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Oakville Ward 3 Councillors Update 
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April 27, 2020 Update
Letter from your Councillors:
In this newsletter we share; the latest public health update from Dr. Meghani, what's happening with two Ward 3 Town Construction projects, highlight great resources from your Public Library, identify those little bugs that are swarming us on our walks, recognize First Robotics for sharing their creative talents, provide the latest Town Council update,  highlight Oakville Ready webinars, introduce a great new collaboration of the Oakville Galleries and United Way of Halton and much more.
The Province has extended the Emergency closure to at least May 6 and announced schools will remain closed until to at least May 31. The Town has officially canceled the Canada Day park celebrations and the Children's Festival this summer. 
Is there any good news? Yes!  Because we are staying home, practicing social distancing, washing our hands, and going out for only essentials, health authorities are seeing progress. There is no easy way through this and it is normal to have moments of exasperation! When we take a few minutes to listen to real news (not fake news),  we know we need to stay strong and only virtually connected for awhile longer. 

If you have concerns or suggestions we are here to listen.

Stay safe to stay well.
Janet and Dave
It takes a village!
This past week was National Volunteer Week. Today more than ever, we know the important role volunteers have in our great community!  Whether it is supporting seniors, championing local concerns, climate initiatives, youth programs, volunteering at the hospital and now creating works of art on the sidewalks, dropping off essentials to a neighbour, calling a friend, donating material for masks, or sewing masks, creating face shields, donating to our food banks and much more; thank you for your generosity and service!
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Public Health update
Here is the  latest  video from Dr. Hamidah Meghani 
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Town of Oakville News release on pandemic response and recovery planning
NEWS RELEASE April 24, 2020
As the town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is now in its seventh week, Town Council received an update from Acting CAO Jane Clohecy at the virtual Council meeting held this past Thursday, on how the town is moving forward with critical services while planning for recovery. The town cautioned that this does not mean that emergency measures put in place by the province, the region and the town to slow the spread of COVID-19 would be lifted anytime soon.
“The town is now entering Phase 3 of its COVID-19 response plan and this includes opportunities to safely bring back additional services and begin recovery planning,” said Ms. Clohecy, adding that the town hopes that it can begin opening facilities in early July, but that is contingent on the continued success of physical distancing and isolation practices currently in place continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19.
To help with overall recovery plans, Mayor Burton along with Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette, Milton Mayor Gord Krantz formed the Halton Mayors Recovery Coordination Group.
“We’re working together to prepare for a successful transition to a post-COVID-19 future and recovery period,” said Mayor Burton. “We are stronger when we work together as a team.”
The third phase of the COVID-19 response looks at the six-week period running from early May to mid-June and includes planning for recovery by looking at ways to deliver services such as accepting and processing new planning, building and development applications online.
At a Special Meeting of Council held April 8, staff outlined the five phases of the town’s pandemic response. The first phase took place from March 13 to April 5. This phase saw facilities and programs shut down. The second phase which began on April 6 and runs through May 3 has seen the continuation of critical services, with full-time town staff working from home where possible.
The final two phases of the pandemic response include the ramp-up for the potential reopening of facilities and the implementation of recovery efforts over the balance of the year. The dates of when recovery might begin are contingent on the continued slowing of the spread of the virus and the province lifting its emergency orders and restrictions.
To continue to assist the community through the emergency order, Ms. Clohecy highlighted a number of mitigation actions the town has implemented. These include deferral of late tax payment penalties until June 30; offering free parking and free transit; and establishing the Mayor’s Economic Task Force to support local businesses. In addition, Council approved offering rent deferrals to tenants of town-owned buildings.
As with all municipal governments across Canada, COVID–19 has had a serious impact on town finances. Analysis to date indicates an estimated revenue shortfall of approximately $19 million for the year. To help mitigate this shortfall several steps have been taken or identified as potential actions including:
  • Focus on delivery of critical and essential services resulting in a reduction to operating costs, materials, supplies and purchased services
  • A 50 per cent reduction in the town’s usual spring workforce - vacant positions, layoffs of part-time and seasonal staff, delaying summer student hiring
  • Deferring capital projects to ensure sufficient cash flow
  • Use of 2019 surplus reserve funds to help offset revenue shortfalls
  • Partnering with national, provincial, and regional organizations to seek financial support from federal and provincial governments including lobbying the federal government to provide urgent funding to assure the viability of public transit and aid transit operators in rebuilding ridership.
While the town may be looking ahead to a potential re-opening in early July, Ms. Clohecy stressed that current town restrictions remain in place to protect the public and slow the spread of COVID-19, including the closure of town facilities, parks and other communal outdoor spaces; physical distancing and anti-litter by-laws; and cancellation of public events.
“The town continues to respond to direction provided by federal, provincial and regional public health officials. COVID-19 remains an ongoing health emergency and the town is continuing its focus on actions to curb the spread of this virus,” said Ms. Clohecy. “We thank residents for doing their part to help flatten the curve.”
To review the full agenda of the April 23 Council meeting and for up to date information on the town’s response to COVID-19, visit oakville.ca.
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Walk through but do not linger or gather.
As a reminder, you CAN pass through Parks and Trails but are not to linger or gather in groups. The signage has been updated as above.

