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Oakville Ward 3 Councillors Update 
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February 24, 2021 
Letter From Your Councillors
This newsletter provides you with the latest update on the next phase for vaccinations. When Public Health releases information on how and when those 80 and over can book an appointment to attend at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West, for their vaccines,  we will send a further email! This information will also be widely communicated including the Mayor's newsletter.  We are advised that the clinic is ready to open once the vaccines arrive.

We also include information on the Joshua Creek Flood Mitigation EA Study, the approved Tax deferral process, a notice of a Midtown public meeting, information on Town services and the revised Red Zone. How are you celebrating International Women's Week; check out 3 opportunities to participate.

A special thanks to residents who have taken the time to help their neighbours with their driveways and those helping shovel off the rinks. If you venture to areas with stormwater ponds please stay off them. The water flow beneath the surface makes them very hazardous. 

Please continue to stay safe and don't let your guard down. Wear your mask when shopping and outside when you cannot physically distance, wash your hands like a surgeon, use your good judgement to avoid crowded spaces, respect the gathering limits and be kind to yourself and others. This is clearly a marathon, not a sprint.

Janet and Dave
 
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Vaccination update
Halton Region is ready to open our vaccination clinics for prioritized populations once vaccine supplies are secured by the Federal Government.
“Halton Region staff have been working tirelessly to ensure we are prepared to vaccinate our residents, starting first with our most vulnerable populations,” said Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr. “Like other regions, our ability to get these sites operational is dependent on supply from the Federal Government. These clinics are in addition to our mobile teams vaccinating residents in long-term care and retirement homes, Halton Healthcare’s clinic for health care workers, and our ongoing preparations to eventually provide vaccine to the rest of our community. I cannot thank our Public Health, Paramedic Services, Hospital teams, and staff working behind the scenes enough for their dedication to getting us ready.”

Clinics are located in each municipality and have been selected based on the ability to maintain health and safety measures, accessibility, and amenities.
The location for Oakville is:
St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West, Oakville 
This is the initial location and other clinics may be identified as required and as we move into different phases. This is determined by Public Health.

“The preparation of these clinics is an important milestone in our work to vaccinate those most at risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “I encourage everyone to get the vaccine when it is your turn, and in the meantime, prepare yourself and your family by reviewing credible information on the vaccines on halton.ca.”

Quick Clinic Facts:
  • The clinics are not yet open to the general public. The clinics will first serve priority populations identified by the Province, beginning with adults 80 years of age and older.
  • Information on clinic openings and how to book an appointment will be available when the amount of vaccines is confirmed. The public and current priority populations will be notified through a variety of print and digital channels when the booking system is ready and more details are confirmed.
  • Planning is also underway to provide additional support such as transportation for residents who require them. More information will be provided as those details are confirmed.
As of Friday, February 19, 23,934 doses have been administered in Halton to priority populations. Mobile teams of Public Health and Paramedic Services continue to administer vaccinations to long-term care and retirement home residents. Halton Healthcare continues to operate the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for prioritized health care workers, essential caregivers and staff of long-term care and retirement homes.

To get the latest information on Halton Region’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines. This page is updated as the situation evolves, and residents are asked to check this page regularly for the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines.
 Medical Officer update
 Watch the latest update from #HaltonON’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani,
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Here’s what being in Red-Control means to Oakville residents.
Effective February 16, Oakville, as part of Halton Region, is in the Red-Control level of the Government of Ontario's revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework.
Here’s what being in Red-Control means to Oakville residents.
Gatherings
  • Indoors: 5 people
  • Outside: 25 people
  • Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else
Masks
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is also recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres. The town strongly encourages residents to wear a mask while participating in outdoor activities, such as skating at rinks.
Oakville Transit
  • Oakville Transit will return to pre-lockdown service levels effective March 1. This will result in increased frequency on some routes and during specific periods of time. Please refer to the Oakville Transit website for updated schedule information on your route.
  • Care-A-van will be providing service for essential trips only, which includes trips for medical appointments, pharmacy, grocery, banking, work and some day programs.
  • Several school specials have already been reinstated with the balance returning effective March 1.
  • SPLIT Passes are still available for purchase at the Oakville Transit office and can be purchased with cash, debit or credit.
Indoor recreation
  • Fitness centres, gymnasiums, arenas and culture studios will begin to reopen with reduced hours on February 22. Residents can pre-book on February 18 for activities starting February 22. We are not accepting new rental requests at this time.
  • Pools will begin to reopen on February 25. Residents can pre-book on February 18 for swims starting February 25 (Glen Abbey Pool continues to be closed for maintenance).
  • Participation limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.
  • No spectators, except for one parent or guardian per child, and must be included in the maximum capacity.
  • Stay 3 metres apart in classes or areas with weights or exercise equipment and 2 metres apart everywhere else.
  • 90-minute time limit for classes and working out.
  • Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage).
Outdoor recreation
The town continues to offer a variety of opportunities for families, youth and adults to get outside and stay active while practising physical distancing.
  • Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage.
  • Outdoor skating rinks – 25 people maximum. No nets or shooting targets allowed.
  • Outdoor courts – singles play only.
Take a minute to review the Recreation FAQ'S. Should you still have questions, please call 905-815-2000 or email iris@oakville.ca from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 pm

