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Outstanding volunteers honoured at 16th Annual Community Spirit Awards

Thursday, June 8, 2017 – for immediate release

Outstanding volunteers honoured at 16th Annual Community Spirit Awards

Oakville’s best and brightest volunteers were celebrated for their exemplary contributions to the community at the 16th Annual Community Spirit Awards held last night at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

2017 Community Spirit Award recipients:

Bingo Rivera, Access Award sponsored by Access Abilities
William Smith, Arts Award sponsored by the Oakville Beaver
The Oakville Rotaract Club, Group Volunteer Award sponsored by the Town of Oakville
Mary Davidson, Heritage Award sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
Jan Tingle, Individual Volunteer Award sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
Peter Lowes, Senior Award sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence
Aiza Abid and Marica Pinnock, Youth Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

“On behalf of Council, I offer all the nominees and award recipients our sincere gratitude for your dedication, for inspiring others with your commitment, and for elevating the entire Oakville community with your spirit,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

Chris Mei, television host of the Weather Network, was the emcee for the evening, entertaining the audience while sponsors handed out the awards. Each recipient received a one-of-a-kind award created by local illustrator, designer and portrait artist Emily Soden.

Since 2002, Oakville’s Community Spirit Awards have recognized individuals and groups for their outstanding contributions to the community.

Visit the Community Spirit Awards page for more information about the awards and this year’s recipients.


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Toopy and Binoo to headline 2017 Oakville Children’s Festival

Fourth annual arts and culture celebration takes place at QEPCCC on July 9

Toopy and Binoo, the popular cat and mouse duo from the hit children’s television show, will headline the 2017 Oakville Children’s Festival on Sunday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). Families across Oakville can dance and sing along to the theatrical production Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games, as a toy chest full of games and puzzles ignite their curious imaginations.

The event will also feature performances by comedian and juggler Bob Cates, singer Mike Ford, Silk Acrobatic artist Heather Govender, KaHa:wi Dance Theatre’s Pow Wow Bootcamp, First Nations Storyteller Cheri Maracle, The Compound All Star Urban Dance Team, ROCKGarden Party, Toyland Puppet Show, and street magicians Ray Chance and Mike D’Urzo.

Celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary is also part of the line-up with a special dance performed by Oakville’s Balletomane Inc. and an ArtHouse community mural that will transform the festival into a patriotic arts and culture playground for kids of all ages.

“The Oakville Children’s Festival is always a great event for families, and this year will be no exception,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We’re always pleased to provide this great opportunity to celebrate Oakville’s arts and culture, especially as we commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.”

There will also be fun hands-on activities and interactive shows, Touch-A-Truck, City Parent Scavenger Hunt, Oakville Public Library storytimes, Friends of Library Book Sale, Sport Oakville Zone, archery, martial arts, YMCA of Oakville, face painting, and Monkeynastix. This year’s food features include the Kinsmen Club of Oakville BBQ lunch, plus many of the GTA’s most popular food trucks.

There is no parking on site and on-street parking restrictions will be enforced throughout the neighbourhood. Residents and out-of-town guests are encouraged to take the free Oakville Transit shuttle service from the Bronte GO Station. Free bike parking will also be available onsite.

The Oakville Children’s Festival committee is currently recruiting enthusiastic volunteers to help with this year’s festival. Apply online at oakville.ca or email ocfvolunteers@oakville.ca for details.

Due to rising lake levels and ongoing flooding at Coronation Park, the town is temporarily relocating the 2017 Oakville Children’s Festival to QEPCCC, located at 2302 Bridge Road. Festival admission is free and the event will take place rain or shine. Additional acts and activities will be announced as they are confirmed. Visit Oakville Children’s Festival page for event updates.


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Oakville Children’s Festival moves to QEPCCC due to flooding

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – for immediate release

Oakville Children’s Festival moves to QEPCCC due to flooding

High water levels also impacting event permits for lakeside parks

As a result of rising lake levels and ongoing flooding at Coronation Park, the Town of Oakville is relocating the 2017 Oakville Children’s Festival to the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) on Sunday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We don’t expect lake levels to recede until mid-summer which means Coronation Park will likely experience more flooding in the coming weeks,” said Sarah Douglas-Murray, senior manager of Cultural Services. “Unfortunately there is not enough dry space in the park to accommodate all the festival activities and we’ve determined that QEPCCC offers the best alternative location.”

The move to QEPCCC, located at 2302 Bridge Road, will not impact the Oakville Children’s Festival line-up of free entertainment designed to encourage children and families to explore and discover arts and culture. All the event details including special guests, performances and activities will be announced early next week.

