Council approves group home registration by-law to support neighbourhood cohesion

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – for immediate release

Council approves group home registration by-law to support neighbourhood cohesion

In an effort to facilitate neighbourhood communication and cohesion, Council passed a new by-law — Group Home Registration By-law 2016-11 — that will see the town collecting business names, ownership and contact details of group homes in Oakville. Under the new by-law, town municipal enforcement services staff can respond to community questions and concerns by connecting residents with the group home operators. This quick intervention often leads to better community understanding and cooperation.

“In recent years, Council and staff have heard a number of concerns regarding activities at local group homes. Resolving these issues proved difficult because we did not know where exactly these homes were, or how to contact their operator,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Our new bylaw will provide staff with much needed contact information to encourage dialogue and resolutions between neighbours.”

Under the town’s bylaw, a group home business license application/renewal must include a business name, ownership and contact information. The annual application/renewal fee is $93. Ownership and contact information collected through the licensing process will not be shared without the consent of the group home operator but is subject to normal Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act requests.

A group home is defined as a supervised single housekeeping unit in a residential dwelling for the accommodation of three to10 persons, exclusive of staff, who by reason of their emotional, mental, social or physical condition or legal status, require a group living arrangement for their well-being

Although licensed by the Province, group homes are most often owned privately by a group home operator or a service agency subject to a service agreement. Service agreements outline responsibilities of group homes and may require the development of processes for dealing with resident concerns as well as inspections to ensure compliance with ministry standards including training of staff, documentation, files, interior maintenance of the home and overall safety.

According to the Municipal Act 2001, municipalities are only permitted to register a group home, but not regulate it. The town’s zoning by-law permits group homes in all residential zones, which is consistent with recent case law dealing with group home regulation.

For more information, review the staff report in the December 5, 2016 Administrative Services Committee agenda.


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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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Town of Oakville offering camp program for children on January 11

Wednesday, January 09, 2013 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville offering camp program for children on January 11

Attention parents! The Town of Oakville is offering a special P.A. Day style camp this Friday, January 11, 2013, to help you during the teachers’ province-wide day of protest taking place at all Ontario public elementary schools.

Join us at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) for a fun-filled day of sports, games, crafts and more! This special camp program for kids aged four to 12 offers flexible drop-off and pick-up times (as early as 7:30 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m.) for one $40 fee.

Spots are limited. Please register by 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013, on iris. Search for program barcode 181864.

Residents are also encouraged to check out our public skates and swim times at facilities throughout Oakville or tour the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Registration inquiries:

Recreation and Culture
Program Registration
905-338-4250


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Understanding Oakville’s Changing Demographics C.O.R.E. workshop

Monday, November 07, 2011 – for immediate release

Understanding Oakville’s Changing Demographics C.O.R.E. workshop

Find out how Oakville’s population is evolving and learn how these shifts could impact your organization’s programming, funding, promotions and accessibility at the Understanding Oakville’s Changing Demographics C.O.R.E. workshop on Thursday, November 24.

Gain a greater understanding of the purpose of statistics, receive guidance on how to effectively use data, and discuss practical ways that statistics and data can be used within an organization’s planning.

Facilitated by Ted Hildebrandt, director of Social Planning at Community Development Halton, this practical session will provide participants with relevant information that is applicable to their business’ day-to-day operations, strategic planning, grant application processes and more. Hildebrandt currently generates social profiles for Halton Region and oversees the data analysis for community organizations addressing issues such as diversity, poverty and affordable housing.

The C.O.R.E. workshop will be held at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road, in Committee Room 1 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $35 per person for C.O.R.E. or Community Development Halton members, or $50 per person for non-members. Registration is required. For more information on this workshop or to register please contact Louise Veres at 905-845-6601, ext. 3154 or lveres@oakville.ca.

C.O.R.E. is a membership-based program that offers Oakville community groups support in delivering their services to the community. For more information about C.O.R.E. including how to become a C.O.R.E member visit the C.O.R.E. web page.

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Louise Veres
Recreation Supervisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3154
lveres@oakville.ca

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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Town of Oakville offers Courage to Lead C.O.R.E workshop

Monday, May 09, 2011 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville offers Courage to Lead C.O.R.E workshop

If you’re looking to enhance your leadership skills, check out Oakville’s Community Organizations in Recreation (C.O.R.E.) Courage to Lead workshop on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. From parents and teachers to CEOs and social entrepreneurs, this workshop is for everyone!

Based on the book Courage to Lead…Transform Self, Transform Society, this workshop will cover the fundamentals of leadership and explore several leadership perspectives to influence change in your life and community. Facilitated by ICA Canada, this workshop will focus on personal growth and reflection to develop your leadership capacity in all facets of your life.

Attendees will learn how to enhance self-awareness and cultivate personal growth; deepen and broaden their understanding of leadership; integrate a comprehensive understanding of leadership into work and life; and how to be effectively involved in change.

The Courage to Lead workshop will be held at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road, in Committee Room 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $50 per person for C.O.R.E. members, or $65 per person for non-members. Registration is required. For more information on this workshop or to register please contact Louise Veres at 905-845-6601, ext. 3154 or lveres@oakville.ca.

C.O.R.E. is a membership-based program that offers Oakville community groups support in delivering their services to the community. For more information about C.O.R.E. including how to become a C.O.R.E member visit the C.O.R.E. web page.

ICA Canada is a non-profit organization based in Toronto that exists to develop the leadership capacity of all people to contribute to positive social change.

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Louise Veres
Recreation Supervisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3154
lveres@oakville.ca

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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Debit transactions unavailable July 17-19, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 – for immediate release

Debit transactions unavailable July 17-19, 2010

Please be advised that debit transactions at Town Hall and community centres will be temporarily unavailable due to a necessary software upgrade from 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 until Monday, July 19, 2010. The upgrade is a required step to ensure compliance with chip card enabled debit and credit cards. We will continue to accept cheque, cash and manual credit card transactions.

This software upgrade will also impact online registrations through our Interactive Registration Information Systems (iris) as we will be unable to process credit card payments during the upgrade. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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