A Syrian refugee family sleeping. The recent drowning of a group of Syrians, including 3-year old Aylan Kurdi, has highlighted the deepening refugee crisis as tens of thousands of Syrians, North Africans, Pakistanis, and Afghans, among others, attempt to make the treacherous sea journey to safe havens.

Effort to Sponsor Five Refugee Families

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Let’s ignore the politics of Syria and Iraq, and recognize that there are real human beings suffering miserably in extreme conditions at refugee camps because of wars they have nothing to do with. We can help them.

I am leading an initiative locally to organize groups to sponsor as many Syrian / Iraqi families as we can, with the initial goal of helping 5 families settled within 12 months. We’ll achieve this by organizing groups of 5 local Canadians (Milton area) to sponsor each family collectively. Government of Canada has a process to follow that I’ll lead for you, including walking you through the application package, requesting a refugee profile and finding them a place to live. Your role will be to fund your portion of the first year’s cost of settlement (your portion should be $5,500, less if we can find someone to host them in their home). I do not want refugees living in gymnasiums or church basements as after everything they’ve been through, bringing normalcy back into their lives is a major goal.

We have the opportunity to change lives of 5 or more families, I hope you will join me. If you are interested then please e-mail me at zee@ward8.ca. If you cannot be a sponsor then perhaps you can make a donation, host a family, or find them a low-rent apartment. If you are a landlord then I really want to hear from you. Once they are here you will have a lot of other opportunities to assist with their settlement.

You do not beat ISIS or other terrorist groups by bombing cities, thus creating more victims. You beat them by giving their victims a chance to enjoy the freedom and compassion these terrorist groups are denying them. It’s time to show ISIS that our values and way of life is too resilient for them to damage, and that our kindness will continue no matter how brutal their tactics get.

Statement on Defamation Attacks

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Over the past few months you may have heard slanderous rumours about me that started during the Liberal nomination race. These false statements include claims of drinking, partying, womanizing, secretly working with the NDP, and strangely, Islamophobia and discrimination against my Pakistani constituents.

These rumours, spread mostly within the South Asian Muslim community in Milton, are all absolutely false and deeply offensive to my family and me.

I chose not to raise these issues immediately after the nomination contest, or during the federal election campaign, to avoid any suggestion that my actions were politically motivated. This is also the reason why I was not actively involved in the Federal election campaign in Milton, as this malicious defamation campaign created a hostile working condition I could not partake in.

While I am choosing not to name individuals responsible, I can no longer stand idle and allow this to continue to harm my reputation, damage my relationships and have a negative impact on my children. As a result, I have retained a lawyer, and we have gathered evidence and sent notices to those responsible.

Even politics has a line of decency that must never be crossed, and even politicians are entitled to privacy and protection from defamation.

If someone comes to you with rumours relating to the matters described above then please refrain from repeating these lies. They are false. If you have heard any of the above claims (or anything along these lines), then I would like to hear from you, please. You wouldn’t want your children hearing lies about you, and you shouldn’t want that for my children either.

This type of politics cheapens our democracy. It’s time to put an end to this before it takes permanent root in Milton.

One Year On …

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I was re-elected to the Council exactly one year ago today. I am still honoured and humbled to have your support.

Some of the very high-level accomplishments for the year so far are :-

  • Passing one of the leanest budgets in the recent memory, maintaining lowest tax rate in GTA by far. Current tax rate is 0.76%, down from 0.94% in 2008 (2014: 0.78%; 2013: 0.80%; 2012: 0.83%; 2011: 0.85%; 2010: 0.88%; 2009: 0.91%; 2008: 0.94%)
  • A lot of progress on the Destiny Milton 3 Strategic Plan.  Final plan will come to the council on the Nov 9th Council Meeting
  • Based on my motion, LED light conversion is now part of the 2016 budget (pending budget deliberations)
  • Huge pushback on CN, including a series of victories for us against CN. We decided not to make too much noise during the election since it really is a bipartisan issue.  You’ll hear more about it in November.
  • Started a dynamic transit pilot project (GO Connect service)
  • Very successful hosting of PanAm Games, including raising $14 million for the Velodrome through fundraising
  • Louis St Laurent bridge and the connection to Tramine opened
  • Derry Road underpass was finished (not a local project). Final landscaping in 2016
  • Expedited construction of the Main Street project (between Bronte St and Scott Blvd) underway
  • We are driving the “Missing Link” initiative to find a different track so GO can provide all-day and express service on the Milton line
  • Kinsmen Park redevelopment and Rotary Park shelter installation
  • A big economic development push resulted in a lot of industrial construction. A bigger push for high employers underway.
  • Started a new community garden at the sunny mount park
  • Finished and approved a comprehensive rural speed limit review

