Mayor responds to stories about lead in water

Oakville, November 5, 2019 – For Immediate Release
We take any concerns associated with our drinking water and public safety very
seriously. As Halton Region is responsible for water purification, I will be bringing
forward a resolution at our next Halton Regional Council meeting to encourage
residents to replace any private lead water pipes with safe pipes because Halton
Region has already replaced all public pipes that were manufactured with lead.
I will also be writing to the provincial Minister of Education about water safety standards
in our schools.
I appreciate the enterprising journalism, led by Robert Cribb, highlighting that remaining
lead in water comes from residences and schools that have not yet replaced lead-based
Halton Region staff investigated and confirmed that:
“The school referenced in the article is White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville. The
flushed and standing water samples were taken in August 2018. Before the school
opened, resamples were taken. The results indicated that the flushed water was within
the acceptable limits for lead. In September 2018, parents and guardians were informed
and the results were available online. School boards have the responsibility to conduct
regular lead testing, pipe flushing, pipe replacements and notifications as legislated
through the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002.
Halton Region is committed to providing safe, high quality drinking water to our
residents. The risk of lead in Halton Region’s public drinking water system is very low.
We conduct regular sampling of our public infrastructure and results continue to show
levels that meet the Ontario Drinking Water Standard, 2002. We educate and
encourage private homeowners to test their plumbing for the presence of lead through
our Lead Sampling program.
Halton Region has replaced all known lead service connections on the public side.
Levels of lead in Halton continue to be within the guidelines set by the Ontario Ministry
of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).”
Additional information is available at:
For more information, please contact:
Christine Davis
Community Engagement and Communications Coordinator, Office of the Mayor and Council
905-845-6601, ext. 3788

Tannery and Waterworks Park

Friday, November 8, 2019
Noon – 2 p.m. | Ribbon cutting at 12:15 p.m.

Join us for our ribbon-cutting celebration and a complimentary slice
of cake, then please stay and enjoy the park. Purchase a bite to eat
at one of the food trucks on site during the event, take a self-guided
tour and discover all the new features and points of interest the
park has to offer.





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.

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.


Dear WHRA Members:



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.


  • 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

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:

Facebook event:

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 or

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:


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:


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:

·         Prevent window breaks:

·         Learn about home security cameras:


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,  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 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

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 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



Joel Hundert