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Oakville Ward 3 Councillors Update 
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Nov 20, 2020 Update  
Councillor Gittings, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Association; Adrienne Gordon and Councillor Haslett-Theall (we are smiling under the masks) 
Letter From Your Councillors
Downtown is humming as  Lakeshore Road re- opens and the Downtown Business Association and their elves start to transform  Downtown with holiday planters, seasonal lights and a very special Ribbon Tree. 
This newsletter provides you with important insight into proposed Conservation Authority changes  by the Province that are NOT supported by a large number of municipalities and residents! Your support is needed before it is too late.

The L6J Postal Code was identified as the 29th highest out of the ‘top 30’ in a recent news release. We followed up with the Region’s Medical Office of Health for further details on whether this data was driven by an institutional outbreak.
Dr.Meghani confirmed:
The outbreak at Wyndham Manor has driven the high percent positivity rate in the L6J  postal code that was seen for the week of November 1-7. Over 80% of individuals who tested positive during that week and live within L6J  were linked to the Wyndham Manor outbreak. Our latest testing data from ICES shows that for the week of November 8-14, the test positivity rate for L6J was down to 3.06%, more aligned with the rest of the Region. Our thoughts are with the staff and residents of Wyndham as they fight this outbreak.

We also share  information on; the Downtown Business Association's Hometown Holiday and a very special virtual shopping guide, great news on the Winter Recreational programs that we are able to adjust for COVID restrictions, two  opportunities to see Santa, Development news including an Amazon update, ideas for Giving Tuesday Dec. 1  and the latest update on COVID from Dr. Meghani whose advice we encourage you to follow.

Take care and let's help each other stay safe
Dave and Janet
Important Dates
 
Nov 21 Santa and Mayor Burton Fireside chat 9 AM
Nov 23 Planning and Development Meeting 6:30 PM
Nov 28 Hometown Holiday Launch Downtown
Dec 1 Giving Tuesday
Dec 1 Public Delegations: Budget 9:30 AM
Dec 3 Public Delegations: Budget 6:30 PM
Dec 4 Firefighter Annual Toy Drive Thru 5- 9 PM 
Dec 7 Planning and Development 6:30 PM
Dec 15 Budget Committee Deliberations 1:30 PM
Dec 21 Council and Budget decisions 6:30 PM
 
Downtown Update
Town officially marks the opening of reconstructed Lakeshore Road!
News release The excitement of today’s Lakeshore Road opening  was readily apparent as shown by the cheers, honking of horns and smiles all around. The work above and below ground was extensive but it means Lakeshore is in great shape for YEARS to come. Today we emphasized our thanks to the merchants who held on, who pivoted, who embraced change, who demonstrated incredible patience and kept their eye on the light at the end of roadway.  We also thanked the residents who participated in the streetscape design. Their efforts resulted in streetscape that is quintessential Oakkille and more COVID friendly.

The contractor will remain on site for the next few weeks addressing cosmetic touch ups.

Watch for the ‘Quick Stop’ spots now posted  downtown. These were installed to accommodate increased demand for businesses that provide pickup and delivery options. These will assist you in picking up purchases made through businesses’ websites or over the phone amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

ENJOY!
 
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Conservation Halton: Needs your help
The proposed changes to Conservation Authority  have serious ramifications for parks, safe development, habitat and more. This is a must read and take action call to everyone. https://conservationhalton.ca/conservation-authorities-act
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HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS 
The Downtown merchants are lighting up Downtown next week and the planters and tree wells are sure to make the Holiday season special.
Check out the  great virtual guide created to assist you in your goal of shopping local this year. 
 
Click here to view this fabulous guide.
Don't let COVID stop you from sharing the joy of Santa arriving. Hook up your computer to the big screen and watch Santa chat with Mayor Burton Sat Nov 21 at 9am.. Tune in to oakvillesantaclausparade.ca   OR Experience the magic of the Holiday driving through Coronation Park on Friday Dec 4 and  waving to Santa while sharing the joy of giving with a donation to the Firefighters Annual Toy drive.
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HALTON COVID UPDATES

 Dr Meghani's update

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Federal Updates
We continue to encourage you to  download the COVID Alert
It is a safe way to support ensuring others and you are aware if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive.
As a reminder here is a link to  federal supports, programs, information and updates. 
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Provincial Updates
The Province announced late this afternoon that they are putting Peel and Toronto into Lockdown  effective Monday at 12:01 am. In addition they announced new support for Businesses.

