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Oakville Ward 3 Councillors Update 
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MARCH 14, 2021
Letter From Your Councillors
We have all have experienced a year that we did not anticipate nor imagine. The loss of life, the lost celebratory events including the hugs, the worry for family, friends and others has exhausted many. We are thankful for all those that have helped neighbours, friends, and strangers.
Navigating the vaccine process can be confusing and frustrating. Here are some straightforward questions and answers:
  1. Is it true I can go to a pharmacy and get a vaccine now? The Province has provided Astra Zeneca vaccines to specific regions (mostly those with higher COVID spread) for their pharmacies to launch their participation in the vaccine program AND specified it can only be administered to those 60-64. Halton is not in the initial pharmacy launch.
  2. How will I know it is my turn to book a vaccine? As the province expands the groups eligible for vaccination, updates will be widely communicated through newsletters, the media, & on the Region’s website. If you share our newsletter with friends encourage them to sign up so they get the information first hand.
  3. Will someone call me to book my vaccine? We are currently in Phase 1. If you are 80+ you are to book online or call 311 to book your appointment.
  4. How will I get to the clinic if I don’t drive?  If you need assistance getting to the clinic Halton will cover the cost of a taxi, or if you have the need for specialized transportation, you can book a Care a Van ride.
  5.  Why does Halton have their own booking process? The Region of Halton launched its own online booking system ahead of the province's system to ensure that our residents could boo their appointment times as quickly and effortlessly as possible. The feedback that we have received has been very positive.
  6. What is the darn hold-up? Vaccines are being distributed based on the Provincial protocol and are dependent on vaccine availability. The most vulnerable and regional hotspots have gotten a higher number of vaccines. Our MPS advise that with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and now Janssen, Canada is set to receive 8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of March, and tens of millions more doses between April and June.  Based on new delivery schedules from Pfizer, Canada will receive at least 1 million Pfizer doses per week from March 22 to May 10th. 
In this newsletter we continue to update you on COVID and encourage you to check out the Halton website for updates, we provide details on the important Midtown public meeting, we share info on the final public meeting for the Wallace Park design, updates on Town and Public Library activities and local events & fundraisers. Additionally, we draw your attention to the Halton Community Service Directory; a well-maintained resource for a wide range of community services that have just added new service directories.

As we all look forward to spring let’s remain steadfast in protecting each other.

Take care and stay safe
Janet and Dave
 
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COVID update
https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccines/COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics
Halton residents 80 years of age and older, staff and essential caregivers from long-term care or retirement homes in Halton who have not yet received a first dose, eligible health care workers who live and work in Halton and adults receiving chronic home care (through a Local Health Integration Network or Home Care Agency) can now book an appointment through our online appointment booking system. This page includes important information you need to know before you book your appointment and information on how to ensure you are prepared for your appointment. Please read carefully. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information on Halton’s vaccination program and vaccine safety

Change to second COVID-19 vaccine appointment dates
The Province of Ontario has announced that it will extend the time interval between first and second vaccine doses from 21 days to 16 weeks (4 months). All vaccination sites, including Halton Region Public Health clinics, must follow the directives set out by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
The Province has based this decision on recent recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)) and research that indicates the first dose of both Pfizer and Moderna has high effectiveness against symptomatic disease and hospitalization after the first dose. Extending the time between doses means that more people will be protected sooner.
Second dose appointments will be booked automatically. You do not need to reschedule your appointment.
  • If you have already booked your vaccine clinic appointments, Halton Region will notify you directly of your new second dose appointment date. There will be no change to first-dose appointments.
  • If you have not yet scheduled your first dose appointment, you will automatically receive a second dose appointment 16 weeks after your first.
Please note: The interval for 21-28 days between doses remains for residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, and assisted living facilities.
 
