This Weekend in Burlington – August 11-13

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This Weekend in Burlington – July 8-9

July is the seventh month of the year so we are well over half way…

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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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Town seeking input into proposed residential rental licensing by-law

Friday, May 5, 2017 – for immediate release

Town seeking input into proposed residential rental licensing by-law

Community Consultation: Learn more and have your say at May 16 open house

If you rent or lease out a house, a low-rise apartment (3-storeys or less), or even a room in your home, the Town of Oakville wants to hear from you. Community members are invited to an open house on Tuesday, May 16 to provide input into a proposed by-law to license residential rental housing. The goal of the proposed by-law is to ensure low-rise residential housing is safe, suitable and well maintained.

In developing the residential rental licensing by-law, the town wants to consider both the needs of property owners and residents looking for rental housing. Once approved, the by-law will expand the town’s licensing program to include those who rent or lease out a house, a low-rise apartment, or a room in a home.

“The current regulations don’t address many of the issues raised by residents in neighbourhoods that have been impacted by residential rental housing,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton “We are hoping to develop a by-law that will help the town enhance the health and safety of tenants while protecting and maintaining the stability of residential areas.”

During the open house landlords and tenants will learn about the proposed by-law’s rules and regulations and the different classes of licenses — whole home, non-owner occupied, owner occupied and lodging house. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and record feedback which will help develop the final by-law for Council to review in October.

The May 16 open house takes place in the Oakville/Palermo rooms at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road. Community members can drop in any time between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact Margaret Boswell by Tuesday, May 9 at 905-845-6601 ext. 3350 (TTY: 905-338-4200) or margaret.boswell@oakville.ca. If preferred, residents can fill in the accessible feedback form on oakville.ca.

Anyone unable to attend the open house is encouraged to share their comments by emailing enforcementservices@oakville.ca. You can also follow the town on Twitter and Facebook and use the hashtag #YourRentYourVoice

For more information, visit our Residential Rental Housing Licensing By-law page.


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This Saturday power down for Earth Hour!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – for immediate release

This Saturday power down for Earth Hour!

Take part in the Earth Hour movement on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour is back! Join the town and citizens from 7,000 cities around the world to make a global statement in support of action on climate change. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, turn off non-essential lights and unplug electronics. Try a candlelight dinner, board games by flashlight, stargazing by the lake, or a moonlight stroll.

“Energy conservation and environmental stewardship are year-round priorities for the town,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Earth Hour reminds us that even small actions can have a big impact on our natural environment. Together we can create a cleaner, greener Oakville.”

The town will take part by turning off all non-essential lights and marquee signs at town facilities and parking lots where possible without compromising public safety or interfering with services. Tweet @townofoakville with the hashtag #ChangeClimateChange or post on the town’s Facebook page to show how you participated in Earth Hour.

Last year, businesses, residents and the town reduced energy consumption by five per cent (8,831kwh) during Earth Hour. This year, the town aims to beat that and see even larger savings throughout the community

Starting March 25 you can also head to the Oakville Public Library, Central Branch to learn how you can be part of the Earth Hour movement every day and try the “Rock the Bike” pedal-powered bike-charging station. This will kick off an Earth Month display series at participating Oakville Public Libraries.

Visit oakville.ca for information on how to participate in annual and year-round energy conservation and environmental stewardship initiatives, including:

Keep Calm and Adapt: Emergency and Weather Preparedness event – May 6, 2017
Oakville Conserves Energy Fair – May 27, 2017
Prepare to be Prepared Challenge – registrations starts in April
Update of the Environmental Strategic Plan – opportunities for public contributions begin later this year

Earth Hour is a global lights-out initiative created by the World Wildlife Fund to encourage individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take accountability for their ecological footprint. Earth Hour 2016 took place in more than 7,000 cities and towns in 172 countries and territories across all seven continents. Residents, businesses and community groups are encouraged to register their Earth Hour event at earthhour.org.


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Oakville celebrates bigger and better Culture Days

Monday, September 26, 2016 – for immediate release

Oakville celebrates bigger and better Culture Days

Free music, dance, theatre and art activities from September 30 to October 2, 2016

Oakville is showcasing its love of culture by expanding its Culture Days celebration with more free activities and performances offered at multiple locations throughout town from September 30 to October 2.

“By expanding Culture Days the town is helping residents learn about and celebrate the diverse community we have here in Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage residents of all ages to take part in this year’s activities and help share in Oakville’s vibrant arts and culture scene.”

As part of the nation-wide Culture Days festivities, Oakville will offer opportunities for residents to explore music, dance, visual arts and theatre at multiple locations including Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC), Towne Square, Oakville Public Library, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Oakville Galleries and various local businesses.

Highlights from this year’s lineup include: youth lip sync battle, Oakville Improv Kids class workshop, all ages clay drop-in, Caribbean Association steel pan workshop and performance, Oakville Quilters Guild Nine Patch Bonanza, beginner belly dance classes, performance by the Circle of Harmony a capella chorus, and curator’s tour of Judith Scott sculptures at Oakville Galleries.

A full schedule of events and registration details are available on the Culture Days page. Online registration is now open for select programs. Pre-registration opens on September 30 at 9 a.m. at QEPCCC.

Participants are also encouraged to share photos of their Culture Days activities on Twitter or the town’s Facebook page with #CultureDaysOakville for a chance to win a $100 Recreation and Culture program credit. For contest details, visit the Culture Days page.

Culture Days is a grassroots nation-wide movement that aims to raise awareness, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of Canadian communities.


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Photo Opps in Burlington

Visitors and residents of Burlington will agree, that our city offers some amazing photo opportunities from our escarpment to our waterfront views, the perfect picture is just a snap (or tap) away. We love viewing all the great shots of … Continue reading →

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Get creative in Bronte and paint the lake for a chance to win

Friday, July 22, 2016 – for immediate release

Get creative in Bronte and paint the lake for a chance to win

Art contest will be part of Bronte Lake Walk on August 4, 2016

Calling all budding and professional artists, as well as those who just like to get creative! Oakville residents are invited to showcase their artistic talent at the Paint the Lake event on Thursday, August 4, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bronte Heritage Park located at 2340 Ontario Street.

Offered as part of the town’s Summer Cultural Connection events series, Paint the Lake will take place in conjunction with the Bronte Lake Walk. Participants will choose a picturesque scene of Bronte Harbour and create their own masterpiece for a chance to win great prizes. Paint supplies and canvases will be provided while supplies last.

Each painting will be shared on the Bronte Village Facebook page where people can like their favourite. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: Kids (10 and under), Youth (11-17), Adult (18+) and Professional. The contest runs from August 5 to 12, 2016.

Paint the Lake is offered in partnership with the Bronte Village Business Improvement Association (BIA). Visit the Summer Cultural Connection page for more information.


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A Spring Saturday with President Obama

President Barack Obama recently gave Burlington a nod when he noted he had visited our city during his toast at the State Dinner for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. When I shared the news on my Facebook and Twitter pages promoting Tourism Burlington, there was … Continue reading →

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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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