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Office of the Mayor and Council update
September 6, 2021


 

Cities and towns
need fair funding


Federal funding for transit, housing affordability, sustainable infrastructure, and resilience from climate change top the list of what municipal leaders across Canada want from Ottawa.
 
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has published the list here: https://fcm.ca/en.
 
FCM's analysis of how each party's platform measures up is here: https://ourfrontlinesolutions.ca/#.
 
The four Halton municipalities pooled their federal election issues here: https://www.halton.ca/The-Region/Advocating-for-a-Strong-Halton/Federal-Election-2021 .
 
There are seven categories we asked candidates to respond on:
  • financial support for municipalities
  • financial support for affordable housing
  • financial support for stabilizing childcare
  • addressing climate change
  • delivering broadband internet
  • accountability to constituents
  • preventing/mitigating the CN truck-rail hub
The Halton page above will display any responses candidates may provide. So far, no candidate has responded.
 
Historically, Oakville never gets a fair share of federal funding transfers except for the former "gas tax" transfer to municipalities.
 
As Mayor, I have advocated for 15 years for fair share funding to cities and towns rather than the usual project-by-project application-based funding. In application-based funding, bureaucrats decide what Oakville gets. Our residents and Council know better.
 
FCM is calling for the federal government to double and make permanent the old "gas tax" transfer to municipalities. That transfer is now called the Canada Community-Building Fund. FCM says it "empowers communities of all sizes to renew core infrastructure— from safe roads that keep people moving to cultural/recreation facilities that promote social inclusion."
 
When you decide how you'll vote, please give some thought to what they say they will do for Oakville.

Labour Day
What is open in Oakville?


There are things to do in Oakville this Labour Day, though all town-operated facilities will be closed. You can enjoy one of our many parks and trails while staying cool while the temperature is forecasted to hit a high of 23 degrees today. 

Bronte VillageDowntown OakvilleKerr Village are tourist destinations, so cafes, restaurants, and shops can open. This means you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with a choice of excellent restaurants to choose from.

If you want to do a little shopping, there are a plethora of unique boutiques. If you have a specific destination, you might want to call first to ensure they are open. 

Splash pads will all be open, however, all other outdoor pools will have closed for the season on Sept 5 with the exception of Lion's Pool. This pool is closed on Labour Day but will remain open again tomorrow until September 12. 

For the gardeners looking for Oakville's stunning floral displays, Gairloch GardensShell Park (northside), and Nottinghill show off the best of the town's amazing staff gardeners. 

Lake access swimming is available at Coronation Park (East & West), Bronte Beach, and South Shell Park. Halton monitors water quality at each of these swimming locations, so check before you head out. 

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