STOP THE MEGACITY OF HALTON

There is still a strong likelihood that Oakville will be merged with Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills to form the Megacity of Halton despite claims by our local MPPs. Through a unilateral decision by the Province, our town as we know it can be wiped out.

 

In August, Premier Ford openly confirmed that some municipalities will soon be amalgamated and the number of local politicians will be reduced. In addition, the special advisors report on the Regional Government Review has been delayed, possibly until after the October federal election.

 

What could happen – Consider BILL 108  After only one month of public consultations and at an unprecedented speed, the Ford government passed Bill 108 that affects 13 important Acts. It will increase property taxes and result in the loss of our voice and autonomy over the future of Oakville to the benefit of developers.

 

It is too late to stop Bill 108, but you can still join over 3,000 residents who have already sent letters to save Oakville.

 

Please SEND a LETTER to the Ford Government (it takes less than a minute) to stop higher taxes, service reductions, and the loss of our local voice.

 

Read more about this in the We Love Oakville September e-newsletter.

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Pictures from another wonderful WHRA BBQ

On Monday, September 2nd, the West Harbour Resident’s Association hosted our largest annual barbecue yet. Residents from every corner of our association brought delicious salads, appetizers and desserts to share with new and old friends.

If you missed the opportunity to spend time with your neighbours, don’t forget that our Annual General Meeting is just around the corner, scheduled for the evening of October 1st at the Oakville Yacht Squadron, right here in the WHRA area.

WHRA ANNUAL BBQ

Dear WHRA Members:

WHRA ANNUAL BBQ

SAME VENUE AS LAST YEAR!!

Stephen and Jenn from 56 Kerr have very kindly offered their backyard again this year for the annual neighborhood BBQ.

So, come, wrap up the summer and meet your new and old neighbours!!

When:  Labour Day, September 2,  2019

Where: 56 Kerr St, backyard

Time:  5:00 p.m.

AGAIN THIS YEAR:

  • The WHRA Executive Committee will provide hotdogs, sausages and hamburgers. (Please RSVP; we will need numbers.)
  • Bring a dish for the communal table (apps, salad or dessert), drinks…
  • There will be some tables, but if you can bring one or more chairs, that would be great, if not, it will be more of a stand up party…

For more information and to RSVP, call

Or email Lesley 844-0787 or Carole 337-0565

lesley.henshaw@sympatico.ca

carolegilbert@sympatico.ca

See you there!

The WHRA Executive Committee

Midnight Madness – Friday, July 19

The Downtown Oakville BIA will be hosting the 42nd annual Midnight Madness on Friday July 19 from 6 p.m. – midnight. Although downtown Oakville is currently undergoing phase 1 of the Lakeshore Road Revitalization Project, the event will follow a very similar format to previous years including a road closure on Lakeshore Rd and all side streets between Navy St and Allan St. We invite you to share with your community members and join us to experience live music, family-friendly entertainment, brag-worthy deals and more at Midnight Madness! Attached to this email you will find two versions of the event creative – if you require different resizes I’d be happy to send them to you.

 

Event updates here: https://oakvilledowntown.com/event/midnight-madness-4/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/472347936857568/BIA_2019_MidnightMadness_InstaPost_1080x1080px

It’s Coyote Puppy Season!

It’s coyote pupping season

Be coyote-smart!
Coyote sightings often increase this time of year when they are having pups and are more active around and protective of their den sites. They may set up dens near residential neighbourhoods.

The Town of Oakville is working with Coyote Watch Canada to provide education on how to avoid negative interactions with coyotes. Respect, compassion and education are common sense tools we can all use to nurture safe and healthy human-wildlife interactions.
If you know a coyote or a den is nearby, keep away and consider changing your route for a while until the coyote and pups have moved on. Keep dogs and small children away from the area.
If you are ever followed by a coyote or have one enter your yard, practice hazing to maintain the coyote’s fear of humans and let it know it is not welcome on your property. Always call 911 if you feel you are in immediate danger. You can get more tips and information at oakville.ca or coyotewatchcanada.com.

WHRA Annual Earth Day Spring Clean!

Saturday, April 27th 2019 – 9:30 a.m.

Rain or shine

Come on out and meet your neighbours, while helping to beautify our West Harbour area!

Tea, coffee, donuts and garbage bags will all be provided by the WHRA!

Bring your own gloves and rake.

