Draft Cultural Heritage Landscapes assessments completed on six high-priority properties

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – for immediate release

Draft Cultural Heritage Landscapes assessments completed on six high-priority properties

Report will go to Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Town of Oakville today released the draft Phase Two Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessments undertaken on six high-priority properties identified for further study by the Phase One Cultural Heritage Landscape Inventory endorsed by Council on February 2016. The research for this phase of the project was undertaken by Letourneau Heritage Consulting.

A cultural heritage landscape is a geographical area of heritage significance that has been modified by human activities and is valued by a community for the important contribution they make to our understanding of the history of a place, an event, or a people. The six properties considered in this phase of the project were:

Bowbeer Farmstead (1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East)
Raydor Estate / Glen Abbey (1333 Dorval Drive)
McMichael Farm (3367 Dundas Street West)
Hilton Farm (2031 North Service Road West)
Biggar Farm (4243 Sixth Line)
Remnant Farmstead (3451 Tremaine Road)

The report on the draft Phase Two Cultural Heritage Landscapes Assessments will be considered by Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee on April 25, 2017. The meeting will take place at Town Hall, Council Chamber, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The recommendations from Heritage Oakville and staff will go forward to Council for consideration at its meeting of May 15, 2017.

“The town’s Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee has a critical role to play in reviewing the evidence provided by the heritage consultant in this phase of the process,” Mayor Burton said. “Council looks forward to receiving the committee’s advice and feedback.”

The Provincial Policy Statement requires that significant cultural heritage landscapes be conserved. Phase Two assessments provide an evidentiary basis, if any, on which Council could proceed with any protection measures in Phase Three, such as Official Plan policies or designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.

To register to speak at the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee meeting of April 25, 2017, please call 905-815-6015 or email townclerk@oakville.ca by 4:30 p.m. the day prior to the meeting.

To register to speak at the Planning and Development Council meeting of May 15, 2017, please call 905-815-6015 or email townclerk@oakville.ca by noon the day of the meeting.

For more information visit our Cultural Heritage Landscapes strategy page.

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Oakville Museum hosts Emancipation Day Family Picnic at Erchless Estate

Thursday, July 21, 2016 – for immediate release

Oakville Museum hosts Emancipation Day Family Picnic at Erchless Estate

A celebration of history, courage and freedom on August 1, 2016

The Oakville Museum, in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, invites everyone to celebrate a significant achievement in Canadian history at the annual Emancipation Day Family Picnic on the grounds of Erchless Estate on Monday, August , 1, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The special event commemorates August 1, 1834 — the day slavery was abolished in Canada and throughout the British Empire. The Emancipation Day picnic dates back to 1850, when African Canadians from across the nation would gather at Oakville’s George’s Square to honour their journey to freedom.

“We’re very proud of Oakville’s connection to the abolishment of slavery and the annual picnic is a chance for the community to celebrate that important part of our town’s heritage,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

The free afternoon will feature music, dance, games, crafts and activities highlighting Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad as a port of entry to Canada. Live lakeside entertainment will include performances by Beyond Sound Empijah, The Hope Centre Gospel Choir and CCAH Steel Pan Performers.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic lunch or purchase delicious food from Mixed Grill BBQ. An ice cream truck will also be onsite.

The Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate is located at 8 Navy Street in downtown Oakville and is easily accessible by foot, bike or public transit. Visit the Oakville Transit website for routes and schedules.

For more information on this event or other Oakville Museum programs and activities, visit the Oakville Museum page or call 905-338-4400.

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Oakville Museum seeking public input on future use of Coach House

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – for immediate release

Oakville Museum seeking public input on future use of Coach House

Share your ideas at public meeting on June 21, 2016

Oakville Museum is asking for the public’s help to determine a new use for the Coach House building on the grounds of Erchless Estate. Members of the community are invited to share their ideas at a public meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

The Coach House is a 117-year-old heritage building that has had many roles over the years. Built in 1899, it 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 much needed collection storage space. Oakville Museum is now using storage facilities at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, freeing up the Coach House to play a new role.

“Investing in key cultural anchors like the Coach House is a critical aspect of the town’s Cultural Plan,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This meeting is a great way for residents to help decide how this building should be repurposed to enrich Oakville’s cultural and historical landscape.”

The June 21, 2016, public meeting will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oakville Museum at 8 Navy Street. Those planning to attend are asked to register by emailing Lyne Mainville at lyne.mainville@oakville.ca.

