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Burlington Celebrates Tourism Week in Canada

Did you know that Tourism is a $97 billion industry in Canada and is a key driver…

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#BurlON Nov 16-22

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New PlowOakville map provides real-time snow clearing updates

Thursday, December 8, 2016 – for immediate release

New PlowOakville map provides real-time snow clearing updates

Oakville’s plows are ready to hit the streets when winter weather arrives, and thanks to a new interactive map residents will be able to track snow-clearing progress in real-time.

PlowOakville, uses GPS technology to track the progress of the town’s plows as they clear roads during a snow event. When plows pass over a road, the colour of the road on the map changes to indicate a plow is operating in the area. As the clean-up continues, roads throughout town will change colour until all plowing is complete.

“Effective snow clearing is an essential service for our residents and a priority for Council,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This new tool will help residents stay up-to-date on snow clearing progress and stay safe when road conditions are poor.”

The town is also using real-time technology to help monitor how its winter equipment is functioning. With the data provided, staff will be able to proactively identify mechanical issues so that impacts to snow clearing operations can be addressed as quickly as possible.

“We look forward to providing an improved level of communication to residents as a result of this new mapping tool,” said Enrico Scalera, director, Roads and Works Operations. “As we roll it out this winter, we also welcome any feedback in order to make it as user-friendly and helpful as possible.”

Residents are encouraged to contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or at serviceoakville@oakville.ca in order to provide feedback on the town’s winter maintenance operations.

PlowOakville will be available on the Oakville app which can be downloaded for free on iPhone and Android devices. The town will also share snow clearing information on Twitter. Follow @townofoakville for the latest updates.

For more information about PlowOakville and the town’s snow clearing services, visit the snow clearing page.


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New online public engagement hub makes it easier to get involved with the town

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – for immediate release

New online public engagement hub makes it easier to get involved with the town

Thanks to feedback and input from Oakville residents, business owners, and community groups, the town has introduced a new public engagement hub to make it easier for our community to share input and get involved in town projects.

Now available on oakville.ca, the hub features current and upcoming engagement opportunities such as public meetings, open houses, surveys, and events. It also provides quick links to additional online information and services including the Council calendar, town e-newsletter sign up page, Oakville mobile app, and social media channels.

“Connecting with our residents on the issues that matter to them is essential to developing and delivering high-quality services,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “By bringing together all the information residents need to engage with the town all in one place, we’re making it easier than ever to stay connected.”

The creation of the new hub follows the town’s public engagement campaign that launched in the spring. The purpose of the campaign was to collect feedback from the public about the different ways they like to be informed and engaged with the town. Over a three-month period, the town reached out to the community through various online, print, and in person approaches.

“We’re always looking for new, innovative ways to improve livability in Oakville,” said Mayor Burton. “The new engagement hub is just the first step. The feedback we’ve received from residents has been tremendously helpful in identifying new ways to connect with our residents.”

The town interacts with the community on hundreds of projects, studies, initiatives, services and programs every year. Whether we’re creating a new park, looking for feedback on a road improvement study, finding ways to enhance service delivery or customer experience in our facilities, public input supports the town’s efforts to achieve its vision to be the most livable town in Canada.

Residents are encouraged to visit the public engagement hub on a regular basis to access the latest news on our public engagement opportunities.

A report will be presented to Council on the town’s updated public engagement strategy later this fall. Learn more about the town’s commitment to public engagement.


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Do you like traditional, contemporary or classic furnishings for downtown Oakville?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – for immediate release

Do you like traditional, contemporary or classic furnishings for downtown Oakville?

Have your say at various events around town or vote online

The town is inviting residents to vote for a traditional, contemporary or classic style of furnishings— streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards — for downtown as part of the Lakeshore Road East Reconstruction and Streetscape Project.

Voting started this past Saturday at the Downtown Oakville Farmers’ Market and continues for the next two weeks on the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project page or in person at:

Sixteen Mile Sports Complex — Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 6 to 8 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Community Centre — Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6 to 8 p.m.
Downtown Oakville Farmers’ Market on George Street — Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9 a.m. to noon
Town Hall, Oakville/Trafalgar Room — Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6 to 8 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre — Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6 to 8 p.m.
Glen Abbey Community Centre — Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6 to 8 p.m.

Each of the three styles (traditional, contemporary or classic) is designed to complement the downtown heritage district. The photos on display at the events and posted online give a sense of each style, but do not necessarily represent the final furniture pieces that will be selected. Once a style is determined, the next step will be to choose the individual furniture pieces that work best for downtown Oakville. This will be part of the next round of public consultation happening later this year.