These are just some of the major projects that were finished in past 12 months.  Many more are underway.  A major task for next few years is to figure out how to improve our service standards to provide service residents deserve without breaking the bank.

Stay tuned.

Main Street: Scheduled Road Closure

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Main Street Closure

Between Scott Blvd & Bronte St

Scheduled road closure in effect from:

7:00 am Monday, August 24 to 5:00 pm Monday, November 30, 2015

In order to accommodate the reconstruction of Main Street, the section between Scott Blvd. to Bronte Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during the time noted above. Only local traffic will be permitted.

Another win against CN

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Another win for Halton Municipalities against CN! As I have been saying, CN wants people to believe they have lost the fight. In reality, nothing can be further from the truth.

The Environment Minister has ordered a panel review of CN’s proposed Milton Logistics Hub project. In accordance with federal environmental assessment legislation, a panel is composed of independent experts who review an environmental assessment, convene public hearings and make conclusions and recommendations on whether or not a project should proceed and if so, under what conditions.

They will be looking at the Municipal land use, human safety and human health.

We don’t know yet if we (Milton) will be part of the panel or not.


New model of development: Main St

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17698_10153385358874100_1296389947185576165_nWe are going to try something that has never been tried before in Milton.  For the Main Street expansion (Scott to Bronte), we have a unique bonusing structure:

  • If the developer completes the project by Nov 20th, it gets a $150,000 bonus
  • For each extra day, we deduct $10,000 up until Nov 30th
  • If the project is done by Nov 30th then the developer gets a $50,000 bonus
  • However, another day and the bonus disappears and the developer gets hit with a $20,000 penalty (yes, a $70k hit for this one day delay)
  • From this point on, there is a $20,000 per day fine for each day of delay, with no maximum

It remains to be seen if we will get bids under this model, but this can solve the problem of endless project delays. It should be noted that the money isn’t coming out of property taxpayers, we are billing developers for it via development charges.

Destiny Milton 3

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Just came back from a very productive strategic planning session for next 5 years of growth in this town. Building on the work done last month, we identified five strategic priorities for the council and senior staff :-

1) Sustainable Development – includes urban design, all modes of transportation, healthy living and a range of housing
2) Long-term financial sustainability – essentially structurally balanced budgets so we don’t see double-digit tax increases like Mississauga is facing
3) Improved communication and community engagement
4) A strong focus on economic growth involving high-value employers
5) Internal organization excellence, including succession planning for senior staff

For each of these we have detailed definitions, action items, milestones and how we measure success. We have another few hours of work left before we have a draft strategic plan.

Is there anything missing you’d like to see?

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Notice of Nomination Meeting for Milton

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Date of Nomination Vote: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Voting starts at 1:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm
Address: Bishop Reding Catholic School, 1120 Main St E, Milton

If you are a member of the Federal Liberal Party in Milton then come out and vote for Zeeshan. Age limit for voting is 14, and you must be able to prove your identity and address :-

a) Provide one original piece of identification issued by government or government agency containing your photo, your name and your address ( e.g. Drivers Licence)
b) Provide two original pieces of identification issued by government, government agency, educational institute, municipal office/agency, public utility or Credit Card Company that provide your name. At least one of these documents must also contain your address: (e.g. Health Card and Hydro Bill) (e.g. Fishing Licence and a Credit card
statement) (Student ID card and a School Report card)
c) Provide one piece of original identification issued by government, government agency, educational institute, municipal office/agency, public utility or credit card company that provides your name and then be willing to swear an oath and be vouched for by a qualified voter in the riding who has identification acceptable in a or b above.
For further information or to RSVP, please e-mail yes@votezee.ca