In addition to the reopening’s above, all Oakville Public Library branches and OPL Express locations (excluding St. Luke’s OPL Express) reopened for adjusted services. Services available include: browse and borrow, holds pick-up, library takeout (contactless pick-up), returns, and computer access and related services. Not available at this time are: group study space, room rentals and in-person programs.

Although the stay-at-home order is no longer in effect, residents are strongly advised to still follow all public health advice. This means you should:
  • stay at home as much as possible — only leave the house for essential trips such as food, medication, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members
  • stay at home when ill, even with mild symptoms
  • avoid social gatherings
  • work from home if you can
  • avoid non-essential travel
The Province is also introducing an "emergency brake" to allow for immediate action if a public health unit region experiences rapid acceleration in COVID-19 transmission or if its health care system risks becoming overwhelmed.  If this occurs, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, in consultation with the local medical officer of health, may advise immediately moving a region into Grey-Lockdown to interrupt community COVID-19 transmission.

Additional details of changes to any town programs and services as a result of moving to the Red zone will be posted on our COVID-19 Information

ServiceOakville: is open for some services that are not online, but residents are urged to not visit unless necessary. There are many options to pay property taxes. Call ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or visit our COVID-19 Information page and check out the Find Town Services page.

Enforcement
To report a violation, please call Halton Police COVID-19 hotline at 905-825-4722 or ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601. When you call after 4:30  listen to the message and you will be connected to our after-hours service. 
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Joshua Creek Flood Mitigation Study
The Town of Oakville is undertaking a detailed study of the Joshua's Creek system south of Upper Middle Road to Lake Ontario. The focus of the study is to identify flood-prone sites in an effort to determine the most viable and responsible mitigation options to reduce flood risk.  
The study is being carried out in accordance with the Schedule B project requirements as described in the Municipal Engineers Association’s Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) document (October 2000, as amended in 2015), approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.
Town staff is seeking public input related to this project, including alternative mitigation measures, evaluation criteria, potential environmental effects, and any other concerns. This is the first of two public consultation opportunities for the Flood Mitigation Opportunities Study. 
The town website provides a detailed description of the study work to date.
Please direct all comments, concerns, and input on this project to the following contacts via e-mail or mail by March 4, 2021.
Diana Friesen, BSc. C.E.T
Water Resources Technologist
905-845-6601 ext. 3904
diana.friesen@oakville.ca

Janusz Czuj, P.Eng.
Project Manager
GHD
janusz.czuj@ghd.com
 
In the next phase of the study, Town Staff will be evaluating the merits of each alternative from an environmental, social, and economic perspective, taking into consideration comments received from agency stakeholders and the public.  This evaluation and selection of preferred alternative(s) will be shared with the public at a future public information event later this year.  The town will also be looking at the results of the Joshua’s Creek Study in the overall context of other flood risk areas across the town and will be specifically looking at the risks and return on investment to prioritize flood mitigation projects moving forward. 
We have been asked if site plans evaluate flooding and stormwater. Yes, they model the 100-year event to assess stormwater management needs.
 
