West Harbour Transportation Study

Hello WHRA members, 

In August of 2020, the Town of Oakville and a representative from Halton Police met with residents regarding concerns regarding traffic and parking concerns within the West Harbor neighborhood. Subsequently, the Town undertook a survey of traffic and parking in the areas surrounding Tannery Park, and along Brookfield Road. The survey was conducted in the Fall of 2020.  The Town of Oakville has now released a West Harbour Traffic Study Report.  

The report is attached.  It outlines the Town methodology, findings and recommendations. The recommendations do include the possibility of all way stops at Wilson and Burnet. The Town has scheduled a follow-up virtual meeting to discuss the study recommendations and next steps for Thursday, February 11 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. If you would like to participate in this meeting, please use the following link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/776630125

Sincerely,

Your WHRA Executive

Halton Energy Network (HEN) Survey

Hello WHRA members,

We would like to share with you an opportunity to participate in an online home energy survey being conducted by the Halton Energy Network (HEN). HEN is a local non-profit exploring how we can help Halton homeowners make their homes more energy efficient. 

The results of this survey will be included in assessing the feasibility of a social purpose organization (whose mission supports profit and community benefits) to support home energy upgrades (also known as deep energy retrofits). The survey is confidential, but they will also share statistics back with the community. It will remain open until February 14, 2021. Please see the attached document for more details.

You may access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CC36LTJ

Sincerely,

Your WHRA Executive

Fall WHRA Update

Hello WHRA Members

As we approach December we want to wish you a safe and happy Holiday season, even though it might be totally different for you this year.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, your Executive Committee has not been meeting as often as we would like and we weren’t able to hold any of our usual social events or the Annual General Meeting. For that reason and because we have not spent any of our funds, we won’t be collecting the annual membership dues.  We would like to suggest that you donate your membership dues to one of our local charities, e.g. Kerr Street Mission, Salvation Army, Fair Share (food bank) or any other that is dear to your heart.   Our local retailers and restaurants are suffering during the pandemic and we know you will support them in person and online whenever you can.

Our Ward 2 Councillors have been hard at work in different ways and the Mayor has been sending out a daily newsletter to keep us all aware of what is going on with Covid-19 and the Town of Oakville, the Region of Halton and the Province of Ontario.  We would strongly encourage you to sign up for the Mayor’s newsletter via this link.

https://www.oakville.ca/mayor/index.html (scroll down to add your name and address)

There are several new developments in process.  The ground has been broken for 22 townhouses at the corner of Brookfield Road and Lakeshore.  There is a condominium development proposed for the site at Maurice Drive and Lakeshore. The building occupied by the Dog Guides at the corner of Rebecca and Kerr Street will be re-developed as a multi storey retirement home/apartment building.  An application has been made for a retirement home on Lakeshore Road between Maurice Drive and Garden Drive.  We are ever hopeful that the vacant site at Chisholm Street and Lakeshore Road will be developed in the near future.  The new owner of the site appears to be making some progress with respect to the historic house that is on the property.  There is nothing to report on the old Mexica Rosa’s site, other than the Town has amended the Official Plan to allow for a multi storey building higher than 4 stories if the site is sold to a developer. The Province has imposed new rules that override the Town’s Official Plan and we might expect more density in the future.

Our beautiful new park incorporating Waterworks, Tannery and Shipyards parks was well used during the summer months but for some of the residents living in the neighbourhood it created problems with traffic, parking and unruly behaviour on the part of some of the park visitors.  Those residents approached the WHRA and we referred them on to the Councillors.  As a result, the Town implemented new parking rules, increased the parking fines and undertook a Traffic Study of the whole neighbourhood.  The report of that study will be forthcoming in the Spring of 2021.  In the meantime, the concerned residents undertook their own survey which we believe they intend to present to the Town.

We would like to keep our membership list up to date and ask that if you have changed location or your email address please let us know.  Also please advise us of any new households that you are aware of so we can put a membership flyer in their mailbox and welcome them to the neighbourhood.

Thanks for your understanding and Happy Holidays.  Stay safe.

  Your WHRA Executive Committee

Contacts:  Lesley Henshaw –  lesley.henshaw@sympatico.ca

Carole Gilbert– carolegilbert@sympatico.ca

Excerpt from Ward 2 Councillors Newsletter Fall 2020

#PROJECT NOISEMAKER

Project Noisemaker is an initiative to address noise issues created by loud, illegally modified vehicles, including cars, trucks and motorcycles. HRPS reports that inspections of vehicles creating unnecessary noise are often other accompanied by unsafe vehicle conditions and aggressive driving behaviours. The program runs until October 31, 2020.

Since May 2020, when the #Project Noisemaker program was introduced, HRPS has laid over 1,000 charges and Town of Oakville Municipal Enforcement Services has laid dozens of charges for noise related to loud motorcycles (charges issued under the Town’s by law).

