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Office of the Mayor and Council update
May 13, 2021


 

More Halton residents being vaccinated daily

 

On a day when Premier Doug Ford announced an extension of the province’s stay at home order to June 2, he notes that our hospitals remain under immense pressure and his hope is that by these added couple of weeks we’ll be able to get cases down and eligible residents vaccinated to the point where we may have a somewhat normal July and August.

Our vaccination rate will help with that. Premier Ford noted that 130,000 Ontarians are getting vaccinated every day – that’s a number that includes 4,104 Halton residents in the last 24 hours. We have, to date, vaccinated 47 per cent of our residents and more will be eligible to book theirs tomorrow. The Premier noted we’ll well on track to have 65 per cent of Ontario adults vaccinated by the end of May and by May 31 young residents aged 12 – 17 will be eligible to book a vaccination.

Collectively our efforts will help us reach the goal of a somewhat normal summer, but the time for earning that is now. As Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams noted, we are still at the peak of where we were in the second wave and so while we’ve come a ways, we still have a ways to go.
  • Stay at home except for essentials and if you feel unwell
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Keep a two-metre distance from anyone outside your household and wear a mask when you can’t, even outside, and where mandated
  • Book your vaccination appointment when you’re eligible

Please keep well, stay safe, and let me know of any chance to help by emailing mayor@oakville.ca.

Learn about Halton’s plan for mandated growth tonight

 

Tonight at 7 p.m. I encourage you to join Halton Region’s virtual Public Information Centre to learn how we are planning together for mandated growth.

The Province has mandated that Halton plan to accommodate 1.1 million people and 500,000 jobs by the year 2051. We’re reviewing our Regional Official Plan to meet this direction and remain responsive to our community’s needs.
 
As part of this review, we have developed different Growth Concepts outlining how and where Halton could grow. Bring your questions to this interactive virtual meeting around how the Growth Concepts could shape the Town of Oakville!
 
To join by phone, please call 1-855-703-8985 (toll-free).
• Zoom Meeting ID: 970 665 2261
• Passcode: 858099 (if requested)
 
To request PIC materials and submit questions in advance, email ropr@halton.ca.


Halton Region updates vaccine FAQs


With the recent announcement the province is pausing use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for first dose, Halton Region has updated the vaccine frequently asked questions for residents:

New Frequently Asked Questions:
  • I recently received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Should I be concerned about my safety (questions about vaccine safety)
  • What is a vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia or VITT?  (questions about vaccine safety)
  • I got the AstraZeneca Vaccine for my first dose. How do I get my second shot? (questions about vaccine safety)
Learn more 

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

Halton reported 89 new cases of COVID-19, dropping the seven-day average to 97.8 cases per day.

The number of cases in Oakville increased by 30 from yesterdays 5040 to now 5070.

Oakville made up 33 per cent of the cases today, with 30.  Milton had 32 cases, Burlington had 23 and Halton Hills had 4.

There are currently 239 Active Cases in Oakville and 37 COVID-19 patients being cared for at OTMH (this number includes transfers from facilities outside of Halton Region).

Ontario is reporting 2,759 new cases today, bringing the total to 502,171. Of those, 464,531 are resolved with 8,405 deaths. Currently there are 1,632 patients in hospital, 776 of whom are in ICU with 568 of those on ventilators.

Comparing Halton to GTHA - Case Numbers

Source: Public Health Ontario
Halton COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard
The indicators are based on the Ontario Public Health Unit Core Indicators for COVID-19 Monitoring, with targets adapted to the local Halton context and population. Together the indicators are intended to provide an overall snapshot of current local data on the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep the community informed and assist with local decision-making.

Canada COVID case counts

As of this morning, Canada had reported 1,309,329 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 75,992 considered active. A CBC News tally of deaths stood at 24,802.
 
As of early Thursday morning, more than 160.4 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll stood at more than 3.3. million.

COVID-19 vaccine tracker

Halton's COVID-19 vaccination program

COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario

Source: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario

As of Thursday at 8:28 am CST, more than 17,042,406 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

Oakville & Halton

Town of Oakville Announcements

Public Meeting and Recommendation Report for a town-initiated proposed official plan amendment for the Hospital District

 

Public Meeting and Recommendation Report
Proposed Official Plan Amendment
Hospital District
Town-initiated
42.15.57, Ward 7
Monday, June 7, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.
Videoconference broadcast from the Council Chamber
Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road
Live Stream on YouTube
You are invited to attend and provide input at this videoconferencing meeting hosted by Planning and Development Council.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, attendance at Town Hall is restricted and public meetings are being held by videoconference only. Instructions on how to view the meeting or participate by written submission, videoconference or telephone are provided below.

