Town of Ajax
Your E-News for June 19, 2009
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Ajax Trailfest
Ajax in Bloom Garden Competition
Outdoor Pool open this weekend
Join us on Facebook
Town receives funding for retrofit of St. Francis
Ministries agree with Town on Growing Durham Study
Town Council receives progress report on Strategic Plan
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General Government Committee
June 22 at 2 p.m.
River Plate Room
Ajax Trailfest: Saturday, June 27 
TrailfestExplore the Town's trail system on June 27 at Ajax Trailfest. Activities include a 33 kilometre bike ride with Mayor Parish, a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of Millers Creek Trail North, a scenic walking tour of the North Trail, childrens activities, free barbeque and more. Hosted by the Ajax Trails Committee.
Ajax in Bloom Garden Competition

Ajax in Bloom

The Town's annual garden competition, Ajax in Bloom, is back for another year. Vote now for what you think will bloom into Ajax's best garden. The nomination deadline is June 30.
Outdoor Pool open this weekend
SwimmingThe Memorial Outdoor Pool, located at Ajax Town Hall (65 Harwood Ave. S.), will be open on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21. The pool will officially open on Friday, June 26. To celebrate, $2 ice creams will be sold, with all proceeds going to the Ajax Community Fund.
Join us on Facebook
facebookAjax now has a fan page on Facebook. The page features news and announcements, photos, event listings, discussion boards and general information. Join the over 350 who have already signed up!
Town receives funding for retrofit of St. Francis 
St. FrancisAjax will receive $1.7 million from the federal and provincial governments  through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The money will be used to retrofit St. Francis de Sales church into a multi-purpose, performing arts, and cultural venue. The Town purchased the church, built in 1871, in 2007.

Ministries agree with Town on Growing Durham Study
On May 25, the Ministries of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Energy and Infrastructure sent a letter to the Region of Durham on the Growing Durham Study and Proposed Amendment to the Durham Regional Official Plan. The Ministries outlined several concerns with the study, which are consistent with those identified by the Town. The plan was subsequently approved by Durham Regional Council on June 3. 
Town Council receives progress report on Strategic Plan 
Strategic PlanAt its June 4 General Government Committee meeting, Ajax Council received a mid-term progress report on the Town's Corporate Strategic Plan (2007-2010). Community Safety, Environmental Initiatives and Community Development & Outreach/Events were identified as key focus areas for 2009 and 2010. A number of new strategies were supported by Council and introduced into the plan.
Ajax plans to phase out sale of bottled water
Tap Into ItAjax Town Council received a staff report recommending that the sale and provision of bottled water at Town owned facilities and events be phased out. There are currently 31 municipalities and six school boards in the Province that have recently implemented restrictions on the use of bottled water in municipal facilities, where appropriate. The Town will soon launch a public awareness and education campaign.
Town Council receives employment report
Ajax Council received the Town's Employment Report at its June 15 Community Affairs & Planning Committee meeting. The document provides a comprehensive review of the Town's long term employment growth potential based on past performance and future prospects. Particular focus was placed on the adequacy of the Town's supply of developable employment lands.
Mayor and Council unveil public art piece 
Public ArtOn May 26, Mayor Steve Parish and members of Town Council unveiled "Vasika mhuri" or "Family Creation" - the newest piece of public art in Ajax. Located at the McLean Community Centre, the piece was created by Zimbabwe artist Passmore Mashaya. Family Creation is made of serpentine stone and shows images of several people intertwined together, depicting such themes as family, community, celebration, play, diversity and unity.  
New exotic pet by-law for Ajax
The Town's Exotic Pet By-law has been updated and approved by Council to better meet the needs of local pet owners, while still ensuring that animal and public protection are maintained. The new by-law allows staff to adequately regulate restricted and prohibited animals in Ajax, and will limit several types of animals from becoming a public nuisance.
Economic Development Team launches new program
The Town's Economic Development Team has launched a Corporate Calling Program to meet directly with the Ajax business community to provide advice and support, while obtaining specific feedback on some of the challenges businesses are facing today. For more information, call 905-619-2529, ext. 3231 or e-mail