Town Council approves new private tree protection by-law

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – for immediate release

Town achieves highest standard in performance data collection

ISO 37120 Platinum certification reflects commitment to transparency and innovation

Oakville joins the ranks of cities across the globe after receiving the prestigious ISO 37120 platinum certification, the world’s first international standard for sustainable cities, from the World Council on City Data (WCCD). Oakville is the fourth Ontario municipality to receive this designation, and is the first International Organization of Standardization (ISO) achievement for the town.

“This certification is a significant achievement for Oakville that reflects Council’s commitment to innovation and transparency as we work to create Canada’s most livable town,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Our involvement with the WCCD will help us measure how well we’re meeting the needs of our citizens, track our progress over time and benchmark our performance against other world-class cities.”

ISO 37120 Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life is comprised of 100 performance indicators that track a city’s progress in delivering services and ensuring quality of life for its community. Platinum certification acknowledges that the town has achieved the highest standard in data collection and research to drive the delivery of high quality programs and services to the community.

As a global leader on standardized metrics, the WCCD manages the ISO 37120 certification system and Global Cities Registry that hosts data from approximately 40 cities around the world, to enable a municipality and its residents to compare its social, economic and environmental performance in relation to other cities. Data now available shows that Oakville is leading the way in areas including the number of higher education degrees per 100,000 population (about one in two citizens has a higher education degree), total electrical energy use per capita (Oakville is one of the most efficient communities) and total number of bike paths/lanes per 100,000 population (among the highest of cities worldwide).

There is a wide range of certification levels offered by the WCCD for cities to aspire to and levels are based on the number of indicators reported by the city. To achieve platinum certification, the highest level, the town provided data on over 90 indicators that was validated through a third-party verification process.

During her presentation to Council, Dr. Patricia McCarney, president and CEO of World Council on City Data, commended the town’s commitment open data and efforts to pursue certification. “It is my pleasure to welcome the Town of Oakville to the World Council on City Data as an ISO 37120 platinum certified municipality. The dedication of Mayor Burton, Town Council and staff to open, standardized and comparable city data will help to increase the quality of life for all citizens while driving evidence-based decision making and data driven solutions. The town stands out in Canada and globally as a leader in working to create a more smart, sustainable, resilient, inclusive and prosperous future for its residents.”

Quick Facts

The WCCD was founded in 2014 – ISO 37120 was piloted by 20 WCCD Foundation Cities throughout the world
Based on eight years of development by the Global City Indicators Facility and later the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto
ISO 37120 is the first ISO standard on cities
Comprises 100 indicators (54 core, 46 supporting) around 17 themes on city sustainability and quality of life

To view Oakville’s data and to learn more about ISO 37120, visit the World Council on City Data website. To learn more about the town’s commitment to open data, visit our Open Data page..


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Town achieves highest standard in performance data collection

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – for immediate release

Town achieves highest standard in performance data collection

ISO 37120 Platinum certification reflects commitment to transparency and innovation

Oakville joins the ranks of cities across the globe after receiving the prestigious ISO 37120 platinum certification, the world’s first international standard for sustainable cities, from the World Council on City Data (WCCD). Oakville is the fourth Ontario municipality to receive this designation, and is the first International Organization of Standardization (ISO) achievement for the town.

“This certification is a significant achievement for Oakville that reflects Council’s commitment to innovation and transparency as we work to create Canada’s most livable town,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Our involvement with the WCCD will help us measure how well we’re meeting the needs of our citizens, track our progress over time and benchmark our performance against other world-class cities.”

ISO 37120 Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life is comprised of 100 performance indicators that track a city’s progress in delivering services and ensuring quality of life for its community. Platinum certification acknowledges that the town has achieved the highest standard in data collection and research to drive the delivery of high quality programs and services to the community.

As a global leader on standardized metrics, the WCCD manages the ISO 37120 certification system and Global Cities Registry that hosts data from approximately 40 cities around the world, to enable a municipality and its residents to compare its social, economic and environmental performance in relation to other cities. Data now available shows that Oakville is leading the way in areas including the number of higher education degrees per 100,000 population (about one in two citizens has a higher education degree), total electrical energy use per capita (Oakville is one of the most efficient communities) and total number of bike paths/lanes per 100,000 population (among the highest of cities worldwide).

