Local Talent of All Ages to Perform in ‘Autumn Serenade’

Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s annual fundraiser is a sure bet for music lovers

Herb Williams’ grandfather always told him “to rest is to rust” so, at the age of 88, Herb has no intention of slowing down and, to prove it, he will accompany Oakville’s young multi-instrumentalist and composer Leslie Ashworth at the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s fundraiser on Sunday, September 24 at the Joshua Creek Art Centre.

“My life has been a very diverse voyage to the present, which is now so focused on music,” Herb says. “I have starred in TV shows, movies, documentaries, and live audience performances and continue to perform on the piano, in diverse venues. I’m a great supporter of the OCO (Oakville Chamber Orchestra).”

Leslie, a violin, viola, piano, music theory, and music history teacher at the Oakville School of Music and Performing Arts, has performed with numerous orchestras across Canada and in such celebrated venues as Carnegie Hall, Koerner Hall, Vancouver Convention Centre, and Rolston Hall in the Banff Centre. She has won the Grand Prize in the Canadian Music Competition and was a gold medalist in the ‘Passion of Music’ International Competition held in New York City.

Also making an appearance between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Autumn Serenade will be Linda Ruan, recently named among CBC’s “Top 30 Classical Musicians under 30”, Jeremy Ledbetter and Eliana Cuevas offering up some jazz, and a number of past winners of the OCO’s respected Youth Concerto Competition.

OCO’s President Julie Palmer and the new Board of Directors formed this summer hope for a strong community presence showing generous support, as many arts and culture organizations must rely, more than ever, upon the time and money Canadians give as volunteers and donors.

A silent auction and delightful refreshments will round off this elegant Sunday afternoon event supporting the OCO’s ongoing youth initiatives. A limited number of tickets is available for purchase online via Eventbrite and charitable donation tax receipts will be issued for a portion of the ticket value.

Former Hospital Site Demolition and Remediation

The town is committed to safely deconstructing the former hospital and Helen Lawson building. As such, a Demolition Strategy was developed to guide the process. The overall demolition and site remediation will take approximately 12 months to complete. The development of the new community centre will begin in late 2018 with an opening scheduled for fall 2020.

Update – August 2017

The town has awarded the Former Hospital Site demolition contract to Delsan-AIM, a company highly skilled and experienced at demolitions of this size in urban settings.

Starting August 8, the contractor will begin mobilizing on site and we wanted to give you an update what you can expect over the next two weeks.

  • Minimal noise and dust
  • Flatbed trucks delivering the site office trailer and materials, and other heavy equipment
  • Construction workers entering and leaving site
  • Set up of the site office trailer
  • Installation of a three metre (just under 10 feet) solid wood fence
  • Minimal demolition work

Please note: The site is now a demolition/construction zone and will remain closed to the public.

Stay up-to-date

Return to this site for regular project updates. You can also sign up for the town’s weekly e-newsletter to have town information emailed directly to your inbox.

To provide feedback or file a complaint, contact ServiceOakville:

Phone: 905-845-6601
TTY: 905-338-4200
Email: serviceoakville@oakville.ca

Overall project timeline

A timeline for the entire project is available on the Former Hospital Site Project timeline page.


A map of the demolition site is available on the Former Hospital Site map page.

Demolition Strategy

On April 3, 2017 Council approved the Former Hospital Deconstruction Strategy — a comprehensive plan to safely demolish the former hospital and Helen Lawson buildings.

The overall demolition and remediation plan includes an abatement strategy for designated substances found in the buildings and on site, as well as best management practices the town will use to address community concerns over site maintenance, dust, noise, vibration and truck traffic during the demolition process.

In response to recent public feedback at the Administrative Services Committee (ASC) meeting on March 27, 2017, Council approved recommendations by ASC for additional mitigation measures including using broadband (quieter) backup alarms on trucks instead of backup beepers, and avoiding crushing or other noisy work on Saturdays.

