#BurlON til Jan 30

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#BurlON til Jan 23

We’re about halfway through January and here in Burlington we’ve got the temperatures to prove…

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Cultural Plan sets the stage for culture to grow and evolve in Oakville

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – for immediate release

Cultural Plan sets the stage for culture to grow and evolve in Oakville

Council approves Cultural Plan 2016-2021 that will target all corners of the community

Over the next five years Oakville’s arts and culture scene will become even more vibrant and exciting thanks to an updated Cultural Plan that was approved by Council at the April 4, 2016, Council meeting.

“The town is both a provider and a supporter of cultural programs and services that make Oakville a great place to live. Our Cultural Plan sets a clear direction for how we will ensure creativity and culture continue to grow and evolve throughout the community,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

The Cultural Plan 2016-2021 builds on the significant progress of the original plan developed in 2009 and expands on its vision of creating a community where culture inspires, engages and thrives. The updated plan will see the town implement several key initiatives including developing a public art strategy, creating new programs to engage the community, developing public sector partnerships and increasing private sector engagement to support the arts in Oakville.

“This plan identifies that culture simply means people expressing their creativity and heritage,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “We’re very excited to reach out to all corners of the community with this broader, more inclusive definition of culture that encourages everyone to express themselves in a way that benefits their community.”

The town retained Webb Management Services Inc. to update the Cultural Plan in consultation with an external focus group of stakeholders and based on input gathered through public meetings and an online survey. The updated Cultural Plan sets out the following eight recommendations, each with a set of supporting initiatives:

Reach and engage the whole community.
Develop a public art program.
Leverage the corporate art collection to engage the wider community.
Invest in “cultural anchors” that provide and support creativity in the community.
Develop public sector partnerships.
Increase private sector engagement and partnerships to support the arts in Oakville.
Ensure arts and culture are in more facilities throughout the town.
Consider how arts and culture can help achieve broader town goals by applying a “Cultural Lens” approach to all projects and programs.

Staff will begin implementing the plan’s recommendations in 2016 using current staffing and budget. Future funding and staffing requests will be deferred to the 2017 budget process.

The town also continues to work on the Downtown Cultural Hub (DCH) which is exploring opportunities to create cultural and performing arts spaces and new riverfront park that will become the cultural, social, and economic heart of the community. Staff is undertaking further research and public consultation on these potential DCH opportunities before reporting back to Council later this year.

The DCH, along with the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study make up the town’s exciting Downtown Plan which aims to create an attractive, active, animated and vibrant downtown that will bring people together while maintaining the beautiful historic downtown streetscape.

For more information or to review the complete Cultural Plan 2016-2021, visit the Cultural Plan page.


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Live & Play in Burlington

With winter weather arriving early this year, it would be easy for many of us to hide in our warm homes with a mug of hot chocolate and a plate full of sugar cookies until the spring.  The Parks & … Continue reading →

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Driving and cycling safely is everyone’s responsibility

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 – for immediate release

Driving and cycling safely is everyone’s responsibility

Summertime in Oakville means more residents and visitors are taking advantage of our beautiful trails and cycle paths. The town reminds motorists and cyclists to watch out for each other and to keep the rules of the road in mind to ensure a safe and happy experience for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Enjoy the town’s 105 kilometres of on- and off-road cycling paths, and over 150 kilometres of trails and please remember that:

cycling on town sidewalks is prohibited, except for children under the age of 11 years old, with bike wheel diameters that do not exceed 51 centimetres (20 inches). An adult may also ride a bicycle on the sidewalk while accompanying the child.
cycling on sidewalks in commercial and lakeside areas is prohibited for all cyclists, including children, and a $75 fine applies (this includes the downtown Oakville, Kerr Street and Bronte business districts).
a bicycle must have a bell or a horn in good working order, and a white front light and a red rear light (if you are riding between half an hour before sunset and half an hour after sunrise).
a bicycle must have at least one brake system on the rear wheel.
Ontario law requires that all cyclists under the age of 18 wear an approved helmet when riding; however, it’s recommended that everyone wear a helmet when cycling to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.
cyclists should obey all traffic laws, signs and signals, always signal your intentions, and travel on the right side with traffic.
motorists should slow down when passing cyclists and allow a one-metre clearance.
check your mirror before exiting your vehicle to avoid striking a cyclist with your door. The fine for opening a door into a cyclist’s path is $85 and two demerit points.

By working together we can share the road safely and enjoy all that our community has to offer.

The Town of Oakville continues to improve our roadways and trails to offer residents more choice in active transportation. In 2012, the Town of Oakville received a bronze award in recognition of building a bicycle-friendly community from Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

For more information on the town’s cycle network, visit the cycling routes page or pick up a new Cycle Walk Oakville map at a town facility.

Media contact:

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-338-4244
mmilhomens@oakville.ca


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