The event will begin at Carol Gilbert’s house at 130 Burnet Street, on the South West corner of Burnet and Brant streets.

Help our neighborhood for an hour of tidying up, then back to Carole’s house for coffee and a chat with your neighbours.  After all, it’s the people that make the West Harbour area such a great place to live!

For more information, please contact:

Lesley.Henshaw@sympatico.caCgv1Mj5WgAEycOw

Break and Enter Prevention Tips

The West Harbour Resident’s Association was recently contacted by Halton Region Police Services to discuss Break and Enter Prevention efforts in Oakville.  Please find below a letter from Halton Region Police Services to all Oakville residents:

 

Dear Oakville residents,

Over the past couple months, the Town of Oakville has seen an increase in the number of residential break and enters. These break and enters vary and include incidents where doors and windows have been broken and incidents where doors and windows were left unlocked.

 

Recent trends include:

·         Leaning small sticks against doors (including garage doors) to determine if anyone has returned home (opening the doors will drop the stick signaling that someone is home);

·         The same vehicle slowly driving by a house approximately 3 times within a short time frame; and

·         Suspicious people entering backyards to peer through windows.

 

In addition to the attached poster, please take an extra precaution to:

 

·         Lock your doors and set your home alarm even if you are home;

·         If someone rings the door bell, answer the door or at least make it known someone is home by calling out;

·         Avoid keeping garage door openers in your car.  Thieves are known to break into cars and use the opener to access your garage and house; and

·         Call police if you see something out of the ordinary in your neighbourhood.  You know your neighbourhood better than anybody else.  Please report suspicious activity to the non-emergency line (905-825-4777).  The Halton Police will be more than willing to investigate.

 

The following is a 28 minute video regarding how to prevent break-ins and recent fraudulent scams with Oakville Mayor Rob Burton and officers from Halton Regional Police Service:

https://youtu.be/bnlG9D_cUYQ

 

If you’re looking for specific information on how to protect your home, please go to the following times in the video:

 

·         Learn how to better secure your doors: https://youtu.be/bnlG9D_cUYQ?t=2m7s

·         Prevent window breaks: https://youtu.be/bnlG9D_cUYQ?t=16m20s

·         Learn about home security cameras: https://youtu.be/bnlG9D_cUYQ?t=19m56s

 

The Security Camera Resource and Mapping program (SCRAM) enables our community members to voluntarily identify their residential video surveillance location through our secure and confidential online form found on the Halton Regional Police Service website, https://www.haltonpolice.ca/scram/.  This tool will assist officers when investigating criminal activity in your neighborhoods and furthermore, deter and prevent crime. Please consider registering your camera(s).

 

Need to report a crime or suspicious activity? Please call the Halton Police non-emergency line: 905-825-4777

 

Please call the emergency line only to report a crime in progress or, another emergency where assistance is required immediately:EMERGENCY 911

 

If you have any questions and would like to learn more about residential break and enters, please visit www.haltonpolice.ca or, contact Constable Brennan Bryan by email or phone.

 

Thank you,

 

Brennan Bryan

Cst. #9885

Halton Regional Police Service

Oakville – 20 Division

Victim Restoration Officer

brennan.bryan@haltonpolice.ca

P: 905-825-4747 ex. 2261

Yoga Invitation from Oakville Yacht Squadron to WHRA

The Oakville Yacht Squadron (OYS) is a valued member of the West Harbour community. Most recently, OYS hosted the WHRA Annual General Meeting at their lovely facility. Please find an invitation from the Oakville Yacht Squadron below:

 

Although we are a sailing organization, operating in the Oakville Harbour, a number of our members have expressed an interest in having yoga classes available at our club and now we have weekly yoga lessons. 

In our efforts to be more involved with the surrounding communities of Oakville, our Executive has agreed to extend an invitation to surrounding Oakville residents to join us in weekly yoga classes at a cost of $10.00 per lesson.  Participants pay as they go.  Yoga classes at OYS are held each Friday at 9:30 a.m.

If appropriate, could you please inform your Association members that they welcome to receive information about the location and time of yoga classes by contacting our Club Coordinator, Karen at karenwykes@oysqn.com or simply show up 10 minutes before class (will be held in the “Crow’s Nest’ until May). Because space is limited, we suggest that interested parties inform Karen that they would be attending.

PLACE: Oakville Yacht Squadron, 97 Forsythe Road, Oakville, Crow’s Nest (north building)

TIME: Every Friday at 9:30 a.m.

