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What you need to know for Election Day in Oakville

Monday, October 25th, 2010

It is election day in Oakville. Today is your chance to have a say in how our wonderful Town is taken care of for the next four years. We will be voting for one(1) of each Mayor, Councillor and Halton District School Board Trustee candidates, and up to four(4) Halton Catholic District School Board Trustee candidates.

Get out and vote

Vote turnout in 2006 was very low, especially in Ward 4. The polls are open from 10am to 8pm at various locations around town. If you are not sure where your polling location is, look it up here. If you don’t know what Ward you live in, check using these maps.

For last minute research on the candidates, please visit our Oakville Election 2010 section for candidate profiles, interviews, Q&A’s and more.

More info

The Oakville.com team wrote 50+ articles about the election issues and the candidates, click here to browse through them.

For the Mayoral race, here are some handy searches with profiles, interviews, photos and more for the two leading candidates:

Rob Burton
Ann Mulvale

Please remember to vote for your Halton School Board Trustees. Did you know the operating budget for the Halton District School Board is $490 million? That’s more than the annual budget of the Town of Oakville.

Here’s who you will be voting for today. Please get out and vote!

Candidates:

Mayor: Rob Burton, John McLaughlin, Ann Mulvale, Raymond Ray

Ward 1 Town Councillor: Michael Loomans, John McMullen, Ralph Robinson

Ward 1 Town & Regional Councillor: Bob Aceti, Alan Johnston, Linda Oliver

Ward 2 Town Councillor: Stephan Bobesich, Pam Damoff, Joe Giraldi, Bruce Grant, Cheryle McCullagh, John C. Pilcher

Ward 2 Town & Regional Councillor: Cathy Duddeck, Stephen Sparling

Ward 3 Town Councillor: Mary Chapin, Dave Gittings, Nick Hutchins

Ward 3 Town & Regional Councillor: Jean C. Gandubert, Keith Bird

Ward 4 Town Councillor: Brian Burton, Roger Lapworth, Susan Sheppard

Ward 4 Town & Regional Councillor: Allan Elgar, John Foster, Jeff Gareau, Bhupinder Singh Sandhawalia

Ward 5 Town Councillor: Marc Grant, Mark Straub

Ward 5 Town & Regional Councillor: Bruce Jones, Jeff Knoll

Ward 6 Town Councillor: Tom Altobello, Ross Bragdon, Max Khan, Jim Smith, Janice Wright

Ward 6 Town & Regional Councillor: Tom Adams, Doug MacKenzie

Halton Regional Chair: Gary Carr [Acclaimed]

Halton District School Board Wards 1 & 2: Don Vrooman [Acclaimed]

Halton District School Board Ward 3: Georgette Bolger, Sherif Guorgui, Ann Harvey Hope, Jeffrey Percival

Halton District School Board Ward 4: Aman Jaspal, Jennifer Poirier, Kathryn Bateman-Olmstead

Halton District School Board Wards 5 & 6: Kelly Amos, Debbie Renkema

Halton Catholic District School Board: Andrew Cudowski, Anthony Danko, Dianne Delany, Melanie Digiantommaso, Alice Anne LeMay, Paul Marai, Giuseppe Peritore, Ed Viana

Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest: Micheline Wylde [Acclaimed]

Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud: Dominique Janssens [Acclaimed]

Election Q&A with Marc Grant

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Marc Grant is a candidate for Ward 5 Town Councillor in The 2010 Oakville Municipal Elections.

Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?

Marc Grant: I’ve been working towards a number of projects over the last two terms and I want to see them completed properly. Once re-elected I’ll:

• Keep a steady eye on the new Hospital build and ensure that the ‘local share’ cost we pay in 2015 has no impact on the tax base by using funds from the sale of ‘Blink’ and interest payments from investments the Town has made;

• Continue to monitor new development applications to ensure they fit with the Official Plan and the vision of Oakville so we can build healthy, active communities with a mix of housing types while avoiding urban sprawl;

• Keep a closer eye on municipal finances and look for creative ways to cut wasteful spending;

• Press for more facilities and services to engage our youth;

