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Oakville open data gaining momentum

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Open data initiative
The Town of Oakville’s online data catalogue was expanded last week to include datasets on cemeteries, coyotes, and energy consumption at town facilities — part of an ongoing initiative to support local economic development and government transparency through open data.

The town’s data catalogue now contains 40 datasets. The newly-released energy consumption data was specifically requested by the developer community and includes overall usage data and building area-specific detail.

“I’m pleased that the town can facilitate the growing open data usage taking place in our community,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “Our partnership with Silicon Halton is expanding the conversation about the great things we can accomplish together when developers get creative with the town’s open data.”

In September, Halton-based technology community Silicon Halton hosted a meetup to brainstorm about open data and the opportunities presented by the town’s 12-month pilot project. The event drew more than 85 developers and data enthusiasts representing the education, government and business sectors as well as communities across the Greater Toronto Area. The next day, the town had the highest number of downloads to-date from its data catalogue.

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Sean O’Meara Joins Oakville Municipal Race

Friday, August 8th, 2014

On Tuesday, Sean O’Meara added his name to the race for Regional and Town Councillor for Ward 1 in Oakville. Joined by his wife, two-and-a-half-year-old daughter and eight month old son, it was a long time coming for O’Meara. Sean has called Oakville home for over thirty years and he now lives in Bronte.

“I’ve always thought I could do a lot for my community if I put my name forward. Life has a way of forcing you to make difficult decisions; but, ultimately, those decisions are the ones that end up transforming your life,” said O’Meara.

O’Meara left his recent position at Queen’s Park to be an advocate for his own community in Ward 1. Aside from his most recent position as Queen’s Park, O’Meara worked for the Current Ontario Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn, in his community office in Bronte for a number of years.

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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 elections.oakville.ca 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.

For more information on the election, visit elections.oakville.ca

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.

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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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