The Planning Services department will be presenting a recommendation report with respect to the proposed official plan amendment at this meeting.

The purpose of the proposed amendment is to move the Hospital District from the 1984 Oakville Official Plan to the Livable Oakville Plan and incorporate policies for those lands that establish the Hospital District as a Growth Area.

The effect of the proposed amendment to the Livable Oakville Plan will be to:
  • update schedules to include the Hospital District as a growth area as part of the Livable Oakville Plan area
  • introduce a new land use schedule “Schedule R” for the Hospital District, providing for a mix of uses including institutional, employment, residential and commercial, and future roads
  • introduce a new “Schedule B1”, to reflect the natural features and hazard lands identified in the North Oakville West Secondary Plan within the Hospital District Growth Area boundary
  • introduce a new “Schedule B2” to reflect the natural heritage system area key areas identified in the North Oakville West Secondary Plan within the Hospital District Growth Area boundary
  • introduce a new “Appendix 5”, to reflect the subcatchment areas in the North Oakville West Secondary Plan
  • revise the plan’s introduction and general policies to recognize the lands added to the Livable Oakville Plan area
  • introduce area-specific policies for the Hospital District Growth Area, including the goal, objectives and development concept, as well as functional, urban design, land use, exception and implementation policies, to enable redevelopment that is contextually appropriate

The subject lands are located north of Dundas Street West at Third Line.

At this time there are no other applications, under the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, as amended, pertaining to the subject lands.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Town of Oakville to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to Council c/o the Town Clerk at the Town of Oakville, Clerk’s department, 1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, ON L6H 0H3 (Dropbox is located in front of Town Hall) or at TownClerk@oakville.ca before the official plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to Council c/o the Town Clerk at the Town of Oakville, Clerk’s department, before the proposed official plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Town of Oakville on this matter, you must make a written request to the Town Clerk at the Town of Oakville, Clerk’s department, 1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, ON L6H 0H3 or at TownClerk@oakville.ca

This meeting will be live streamed on Live Stream on YouTube.

Any submission to the Planning and Development Council, either in hard copy or in electronic format, must be forwarded to the Clerk's department for receipt no later than noon on Monday, June 7, 2021, to ensure its availability to the Members of Council at the meeting. Individuals wishing to make an oral submission at the public meeting are strongly encouraged to contact the Clerk’s Department by noon on Friday, June 4, 2021 by email to: TownClerk@Oakville.ca or call 905-815-6015 to register as a delegation and to obtain instructions on how to participate. Requests to participate electronically will also be received during the meeting to ensure that those watching the live stream will be given the opportunity to speak.  Instructions will be given on how to speak to an item during the live stream of the meeting.

All submissions should include the full name and address of the presenter.

A copy of the proposed official plan amendment is available to the public for inspection along with more information about this matter, including preserving your appeal rights on the Hospital District Study page, or contact Kirk Biggar, Senior Planner, Planning Services department at 905-845-6601, ext. 3968 (TTY 905-338-4200) or at kirk.biggar@oakville.ca

If you have any accessibility needs, please advise Kirk Biggar one week before the meeting.
The personal information accompanying your submission is being collected under the authority of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, as amended, and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public.

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AstraZeneca questions? Ask a pharmacist

 
 
There’s been a flurry of news this week surrounding the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine here in town and across all Ontario and even Canada. Are more doses coming? How come I can’t get one anymore? Is it safe? When (or will) I get a second dose?

To get some answers, Oakville News sat down with Richard Price, longtime owner and pharmacist of The Medical Shoppe in downtown Oakville. He’s answered the most common questions about the headlines that have come out this week about the vaccines.
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'Great opportunity': Town of Oakville installing devices at Bronte Harbour to help remove plastic and debris from water

 
 

The Town of Oakville has announced it will participate in Anglers Taking Action, a campaign that aims to keep plastic and debris out of local waterways through the use of special devices.

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Parents group comes up with 'unified action plan' to support 2SLGBTQ+ community at Oakville, Burlington and Milton Catholic schools

 


A group of parents in favour of flying the Pride flag at Oakville, Burlington and Milton Catholic schools says it “won’t take no for an answer.”