There is a wide range of certification levels offered by the WCCD for cities to aspire to and levels are based on the number of indicators reported by the city. To achieve platinum certification, the highest level, the town provided data on over 90 indicators that was validated through a third-party verification process.

During her presentation to Council, Dr. Patricia McCarney, president and CEO of World Council on City Data, commended the town’s commitment open data and efforts to pursue certification. “It is my pleasure to welcome the Town of Oakville to the World Council on City Data as an ISO 37120 platinum certified municipality. The dedication of Mayor Burton, Town Council and staff to open, standardized and comparable city data will help to increase the quality of life for all citizens while driving evidence-based decision making and data driven solutions. The town stands out in Canada and globally as a leader in working to create a more smart, sustainable, resilient, inclusive and prosperous future for its residents.”

Quick Facts

The WCCD was founded in 2014 – ISO 37120 was piloted by 20 WCCD Foundation Cities throughout the world
Based on eight years of development by the Global City Indicators Facility and later the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto
ISO 37120 is the first ISO standard on cities
Comprises 100 indicators (54 core, 46 supporting) around 17 themes on city sustainability and quality of life

To view Oakville’s data and to learn more about ISO 37120, visit the World Council on City Data website. To learn more about the town’s commitment to open data, visit our Open Data page..


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Oakville’s 2017 Citizen Survey shows overall satisfaction at 81 per cent

The results of the 2017 Citizen Survey are in! According to the results of the survey conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights, 81 per cent of residents are happy with their municipal government. The town conducts a survey every two years to track overall citizen satisfaction with town performance, identify emerging issues, and help set strategic priorities for the future.

“Feedback from our residents is our most valuable measure of success and we always welcome the opinions of our community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We’re encouraged by the positive results of this survey and will use this feedback to guide our efforts toward making Oakville an even more livable, thriving and vibrant town.”

During his presentation to Council, Craig Worden, executive vice-president of Public Affairs for Pollara Strategic Insights noted the town’s consistently high marks in overall satisfaction. “Oakville residents continue to express high satisfaction with their municipal government, the services it provides, and the town attributes that it manages.”

Residents were asked to rate specific town services as well as key attributes of the town. Overall satisfaction with key town attributes was 85 per cent, while overall satisfaction with town services was high at 89 per cent.

The highest levels of satisfaction with town attributes were feelings of belonging and safety (95 per cent), overall appearance of the community (88 per cent), and information provided to residents (84 per cent). The survey results also showed that 10 out of 12 services received satisfaction ratings over 80 per cent; with parks and green spaces (93 per cent), library services (88 per cent) and recreation fields and facilities (88 per cent) rounding out the top three. Satisfaction with winter road and sidewalk maintenance went up markedly this year to 81 per cent (from 74 per cent in the 2015).

To assist the town with prioritizing policies and plans, residents were asked to identify which priority they would like to see the town focus on the most. Residents indicated that the most important priorities are managing and controlling growth in Oakville (62 per cent) and the town’s natural environment (58 per cent). Ease of travelling and governing and managing the town both came in at third (45 per cent), followed by recreation and cultural programs (42 per cent) and economic growth (41 per cent).

When asked about the top issues facing the community today, residents identified urban sprawl and development, traffic and congestion and affordable housing as the top three. While affordable housing was significantly more important in 2017 than in previous years, the importance of taxes continued its steady decline.

Other survey highlights include that when it comes to interacting with the town, 85 per cent of residents expressed overall satisfaction with their customer service experience, remaining strong since 2015 and 2013 levels, up seven per cent from 2011. Eighty-seven per cent of residents also said that service was provided in a timely manner. Online communications also continues to grow in popularity among residents, with 73 per cent identifying oakville.ca as the preferred way of finding town information.

“Council will continue to focus on controlling growth, providing exceptional services and investing in high-quality infrastructure, all while giving residents the best value for their tax dollars,” said Mayor Burton. “The results of this survey show that residents and Council are on the same page in our efforts to make Oakville the most livable town in Canada.”

In January, Pollara Strategic Insights conducted a 20-minute phone survey, where a random sample of 805 residents were asked for their feedback and opinions about their community. In addition to the phone survey, 400 online surveys were completed, and 28 ideas were generated on the town’s Idea Forum on oakville.ca. This is the eighth citizen survey conducted by Oakville.

Current and past survey results are available on the Citizen Surveys page.