Ontario Launches Workplace Education and Enforcement Campaigns - the province is launching education and enforcement campaigns to ensure businesses are taking the necessary steps to keep employees, consumers and the public safe. The campaigns will support the current efforts of police, municipal by-law officers, and public health inspectors to educate businesses and enforce COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Officers will be asking employers to produce their workplace safety plans. Businesses requiring a workplace safety plan include: Restaurants, bars, and food or drink establishments; sports and recreational facilities; meeting and event spaces; malls; personal care services; casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments; cinemas; and performing arts facilities. Staff is ensuring the town is in compliance with provincial level 2 requirements including COVID safety plans at our facilities. 

 Ontario Opens COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream for Municipalities - Ontario is now accepting applications from municipalities for local infrastructure projects under the new Local Government sub-stream of the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream. Eligible projects include infrastructure to support physical distancing, social infrastructure, active transportation and disaster mitigation projects. Successful projects will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and be nominated by the province to the federal government for approval by March 2021. Staff is evaluating our shovel-ready projects against the criteria and timelines.

 Ontario Supporting Small Businesses with Financial Advice and Training - the province is investing over $2.2 million through the Ontario Together Fund to provide small businesses with free, tailored financial advice and online training to help them make informed financial decisions and navigate the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Town Budget 2021

The staff have now presented the proposed operating and capitol budget to the Budget committee. All of these materials are available for you to review on the Budget 21 webpage
Upcoming dates are:
December 1, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – public delegations

December 3, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – public delegations

December 15, 2020, 1:30 p.m. – Budget Committee deliberations and recommendations

2021 Budget Virtual Open House

Join us on Wednesday, November 25 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a virtual open house to learn more about the 2021 Budget, Council’s key budget priorities, and a chance to ask questions.

This open house will be hosted by Councillor Tom Adams, Budget Committee Chair, who will deliver a brief presentation and overview of the 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. 

How to participate

  • A link with instructions and how to access the meeting will be posted on our 2021 Budget page closer to the meeting date.
  • The live stream of the virtual open house will be available on our Live Streams page and on the Town of Oakville YouTube channel.
  • Submit your questions in advance by emailing budget@oakville.ca by November 23.
  • Submit your questions live during the session.

We encourage all residents to participate on November 25 – leave a comment, ask a question, or drop-in and listen in on the session.
Alternatively email us at Ward3@oakville.ca with your questions and comments.

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Development Update
Town Staff have received the 'third submission' from Amazon. The materials are posted on the Planning and Development webpage for 2175 Cornwall Road.
Given the size of the submission and the Peer Review to be completed  on the  traffic study, Staff are advising the Staff report will be  on the February Council Agenda. As of publication we do not have a final decision from the Minister of Municipal Affairs on the application by H&R to remove the Ministerial Zoning Order currently on the lands. We will update as we get more information.
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Winter Outdoor Recreation & Culture Activities
Oakville, November 19, 2020 – While COVID-19 might be restricting many facets of our lives, the Town of Oakville’s There’s Snow Place like Home initiative will allow residents to safely participate in expanded winter recreation and culture experiences in their own community.
 
“In line with public health guidelines we’re happy to offer There’s Snow Place like Home winter adventures, which provide residents with expanded winter offerings,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “These programs are designed to encourage you to stay local while keeping active physically and mentally.”
 
Residents are reminded that the current gathering limit for outdoor activities under the Province’s Red control measure is 25 people and physical distancing still applies. As the situation evolves, regulations may change. Please follow all current health protocols and enjoy these activities responsibly.
 
