Happy New Year to everyone. Here is a link to the Ward 2 newsletter which has been distributed by our Councillors, Cathy Duddeck and Ray Chisholm. You will see in that letter there is a place where you can sign up to receive them as and when they are issued.
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.
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.
Excerpt from Ward 2 Councillors Newsletter Fall 2020
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 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:·
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.
As we know that many are finding it challenging ordering deliveries of essential items, we have decided to share that Chris Merrick, a WHRA resident, has offered his delivery service to the community. His information is attached.
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
Picking up medications
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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.
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.
The Committee would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday. If you like, you can click the link below and you will see the Christmas video Johannes Linstead (a WHRA resident and excellent Latin music band leader) sent us from some lovely, warm looking paradise. That is our Christmas card to you! All the best for the season!