COST: $10.00

Sincerely,

 

Joel Hundert

Commodore

We Love Oakville – WHRA supports efforts to stop almagamation.

Dear Neighbour,

 

Recently your WHRA Executive Committee, along with other Oakville Residents Associations, joined the grassroots organization We Love Oakville, which has been formed to Stop Amalgamation and we are appealing to you to support this campaign.  

 

As you have chosen to make Oakville your home, we would like to make you aware of the Province’s announcement on January 15, 2019 to conduct a Regional Government Review of eight Regional Municipalities (including Halton Region, Simcoe County, and several lower-tier municipalities) “to ensure that Regional Governments are working efficiently and effectively.” A two-person advisory body was appointed to submit recommendations from the review and their consultations to Steve Clark, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

 

The Regional Government Review is a flawed process. Engaging two advisors to review not 5 but 82 municipalities in less than six months and making any credible recommendations is beyond superficial. Our regional governance structure works well, so our focus should continually be on improving rather than destroying it.  

 

One of the possible, and many say probable outcomes from this review is a proposal for Oakville to be amalgamated with the other Halton Region Municipalities, i.e. Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills, to form a large regional bureaucracy, The City of Halton. What will this mean for you and our community?

 

The Municipalities within Halton Region have very different fundamental characteristics and needs. To name but two: compare the low population density of Halton Hills to that of Oakville which is 6 times higher and compare a population growth rate of 30% in Milton that is 7 times higher than that of Burlington. Each of our Municipalities has developed and evolved differently based on its own needs, vision, character, culture, and priorities.

 

Forced amalgamation will therefore be extremely costly in financial, social, and human terms. All of this will be compounded by years of disruption, confusion, and conflict, as each Municipality has its own unique vision, character, and set of issues. The financial cost of forced amalgamation will be enormous. A large Regional bureaucracy will be more costly to operate than our current decentralized government system. Studies by respected organizations on previous Ontario amalgamations conclude that they did not result in cost savings, lower property taxes, or any tangible benefits. The authors of the 2015 Fraser Institute report, for instance, found that “in each case, we see significant increases in property taxes, remuneration, and long-term debt.”

 

Forced amalgamation will not produce benefits. While counterintuitive, multiple studies throughout the world have shown that municipal amalgamations rarely work. Benefits are very hard to get and, where they are realized, they take very much longer to appear.

 

Forced amalgamation will mean a loss of our voice. A large Regional bureaucracy will be more removed from the citizens it serves, more difficult to govern and control, and less responsive to local needs of the residents. Under jeopardy is Oakville’s Official Plan that protects the character of our stable neighbourhoods and our environment and which directs growth to appropriate areas.  

 

Forced amalgamation is trying to fix a system that is not broken. Our two-tier (local and regional) government in Halton efficiently and effectively serves the residents of Oakville and its other municipalities at the local level, while providing coordinated planning and shared services across the region as evidenced by these indicators:    

 

  • Oakville and Regional property tax increases have been kept at or below the rate of inflation.
  • Halton has a AAA credit rating and consistent job growth.
  • All four municipalities in Halton Region are ranked amongst the best places to live in Canada. (MoneySense 2018)
  • Halton is considered to be one of the safest regions in Canada.
  • Throughout Halton, 98% of residents rated the quality of life very high and 97% are satisfied with the quality of all services.

 

Bottom line:

Forced amalgamation will have serious financial, social, and human consequences. Property taxes will increase and the level and quality of services at the regional and local levels will likely be negatively impacted – everything from policing, fire protection, waste collection, snow removal, community centres, and libraries. AND within a large bureaucracy, our voices will be lost. These are risks that we should not be prepared to take.

 

If you support STOP AMALGAMATION, we encourage you to act:

 

 

Thanks for your consideration.

 

Your WHRA Executive

Town of Oakville opts out of retail cannabis stores

Decision to be reviewed in December 2019
The Town of Oakville decided at its Council meeting Monday night that it will opt-out and not allow privately-operated cannabis retail stores in Oakville.
“Town Council’s vote to opt-out reflects what we have heard throughout our community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We are supporting a wait and watch approach at this time. Municipalities just don’t have enough input into cannabis retail stores when it comes to notice, location, zoning and licensing.”
Council will reconsider its decision in December 2019 when staff will bring forward a new report once more information on retail cannabis is available.