“Streetscape furniture and benches serve to reflect the character of a community,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “This is your chance to tell us how we should best showcase the character of our historic downtown. We want public input to help us move forward with a vibrant Lakeshore Road that shows the best of Oakville’s history and livability.”

Following extensive public consultation through the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) a contemporary style was chosen in 2015, over traditional and classic, to complement the historic buildings in the streetscape yet remain a reflection of the current time. However, when specific contemporary furniture pieces were presented to the public this past March and June there was significant concern and opposition about the style choice. Desire to maximize a flexible (curbless) design of the Lakeshore Road East configuration was also discussed at these meetings as a topic for consideration.

On July 25, 2016, Town Council passed a motion directing staff to recommence a public engagement process to gather more feedback. The motion also called on staff to develop options for a flexible (curbless) street. Staff is expected to report back on both items in early 2017. In the meantime, staff will move forward with incorporating the garbage/recycling stations as well as the granite pavers and curbs into the streetscape design as presented to the public this past March and June.

Background

The Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District (DOHCD) Plan identified the current mixture of designs, materials and colours in downtown as visually cluttered. The DOHCD Plan identified the opportunity for a new design of street furnishings, allowing for contemporary improvements, so long as it is cohesive, supports the pedestrian environment and does not compete with the historic material of the district.

With Lakeshore Road East (Navy Street to Allan Street) coming to the end of its lifespan and needing a major reconstruction, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities to improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown. In October 2015, Council approved the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project as part of the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) study.

For more information visit th Lakeshore Reconstruction Project page.


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Oakville Fire issues partial fire ban

Thursday, July 7, 2016 – for immediate release

Oakville Fire issues partial fire ban

Open burning in rural areas prohibited due to hot, dry weather

The Town of Oakville Fire department has issued a partial ban on open burning due to the hot, dry weather.

The ban includes open air burning of brush on farms and agricultural lands. Open burning in an outdoor fireplace, barbeque, open burning device or fire pit is permitted, however residents must keep a hose or other water source readily available. Never leave the fire unattended and ensure the fire is completely doused so that all burned material and the ground are soaked and cooled.

“The lack of rain and high temperatures is a risky combination when it comes to fire, and the partial ban will be in effect until these conditions change,” said Glenn Barwell, Public Education Officer with Oakville Fire.

Fire prevention officers are also reminding residents to be diligent and follow all the provisions specified in By-law 2006-174 that regulates open air burning. The public will be notified once the ban is lifted.

For more information on open air burning in Oakville, visit the outdoor fires page or call Oakville Fire Prevention at 905-338-4404.


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Town of Oakville forestry program receives SMA accreditation

Thursday, November 19, 2015 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville forestry program receives SMA accreditation

The Town of Oakville is the first Canadian municipality to join a prestigious group of communities accredited by the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). SMA Accreditation is the highest honour for municipal urban forestry programs. John McNeil, manager, Forestry Services accepted a plaque on the town’s behalf at the SMA’s 51st Annual International Conference and Trade Show on November 19, 2015.

“The Town of Oakville continues to be a national leader in urban forestry,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This SMA accreditation confirms that our commitment to the health, vibrancy and protection of our tree canopy now and for future generations is paying off.”

The town’s forestry program is the first outside of the USA to be accredited by SMA. SMA Accredited programs must have an ISA Certified Arborist on staff, an approved Local Forest Master Plan, and a Tree City USA growth award certification or equivalent. They also must show preference for accredited tree care companies when contracting tree care work, adhere to ANSI standards for safety and performance, and adhere to SMA’s Code of Ethics.

In a letter to the town, SMA President, David Lefcourt praised the town’s forestry section for their outstanding efforts in maintaining its urban forest, and extended congratulations to Mayor Rob Burton for his leadership. “This accreditation recognizes the dedication you and your forestry section staff have given to the Town of Oakville and the care of its urban forest. From routine operations to management and planning for your community forest, the Town of Oakville is exceeding international standards and setting an example for others to follow,” he said.

For more information on the town’s forestry programs, visit the Trees and Woodlands page.

About SMA

The Society of Municipal Arborists is a not-for-profit international organization of municipal arborists, urban and community foresters, members of tree boards, tree wardens, consultants, municipal officials, and students who are involved in the professional management of trees where over 114 million people live, work, and play. SMA leads the world in building the confidence, competence, and camaraderie of the family of professionals who create and sustain community forests. For more information, visit the Urban Forestry website.


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B Town Sound is quietly making a big noise

I remember years ago (okay, decades ago) when MTV played the video for “Do they know it’s Christmas” and we all got a peek into the recording studio and how the magic of music is made.  Fast forward to 2015, … Continue reading →

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