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2021 Tax update
Recognizing the financial hardship that some property owners are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Town Council approved a 2021 Property Tax Deferral program for eligible Oakville property owners.
The application-based program will allow residential and business property owners who are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 to apply to defer their property tax payments in 2021. As of January 1, 2021, all regular property tax billings, collections, application fees and charges have resumed to the normal schedule, including late payment charges. If eligible resident or business property owners experiencing financial hardship need more time to pay their property taxes, they can apply to the deferral program to have their payments deferred to December 15, 2021.
“The town recognizes this has been a difficult time for many of our taxpayers and we are doing what we can to alleviate some of the financial pressures some families and business owners are facing right now due to the pandemic. We want to support our property owners by deferring taxes for those who need it most,” said Mayor Rob Burton.
To be eligible for the 2021 Property Tax Deferral program, property owners will need to attest on the application a COVID-related reason for their financial hardship such as extreme revenue loss, loss of employment, business closure, prolonged suspension of pay, insolvency and/or bankruptcy. Additionally, eligible property owners cannot have any tax arrears (property tax debt) prior to March 1, 2020, and must pay taxes directly to the Town of Oakville and not through a mortgage company.
“In 2020, Council offered tax deferrals for residents and businesses who continue to experience financial difficulties. We learned that most tax payers continued to pay on time while some had difficulties,” said Nancy Sully, commissioner of Corporate Services. “With the December 15 deadline in place, eligible property owners can decide when and how to make their tax payments throughout the year.”
For those who are eligible for the program, the total taxes billed for 2021 would need to be paid by December 15, 2021. Applicants will still be able to make property tax payments at any time during the year against the balance of taxes owing depending on their own financial situation. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure their 2021 property taxes are paid in full by December 15.
If property owners owe taxes from 2020 or previous years, late payment fees will be applied to the balance until paid in full. Late payment charges on deferred 2021 taxes would not be applied until after December 15, 2021.
Online applications will be available later this week on the town’s website.
For more information read the 2021 COVID-19 Property Tax Assistance staff report – item 9 on the February 22, 2021 agenda on oakville.ca
To learn more about the town’s efforts to support the community in response to COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 page or follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
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Midtown update
Midtown Oakville is identified as an Urban Growth Centre in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. It comprises about 100 hectares around the Oakville GO Station (i.e., lands bounded by the QEW, Chartwell Road, Cornwall Road, and Sixteen Mile Creek).
 
The Livable Oakville Plan sets out a long-term vision and policies for Midtown Oakville in conformity with the provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The town staff is preparing materials to share at Public Meeting on Midtown development for the Planning & Development Council on March 22nd – 6:30. Information will be posted on the Agenda and Minutes section of the Town website.
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Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Showcase Cities pilot

Town of Oakville successfully completes Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Showcase Cities pilot in Canada
The Town of Oakville is one of only 25 municipalities across Canada that successfully completed an intensive pilot focusing on local climate action. By participating in this pilot, the town has been recognized as a leader on local climate action both nationally and internationally.
As a result of its climate efforts, the town has received a Mitigation Badge. The Mitigation Badge is awarded to cities that complete an inventory of greenhouse gas usage in their community, set emission targets and have an approved mitigation plan, such as the Community Energy Strategy, unanimously endorsed by Council in February 2020.
 
In August of 2019, the Town of Oakville was selected to join the first Showcase Cities cohort led by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) Canada. As a member of this network, the town received free support to spur climate action at a local level.
 
GCoM cities around the world have already committed to doing their part to solve the climate crisis. Now they are calling for a green recovery and ensuring that cities are the centrepiece in the effort to grow back greener, healthier and more resilient.
 
The pilot project combines two leading domestic climate programs, the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program and Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC), with the leading global climate program. This approach builds on over 25 years of experience by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and ICLEI-Local Governments in delivering climate change programs in Canada. 
 
The Global Covenant of Mayors Canada is a collaboration between FCM, ICLEI, GCoM Secretariat and the International Urban Cooperation Project supported by funding from the European Union.
Taste of Oakville available until March 6
Have you tried the different prix fixe lunch and dinner menus the Taste of Oakville has on offer? 
Celebrating International Women's Week
WHAM – Women of Halton Action Movement Dinner Party
2021 has gone virtual. Join us on March 8th for the "UN" Dinner Party.
Show your support with a 100% tax deductible ticket donation.
 www.thedinnerpartyiwd.ca/event202
As we celebrate the role of women making real and positive change, we invite you to hear from Oakville MP and Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand. A scholar, lawyer, researcher, and mother of four, Minister Anand has held one of our country’s most instrumental roles throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please register here.
Check out https://zontacelebrates.ca/about-2021/
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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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