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Office of the Mayor and Council update
May 14, 2021


 

Halton expands COVID-19 vaccine clinic capacity, eligibility

Daily vaccination appointments available in Halton are increasing in May based on the expected vaccine supply. This week in response to anticipated increased vaccine supply later in May and June, Halton opened the New Street Clinic (Gary Allan Learning Centre) in Burlington and has expanded eligibility to Halton residents aged 30 and older as of today. 

As shown in the charts above, Halton has the capacity across the seven clinics to significantly increase the number of people who can receive a dose of COVID-19 vaccine each day if vaccine supplies were available from the Federal and the Province Governments.

While we await more supply and give everyone who wants to be the chance to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, our collective actions will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please continue to follow all public health advice and the stay at home order from the Province, which has been extended until June 2.

With a beautiful weekend ahead, please be respectful of maintaining a physical distance from anyone outside your household, return to full parks and parking lots at another time and being kind.

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

A C.D.C. about-face

 
 
For months, research about Covid-19 has pointed to two encouraging patterns. First, the underlying virus that causes Covid rarely spreads outdoors. Second — and even more important — fully vaccinated people are at virtually no risk of serious disease and only a minuscule risk of spreading the virus to others.

But the C.D.C., which has long been a cautious agency, has been unwilling to highlight these facts. It has instead focused on tiny risks — risks that are smaller than those from, say, taking a car trip. The C.D.C.’s intricate list of recommended Covid behavior has baffled many Americans and frightened others, making the guidance less helpful than it might have been.

Yesterday, the agency effectively acknowledged it had fallen behind the scientific evidence: Even though that evidence has not changed in months, the C.D.C. overhauled its guidelines. It said fully vaccinated people could stop wearing masks in most settings, including crowded indoor gatherings.

The change sends a message: Vaccination means the end of the Covid crisis, for individuals and ultimately for society.
Read the full story 

Glen Abbey LPAT submission deadline just days away

 
 
Members of the public who wish to provide a written statement in support of saving Glen Abbey to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) may do so on or before this Monday, May 17.
Learn more about submissions

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 75 new cases of COVID-19, dropping the seven-day average to 90 cases per day.

The number of cases in Oakville increased by 31 from yesterdays 5,070 to now 5,101.

Oakville made up 41 per cent of the cases today, with 31.  Milton had 20 cases, Burlington had 14 and Halton Hills had 10.

There are currently 220 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 2,362 new cases today, bringing the total to 504,533. Of those, 468,033 are resolved with 8,431 deaths. Currently there are 1,582 patients in hospital, 777 of whom are in ICU with 560 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 1,314,790 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 74,315 considered active. A tally of deaths stood at 24,851.
 
As of early Friday morning, more than 161.2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported around the world, according to a tracking tool from Johns Hopkins University. The global reported 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 Friday at 8:47 am CST, more than 17,450,138 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

Oakville & Halton

Town of Oakville Announcements

Mark your calendars! Summer registration opens Wednesday, May 19 at 7 a.m.

 

Summer recreation and culture program registration opens next Wednesday, May 19.
We’re excited to reintroduce a safe summer program session starting the week of July 5. Browse recreation and culture programs starting Wednesday, May 12.

Program capacity is limited to meet all required COVID-19 health and safety protocols. A Seniors Services membership is not required to register for seniors services programs at this time.
Don't forget you need an IRIS # to register!
Learn more
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‘A major concern’: 2 more dead in Oakville and Burlington from COVID-19 as variant cases rise across Halton

 
 
The deadly COVID-19 virus has claimed two more lives in Halton — one from Oakville and another from Burlington — as the region saw more than 90 new infections.
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Halton District School Board welcomes community partnerships with existing and future facilities

 
 

A presentation on potential community planning and partnerships within Halton District School Board’s existing schools and co-build opportunities in proposed new schools and facilities, will be held during the next regular virtual board meeting May 19.
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Dense urban hub to surround Bronte GO


Three decades from now, the Bronte GO station could be surrounded by 20-storey buildings full of residents attracted by the option of a quick train trip into Toronto.

