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Town of Oakville accepting applications for election officials

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

oakville election 2014The Town of Oakville is now accepting applications for assistant deputy returning officers and greeters to work this year’s municipal election on October 27, 2014.

“It takes hundreds of interested individuals to ensure a well-run election and we appreciate the support of community members who submit their applications to work with us on voting day,” said Kim Galione, election manager for the town.

Job descriptions and application forms are available at under Elections Employment or from the Clerk’s department on the second floor of Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road.

Completed application forms must be submitted online or returned to the Clerk’s department by July 31, 2014. All applicants will be required to complete a brief written test and attend an interview, which will be administered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 9 and 11 a.m. Please call 905-845-6601, ext. 3010 or TTY: 905-338-4200 to make an appointment.

Please note that spouses and children of candidates, or anyone working on a candidate’s campaign will not be eligible to submit an application.

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Initiative for Transparency Underway

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Town of Oakville has announced their Open Data Pilot Project, which is scheduled to begin in early 2014! They will release a variety of free datasets to the public as part of the town’s commitment to making municipal information more open, transparent and accessible.

What is open data?

Open data is defined by Wikipedia as “the idea that [...] data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.” Building on this idea, the Sunlight Foundation has outlined ten principles for opening up government information.

Find out more about open data by visiting the Open Knowledge Foundation website.


Democracy Advocate Talks Clean Up of Canadian Politics

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Speaker Duff Conacher & Canadian Club of Halton Peel Head Table Guests

The Canadian Club of Halton Peel recently hosted Duff Conacher, founding director of Democracy Watch and the Democracy Education Network. His topic, “How Cleaning Up Politics Will Help Clean Up Everything Else” was very timely in light of the many scandals and controversies in which politicians, at every level of government, are involved.

As Conacher said, “Many governments are spending more time dealing with scandals these days than they are solving problems. Given that we have to pay for governments whether or not they solve problems for us, what do we need to do to clean up politics so that politicians will help clean up problems?”

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Bronte gears up for second phase of economic plan

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

The Bronte BIA is gearing up for the second phase of an economic action plan for Bronte Village merchants. In the fall of 2011, the Board of the Bronte BIA, through Board Member and Ward 1 Councillor Ralph Robinson, asked for assistance from the Town of Oakville’s Economic Development Dept. to form an expert panel to explore ways in which to improve the business climate in Bronte Village.

Since then, the BIA has worked with the Town departments to set out a process for consultation with the business community. Urban Marketing Collaborative (UMC), specialists in retail projects, were hired to undertake research as well as facilitate interviews, focus group sessions and stakeholder workshops in order to deliver a strategic economic action plan for Bronte, which has been received by Council.

Phase II of this process is taking place this week with two more stakeholder workshops planned for Thursday, October 10 at 8am at Walton Memorial United Church, the second on Wednesday, October 16 at 6pm. at the same location.

“This is an important initiative for Bronte”, says BIA Chair, Mary Roberts. During Phase I of this process we were told by prominent architect Ralph Giannone, a member of the expert panel who has been a key player in the design of many communities, “that Bronte Village is the next great thing on the western GTA waterfront, I’ve seen it before, change is coming and Bronte better be prepared for it”.

Roberts urges all Bronte BIA merchants and commercial property owners to engage in this process and be a part of the vision for our emerging Bronte.

She asked that people respond to either of the dates offered by responding to Victoria Stasiuk, Senior Economic Development Officer, Economic Development Dept., Town of Oakville at 905-845-6601 ext.3367 or by email to

Ralph Robinson Presented with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award

Monday, July 9th, 2012
Ralph Robinson & Kevin Flynn

Ralph Robinson & Kevin Flynn

MPP Kevin Flynn shocked Ward 1 Town Councillor Ralph Robinson presenting him with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award at a surprise party thrown by family and friends celebrating Robinson’s 80th birthday.

“It is with great pleasure that I award Ralph Robinson with the Diamond Jubilee Award,” announced Flynn. “A well-known resident of Bronte, Ralph has selflessly involved himself in a number of causes and groups serving our community with the utmost distinction.”

Robinson, who called the award a “huge surprise and an honour that I will always remember,” was recognized for his many years of service and dedication to the community.

Robinson was first elected as Ward 1 Councillor in 1982 and has been a prominent member of many organizations for several decades. He is a past chair of the Terry Fox Run and past president of the Minor Oaks Hockey Association (MOHA). The Diamond Jubilee Award is not the first major honour for Robinson. In 2009, he became just the 11th Canadian recipient of the Hal Rogers Fellow award, the highest accolade given out by the Kinsmen, acknowledging his 50-plus years of involvement in the organization and his service to Oakville.

The Ontario government is celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne 60 years ago by awarding outstanding citizens who have achieved excellence and demonstrated a commitment to the growth and prosperity of our province.