The Halton Catholic District School Board’s recent decision to turn down a motion to fly the Pride Flag at all its schools during the month of June isn’t sitting well with a group of parents who call themselves allies in support of the students, staff and parents of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
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New 200-home subdivision proposed for Oakville and town councillors have some concerns

 
 
A large woodlot in north Oakville will not be destroyed to make way for a new subdivision.
Town planner Rob Thun confirmed during a presentation to Oakville’s Planning and Development Council on Monday, May 10, that more than 12 hectares of wooded, wetland and green areas in the Burnhamthorpe Road and Sixth Line area will be preserved as part of the Natural Heritage System.
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Oakville on Deck with MPPS Crawford and Triantafilopolous

 
 
At bat today on the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, "Oakville on Deck" interviews with our elected officials were Stephen Crawford, MPP Oakville and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure, and Effie Triantafilopolous, MPP Oakville North-Burlington and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care.  Tomorrow's interview with the Honourable Anita Anand and MP Pam Damoff will occur at 11:30 am on the Chamber's Facebook page.
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Ontario

Government of Ontario Announcements

Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order Until June 2


Province Outlines Plans to Make Pfizer Vaccine Available to Youth Aged 12 to 17

With the new, more contagious variants continuing to pose significant risks, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended the Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) until at least June 2, 2021. All public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect. During this time, the government will prepare to administer the Pfizer vaccine to youth between the ages of 12 and 17, beginning the week May 31, 2021, as the province also finalizes plans to gradually and safely re-open the province.

“While we are seeing positive trends as a result of the public health measures put in place, we cannot afford to let up yet,” said Premier Ford. “We must stay vigilant to ensure our ICU numbers stay down and our hospital capacity is protected. If we stay the course for the next two weeks, and continue vaccinating record number of Ontarians every day, we can begin looking forward to July and August and having the summer that everyone deserves.”

Thanks to the collective efforts of Ontarians in following public health and workplace safety measures, the province continues to make considerable progress in the fight to control the third wave of COVID-19. This past week (May 2 to 8), the provincial cases rate decreased by 14.8 per cent, with the positivity rate also decreasing to 7.7 per cent compared to 8.6 per cent the previous week. From May 5 to 12, the number of patients with COVID-related critical illness in intensive care has decreased from 877 to 776.

Despite improvements, key indicators remain high and more time is required before the province can safely lift the Stay-at-Home Order. From May 3 to 9, the provincial cases rate remained very high at 134.9 cases per 100,000 people, and per cent positivity was above the high alert threshold of 2.5 per cent. Hospitalization and ICU admissions also remain too high and well above the peak of wave two.

Based on this data, the government has extended the provincewide Stay-at-Home Order that is set to expire on May 19 until at least June 2, 2021. The impacts of these measures will continue to be evaluated over the coming weeks, with consideration being made to the reopening of outdoor recreational amenities on June 2, subject to current trends continuing.

“While the latest data shows that public health measures are having an impact, the situation in our hospitals remains precarious and variants continue to pose a significant risk,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Experience from other jurisdictions shows that driving transmission to very low levels is needed in order to end the third wave. We must stay the course as we continue to quickly vaccinate more Ontarians, including our children and youth.”

In addition, all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in the province will continue to operate under teacher-led remote learning. Data is to be assessed on an ongoing basis and medical experts, including the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other health officials will be consulted to determine if it may be safe to resume in-person learning.

Beginning the week of May 31, youth in Ontario between 12 and 17 years of age and their family members who have not received a vaccine will be eligible to book an appointment to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, including at special dedicated youth and family clinics throughout the weeks of June 14 and 21.

“Expanding vaccines to youth 12 and up will bring us one step closer to normalcy for our students,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “We are focused on delivering a safe, stable, and well-resourced learning experience with an additional $1.6-billion in resources to protect students and school communities in the 2021-22 school year.”

The province will work with public health units to offer both doses of vaccine to youth aged 12 to 17 by the end of August, in collaboration with school boards and other partners. The rollout will be informed by the work of the Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Table and will provide access to multiple channels to support vaccinating this group, including mass vaccination clinics, community or school pop-ups, and pharmacies.

“The spread of COVID-19 continues to pose a significant threat to our health care system and the well-being of Ontarians,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “While we have made great strides, extending the Stay-at-Home order is essential to protect our communities, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.”

“Despite the progress we have made in recent weeks in our fight against this virus, we all must remain vigilant, as we are not yet at the point where we can safely exit the Stay-at-Home Order, as our health system remains under significant strain,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “By continuing to strictly follow all measures, we can further reduce transmission of the virus, safeguard hospital and public health capacity, and save lives.”
 
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Province Launches New Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant


Applications open for eligible small businesses in tourism and travel industries

The Ontario government is providing one‐time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.