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artsVest™ brings year-long training and $35,000 in matching funds to Oakville’s arts and culture community

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – for immediate release

artsVest™ brings year-long training and $35,000 in matching funds to Oakville’s arts and culture community

Information session for arts and culture groups takes place February 15, 2017

artsVest, a matching incentive and sponsorship training program designed to create partnerships between businesses and arts and culture groups, is coming to Oakville.

The program is offered by Business for the Arts, a national charitable organization that strengthens arts and culture in Canada by building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors. With funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Canada, $35,000 in matching funds will be delivered to local arts organizations.

The Town of Oakville will help administer the program, and provide meeting space for an information session and sponsorship workshop on February 15 from 1-5 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre. The workshop will be immediately followed by a reception to celebrate the launch of the program.

“Council believes in building bridges and helping establish relationships between various communities and organizations in Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “By encouraging partnerships between businesses and cultural organizations, the artsVest program helps to foster creativity and culture for everyone to enjoy.”

artsVest works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships with private sector businesses. As an added incentive, artsVest participants can apply for matching grants. For every dollar raised in sponsorship, Business for the Arts will match it – doubling their sponsorship opportunity.

“Business for the Arts is thrilled to be bringing the artsVest program to Oakville,” says Aida Aydinyan, vice president of Business for the Arts. “The generous funding and support from the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Government of Canada and the Town of Oakville speaks volumes to the importance and power of building relationships between the sectors. We look forward to seeing the incredible impact these arts organizations and businesses will have in the town over the next year.”

Arts and culture groups can learn more about the program and apply to participate on the artsVest page.


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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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OREA president featured on radio show

Ray Ferris, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association, will be the guest expert on a radio show starting this weekend. 

The show, “Ask the Experts”, is scheduled to run on Saturday, April 2 at 5 p.m. on Newstalk 1010 and is hosted by Iain Grant. This weekend’s show will introduce Ferris and OREA to the listening audience and aims to cover a variety of real estate questions and issues. The president will discuss the value that a REALTOR® brings to the real estate transaction, as well as answering questions from the host about real estate.

The one-hour radio program can be heard across the province at 1010 on the AM dial. Ferris is scheduled to appear on the show again in several subsequent interviews this spring and fall. His second interview is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at 5:00 p.m. and will cover some of the less-well known ways that a REALTOR® can help the public during a real estate transaction.

“Ask the Experts” is a public radio show described on the station’s website, www.newstalk1010.com, as an opportunity for members of the public to “talk directly to the movers and shakers. You will get inside information and knowledge that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s a great way for you to get free advice on everything from plumbing to legal.”

If you have questions, comments or ideas for future real estate topics on the radio program, send an email to info@orea.com with the subject line “Radio program comments.”

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Brokers of Record: The Buck Stops With Them

American president Harry S. Truman had a desk sign, measuring 2½” x 13”, that read “The buck stops here,” which meant responsibility and accountability ultimately rested with the president. In real estate, the buck stops with the broker of record.

All brokerages in Ontario must designate a broker of record, an individual who, above all, ensures that the brokerage and its employees (brokers, salespeople, other persons) comply with the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002, and Regulations (collectively known as REBBA 2002), and standards are maintained.

If the brokerage is a sole proprietorship, the sole proprietor must be the broker of record. If the brokerage is a partnership or a corporation, the broker of record is designated by partnership or corporate resolution, respectively. For corporations, the board of directors makes the resolution, and it is signed by the officers with the appropriate signing authority. A copy the resolution must be sent to the RECO registrar.

Partnership and corporation brokerages can also designate an “alternate broker of record” (i.e., another broker as an alternate signing authority to review and sign off on trust and trade transactions when the broker of record is unable to act). Again, this is done via partnership or corporate resolution. The alternate must be approved by the registrar.

Duties of the Broker of Record

•  Ensures the brokerage fully complies with REBBA 2002

•  Actively participates in the management of the brokerage

•  Ensures an adequate level of supervision for brokers, salespeople, and other brokerage employees

•  Takes reasonable steps to address failure to comply with REBBA 2002 by all brokerage employees

•  Reviews and signs monthly trust account reconciliations and trade record sheets

•  Signs brokerage financial statements, as required by the RECO registrar

Duties of the Alternate Signing Authority

The alternate signing authority must review and sign off on the following transactions only during that time when the broker of record is absent or unable to act:

•  trust account transactions

•  monthly trust account reconciliations

•  trade record sheets

 

Reference:

Ontario Real Estate Association and Acronamic Learning Systems Inc. (2015). Real estate broker course. Don Mills, ON: MediaLinx Printing Group.