While the Oakville GO station has long been at the heart of a plan for high-density development, the town has now developed a similar vision for the Bronte GO station.
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MPs Damoff and Anand interview on "Oakville On Deck"

 
 
Oakville’s Federal Members of Parliament, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and MP for Oakville, the Honourable Anita Anand and MP for Oakville-North Burlington, Pam Damoff, participated in a question-and-answer session with Tim Caddigan, Past Chair of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, in a Facebook live segment on Thursday, May 13.
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Dozens of Halton police 'on the run' for Special Olympics

 
 
Close to 50 members of the Halton Regional Police Service are participating in the virtual 2021 Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Special Olympics Ontario.
Members are individually running, walking or cycling 34kms between May 3 and June 5 (34 days), symbolizing 34 years of the event, which raises funds and awareness for the Ontario Special Olympics.
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Ontario

Government of Ontario Announcements

Ontario adding 2,000 nurses to the health care system

 

New investment will also expand support for clinical education programs in long-term care homes

The Ontario government is investing $35 million to increase enrollment in nursing education programs in publicly-assisted colleges and universities across the province. The new spaces will be available for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 cohorts and will introduce approximately 1,130 new practical nurses and 870 registered nurses into the health care system.

COVID-19 has exacerbated the gap between the current supply of nurses compared to Ontario’s current and future needs across the health care system. Today’s announcement is a significant step towards keeping pace with the rising demand for frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, especially in sectors where health care workers care for Ontario’s most vulnerable patients such as long-term care, home and community care and acute care.

“Our Government committed to ensuring residents in long-term care receive, on average, four hours of direct care per day. To make this a reality, tens of thousands of new staff need to be hired to provide this care — including registered nurses and practical nurses.” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Today’s investment supports our plan to shore up staffing in long-term care and address the need for nurses across the health care system.”

In addition to expanding enrollment to support the increase in nursing supply for all sectors of our health system, including home and community care and acute care, this investment will also support the expansion of clinical education placements for nursing students and personal support worker students in the long-term care sector.
Clinical education placements will be supported in the following ways:
  • Increasing training for clinical experts who oversee students in long-term care placements; and
  • Providing additional funding to ensure dedicated supervision time from clinical experts to support student learning in long-term care.
“Ontarians rely on the exceptional quality of care that health care professionals provide in hospitals and long-term care homes,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Colleges and universities are crucial partners in our goal to provide high-quality care for long-term care residents and all Ontarians. Today’s announcement is progress to ensuring that Ontario’s healthcare system has the highly-qualified staff needed to provide world-class care for Ontarians and our loved ones.”

This investment will help long-term care homes ensure quality clinical placements in long-term care at a time when homes are facing severe staffing challenges. It will also provide registered nurses already in the long-term-care sector an opportunity to grow their careers by working as clinical experts and supervising new students.

“Nurses are a cornerstone of our health care system and are integral to Ontario’s fight against COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This investment will support and strengthen our nursing workforce and ensure patients can continue to receive high-quality care across our health system, including long-term care, home and community care and acute care.”

This investment also supports the government's Long-Term Care Staffing Plan, which was launched last year and sets out actions that will educate, train and help recruit tens of thousands of new health care staff through partnerships with labour partners, long-term care homes, and education and training providers, so that homes can provide an average of four hours of direct care per day to residents.
 
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Ontario Providing More Relief for Tourism Industry


Province supporting tourism businesses at provincial parks and conservation reserves

The Ontario government is providing over $1 million in financial relief to more than 300 resource-based tourism businesses operating at Ontario’s provincial parks and conservation reserves by waiving and reducing certain land use and licence fees for 2021. The province’s continued support for the resource-based tourism industry will help local businesses that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Ontario’s tourism industry continues to be heavily impacted by public health and safety measures related to COVID-19, and this includes the hundreds of businesses that make our provincial parks and conservation reserves vibrant tourist destinations,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “By providing much-needed relief to these businesses, many of which are family-owned, not only are we investing in the future of Ontario Parks, we are supporting local job creators and the communities that depend on them.”
The 2021 relief for resource-based tourism businesses includes:
  • Removing 2021 annual land use fees for commercial outpost camp permit holders.
  • Reducing and deferring payment of land use fees for commercial youth camps until the 2022 season.
  • Reducing license fees for some commercial operators under service agreements in Ontario Parks for 2021.
Resource-based businesses do not need to apply for this relief. Refunds or invoice adjustments will be automatically provided to eligible businesses currently operating in Ontario’s provincial parks and conservation reserves.

