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March 30 2021 Update
Letter from your Councillors:
As promised we are continuing to update you as eligibility expands. 
 Effective Wednesday, March 31, Halton residents 65+ (or someone booking on their behalf) will be able to book an appointment using Halton Region's online booking system or by calling 311 if they require support. 

We also include in today's update;  information on Project Noisemaker, the Cancer Society's Digital Daffodil campaign, Oakville Galleries OG2 event, Coyote meeting reminder, and dates for 2 upcoming AGMS. 

While the warm weather is delightful please wear a mask if you cannot stay 6 feet apart when outdoors. The current COVID trend is raising alarm bells. Public Health is reminding you to limit your gatherings to your household and take all the advised safety measures.

Stay safe to stay well.
Janet and Dave
COVID Update
 Effective Wednesday, March 31, Halton residents 65+ (or someone booking on their behalf) will be able to book an appointment using Halton Region's online booking system or by calling 311 if they require support.
While we are seeing good uptake among eligible groups, we continue to encourage all eligible residents to book their appointment. Please note that we continue to follow the direction set by the Province on prioritization and Halton Region Public Health does not have the authority to make any exceptions to those who are currently eligible for vaccination in Halton.

Eligible populations:
  • All residents aged 65 years of age and older (born in or before 1956) (starting Wednesday, March 31st );
  • Indigenous adults (including First Nations, Metis, and Inuit populations) living in Halton, aged 55 years of age or older (born in or before 1966) AND one immediate household family member (who must also have their own/individual booked and confirmed appointment);
  • Staff and essential caregivers at congregate settings that have not received the first dose;
  • Health care workers who live or work in Halton region in Highest, Very High and High priority groups (High Priority health care workers must be providing direct, in-person patient care (non-virtual care) at least once a week).
  • Adults receiving chronic home care (through a Local Health Integration Network or Home Care Agency).
 
As a reminder, Halton residents are able to book at any one of our six clinic locations, located in Burlington (including Joseph Brant Hospital), Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville (including Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital).

Transportation services are available for those who require it and free parking is available at all clinics including at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Joseph Brant Hospital for those receiving vaccinations at their clinics.

Public Health has also made it easier for residents to check their booked appointments, and have added a new feature on our Vaccine Clinic webpage for residents to confirm their appointment details.
 
As of Friday, March 26, 2021, 67,563 doses have been administered to Halton’s priority populations. Our vaccination status dashboard is updated weekly on Fridays between 12 and 2 p.m. Please click here to view the full dashboard.

Please check out  halton.ca/COVIDvaccines for the latest information on eligibility, vaccine safety, frequently asked questions, and how to book an appointment through our booking system.
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Project #Noisemaker Aims to Target Loud
and Unsafe Vehicles and Aggressive Driving

The Halton Regional Police Service continues to receive numerous complaints from across the region regarding loud and unnecessary noise from motor vehicles which have been illegally modified by removing the mufflers, or modifying the exhaust system.
It has been observed through proactive enforcement that this unnecessary noise is often found to be accompanied by other illegal vehicle modifications, unsafe vehicle conditions and aggressive driving behaviours.  During the course of the 2020 Project #Noisemaker campaign in Halton, Enforcement activities resulted in the following:
  • More than 1420 charges laid region-wide
  • 574 charges for no/improper muffler
  • 396 charges for unnecessary noise
  • 12 racing/stunt driving charges 
As a result, the Halton Regional Police will be continuing with Project #Noisemaker. The region-wide project will be launching on April 1st, 2021, and will run until October 31, 2021. Project #Noisemaker aims to address concerns of motor vehicles with illegal modifications, unsafe motor vehicles, and aggressive driving.
As part of Project #Noisemaker, Officers from the District Response Teams and Regional Traffic Services will collaborate with partner agencies to conduct inspections through an Operation Wreck Check; will target illegal street racing activity through Project ERASE (eliminate racing activity on streets everywhere) enforcement dates, and will partner with Municipal Enforcement Officers to conduct enforcement of the Town of Oakville's motorcycle noise by law.
Anyone with enforcement concerns is asked to fill out an online form available on the Halton Regional Police Service website here:  https://www.haltonpolice.ca/services/reporting/trafficcomplaints.php?
 