Kick Off with Santa
Residents are invited to kick-off the winter festivities this Saturday, November 21 at 9 a.m. with the official launch of Mayor Rob Burton’s virtual fireside chat with Santa Claus. During the broadcast, Santa will answer your holiday questions and announce winners of this year’s colouring contest. Tune in to oakvillesantaclausparade.ca for a virtual visit.
Drive-Thru Toy Drive
To keep the holiday spirit going, the Oakville Firefighters’ revamped 28th annual “Drive-Thru Toy Drive” promises to sparkle on Friday, December 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Coronation Park. Residents are invited to drive through the park to enjoy the festive light display as they drop off their donations. As they exit the park, they can safely wave to Santa from inside their vehicle. Visit oakville.ca for driving directions, accepted donations and more. The festive lights will remain lit throughout the winter for residents to experience by car or by foot.
Outdoor Rinks
Later this winter, admire the lights, bring your skates and test out the new outdoor rink at Coronation Park, weather permitting. The Town of Oakville will also be installing a total of five new outdoor rinks this winter for a total of 15 rinks throughout Oakville.
Trails
Expand your winter sport horizons, grab your skis or snowshoes and take in the beauty of Oakville’s 15 kilometres of select groomed trails. For our avid cyclists, we’ll be clearing select trails for your enjoyment as well.
The Oakville Public Library is excited to offer self-guided Book Walks along select town trails. Enlarged pages from picture books (including QR codes) will be placed along the trail so residents can follow along and even source similar literary materials.
Select Outdoor Tennis and Pickleball Courts
Didn’t get your fill of summer racquet sports? Grab your toque, gloves and racquet because we’ll be clearing off select outdoor courts so you can enjoy some pickleball and tennis.
Oakville Museum – indoor and outdoor
Love holiday décor? Take a guided tour of the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate located at 8 Navy Street in downtown Oakville. This year, the holiday decorations will extend to the exterior and courtyard of the museum for some extra festive flare. Additional virtual and in-person museum programming will also be offered this winter.
History buffs and life-learners are invited to bundle up for a 45-minute guided walk for a fascinating glimpse into Oakville's Black History. Guests will learn about Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad and the historical significance of nearby locations.
Virtual Programs
Prefer the warmth of the indoors? Let us entertain and educate you from the comfort of your home through our virtual programming for all ages. Take part in cooking classes, yoga, health and wellness seminars, imaginary travel, Facebook Live streams, and more. Programs offered through Zoom or by phone.
The Oakville Public Library (OPL) is gearing up for winter with unique selection of virtual programming including a Historical Book Club in partnership with Oakville Museum, and an Inclusion and Diversity Book Club in partnership with Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable.
Other new virtual programs include Literacy LEGO for preschoolers, Little Artists in partnership with Oakville Galleries, Ontario curriculum-inspired Kids Library Clubs, Literary Fan Clubs, New Parent Connections in partnership with Oakville Parent Child Centre, and more. For in-person options, check out the Creation Zone by appointment to create projects using OPL’s state-of-the-art technology and equipment.
Pre-registered programs
For those looking for safe and physically-distanced in-person activities, the town continues to offer limited indoor and outdoor pre-registered programming, fitness memberships, recreational swimming and skating, drop-in sport training, youth study spaces, and more.
All programs offered follow strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Please visit oakville.ca for locations, hours, registration information and more.
 

Access to Public Washrooms

Access to public washrooms was a serious problem that residents faced in the first wave of the pandemic. The winterized public washrooms at Towne Square and Fisherman’s Park will be open. In addition, residents will be able to access washrooms at all of our community centres and public libraries, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex and Joshua Creek Arena during opening hours. Coronation Park will have a temporary washroom trailer installed for the winter months. We are investigating the possibility of a winterized washroom facility at Tannery Park.

We have asked if Lakeside can be re opened and staff are investigating options.
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Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre
The Oakville Trafalgar Community Center is open for specific activities such as swimming, the walking track, and the fitness center, as well as some programs.  Pre-registration is required for any activity and program.  All programs and facilities have limited availability because of COVID protocols.
You can check availability and register for programs using either Active Oakville or Programs Oakville
Oakville Public Library
At this time your public library  is not facing any service adjustments due to the move of Halton Region to the Control level of the provincial framework.
 A group led by Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa public libraries are attempting to meet with the Ministry to discuss potential lockdown regulations for libraries. In particular, they are looking to encourage the province to allow contactless holds pick-up should a lockdown occur. In the meantime you may want to return your books and get a few more just in case.
Ways to Support local Charities
#GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 1st. How will you give?
Find a list of organizations supporting the #HaltonGives movement here
Check out the great research and projects within our community that need your support!
Our food banks continue to experience extraordinary demand. Please give as you can.
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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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