The launch of the program was announced today by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

“Prior to the pandemic, Ontario’s tourism generated more than $36 billion in economic activity and supported more than 400,000 jobs across the province,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Our government is working with small businesses to overcome the challenges of the past year – through programs like the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant – and help the tourism industry reclaim its place as an economic powerhouse and key job creator in our province.”

This grant will support eligible small tourism and travel businesses that did not receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant (OSBSG), such as travel agents, hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts. To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and demonstrate they have experienced a minimum 20 per cent revenue decline between 2019 and 2020.

“We know that tourism businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, as people and employers follow the necessary public health measures to keep people safe,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. “That’s why our 2021 Budget included funding for the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant that will provide direct one-time payments to help thousands of businesses in Ontario.”

“Small businesses in Ontario’s tourism sector create jobs for families and economic growth for communities,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “With this grant, we’re supporting people, businesses, and communities across this province, so we can make it through these tough times together and come back stronger than ever.”

As announced in the 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing more than $400 million over the next three years in new initiatives to support tourism, hospitality, culture, sport and recreation sectors. This builds on investments of $225 million announced earlier, bringing the total support for these sectors to more than $625 million since the pandemic began.

"We are ready to deliver payments to the tourism businesses that have faced revenue loss, building on fee relief provided to travel agents and wholesalers earlier in the pandemic," said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services. "This substantial grant will support their bottom line and help them keep Ontarians safe until we can once again enjoy travel with friends and family.”

“Ontario is a haven for recreation, and small businesses in the tourism sector play a key role in ensuring we remain a world class destination for enjoyment and travel,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. “This grant will give hardworking small businesses the support they need to continue serving visitors and our local communities through this period and beyond.”

Small business owners can use the grant in whatever way makes the most sense for their business. Applications for this grant will close on Friday, June 25, 2021.
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Ontario Strengthening Educational Supports for Children and Youth in Care


Children’s aid societies receive additional funding for tutoring and skills development

The Ontario government is setting children and youth in care up for success by investing an additional $1.5 million in the Education Liaison program. The program helps connect students to supports such as tutoring, academic enrichment, career mentoring and skills development and improves collaboration between children’s aid societies and school boards. With this investment, the total annual funding for this program has increased to $5 million.

“Education is critical for success and every child and youth deserves to get the support when needed, including those in care,” said Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues. “Accessing these educational supports is going to help kids and young people in care get the help they need to focus on their studies, setting them up for success as they get older.”

The expanded program will now support a full-time Education Liaison in every children’s aid society. The Education Liaisons will focus on improving the educational outcomes of children and youth in care by coordinating educational services and building capacity within children’s aid societies and school boards. This work includes:
  • Connecting students to educational supports with school boards and community resources, like mental health services and specialized assessments
  • Generating plans to help students at risk of suspension and help students transition between grades and schools and to postsecondary learning
  • Helping increase student enrolments for students who move schools or who attend specialized care, custody and corrections programs
  • Facilitating applications for the Ministry of Education’s Transportation and Stability Supports Program funding, that seeks to improve the educational experience and outcomes of students in care by ensuring positive and stable connections to school and learning during times of instability and transition
  • Supporting students, societies and caregivers in responding to educational needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, including shifting to online learning and providing tutoring.
“Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, and this targeted investment will benefit children and youth in care to ensure every child can succeed and receive the supports they deserve,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our government is stepping up to support students with a historic $1.6 billion investment in mental health, special education needs, and other supports to ensure a safe and successful 2021-22 school year.”
 
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Pfizer, Moderna vaccines to be offered in more Ontario pharmacies after AstraZeneca halted

 

Ontario is trying to fill the gap left by pausing first doses of AstraZeneca vaccines for COVID-19 by pushing Pfizer and Moderna shots into almost 2,500 pharmacies and more primary care clinics across the province by the end of May.
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‘We wanted to limit mobility’: Doug Ford defends outdoor amenity closures despite science table advice



'I listen to everyone, but I listen to Dr. Williams. He's the chief medical officer and he believes that people need to limit mobility. They need to stay home,' Doug Ford said.
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Lockdown should stay but some outdoor recreation like golf should be allowed, doctors’ group says


An Ontario physicians’ group is recommending outdoor recreational activities like golf be reopened, with appropriate safety guidelines in place.
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Ontario failed to track pandemic pay program properly, audit finds



The Ontario government failed to properly track billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds, including for high-profile programs like pay increases for front-line workers, an audit of pandemic-related health spending has found.
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Canada

Government of Canada Announcements

Library and Archives Canada: eight projects for preservation of documentary heritage funded in Ontario


 

