Spring loose leaf collection starting April 18

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – for immediate release

Spring loose leaf collection starting April 18

The Town of Oakville’s annual spring loose leaf collection will run from Tuesday, April 18 to Friday, April 28, 2017 in designated neighbourhoods. Information on collection zones and dates can be found on our spring loose leaf collection page or by calling ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601.

Residents are reminded to follow the town’s loose leaf collection guidelines and keep leaf piles separate from any woody debris including large twigs, brush and branches.

Loose Leaf Collection Guidelines

Place all loose leaves on the boulevard or on the shoulder, not over catch basins or in the ditches in front of your house.
Make sure leaves are free of garbage or other yard waste materials.
Put leaves out no earlier than seven days before the first day of your pickup and no later than 7 a.m. on the first day of collection in your zone.
Remove contaminated piles of leaves or leaves that have been put out after the collection dates.

Bagged leaf and yard waste collection service is provided to all Oakville residents by Halton Region on regular garbage collection days from April 11 to December 5, 2017. This is a separate program from the Town of Oakville’s loose leaf collection service. Call 311 or visit halton.ca/waste for more information on curbside collection schedules.

For more information contact:

Mark Covert
Senior Manager, Works
Roads and Works
905-845-6601, ext. 4153
mark.covert@oakville.ca

Julie Trites
Senior Communications Advisor
Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
julie.trites@oakville.ca


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Tour of Lights party brings holiday spirit to Oakville seniors

Thursday, December 11, 2014 – for immediate release

Tour of Lights party brings holiday spirit to Oakville seniors

The Town of Oakville and many generous volunteers hosted the 45th annual Tour of Lights party last night to give 160 Oakville seniors an opportunity to take in the holiday light displays throughout town.

“This annual event for seniors is a great example of our community coming together to make the season brighter for many frail and elderly residents,” said Nina de Vaal, director of recreation and culture for the Town of Oakville. “Thank you to the many volunteers who donated their time to share the holiday spirit with others.”

This year’s event began with a refreshment stop and entertainment at Town Hall followed by a tour of Oakville’s brightest holiday light displays led by off-duty Oakville Transit drivers and limousine drivers from Ward’s Funeral Home.

The popular annual event is offered free for seniors, many of whom would be unable to see the holiday lights on their own.

Visit the seniors services page for more information about the town’s services and programs for seniors.

Media contact:

Pamela Janes
Senior Communications Advisor
Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
pamela.janes@oakville.ca


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Town of Oakville releases 21 new datasets

Thursday, August 07, 2014 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville releases 21 new datasets

Election results, cycle ways, recreation schedules and financial data now part of data catalogue

As part of a one-year pilot project to explore the opportunities created by providing online access to town data, the Town of Oakville recently made 21 new datasets available through its open data catalogue, including highly-requested data on recreation schedules, financial data and election results.

“Open data can be transformed into winning ideas, services and applications that can make a difference in people’s lives,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “By providing access to town data, we are encouraging innovation and collaboration, and supporting new business development.”

The town has released 36 datasets to date with more planned over the coming months.

“We are really pleased to continue to grow our open data catalogue,” said Jane Courtemanche, director of Strategy, Policy and Communications for the Town of Oakville. “Early public engagement helped us identify what types of data developers and researchers wanted most and we were able to include many of those in our latest release.”

Public engagement will continue to be an important part of the pilot project. Silicon Halton, in partnership with the town, is hosting a meetup with developers and researchers on September 9, 2014, to brainstorm opportunities. Visit the Silicon Halton website for event details and to sign up. In the meantime, residents can join the conversation on Twitter at @openoakville or sign up for the project’s RSS feed.

Open data is defined as information that is available in a format that can be read by a computer, and is made available for anyone to use, transform or republish without restriction. Online access to the town’s data was a key recommendation of a recent online services review.

For more information, visit the open data page.


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Oakville Fire reminds residents to change batteries in smoke and CO alarms

Thursday, March 06, 2014 – for immediate release

Oakville Fire reminds residents to change batteries in smoke and CO alarms

Switch to daylight savings time this Sunday

The Oakville Fire department reminds all residents to change their smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries this Sunday, March 9, 2014, when they change their clocks for daylight savings time.

“Properly-working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save lives,” said Michael Harrison, public education officer with the Oakville Fire department. “Regular replacement of alarm batteries is an essential part of every home fire safety plan.”

Nearly half of all fatal fires in Ontario occur because there are no working smoke alarms in the home, most often because the alarms are worn or missing batteries.

Ontario law requires working smoke alarms on every storey of a home and outside each sleeping area. As of January 1, 2014, all homes are also required to have carbon monoxide alarms. For added protection, the Oakville Fire department recommends installing a smoke alarm inside all bedrooms.

Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Replacement times for carbon monoxide alarms vary from five to 10 years. Always follow the replacement schedule posted on each alarm.