This funding builds on the more than $1.3 million in relief provided to resource-based tourism operators at provincial parks and conservation reserves during the 2020 operating season. With these investments, total support from the Ontario government for the tourism, culture, sports, recreation, and heritage industries since the start of COVID-19 now totals $625 million.
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Ontario Helping Underprivileged Youth Start Promising Jobs in Construction


Program providing training for skilled trades careers in Ottawa, Hamilton and Greater Toronto Area

The Ontario government is investing almost $2 million in a project that will offer 150 underprivileged youth paid training and work experience for in-demand construction jobs in Ottawa, Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area. This paid 10-week pre-apprenticeship program, led by Brook Restoration Ltd, is offered to youth in disadvantaged communities, ages 18 to 29, including those experiencing homelessness and living in community housing.

Details were provided today by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, joined by Kinga Surma, MPP for Etobicoke Center.

“We know that youth, especially those in marginalized communities, have really felt the brunt of this pandemic, with the youth unemployment rate above 20 per cent in April,” said Minister McNaughton. “This project is a great example of local businesses stepping up with a solution tailored to help those who need it most, so we can give the next generation the skills they need to support their families and make our communities stronger.”

The project includes two weeks of in-house classroom learning at the company’s head office in Etobicoke, as well as eight weeks of on-the-job training with Brook Restoration Ltd. and several local businesses in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa. Participants will be paid up to $3,000 during the training and those who successfully complete the program will be offered jobs by Brook Restoration Ltd.

Through this project, participants will be prepared to begin their career in the construction workforce by learning about general building techniques, how to work with power tools, the use of different products in construction and an introduction to the overall building envelope restoration and construction.

“Brook Restoration is excited to be offering Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and Ottawa's youth this paid pre-apprenticeship program that will provide insightful training and work experience in construction,” said Edward Welch, CEO, Brook Restoration Ltd. “Each participant is eligible for a job offer at the end of the program. This program's high-level objective is to provide marginalized youth with access to the tools and knowledge that will equip them with the skills to pursue a sustainable career in the construction industry.”

The first round of training will begin on May 24, 2021 and last until July 16, 2021, with two additional cohorts expected to train September 13, 2021 to November 5, 2021 and January 17, 2022 to March 11, 2022. Interested youth can get more information and apply by contacting Brook Restoration Ltd. at careers@brookrestoration.ca or partner organizations: Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation, Toronto Community Housing and Youth Job Connection.

The funding comes as part of the government’s $115 million Skills Development Fund through the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy.
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See where Ornge has moved Ontario patients to avoid hospital COVID-19 overflow


Since the start of 2021, air ambulance-ground transportation service Ornge and local paramedic services have rushed more than 2,100 patients to and from Ontario hospitals amid the pandemic to prevent ICU overcrowding. Here's a breakdown of the transferring and receiving hospitals.
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Toronto cancels CNE, other major events for 2nd straight summer over COVID-19


The City of Toronto has cancelled all major in-person events for a second straight summer due to COVID-19, it confirmed Friday.

Toronto continues to grapple with high levels of COVID-19 during the pandemic's third wave, though daily case numbers have been declining in recent weeks. The cancellations stretch all the way to Labour Day, even as provincial officials expressed hope yesterday that July and August would be as normal as possible.
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Two Ontario teachers’ unions fire back at Doug Ford over school reopening comments



The presidents of two Ontario teachers’ unions are criticizing Premier Doug Ford after he made comments Thursday alleging that labour leaders are the reason why schools remain closed to in-person learning.
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Doug Ford's demand for new pandemic travel restrictions is an attempt to deflect, says Blair


Ontario Premier Doug Ford's recent letter calling on the federal government to further restrict travel into and across Canada is an attempt to deflect attention away from the third pandemic wave rampaging through the province, says Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.
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Golf community infuriated by Doug Ford’s ‘buddy’ logic for keeping courses closed


