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Office of the Mayor and Council update
September 8, 2021


 
More Halton residents getting vaccinated each day

 
Eighty five per cent of eligible Halton residents born in 2009 and earlier have now received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. We remain at 80 per cent of eligible residents being fully vaccinated.

As we inch towards more of our population being vaccinated, we do so at a time when cases are also on the rise.

Oakville has 10 new confirmed COVID cases today and overall, Halton Region cases were up 20 per cent over the weekend.

A continued increase in COVID cases risks the gains we’ve made towards reopening, puts the health of our community and health care system at risk too.

Walk-in vaccinations are available at YMCA Oakville, 410 Rebecca St. Tuesday to Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Vaccination is also available at participating pharmacies and primary care offices.

Please continue to follow public health measures to protect yourself and others:
  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice physical distancing

Terry Fox flag now raised at Town Hall

 
         
Today I was joined by Councillors O’Meara, Robertson and Adams, as well as MP Damoff and members of the Terry Fox Run Oakville team as we raised the Terry Fox flag at Town Hall.

This year’s run, another virtual event, will be held Sunday, Sept. 19. The flag will fly at Town Hall until that date.

 

Ford Hires Apple Car Chief in Coup for Recovering Automaker


Ford Motor Co. is hiring the head of Apple Inc.’s car project away from the iPhone maker, a stunning development that brings the 118-year-old automaker an executive with Silicon Valley chops.

Doug Field is coming aboard as chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer, Ford said in a statement. Field also previously worked as a top engineer at Tesla Inc. between two stints at Apple -- most recently as a vice president in its special projects group -- and played a major role at Tesla launching the Model 3 sedan.

The hire is a coup for Ford, which has made major strides under Chief Executive Officer Jim Farley in convincing investors it can compete with Tesla and others on electric vehicles and technology. Ford shares have almost doubled since Farley took over in October, after his two predecessors presided over a years-long slump.
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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

Today Halton is reporting 28 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday’s report, adjusting the seven-day average to 24 cases per day.

Oakville is reporting + 10 new cases since yesterday’s report of 5,715 to now 5,725.
Oakville is reporting + new recoveries since yesterday’s report of 5,798 to now 5,800.   
 
Oakville made up 36 per cent of the cases today.

·         Oakville reporting 10

·         Milton reporting 6

·         Burlington reporting 10

·         Halton Hills reporting 2

There are currently 53 Active Cases in Oakville and 1 COVID-19 patients being cared for at OTMH (this number includes transfers from facilities outside of Halton Region).

Today Ontario is reporting a total of 571,332 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario reported to date. There are 375 reported to be currently hospitalized. Compared to the previous day, this represents:

·         An increase of 554 confirmed cases (percent change of -1.8%)

·         An increase of 16* deaths (percent change of +433.3%)

·         An increase of 770 resolved cases (percent change of +11.9%)

Today there are 194 patients in Ontario ICUs with 27 testing negative for COVID-19 and 167 testing positive and remain infectious. 115 of those remain 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 today, Canada had reported 1,525,646 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 37,055 considered active. The death toll stood at 27,067.

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 222 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll stood at more than 4.5 million.

COVID-19 vaccine tracker

Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination rollout 
To visit the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table Dashboard, click here
Halton's COVID-19 vaccination program

COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario

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

As of Wednesday, 21,023,890 total doses have been administered in Ontario.  There are 10,089,234 people fully vaccinated in the province.

As of Wednesday at 1:17 am CST, more than 53,967,775 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

Oakville & Halton

Town of Oakville Announcements
Online system maintenance for online parking services on September 12, 2021


Due to online system maintenance, some services of parking.oakville.ca will be unavailable from 7-10 p.m.

During this time the following services will be unavailable:
  • purchase a parking permit,
  • pay or dispute a penalty or ticket
These services should return to operation around 10 p.m. on September 12.
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Active cases in Halton rise by 20 per cent over weekend, increases in Burlington, Oakville, Milton 


The number of active cases in Halton Region rose by 20 per cent over the long weekend.

