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Oakville Ward 3 Councillors Update 
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Nov. 2020
Letter From Your Councillors
October closes out with different approaches to Halloween this year and we include great ways you can have Halloween fun and support Kerr St Mission.

November will bring more changes to our event traditions and virtual celebrations are the current reality. Sadly, Remembrance Day ceremonies are being impacted by Covid and ceremonies will be limited to event organizers only. We encourage you to support the Legion through the Poppy campaign and by watching Canada’s National Remembrance service from our Nation’s capital.

Santa will arrive virtually on November 21st. followed the next week by a virtual Downtown Tree lighting (date to be announced).  A new interactive Holiday shopping guide is being developed for the Downtown merchants which we know will inspire you to shop local!
The Downtown business association will be installing beautiful holiday decor  later this month, which combined with downtowns new wide side walks, street furniture, Lakeshore Road fully opened, will make for a great Holiday shopping experience.

In our continued efforts to support restaurants, Town Council has passed a Winter Patio programme. Those fleece lined jeans may just come in handy! Our digital Main Street squad has been expanded to provide free support to the businesses in developing their online services. 

Are we on schedule to open Lakeshore Road? Yes! If you have connections with Mother Nature please let her know we need some good weather next week for paving.  In our next newsletter we will share a Lakeshore Guide which will highlight the various improvements that this project has brought to Downtown.

The Budget Committee meetings are scheduled in November and early December and you are welcome to attend virtually. Public delegations will be held on December 1st. and 3rd. You can learn more about the Budget process here.  We welcome you input.

Finally; Covid restrictions continue to be a very fluid situation. Our individual actions impact everyone in Oakville. We are experiencing an unsettling numbers of cases and increased hospitalizations which none of us want. Keep your 'bubble' to those you live with or if you live alone your 'support' family. Be cautious in your daily lives and safely support local businesses through wearing a mask, social distancing or making use of their online services. As always, we share Dr. Meghani's advice.  For information on Town services as they continue to adapt to COVID check out the Town website Covid page.

Stay safe, take care and remember to move your clocks back 1 hour Saturday night.

Janet and Dave
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Dr. Meghani, Halton Region Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health recently provided a detailed update to Halton Regional Council, you may watch her presentation here.
Important Dates
Oct 31 Oakville Ready Longo’s 9-1 PM Hunger Haunt
Oct 31 Pumpkin Pop up Downtown Town Square 9-1 PM
Nov 2
Planning and Development Council 6:30 PM
Nov 11
Remembrance Day 11 AM
Nov 16 Council 6:30 PM
Nov 17 Budget Committee 1:30 PM
Nov 19 Budget Committee 9:30AM
Nov 21 Santa Arrives Virtually Downtown
Nov 23 Planning and Development Council 6:30 PM 
Dec 1 Budget Public Delegations 9:30 AM
Dec 3 Budget Public Delegations 6:30 PM
As a reminder you can check out Town events, meetings and more on the Town website.
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Leaves are falling
2020 Leaf Collection is underway!
For information on your areas pick up details, please visit
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Oakville Hydro
The Ontario Energy Board recently announced new electricity prices for households and small businesses, effective November 1, under the Regulated Price Plan (RPP). T
The winter Time-of-Use (TOU) hours and the winter Tier threshold for residential customers, which were maintained for the summer 2020 period, will remain in effect on November 1. If you’re a residential or small business customer that pays Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity prices, you can choose to switch to Tiered prices beginning November 1, 2020. Full details and options are available at https://www.oakvillehydro.com/customerchoice
To switch from TOU to Tiered prices, you will need to notify Oakville Hydro either by completing an election form (click here to fill out our online form or visit Declare Your Choice for TOU or Tiered below), or by contacting us at customerservice@oakvillehydro.com You may wish to continue paying TOU prices for your electricity. In that case, no action is required.
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 Remembrance Day: Lest We Forget
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continued need to take action to curb the spread of the virus in our community, this year's Remembrance Day Ceremony will be limited to very small groups. A virtual streaming of the event will be available Nationally. 
Consider supporting the local Poppy fund  or downloading a Poppy template for children to colour and post on your front door. Wherever you are on the 11 day of the 11th month at 11 am we hope you hear the trumpets call and pause in respect of those who fought for our country and for those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
Consider supporting the local Poppy fund  or downloading a Poppy template for children to colour and post on your front door. Wherever you are on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 am,we hope you hear the trumpets call and pause in respect of those who fought for our country and for those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
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Development Updates
Amazon and their landlord H&R Reit attended the JCRA AGM and answered a few of the questions regarding traffic, noise, air pollution and trees. Briefly, Amazon shared that they are investigating Electric Vehicle charging station options, noise barriers and tree canopy options.
They also noted that the timing of vehicles leaving will start at 10 am and with vehicles returning 8-9 hours later and that the large tractor trailers (15) will arrive between 10 pm and 6 am. We expect more details will be in an updated Traffic Study which will be provided to the Town.

We  know there are more questions and it is our continued request that Amazon host a Town Hall for residents. As previously communicated they are interested in doing this once the new Traffic study, with updated operational information is submitted and published.

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and MPP Stephen Crawford has advised that the Minister is inclined to deny H&R'S request to remove the Ministerial Zoning Order on the Parkway belt land at 2175 Cornwall Road. The applicant has 30 days to provide their comments before a final decision is announced. Should the MZO remain in place, H&R can continue with their Site Plan application as submitted without parking on the protected lands or submit a revised plan with where parking can be accommodated or withdraw their site plan application for the additional driveway and parking. We await their decision and more information.