Tampering with or permanently removing batteries from a smoke alarm is illegal. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.

All residents should have a home fire safety and escape plan that includes the following steps.

Ensure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed properly and in working order.
Keep all exits unobstructed and easy to access.
Practice two ways out of each room, when possible.
Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, the elderly, or others requiring assistance.
Identify a meeting place outside, where all household members can gather.
In case of fire, get low and move under the smoke to the closest safe exit.
Call 9-1-1 once outside the home using a cellphone or neighbour’s telephone.
Stay outside where it is safe; never re-enter a burning building.

To learn more about the maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and home fire safety, visit the fire safety page.

For more information contact:

Michael Harrison
Public Education/Special Projects Officer
Fire Prevention Division
Oakville Fire department
905-845-6601, ext. 3602
mharrison@oakville.ca

Pamela Janes
Senior Communications Advisor
Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
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Town Council is accountable and transparent

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – for immediate release

Town Council is accountable and transparent

Oakville Council receives second annual Closed Meeting Statistics Report

Oakville Town Council received its second annual Closed Meeting Statistics Report from the Clerk’s department at Monday’s Council meeting and found that the amount of time spent in closed sessions was reduced by half from the previous year. The report showed that Town Council spent three per cent of its time in closed sessions. The Clerk’s report also notes that Council’s reasons for holding closed sessions met all of the requirements under the Municipal Act, 2001 (the Act).

“A hallmark of this Council is being publicly accountable to Oakville residents,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This past year we were successful in minimizing closed meetings and maximizing transparency. By openly providing our residents with the facts that guide our decisions at Council, we ensure that Oakville residents are well informed and able to collaborate with Council on the issues that matter most to them.”

All meetings of Council, committees and local boards must be open to the public unless they meet a narrow list of exceptions set out in the Act. Exceptions include litigation or potential litigation, advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land, and labour relations or employee negotiations. Only seven items were not reported out to the public in 2013 as they dealt with the above matters.

Prior to proceeding into a closed meeting session, Council must pass a resolution authorizing a closed session and identifying the general nature of the matter to be considered. After the session is complete, a public report is provided or a resolution is passed regarding the confidential matter.

For 2013, Council was able to approve resolutions without the need for further clarification or discussion in closed sessions. Public reports were issued with confidential appendices where possible in an effort to increase transparency. This provided the public with a general overview of the matter under consideration while still protecting the interests of the municipality and taxpayers.

Closed meeting statistics are provided to Council on an annual basis to ensure continued attention to transparency and accountability at the town.

Council and committee meeting dates, agendas and staff reports are available on the town’s website. Live and recorded coverage of Town Council, Planning Council and Budget committee meetings are also available.

Media contact:

Vicki Tytaneck
Acting Town Clerk
Town of Oakville
905-815-2003
vtytaneck@oakville.ca

Lesley Patel 
Communications Advisor 
Town of Oakville 
905-845-6601, ext. 3567 
lpatel@oakville.ca


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Residents invited to review redevelopment designs for Oakville Arena

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – for immediate release

Residents invited to review redevelopment designs for Oakville Arena

Public information meeting scheduled for March 6, 2014

Oakville residents are invited to attend a public meeting at Oakville Arena on Thursday, March 6, 2014, to provide feedback on the proposed design options for the redevelopment of the arena and Trafalgar Park.

“Based on collective input from the public, we have developed four design options that we’re excited to share,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture for the Town of Oakville. “We believe these options reflect the wants and needs of Oakville residents and look forward to the valuable discussions that will help guide the final decision by Council.”

Following extensive public consultation in the development of the Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan, Council directed staff to develop design options for Oakville Arena that would include a single-pad arena, incorporate new seniors’ centre and maintain the existing recreation amenities at Trafalgar Park.

The proposed design options will be presented in March at two information sessions at Oakville Arena.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
3 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Oakville Arena (Kinsmen Pine Room)
133 Rebecca Street, Oakville

Note: Presentations will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Presentation materials are available on the Oakville Arena Redevelopment page. Residents who cannot attend the meetings in person are invited to share their comments at oakvillearena@oakville.ca.

If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know as soon as possible before the event by contacting Michael Brennan by phone at 905-845-6601,ext. 3039, TTY 905-338-4200, by email at mbrennan@oakville.ca or by filling out the Customer Feedback form.

For more information contact:

Michael Brennan
Senior Manager, Recreation Services
Recreation and Culture
905-845-6601, ext. 3039
mbrennan@oakville.ca  

Pamela Janes 
Senior Communications Advisor 
Strategy, Policy and Communications 
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
pjanes@oakville.ca


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Transit collective bargaining continues

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – for immediate release

Transit collective bargaining continues

Town seeking fair and balanced contract

The Town of Oakville and Unifor Local 1256 have scheduled four days of collective bargaining for next week in order to try and reach a fair, balanced and affordable contract settlement before the union is in a legal strike position. Earlier this month, the union requested a “no board report” from the provincial conciliator and as a result they will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on February 1, 2014.