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Art meets fashion at Oakville Museum’s new exhibition opening May 27, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016 – for immediate release

Art meets fashion at Oakville Museum’s new exhibition opening May 27, 2016

What do Pierre Trudeau, Elizabeth Taylor and The Beatles have in common? They are all featured in Oakville’s newest Art and Fashion exhibition that will take visitors on a 250-year journey through the world of paintings and couture.

“This exhibit explores the relationship between fashion and the art of its time and we’re very excited to showcase nine of our most exquisite gowns paired with nine unique artistic movements,” said Carolyn Cross, Curator of Collections at Oakville Museum.

The exhibit begins with a 1766 French court style gown featuring lace, silk and embroidery paired with the Rococo art that reflects the desire for luxury and excess which came to a halt with the French Revolution.

From there the exhibit proceeds to cover most of the major art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries including the Impressionists and Expressionists before reaching a Pop Art finale highlighting iconic artifacts from the 1960s. A Pierre Trudeau paper dress is displayed with a copy of Andy Warhol’s Silver Liz and the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album by The Beatles.

“In 1968, a journalist said that electing Pierre Trudeau was like voting for a Beatle because he was so popular so we had to put these pieces together,” Cross explained. “It really is a fun exhibit and you don’t have to be an art historian or a fashion devotee to enjoy it.”

The Art and Fashion exhibition runs from May 27, 2016 to June 18, 2017 at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate, 8 Navy Street, in downtown Oakville. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.

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Education Begins With A Needs Analysis

All education must begin with a needs analysis. We must deliver what the students need to perform and apply the requisite knowledge and skills in an ethical and professional manner. Adult education is not intended to correct shortages in motivation, remedy personal inadequacies, or alter deficient value systems. These are the purview of Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, and even the Jerry Springer of this world—entertainment, assuredly, but not education.

“Under promise and over deliver” is a conservative, self-rationalization for getting by and avoiding creativity. Although the tenet may have merit in some aspects of life, it is anathema when it comes to modern instructional and curriculum design.  Here we need to get rid of the ‘box’, not just think outside of it.

In education, let’s not dwell on constraints. Let’s focus on what is it learners need to know and imagine the most creative design for achieving that end. We can always temper our creation later with discussions of budget and available resources. After paring down (using the KISS process) is complete, our objective and anticipated learning should remain intact. Probably the most important thread to weave in this entire exercise is to make the content realistic so students grasp how the content relates to their out-of-class behaviour and performance.

In curriculum creation, content rules. Content is merely a grouping of a multiplicity of tasks. Each task must be specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-sensitive (SMART). As for the facilitator, ensure that you deploy instructional techniques that lead to practical, informative, learning by ‘doing’, student-centric educational experiences.


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OREA’s Forms Guru Shares the Latest on Form #801, E-Signatures and Operating with Integrity 

This past fall it was my pleasure to participate in OREA’s EMERGE event tour to speak with REALTORS® about varied Standard Forms Updates, including Form #801, E-signatures and adding integrity to trading activity using Standard Forms & Clauses. Form #801 has garnered a lot of discussion and controversy. Members need to know about regulatory changes which can translate into essential changes in real estate activity, including the two regulatory changes resulting in the creation of Form #801: 

To not represent to anyone that an offer exists unless that offer is in writing; and
To retain a copy of all written offers or a summary document (such as Form #801) of all written offers.

Technology and e-signatures are now an integral part of the real estate landscape in Ontario. So OREA invited industry experts to EMERGE to talk about the benefits of this technology and what REALTORS® need to consider when they are choosing between the many options available. In my presentation, the minimum requirements according to the Electronic Commerce Act were discussed for members to keep in mind when choosing an e-signature provider. 

In this video you’ll get answers to many common questions about Form #801, e-signatures and integrity using forms. But don’t stop there – every month OREA will be releasing a new video featuring one of our EMERGE speakers. If you haven’t checked it out yet, last month’s video features Andrew Fogliatio discussing online lead funnels. Next month you’ll get to see the highlights from the consumer panel, which was by far the most talked about part of EMERGE. 

If you like what you see, be sure to attend this year’s EMERGE conference, running in six areas of the province between September 22 and November 17. The live events feature business ideas and technology tips from top experts in the field not available anywhere else. This is one of those memorable conferences with real benefits for your real estate business that you won’t want to miss.   

