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Office of the Mayor and Council Holiday update
December 31, 2021


 
Happy New Year and all the best for 2022!

Year Two of the pandemic has challenged all of us like never before.

At the outset of 2021, our local frontline staff had just begun vaccinating our most vulnerable in long-term care centres and then only those aged 80 and over. Now, third (booster) shots are being rolled out for everyone over 18 and the supply and the pace will pick up in the New Year. Those aged 12 to 17 are the most vaccinated age group in Oakville (95% with two doses). More than half of those aged 5 to 11 have received their first dose.

I know that finding an appointment for that third booster shot or finding a rapid test kit has been challenging for our households. The Region will increase vaccination capacity and the supply of rapid test kits in mid-January.

In my State of the Town speech, I called on the community and Council to begin the process of a final design concept and time table for the Downtown Cultural Hub vision. This vision includes a new library. A new performing arts centre to fit our town today and tomorrow as we continue to grow our livability. A little theatre. A gallery for our artists. A parking structure with an attraction on top. Let’s agree to take it from vision to the next stage, in 2022, and call it the Downtown Cultural Hub project.

Looking ahead to 2022, Council and residents look forward to finally unlocking the potential of Midtown Oakville, which can accommodate 20,600 people and jobs. Midtown is home to the Oakville GO Station which is the busiest station in the GO Transit network outside of Union Station. Unlocking Midtown will also result in less delays on the QEW at Ford Drive and Trafalgar Road.

Our Strategic Plan Refresh outlined Council’s priorities for 2022 to make and keep Oakville Canada’s most livable town:

  • Ensure that Oakville’s vision for the future is reflected in the Halton Region Official Plan and our Livable Oakville Review.
  • Continue our plan to manage the pandemic recovery period.
  • Continue to promote safe and efficient travel on town roads through implementation of traffic calming, reduced speed limits, active transportation infrastructure and automated speed enforcement.
  • Implement the Digital Oakville strategy with an emphasis on offering services online and continuing to reduce the response time for residents and businesses.
  • Enhance communications in order to inform the community about the town’s programs, services and decision-making environment.
  • Identify and implement capital projects that are of interest to the community and that will grow our livability.

Together with the Region, our local MPs, and Federal Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen, I will work to deliver more supportive housing in Oakville and Halton. As a member of Ontario’s Big City Mayors I will continue to raise the supply issue of housing and engage with the Province early next year at our Housing Summit.

Parks have never been so popular as we have turned to the outdoors for safe recreation and exercise. As new subdivisions take shape across North Oakville, new parks will be added to the many we have all over town: https://www.oakville.ca/culturerec/park-listing.html.

We have more parkland and greenspace per person than most places. Our biggest park, North Park, is 200 acres. Shell Park is 51 acres. Coronation Park is 24 acres. Lions Valley Park is 23 acres. Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park is 19 acres. Seeing them crowded during the pandemic made me want to create a new and larger park that would celebrate Nature and grow our livability. My New Year's Resolution for 2022 is to work to make that new park possible. I look forward to sharing the details when they're ready.

In this pandemic, we have shown that Oakville truly does know how to keep moving forward even in adversity. It feels as if our successes stopping the powerplant, preventing amalgamation, and saving the Glen Abbey Golf Course were only warmups for the pandemic’s challenges. Let’s continue to support each other through this challenging time as we know only our community can.

Council and I wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2022!

Book a first, second or third dose appointment


An e-mail address is required to book an appointment. If you do not have an email address, call 311. Each person needs their own appointment. Group bookings are not available (for example, families, spouses/partners).  You can book an appointment on someone else’s behalf.

Please check regularly as more appointments will be added as they become available. Each individual must book their own separate appointment.

Appointments are also available at over 100 pharmacies in Halton Region(external link) and many primary care offices.

In an interview with CP24 on Friday morning, Chief Medical Officer of Health. Dr. Kieran Moore said that the province still intends to distribute rapid tests but is dealing with dealing with a global supply issue that is likely to make them scarce for at least the next several weeks.

His comments come as a new policy limiting publicly-funded PCR testing to select high-risk individuals takes effect.

“It is absolutely in our plan to distribute more (rapid tests) at a population level to make them accessible and available now that we have to limit the PCR but please bear with us as we negotiate on the international market to have them available to Ontarians,” he said. “We anticipate second or third week of January that we'll have more to distribute. Right now we need them to protect our workplaces in long-term care, in cancer wards, in transplant centers where we're trying to protect patients by testing workers asymptomatically in those areas.”

Read more.

