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Tour of Lights brings Christmas spirit to Oakville seniors

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Christmas lights
The Town of Oakville and many generous volunteers hosted the 45th annual Tour of Lights party last night to give 160 Oakville seniors an opportunity to take in the holiday light displays throughout town.

“This annual event for seniors is a great example of our community coming together to make the season brighter for many frail and elderly residents,” said Nina de Vaal, director of recreation and culture for the Town of Oakville. “Thank you to the many volunteers who donated their time to share the holiday spirit with others.”

This year’s event began with a refreshment stop and entertainment at Town Hall followed by a tour of Oakville’s brightest holiday light displays led by off-duty Oakville Transit drivers and limousine drivers from Ward’s Funeral Home.

The popular annual event is offered free for seniors, many of whom would be unable to see the holiday lights on their own.

Visit oakville.ca for more information about the town’s services and programs for seniors.

Christmas fire safety from Oakville Fire Department

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Christmass tree
Oakville Fire is joining fire departments across Ontario today in support of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety” campaign to raise awareness of the additional hazards the holiday season can bring and the steps residents can take to stay safe.

“December is traditionally one of the most dangerous months of the year for fatal fires,” said Fire Chief Lee Grant. “We’re asking Oakville residents to be aware of potential hazards and practice fire safety at home to help keep the holidays safe for everyone.”

This is the fourth year of the annual campaign and the first year Oakville Fire will be using social media to share daily fire safety tips with residents.

“We want to engage with residents in new and fun ways,” said Oakville’s chief fire prevention officer Gary Laframboise. “The holiday fire safety messages are easy to remember and even easier to share.”

Day 1: Water fresh trees daily.

Day 2: Check all lights before decorating.

Day 3: Make sure you have working smoke alarms.

Day 4: Protect your family – carbon monoxide alarms are now required by law.

Day 5: Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely.

Day 6: Use extension cords wisely.

Day 7: Give space heaters space.

Day 8: Go flameless (use battery-operated candles).

Day 9: Keep matches and lighters away from children.

Day 10: Watch what you heat.

Day 11: Ask smokers to smoke outside.

Day 12: There’s more to responsible drinking than taking a cab home.

These tips, and links to more information, will be posted on the Town of Oakville Facebook page and on Twitter account @townofoakville starting Tuesday, December 9. Residents who share or retweet the tips will have a chance to win one of 12 home fire safety kits which include a smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, and a flameless candle. One prize kit will be awarded randomly each business day (Monday to Friday) from December 9 to 24.

For more information on the Ontario Fire Marshal’s “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety” campaign, visit safeathome.ca/12days.

Anti-bullying advocate Kirk Smalley to speak in Oakville

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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.

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New Canadians sworn in at Oakville citizenship ceremony

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Oakville citizenship ceremonyTwenty-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.

Have your say about public transportation in Oakville

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Oakville transit surveyAs 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.”

There are two ways to provide feedback and suggestions before the November 21 deadline. Take the online survey at oakvilletransit.ca or send comments and ideas to transitreview@oakville.ca.

For more information, visit oakvilletransit.ca.