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:
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:
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.
Halton Regional Police Service
Oakville – 20 Division
Victim Restoration Officer
P: 905-825-4747 ex. 2261
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 email@example.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.
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.
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:
- Visit the website We Love Oakville to get the facts and subscribe to our newsletter.
- Donate to the campaign.
- Be a champion for Oakville – share this e-mail with your family and friends in Halton and follow We Love Oakville on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
- Visit Send a strong message to Queen’s Park that you are opposed to amalgamation.
Thanks for your consideration.
Your WHRA Executive
January 14, 2019 — Council to vote whether to opt-in or opt-out of allowing retail cannabis stores in town.
Share your thoughts
The town wants to hear what residents have to say on this matter.
Attend Planning and Development Council on January 14, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Halton Regional Centre – Council Chamber
1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
Residents are welcome to share their opinion at the Council meeting on January 14 and can register as a delegate by emailing the firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-815-6015.
Please remember to vote this Monday, October 22nd for Ward 2 and Mayoral candidates. Voting is a key civic responsibility for all members of the community; we can only keep the West Harbour area such a great place to live through our civic engagement.
More voting information can be found here:
Once again, the West Harbour Resident’s Association has had a successful, entertaining evening at our Annual General Meeting. Resident’s took the opportunity to enjoy socializing over beverages and snacks prior to the meeting, and had the opportunity to meet candidates for Ward 2 and the Mayoral candidates.
A big thank you to all of the residents, Mayoral candidates, and Ward 2 Candidates who attended our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday. Special thanks to the Oakville Yacht Squadron, who hosted us in their lovely facility right in the harbour and within the West Harbour area itself.
Bill Ardell did a wonderful job as MC, keeping the evening flowing, and maintaining decorum amongst all of the interested parties during the evening.
Cathy Duddeck, Ward 2 and Regional Councillor, spoke to issues of importance to the West Harbour Residents’. Her presentation spoke to a great variety of topics, highlighting what a big task all Councillors undertake representing Oakville and our West Harbour area. She has done a great job representing our neighbourhood over the years and was acclaimed in this years elections.
Ward 2 Candidates Ray Chisholm and Fraser Damoff made impassioned speeches about the issues of concern, followed by Mayoral Candidates Rob Burton, Julia Hanna and John McLaughlin. It was an interesting and informative evening as each candidate outlined their positions.
Resident’s had the opportunity to ask questions of all of the candidates, with candidates being given a time limit for responses.
WEST HARBOUR RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND PUB NIGHT
The Mayor and Councillors will be in attendance as well as the candidates for the upcoming Municipal Election.
If you have specific questions that you would like to add to the agenda, let us know
Tuesday, October 16th 2018
At The Oakville Yacht Squadron
West side of the river at Oakville Harbour
Doors open 6:30 p.m. Social until 7:30 p.m.
Light Refreshments provided
Come, meet your neighbours and find out what is happening in your community!