“The town is committed to negotiating a fair contract that balances competitive compensation for transit employees with long-term affordability for taxpayers,” said Elizabeth Bourns, director, Human Resources for the Town of Oakville. “Over the past year we have successfully negotiated contract settlements with our two CUPE locals, and we will work to do the same with Unifor 1256.”

It is not unusual for labour negotiations to continue right up to, and even past, a strike deadline but the town is making contingency plans in case a strike should occur.

In the event of strike action taken by Unifor 1256, the town will work to ensure that Oakville’s care-A-van service for the physically disabled will continue to operate for medical appointments. All other regularly scheduled transit services in Oakville would be discontinued immediately.

“We remain optimistic that a settlement will be reached but we have been receiving questions from the public and we want to ensure our riders have sufficient time to prepare alternative travel arrangements,” Ms. Bourns said.

Updates and information will be posted on the Oakville Transit and Town of Oakville websites and through Twitter at @townofoakville or @oakvilletransit.

Negotiations between the town and the union representing 171 Oakville Transit workers including drivers and maintenance staff began in December 2013.

Media Contacts:

Jane Courtemanche
Director, Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601 ext. 3038
jcourtemanche@oakville.ca


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Oakville’s 2013 Accessibility Status Update highlights the town’s commitment to providing accessible programs and services

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 – for immediate release

Oakville’s 2013 Accessibility Status Update highlights the town’s commitment to providing accessible programs and services

Oakville’s commitment to accessibility was showcased yesterday when an update report on the town’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2012-2017 was presented to the Administrative Services Committee, fittingly on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The report will go to Council on December 16, 2013, for final approval.

“Over one and a half million people in Ontario live with some form of disability,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Our annual accessibility update report is a comprehensive look at our work over the last year to ensure that everyone can fully participate in our vibrant community here in Oakville.”

The report describes the steps the town is taking to meet provincial accessibility standards, and includes a detailed list of actions by town departments over the past year to demonstrate the town’s commitment to providing accessible programs and services for all. Accomplishments include:

installing five new transit shelters and 32 additional landing pads and walkways at transit stops
renovating pool change rooms at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre and Glen Abbey Community Centre
installing new accessible playgrounds at Sixteen Hollow Park, Lions Valley Park, Maple Valley Park, Lawson Park and Bayshire Woods Park
providing specialized reading aids at five Oakville library branches
offering delivery and pick-up services of library materials to 150 program users
completing renovations to the front entrance and ServiceOakville counter at Town Hall.

Plans are also underway for a town event to celebrate National Access Awareness Week in May 2014.

The town’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2012-2017 was created in consultation with Oakville’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. Review the 2013 Accessibility Status Update report from the December 3, 2013, Administrative Services Committee.

Media contacts:

Rebecca Brookes
Senior Policy Analyst
Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3689
rbrookes@oakville.ca

Jill MacInnes
Communications Advisor
Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
jmacinnes@oakville.ca


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Oakville releases 2014 Budget documents and approves 2014 rates and fees

Staff recommends 1.3 per cent overall tax increase

On November 18, 2013, town staff presented Oakville’s proposed 2014 operating and capital budgets to the Budget Committee achieving Council’s direction to keep the total property tax increase in line with inflation. Town staff recommended a 2.93 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill for an overall property tax increase of 1.3 per cent including estimated regional and education tax rates. The proposed increase would see residential property taxes increase by $11.85 per $100,000 of assessment meaning that a home assessed at $400,000 would pay an additional $47.40 per year or $0.91 per week.

“The proposed budget demonstrates accountability and responsible management of tax payer dollars,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We delivered on our promise to keep the total property tax increase in line with inflation. Oakville’s fiscal strength will ensure the long-term sustainability of our community, our first-class facilities, as well as our outstanding programs and services.”

Staff is recommending a $296.2 million combined budget for operating and capital requirements to help maintain existing programs and services, and ensure appropriate funding to keep Oakville’s infrastructure in a state of good repair. Additional funding for road resurfacing, parks maintenance, expanded transit care-A-van services, and operation of Oakville’s newest facilities (North Operations Depot and Fire Station 9) were also highlighted in the 2014 budget overview.

“This recommended budget keeps the total property tax increase in line with inflation, invests in infrastructure renewal while also reducing debt and increasing reserves. The budget also ensures residents continue to receive the programs and services they value most,” said Budget Committee Chair Councillor Tom Adams. “I encourage residents to review the budget documents and provide feedback. These will be your tax dollars at work.”