The region reported 101 new cases over the past four days. That total included 33 on Sunday, the highest single-day total since June 3. There were almost half as many (17) reported on Monday and 20 on Tuesday.
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'Harassment and misinformation': COVID-19 protests in Burlington leave hospital workers 'in emotional distress' 

 

Burlington's community leaders say protests near Joseph Brant Hospital targeting frontline hospital and health workers, physicians and first responders are causing "emotional distress and moral injury."
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Two girls, 13 and 15, charged in Oakville stolen cars investigation 

 

Two girls, aged 13 and 15, and a young man are facing charges after a Halton police response to vehicle break-ins in an Oakville neighbourhood.

The incidents occurred around 3:30 a.m. Sept. 6, when Halton police responded to a call in the area of Sandlewood Road and Stanfield Drive in Oakville, for a report of someone attempting to break into vehicles in the area.  
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Ontario

Ontario Taking Steps to Enhance Delivery of Home Care Services for Children and Youth in Champlain Region 


Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, issued an order under the Connecting Care Act, 2019 to transfer the delivery of home care services for children and youth in the Champlain region from Home and Community Care Support Services Champlain to CHEO, a pediatric health care and research centre in Ottawa.
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Ontario reports 554 new COVID-19 cases, 16 more deaths 

 

For the second time in the last three days, Ontario is reporting a week-over-week decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases.

Provincial health officials logged 554 new COVID-19 cases today, a notable drop from the 656 infections reported last Wednesday and the 660 cases confirmed two weeks ago.

Today's case count is down from Tuesday's single-day tally of 564 and the 581 new infections reported on Monday.

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'Actions' can be taken in light of controversial social media posts by acting medical officer, Ontario's top doctor says 

 

 Amid renewed calls for the appointment of a local acting medical officer of health to be dismissed due to controversial social media posts, Ontario’s top doctor says there are “actions” he can take if he feels like a region isn’t taking the proper precautions against COVID-19.
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Canada

The UN-backed program to get vaccines to the neediest people in the world has again scaled back its target to ship doses this year, projecting about 1.4 billion doses will be available through the end of the year.
Read the full release

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While the Canadian government has implemented strong measures to ensure fully vaccinated foreign travellers coming into Canada won't be a significant source of COVID-19 spread, those protections will certainly not eliminate the risk, medical experts say.
Read the full story
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While some countries are already committed to providing COVID-19 booster shots to their populations, Canada has not yet released a third dose plan and some experts say it’s still too early to tell if a booster is necessary for the general population.

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International news

Bitcoin, now legal tender in El Salvador, greeted with tech problems, volatility concerns 

 

El Salvador became the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender Tuesday, but the rollout stumbled in its first hours and President Nayib Bukele informed that the digital wallet used for transactions was not functioning.
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Brazil's Bolsonaro fires up supporters amid fears of potential Jan. 6-style riot 

 

Tens of thousands of supporters of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro heeded his call and turned out at rallies Tuesday as he stepped up his attacks on Brazil's Supreme Court and threatened to plunge the country into a constitutional crisis.
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Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: What you need to know 

 

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in First Nations communities continues to rise as the delta variant-driven fourth wave of the pandemic progresses.

As of Sept. 7, there were 1,580 active cases of the virus in First Nations across the country, according to the latest data from Indigenous Services Canada. 

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In other news

Ontario's COVID-19 testing system braces for return-to-school effect 

 

As nearly two million students return to classrooms for the first time in five months, the demand for COVID-19 tests in Ontario is expected to surge.

The average number of tests conducted daily in the province is currently running at less than half the 60,000 tests-per- day rate when schools were shuttered in early April. Since then, many COVID-19 assessment centres have reduced their hours or shut their doors.  

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Local Services

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 2.30 p.m.
Thursday 2 to 7 p.m.

Upcoming events

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Nominate your Community Champion today
The nomination deadline is Friday, September 10, 2021, at 4:00 PM
Sign up for the Terry Fox Run  - September 19, 2021

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.
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