Wet conditions in Coronation Park, Bronte Heritage Park, Lions Valley Park and Gairloch Gardens have also impacted permitted events booked over the next few weeks such as wedding photo shoots and picnics. Town staff are working with permit holders to reschedule or relocate their events. While lakefront parks remain open and accessible to the public, some areas are cordoned off with caution tape or fencing due to ponding water and saturated ground conditions.

Canada Day celebrations will remain in Bronte Heritage Park. The town is working with the Bronte Business Improvement Association to make any necessary adjustments to activities that may be impacted by further flooding.

Residents are encouraged to our Oakville Children’s Festival page for the latest updates on closures or contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or ServiceOakville@oakville.ca.


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Victoria Day Weekend 2017

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Participate in Clean Sweep this Friday and help keep Oakville beautiful!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – for immediate release

Participate in Clean Sweep this Friday and help keep Oakville beautiful!

Oakville participating in #CleanCanadaTogether challenge

The Town of Oakville’s annual Clean Sweep is set for this Friday, April 21, 2017. The popular event is a great way to get together with friends and family to clean up around your school, business, neighbourhood or park. Your 20 minutes makes a big difference in keeping Oakville beautiful!

To recognize Canada’s 150th anniversary, Oakville will compete against Brockville, Edmonton, Hamilton, Mississauga, Nova Scotia, Toronto, Vancouver, Vaughan and Winnipeg to see who can clean up the most litter. Participants are encouraged to share photos of their cleanup on social media using #CleanCanadaTogether.

Register online to get your free bags courtesy of GLAD, along with gloves to help with your cleanup. Make sure to choose your pickup location and date, and your supplies will be ready for you at one of the following locations:

Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road
Iroquois Ridge Community Centre, 1051 Glenashton Drive
Glen Abbey Community Centre, 1415 Third Line
River Oaks Community Centre, 2400 Sixth Line
Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, 3070 Neyagawa Boulevard
Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural and Community Centre, 2302 Bridge Road

You may place your GLAD garbage bags out on your regular garbage collection day, and please recycle what you can. Please ensure that you use the clearly marked GLAD garbage bags to collect litter on Clean Sweep day as only these GLAD bags will be collected by Halton Region free of charge above the three-bag limit.

The Oakville Clean Sweep event kicks off Earth Week. Residents are also encouraged to take part in the town-wide Annual Earth Week Clean Up on Saturday, April 22 from 9–11 a.m. hosted by the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEH). For more information on cleanup site locations or to register contact OCCPEH at 905-849-5501, info@oakvillepeacecentre.org or visit www.oakvillepeacecentre.org.

For more information ways we’re helping to keep Oakville clean and green, visit our Oakville Clean Sweep page.


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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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Town seeking public input on future plan for active transportation in Oakville

Friday, June 17, 2016 – for immediate release

Town seeking public input on future plan for active transportation in Oakville

Share your ideas. Public workshop on June 22, 2016

Do you walk, bike, or even skateboard? Then you’re using active transportation. The town is updating its Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) and needs your input in shaping the future for walking and cycling in Oakville. Members of the community are invited to share their ideas online or by participating in an interactive public meeting and workshop on June 22, 2016.

“Council is committed to expanding our path system and supporting convenient, healthy alternatives for residents and visitors to get around Oakville,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “We’re asking community members to help us build a long-term blueprint for active transportation by sharing their innovative vision and new ideas with the town.”

The town’s ATMP was first introduced in 2009 to respond to the need for an improved network of active transportation routes, and to ensure the town is a pedestrian- and cycling-friendly community for various user groups. Since then, the town has adopted supportive policies and implemented over 185 km of bike lanes, multi-use trails, signed bike routes and sidewalks.

Seven years later, it’s time for Oakville to update its ATMP to assess what’s been done, what still needs to be done, and priorities for the future. The update will cover a number of areas including: safety, environmental benefits, outreach, education, infrastructure and design standards.

The June 22, 2016, meeting will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be a brief presentation followed by interactive and engaging activities meant to gather your thoughts on existing and future infrastructure and outreach programs.

The town is also offering two other ways to provide input:

An online questionnaire where you can answer questions about your current cycling and walking habits, the types of routes you like and what you want to see improved.
An online mapping tool where you can identify current walking and cycling routes that you think need to be reviewed, or routes that are not in the current 2009 ATMP that you would like to see considered as part of this update.

If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know before June 17, 2016 by contacting Chris Clapham at 905-845-6601, ext. 3306, (TTY: 905-338-4200), email chris.clapham@oakville.ca or fill out our accessible online feedback form

The ATMP update builds on the success of the town’s approved Transportation Master Plan, Switching Gears. Visit the Active Transportation Master Plan page to learn more.


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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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Summer Sizzles Downtown @BPAC

There are a number of wonderful performances happening this summer in beautiful downtown Burlington at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.  Since I am fortunate enough to work downtown I am hoping to enjoy many of these performances this summer.  It … Continue reading →

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