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Oakville Ward 3 Councillors Update 
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Sept. 2019
Letter From Your Councillors
In this issue we highlight information on the new "Project Safe Start for Schools", progress on our Community Centre, Midtown development, Gairloch shoreline restoration, Open Doors Halton and several local walks all for great causes. 
Not a week goes by without a request for speed surveys and traffic calming. With school starting next week we cannot emphasize enough: Use only the approved school drop off zones, slow down and that includes parents rushing to get the students to school, do not do U turns by schools, encourage walking and cycling buddies. We all want to ensure safe arrival to and from school . 
September is for many of us like the New Year: new classes, new recreational programs, new schools and new possibilities.
Stay well and enjoy all the Town and Region has to offer.
Dave and Janet
Important Dates
 
Sept 3  Oakville Ready St Paul’s United Church 1:30- 2:15
Sept 14  Halton Kidney Walk Bronte 10 am
Sept15  Terry Fox Run Coronation Park 9 am
Sept 22  Hope in High Heels Centennial Square
Sept 28  Doors Open 10-4 pm 



 
School Zones should be SAFE zones
With summer over and school about to start, the Halton Regional Police has launched Project Safe Start. This will be the 12th year the Service has conducted their homegrown campaign, which focuses on education, awareness and high-visibility enforcement of traffic laws throughout Halton Region, particularly in and around school zones.
School zones should be safe zones. Officers are reminding motorists that over 100,000 students return to school in Halton Region on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Motorists should be on heightened alert for increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic in and around school zones. It is important to remember driving safely is your priority:
  • Drive at a safe speed. Aggressive driving such as speeding, tailgating and failing to comply with road signs increase the likelihood of a collision. Aggressive driving reduces your reaction time and makes your vehicle movements unpredictable to other drivers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when driving. There are three types of distractions: taking your eyes off the road, taking your hands off the wheel, and taking your mind off driving. Holding your cellular phone in your hands is an offence, regardless of whether you are talking on it, using the navigation system or changing a song. This is still applicable when stopped at a red light. Did you know that texting while driving increases the risk of a collision by 23 times?
  • Drive responsibly.​ Drug-impaired driving and alcohol-impaired driving can result in serious injury or death to you, your loved ones and other road users. Impairment slows your ability to react to changing road conditions. Drinking before driving and any form of drug use will impact your ability to drive.
Pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and police all play an integral role in ensuring safer roads within Halton Region. We thank the community for doing their part to ensure school zones are a safe place to be.
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Southeast Community Centre : Construction Update
Here are a few sneak peeks. Top Right: lap pool under construction. Bottom Right: a side view of the exterior of the gym wall where the pool connects. Top Left:  Rendering of the pool when it is done. Bottom Left: The gallery hallway showcases the viewing into the gym and pools: lots of wide open spaces.

Construction is moving along very well and we should see a reduction in the amount of heavy truck traffic soon. The road expansion of Reynolds which includes paving for the one-metre strip of new road along the length of the former hospital site, as well as, completion of the new municipal sidewalk and boulevard area is extended until mid September. Thank you to all of the neighbours who have been so patient!!
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Gairloch Shoreline Restoration
We are moving forward with the Gairloch shoreline restoration. The Heritage elements of the shoreline will be preserved while reinforcing as best we can the lake wall and pathways from the pounding waves of Lake Ontario. A stair entry to the lake is being built.
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Midtown Development applications
Growth in Midtown is part of our Official Plan to satisfy Provincially dictated growth under the provincial "Places to Grow" legislation.  A primary principle of the Town's plan is to direct growth to designated nodes which reduces pressure for intensification in stable residential neighbourhoods.  The Midtown Design Plan was developed in 2013. We have several high rise development applications on hold "H" in the Midtown area and more are coming in. Planning and Development Council is required to review these applications within a specified time period. The temporary "H "designation is assigned because we do not have the provincial, regional or local dollars for the extensive road and infrastructure work required to add 20,000 (combined people and jobs).  With major road changes and an improved transit corridor down Trafalgar over the QEW to an extended east Go Station platform, we can reduce the congestion at Trafalgar and Cornwall as well as Trafalgar and Cross. The Province has published that they consider intensification by a transit corridor a priority. The Town has advised MPP Stephen Crawford that the province needs to come to the table with necessary infrastructure dollars. We should not be advancing development without the necessary infrastructure in place!
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Does Growth pay for Growth?
For several years the Town and Region have raised the issue with the Province that growth is not paying for growth. Development charges on average have been covering 80% of the cost of growth and the current taxpayers covers the rest. Council and neighbouring communities are deeply concerned that as the Province mandates greater growth in our Region (another 220,000 from 2031 to 2041 for a total of 1 million ( jobs and residents)  and introduced Bill 108. With this we will have significantly less development charges to cover the cost of that growth. New regulations for Bill 108 are being worked on by the Province and through the expertise of our Planning and Finance leaders we are diligently advocating for regulations and timing that are clear, balanced and provide certainty in funding. Growth should pay for growth and communities need more than roads and pipes. They need parks, trails, libraries and recreation spaces. 

