As part of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, November 16-22, the YMCA of Oakville will host an evening speaking engagement for parents with anti-bullying advocate Kirk Smalley at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18 at Oakville Town Hall.
Twenty-eight new Canadian citizens were welcomed today at a citizenship ceremony hosted by the Town of Oakville in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Oakville’s newest Canadians come from 16 different countries.
“Becoming a Canadian citizen is a great privilege. We are proud that these individuals from across the world have made the decision to call Oakville home,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “On behalf of Council, I’d like to welcome these new Canadians to our town. I strongly encourage them to get involved in our community and contribute to our vision of making Oakville the most livable town in Canada.”
Judge Ted Salci presided over the official citizenship ceremony, which saw 30 candidates sworn in as citizens. The candidates were welcomed by Joan Gibb, representative for MP Terence Young, Alex Wellstead, representative for MPP Kevin Flynn, Mayor Rob Burton and veteran Andy Barber.
The town and the Oakville Public Library (OPL) offer a variety of programs and participate in numerous outreach activities to help meet the needs newcomers. These include recreational programs, library online resources to improve language skills, as well as workshops that assist children and teens with homework or a place to meet new friends or help newcomers build a career in Canada. The OPL also offers a growing number of print, audio, and DVD materials in languages other than English for both children and adults.
To assist residents who speak a language other than English, the town subscribes to Language Line, an over-the-phone interpretation service that provides interpreters in more than 150 languages. This service ensures that whether in person or by phone, residents will receive great customer service. In addition, the town’s website uses Google Translate, an online translation tool that allows residents and visitors to read the information provided in the language of their choice.
As part of its current service review, Oakville Transit has launched a new online survey at oakvilletransit.ca to gather feedback and suggestions from residents and workers in Oakville who do not use public transit. The survey will be available until Friday, November 21 at midnight.
The transit services review aims to identify operational efficiencies and service improvements that could be implemented over the next five years.
“The survey feedback we receive as part of the service review will be used to enhance our public transportation system, making it even more efficient and easy to access for riders and potential riders alike,” said Mayor Rob Burton.
The review is being undertaken by transportation consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff and includes input from transit customers, community leaders, major employers and the general public. The final report will provide recommendations for the operation of Oakville Transit’s fixed route, flexible and accessible transportation services.
“Our transit services review will help define how we design and deliver transit services in Oakville for the next five years,” said Barry Cole, director of Oakville Transit. “We’ve heard from our riders; now we need input from non-riders to learn where we can improve.”
For more information, visit oakvilletransit.ca.
Ontario is kicking off its first Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness Week to talk about the importance of installing CO alarms to keep families and homes in Ontario safe.
Carbon monoxide alarms are now mandatory in all Ontario homes.
This public education campaign, Beat the Silent Killer, runs from Nov.1-8 and is led by fire services across the province. They will be hosting events to spread the message and raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of installing detectors in residential dwellings.
Establishing an annual awareness week was part of Bill 77 passed last year, which made CO alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes.
Working with partners to increase fire and carbon monoxide safety is part of the government’s plan to keep Ontario families safe.
“Now that Ontario has mandated the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms in existing homes with a fuel-fired heating system or appliance, fireplace or attached garage, it’s up to Ontario families to be responsible for their CO safety. I urge everyone to get involved in Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and learn how to protect themselves against this silent killer.” — Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal & Chief of Emergency Management
Over 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning in Canada, including 11 on average in Ontario.
The Ontario Building Code requires the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in homes and other residential buildings built after 2001.
Mayor Rob Burton has formed a Mayor’s Advisory Group (MAG) led by Regional and Town Councillor Jeff Knoll and composed of Regional and Town Councillors Allan Elgar and Tom Adams, and Town Councillors Roger Lapworth, Marc Grant and Max Khan, to pursue options for improvement to the aircraft noise problem that has been documented in Oakville.
During a meeting with the Mayor late last month, Nav Canada expressed an openness to consider developing mitigations to the flight path changes they implemented at Pearson International Airport in 2012.
“Based on the openness of Nav Canada to consider examining opportunities to improve the situation here, it is my expectation that this MAG will be able to report within a year on options for aircraft noise mitigations for Council to consider endorsing and requesting,” Mayor Burton said.
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) appeared earlier this year to provide an annual update to Halton Regional Council. There was some disappointment on the part of Regional Council that the GTAA had not adjusted the official membership and boundaries of their Community Environment & Noise Advisory Committee (CENAC) to reflect flight path changes.
The shared sense of disappointment in the GTAA by Halton Regional Councillors flowed from the GTAA failing to update CENAC in a timely fashion, which should have been done by 2013 at the latest.
The formation of the MAG is in-line with similar action taking place in municipalities across Canada. An example is the action taken by Surrey and Richmond, B.C. in striking task forces like the MAG, which eventually led to improvements in aircraft noise.
Mayor Burton decided to meet with Nav Canada before launching the MAG to see if the process undertaken in B.C. could be improved or even shortened.