Easter in #BurlON

The Easter Bunny is making a stop here in BurlON for all the fun activities…

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Culture and the City

Discover Burlington’s Cultural Treasures What is cultural mapping? Canadian municipalities are increasingly embracing cultural mapping,…

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2018 – Get Fit in #BurlON

Canada’s 150th year may be over but that doesn’t mean we should forget about the…

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#BurlON Oct 5-12 Thanksgiving

This weekend is a perfect time to invite family and friends to Come Home to…

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This Weekend in Burlington – July 1/2

This weekend in Burlington, we jump into July and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Remember to…

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This Weekend in Burlington – June 10/11

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Oakville Museum to use Coach House for cultural programs, exhibits and events

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – for immediate release

Oakville Museum to use Coach House for cultural programs, exhibits and events

Council approves recommendations for multi-use redevelopment, federal funding application

The historic Oakville Museum Coach House will be redeveloped into a multi-use space for cultural programs, exhibits and events for the public to enjoy. Council approved the staff recommendation on Monday night.

“Creating vibrant cultural spaces is part of our vision to make Oakville’s downtown a social, economic and cultural hub,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We’re very excited to transform this architectural gem into a welcoming cultural space that residents and community groups will be able to use for years to come.”

The Coach House is a 180-year-old heritage building that originally served as a horse stable and residence for the estate’s gardener. In the early 1990s the town opened Erchless Estate as a museum and retrofitted the Coach House to provide collection storage space. Now that the Museum uses storage facilities at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, the Coach House can take on a new role.

In 2016 the town engaged a consultant to review all existing reports related to the building, determine possible new uses and consult with the community to determine a preferred use.

The preferred redevelopment includes converting the main space of the building into a multi-purpose space for museum-led exhibits, programming and cultural events as well as community uses such as meetings and weddings. There will also be space for an artist-in-residence program, a small outdoor performance venue and space to accommodate food and beverage service for special events and performances.

The estimated cost to redevelop the building is $1.43-1.68 million, however staff will be applying for a grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) which could cover up to 50 per cent of the cost.

Staff will begin planning the redevelopment of the Coach House immediately and renovation work is expected to begin in early 2018.


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Town to strengthen private tree protection by-law

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – for immediate release

Town to strengthen private tree protection by-law

New guidelines address need for canopy conservation in Oakville

Oakville’s tree canopy received a significant boost on October 17, 2016, as Council voted to amend the town’s private tree protection by-law in an effort to curb the unnecessary removal of healthy trees. The changes mean that property owners who wish to remove a private tree will require a permit and may also be required to plant a new tree on their property.

“Oakville’s tree canopy is a community asset, and Council is committed to protecting and enhancing it wherever possible,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Thanks to considerable public input, improvements to the by-law will ensure we continue towards our 40 per cent canopy coverage goal and create an even cleaner, greener Oakville.”

Under the revised by-law, any tree 15 centimetres diameter at breast height (dbh) and above to be removed from private property is required to have a permit and payment of the applicable fee. In addition, any healthy tree above 15 centimetres dbh removed from private property must be replaced.

The Private Tree Protection By-law 2008-156 was adopted by Council in 2008 to support a greener community and a healthier environment as set out in the Livable Oakville Plan. It allowed property owners to remove a limited number of trees between 20 centimetres dbh and 76 centimetres dbh through a notification process and without permit.

“While the town’s tree canopy is threatened by invasive pests such as Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and extreme weather, a significant amount of healthy trees are being removed through the current notification process and it does not encourage replanting to compensate for the loss,” said Chris Mark, director, Parks and Open Space. “The new permit process will respect homeowners’ desire to make home and landscaping improvements, but will encourage them to do so in an environmentally responsible manner,”

Pending Budget Committee approval in December, staff will present the revised private tree protection by-law to Council for final approval in early 2017.

For more information, visit the private tree protection page.


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Thanksgiving Weekend 2016

This weekend many of us will be gathering with family and friends to celebrate what we are thankful for as we indulge in a turkey dinner (or tofurkey for our veg friends) and then we will be wondering what to … Continue reading →

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Summer in Burlington

Recently we were invited to visit Burlington as part of the Tourism week activities.  Burlington is a beautiful town less than an hour from the GTA and we have visited on our own many times.  One of our most favourite … Continue reading →

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