Premier Doug Ford addressed golf specifically Thursday as he reiterated the government’s position on trying to limit mobility. And he alluded to friends who were being cavalier with golf’s existing COVID-19 protocols as a reason why he is keeping courses closed, despite 26 million rounds being played in Ontario in 2020 with no known cases of COVID-19 traced back to a golf facility.
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Canada

Government of Canada Announcements

Community Foundations of Canada announce projects from the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative and launch a second round of funding


 

As Canada makes progress in the fight against COVID-19, Canadians are looking forward to returning to community spaces. To keep residents safe and healthy, support economic recovery, create jobs, and build vibrant, resilient communities, local governments and community partners across the country are adapting their spaces and services..

Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, joined Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Melanie Thomas, Vice President of Community Foundations of Canada, Mary W. Rowe, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, to announce projects from the first round of funding and launch a second round of funding under the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. Also in attendance were Will Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, John McDonnell, Executive Director at Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Ottawa Valley Chapter, and Kolade Kolawole-Boboye, Founding Member and Director of Alumni Youth at Hope Blooms.

The two projects being announced today are part of the over 250 projects receiving funding in the first round of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. Federal funding of almost $24,000 will support the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society project will help build a 30 km trail linking Grande Chute on the Dumoine River to the Ottawa River to create a lasting community infrastructure and space for hiking. The Hope Blooms project will create a playground and accessible seating area in Murray Warrington Park for youth, families, and seniors to enjoy. Federal funding of $40,000 will support this project through the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative.

The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31-million investment to build safer spaces and ensure a higher quality of life for people across the country, by helping communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

The second round of funding for the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative opens today. Applicants can apply for funding ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 for eligible projects, within an overall envelope of $31 million in federal government funding. Local governments and a variety of community-led organizations are eligible to apply, including charities, Indigenous communities, and registered non-profit organizations. Organizations interested in submitting an application are encouraged to visit healthycommunitiesinitiative.cato learn more about the program, eligibility criteria and how to apply. Organizations can also register to attend information sessions on the program.

The application period for the second round of funding will close on June 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

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Canada reports 28 cases of rare blood clots following AstraZeneca vaccinations

 

 

After distributing more than 2.3 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses nationwide, public health officials have so far identified 28 suspected cases of a rare but serious condition called vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT).

Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, said Thursday that 18 of those cases have been verified through testing while 10 more await laboratory confirmation.
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Air Canada extends flight ban from India to June 22



Transport Canada did not confirm whether the federal government will extend the ban as well.
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Canada unlikely to follow U.S. approach to easing COVID-19 masking rules: doctor

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks outdoors and in most indoor settings, but one of Canada's top public health officials suggests a different approach would be taken here.
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International news

Britain adapts vaccine rollout as B.1.617.2 variant threatens full reopening plan

 

Britain could accelerate its vaccine rollout in areas where a highly infectious coronavirus variant first detected in India has emerged, a move meant to prevent it from derailing a planned economic reopening.
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In other COVID news

Want to protect the elderly from COVID-19? Vaccinate the young, experts say

 

As Ottawa nears a major milestone in the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 — half of the city's adult population will soon have had a first dose — some experts are asking whether we've taken the right approach.
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Delaying 2nd Pfizer vaccine dose may protect better against COVID-19: study

 

Delaying the second dose of Pfizer's vaccine to 12 weeks after the first seems to elicit an even stronger immune response, according to a new study.
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Delaying second COVID-19 vaccine doses can help reduce deaths: study

 

Giving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine but delaying a second dose among people younger than 65 could lead to fewer people dying of the disease, but only if certain conditions are met, a predictive modeling study showed.
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Children infected with COVID-19 may not show typical symptoms, experts say

 

A new study has found that the majority of children infected with COVID-19 may not show typical symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath.
As a result, the study's authors say more vigilance is needed when screening children for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
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Post-COVID-19 syndrome: New diagnosis for long-haulers' mood disorders, cognitive impairment

 

Patients diagnosed with post-COVID-19 syndrome, or so-called COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’, may experience symptoms such as mood disorders, fatigue and cognitive impairment that can make it difficult to return to normal life, according to a recent study.
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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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