According to the budget presentation from town Deputy Treasurer and Director of Financial Planning Nancy Sully, the 2.93 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill includes a 1.77 per cent increase for the costs of providing town programs and services, and a 1.16 per cent increase in funding for infrastructure renewal. When the town’s portion of the tax bill is combined with the estimated regional and education tax levy, it results in the proposed 1.3 per cent increase on the property tax bill.

The town’s capital budget provides funds for both the replacement of aging infrastructure and the construction of new infrastructure. Some of the top capital projects include $6.3 million for road resurfacing and preservation; $5.1 million for parks and harbours rehabilitation and development; $3.6 million for the Emerald Ash Borer management program; $2.9 million for transit buses; $2.8 for the North Service Road expansion at Ford Drive; and $2.3 million to secure lands for a future fire station in north Oakville.

Based on the Budget Committee recommendations, Council approved modest increases to rates and fees effective January 1, 2014, to help fund service delivery. Council is maintaining the current 20 per cent seniors discount on recreational memberships and programs as recommended by the Budget Committee, which is consistent with the discounts offered by the cities of Mississauga and Burlington.

The Budget Committee will meet throughout November and December to debate the proposed budget. The public is encouraged to get involved in the budget process through the following opportunities:

Commission presentations at Budget Committee meeting on November 21 at 1:30 p.m. and November 22 at 9:30 a.m. as required.
Budget open house on November 23 at 10 a.m. at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre and December 4 at 7 p.m. at Woodside Library.
Public delegations present at Budget Committee meeting on November 26 at 7 p.m. and December 6 at 9:30 a.m.
Budget Committee deliberations on December 12 at 1 p.m.
Final budget approval by Council on December 16 at 7 p.m.

All submissions whether in person, writing, email or social media, will be considered as part of the Budget Committee deliberations. All Budget Committee meetings are held at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road and are open to the public. For those who cannot attend the meetings in person, they will be streamed live at TownTV. To review the 2014 Budget documents or for more information about opportunities to get involved in the budget process visit the 2014 Budget page or email budget@oakville.ca.

Media contacts:

Nancy Sully
Deputy Treasurer and Director of Financial Planning
905-845-6601, ext. 3143
nsully@oakville.ca

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Corporate Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
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Oakville Budget Committee to review proposed 2014 rates and fees

Oakville ratepayers invited to have their say on November 4

Every year as part of the annual budget process, the Town of Oakville reviews the rates and fees it charges for hundreds of programs and services offered to the community. Residents are invited to provide feedback about the proposed increases to Oakville’s 2014 rates and fees on Monday, November 4, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in Council Chamber.

“Our user fees are one of the ways we take pressure off of the overall residential property tax bill,” Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said. “User fees allow us to ensure the continued delivery of the programs and services that residents tell us they value most.”

Under the Municipal Act, municipalities have the authority to impose fees or charges for any activity or service provided, but cannot charge more than the cost to provide those programs and services. The main user fees paid by Oakville residents are transit fares, facility and field rentals, recreation program fees, building and planning permit fees, and parking rates.

As part of the rates and fees review, Oakville Transit is considering various fare increases to help balance the municipal contribution to transit operating costs with transit fare revenues. In addition, recent provincial legislation requires additional spending on the delivery of specialized transit services.

Oakville Transit fares, even with the proposed changes, continue to be among the lowest when compared to other similar sized transit agencies in the GTA. As a result of higher fuel costs and other inflationary impacts, Oakville Transit is faced with higher operating costs to provide transit services. Oakville will continue to provide the same level of service, including free Monday transit for seniors.

At the November 4 meeting, the Budget Committee will discuss the proposed changes to Oakville’s existing rates and fees including the phase out of the seniors’ discount for recreation programs and membership, as well as the estimated costs of administering and enforcing the Building Code Act.

“The rates and fees review is an important element of our annual budget process,” said Budget Chair Councillor Tom Adams. “As we continue with our 2014 budget, we will be working towards our target of keeping the overall tax increase in line with inflation, reducing tax supported debt, and building and maintaining our infrastructure. The review of rates and fees will occur in this context.”

All submissions whether in person, writing, email or social media, will be considered as part of the Budget Committee deliberations. Those wishing to appear before the Budget Committee as a delegate can register by emailing townclerk@oakville.ca or calling 905-815-6015 by noon on Friday, November 1. Alternately, residents can email their comments to budget@oakville.ca.

The proposed 2014 Rates and Fees can be reviewed on the 2014 Rates and Fees page or in person at Town Hall at the ServiceOakville customer service desk. The Budget Committee recommendations will be presented to Council for approval on November 18 at 7 p.m. in Council Chamber at Town Hall. The approved 2014 Rates and Fees will be implemented effective January 1, 2014.

Media contacts

Nancy Sully
Deputy Treasurer and Director of
Financial Planning
905-845-6601, ext. 3143
nsully@oakville.ca

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Corporate Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
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