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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.

Mayor appoints advisory group on aircraft noise abatement

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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.

Town Celebrates at 13th Annual Community Spirit Awards

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Oakville’s outstanding volunteers were celebrated for their exemplary contributions to the community at the 13th Annual Community Spirit Awards held at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

2014 Community Spirit Award recipients:


New Rules for Open Air Burning in Oakville

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Oakville’s open air burning by-law has changed to protect residents from the negative impacts of backyard fires on neighbouring properties and to authorize the Fire department to charge fees for responding to by-law violations. Council approved the changes to By-law 2006-174 earlier this year in response to concerns raised by residents.

Under the new by-law, smoke and odour from an outdoor fireplace or fire pit cannot interfere with neighbours’ enjoyment of their property. Fire crews will respond to complaints and fire safety violations, extinguish the offending fire and educate the resident about the by-law requirements for open air burning. After two violations of the by-law, the property owner will be charged a fee of $410 for each Fire department response.


Oakville Awarded Silver for Sustainable Design

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

At last Council, Mayor Rob Burton presented a LEED Silver certification plaque received from the Canada Green Building Council for Oakville Transit’s new building on Wyecroft Road.

The building is the second town facility to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The town received LEED Gold certification for the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in 2012.