• Persist in ensuring that transparency and public input plays a major role in all decisions made at Town Council;

• Carry on my work with the Town’s Economic Development team and the Oakville Chamber of Commerce to make our town more attractive to companies, such as those in the bio and hi-tech fields, as new business in Oakville will ultimately reduce commute times for our workers while lower residential taxes ;

• Maintain my push to keep our neighbourhoods safe from rowdiness and vandalism through my work with the local police and community groups;

• Persist in finding effective ways to curb speeding — one solution does not fit all cases;

• Keep providing a monthly open forum for residents to ask questions and express concerns as I have over the past years with the ‘drop-in’ meetings at River Oaks Recreational Centre.

Oakville.com: What is your unique position in this election

Marc Grant: I work together with people and approach every situation with an open mind, bringing my experience, knowledge and compassion to the table, whatever the topics the discussion might revolve around; I believe that municipal government should be inclusive and open to all people. I am comitted (full time) to serving not only the people of Ward 5 but ensuring that your voice and your concerns are heard throughout Oakville as a whole. I will always strive to ensure that discussions work from a base of mutual understanding and agreement.

Oakville.com: What do voters need to know that will compel them to vote for YOU?

Marc Grant: I am approachable and honest — I break down the issues clearly for people and I will not tell them just what they want to hear; I don’t make promises that I will not see get fulfilled. I have been an independent voice on council and will contiunue to be, I don’t rubber stamp, I research and look at the facts. That is why I encourage the people of Ward 5 to vote for me on Oct 25th.

The 2010 Oakville Municipal election will be held on October 25, 2010. Visit our special Oakville election 2010 section for the latest election news, candidate profiles and more.

Election Q&A with Jeff Knoll

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Jeff Knoll is a candidate for Ward 5 Town & Regional Councillor in The 2010 Oakville Municipal Elections.

Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?

Jeff Knoll:

Responsible Town finances

A cutting edge new hospital – built without a property tax increase

Smart development that maintains the Oakville quality of life and minimizes impact on our existing residents and community

Economic Development – the attraction of new business and jobs to Oakville

Engaging our youth with programs and opportunities for recreation and civic involvement

Better quality and quantity of affordable housing options for all ages and stages of life

A green, sustainable Oakville

Oakville.com: What is your unique position in this election

Jeff Knoll: To increase my accessibility to my constituents, my ward mate and I initiated the only month ward drop in meetings in Oakville 18 months ago. Every month, we host these meetings at River Oaks Recreation Centre where constituents can visit to share their comments, ask questions and pick up current publications and forms. These month forums provide constituents easy access to their Councillors.

In the coming term, I plan to offer regular virtual town hall meetings where constituents can engage with their Councillors from their computers.

I believe strongly that being a Councillor is more than attending Council meetings and solving problems, but that we have a role in building community. Every year, I hold a series of community events in the ward that build a sense of community, provide local affordable fun and allows me to engage with my constituents who I might not otherwise see between elections. Our events have become very popular and include; The Oak Park Fall Fair, Movies in the Park, Kid-A-Palooza and the Ward 5 Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

My background in small business, senior government and non-profit work give me a unique and valuable perspective on the issues of the day. As a parent with young children still at home, I can readily identify with the needs and concerns of today’s families.

Oakville.com: What do voters need to know that will compel them to vote for YOU?

Jeff Knoll: I am an experienced full-time Councillor and this is my job, not a retirement hobby. I am deeply engaged in my community and have a proven track record as a tenacious advocate for my constituents and for the issues that are important to them. Over my three terms on Council, I have be a proactive leader and have championed and won on several key initiatives at both the Town and Region. The is no place at town hall for party or “voting block” politics and as such I have always maintained a level of independence that allows me to be open minded on issues before me and ready and willing to improve decisions through fulsome debate and public consultation.

The 2010 Oakville Municipal election will be held on October 25, 2010. Visit our special Oakville election 2010 section for the latest election news, candidate profiles and more.

Election Q&A with Kelly Amos

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Kelly Amos is a candidate for Halton District School Board Trustee in Wards 5 & 6 in The 2010 Oakville Municipal Elections.

Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?

