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Oakville Ward 3 Councillors Update 
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March 25 Update
Letter from your Councillors:
Halton Public Health has announced starting Friday, March 26th  individuals 70 years and older ( born in or before 1951) can go online or call 311 to book their vaccination appointment.
Please share this update with your friends, family and post widely. As a reminder, transportation services are available to safely get you to and from your appointment free of charge as needed. We have received positive emails about the online booking and vaccine process. 311 is there to help should you have any challenges or need booking assistance.

More straightforward Q&A.

Why are our Halton pharmacies not able to do vaccinations?
Halton Public Health is in discussions with the Province and we hope to have more news shortly!

If I am the primary caregiver of an eligible resident why can't I get my vaccine at the same time to ensure the safety of the eligible resident? 
The Province decides eligibility and we have advocated the Province regarding this need. Additionally, homebound vaccinations are being investigated.

Which vaccine will I receive?
Halton Region currently has access to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Pfizer vaccine is being administered at our community clinic locations (including Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital clinic), while the Moderna vaccine is being administered by our mobile vaccination teams. The AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines are not currently available in Halton. All of the approved vaccines are safe and effective based on Health Canada's review.

With all of these vaccinations will the town lift some of the restrictions?
The Province determines the level of restrictions based on the Region's Covid results.
The facts: Variants of Concern (VOCs) are doubling in our community every 1.7 weeks. Our percent positivity rate has increased to 2.9 percent. These are concerning indicators and are part of the measures reviewed by the Province to determine if they move us from Red into a different Zone which is detailed in the Provincial Re-Opening Framework. Our current results have us leaning closer to Gray. You can help by not letting your guard down. Distance matters, masks make a difference, avoid all social gatherings and plan upcoming holidays as virtual or only within your household contained, avoid crowded spaces. wash your hands like a surgeon. We have been successful in flattening the curve before we can do it again!
The  Halton website is a great source about vaccinations and has a growing list of answers to your frequently asked questions.  

Don't forgetthat this Saturday is Earth Hour. We are asking residents to switch off their lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. in support of global efforts to preserve nature and take action on climate action. There is an Earth Hour video to help spread the word.

Lots of updates arrived in our inbox as we were about to send out this short update; which we trust you will find the additional news informative. 
Thank you for your continued feedback. Until next time: Stay safe to stay well.
Janet and Dave
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A Vaccine Update from Dr. Meghani

We provide you with the Vaccine update from Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health | March 24, 2021

Starting Friday, March 26, Halton residents who are 70 years of age and older (born in or before 1951) can book an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. Appointments are available in March and April.

“We are making great progress with our vaccination program and we are continuing to book and vaccinate eligible residents as quickly as possible,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Our six vaccination clinics across Halton are running smoothly thanks to the commitment of Regional staff and our partners at Joseph Brant Hospital and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. We will keep moving forward with our program, dependent on vaccine supply from the Federal and Provincial governments.”

Halton’s six clinics are by appointment only and are located in Burlington (including Joseph Brant Hospital), Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville (including Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital). Additional locations will continue to be identified as required. Residents are reminded that appointments must be booked through Halton’s online booking system or if you require assistance call 311. Bookings for Halton’s clinics are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be redirected to Halton’s system.

“While we have made significant strides, it is important to remember that vaccine coverage is not yet widespread and we must continue to follow public health measures,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “COVID-19 can spread easily if we let it and our individual actions are critical to limiting transmission. Please continue to stay home as much as possible, limit trips to essential outings only, keep a distance and wear a mask around anyone you do not live with. As always, please stay home if you are not well, even if your symptoms are mild.”

Important information & instructions:

  • In addition to groups currently eligible, on Friday, March 26, Halton residents who are 70 years of age and older (born in 1951 or earlier) will also be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through Halton’s online booking system.
  • While booking online is the fastest way to schedule an appointment, residents can also call 311 if they require booking support. Residents who are not currently eligible to receive the vaccine are asked to please not call 311 or visit the online booking system to ensure eligible residents have access.
  • Vaccinations are by appointment only (no walk-ins) and must be booked through Halton Region’s online system or through 311. Please do not contact clinics directly. Bookings for Halton residents are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be guided back to Halton’s system.
  • All appointments are contingent on the availability of vaccine supply.
  • Halton Region continues to offer transportation services to and from appointments for residents who require support, free of charge. This includes residents 70 years of age and older.
  • To maintain physical distancing and safety measures, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment (not earlier) and remember to wear a mask/face covering.

To learn more about Halton Region’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program, including who is currently eligible and how to book an appointment, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.

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Provincial Budget Update
To learn about the Province's new budget including COVID and Long term care plans, Community and Small business relief click here.  
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Ready Set Spring Town Updates
We applaud the Town Staff who have completed opening all of our tennis and pickleball courts, three weeks ahead of schedule. The staff has also completed the installation of basketball nets and backboards at all of our 17 locations. 

As part of Ready Set Spring, there are many other safe activities planned for residents to enjoy this Spring in Oakville. Check out the  Ready, set, spring! web page with details, dates, and locations. Here is a snapshot of the listings:
  • Outdoor recreation opportunities on trails, courts, gardens, and more
  • Oakville Museum self-guided outdoor experiences at Erchless Estate
  • Spring Scavenger Hunt and family fitness challenges
  • Self-guided StoryWalks on select trails with Oakville Public Library (OPL)
  • No Dragons for Tea virtual storytimes with OPL and Oakville Fire
  • Sports Equipment Lending Program offered through OPL
  • Virtual programs for all ages and abilities (free and fee-based)

 


To officially launch Ready, Set, Spring!, residents are invited to give back to the community at two drive-thru donation events on Saturday, April 10 at Coronation Park from 9 a.m. to noon, and Sixteen Mile Sports Complex from 2 to 5 p.m.

While in the safety and comfort of your vehicle, wave hello to Sparky the Fire Dog and the Oakville Fire department, plus enjoy spring give-aways including Take and Make crafts and seed planting kits (available while supplies last).

Residents are invited to drive through their preferred location to drop off new or unused items. In consultation with local agencies, the following items are required:

•    Non-perishable food items
•    Recreation and arts equipment (used bikes will be accepted)
•    Baby supplies (diapers, wipes, formula, etc.)
•    Personal care products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
•    Menstrual products (sanitary napkins, tampons, etc.)

Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, we will not be accepting used items, clothing or household items. Pedestrian access is not permitted at the donation event sites.

A special thanks to our partners at United Way of Halton and Hamilton, Food for Life Canada, Kerr Street Mission, and Front Line Outreach for their help distributing these items into the community.

Coyote Information Session March 31

Wednesday, March 31, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Join Town staff for a virtual community information session to get answers to your coyote questions, learn how to respond to coyote sightings, and gain the knowledge you need to reduce coyote conflicts. Pupping Season is always challenging. Walk your property and check there are no open spaces where a Coyote Mom can create a den: under decks, porches are all places they have tried before.

To join the meeting please register online. Once registration is complete you will receive an email providing you with the link to join the meeting on March 31. To submit questions ahead of the meeting or for any other questions relating to the meeting please send an email to enforcement@oakville.ca.

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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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