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Coyote Information meeting March 31
Join Town Staff for a virtual community information session on March 31 to get answers to your coyote questions, to learn how to respond to coyote sightings, and to gain the knowledge you need to reduce coyote conflicts.

Session info: https://www.oakville.ca/environment/featured-wildlife.html
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Residents Association AGM updates
Ward 3 is home to 5  Resident Associations whose volunteer boards work diligently on behalf of their neighbourhoods and advocate Town Council on issues and opportunities in Ward 3. We are very appreciative of the ongoing communication we have with each of the associations and the constructive advocacy they bring to Ward 3. 

Joshua Creek Residents Association (JCRA)  2021 AGM – will be held virtually again this year, via Zoom, on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00 pm.  The Town of Oakville’s new Community Development Commissioner, Jim Garbe will join the meeting to give us an overview of the Town’s planning priorities and issues, including the Mid-town development and changes to Oakville’s Official Plan.  Mayor Burton and Councillors Gittings and Haslett-Theall will also attend to answer residents’ questions.  To receive a link for the meeting, please rsvp by clicking here and noting 2021 AGM in the subject line.  Please respond by Sunday, April 18.

The Trafalgar Chartwell Resident Association ( TCRA) 2021 AGM  will be held virtually again this year, via Zoom, on Wednesday, April 21th at 7:30 pm. To sign up send an email to info@tcra.ca
 
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Oakville Galleries Exhibition
How L.A.-based artist Diedrick Brackens’ ‘blessed are the mosquitoes’
weaves together traditions and communities to create a unified picture

By Deborah Dundas Toronto Star Books Editor
Sometimes, when we look at art, the medium reflects the message. In the case of Diedrick Brackens’ “blessed are the mosquitoes” weaving together traditions and communities creates a unified picture; the image couldn’t exist without all the elements somehow working together.                                                                                                                                “Diedrick builds on a diverse range of different textile traditions (ranging from West African weaving, quilting from the American South, and European tapestry making) and fuses his textiles with a painterly approach to colour,” says Theresa Wang, Assistant Curator at Oakville Galleries and curator of the exhibition of the Los Angeles-based artist’s work.“ The scenes he depicts show Black bodies in relation to an outside world, but also demonstrate a certain intimacy, offering an introspective view of the Black queer experience. His textile piece, blessed are the mosquitoes, illustrates this by presenting two silhouettes in ritualistic pose, seeking connection and belonging.                                                                       “I think his work is very important to bring to Canada as we think about and work toward building communities of care and more compassionate futures here. Diedrick’s work is informed by both fractured histories and vital legacies. He tenderly engages with the past as a way to signal towards a new vision of reality for Black people and communities.”
The exhibition “Diedrick Brackens: shape of a fever believer” is on view until April 10 at Oakville Galleries. 

Please register online at www.oakvillegalleries.com - the limited ticketing system for covid safety oftentimes means there are only 2-4 visitors per 30min. timed entry allowing for a safe and relaxing visit of Oakville Galleries. 
 
Charities are being impacted by Covid

Every spring, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Daffodil Campaign rallies Canadians to support and remember those affected by cancer. And with nearly 1 in 2 Canadians diagnosed in their lifetime, almost all of us are impacted in some way.
Cancer hasn’t stopped being a life-threatening disease during the Covid-19 pandemic, so we can’t stop our life-changing work either. 

For the second year in a row, they have had to suspend all our face-to-face fundraising activities in order to keep everyone safe – so they need your help more than ever before.
Your support during this year’s Daffodil Campaign can ensure that no one faces cancer alone. From funding ground-breaking research to better prevent, detect and treat cancer to enabling a nationwide support system, together we can make a real difference for people affected by cancer during the pandemic and beyond.
Now more than ever, the daffodil’s sunny symbol serves as a meaningful reminder for us to come together and look ahead to brighter days. The daffodil survives our harsh winters and every spring, these resilient flowers are there, waiting to bloom. And when daffodils bloom, hope grows.
Create your digital daffodil — a virtual badge that you can print or share through your social networks. Then be a Daffodil Champion and use your digital daffodil to spread positivity and share hope for those living with cancer during COVID-19 — because we’re all in this together.
Please consider donating 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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