Kelly Amos:

* Programs to allow all children to succeed. I believe we need to reintroduce shop and home economic type programs and allow more time for the arts programs that will allow more opportunities for children who can’t necessarily excel academically, to be able to excel in other areas. Also, I feel that these are skills that need to be introduced before children reach secondary school.

* Student Achievement and Recognition. I believe all children should be recognized for their achievements, not just the high flyers and superstars.
Improving communication to the community. It is important to have 2-way communication within the community. This can be done by establishing regular community of schools meetings during the year to discuss issues, improve communication with school councils and parent. It allows an exchange of ideas and resources between the school councils and improves communication with the school council chairs regarding information from the Board and to the Board.

* Funding Gap in Student Education. There is a gap between what the Government funds per student and the actual cost of a child’s education. – I believe that the amount of fundraising done in schools that goes to contribute to each child’s education should not be the norm, but the exception. The amount of money that is fundraised and goes into each class gives each student the education we expect, but this should not be the case. We need to determine the actual cost of a child’s education, so we can determine the gap between what we do get and what we should get. I will continue to pursue this and make the community aware. Halton taxpayers do not get all of the education dollars back that they contribute to the system and they should be aware of this.

Oakville.com: What is your unique position in this election

Kelly Amos: As a parent with a child in the public school system, I know it is important for parents to have a voice at the Board table, and to keep the focus on the children.

Oakville.com: What do voters need to know that will compel them to vote for YOU?

Kelly Amos: Kelly has been an active part of the Oakville community for over 23 years.  She is married and lives with her husband in Ward 5 with their 2 children and 2 dogs. 

Kelly has been actively involved in the education system since her children entered school.  She has been involved in running a co-op preschool, volunteering in the classroom at elementary school, participating in River Oaks PS Council, as well as being the Trustee for Oakville Wards 5 & 6 for 7 years.

For the last 4 years she has been instrumental in helping establish the HDSB Parent Involvement Council (PIC) as Chair for it’s first 2 years and Chair of the White Oaks Secondary School Council.  She was a member of River Oaks Public School Council.  Kelly has been involved as a parent representative in many different HDSB (Halton District School Board) committees, including Safe Schools, French Advisory Committee, Community Engagement and Healthy Schools.   She also was a parent representative at Provincial sessions for Educational matters around the roles of the Trustee and Director.

Kelly’s experience and her focus on communication make her the best choice for Trustee for Oakville Wards 5 & 6.

Kelly has been always been of the belief that our children deserve the best possible education.  The best interests of the children should always come first.

The 2010 Oakville Municipal election will be held on October 25, 2010. Visit our special Oakville election 2010 section for the latest election news, candidate profiles and more.

Election Q&A with Bruce Jones

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Bruce Jones is a candidate for Ward 5 Town Councillor in The 2010 Oakville Municipal Elections.

Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?

Bruce Jones: The top three are; prudent financial management, beneficial healthy growth, and transit / traffic related noise. The fuller list provides exciting opportunities including; economic development and job growth, protection and improvement of our tree canopy, environmental innovation, support for people in need and support for the arts.

Oakville.com: What is your unique position in this election

Bruce Jones: I’m building on years of working hard for the communities of ward 5. From helping individual families to wrestling with difficult budget decisions. From collective bargaining in a large unionized organization to special education advisory for children. These years have been a privilege, an honour, a joy, and a success. Now, I’m asking for your vote for Town and Regional Councillor.

Oakville.com: What do voters need to know that will compel them to vote for YOU?

Bruce Jones: My wife and I moved with our two boys
into Ward 5 in 1989.

I was elected Trustee of the Public School Board in 2003, again in 2006, then Board Chair in 2008. There, I’ve kept green space green with the upcoming sale of Lorne Skuce and White Oaks lands to another School Board – not developers, installed thousands of watts of solar energy, always voted for balanced budgets, and still brought 12 million dollars of improvement into Ward 5.

As a retired successful business person I will work full time for you if elected as your Town and Regional Councillor.

The 2010 Oakville Municipal election will be held on October 25, 2010. Visit our special Oakville election section for the latest election news, candidate profiles and more.