In 2019, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, S.O. 2019, c. 14 was enacted to amend the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) to include a new section (s. 75.1) that would make it an offence to tamper with motor vehicles by: (a) removing, bypassing, defeating or rendering inoperative all or part of a motor vehicle’s emission control system; or (b) modifying a motor or motor vehicle in any way that results in increased emissions from the level to which it was originally designed or certified by the manufacturer of the motor or motor vehicle. Unfortunately, s.75.1 has never been proclaimed to be in effect.

In order to support Halton’s police service and help deter drivers from the offences outlined in Bill C.14, Oakville Town Council recently unanimously passed a resolution that calls on the Province to proclaim s.75.1 of the Highway Traffic Act and bring it into force immediately.

Members of the community can continue to call the Halton Regional Police Service non-emergency line 905-825-4777 to report nuisance-related concerns.

Excerpt from the Mayor’s newsletter November 25 2020Province recommends celebrating holidays with only those you live with
 
Today the Ontario government, based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and input from the Public Health Measures Table, provided preliminary guidance for celebrating the upcoming holiday season, recommending Ontarians only celebrate with members of their own households.

This is sure to come as disappointing news for those who were hoping to gather with family they have been unable to see all year, but is necessary to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Those who live alone are able to gather with one household, but there are indoor gathering limits across all zones of Ontario’s framework including a limit of 10 for those in Green, Yellow and Orange and five in Red. In lockdown, indoor gatherings are not permitted except for those of a single household.

This is more encouragement for us to collectively do our part to keep Halton out of lockdown.

Follow public health advice: Stay home if you’re feeling unwell, wash and sanitize your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, maintain a physical distance from others and wear a mask when you can’t and when mandated. Please also follow my three Cs of COVID-caution to avoid crowded places, closed spaces and close-contact settings.

Regional Official Plan Review – Have your say!

Regional Official Plan Review The Regional Official Plan (ROP) is a land use policy document created by Halton Region to shape the Region’s future growth and development. The Regional Official Plan Review (ROPR) is currently underway. It will impact local planning in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills.Halton Region is currently asking for feedback on a set of five Discussion Papers that may be of interest:·     

Regional Urban Structure (Integrated Growth Management Strategy): Urban system and growth management policies to guide population and job growth.·    

 Rural and Agricultural System: Agricultural policies to support the agricultural system in Halton.·    

 Natural Heritage: Natural heritage system policies to preserve the natural environment and protect source water.·     

Climate Change: Land-use policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.·     

North Aldershot Planning Area: Implications of growth management, natural heritage and a rural and agricultural system in North Aldershot in the City of Burlington.

Town of Oakville Planning staff have prepared a report about the Region’s Discussion Papers. It will be presented at the Town’s online Planning and Development Council meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:30 PM.  The report is Item 8 on the Agenda. The meeting will include a presentation about the ROPR by Curt Benson, Director, Planning Services and Chief Planning Official at Halton Region.

The Region wants to hear from you! The Discussion Papers, short summary pages and information on upcoming Public Information Centres are now available at halton.ca/ropr.

Please participate in the Region’s general questionnaire and/or technical questionnaire to provide feedback.

Stay ConnectedTo learn more about the review process or sign-up for email updates, please visit halton.ca/ropr

Town of Oakville Opening more Park Amenities

Provincial emergency order remains in place until at least May 29
The town is working towards reopening more outdoor amenities over the coming week, while maintaining provincial orders and following public health directions.
The following amenities opened this week under provincial COVID-19 safety protocols requiring two-metre distancing during use and no groups of more than five, other than members of the same household.
Now open:
  • town-owned leash-free dog parks
  • parking lots at Tannery and Waterworks Park, Gairloch Gardens, Coronation Park, South Shell Park
  • Bronte, Coronation Park and Busby kayak/canoe launches
  • publically accessible sports fields (areas not locked and enclosed with fencing)
  • picnic tables and benches
  • skateboard parks
  • tennis and pickleball courts
All playgrounds, playground structures, splash pads, outdoor fitness equipment and public washrooms remain closed. Review the news release for details.

Message from the Town of Oakville with respect to Green Bins, Recycling and Garbage

Important message from Halton Region:

To protect the health and safety of our collection crews, Halton Region is asking residents to exercise extra caution when putting out garbage and Green Cart materials. 

In particular, please ensure all Green Cart materials, including used tissues and paper towels, are placed in BPI compostable Green Cart bags and tied before placing at the curb. All garbage materials must be bagged and tied, including sanitary wipes, masks, disposable gloves and personal hygiene products, before placing at the curb.  If using a garbage container, all garbage materials must also be bagged and tied before placing in the garbage container.

