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Oakville Ward 3 Councillors Update 
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August 9th, 2020 Update
Letter from your Councillors:
We were recently asked ‘what keeps you up at night? What a great question.
During one of our frequent issue update discussions, we compared notes so that we could ensure that all concerns are being covered. Of course the health and safety of our families, friends and community top the list and hence why we include COVID and Town re openings in this newsletter.
 
In addition to the ongoing daily problems and issues that we receive, here are some of the items that are on our minds at this time.
  • The mental & physical health of our residents - our youth, seniors and the vulnerable.
  • Concerns over recent acts of racism, volunteer burn out and the need of funds for charities that are providing food, social services and support to those in need.
  • Our environment and ongoing concerns with our tree canopy and invasive species.
  • Our downtown merchants who more then ever need our support.
  • Our new community centre - as programming is currently being developed for this facility that opens next month, what services will we be able to offer?   
  • Keeping construction on schedule for the rebuilding of Lakeshore Road infrastructure.
  • Speeding concerns
  • The Towns 2021 Budget and ongoing contingency planning.
  • The Parents, Teachers and School boards as they evaluate returning to school options
And of course; the numerous implications current and future development applications could have on the community we all call home, and the Zoning and Planning regulations we are required to work within. We continue to express residents concerns, work with town staff and advocate on the communities behalf. Details on current applications and their status are available here
 
We are appreciative and fortunate to have residents and resident associations who reach out with questions, concerns, and suggestions and work with us to tackle these challenges.
 
What is on your mind?
Until next time, the next call or email; stay safe and be kind to each other.
Janet and Dave
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Pedestrian area Allan to Reynolds to open soon
Knowing how anxious we all are to have construction completed, the Lakeshore construction team is continually seeking ways to speed construction. On Thursday, Lakeshore Road between Allan & Reynolds was paved, this will allow the opening for pedestrian access.
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Update from Dr. Meghani
Update from Dr. Meghani Halton's Medical Officer of Health “The #COVID19 pandemic has had mental and emotional effects on us all. While some level of stress can be healthy, the impact of prolonged stress makes it difficult to continue to cope. Take time to acknowledge the impact of recent stresses on your mental health. Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and taking care of yourself ensures you can be there for family, friends and others who may be struggling.” 
https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus
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Amazon 
As reported in our last newsletter, efforts continue on obtaining answers to all of the questions related to traffic, noise, air quality and safety. Town staff require the requested  third submission  to complete their review and provide answers.
Progress has been made this week and Amazon has agreed to publicly release their proposed operational plan which will provide greater clarity on traffic. We will ensure it is circulated and posted on the website upon receipt. Amazon is also offering to host a virtual community meeting, the details of this require confirmation.

We have been asked when the Site Plan application will come to Council for a decision? Staff require the ‘ third submission’ be received and analyzed before they can write their report. We will publish the date as soon as it is confirmed.

If you have specific questions please call or email us and we will do our best to answer them. 
 
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COVID ALERT
Many residents have reached out saying that they have received this text message.
COVID Alert is Canada's free exposure notification app. The app was developed in consultation with the Privacy Commissioners of Canada and Ontario to ensure the highest level of privacy for everyone using it.

Your privacy is protected


 
COVID Alert does not use GPS or track your location. It has no way of knowing:
  • Your location.
  • Your name or address.
  • Your phone's contacts.
  • Your health information.
  • The health information of anyone you're near
How it works
  • The app uses Bluetooth to exchange random codes with nearby phones.
  • Every day, it checks a list of random codes from people who tell the app they tested positive.
  • If you've been near one of those codes in the past 14 days, you'll get a notification.
For further details or to download the app to your phone, please visit.
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html
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Town Services continuing to re open
With Halton now in Stage 3 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening the Province, the Town of Oakville is gradually reopening fitness centres for workout sessions by appointment only, starting with Glen Abbey and Iroquois Ridge on Friday, August 7. Trafalgar Park will reopen Monday, August 24, and Queen Elizabeth Park and River Oaks will reopen Tuesday, September 8.

Overcrowding at our waterfront parks – We’ve had some great weather this summer and with many people not travelling as much due to COVID-19, there is an unprecedented amount of people spending time in our waterfront parks. Unfortunately, this has resulted in some overcrowding and parking concerns. As a result, staff are taking the following steps:
  • Our Municipal Enforcement Services staff is working with the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) park patrol officers (POPP - Police on Park Patrol) to address this issue.
  • Park Ambassadors have been deployed to our waterfront parks to remind people about physical distancing.
  • We are reminding residents and visitors to “practice physical distancing and if the parking lot is full, then the beach and park are likely full too. Please consider coming back another time. Do not park on the grass or where your vehicle may be obstructing access.
  • Parks staff are reducing the number of picnic tables at the sheltered and non-sheltered picnic sites at Coronation Park. The tables that remain will be spaced apart to ensure distancing as well as limit the number of people using the shelter.
  • Additional measures will be considered if the situation does not improve.
 
