posted on
Starting the first week of 2017, Christmas trees will be collected on your regular scheduled collection day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected.

Safety is best gift for the holiday season

  • Never leave lit candles unattended and keep them away from kids, pets and anything that can burn,
  • Make sure to have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms,
  • Keep matches and lighters out of sight and reach of children,
  • Make sure extension cords are never placed under rugs as this can cause damage to the cord and cause a fire,
  • Water your Christmas tree daily and double check the tree lights,
  • Keep your Christmas tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, heaters and candles,
  • Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in Ontario. Do not leave cooking food unattended.
  • Plan a fire exit route to ensure everyone knows how to get out of the house safely in case of a fire occurs.