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Provincial Updates
As vaccine supply increases, the Ontario government is expanding the delivery channels available to administer COVID-19 vaccines to include pharmacies and primary care settings. These additional channels are NOT available in Halton YET. As of Friday, March 12, over 325 pharmacies will be offering the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine to eligible Ontarians aged 60-64, by appointment only, as part of the vaccine delivery pilot program in specific regions: Toronto, Windsor-Essex, and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington. The vaccine rollout will be expanded to more pharmacies in other regions of the province as supply increases. 
With the arrival of 194,500 doses of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine, select pharmacies  began booking appointments on March 10, 2021. All vaccinations available through pharmacies will require an appointment to be made in advance.  This program is NOT in place in Halton at this time.
To ramp up capacity for vaccination, the province is working with primary care professionals to offer vaccinations in primary care settings and community locations, such as physician offices, in collaboration with public health units. This initiative began in Hamilton, Toronto, Guelph, Peterborough, Simcoe-Muskoka, and Peel as of Saturday March 13, 2021.
The Ontario government is preparing to move into Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan next month, with a focus on vaccinating populations based on age and risk. This approach is designed to save lives, protect those at risk of serious illness and to stop the virus from spreading. Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan 
During Phase Two, groups that will receive the vaccine include:
  • Older adults between 60-79 years of age;
  • Individuals with specific health conditions and some primary caregivers;
  • People who live and work in congregate settings and some primary caregivers;
  • People who live in hot spots with high rates of death, hospitalizations and transmission; and,
  • Certain workers who cannot work from home.
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Midtown Statutory Public Meeting March 22 6:30 pm
The Province of Ontario has mandated that the town plan accommodate significant numbers of people and jobs within Midtown Oakville as a provincially-designated urban growth centre. As an urban growth centre, Midtown Oakville is required to accommodate and support the transit network at the regional scale and provide connection points for inter-and intra-regional transit; to serve as a high-density major employment centre that will attract provincially, nationally or internationally significant employment uses, and to accommodate significant population and employment growth. Midtown Oakville is a vital feature of the town and Region’s urban structure that will accommodate future growth because of its strategic location along the Lakeshore West GO Rail line.
As a provincially-designated urban growth centre, Midtown Oakville is a key component of the town-wide urban structure because it is intended to be the primary growth area for Oakville. It is also intended to accommodate a significant amount of the required intensification growth for Halton Region.
Oakville’s Official Plan ‘Livable Oakville’ must be updated to be consistent with the 2020 Provincial Policy Statement (the PPS), which sets out the Province’s land use vision and overall policy direction on matters of provincial interested related to land use and development. The principles of the PPS are to promote strong, sustainable and resilient communities for people of all ages, a clean and healthy environment, and a strong and competitive economy.
The statutory public meeting on March 22, 2021, is a key step in enabling the right kind of development for Midtown Oakville. Council, stakeholders and citizens will be provided the opportunity to ask questions of clarification on the proposed policies and provide input by identifying additional planning matters to be considered. Written and verbal feedback provided through the public statutory meeting will be considered by staff as the draft OPA is further developed. For further details click here to read the report that will be before Council.
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157 – 165 Cross Ave - Mid Town Development Application
157 – 165 Cross Avenue - Mid Town Development Application
There are a number of development applications that have been made by property owners in the Mid Town area. All applications go through a public process and analysis by town planning staff.
The purpose of the Public Information Meeting being held by the property owner is to provide an informal opportunity for the public to learn more about the planning application and the review process, ask questions and share your comments. Thursday  March 25, 2021 6:30 PM – 7:10 PM 
The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment & Draft Plan of Subdivision applications is to permit the development of two point-towers of 33 and 39 storeys, respectively on top of a mutual 6-storey podium. Approximately 760 apartment units and 1,000 m2 of ground floor commercial space are proposed. Additionally, the proposal facilitates the construction of two new local roads, contributing to the future Midtown Oakville transportation network. Town Planning staff will hold a separate statutory public meeting with Town Council at a later date.
 
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Planning and Development
Applications for development received by the Town are always posted on the Town website under Residents/Planning and Development/Active Development Applications/Ward 3.  

Site Plan applications received are reviewed by the different Town departments as well as the Region and as applicable Conservation Halton. You can anticipate there will be changes to a Site Plan based on Town staff comments. The Planner assigned to the project is identified and comments regarding a Site Plan can be sent directly to them. As your Councillors, we would appreciate your copying us on this correspondence. 

We have no further updates on the status of 2175 Cornwall Road. and wait for the Minister's decision on how he will address the MZO on the lands.
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Wallace Park:  Tuesday, March 30, 7-9 p.m.
ONLINE public meeting ~ Tuesday, March 30, 7-9 p.m.
 
