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Celebrate National Access Awareness Week

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

National Access Awareness Week was established in 1987 following Rick Hanson’s 40,000 km Man in Motion World Tour. “As part of the legacy of the Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation provided strategic leadership to create and implement National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) in partnership with federal and provincial governments across the country. The purpose of the program was to promote better community access for people with disabilities.” — Rick Hansen Foundation.


Oakville Celebrates Community Spirit Award Winners

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Community Spirit Award Winners

Community Spirit Award Winners

Oakville’s Community Spirit Awards have been recognizing individuals and groups for their outstanding contribution to the Oakville community since 2002. Volunteerism is alive and well in Oakville!

This was clear at the 11th Annual 2012 Community Spirit Awards gala where the efforts of eight hard working community champions and runner-up nominees, were celebrated during the ceremony at the Oakville Conference Centre.

The Weather Network’s Chris Mei, emcee for the evening, entertained the audience as sponsors recognized and presented the following eight awards to the winning recipients:

Related: Click here to view more photos of this event.


Town of Oakville Welcomes New Canadians

Thursday, November 24th, 2011
Citizenship Ceremony

Citizenship Ceremony

The Town of Oakville, in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, welcomed 50 new Canadian citizens at a citizenship ceremony at Town Hall on November 17, 2011.

Oakville’s newest Canadians come from 21 different countries, including Bangladesh, China, Colombia, England, India, Iraq, Kenya, South Korea, Macedonia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Venezuela.

“As an immigrant myself, I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this day— to witness the joy and enthusiasm of people from around the world who will now proudly call themselves Canadian,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “On behalf of the town and residents of Oakville, I encourage our newest citizens to get involved in our community and experience all the great things Oakville has to offer.”


$500,000 Cheque Presented to Town of Oakville

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
Oakville Gymnastics Club presentation

Cathy Brasil (Treasurer) and Wayne Hussey (Chief Operating Officer) of the Oakville Gymnastics Club present Mayor Rob Burton with a cheque for $500,000

At last night’s Council meeting, the Oakville Gymnastics Club presented Mayor Rob Burton and Members of Council with a cheque for $500,000 that will go toward a financial loan that allowed the club to build a permanent gymnastics facility at the Glen Abbey Community Centre in 2006. This pre-payment reduces the term of the loan by eight years.

“Partnerships with local sports groups like the Oakville Gymnastics Club allow us to enhance programs and services available to Oakville residents in a fiscally responsible manner,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Not only has the Oakville Gymnastics Club been making regular monthly payments since 2007, now they’re choosing to repay almost a third of the loan before it’s even due. This is a win-win partnership for our community.”


Dismantling of West Oak Trails skateboard park

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
Partially dismantled West Oak Trails skateboard

West Oak Trails skateboard park partially dismantled on August 4, 2010.

On July 6, 2010, Town of Oakville staff informed the Town Council that the plan to move the West Oaks Trails Skateboard Park to Palermo Park would not occur because of safety concerns for pedestrians having to cross Dundas Street.

UPDATE: Read via twitter from Councillor Jeff Knoll here & Mayor Rob Burton here that the skateboard park will be temporarily relocated to Glen Abbey.

UPDATE 2: The Town of Oakville issued a press release announcing that the Westoak Trails Skateboard Park has been temporarily relocated

Council heard from both sides on the issue

During it’s consultative process on the issue, Town staff and Council heard from many delegations about noise complaints, youth misconduct and the lack of services for youth in Ward 4.

“There are those who want the skateboard park and those who want it removed,” said Chris Mark, Director of Parks and Open Space. “The facility is widely used during the day, usually without incident. However, there have been issues with inappropriate youth activity during evening and night time periods.”

Dismantling the skateboard park

Police called to West Oak Trails

Halton Police were called to West Oak Trails Park on August 4, 2010 due to a commotion while the skateboard park was being dismantled.

On August 4, 2010, the process began of dismantling the skateboard park at West Oak Trails Park – but not without incident.

A crowd of local residents and children were enjoying the nearby playground and watching the events unfold.

During the process of removing parts of the park, two youths confronted and interfered with the dismantling process. The two young men were clearly not happy that the skateboard park was being removed.

Halton Police were called, the two young men were placed in the back of cruisers and eventually ticketed for their interference.

New location for the skateboard park

Although the skateboard park is being removed from West Oak Trails Park, Mayor Rob Burton advised that the Town is actively looking for a new location to host the park that meets the needs and satisfies the concerns of all stakeholders.

The police chief advised me skate parks should be well lit and visible from the road. Council doesn’t pick sites for features in parks, but Council supported moving the installation once it was discovered that the site of the installation didn’t meet the police advice. We are still expanding the number of things for kids to do, we’re just trying to make sure we all can live with the results.

It should be noted that the skateboard park at West Oak Trails Park was not well lit, nor was it visible from the road.

In a recent report, Town staff noted that, “a similar skateboard facility was installed at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre and has had little to no inappropriate youth activity … the reasons could relate to the facility being next to a busy community centre and within close range of video surveillance cameras.”

[Editor: Read more about the West Oaks skateboard relocation here , here, & here.]