Don't trust a negative rapid test for New Year's parties, says specialist


Rapid COVID-19 tests are only about 50% reliable against the Omicron variant and should not be used to clear the way for a New Year's Eve party, says Dr. Peter Jüni, scientific director of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

Dr. Peter Jüni, the scientific director of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, talks about delayed school reopenings, shortened isolation periods, and why rapid tests don't guarantee safety for New Year's Eve gatherings.
Ontario reports 16,713 COVID-19 cases on New Year's Eve as hospitalizations climb

Ontario reported another 16,713 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, New Year's Eve, along with 15 new deaths.

The new numbers come as Ontario announced it is restricting who is eligible for PCR testing and shortening the required self-isolation period for fully vaccinated people infected with COVID-19.

Read more.

A few articles that may be of interest to you...
Did you know our Snow Clearing Information Line (905-815-5999) is in place to provide info on current winter control operations? Try it out the next time you are looking for snow removal info here.

OAKVILLE TRANSIT - REMINDER

Reminder - Service will finish at regular scheduled times tonight and regular fares apply. Visit our website for schedules: http://ow.ly/JEAe50H4KPr                Holiday service will be provided from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 1, New Year's Day.

For assistance over the holidays you can email me at mayor@oakville.ca, contact ServiceOakville by emailing ServiceOakville@oakville.ca, or use the Town's Report a Problem tool

To see today’s updated COVID-19 statistics for Oakville from Halton’s Public Health Unit CLICK HERE

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Oakville COVID case counts

Halton COVID case counts

Today, Halton reported an increase of +705 confirmed cases from 26,544 to 27,249. New confirmed cases in Oakville were +277 (39% of Halton's cases) for an increase from 8,614 to 8,891.

There are 1370 Active Cases reported in Oakville and 3692 in Halton Region. Halton Region notes that: The recent surge in Omicron cases means that testing capacity is limited and case, contact, and outbreak management has been modified to focus on high-risk settings. As a result, the number of cases reported in the dashboard is an underestimate of the true number of cases in the community, and outbreaks will be underreported. Data completeness may also be impacted. 
 
Oakville vaccine coverage for 12+
Oakville vaccine coverage for 0+
OTMH is currently reporting 14 patients, while Milton has 4, Georgetown has 1 and Joseph Brant has 9 patients. Halton Region has a total of 28 COVID-19 patients under care.
Number of COVID-19 Cases in GTHA by Public Health Unit
Ontario COVID-19 case counts
Today Ontario is reporting a total of 756,361 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario reported to date. There are 1,144 reported to be currently hospitalized. Compared to the previous day, this represents:
  • Increase of 16,713 confirmed cases from yesterday’s 739,648 to now 756,361.
  • Increase of 15 deaths from yesterday’s 10,171 to now 10,194.
  • Increase of 4,630 resolved cases from yesterday’s 642,715 to now 647,345.
 In the ICU, there are 143 patients, including 89 patients who are unvaccinated, 47 who are fully vaccinated, and seven who are partially vaccinated. 104 of those remain on ventilators.
 

Canada COVID case counts

As of December 31, Canada has reported 2,142,310  confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 233,785 considered active. The death toll stood at 30,280.

More than 286.7 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll stood at more than 5.432 million.

COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario

Source: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario
As of Friday, 27,208,675 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Ontario. 11,410,550 people from Ontario are fully vaccinated.

As of Friday, 68,623,193 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

 

Local Resources

Food Banks experiencing record demand


Oakville's food banks are in record-breaking demand. If you can donate anything, please do. Your help is needed.

Fareshare Food Bank Oakville:
905-847-3988
oakvillefoodbank@gmail.com

Kerr Street Mission
905-845-7485
kerrstreet.com

The Salvation Army Oakville
salvationarmy.ca

 


Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate 


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate under increased safety measures.
Learn more 


Oakville Fare Share Food Bank hours

The demand for service at the Oakville Fare Share Food Bank have almost doubled over the last nine months and as a result, hours will increase to serve everyone.

The new hours are:
Monday 9.30 am to 2 p.m.
Thursday 2 to 7 p.m.

Upcoming events

Free Reading Program

The Optimist Club of Oakville is sponsoring The Free Reading Program - which is a professionally designed, comprehensive, FREE TO USE, Kindergarten to Grade 6 online English Literacy Program. It includes over 260 Learning Units which encompasses 3600 interactive learning activities. It is designed to instill confidence, it includes audio, visual and tactile elements based on leading educational research and proven teaching techniques.
Learn more

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