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Oakville Ward 3 Councillors Update 
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April 17, 2020 Update
Letter from your Councillors:
As you will have heard, the Provincial Emergency closure order has been extended by 28 days to May 12.
All of the closures and restrictions can make us feel anxious, overwhelmed or even angry and skeptical about whether all of our efforts are helping to stop the spread. Yes, all of these limitations are making a difference. The scientists are clear; we must stay the course or we risk greater disruptions this summer! Don't look for shortcuts or loopholes as Rick Mercer states.
We encourage everyone to focus on what we can do and to that end in this newsletter we share resources that may be of assistance to you, a friend, neighbour, co worker or business.

Thank you for 'digging deep' as they say, and thank you for helping to reduce the spread!
Stay safe to stay well.
Janet and Dave
Can I Walk, Run, Cycle or Rollerblade?
Public Health wants us to stay home but do support short fresh air and exercise breaks.
You can:
  • take a walk or jog in your neighbourhood and use the trails.
  •  walk with a family member you live with.
  •  ride a bike and rollerblade.
In all instances be considerate of oncoming pedestrians and maintain physical distancing. Great to see the waves and smiles even as we pass strangers. We are all in this together!
Of course, enjoy your own property with individuals you live with.
Bylaw is working to keep you and your family safe. 
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Mayor signs by-laws regulating disposal of personal protective equipment

Oakville, April 16, 2020 – for immediate release
Amidst disturbing reports of individuals discarding personal protective equipment (PPE) on both private and public property, Mayor Rob Burton enacted By-law 2020-058 on April 9, 2020, to regulate discarding of PPE to ensure the safety and well-being of the community.
By-law 2020-059, a by-law to amend the Litter By-law, 2011-045 and Parks By-law, 2013-013, was also passed, to create Administrative Penalties of $300 for littering in parks and other public places.
“We can all agree that face masks and gloves belong in garbage cans, not littered in our town, and now anyone caught not properly disposing of PPE can be issued a penalty under the by-law,” said Mayor Burton. “From a health and safety perspective, we now have a situation where somebody else has to pick these items up and expose themselves to the risk.”
The monetary penalties and/or administrative fees associated with the new by-law and amended by-laws are intended to encourage compliance with the by-laws and limit the risk to others during the COVID-19 emergency.
Earlier this week, the province announced that it is extending the state of emergency until May 12.
Residents are urged to follow the advice of the Chief Public Health Officer and stay home as much as possible.
“We are doing what we can to lessen the spread of COVID-19. We are still at a very critical stage. What we do now impacts the length of this pandemic. I ask that we all do our part and stay home,” said Mayor Burton.
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How can I help?
We are receiving a large number of calls and emails from residents who are anxious to provide assistance to members of our community. Please go through your address book or email list and reach out to a neighbour or acquaintance that you may not have talked to in a while. This is a challenging time for many. While we are not able to meet face-to-face, by picking up the phone, having a video call, starting a group chat or messaging someone on social media you are are letting them know you are there to talk and ready to listen.
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When to contact Public Health
Halton Region Public Health is focusing on the assessment of those most at risk of COVID-19. Please only contact Halton Region Public Health if you have symptoms (e.g., fever greater than 37.8 degrees Celsius, new cough, difficulty breathing) and:
  • have been in contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19;
  • have travelled outside of Canada within 14 days of symptom onset;
  • have been in close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to an impacted area;
  • are living or working in a health-care or long-term care setting or institution;
  • are a first responder; or
  • have been directed by Halton Region Public Health.
Not all individuals require assessment. Anyone who develops mild symptoms and does not meet the above criteria must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of symptom onset. Those with mild symptoms and no complications do not need to contact Public Health. Seek assessment from your family doctor or Telehealth if required.
 
Residents with severe symptoms are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use Ontario’s online COVID-19 self-assessment tool to help determine next steps and how to seek further care if needed.

Halton Region Public Health now provides bi-weekly surveillance reports available on halton.ca/COVID19. This report provides the community with a snapshot of COVID-19 across the region and residents can easily subscribe to get the weekly reports by email.  Subscription sign up is part way down the Covid page on the right hand  side.

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I think 'my friend' needs to talk to a professional? 

These are all reputable resources who are ready willing and able to assist. Your employer may also have confidential employee assistance programs to support you and your family.