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will provide $1.5 million to support 41 projects (including 26  new projects) by archives, libraries and documentary heritage institutions throughout Canada. Eight projects submitted by organizations located in Ontario will be funded under the Documenary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP).
The following projects will be funded by the DHCP in Ontario in 2021–2022:
  • CSHS Descriptive Database Project (Canadian Slovenian Historical Society), Etobicoke, $5,053;
  • Gananoque Archive Collection Project (Historic 1000 Islands Village Foundation), Gananoque, $43,023;
  • Digitizing and Preserving Historic Images of Canada: CHPF's 20th Anniversary Photographic Retrospective of Founding Members (Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation), Mississauga, $22,158;
  • Archival Monetary Appraisal Forum (Canadian Council of Archives), Ottawa, $ 50,000;
  • Shingwauk and Beyond: Survivor and Intergenerational Memories (Living History Algoma), Sault Ste. Marie, $45,000;
  • Digitizing Inuit Artistic Heritage (Inuit Art Foundation), Toronto, $50,000;
  • Mitigating Risk: Preserving Magnetic Tape at the OJA (Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre), Toronto, $48,900; and
  • The ArQuives Processing Project: Part 4 (The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives), Toronto, $49,900.

View the list of all recipients for 2021–2022.

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Canada could be mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines by the summer: Tam


Canada’s top doctor believes Canada could be mixing different kinds of COVID-19 vaccines in the next few months, as several provinces have already halted administering first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine over concerns surrounding rare blood clotting.
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Canada is now vaccinating a higher proportion of its population daily than the U.S. But are we going to hit a wall?


In the hours between the sun rising on the eastern seaboard and setting on the western coast today, Canada will have vaccinated a bigger proportion of its population than the United States.
It is a milestone first hit late last week, as the vaccination program in this country speeds up and the one south of the border slows.
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Federal compensation not ready yet for vaccine injuries, deaths

 

With cases emerging of rare but serious blood clots following vaccination with the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, the compensation program announced by the federal government last December still isn't ready to consider any claims. 
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Private aircraft from abroad landing at smaller Canadian airports despite federal pandemic rules

 

Hundreds of private flights from international destinations have landed at airports across Canada despite federal rules directing commercial and business air travellers to four main cities where a quarantine hotel system is in place. 
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How Montreal has so far dodged a third COVID-19 wave and what other cities can learn from its success


Montrealers have waited anxiously for weeks looking for signs of the third COVID-19 wave, one that has washed over just about every other major Canadian city with a rapid increase in cases and serious illness.

Most public-health officials, including those in Montreal, are hesitant to declare any victory over COVID-19, but as the third wave has crested in Ontario, Alberta and much of Quebec, Montreal remains notable for having no third wave so far.

The city came out of the second wave from a high of 1,274 new cases on Jan. 7 to fewer than 200 new daily cases this week. Over that time, cases spiked in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City, while Montreal remained in decline or on a plateau.
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International news

U.S. CDC eases guidance on indoor mask-wearing for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19

 

In a striking move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places.
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In other COVID news

Mixing COVID-19 vaccine doses leads to more reactions, study finds

 

Mixing different types of COVID-19 vaccines for two doses can hike the chance of someone having mild or moderate reactions like fatigue, headache, or a fever, according to early results from a U.K. study, which is being watched closely by health officials in Canada and beyond.
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One dose of Pfizer plus one dose of AstraZeneca safe, but more mild side-effects reported: study

 
Preliminary results from a study in the U.K. suggest that receiving your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from a different brand than the first dose is safe — but it could be more likely to give you mild side-effects such as a headache, chills or a fever.
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More than 80 per cent of people hospitalized with COVID-19 experience neurological complications: study

 

A new study has found that 82 per cent of people who were hospitalized due to COVID-19 experienced neurological symptoms.

The study, conducted by the Global Consortium Study of Neurologic Dysfunction in COVID-19 and the European Academy of Neurology Neuro-COVID Registry, involved over 3,700 patients across 13 countries who were assessed between March and October 2020 for neurological complications related to COVID-19.
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Outdoor transmission of COVID-19 is far lower than statistics suggest, expert says

 

With the current-stay-at-home order expected to be extended until at least June in Ontario, infectious disease experts are urging officials to reopen outdoor amenities as the weather warms, pointing to the low risk of transmission outside.
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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 new 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 2.30 p.m.
Thursday 2 to 7 p.m.

This is an increase of two hours per week and will continue until at least the end of February 

Upcoming events

Halton Youth Impact Survey


Parents! Give your child a chance to influence how youth services are planned in Halton! The youth survey is for young people to share thoughts & experiences. Help your child participate!

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