OREA members will receive further information about this year’s line up of speakers as well as how to register as it becomes available. In the mean time, check out our EMERGE landing page for key dates and more content from last year. On behalf of the team at OREA, we look forward to seeing you there! 

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Top 3 Takeaways From OREA EMERGE – Andrew Fogliato

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) had its EMERGE series in the last quarter of 2015. I had the pleasure of being one of the speakers and talking to Realtors about the digital marketing funnel. With online lead generation becoming ever more sophisticated it’s a really exciting time for Realtors to look at incorporating this into their business model. In today’s environment creativity and a few solid rules of thumb will get you everywhere.

EMERGE was an all around great experience and in addition to sharing my own expertise I learned several things that are key to building an even more successful business in this industry:


These events are an incredible opportunity to network. Get to know other agents in your area. Better than that, travel to an event thats not in your area and network with potential referral partners. Even make a list ahead of time if you see some speakers you’d want to talk to and make a point of reaching out.


What sets apart an event like Emerge from a lot of real estate conferences is the breakout sessions. Being able to speak directly to the experts after hearing them give their presentation is invaluable.

I’ve sat in many conferences where I’ve heard great ideas and had follow up questions I wanted to ask. At EMERGE these questions can be covered in the breakout session in great detail. All the nitty gritty questions you had about your own business you can ask.


Showing up, networking, and asking questions is just the start if you are coming to these events. The part that actually matters is what you do when you go home.

Nothing matters if you don’t implement. That’s what will make a difference in your business and in your life. Just knowing the answer isn’t the same as acting upon it.

Below is my talk from the event. If you want to ask questions about it then just leave them in the comments below!


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Helping Students – and New Registrants – Succeed

In a recent post on the online education forum, a student asked about compound interest, covered in Real Estate as a Professional Career. The student wanted a simple explanation and if the question would appear on the exam.

The answer to the second question is definitely maybe. College exams are generated by AXIS, a database that contains thousands of questions. AXIS generates unique exams for each student and there are questions relating to compound interest as this topic is covered in the textbook.

The answer to the first question, taken from the forum, is shown below:

The online education forums, accessed through My Portfolio, is where you can post questions or comments, answer posted questions or comments, or follow various discussion threads. The search function allows you to conduct topic searches. First-time users will be required to accept the terms and conditions first. Or, you can contact the instructor support line (1-866-444-5557), Monday to Friday, 9:30 am – 4 pm.

If you need additional assistance for exam preparation, consider the following products:

ExamTutor© CD – contains practice exams for the Salesperson Registration Education Program and Broker Registration Education Program.

Passit® Online Study Guides – feature more than 1,000 sample multiple choice questions in study modes and timed exam modes.

If you are a new registrant, consider A Mentoring Kit for New Salespeople: Training for Success, which features three DVDs and several booklets, with ‘soft skills’ topics such as business and career planning, professionalism, time management, communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, and prospecting techniques.

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What’s In A Name?

Client or customer – is there a difference. Absolutely! 

The terms are not interchangeable. Each has been defined within the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002, and Regulations (REBBA 2002). The key to remembering the difference rests with the type of agreement the consumer has with the brokerage. A client is represented under a (buyer or seller) representation agreement. A customer is not and is provided services only. As such, the obligations owed to each is different, including the duty of care.

The duty of care owed to customers involves providing accurate information, responding to questions, being honest, and performing specific agreed-upon functions. 

The duty of care owed to clients includes everything you do for that client, and may be outlined in the representation agreement, general, and fiduciary obligations under agency law and regulatory obligations (as set out in REBBA 2002). 

Duties to Clients

In addition to the foregoing duty of care, some of the obligations owed to clients under agency law include the following: 

General Obligations 

1.  Exercise care and skill – have the requisite knowledge and skills; provide complete and accurate information; recommend relevant experts, where applicable 

2.  Negotiate favourable terms – advance the client’s interests by assisting in negotiations; draft favourable terms and conditions for agreements arising from the negotiations 

3.  Maintain confidentiality – maintain confidentiality regarding all matters (e.g., client’s personal information, client’s motivation for buying/selling, the amount to be paid or accepted during negotiations)

4.  Disclose information – disclose information pertinent to the client (e.g., actual or potential conflicts of interest); disclose matters relating to the transaction