Edgemere Trail is unfortunately closed due to complaints of people congregating and not social distancing. Halton Police noted enforcement on trails with limited site lines is difficult.
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Oakville Galleries & United Way of Halton/Hamilton come together because #artcares.
To purchase a t-shirt for yourself, your family or office staff follow the link.
 
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Your Public Library: stay connected!
Your public library has virtual offerings throughout the week and provides a newsletter that details what they are offering. You can sign up to get the newsletter directly to your inbox. 
At your service: Your digital library.
The May 2020 issue of Canadian Living is available now on RBDigital. Check out the Home &Garden section to learn all about the trees and shrubs you should plant this year.
Or use your library card and PIN number to access the ebook or audiobook of this week's Adult Book Club pick. Mary Coin by Marisa Silver on cloudLibrary. Browse ebooks and audiobooks now. 
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Oakville Ready is building a vibrant virtual community
Oakville Ready is building a great online community. Our very own Ward 3 Chartwell Maple Resident Association President is sharing her Master Gardener skills in one of the upcoming webinars. 
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Federal and Provincial updates
The Prime Minister announces partnerships with provinces and territories to deliver the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses highlighting an agreement reached, in principle, with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. The program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by the outbreak.

Following this, the Premier announced Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords that will see the province committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal relief for small businesses is more than $900 million.
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Share your good news stories.
First Robotics Team 1360 – Orbit Robotics
With training on hold for the canceled FIRST Robotics competition. Efforts have been transferred to the making of PPE. The Team recently delivered an additional 120 complete face shields to the Oakville Community Drive for a total of over 250 plus, plus headbands and stiffeners for another 200 to Inksmith in Kitchener.
Orbit Robotics is very proud to be able to absorb the costs of the materials thanks to our sponsors. 
The picture above was taken at Oakville Fare Share Food Bank after the delivery of PPE.
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The Oakville Community Foundation has created the Oakville Resiliency Fund to support our local community during this State of Emergency and beyond when it is time to help our charitable sector recovery.  Read about the generous donation of a local family physician.

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Gairloch Gardens Shoreline Protection Improvements
Construction of Gairloch shoreline protection improvements is underway and making good progress. Works include reconstruction of existing shoreline protection and repairs to the concrete seawall, pathways, and ponds.   Full plans are available here.
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Lakeshore Road Rebuilding
The second phase of the Lakeshore Road rebuilding is continuing, along with the finishing touches to the first phase. For details and updates click here OR sign up for the weekly newsletter. For additional details, you can also read the report to Council on April 23. Achieving time savings through a continuous pour of the sidewalks is looking promising. 
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Small Businesses Need Our Support
Have a look at how our local businesses are pivoting to keep their businesses going. We encourage you to offer any support you can.
Online Shopping, Takeout, Delivery & More!
 
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What are these?
They’re back……
We have been receiving an incredible number of calls from residents in the southern areas of our Ward.
Midges and gnats are common names for a large number of small, non-biting flies. Many species look like mosquitoes and may form annoying swarms or clouds in the air but they do not bite.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chironomidae  The most intense swarming takes place near lakes, where several hundred chironomidae can cram into one square metre of airspace. Breezes off of the lake often blow these clouds of insects further inland. An additional benefit of us wearing our face masks is that they offer great protection from these pesky little bugs!
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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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