For now the Region has unanimously agreed to defer any recommendations on how growth will be allocated across the 4 communities until the Local Municipal Councils can recommend to Regional Council what criteria for allocating growth is best for their Local Planning needs. We will communicate dates for public consultation on this important subject in mid Sept.  
 
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Vehicle Thefts
The Halton Regional Police Service has noted an increase in the amount of thefts from vehicles in the Oakville area. Over the past few weeks, suspects have been targeting locked vehicles and smashing windows to gain access. Thieves have been stealing valuables left inside the vehicles, such as cash and electronics. 
Police would like to remind the public of the following:
-Always park in well-lit areas
-Never leave valuables in plain sight
-Ensure your vehicle doors are always locked
-Always roll up vehicle windows
-Take electronics with you
-Never leave vehicle running and unattended
Police would like to ask the public to report any suspicious activity, especially overnight and in the early morning hours.  It is also important to file a police report if your vehicle is broken into, even if nothing is taken.

Tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers  "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.​
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What's Happening Downtown?
Downtown construction is progressing and you can watch the creation of these special tree beds  over the next week.  Having a sustainable tree canopy is an important part of the the streetscape revitalization program.

In other news; Downtown retailers are broadening their reach by taking advantage of the Digital Main Street Service Squad; a one year program provided by the Town of Oakville and a Provincial Grant. The squad is receiving great reviews on how they are advancing our retailers   'IT savvy'  which is helping them to connect with current and future customers.  Keep up the great work Michelle and Nadia! 
 
We encourage you to sign up for the Downtown BIA newsletter . A pop up screen will come up for you to subscribe. Just another way to stay in touch with  events and services right downtown.  
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Halton Environmental Network Sept 3 
Come learn about the Halton Environmental Network and their work in our community including two initiatives to combat and build community resilience for climate change. September 3rd 1:30 -2:15 pm at St. Paul’s United Church. 454 Rebecca St. Oakville
 
The OakvilleReady program has established local neighbourhood resiliency hubs that uses places of worship as care anchors. The goal is to create an Oakville resiliency hub network that engages diverse community stakeholders to increase their personal resiliency, community capacity and understanding around how we can work to support each other during extreme weather events. 
The Halton Climate Collective is a group of local organization focused on collectively transforming Halton into a low-carbon, climate resilient community. 
 
Lisa Kohler, Executive Director of the Halton Environmental Network and Trisha Henderson from The Town of Oakville will be presenting to the IODE Angela Bruce Chapter, all interested residents are welcome. Please come get an update on these programs and ask your questions about climate change and community involvement. 

 
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Halton Kidney Walk Sept 14th 
The 9th annual Halton Kidney Walk is on Saturday September 14th @ Bronte Provincial Park
Walk Distance: 5km at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Breckon Shelter
Registration: 10:00 a.m  Warm Up: 10:45 am  Start: 11:00 am
Show them you’ve got their back and walk for someone you love living with kidney disease
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Hope In HIGH HEELS Sept 22 
Hope in High Heels is our men's walk in heels event where boys and men come together and stand up against abuse of woman!
Hope in High Heels is only a few weeks away! Join male allies in your community on Sunday September 22nd at Centennial Square and walk to end violence against women.
It's a great opportunity for boys and men of all ages to come together and show that they ARE part of the solution.
For further details or to support, please visit https://haltonwomensplace.com/events/hope-in-high-heels-2019/
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Doors Open Sept 28 10 am- 4 pm
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Explore Halton Region's hidden gems!
September 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Discover history and heritage, cultural and religious sites as well as unique architecture and spaces not normally open to the public. This year's Doors Open Halton Region includes four municipalities – Oakville, Burlington, Halton Hills and Milton.
Sites to explore in Oakville include:
Knox Presbyterian Church, Merrick Thomas House, Munn’s United Church
Oakville Greenhouse on Cornwall Road, Oakville Historical Society,
Oakville Howard Iron Works Printing Museum, Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate
Oakville’s First Post Office, QEPCCC, St. Jude’s Anglican Church, Sovereign House
 
For more information, please visit doorsopenontario.on.ca
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Reminder Fall and Winter Program Registration has begun

Get active and creative!
NEW FALL AND WINTER PROGRAMS OFFERED
Pick up your Fall and Winter Parks, Recreation and Culture guide today! Copies are available at community centres, seniors centres, libraries, pools, arenas and Town Hall. Don't have a registration account yet? Create yours online today. Registration for Seniors opens Friday, September 6 at 9 a.m.  Register here

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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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