The town is moving forward with its plans to redevelop Wallace Park. Plans include a new washroom building to replace the existing one, playground, shade structure, summer basketball court/winter refrigerated ice rink. Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2022.
Following extensive public consultation, the town and its consulting team have further developed the preferred design concept (original/preliminary design is show above). The most up-to date design will be presented at the March 30 public consultation meeting, and will be posted online following the meeting.
We invite you to attend our on-line public consultation meeting on Tuesday, March 30 from 7 – 9 p.m. Due to COVID restrictions, this meeting will be held via Zoom. Please register for the meeting ahead of time.
How to register for the meeting:
  • Send an email to david.sun@oakville.ca  with Wallace Park Meeting in the subject line, you will receive a link and instructions on how to join the meeting.
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Town Spring Programs
Town Staff is preparing for the Spring session for recreation and culture programs. This year, the Spring session will be split into two 5–6-week periods to allow for flexibility through changing public health guidelines. The first session will begin the week of April 6 with registration starting on March 24. This registration will include Spring Break camp programs from April 12-16 to support Oakville families during the delayed school break. You can browse the programs here.
 
We continue to expand pre-booked recreation and culture opportunities:
  • Casual/single-use facility booking requests on a week-to-week basis are now being accepted.
  • Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre will offer drop-in swimming lessons starting March 13, until the start of the Spring session.
  • Limited group fitness classes will resume on March 15.
  •  Artists of all levels can pre-book drop-in woodworking and ceramic studios at QEPCCC.
Additional program options are currently being reviewed and will be added to activeoakville.ca.
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Your Public Library
OPL will be launching a new service called OPL Picks for You. This personalized book-matching service will allow customers to tell us their reading interests, and OPL staff will expertly choose the best reading materials for you.
 Complete a short form with your information, and OPL staff will provide a bundle of adult fiction and/or non-fiction physical reading materials. Choose to pick-up at your local branch through our Library Takeout contactless service, or opt for mail delivery service* (*conditions and eligibility requirements apply). We will contact you when your bundle is ready. Make sure you are following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information once the service is available. Or call your local branch for details.

Register now for the Library April Spring break programs

Want to start a garden, but don't know where to begin? Sign up for this March 17 introduction and learn how to get your garden started. Backyard vegetable gardening has never been so popular! Are you new to vegetable gardening and not sure where to start? Join Helen Stephenson from the Halton Environmental Network as she shares tips and tricks to get your season off to a great start. Learn everything from compost to planting and gain the confidence you need to start your own garden at home. Register
Halton Community Services Directory
Finding resources doesn’t need to be difficult. Start by using hipinfo.ca.
 
The Halton Community Services Directory (HCSD) is an online directory of over 4000 different listings, containing information, resources, and supports available in Halton. HCSD is maintained by local Community Resource Specialists, including OPL’s Information Oakville staff, and is designed to help you find what you’re looking for when you’re looking for it. Listings include links to important COVID-19 information sources, emergency food programs, mental health & wellbeing resources, and crisis/distress lines.
 For individual assistance, please email hip@oakville.ca

For assistance over the phone,  call one of these helplines: 
  • Community Resources, Prov. & Fed. Programs, call Ontario211 at 2-1-1
  • Regional Services & Public Health, call Access Halton at 3-1-1
  • Oakville Municipal Services, call ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601
Yard Waste Program begins April 9th
Halton Region’s Yard Waste program will be restarting every other week with a pick up on Friday April 9th.  Please use proper yard waste bags or open top rigid containers (no plastic bags) Details at www.halton.ca/waste
 
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Healthy Neighboursheds Workshops 
Want to turn your backyard into a beautiful natural habitat but don’t know where to start? Healthy Neighboursheds is a series of virtual workshops for homeowners to learn how to create low-cost, environmentally-friendly garden plans from Conservation Halton staff and other experts. There will be three workshops offered throughout the month of April. Click here to learn more and register.
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Maple Grove Annual Fertilizer Sale

MGUC has been hard at work making changes to respect COVID protocols to protect their customers and volunteers. With that in mind, there will be curbside pickup only. All fertilizer and seed products must be pre-ordered and pre-paid by April 15th. and picked up at the church on April 17th. You can order: online from the comfort of your home office; Details available at https://maplegroveunitedchurch.org/fertilizer/#

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Oakville Performing Arts Presents
The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts has an action, packed, fun, eclectic,
Virtual series of concerts confirmed! Please check out their lineup and schedule at https://www.oakvillecentre.ca/upcoming-events.html
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Oakville Galleries 
Oakville Galleries has reopened and are delighted to welcome you back and safely share their winter exhibitions with you! Senga Nengudi: Hourglass and Diedrick Brackens: shape of a fever believer are on view through April 10, 2021.
Before planning your visit we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our health & safety measures, for further details or to book your experience, please visit http://www.oakvillegalleries.com/
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Fundraiser for Lighthouse 
To learn more about Lighthouse and to purchase a ticket click here. 
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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