 

 

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Take the time to talk about time

How many times have you heard an association president say to a potential volunteer, “Oh, this position won’t take much time.”

I’ve been surveying experienced volunteers the last few weeks and the common theme has been that they were not told how much time their volunteer commitment would really take. In every case, it took a whole lot more time!

This has led to frustration on the part of volunteers as they had to give up business or personal appointments to serve or they missed meetings. This is bad for the association and the volunteer.

How can we fix this?

The association and those recruiting need to be far more accurate estimating the time required by providing more information to the volunteer:

– A short explanation of the long term goals of the association – give them the big picture

– The mandate for the committee or task force the volunteer will serve on

– The schedule and location of meetings and the estimated time for each meeting

– Estimating time for reading and preparing for meetings

– Indicating any other events the volunteer may attend (AGM, volunteer leadership training)

 

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OREA’s Political Affairs Conference is a huge success!

OREA would like to thank all delegates who attended our annual Political Affairs Conference (PAC).

This year, 39 out of 40 boards participated in the conference, staff booked almost 70 MPP meetings, and registered over 200 delegates. It is safe to say, PAC was a huge success!

It’s undeniable that there was excitement and passion in the air as REALTORS® met with MPPs to discuss key REALTOR® Issues including the MLTT and HER&D.

The Minister of Government and Consumer Services, the Hon. David Orazietti, addresses PAC delegates.

PC Leader, Patrick Brown, speaks to delegates at PAC

NDP leader, Andrea Horwath, speaks to REALTOR® delegates

President Pat Verge with MPPs Mike Colle (Left) and Todd Smith (Right)

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Coronation Park sprouts 80 new trees following planting event

Big Brothers Big Sisters and IKEA volunteers dig in to help grow Oakville’s urban forest

This past Saturday, Mayor Rob Burton joined forestry staff and community volunteers at Coronation Park to plant trees and enjoy a number of related activities. The event was one in a series of planting events organized by Tree Canada.

“Today’s event celebrates our community’s interest in creating an even cleaner, greener Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, the staff and families of IKEA, and Tree Canada for your time, enthusiasm and commitment to preserving our tree canopy.”

The community team planted 80 trees at the south/west corner of the waterfront park. Participants were guided through a number of educational and fun activities. Every volunteer tree planter went home with a decorated pot and seedling, a wood-cut pendant, and a greater appreciation for the many benefits that trees provide such as clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.

Tree Canada is the nation’s leader in tree-related programs and resources. This year the not-for-profit organization partnered with IKEA Canada to deliver a series of events across the country, designed to help grow the public’s knowledge and appreciation of trees.

“At IKEA, we strive to make a positive impact on the communities where we do business,” says Stefan Sjostrand, President, IKEA Canada. “We’ve enjoyed a special relationship with Tree Canada for more than 18 years, and believe that tree plantings are a great way for our co-workers to celebrate our commitment to sustainability and roll up our sleeves with young Canadians from across the country to appreciate all that nature has to offer.”

Tree Canada was the driving force behind the establishment of a National Tree Day in Canada, which falls on the third week of September.

“Growing in size every year, National Tree Day, along with events like these, helps remind Canadians of the importance of trees,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “They beautify our communities, naturally cool our cities in the summer, and combat climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide emissions and producing oxygen, as well as help to improve human health.”

This weekend’s successful planting event will help the town in its efforts to recover from the devastating effects of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation on our tree canopy. The town continues to follow best forest management practices to renew its urban forest by removing dead and dying ash trees from streets, parks and woodlands and establishing replanting sites in select locations.

Residents interested in taking part in tree plantings or becoming a volunteer Forest Health Ambassador can sign up to receive announcements of plantings and events, at canopyclub@oakville.ca.

Visit the Emerald Ash Borer web page for more information.

About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. Since 1992, nearly 80 million trees have been planted, over 550 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize eleven national urban forest conferences. The next Canadian Urban Forest Conference will take place in Laval, QC in 2016. Visit the Tree Canada website to learn more. www.treecanada.ca.


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