For clarity the 100-person outdoor limit and 50-person indoor limit apply per amenity. For outdoor, that would be per field and for indoor, per service area. At Glen Abbey CC for example, the library, gymnastics, pool, fitness, arena and gym would be treated as separate ‘facilities’. We are now permitting for permitted game play for up to 100 per field (including spectators and coaching staff).  We are not inviting private bookings/casual usage at this time. Permits are being issued on a monthly basis. Community sport organizations, leagues and academies work with staff to identify their scheduling needs, submit a facility request, and provide staff with protocols and guidelines that they will use to manage their participants, prior to issuing of permits.  

We have been asked why does it take ' so long' to re open after the province has made their announcement? After the public announcement, we wait for the regulations and inevitably there are legal clarifications required. Reduced staffing levels is also a factor. Your safety is a top priority and your patience appreciated.

As a reminder the Town's COVID page has the most up to date information.  
 
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OPL moving into Stage 3 Aug 13th
The stage 3 re-opening will see the resumption of the majority of library in-branch services with safety restrictions. These include the number of customers allowed in each branch at one time, time limits for each customer to be in the branch and decreased access to study spaces and furniture to maintain physical distancing requirements.  We will not be offering room rentals or in-person programming at this time. We will be expanding service days at most branches except those connected to schools. Clearview will continue to provide Takeout and Drop off services currently in place. 

Central Branch will have the following hours as of August 13th.
Tuesday – 11-7
Wednesday – 11-7 (Sixteen Mile will currently not open on Wednesdays)
Thursday – 11-7
Friday – 9-5
Saturday – 9-5.
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Your new Community and Recreation Centre
We hope you are as excited as we are for the opening of Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre (OTCC) this September. Plans are being finalized and we will have more details on the opening in our next newsletter. In the meantime here is an update on programming plans.

While the original 2019 plan for the fall opening included a full menu of program opportunities, staff have amended the service plan to reflect our current COVID-19 circumstances. The revised plan will include a soft launch to introduce the facility amenities and programs.  The current version ensures compliance with Ontario’s Stage 3 Operation Guidelines. Please note that our COVID-19 context and recovery stage could change by the time of facility opening, and the service plan will be adjusted to reflect those evolving circumstances.
 
The new facility will open with pre-booked drop-in activities in the pool, fitness area, gymnasium and multipurpose room.  Pre-registered multi session programs will be introduced later in the fall.

During the initial phase of drop-in single session programs, staff will engage with the community through a variety of in-person and outreach initiatives to gauge community interest and demand for specific programs. 
 
Phase 1 programs would include:
Aquatics Programming General Programs Fitness Programming
Drop in Programs:
  • Length Swim
  • Leisure Swim
  • Family Swim
  • Therapeutic Swim
  • Gentle Water Fit/Water Fit
  • Single session lessons
Rental Programs:
  • Oakville Aquatic Club (OAK) Rentals
  • Potential for Masters Swim Rental
Drop in Programs:
  • Sport Drop-in for Family, Youth & Adult
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Pickle ball
  • Badminton
  • Multisport
 
Rental Opportunities:
  • Potential for school board bookings in gymnasium for sports groups
  • Pickle ball Oakville interested in space
Drop in Options:
  • Walking Track
  • Pilates
  • Gentle Fit
  • Bone & Joint
  • Cardio Strength
  • Body Conditioning
Weight Room
  • This would operate similar to other town facilities with equipment spaced 6 feet apart to maintain physical distancing and members/users would be required to choose as pre-registered time to use the facility.
 
The 2nd phase of program offerings is anticipated to begin in mid-October, following Thanksgiving. At this time pre-registered, multi-session programming, in addition to drop-in programs offered will be added. Registered sessions will be offered for up to 8 weeks (potential for 2 shorter sessions, 4 weeks in length).  All programs will adhere to the current health and safety guidelines in place at the start of the session including appropriate spacing and reduced capacities. 