5.  Ensure honesty – demonstrate honesty of intent in all dealing

6.  Act in person – perform duties personally, unless otherwise instructed

7.  Obey instructions – obey the client’s instruction, unless it’s not lawful (e.g., the client asks you to create a misleading advertisement regarding the property)

8.  Perform mandate – perform the mandate as set out in the representation agreement; act only within specified authorities; seek clarification if you are uncertain about said authorities

Fiduciary Obligations

1.  Maintain utmost loyalty – the client’s interests come first, best achieved in single representation (i.e., you represent the interest of one party to a transaction)

2.  Avoid conflicts of interest – beware aware of situations that may lead to conflicts of interest, such as representing two or more clients at the same time (multiple representation) acquiring the client’s property selling owned property to the client 

3.  Disclose conflicts – disclose any personal or third-party interests that do or might conflict with the client’s interests; disclose the exact nature and extent of the conflict(s), preferably in writing and signed by the client 

4.  Not make secret profit – do not make a profit at the client’s expense (e.g., providing improper advice, accepting payment from another party without the client’s knowledge and written consent)

5.  Not misuse confidential information – do not use confidential information (e.g., confidential details about the client, the property, and/or the transaction) for your own interests, to harm the client, or to interfere with the client’s endeavours 



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Changes to pre-registration education

Important changes are coming to pre-registration education that will boost the knowledge of new entrants to the profession. The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) is making these changes with support from the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), the current education provider.

Beginning April 1, 2016, aspiring registrants will have to complete five courses before they can register to trade in real estate, instead of three. The two additional courses, including property law, were previously articling requirements. Including them in the pre-registration phase will help aspiring registrants hit the ground running when they enter the profession.

The change will apply to those who enroll in the pre-registration program beginning April 1. Those who enroll before that date will be subject to the current three course requirement.

“Real estate is a demanding profession, so aspiring registrants and their clients will benefit from additional education before they start trading,” says Joseph Richer, RECO Registrar. “We’re pleased to have worked with OREA to make this happen.”

“Improving education standards will help ensure that the salespersons of tomorrow are even more knowledgeable and capable right from the start,” says Ed Barisa, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). “As the long-standing RECO-designated provider of real estate education in Ontario, we look forward to implementing this change. And as always, we will continue to work to improve the student experience at the OREA Real Estate College.”

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Development of new registration education program ongoing

In addition, RECO and OREA have extended their education contract until December 31, 2020.

RECO has been engaging in a thorough review of registration education, and will launch a new program in 2019. The extension of the contract with OREA will allow for an 18-month transition period between the current and new programs.

Richer says: “During our comprehensive review of the current program, we heard time and again that new registrants needed to be more practice ready when they enter the profession. We worked with OREA to see what could be done now to move us closer to that objective, as we work to renovate the program for the long term. The best solution was for the courses to be moved from the articling phase to the pre-registration phase.

Extending the contract with OREA gave us the opportunity to make this much-needed change right away and provide us the time to build the new structure. This was an important first step in the move to the new registration education program.”

You can learn more about the work on the new program here.

More info about additional courses

The Residential Real Estate Transaction and The Commercial Real Estate Transaction

Aspiring registrants will also now be required to take both the commercial and residential courses prior to becoming registered.  Previously, they would take one before registration and the other during the articling phase. RECO’s consultative review of the program showed widespread support for this change, ensuring that new registrants have understanding of both commercial and residential right from the start.

Real Property Law

The existing registration courses cover real estate law, while Real Property Law reinforces and expands on the concepts that students have learned.

New learning path

OREA has produced a learning path (see accompanying visual) that illustrates the revised requirements.

Chart of the course changes

Enrolled before April 1
Enrolled on or after April 1

Pre-registration – three courses:

Real Estate as a Professional Career
Land, Structures and Real Estate Trading
The Real Estate Transaction – General + The Residential Real Estate Transaction or The Commercial Real Estate Transaction

Articling – three courses:

The Residential Real Estate Transaction or The Commercial Real Estate Transaction (whichever they did not complete in pre-registration)
Real Property Law
One elective

Pre-registration – five courses:

Real Estate as a Professional Career
Land, Structures and Real Estate Trading
The Real Estate Transaction – General + The Residential Real Estate Transaction
The Commercial Real Estate Transaction
Real Property Law

Articling – one course:

One elective

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