The Director of Planning is in receipt of the letter written on behalf of the Residents4Livable Oakville by their Planning Consultant. The letter suggests that a Zoning application versus a Site Plan application should be the process for H&R/Amazon must go through for Amazon to operate at 2175 Cornwall. The consultant's view is that there are characteristics of the operation that could make it a transportation terminal versus a warehouse for freight distribution. We have asked Town staff to advise if this changes our current process and will report back as we get more information. The planning consultant's letter will be part of the materials included in the Staff Report. 
 
Planning Development Council held the public meeting for Church/Randall and Planning staff have documented concerns to research and understand before returning with their staff recommendation.
For Ward 3 Planning information you can check out all of the active Development applications here.
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Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre
 Mayor Burton recently invited Councillor’s Janet & Dave along with senior community centre staff  to discuss the recently opened Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre on Cogeco’s Oakville Matters.
You can learn about the history that led to this centre here
Currently the pool is open for booked appointments as is the walking track. Unfortunately, the fitness and team sports are on hold due to Covid.
Outdoor Pickleball, tennis and basketball nets remain up for another couple weeks, staff will start the process to take them down during the week of November 16. Recreational Skating is available at certain arena's only. Check out the free virtual programs here.
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Your Public Library: one card endless possibilities

Our Libraries continue to operate on reduced hours but are open to browse the collection.  As a reminder they also offer Library Takeout by appointment for which is a safe and easy way for customers to pick up their library holds while following responsible physical distancing and maintaining mandated health and safety measures. 

Find branch contact information and locations

How it works:

  1. Browse our catalogue and place your hold.
  2. Once your hold request is processed and ready for a pick-up, you will then receive an email, text message or phone call confirmation for your hold and a link to schedule a pickup time. Please note that placing a hold does not automatically mean your hold is ready.
  3. Arrive for your contactless pick up at your scheduled time, and enjoy!
Sharing here some of the great pumpkin carving work of Library staff. 
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Provincial Updates
 Ontario Helps Protect Most Vulnerable People Across the Province - the province is providing municipalities and Indigenous community partners with over $241 million to help more than 110,000 Ontarians affected by COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Funding will be delivered through the Social Services Relief Fund and will be used to support homeless shelters, create or renovate more than 1,500 housing units and expand rent support programs. Municipal service managers and Indigenous program administrators will also use the funding for longer-term housing projects.
Ontario Launching COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream - the province is providing up to $1.05 billion in combined federal-provincial funding through the new COVID-19 Resilience infrastructure stream to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities. Eligible projects must begin by September 30, 2021 and be completed by December 31, 2021. Details and intake opening dates will be available in the days and weeks ahead. Staff is reviewing this funding opportunity.
Ontario Adding Over 760 Hospital Beds Across the Province - the province is providing $116.5 million to create up to 766 more beds at 32 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province to help reduce surgical backlogs and improve access to care during COVID-19. The new beds are in addition to the $234.5 million investment for 139 critical care beds and up to 1,349 hospital beds included in Ontario's fall COVID-19 preparedness plan. ·       
  Ontario to Release 2020 Provincial Budget on November 5 - it will focus on protecting the health and safety of Ontarians during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing supports to families, workers, and employers, and laying the foundation for future growth, renewal and economic recovery. The Budget will provide a three-year outlook that builds on the province’s $30 billion response to COVID-19 and they intend to get back on the traditional budget calendar with another multi-year update by the end of March 2021 that will outline a plan to return Ontario to a fiscally sustainable path.
Halloween reminders
While the Oakville Historical Society is not able to offer their very popular Ghost Walk Tours this year, the hard-working volunteers of the OHS have recorded a series of videos that describes life and provides a glimpse into the early days of our Town https://www.oakvillehistory.org/video-ghost-stories.html

Downtown Business Association offers you a Pumpkin Pop-Up Experience on Saturday, October 31. Stroll our brand new, extra wide sidewalks (costumes encouraged!) to see all of the creative pumpkins our merchants will be putting on display. Enter our CONTEST by voting for your favourite pumpkin for a chance to WIN 1 of 2 $150 gift cards to a Downtown Oakville retailer of your choice.

Here’s how it works: 

  1. Take a photo of your favourite pumpkin at Downtown Oakville’s Halloween Pumpkin Pop-Up Experience and post the picture on social media using the hashtag #DTOPumpkinExperience (make sure to tag @oakvilledowntown + the merchant)
  2. Subscribe to our e-newsletter here
  3. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook

Contest closes Monday, November 2, 2020 at noon. Contest open to local residents only. All contest submissions must be of a participating business listed above.

*This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Instagram or Facebook.

A list of participating businesses is coming soon. 

DONATE TO OAKVILLE READY’S LET’S HAUNT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE 

Be sure to stop by Towne Square between 9 am and 1 pm to drop off (contactless) a non-perishable food item for Oakville Ready’s Let’s Haunt Hunger Food Drive in support of Kerr Street Mission.

Best dressed or best dresses car will WIN a $150 gift card donated by the Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Association (us!). Click here to learn more.

Supporting our local charities
This new report from the Oakville Community Foundation provides local information about the impact of COVID on our community, our charities, and invites our community to support over 50 charitable organizations who are our charity heroes and an important part of our social fabric.
As part of this new report, the OCF has also incorporated their GIVEOakville program - a listing of over 50 charitable organizations who are our charity heroes and an important part of our social fabric. 
The purpose of this report and program is to invite our community to support one or more of their very own local charities, and local heroes. This report goes live on November 2nd. at  www.giveoakville.ca
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Mark your calendars
Santa will be arriving virtually on Nov 21 and Mayor Burton will be hosting a fireside chat with Santa. Stay tuned for information on this year’s colouring contest, Toy Drive and more. The Grinch will NOT steal this Christmas tradition. 
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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