ROCK (Reach Out Centre fo Kids) 

* 24/7 Crisis line 905-878-9785, for children and youth in crisis, ages 17 and under, and caregivers/community members 
* Information & Referral, Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm, Live Answer Access Line, 289 266-0036 
 
Kids Help Phone 
* you can reach a Kids Help Phone counsellor 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868 
* you can Text CONNECT to 686868, to text with a counsellor 24/7 
* website with resources, information and Live Chat (currently open daily from midnight-7 am ET) 
 
Big White Wall 
* mental health and wellbeing chat service  
* safe and anonymous  
* includes online peer community support  
* a place for creative and artistic expression of emotions  
* guided support courses and tools to help with self-management  
* mental health self-assessments 
 
BounceBack - CMHA Ontario 
* a free, evidence-based skill-building program designed to help adults and youth aged 15+ manage symptoms of depression and anxiety 
* helps participants learn skills to help them deal with problems such as inactivity, unhelpful thinking, worry, and avoidance 
* one-on-one telephone coaching, workbooks, and online videos that participants can do from the comfort of their home 
 
Jack.org 
* Canada's only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health 
* when you don't know what to say to a friend who doesn't seem okay, they created BeThere.org 
* teamed up with School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone to create the COVID Hub 
 
BeSafe App 
* a mobile app that aims to help young adults make a decision about seeking help in a crisis 
* resources specific to Halton Region 
* printable resources from website 
 
MindYourMind 
* resources designed to promote wellness, reduce stigma, and increase access to community supports, both professional and peer-based 
* through active engagement, best practices and technology, youth are encouraged to reach out, get help and give help 
 
Stronger Minds - by BEACON 
* a free digital program for all Canadians, to support your mental well-being through the COVID-19 crisis 
* participants get day-to-day guidance, from the extensive BEACON team of clinical psychologists, through videos, quick reads and resilience-building activities 
* see website to get started 
 
CMHO (Children's Mental Health Ontario) 
* curating evidence-based tips and information to help children and families navigate through this difficult time 
 
School Mental Health Ontario 
* How to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic 
The Federal gov't has introduced a new mental health and substance use support portal.
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Advice from Dr Alan Brown 

Managing our Stress to Become More Resilient

Dr. Alan Brown, Chief of Psychiatry

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Federal and Provincial updates

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on April 16 the government's intent to introduce The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program. This program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June. Implementation of the program will require a partnership between the Federal Government and Provincial and Territorial Governments.  To stay up to date all of the Federal programs bookmark their site.

Prime Minister announced the expansion of the Canada Emergency Business Account to businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1,500,000 in total payroll in 2019. This new range will replace the previous one of between $50,000 and $1,000,000. The Canada Emergency Business Account provides interest-free loans, of up to $40,000, to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. If the business can repay the balance of the loan by the end of 2022, up to $10,000 will be forgiven.
 Business owners can apply for support from the Canada Emergency Business Account through their banks and credit unions.

The Province has announced changes to address Long Term care crisis.  

The province released Ontario Creates Partnership with Volunteer Hub to Help Seniors where seniors, people with disabilities, and others in need of assistance can be connected to essential services in their community through www.211ontario.ca or by calling 211 or 1-877-330-3212.

The Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 12. This allows the government to continue to use every tool at its disposal to protect the health and safety of the people of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please visit ontario.ca for a list of essential workplaces or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 with any questions about impacts to your business or employment.

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Oakville Economic Task Force
Mayor Burton, along with the Economic Development department, Oakville Chamber of Commerce and Oakville Business Improvement Associations have formed an Economic Task Force.
The Task Force will work in collaboration to provide immediate short-term relief measures to the business community, as well as explore options to support Oakville's long-term economic recovery. Please refer to the COVID-19 Resources for Business for an overview of information and resources currently available to the business community
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Share your good news stories.
Hats off to Kirsten Broach of InSchool Wear and Lisa Duranleau of Maclachlan College for distribution of fabric for sewers to turn into fabric masks.  Lisa is donating another large quantity of uniforms and there will be a second distribution  Sat April 18 at 10 am at 886 Sinclair Rd. L6K2H3.  Follow signs to InSchoolwear -shipping and receiving around the back of the building.
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Waste: Put tissues in a compost bag-not loose in recycle bin
  • Curbside Blue Box, Green Cart and garbage collection will continue. View your weekly schedule.
    • Bulk waste collection is suspended until further notice.
    • Yard waste collection planning started as scheduled.
  • Please bag and tie all garbage and organic material. Loose items will not be collected.
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Charities are being impacted by Covid

April is cancer awareness month – the time of year the Canadian Cancer Society raises funds through the Daffodil Campaign. They have had to make the difficult but right  decision to suspend all face-to-face fundraising activities in April and beyond resulting in an significant loss of revenue. Please consider donating as you can.

From the Frontlines...
Are you curious about the specific needs of frontline charities? The Oakville Community Foundation has put together a list of the most pressing needs shared by local charities and service agencies. This page is regularly updated and includes information on programs and supports that continue to be available to the community.
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Lakeshore Road Reconstruction 
Work is continuing on Lakeshore Road Reconstruction. For full details, please visit https://www.oakville.ca/residents/lakeshore-reconstruction-streetscape-navy-allan.html
Mayor Burton is providing regular updates through his Office of the Mayor & Council Update, you can view all of these e-letter update, and subscribe at  https://www.oakville.ca/mayor/mayor-enewsletter-archive.html
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Councillor Contact Information

Town Councillor Haslett-Theall:

Email:    janet.haslett-theall@oakville.ca
Phone:   289-837-3923

Regional & Town Councillor Gittings:

Email:   dave.gittings@oakville.ca
Phone:  905-844-5513

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Your Ward 3 Councillors,
Dave and Janet
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