Dear Ward 7 Residents,
As we traverse through the vibrant landscape of Oakville, November has been a month brimming with progress, celebrations, and opportunities that enrich our community's fabric. Here's a snapshot of what's been happening and what's on the horizon.
What’s Happening in Town
Mayor Burton Proposed 2024 Budget
Following extensive public input and thorough staff presentations, Mayor Burton unveiled the Proposed 2024 Budget. The proposed 4.38% tax increase is designed to foster environmental, social, and economic sustainability. If adopted, this increase translates to an additional $266.40 annually for a home assessed at $800,000. Read more here .
Town of Oakville and CUPE 136 ratify 4-year deal
A landmark agreement was ratified with Local 136 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, bringing forth notable provisions such as wage increases, healthcare benefits, compassionate care leave, and other enhancements crucial for our dedicated public service workers while maintaining minimum service interruption to our residents in a fiscally responsible manner. Learn more on the agreement here.
Public Consultations on Fireworks
Recent council meetings initiated public consultations on the sale and discharge of fireworks, marking a significant step towards shaping Oakville's future stance on these celebratory displays. Details can be found here.
Transportation Master Plan Consultations Underway
The launch of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update promises transformative transportation improvements, fostering a more walkable, cyclable, and transit-friendly community. For more information on the TMP, please read here.
Sixteen Mile Sports Complex Update
Exciting developments at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex include the imminent opening of the cricket field and additional sports fields in spring 2024. Mayor Burton and Ward 7 Councillors recently toured the future community park, revealing plans for various amenities catering to diverse interests. Find more details here.
Sixteen Mile Traffic Calming Program update
Construction progress on Sixteen Mile Drive remains on schedule for completion by November's end, with minor post-completion activities anticipated to minimize disruptions. Learn more here.
November witnessed a series of significant events fostering ever growing community spirit here in town.
Hindu Heritage Month Flag Raising and Diwali Celebration
Such a pleasure to have joined my colleague Councillor Nanda and community members as we commemorated Hindu Heritage Month through a heartwarming flag-raising ceremony. The vibrant display of colors and the resonating sense of cultural pride filled the air as we hoisted the flag, symbolizing the rich heritage and contributions of the Hindu community to our diverse tapestry in Oakville. Following this moving ceremony, the festivities continued with an exuberant Diwali celebration at Town Hall. The radiant lights, joyous laughter, and the aroma of traditional delicacies created an atmosphere brimming with happiness and unity.
Remembrance Day Services
On this day and every day, we are once again called to pause and reflect on the immeasurable sacrifices made by our heroes. Remembrance Day stands as a poignant reminder of the selflessness, courage, and dedication exhibited by those who have served and continue to serve our nation. It is a day etched in solemnity and reverence, a day to honour their memory and express our gratitude. In Oakville, We commemorated this year’s Remembrance Day with our veterans from The Canadian Royal Legion Branch 486 and 114, families of fallen heroes, residents along with our MPs, MPPs as well as my council colleagues in a town-wide ceremony. Read more on the event here.
Santa Claus Parade
The sought-after Santa Claus Parade 2023 brought joy and festive cheer to Oakville streets. Glad that I saw so many little ones and growing minds from the crowd, with loaded goodies and treats of course :-)
As we gear up for the holiday season, exciting events await:
Christmas Tree Lighting Event and Santa’s Landing @ Ward 7
Get ready to the joy season starting with Chrismas tree lighting @ Fowly Park at 7pm on December 5th. And welcome the jolly man in red himself on in Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on December 16th! Santa is making a grand appearance at Ward 7, and he's bringing along a sack full of holiday magic. Bring your kids, families, and friends for an unforgettable afternoon filled with laughter and joy. Don't miss this opportunity to meet Santa, share your wishes, and capture precious moments together.
2023 Business Forum & Networking Event
Hosted by North Oakville Ward Residents’ Association, join entrepreneurs and vendors on December 7 to foster connections and collaborations. Find more details here.
Oakville Firefighters’ Drive-Thru Toy Drive
On December 8, 2023, from 5pm to 9 pm, Bring your loved ones to Coronation Park for a special drive-thru Toy Drive, hosted by the Town of Oakville in collaboration with the Oakville Professional Firefighters Association (OPFFA). Cruise through the park, soak in the festive lights, and contribute to the cause by donating an unwrapped toy or gift card.
Heritage Christmas Tour at Oakville Museum
On December 16, a delightful festive tour of the Erchless Estate, including a featured historical exhibit. Pre-registration is required to join this guided tour. Learn more on museum infused fun events, visit here.
Oakville Youth Group Holiday Card Fundraiser Event
Big shoutout to The Oakville Youth Group for empowering local youth and supporting CAFH! 🤝 They've teamed up with talented young artists and local spots to craft a collection of 10 holiday cards showcasing our community's cornerstones. 🎨 Spread the festive spirit and back this fantastic initiative! 🎄💌
Stay safe, connected and engaged as we embrace the joyous spirit of the upcoming holiday season.