Halton Regional Police Service Investigating a Shooting in Oakville

On Friday, August 4th at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Halton Regional Police Service responded to a report of a shooting in the area of Cornwall Road and Trafalger Road in the Town of Oakville.

A 35-year-old male was shot. He was transported to hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.

One suspect fled on foot and was apprehended by police a short distance from the scene. A vehicle involved was also recovered.

Two suspects remain at large.

Suspect 1: male, black, darker skin, 6ft, 200lbs, slim build, wearing dark, long pants and a dark shirt.

Suspect 2: male, black, 5’9”-5’10”, tight cornrows in hair, possibly wearing white shorts, unknown colour/style shirt.

Both men were last seen on foot.
More information will be issued as it becomes available.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact the 2 District Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-805-4747 ext. 2216,

Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca or by texting “Tip 201″with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Creating the most livable town in Canada

2016 Annual Report now online

Check out our 2016 Annual Report to see how we’re working to ensure Oakville remains one of the best places in the province to live, work and play. Here’s a snapshot of some of our 2016 successes:

  • Progress on major initiatives including the Lakeshore Road East Reconstruction and Streetscape project and redevelopment of the former hospital site lands
  • Advancements in our web and digital strategies with the launch of our Public Engagement Hub and Oakville Transit’s Real-time Bus Tracking app
  • Continued partnership with Oakville’s three Business Improvement Areas to support their retail action plans

“Providing the public with a ‘report card’ on the projects and issues affecting their community is one critical way Council and staff work to engage with residents,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

OMB rules ClubLink’s development application for Glen Abbey complete

Town must begin application review process despite Interim Control By-law remaining in effect

One month after the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decided that the town’s Interim Control By-law (ICBL) and its one year extension were appropriate and necessary to understand the implications of ClubLink’s proposed development at Glen Abbey, the OMB has decided on a separate motion that the Glen Abbey development application is complete as of the date of the Board’s Decision on June 7, 2017. Under the Planning Act, the town now has 120 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for rezoning (October 5, 2017), and 180 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for an official plan amendment (December 4, 2017) to permit the complete redevelopment of the Golf Course. If the town does not make a decision within this timeframe, ClubLink would be in a position to appeal its applications directly to the OMB for decision.

“Council is very disappointed that less than one month after a decision that recognized that the town’s comprehensive planning studies underway were valid and necessary given the magnitude of the Glen Abbey proposal, another Board decision says that we must accept development applications for processing,” Mayor Burton said. “No doubt our residents are confused by this decision, but the town will move forward to review the application within the timelines established under the Planning Act.”

Jane Clohecy, commissioner, Community Development noted that the town is still moving forward on the next steps required to implement the cultural heritage landscape assessments and urban structure review planning studies that were approved by Council on May 15, 2017 and June 12, 2017 respectively.

“While the town is disappointed with this latest decision, it does not change the fact that the town’s ICBL remains in place, and no substantive changes to the land use at Glen Abbey property can take place before the town’s planning studies have been completed,” Clohecy noted. “We fully anticipate using the results of the planning studies underway to assess the merits of the proposed redevelopment of the lands.”

ClubLink’s development proposal will now be reviewed through the town’s development review process in order to make a recommendation to Council within the Planning Act timelines. This process includes public notice and feedback on the applications:

  • ClubLink’s development application is now posted to the town’s website so that members of the public may register for official notices and provide feedback.
  • Signs will be posted on the perimeter of the golf course site shortly indicating that a development proposal has been submitted to the town.
  • A public information meeting will held in mid-July to help explain the application and to receive public comments.
  • A report outlining the staff recommendation to Council will be posted on the website prior to the application being considered by Council for review by the public.
  • Members of the public may provide feedback in writing or in person any time before a final decision is made by the Planning and Development Council.

For more information, visit our Interim Control By-law and Glen Abbey Development Planning Studies pages.