Examples of Additional Programs added in Phase 2:
 
Aquatics Programming General Programs Fitness Programming
Registered Programs:
  • Learn to swim programs
  • Therapeutic Programs
  • Adult Endurance Training
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Leadership Courses
  • Private Lessons, Semi-Private Lessons, Small Group lessons (up to 5 kids max.)
  • New Program: Social Circle swimming lessons - 1 instructor per Social Circle
Registered Programs:
  • Jr. NBA Program
  • Mini School
  • Pickle ball
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
 
Registered Programs:
  • Chair Yoga
  • Bone and Joint
  • Pilates
  • Meaningful Meditation
  • Weight Training
  • Healthy Back
  • Cross training Youth
  • Therapeutic Programs
 
Once the facility is open to the public and interest in our programs and services begins to grow; staff will reassess our offerings to ensure maximum facility usage and community needs are met.
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Halton's Regional Official Plan 
The Regional Official Plan shapes how and where Halton grows—and your input is valuable as we make these decisions for our community! We are officially kicking off our consultation period with an online questionnaire that residents are being asked to complete by September 28, 2020.

To help you learn more about each area under review, we have created summary webpages and posted Discussion Papers on our website. You can also learn more by watching the Council Workshop video where we discussed the review.
To share your feedback on the areas under review, vist halton.ca/ropr and follow the links on any of the summary pages to:
  • Take our general questionnaire: Provide high-level feedback on theme areas relating to the Regional Official Plan.
  • Complete our technical questionnaire: Provide detailed feedback on theme areas relating to the Regional Official Plan. The technical questionnaire contains questions on each of the five discussion papers. You can answer any of the questions that you are interested in.
There will also be opportunities for residents to share their thoughts through virtual Public Information Centres this fall. More information on those events will be available soon. To learn more and sign up to receive email updates on the review process, please visit halton.ca/ropr. To request the questionnaire in an alternative format, please call 311 or email accesshalton@halton.ca
 
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Downtown Updates
We hope you are enjoying the many patios that are open and are stopping by Towne Square on Saturday night to enjoy the Jazz trio.
Have you checked out some of the new businesses?  The lyric that comes to mind: "Its getting better all the time!"
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Use the HONK app
This is a reminder to use the HONK app when you visit downtown Mon-Friday to get 1 hour of free parking. Saturdays and Sundays remain free until Dec 31, 2020. 
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Federal and Provincial COVID related updates
 The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities  announced changes to the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan (ICIP) to help communities adapt to new need to manage the pandemic.  The changes will create a new stream in the $33 billion ICIP to provide $3.3 billion to build pandemic-resilient infrastructure.  In Ontario, this will make $1.184 billion available for pandemic-resilient projects.

The Ontario government announced $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants to help eligible non-profit organizations, including food banks, child and youth programs and Royal Canadian Legion branches, recover from COVID-19 and continue the delivery of vital programming in their communities. The OTF's Resilient Communities Fund will provide grants of up to $150,000 to help eligible non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.   

The Ontario government announced it is investing $1.5 million through the new Tourism Economic Development Recovery Fund and offering promotional incentives at provincial attractions to help the province's tourism industry and welcome back visitors after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada is signing deals with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and U.S.-based biotech firm Moderna to procure millions of doses of their experimental COVID-19 vaccines.  Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services, Procurement, and Member of Parliament representing the riding of Oakville, announced the deals, which will see Canada get access to the vaccines if they prove to be both safe and effective.

The province also announced that it is providing Clean Works Medical and Pure Life Machinery with $2 million from the Ontario Together Fund to help manufacture a one-of-a-kind, sanitizing device called the Clean Flow Healthcare Mini. This Ontario-made device can decontaminate up to 800 N95 masks per hour along with other personal protective equipment.

The Canada Revenue Agency announced an extension to the payment deadline and offers interest relief on outstanding tax debts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The province announced it would be implementing additional measures at bars and restaurants to help limit the spread of COVID-19.  In consultation with the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has amended orders O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 and O. Reg. 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2, under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, implementing additional measures for restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments. These additional measures will help reduce close contact between individuals in these settings, and support case and contact tracing, thereby limiting the spread of COVID-19.

July 24, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced $625 million in federal support for Canada’s child care sector to help ensure that safe and sufficient child care spaces are available to support parents’ gradual return to work.
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Conservation Halton Seniors Programming Feedback
Conservation Halton is looking for feedback to develop programming for seniors in our watershed. If you are 55+ (or know someone 55+ that is interested in participating) please consider filling out our short survey to help us understand how we can better serve those 55+ in our community. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHSeniorsProgramming
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Charities are being impacted by Covid
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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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