Thank you for helping protect the frontline workers in our community. We’re all in this together.

 

Repost of Mayor Burton’s March 31 Updates

If you haven’t already signed up for the regular Mayor Burton and Town council updates, you can do so here:

https://www.oakville.ca/mayor/mayor-enewsletter-archive.html

March 31st Office of the Mayor and Council Updates:

Updates on COVID-19 emergency
With the state of emergency in the province extended for two more weeks and the announcement of public school closures until May, now is the time to follow Dr. Theresa Tam’s advice to “double down” on physical distancing.
In a correction to messaging sent yesterday, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer says now is not the time to relax physical distancing and self-isolation measures.
These measures must be practiced whenever we leave our houses, but are told we should only do so for essential reasons, including:
  • For medical appointments
  • Grocery shopping
  • Picking up medications
  • Walking pets
  • Helping the vulnerable
Walking while avoiding crowds and maintaining social distancing is allowed, but please be respectful of others while you’re out.
It is also strongly recommended that anyone with a compromised immune system, underlying medical conditions or over age 70 begin self-isolating now and stay home to avoid increased risk of COVID-19.
The life you save may be your own – or someone you love or need. Go home and stay there so you don’t spread the virus. You can have the virus and not show it or know it.
Your Town Staff, Council and I are committed to ensuring we provide every support necessary to our community, our staff, and our regional public health officials during this very challenging time
As always, ask for help if you need it. Email me at mayor@oakville.ca – I will guide you to help.
Items in this update:
  • Publicly funded schools closed until May
  • Vital equipment expected to arrive this week
  • Increase in Halton CIVID-19 cases explained
  • MP Pam Damoff to host Tele-Town Hall
  • Outdoor recreational facilities still closed
  • Ontario increasing health and safety measures to protect frontline nurses
  • Grocery delivery services available
  • What having COVID-19 looks and feels like for patients
  • Opinion: U.S. not winning the fight
  • Safe walking tip
Publicly funded schools closed until May
Today, Premier Doug Ford said the next two weeks are critical.
As such, the provincial government has extended the order to close schools until at least May 1 for teachers and May 4 for students. Private schools and child care centres are also closed for two more weeks. The government is prepared to extend these closures further if they have to.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce discussed plans to introduce phase two of the Province’s Learn at Home programming that will keep students and staff safe while continuing to learn. This second phase will restore the teacher-student relationship, enhance student support and offer support for parents.
Minister Lecce recognizes the difficulty of this task and that it’s not ideal, but noted that students on track to graduation will be prioritized and students of all grade levels will be graded on the work, based on student access to technology to complete the work.
The Minister also noted that mental health services would be made available to students during this time.
Meanwhile, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Ross Romano confirmed a six-month suspension on student loan payments and that there will be no barriers to accessing postsecondary education.
Vital equipment expected to arrive this week
Canada’s COVID-19 supplies procurement proceeds on the basis of PHAC requests, Minister of Procurement and Government Services, Oakville MP Anita Anand, advised us today.
“In terms of health workers, we are working closely with provincial and territorial government, which are in turn working closely with healthcare providers to assess needs and identify priority items. Requirements are evolving rapidly, and governments at all levels are working around the clock to coordinate in real time.
“In order to avoid potential delays in meeting requirements, my Ministry has started proactively buying above and beyond the provincial requests. I am also setting up an FPT ministerial procurement table to better streamline and coordinate procurement.”
Such purchases include a contract with Medicom of Pointe Clair, Quebec of more than 157 million surgical masks. An order of more than 60 million N95 masks has also been made with delivery set for this week.
Minister Anand also noted that Public Services and Procurement Canada is working with Ottawa-based Spartan Bioscience, which will provide COVID-19 rapid test kits.
“The made-in-Canada kits will enable the testing of many more Canadians over an above the millions of tests already ordered.”
A significant order of ventilators has been made through Toronto’s Thornhill Medical as part of the 1,570 ventilators ordered from companies in Canada, Europe, the United State and overseas. Minister Anand says Canada is “working to secure upwards of 4,000 additional ventilators and very possibly more.”
“Many of our shipments are coming in now. We are helping PHAC transmit supplies to the provinces that are urgently reporting shortages,” advised Minister Anand, who admitted “there’s still much work to be done, and we are working day and night on it.”
In addition to thanking Canada’s essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister Anand also thanked and Home Depot for generous donations of personal protective equipment.

Supporting Kerr Village and Downtown Oakville

During these challenging times the businesses of Kerr Village and Downtown Oakville require our support. Many have shifted their businesses to allow residents to enjoy take out or delivery services.

Find out more by visiting these websites:

https://oakvilledowntown.com/blog/

Local Businesses Need Your Support | Online Shopping, Takeout, Delivery & More!

http://www.kerr-village.ca/about-us/